Toner woes blow up, but it's not all bad news in September

Printweek team
Monday, October 4, 2021

This month's most read listicle might be dominated by Konica Minolta's consumables challenge, but investments, flexible working, the resurrection of Timsons presses and a trio of print tenders coming up for grabs also had their moments in the September sun.

1 Konica Minolta explosion impacts toner supply 10,287 clicks
An explosion at a Japanese Konica Minolta toner factory last month has resulted in an impending likely shortage of toner supply.

2 Konica Minolta updates on toner availability 9,322 clicks
Konica Minolta has warned that graphic arts toner production will not resume until November as it attempts to source alternative supply to keep customers presses running.

3 Paper supply crunch: buyers urged to plan well ahead 5,078 clicks
Print buyers are being warned to plan their paper requirements months ahead, with reports of ‘gazumping’ on previously agreed mill prices and a global squeeze on the availability of some paper types.

4 CMS expands paper wrapping offering 3,123 clicks
Central Mailing Services (CMS) has signed off another six-figure spend, signaling the end of a recent multi-million-pound pandemic reequip to target growth in the new business landscape.

5 Creditors approve CVA at London print firm 3,116 clicks
Creditors of Premier Print Group have voted overwhelmingly to accept a CVA at the firm after the pandemic hit sales at the business.

6 Belmont moves to four-day week 2,614 clicks
Belmont Packaging has launched a four-day working week, with all employees enjoying a three-day weekend from this week.

7 CPI inks deal to revive Timsons presses 2,474 clicks
Timsons book printing presses are to be revived through a new joint venture between CPI UK and Timsons Engineering.

8 Trio of major print tenders now open 2,466 clicks
Three more large print tenders – including a multi-supplier framework worth £20m – are currently up for grabs via the government’s Find a Tender service.

9 Print prepares for end of furlough scheme 1,880 clicks
Industry bosses are preparing for the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, with thousands of workers across the industry still furloughed in some form and print firms claiming some £36m in taxpayer support during May and June.

10 Pandemic hits high end print firm 1,708 clicks
High-end print specialist Push Print has become the latest victim of the pandemic, with the business on the verge of being wound up.

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