Wyndeham Group has renewed a printing contract with its longest standing client, Haymarket Media Group, until December 2017, taking the relationship between printer and publisher to 50 years.
Haymarket’s portfolio, which includes Autocar, FourFourTwo, What Car? and Stuff, is printed at all of Wyndeham’s web offset plants with most of the titles being produced by Wyndeham Heron. Wyndeham was also one of the printers for Haymarket Network's LOCOG titles for last year's Olympic Games.
Wyndeham has also been awarded a new monthly title from Haymarket Network, published on behalf of Sports Direct. In total the printer will produce 16 titles, down from 23 at the time of the last contract renewal in 2011, including monthlies, a weekly and a bi-weekly title.
Wyndeham Group chief executive officer Paul Utting said: "We have been printing for Haymarket for 50 years which is testament to the strong working relationship and deep understanding our businesses have cultivated over that time.
"Our success producing the vast proportion of the 2012 Olympic materials endorsed our high levels of service."
Haymarket Media Group head of production Gary Charlton said it was hard to put a figure on print volumes and said print prices were confidential.
But when Wyndeham last extended its contract with Haymarket, in 2011 until late 2015, the printer managed to agree increased print prices to take account of soaring raw materials costs.
Charlton said: "Wyndeham approached us about a contract renewal, which we initially thought was early. But on reflection it made good sense to us as an organisation and it makes good sense to support a long-term strategic supplier.