• Happier times: Andrew Cester
    Happier times: Andrew Cester

Former owner of Whirlwind Press Andrew Cester is taking time to consider his future, while refuting concerns that he did the wrong thing in selling Whirlwind's assets before it went broke.

Speaking to Print21 this morning Cester said, “I haven't made up my mind about the future yet. I have said I would like to take time to consider everything that has happened.”

Cester was scathing of unsubstantiated media reports that appeared to cast serious aspersions on his motives and actions, throughout the past two years since Whirlwind bought Lindsay Yates. Commenting on the last few weeks he said, “The liquidator has said that everything that was done was all above board, which it was. I am flummoxed by the inaccurate reporting.”

Much of the Whirlwind kit was bought by rival trade printer CMYKhub, which saved around 50 jobs, and is now operating out of the Knoxfield premises formerly occupied by Whirlwind. Originally Cester was going to work for CMYKhub but has now asked for time to consider his future.

He said, “I have said enough. It has been a trying time. However I have a sense of perspective. I have a wonderful family. Life goes on.”

Established by the Cester family 21 years ago, Whirlwind hit trouble when it bought Lindsay Yates in October 2017, intending to turn it into Sydney's premier high quality printer; however, an exodus of senior sales staff scuppered the plan.

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