Vistaprint, an international printing company, has announced a new major investment in Australian manufacturing, that will create up to 62 new jobs.
“This announcement today is a capital investment of more than $8 million, forecasted export projection of $35 million, the creation of up to 62 new jobs at Vistaprint and a flow-on effect for local tradespeople during the construction phase, as well as securing the existing workforce of the company here in Victoria,” Mr Dalla-Riva said.
“Vistaprint chose Derrimut as the manufacturing base for their Australia-Japan-New Zealand operations. This significant expansion of its business in Melbourne’s west not only demonstrates Victoria’s attractiveness as an investment destination but also represents another vote of confidence in the resilience of Victoria’s manufacturing sector in the face of tough global conditions.
“Victoria has always been the heartland of Australian manufacturing and the most recent quarterly figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (August 2012) shows that we have had an increase from 304,000 to 308,000 people employed in the manufacturing sector since the same quarter in 2010,” Mr Dalla-Riva added.
Mr Dalla-Riva believes Vistaprint Australia is part of an international success story which identified a market for providing affordable, low-quantity, high-quality customised products for small and micro businesses wanting to make a professional impression.
Having began in France almost 20 years ago, Vistaprint has a global turnover of a billion dollars and employs almost 4,000 people worldwide.
The Coalition released the Manufacturing Strategy; A More Competitive Manufacturing Industry in 2011, funding the strategy with $58 million in the 2012-13 Coalition Government State Budget.
Mr Dalla-Riva revealed the strategy is based on the Coalition Government’s review of the manufacturing sector – the most comprehensive review ever undertaken by an Australian State or Federal Government, aimed towards assisting Victorian manufacturers increase productivity.