Review of 2019: August

Our annual roundup of all the big stories around the UK printing industry.

A potential collapse of the Whaley Bridge dam threatened homes and businesses in Derbyshire
A potential collapse of the Whaley Bridge dam threatened homes and businesses in Derbyshire

It was revealed that losses at Howard Hunt’s main print operation had ballooned and the business owed unsecured creditors nearly £30m at the time of its collapse... A number of printers in northern England were counting the cost of the heavy rain. Label printer Interket lost almost a week of production after being evacuated when the nearby Toddbrook Reservoir threatened to rupture the Whaley Bridge dam... ProCo installed a new HP PageWide T240 HD web press and two Böwe Systec 9G insertion lines in a £2m investment... Positive and Colouration partnered to form a new larger print group... Steve Harding, managing director of Hardings Print Solutions, and Sam Neal, his opposite number at Geoff Neal Group, joined forces to create a joint venture and buy trade finisher and printer Evoteam... Route 1 Print took delivery and began construction of the UK’s first Landa press... Up to eight companies were mulling bids for JPI Media’s assets, which include the i newspaper and more than 100 regional titles... The Department for Work & Pensions began the process of launching a huge print tender that could be worth a whopping £100m... A restructure at Bradley Group involved workers at Quinnstheprinters and Nicholson Bass being made redundant and then reapplying for a reduced number of jobs... Sales at Moo passed £100m... Merseyside Printing Company celebrated 100 years in business...

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