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2015 review: July

All the business news, from acquisitions to liquidations, investments to divestments, from a year in the industry.

EFI sets sights on global MIS takeover

It’s probably safe to assume that $790m (£515m)-turnover US company EFI has been after another UK MIS scalp for some time. Since acquiring compatriot Printcafe in 2003, itself a keen consolidator in the market in prior years, California-headquartered EFI has bought a further 13 MIS companies, in the US, Australia, Brazil, Germany, France and the Netherlands. It acquire the UK’s Technique three years ago, and has now swooped for Shuttleworth.

Overcapacity woes can be overcome with forward planning

Sheetfed magazine specialist Pensord told PrintWeek last month that, as part of a future-proofing strategic investment, it was set to reduce its capacity by replacing two existing Heidelberg Speedmasters with a new ‘Push to Stop’ specified eight-colour XL 106.

2015 review: November

All the business news, from acquisitions to liquidations, investments to divestments, from a year in the industry.

Serial phoenixers give us all a bad rep

The print industry, like many others with room for consolidation, has a bustling M&A market, which in an ideal world would be characterised by honest, straightforward transactions where jobs are saved and credit lines secured.

Brother’s springboard to new markets

It’s 30 years since Domino Printing Sciences floated on the stock market. As it happens, the year of this anniversary will also involve the company being de-listed – assuming all goes to plan with Brother’s £1bn recommended bid for the group.

Rival bidders weigh up Tangent’s value

Events at Tangent Communications were continuing to unfold as PrintWeek went to press, but despite the fluid situation one thing seems certain – one way or another there will be a new ownership structure at the embattled print and marketing services group before too long.

2015 review: August

All the business news, from acquisitions to liquidations, investments to divestments, from a year in the industry.

Great British manufacturers taken on in latest M&A flurry

A busy year of M&A action among manufacturers appears to have come to a head with Heidelberg’s MBO buy, Plockmatic Group’s acquisition of Watkiss Automation and Kolbus Group’s purchase of Autobox Machinery all announced in the past few weeks alone.

2015 review: May

All the business news, from acquisitions to liquidations, investments to divestments, from a year in the industry.

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