2016 and all that... August

By Nick Mansley, Thursday 29 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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Fuji bolstered its eco credentials by converting its Tilburg platemaking facilities to 100% wind-power... Caslon started manufacturing new Adana presses again 25 years after production of the original ceased (see Star product)... Communisis announced a new simplified structure... Signage and display manufacturer Whitegyll Plastics was fined for safety breaches after an employee fell to his death... Sun Chemical revealed that it was to acquire Flint Group’s European publication gravure ink business... Drupa costs of around £8.5m helped propel Heidelberg to a loss in its first quarter... ABC Print (Hereford) was placed into insolvent liquidation but continued trading after the assets and goodwill were purchased from the liquidator by a company owned by one of ABC’s directors... KBA increased sales and profits targets for the full year and predicted a return to profit for its previously loss-making Digital & Web division... Printfine revamped its press hall with the purchase of a new B1 Komori... Hundred-year-old printer Hastings Printing Company closed down with debts of around £700,000... LumeJet Print Technologies launched a service offering high-end LumeJet printing to commercial printers... Domino began development of a factory in China... YRG Eclipse moved to new premises and invested in a number of pieces of kit in a £2m spend... Print industry credit specialist ICSM partnered with debt collectors DCBL as part of a ramped up debt recovery service for its members... De La Rue created a new security printing joint venture with the government of Kenya... Whistl, the UK’s second largest postal services provider, won a five-year contract to handle all government and public sector post in Northern Ireland... Manroland Sheetfed was confident of a “remarkably strong year” following a Drupa boosted order intake... Print farmer Houseprint Ltd, which had a reputation for taking orders and failing to deliver, looked to be phoenixing...

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