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  • MPC Print Solutions status unclear
    MPC Print Solutions status unclear

    PrintWeek understands that the Lockfield Avenue, Enfield-based business closed its doors on Friday 16 June, with the majority of its workforce made redundant the same day. It?s unclear how many staff...


  • James Cropper hails 'watershed' year as sales and...
    James Cropper hails 'watershed' year as sales and profits grow

    For the year ended 1 April 2017 the company recorded revenue of £92.4m, up 5.12% from £87.9m a year ago. Adjusted operating profit, prior to the impact of IAS 19 pension adjustments and exceptional...


  • Bristol signage printer increases quality with...
    Bristol signage printer increases quality with Mimaki buy

    The company, which specialises in the design and production of interior and external signs, took delivery of the new machine around six weeks ago. It was supplied by Graphic Printing Technologies (GPT)....


  • Stephens & George completes £6m finishing investment
    Stephens & George completes £6m finishing investment

    The group is overhauling its guillotine roster by replacing two Polar Flowlines with a Polar PACE 200, which cost £350,000 and will be installed in around two months? time at its 11,000sqm Merthyr Tydfil...


  • Woven Monkey expands capabilities with Epson investment
    Woven Monkey expands capabilities with Epson investment

    An Epson SureColor SC-F7200 dye-sub printer was supplied to the Ilkeston, Derbyshire-based firm by reseller RA Smart and the business has now started testing on the device, with production set to ramp...


  • Higgs expands with Jaggerprint assets buy
    Higgs expands with Jaggerprint assets buy

    Surrey-based Victoria Printing Works, which traded as Jaggerprint, appointed Gareth Roberts and Rob Keyes of Reading-based KRE Corporate Recovery as liquidators on 27 September 2016. Soon afterwards KRE...


  • Nationwide first to use new Ricoh digital marketing...
    Nationwide first to use new Ricoh digital marketing tool

    The system, which has been implemented at the St Austell, Cornwall-based firm?s 650sqm premises over the past few months, is said to streamline the process of designing and ordering printed collateral...


  • Customark upgrades bindery division
    Customark upgrades bindery division

    The £22,000 machine was installed at Customark?s Calne, Wiltshire facility last month, replacing a Goodhale 920 guillotine that the 85-staff outfit had been running for more than 20 years. It was supplied...


  • Amari takes on 3M films for distribution
    Amari takes on 3M films for distribution

    The move, which became official on 5 June, represents the first time in more than 20 years that 3M has appointed a new UK distributor for this particular sector, although Amari already distributes a number...


  • J Thomson invests in Technotrans barrel ink pumping
    J Thomson invests in Technotrans barrel ink pumping

    In the past few months the Glasgow-based commercial printer, which has a turnover of around £13m, has installed five Technotrans 200-litre barrels onto the Rapida. KBA recommended Technotrans? kit...


  • Sharp Cutters loses out after power outages
    Sharp Cutters loses out after power outages

    The first outage took place on 12 October 2016, followed by two further incidences on 2 January 2017 and 9 January 2017, with Northern Powergrid Yorkshire (NPY) called out on all three occasions. Sharp...


  • Whitehall Printing ups digital capabilities on 40th...
    Whitehall Printing ups digital capabilities on 40th birthday

    The Barton Hill, Bristol-based commercial printer took delivery of the new 110ppm Ricoh device last month. As well as increasing the firm?s digital capacity and efficiency, one of the main investment drivers...


  • TBPC invests in Canon and partners with Contra Vision
    TBPC invests in Canon and partners with Contra Vision

    The partnership became official yesterday (22 June) after around two months of discussions, according to TBPC marketing and operations manager David Bowen, who said that the new Canon imagePrograf iPF6400S...


  • Number of people helped by The Printing Charity up...
    Number of people helped by The Printing Charity up by 44%

    At its annual general meeting last week the charity revealed that it helped 1,646 people last year. This included 496 people helped through welfare grants, 98 residents in its two sheltered homes for retired...


  • Quantum bolsters digital division with Foliant buy
    Quantum bolsters digital division with Foliant buy

    The Wednesbury, West Midlands-based firm installed a Foliant Vega 400A laminator with a Multi-functional Inprinting Unit and Sheet Delivery Jogger at its 2,790sqm site around three weeks ago. The kit was...


  • First Colour opts for digital upgrade
    First Colour opts for digital upgrade

    The Versafire will replace a Xerox J75, with First Colour hanging on to its other J75 as a backup. First Colour managing director Cliff Finn said the purchase follows his 15-staff outfit's policy of upgrading...


  • Foxpak targets big brands with £1.3m digital spend
    Foxpak targets big brands with £1.3m digital spend

    The company specialises in full-service flexible packaging for owner-managed and medium-sized businesses and brands and exports around 60%-70% of its work across Europe and the US. It produces the short-run...


  • Kent printer takes UK's first Versant 180
    Kent printer takes UK's first Versant 180

    Smart Print Services took the most recent addition to the Versant family six to eight weeks ago, investing around £42,000 for the machine complete with Xerox Performance Package. It is now looking to double...


  • New COO at Moo
    New COO at Moo

    Nick Ruotolo joined the online digital print and design business earlier this month. He has worked in e-commerce since 1999 and was most recently chief commercial officer at luxury private rental business...


  • Ashley brings hard-case finishing in-house with...
    Ashley brings hard-case finishing in-house with Fastbind buy

    The Exeter-based business made the move in order to be more competitive and to meet the fast turnaround times required for short runs. The device, which was supplied by Ashgate Automation, was installed...


  • BPIF reveals latest UK print industry stats
    BPIF reveals latest UK print industry stats

    The data that makes up the leaflet has been collected via a range of official sources, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Smithers Pira, Nielsen and Two Sides, among others, and refers...


  • Lecta calls off IPO
    Lecta calls off IPO

    In May the Luxembourg-headquartered company had confirmed plans to float the business on the Spanish stock exchange, in a move intended to raise some ?315m (£277m). Earlier this month it went on to...


  • Muller Martini takes manufacturing prize at...
    Muller Martini takes manufacturing prize at Innovation Awards

    The awards, which took place yesterday (20 June) at Stationers? Hall, London celebrated the best in innovation in the print, publishing and packaging industries. Organiser and Stationers? industry committee...


  • Park upgrades bindery with new folder
    Park upgrades bindery with new folder

    The London-based printer installed the Drupa-launched machine last week and began a training programme on it yesterday (18 June). Park deputy managing director Paul Walker said operators would be required...


  • Folio invests in Duplo Booklet System
    Folio invests in Duplo Booklet System

    The £100,000-plus investment also included the purchase of a Duplo square-back unit for the line, with the kit due to be installed at Folio?s 2,300sqm Bristol premises in a month to six weeks? time.  ...


  • Leach forms innovation department following senior...
    Leach forms innovation department following senior appointments

    With an annual budget of £250,000, the new department will be tasked with constantly researching, developing and engineering new ideas and products for the graphics display marketplace. Mike Willshaw...


  • Ciconi ups Riso capacity
    Ciconi ups Riso capacity

    The Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire-based business installed the machine, its third Riso, at its 560sqm premises last month, and managing director Elisabeth Glasper said it had already made quite an impact,...


  • Ashford Colour Press in book printing first
    Ashford Colour Press in book printing first

    Installation of the heads has taken place over the past few weeks at the Gosport, Hampshire-based company?s 5,575sqm site. The business, which predominantly produces books, magazines, journals and...


  • BPIF picks up multiple nominations for association...
    BPIF picks up multiple nominations for association awards

    The print federation has been nominated in the categories of Social Media, Publication, Website and Conference. Last year, it beat off competition from the likes of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF)...


  • Flyer Press goes B2 with Komori buy
    Flyer Press goes B2 with Komori buy

    The Suffolk business installed the machine last month, purchasing it secondhand from Close Brothers Asset Finance for around £160,000. It replaces a B3 Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52, which has been sold...


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