Review of 2019: June
Friday, December 27, 2019
Our annual roundup of all the big stories around the UK printing industry.
The Printing Charity revealed that it supported 1,737 people through its various schemes in 2018, 34% up on the 2017 figure... BDO was confirmed as the administrator of Howard Hunt (City), with the firm’s 250 staff laid off upon appointment. It was announced later that a number of the company's assets would be auctioned and others sold by private treaty... Fontain went into liquidation owing more than £3.6m in unsecured debt... Calderprint was put into administration and its kit line-up was also put up for sale with a private treaty sale to clear the remaining machinery... Jigsaw Colour moved in with local London rival Push Print in order to generate economies of scale... Positive ID Labels completed two acquisitions in a week, buying Banbury Labels and Dabbon Labels... Brand Imaging Solutions doubled the size of its business and bolstered its capabilities after acquiring flexo PPP Digital... Soyang Europe ramped up its print waste recycling partnership with waste management specialist Blue Castle Group intended to pioneer the use of PVC banner material as an environmentally sustainable substrate... De La Rue sold its International Identity Solutions business to US specialist company HID Global for £42m. The company also launched a consultation at its Gateshead Plant that put 170 jobs at risk, with union Unite laying the blame squarely on the company’s loss of its £490m UK passport contract... Gemini Print Group acquired Foundry Press out of administration in a pre-pack deal... Paragon Customer Communications closed its fulfilment site in Jarrow... City Images acquired fellow London printer It Has To Be Brilliant... YM Group expanded its relationship with publisher Reach to become its largest magazine supplier with the addition of three magazine contracts... Central Colour was put into liquidation... Bluetree Group set out plans to bolster the litho capacity of its Route 1 Print and Instantprint brands with a £6m-plus technology spend...