Craig Nethercott, Canon UK’s director of commercial printing, is heading down under to become managing director of Océ for Oceania.
He will begin the new job on 1 October ahead of the split between Canon and Océ in the region. Under Nethercott, the Océ name will return as the brand to lead expansion of production printing from 1 January. This will include large format inkjet as well continuous feed and sheetfed inkjet products.
Earlier this year Yusuke Mizoguchi, managing director of Canon Oceania, described the decision to create a separate division for professional printing under the Océ name as enabling the company to focus on “this specialised market segment”. However, the move is unlikely to be repeated elsewhere as Anton Schaaf, CEO and president of Océ globally, describes Australia and Oceania as a “unique and strategically important market for us”.
Nethercott has been director of commercial printing for the UK and Ireland for the last four years, having filled various roles at Océ since joining the industry in 2000. He also has had experience of working in Australia having spent nine years there, giving him a leg up in understanding the business culture in the country.
Schaaf continues: “With nearly two decades of valued experience across the business, Craig will play a pivotal role in delivering strong results while continuing to put our customers and employees at the centre of what we do.”
Nethercott will be based in Melbourne and will drive a consultancy led approach to building sales. “It is very much a relationship led way of doing business,” he says.
It comes as print consultancy Pegras argues that inkjet printing is now mature and ideal for smaller newspaper publishers with circulations of their own titles and those for contract customers, below 10,000 copies. Inkjet printing is cost effective for runs from 500-7,000. This will be music to Océ’s ears. It has the technology and was one of the first to argue for distributed digital newspapers production.
And the advent of the Prostream, the high end inkjet press announced earlier this year, there is the potential for distribute and print models to take off in commercial print markets.
Along with this machine, Canon has also launched the Colorado UV gel large format printer and the i200 to join the i300 cut sheet inkjet press which is beginning to build sales momentum. “It really is a most exciting time to be doing this,” he says. “Australia and Oceania is not the largest population, but it is geographically split, suiting the idea of printing in different locations.
“Until I officially begin my new tenure officially at the start of October, I am looking forward to helping with a smooth transition and the appointment of a new successor here at Canon UK to ensure a smooth hand over.”
As part of Nethercott's most recent role has been talent development, an internal appointment is anticipated. Duncan Smith, director of industrial and production solutions at Canon UK, says: “In the meantime it will be Canon UK business as usual and we will announce a successor at an appropriate time.”
Craig Nethercott is heading to Australia where he will head the new Oce Oceania operation which opens for business on 1 January. The replacement for Canon UK's head of commercial print will be announced shortly to enable a smooth take over says nathercott.
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