Review of 2017: March

By Nick Mansley, Tuesday 26 December 2017

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All the biggest stories from the past 12 months.

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On 2 March, it was confirmed Headley Brothers would be acquired by newly created Henry Stones subsidiary Stones Ashford in a pre-pack. Later it emerged that unsecured creditors were owed more than £4m but unlikely to receive any payout... Apogee Corporation acquired rival Danwood Group taking group revenue above £250m... CPS Flexible and Mercury Packaging merged, forming a £15m-turnover company... St Ives hoisted a ‘for sale’ sign over its £220m-plus turnover print operations... Black & Callow bought the assets of Master Mail... Online commercial printer Solopress was bought by German online trade and B2B print firm, Onlineprinters... Offset Print & Packaging invested in a new six-colour KBA Rapida 106 with coater... Evonprint went into administration, blaming a deterioration in trading conditions... KBA reported its highest ever net profit margin on the occasion of its 200th anniversary... Bishops Printers invested £3m in kit, including a new Speedmaster... Oxuniprint bought a new Komori Lithrone S29 H-UV... Xeikon entered the inkjet market with a new UV inkjet drop-on-demand label press... Hague Print acquired cheque scanning and processing software firm Solchar... Anton Group was placed in administration on 27 March, with more than 100 of its 300-plus workforce made redundant... 

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