Review of 2017: November

By Nick Mansley, Saturday 30 December 2017

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All the biggest stories from the past 12 months.


HH Global acquired PostNL Print Management, the print management arm of the Dutch postal and logistics service... Ipex owner Informa said it was to consult with exhibitors and visitors on the future of the show, which it is considering turning into a biennial event... Cimpress announced a major restructure at its flagship Vistaprint operation as it sought to “improve the steady-state free cashflow of this business”... Johnston Press was wrangling with one of its major shareholders, Norwegian venture capitalist and Custos Media Group owner Christen Ager-Hanssen, who was seeking to take control of the company and install former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond as chairman... Express Printing closed its doors after more than 30 years in operation, with 12 staff made redundant... Hartgraph doubled its litho capacity with the installation of a second Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75... Koenig & Bauer reported sales and order intake growth for its interim Q3 results... Meanwhile, Heidelberg posted a first-half profit for the first time in a decade. It was also upping production of its Primefire 106 B1 sheetfed inkjet press in the face of an “overwhelming” market reaction... Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke called for “immediate action” to cut costs, including shedding 425 jobs, after the company’s Q3 results revealed losses of $46m... Gemini Print Group invested around £1.7m in a 10-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105, its 15th litho press... Taylor Bloxham Group invested in a £2m Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106... SPS Print Group went through a pre-pack administration and re-emerged as Specialist Print Services... J Thomson Colour Printers received this year’s Koenig & Bauer UK 1814 Production Excellence Award... Print-Leeds invested £5m to double its production capability with a premises relocation and the purchase of a £2.5m seven-colour-plus-coater Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106... The Printing Charity celebrated its 190th anniversary at its annual luncheon... Time Inc was sold to Meredith Corporation for around £2.1bn. Question marks remained over the UK arm of the business, which was still up for sale... 

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