Review of 2019: May

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

An ink spill at Howard Hunt was likened to children’s TV show Art Attack
An ink spill at Howard Hunt was likened to children’s TV show Art Attack

Guardian News & Media’s decision to switch to tabloid format and outsource printing helped the group achieve a small operating profit after years of huge losses... Catalogue and online clothing retailer Cotton Traders bought Promotional Logistics out of administration... Koenig & Bauer posted a 6.2% increase in revenue in Q1 while its order intake was also up... Prinovis UK officially launched its new web offset printing capability with a VIP event attended by customers and potential customers, at which the company also unveiled a major sustainability initiative... Notorious print farmer Neill John has been disqualified from acting as a director for eight years... A major clean-up operation took place at Howard Hunt after trespassers opened the valves on its bulk ink storage facility, causing a large ink spill that was likened to children’s TV show Art Attack by the emergency services... Portuguese online print company 360 Onlineprint was seeking UK printers to join its manufacturing network as it expands into the British market... German antitrust authorities nixed Heidelberg’s planned takeover of MBO over concerns of giving Heidelberg a dominant market position...  HH Global secured a “multi-year contract” with Asda covering all of the supermarket’s POS requirements... Macfarlane Group acquired protective packaging distribution business Ecopac (UK)... Adare SEC faced a row after seemingly being blamed for “thousands” of expats not being able to vote in the EU elections – it said all ballots had been posted on time... Landa said it would install its first W10 flexible packaging press early next year... The Print Trailblazer Level 3 training scheme won full government approval, with first uptake expected at the start of the next academic year...

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