2016 and all that... May

By Nick Mansley, Wednesday 28 December 2016

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No guesses as to which story dominated the news in 2016, the 20 most read stories on printweek.com for 2016 are all about Polestar. Nevertheless there was plenty else going on, not least of all Drupa...

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Macfarlane Group continued on the acquisition trail, purchasing the packaging business of Glasgow-based Edward McNeil... Barely two months after launching, The New Day, ceased publication... ProCo acquired Concept Communications Group... Print On Solutions phoenixed into Wepos, leaving creditors owed £1.4m... Colchester Print Group ceased to trade, blaming a market that “conspired against” dedicated staff...  KP Services opened a new inkjet printing operation for newspapers on Jersey... Adare bought rival Banner Managed Communication forming a £230m-turnover company... Falkland Press moved into B1 with the order of a Drupa-spec Speedmaster XL 106... Bramwell Label Company went into administration with 30 jobs lost and its kit up for auction... Precision Printing invested £3m in a plant overhaul... Huhtamaki acquired Delta Print & Packaging for £80m... De La Rue sold its Cash Processing Solutions business to private equity house Privet Capital... Drupa opened its doors with many...

...Deals and new kit launches

Konica Minolta showed a prototype of a new B1 UV inkjet digital press and launched its B2-plus UV inkjet press, the KM-1, under its new Accurio branding... HP, which had the biggest presence at the show, overtaking Heidelberg for the first time, secured sales for around 50 of its Drupa-launched Indigo 12000s, including major deals with two of the world’s biggest web-to-print firms... Xaar launched its first aqueous printhead in what it described as a “world leading” spec and announced a new partnership with Ricoh... Indigo and Landa Digital Printing founder Benny Landa celebrated his 70th birthday in style with a huge party the show... Ricoh and EFI signed a sales partnership for Ricoh to sell EFI printers... Flexible packaging specialist Reflex followed up on the deposit it paid at Drupa 2012 by placing an order for a Landa W10 web press... Glossop Cartons signed up for a new carton-specific MIS from Imprint-MIS as well as an RMGT 10-series B1 press, in a six-colour-plus-coater configuration... Online trade printer Quinn’s placed an order for a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-8-P LE-UV press... First Move Direct Marketing became the UK’s first buyer of the Xerox Trivor 2400 production inkjet web launched at the show... Augustus Martin signed for three, new wide-format flatbed UV inkjet printers from the Inca Onset X series... Three UK printers – J Thomson Colour Printers, Qualvis Print & Packaging, and Simply Cartons – ordered Rapida 106 presses and helped propel KBA to a €100m sales boom... Drupa organiser Messe Düsseldorf scrapped plans to change the show to a three-year cycle...

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