Review of 2017: June

By Nick Mansley, Wednesday 27 December 2017

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All the biggest stories from the past 12 months.

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Calendars & Diaries of Bristol, which trades as Brunel Promotions and BrunelPrint, was acquired out of administration by Novercal... Ascential sold its last remaining UK ‘heritage’ magazine titles, including titles such as Drapers and Nursing Times, to Metropolis International in a £23.5m deal... Wheatons Exeter officially closed its doors, leading to 35 further redundancies... Three directors at Lincoln-based printer Elpeeko took over the operation of the 112-year-old firm in an MBO... Keeps Printing fell into administration, leading to five redundancies. Its assets and trading name were later purchased by Vale Press... St Ives sold the Cornish factory occupied by Wyndeham Roche to a property company for £4.2m... GMG confirmed that it planned to downsize the Berliner-format Guardian and Observer to tabloids... ESP Technologies Group was acquired in a pre-pack deal by newly formed company Mattech Enterprises... Plastic Card Services invested more than £1m in setting up a new digital card production facility... The status of commercial printer MPC Print Solutions was unclear, with speculation that the firm was in the process of filing for liquidation... City Print (Milton Keynes) filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators... Bell & Bain became the first European book printer to take a Ricoh Pro VC60000 in a £1m-plus investment... DS Smith agreed to buy 80% of US packaging firm Interstate Resources from Merpas for £710m... Adare initiated what it described as the “next phase” of its evolution by dissolving parent company Adare Group, leaving its two subsidiaries as standalones... Statexcolourprint bought a B2 Komori Lithrone S29 H-UV... Five former Anton Group directors were charged with Cheating the Public Revenue: John and Stephen Knight, Paul Murphy, Philip Sach and Brian Thomas... 

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