Australian Envelopes buyer to significantly expand manufacturing operations

Victorian stationery manufacturer Envotec – formerly Australian Envelopes – will significantly expand its manufacturing operations, following the company entering receivership in June and this week being bought-out by Australian Paper.

Australian Envelopes went into voluntary receivership on 30 June 2011, leaving 300 manufacturing and administration workers redundant.

The company operated in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra, and has two manufacturing plants in Western Australia and Victoria.

More than 100 workers at Australian Envelopes’ head office in Notting Hill, Victoria, were left temporarily stranded after the news hit, with no word from the chief executive officer.

According to the company’s administrator, PPB Advisory, the company suffered dramatically this past year due to the overall decline of the paper goods industry and its shift away from snail mail, despite having increased its market share to almost 45%.

The company had also been criticised for its poor management and not advising its staff on the company’s negative performance for some time.

Now, trading as Envotec, Australian Envelopes has been handed a lifeline from Australia Office – a division of Australian Paper – which has reportedly purchased the troubled company’s assets and plans to make a fresh start.

Australia Office has announced it will significantly increase Envotec’s envelope manufacturing capacity, by re-commissioning a number of the envelope manufacturing and envelope overprinting machines at the Notting Hill, Victoria and Wangara, Western Australia sites.

According to a news report from Invest In Australia, a number of overprint machines from Envotec will also be transferred to the Australian Office Preston manufacturing site and other state-based overprinting facilities in the next few weeks. 

Australia Office produces a range of papers including coloured, security, watermark, packaging, copy, offset printing, bag and recycled – in sheet and roll forms. 

In 2008, Australian Paper expanded its Maryvale Mill with a new elemental chlorine-free bleaching plant and upgrade to the kraft pulping operations. 

The project won this year’s Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards Safety Scheme of the Year Award for its Refresher Training Toolbox 24/7.


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