Review of 2019: September
Monday, December 30, 2019
Our annual roundup of all the big stories around the UK printing industry.
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...