PMP Get Thumbs Up from Australia's Best Magazine with Supply Chain Editorial Focus

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PMP Limited in Australia have been included in the illustrious publication, Australia's Best Manufacturing. This is good news for the printing giant, whose inclusion in the industry-leading magazine, will further underline their position as one of Australia's best printers.

PMP were featured in Australia's Best Manufacturing, that was released in July 2008. The popular series of magazines are fast-becoming industry essential publications and PMP were included in the latest issue.

PMP is Australasia's largest commercial printer - producing over 3 billion catalogues, 26 million books, 30 million directories and 155 magazine titles each year. They are also Australasia's largest letterbox distributor - delivering twice weekly to over 7 million letterboxes across Australia and New Zealand.

PMP's main focus is increasing return on marketing investment and effort for their customers. The company does this by developing and delivering a range of services and solutions which help clients more effectively create, target and deliver messages to their markets and customers.
PMP Limited is an ASX company with annual revenues exceeding $1.3 billion, more than 3,000 staff in Australia and New Zealand, and over 8,000 shareholders across the region. Prior to becoming a public company in 1992, PMP Limited operated for many years in the retail magazine distribution industry as Gordon & Gotch, in book printing as Griffin Press, in customer and market analytics as Pinpoint and HPA, in the printing industry as the Commercial Printing arm of News Limited, in premedia as Show-Ads Omega, and in publishing as Pacific Publications and Attic Futura (UK).

With such diverse operations PMP has found it easier in the past to deliver group wide procurement synergies in smaller indirect spend areas. However within the PMP Print business, one of the company's strengths has been its supply chain expertise in critical categories, such as its traditional partnerships with suppliers. Always on the lookout for ways to improve their already successful business, as well as recognising the need for all of its supply chains to be competitive, PMP have added an innovative procurement team to their ranks who bring a broader set of supply chain skills and experience to the forefront. This new, dynamic team have a strong long term focus when it comes to supply chain management and are currently evaluating a number of possibilities for significant supply chain integration based on more strategic partnerships across the whole business.

PMP's interaction with the supply market will be determined in the near future by the extent to which their suppliers are capable of meeting their business needs and objectives. Strong relationships will be fostered with the 'right' suppliers, such as those in high value categories who have the potential to positively impact the business. It is also possible that PMP will look at shared risk and reward with suppliers that meet their requirements.
Creative category strategies are being devised within PMP based on internal and external customer needs. PMP supply chains will become more involved in process improvement and focused on driving for the lowest total cost and best possible result.

It is important to PMP that their suppliers maintain the level of proficiency and high standards that they hold for themselves as Australia's largest commercial printer. Strategic partnerships that work to benefit both the manufacturer and the supplier and provide a result that satisfies the customer is what PMP are all about.

The brand name PMP Print was adopted when seventeen of PMP's printing companies (excluding book printer Griffin Press) were amalgamated in 2000. Up until that date, PMP's printing businesses operated under separate brand names and specialised in particular customer markets or geographic locations. For example, Wilke Color (est. 1895) specialised in magazine printing and Westernport Printing (est. 1889) specialised in newspaper printing; Mercury Walch (est. 1970) operated in the Tasmanian market and Prestige Litho (est. 1920 as H.Pole & Co) operated in Queensland. Today, PMP Print is the region's largest commercial printing group producing a wide range of printed products, including catalogues, magazines, books and directories.

Key suppliers to PMP that were involved in the feature in 'Australia's Best' were Toyo Ink, Baytech Industrial and National Distributor Alliance.

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