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NZ's leading stationery company could end manufacturing

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Auckland’s Croxley Stationery has announced that it is considering ending its manufacturing operations, with 100 jobs to be shed.

The company made the announcement yesterday, explaining that there’d be consultation period with staff over the next fortnight, followed by an announcement on September 4.

Croxley’s managing director David Lilburne said in a statement that cheap imports, an elevated currency eroding export sales, and changing communication habits had hurt the business.

“We are operating in an environment which has seen a decline in postal use and a reduction in demand for traditional paper based office products,” said Lilburne.

“Emails have replaced envelopes and writing pads.”

He also explained that the proposal was to switch to a wholesaling business from a manufacturer and wholesaler.

The capital investment needing to be made in new machinery could not be justified, said the managing director.

The union representing the workers, the EPMU, complained that the NZ government had not done enough to support the country’s manufacturers.

‘‘We need a government which will take manufacturing seriously and help companies to keep their work in New Zealand,’’ union organiser Joe Gallagher told Fairfax.

Croxley’s brands include Bostik, Pilot and Codafile.

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