BLK Fiji op­er­a­tions trad­ing nor­mally, says Matau

Fiji Sun - - Business -

World-renowned sport­ing brand BLK’s Fiji op­er­a­tions were trad­ing nor­mally de­spite the com­pany be­ing run by an in­de­pen­dent re­struc­tur­ing and ad­vi­sory firm, McGrath Ni­col, in Aus­tralia. Gen­eral Man­ager in Fiji Josefa Matau said op­er­a­tions at their Lau­toka fac­tory was nor­mal and the em­ploy­ees were busy with the big num­ber of or­ders from sport­ing bod­ies and or­gan­i­sa­tions. BLK em­ploys around 184 work­ers in their fac­tory and out­lets around the coun­try. “We have been trad­ing nor­mally and op­er­a­tions have not been af­fected in any way,” Mr Matau said. He said op­er­a­tions in Aus­tralia have also been op­er­at­ing nor­mally. Mr Matau said they are here to con­tinue with what they do best and serve the cus­tomers. “It had no ef­fect on us.” “Cy­clone Win­ston hit the Fiji Is­lands in Fe­bru­ary 2016, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant de­lays in pro­duc­tion from the lo­cal fac­tory,” the au­dited ac­counts, lodged in Septem­ber, this year noted. “The eight week de­lay dur­ing the peak of the man­u­fac­tur­ing sea­son had an AUD $8 mil­lion im­pact on rev­enue and an AU$3.5mil­lion (F$5.42m) on pre-tax net profit for the 30th June 2016 year.”

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