Review of 2019: January

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

The Bank of England launched a £50m tender for the supply of banknote polymer
The Bank of England launched a £50m tender for the supply of banknote polymer

Colchester-based commercial printer Alphaprint was bought out of liquidation by the nearby Bravo Print group of companies... Commercial television broadcaster ITV launched a new magazine intended to cultivate new and extend existing audiences, printed by YM Group’s Chantry magazine and supplement business in Wakefield... Personalised label specialist Easy2name was acquired by global labelmaking conglomerate CLL Industries in a deal reportedly worth £1.95m... Walstead Group announced it was aligning all of its operations under a single brand, which will mean the Wyndeham name would disappear from its UK businesses... Bradley Group shuttered its Liverpool site in response to rising costs and tough trading conditions... The Bank of England launched a £50m tender for the supply of banknote polymer over an eight-year period... H&H Reeds Printers acquired Print Graphic... Warners Midlands  kicked off the new year by breaking ground for its its third factory, a press and bindery hall... Acorn Web Offset was set for a capacity boost after investing in a Lithoman press from Manroland Goss Web Systems... Service Graphics was put up for sale less than a year after St Ives sold the large-format graphics specialist to an investment firm. Later in the month, Paragon Group acquired the Skelmersdale and Glasgow operations in a pre-pack deal, with the Chessington site facing closure... Benwells was bought out of administration by Reflections Print Finishing Services in a pre-pack sale...

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