Printweek’s rundown of the biggest headlines of the past 12 months

As the industry gears up for the opportunities and challenges of the new year and decade ahead, we take a look back at the stories that defined 2019, which proved to be another lively year for print.

Political turbulence continued to dominate the national headlines, with continued Brexit uncertainty and a snap general election in December, which generated plenty of print and resulted in a Conservative landslide victory.

But the biggest print topics of 2019 arguably fell into three main categories; M&A activity, business failures and sustainability. One of the biggest ongoing stories was the great unravelling of Arjowiggins while it was also a pivotal year for Paragon Group and its CEO Paddy Crean, with a series of deals that would propel sales beyond his €1bn turnover goal.

For our analysis of the major industry trends of 2019, see our recent briefing.

Most read news stories of 2019

  1. Howard Hunt situation unclear 21,657 clicks
  2. Service Graphics: Paragon buys two sites 18,635 clicks
  3. Calderprint poised to appoint administrators 15,553 clicks
  4. Buyer sought for Service Graphics 13,774 clicks
  5. DWP launches £100m print tender 13,092 clicks

Month-by-month review of 2019



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