Not too many people know that the last commercial paper mill in Australia is less than 2 hours drive from Melbourne’s GPO.
Maryvale Mill, the Latrobe Valley’s single largest employer, makes a range of uncoated papers including the best known brands of copy paper. They’ve been facing tough competition in recent years as cheap copy paper has been dumped on the Australian market at less than cost.
As an Australian-owned and run company, Kosdown always tries to support local manufacturing. Some of our biggest customers share our values and always specify that we use Australian-made paper on their jobs. On one project in 2015, a single customer alone contributed more than $152,000 to Australia’s GDP, $80,000 to the regional Victorian economy, and importantly, more than $88,000 was been returned to governments through revenue flow by specifying Australian-made paper.
Thoughtful procurement makes an enormous economic difference.
Actively privileging Australian-made stocks will help keep manufacturing in Maryvale alive. Commercial demand is the only thing that will keep Australian-made paper a reality.
We ask you to think about the following whenever you specify or buy paper:
• Where is your paper made?
• What are the social and environmental impacts of your decision?
• Which economy benefits from the paper’s manufacturing?
We’re really passionate about Australian jobs and making print sustainable and we need your support so we can continue our proud claim of Australian Paper = Australian Jobs.
Some further reading: protecting Australian paper