Contract news, bad behaviour, M&As and robots feature in August’s list of hot headlines

Printweek Team
Friday, September 3, 2021

While for the second month in a row YM Group, albeit indirectly this time, topped our most read listicle, M&A was clearly the overarching theme – despite a dodgy director and a dangerous die-cutter claiming their fair share of views.

1 Weekend and You on the move 4,934 clicks
Associated Newspapers has given its incumbent print supplier notice that the production of Weekend and You magazines will be moving to another printer.

2 Four year ban for print boss 2,702 clicks
The founder of a small printing business has been disqualified after failing to register a payroll scheme or make the necessary payments to HMRC.

3 Precision Proco takes over Photobox production hub 2,161 clicks
Precision Proco Group has gained a “market-leading” position in a swathe of print-on-demand products after acquiring a substantial manufacturing facility from long-term client Photobox.

4 Clays invests in hi-spec Lithoman 2,119 clicks
Clays is making its biggest investment yet in a unique configuration Manroland Goss Web Systems Lithoman IV press capable of producing 50m books a year.

5 Pandemic hits high end print firm 2,055 clicks
High-end print specialist Push Print has become the latest victim of the pandemic, with the business on the verge of being wound up.

6 Adare International now part of HH 1,975 clicks
HH Global has completed its takeover of Adare International.

7 New era for fast-growing Mailshop 1,939 clicks
A buy-in management buy-out (BIMBO) has been completed at The Mailshop, with former Citipost strategic sales specialist John Ellis joining the business as managing director.

8 Datum restructures 1,580 clicks
A restructure at Hertfordshire-based Datum has seen a new company emerge, while Datum Colour Print (Hatfield) has gone into voluntary liquidation.

9 DS Smith invests in robot workforce at Kemsley mill 1,444 clicks
DS Smith has invested in ten Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to increase sustainability and efficiency at its Kemsley paper mill in Kent.

10 Firms fined over dangerous die-cutter 1,377 clicks
Three companies – two corrugated packaging firms and a machinery supplier – have been fined after a worker suffered life-changing injuries while operating a flatbed die-cutting device.

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