Review of 2017: February

By Nick Mansley, Monday 25 December 2017

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All the biggest stories from the past 12 months.


Premier Print & Promotions acquired fellow merchandiser Blueprint Promotional Products... John E Wright completed its 10th M&A deal with the acquisition of digital printer Instaprint... A contract worker died at UPM Shotton’s recovered-fibre warehouse in Deeside after being struck by a large bucket loader, in what turned out to be an awful month for the industry’s HSE record... GI Solutions Group bought Eclipse Web in a deal that created an £80m print powerhouse... St Ives lost the contract to produce monochrome books for HarperCollins... Corporate print specialist Purbrooks became the latest London print house to enter liquidation... Multi Packaging Solutions was named as the pilot customer for Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 and the first to invest in an 18-unit Speedmaster XL 106 packaging press... Up-for-sale Headley Brothers lost its contract to print two weeklies for Northern & Shell. The business announced plans to make 85 roles redundant, around 45% of the workforce. A new company Headley 1881 was registered at Companies House... Bradley Group, the owner of online trade printer, acquired Mannin Group... Kingfisher Press bought a Fujifilm Jet Press 720S, the third company to take one of the B2 inkjets in the UK... GD Web Offset was hit with a health and safety incident after a worker suffered a severe arm injury. Meanwhile the pre-pack deal was estimated to have cost stakeholders £29m... Precision North managing director Martyn Young died following an incident involving a forklift truck at the plant... Communisis spent around £1.5m on Pitney Bowes inserting lines to ramp up its flexibility... Williams Lea Tag chief executive Dan Ellerton left the business unexpectedly amid speculation that the group could be put up for sale... Precision Colour Printing invested more than £2.7m for Europe’s first nine-colour RMGT 1050 Tandem Perfector... 

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