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NZ, Here We Come

Three of the press crew who print the Fiji Sun each night are off to New Zealand this month for intensive professional development. They are head printer Mohammed Akbar, senior
02 Aug 2015 10:16
NZ, Here We Come
Heading for New Zealand this month (from left) are Fiji Sun head printer Mohammed Akbar, lead colour hand Joana Ratunimatari, and senior printer Hirdesh Chand. Photo: Rosi Doviverata

Three of the press crew who print the Fiji Sun each night are off to New Zealand this month for intensive professional development.

They are head printer Mohammed Akbar, senior printer Hirdesh Chand and lead colour hand Joana Ratunimatari.

Fiji Sun publisher/CEO Peter Lomas said: “This is part of our continuing commitment to investing in training and development. It reflects the emphasis on this from the ownership and management of the C. J. Patel Group, of which we are proudly part.

“Mohammed, Hirdesh and Joana are three of our key people as we continue to develop our press site in Walu Bay.

“We’ve invested in industry leading pre-press and press facilities. Same time we’re developing our people. In all areas.

“We now send Production people to SWUG every year. This year, with support from Webco’s managing director, Brendon Whitley, we’ve expanded the programme.

“Brendon is a former leading newspaper production manager himself. He’s been able to open doors for our team to get a warm welcome and access from the people running sites like Beacon Print.

“Our production capacity is growing day by day. It is increasingly recognised both here in Fiji and in the region.

“As well as the Fiji Sun we now print newspapers from Samoa and Vanuatu here at Walu Bay. We also print the fast growing local Mandarin-language China Mail Newspaper.

“Our new Production Centre in Walu Bay is not only a Fijian market leader. It’s attracting business from the region, coupled with the development of Fiji Airways regional services.”

 

The trio will:

Do a working attachment at Beacon Print, a high-quality multi-newspaper production site in Hastings.

Tour the Norske Skog mill at Kawerau to understand how newsprint the Fiji Sun is printed on is manufactured.

Spend time in Tauranga with engineers at Webco, the company which puts together, provides and supports the press which prints the Fiji Sun.

Go to Rotorua to attend SWUG, the big annual conference of New Zealand newspaper printers, and its associated workshops.

Feedback: stella.moresio@fijisun.com.fj

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