Review of 2019: September

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

Macfarlane CEO Peter Atkinson described acquired Leyland as "high quality and well run"
Macfarlane CEO Peter Atkinson described acquired Leyland as "high quality and well run"

Macfarlane Group acquired Leyland Packaging Company in a deal worth up to £3.25m... David Montgomery’s new National World ‘buy and build’ publishing business was poised to join the London Stock Exchange... Royal Mail said it was “committed to further talks as a matter of urgency” after receiving formal notice from the Communication Workers Union that it will ballot members over industrial action – which could result in the first major postal service strike in a decade... Workers made redundant from the Bradley Group in August were still awaiting information on redundancy payments. It was then confirmed that Quinns Belfast (2009) and Nicholson & Bass would be liquidated. Union Unite in Ireland instigated legal action against Nicholson & Bass over its treatment of affected employees. Bradley Group said an alleged fraud by a former employee involving at least £500,000 precipitated the restructuring... Archant was set to close its main printing centre in Norwich and outsource print to Newsprinters in Broxbourne... Bell & Bain revealed the latest stage of its ongoing £20m-plus investment: two new Rapida 145 large-format presses from Koenig & Bauer...

 

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