Review of 2017: April

By Nick Mansley, Tuesday 26 December 2017

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All the biggest stories from the past 12 months.

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Stanbury Chameleon and Farleys Printers merged to form a “super group” with a combined 120 years’ experience... Anton Group administrator Deloitte said it still had hopes to find a buyer for the stricken firm. However, later in the month, Deloitte called time on Anton making a further 120 redundancies and working to sell off the remainder of the firm’s unencumbered assets... Swallowmax commissioned a B2 Komori Lithrone G29 H-UV... Landa Digital Printing revealed its first beta installations.  However, later that month, a German packaging printer that had been named as one of Landa’s original beta sites at Drupa 2016 opted to be a pilot user of Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 instead... Snap Print Management merged with sister company, mail specialist RNB Group... Kodak reversed its decision to sell off its Prosper and Ultrastream inkjet operations after the offers received “did not reflect the value of the business”... Adare SEC revealed plans to relocate its production operation in Guildford to Nottingham, putting 35 jobs at risk... James Byrne Printing closed with its 14-strong workforce made redundant... Heidelberg unveiled its latest B2 Speedmaster, the mid-range CX 75 hybrid press... Unite and the Communication Workers Union threatened strike action after Royal Mail announced that its £7.4bn defined benefit pension scheme would close to future accrual in March 2018... Pulse Flexible Packaging fell into administration after suffering “operational challenges”. A potential pre-pack sale of the business was blocked due to the company’s pension scheme being a shareholder and secured creditor... The new-look Stones Ashford, previously Headley Brothers, began to take shape... Thames Card Technology invested more than £2m in a range of new machinery to increase its personalisation capacity... News UK print arm, Newsprinters, agreed a new contract with Agfa to overhaul its CTP and workflow systems... Lexon Group ordered Europe’s first Komori IS29 UV inkjet sheetfed press... Elanders UK bought a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-8-P long perfector... Inca unveiled a new B1-format inkjet, the Onset M, pitched as both an automated flatbed inkjet and a low-cost sheetfed B1 press... Iliffe Media acquired the entire shareholding of Kent’s independent publisher KM Media Group...

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