October headlines carry on where September’s left off

Printweek team
Monday, November 1, 2021

For the second month in a row Konica Minolta’s toner woes topped our most read listicle, with other common themes being more price rises, more M&A activity and the sad demise of another long-standing print firm.

1 Konica Minolta updates on toner availability 8,036 clicks

Konica Minolta has warned that graphic arts toner production will not resume until November as it attempts to source alternative supply to keep customers presses running.

2 Konica Minolta explosion impacts toner supply 7,428 clicks

An explosion at a Japanese Konica Minolta toner factory last month has resulted in an impending likely shortage of toner supply.

3 Paper prices keep going up 7,306 clicks

Printers and print buyers have been rocked by a new wave of paper price rises and surcharges, amid speculation that one paper maker could be considering a surcharge as high as £170/tonne.

4 Bluetree expands with Kingsbury buy 6,222 clicks

Bluetree Group has moved into luxury books and brochures with the acquisition of Kingsbury Press.

5 Long-standing family firm latest to fall victim to pandemic 5,558 clicks

A long-standing Yorkshire-based large-format printing business has gone into administration, with its assets subsequently sold to a fellow Yorkshire print company.

6 KM toner issues could run into 2022 4,436 clicks

It could be next year before some Konica Minolta customers in the UK have toner supplies restored, and the manufacturer is now losing sales of new equipment because of the crisis.

7 Paper supply crunch: buyers urged to plan well ahead 3,024 clicks

Print buyers are being warned to plan their paper requirements months ahead, with reports of ‘gazumping’ on previously agreed mill prices and a global squeeze on the availability of some paper types.

8 YM starts printing mega Mail job 2,824 clicks

All eyes in the high-volume market are on YM Group this weekend as the business starts printing the Mail supplements a week earlier than initially envisaged, and after recovering from the breakdown of a key piece of equipment in the nick of time.

9 Paper industry warns on energy crisis 2,774 clicks

UK paper mills could be forced to shut down if the gas price crisis impacting energy-intensive industries isn’t resolved soon, an industry expert has warned.

10 Prinovis reshapes to cut operating costs 2,709 clicks

Prinovis UK is moving from 24/7 to 24/5 operation – but with the option to scale back up at peak periods – as part of a restructure following the loss of the DMG Media supplements last month.

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