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|Swiss Post acquires Pitney Bowes' UK and Ireland management services business
Fri, 17 May 2013 12:05:00 GMT
Under the agreement, expected to be concluded by the summer, all staff employed by Pitney Bowes Management Services across the UK and the Republic of Ireland will transfer to the employment of Swiss Post Solutions (SPS), the business document management division of Zurich-headquartered Swiss Post Group.SPS, which has its UK headquarters in Richmond upon Thames, will take over "a number of facilities" including a secure mail-screening centre and a document processing and production site as part of the deal. The company already operates in more than 20 countries with its core markets being the US, Germany and the UK. The acquisition will give SPS access to a blue-chip client list, to complement its existing UK portfolio, particularly in financial services and the public sector.SPS chief executive Frank Marthaler said: "With this acquisition we further strengthen our market position in the mailroom and document management area. "Through the synergies created we will increase our profitability in one of our core markets, and this will allow us to invest even more in innovative solutions to bridge the gap between physical and electronic information management."
|Wyndeham extends major print contract
Fri, 17 May 2013 11:05:00 GMT
The 210,000-plus circulation weekly has a stringent, time-critical production regime.
It is produced at the group's Wyndeham Peterborough site, which is geared up to produce fast-turnaround, time-sensitive products.
The Economist is printed on the plant's two Manroland Lithoman IV 72pp web presses, followed by high-speed stitching on its Ferag and Muller Martini Tempo lines.
Economist Group production manager Simon Maggs praised Wyndeham for the firm's "unrivalled understanding of our requirements".
He said: "The Economist demands high standards in print and production while achieving a very challenging distribution schedule. I expect they [Wyndeham Peterborough] will continue to deliver to our high expectations."
Despite the long-standing relationship between the publisher and printer, PrintWeek understands the Economist team carried out a thorough evaluation of alternative print suppliers before deciding on the renewal.
The deal means Wyndeham will continue to print the title until at least April 2017.
Wyndeham Group chief executive Paul Utting said: "We're very pleased and this is great news. It shows there is a place for quality, service and reliability.
"The Economist ensures we are regularly tested to deliver on time, every time. This contract extension demonstrates our client's confidence in Wyndeham Group and provides a solid foundation for the Peterborough site."
Under separate contracts Wyndeham also prints the Economist's Intelligent Life glossy, and 'The World In' titles.
|UPDATED: St Ives hits the acquisition trail again
Thu, 16 May 2013 09:05:00 GMT
The group has acquired London and Leeds-based search engine optimisation and digital marketing agency Branded3 Search for an initial £10.7m, £8.6m in cash and 1.4m in newly issued shares. However, additional performance related payments over the next three years could result in a further £14.3m being paid.
The 50-staff business operates in B2B and B2C markets with clients including Ann Summers, BMW, Heinz, HSBC, McDonald's, Microsoft, More Than, Orange, Sky and Vue Cinemas. In the year ending 31 January 2013 it generated sales of £4.1m and a EBITDA of £1.7m before one-off items.
This latest deal matches the £25m St Ives spent on digital marketing agency Amaze in March and follows similar deals for companies such as marketing research and insight agency Incite in 2012 and retailer and consumer consultancy Pragma Holdings in 2011.
In line with previous acquisitions, the business will operate as a subsidiary of St Ives from its existing locations and the founders of Branded3, chief executive Vin Chinnaraja and director of search Patrick Altoft, will continue to lead the business.
St Ives chief executive Patrick Martell said the deal would add "significant depth" to its marketing services offering.
"Our combination of insight led innovation and trusted execution across digital and physical media creates a unique integrated offering in the market, which this acquisition complements well," he said in a statement.
Chinnaraja added: "We have achieved another major milestone in our growth plans and becoming part of a synergistic, forward-thinking group where there is huge potential for collaboration is a real boost for us. I am really looking forward to working with the St Ives team to fulfil our ambitious plans."
Speaking to PrintWeek, Martell said that there were no plans to merge the various recently acquired marketing services businesses or create a single group identity."There are some overlaps, but we absolutely haven't bought these businesses to put them together for synergy benefits. We bought them because of what they are and what they do, we'll invest in them, we'll run them separately, but encourage them to collaborate where there are opportunities," said Martell.
"With all of the businesses that we've acquired the brand is with the division, not with St Ives. They're all their own brands, they all have their own brand strengths. We're buying businesses that are either leaders in their markets, or have the potential to be. All have the ‘scale' which is attractive to us."
According to Martell, the company has looked at more than140 businesses since it embarked on its strategy to grow its marketing services operation. He added that further acquisitions could be on the horizon.
"We've said that we wanted to get non print to 40% of our operating profit as our first phase, and we're pretty much there now. The next phase will be a combination of organic growth and possibly international expansion of those marketing services businesses and further acquisitions."
|Standard Bank contract a "monster job" for BMC
Wed, 15 May 2013 12:05:00 GMT
The South Africa-based bank chose the London-based company in a competitive tender and has charged BMC with completely overhauling document management based on a "next-generation" storage and archiving facility.
This will be a huge job, said a spokesman for BMC, although the value of the contract was not disclosed. Standard Bank Group claims to be the largest African bank in assets and earnings, operating in 17 countries on the African continent and 13 countries outside Africa. Total assets are worth $203bn.
BMC said with the remit of the bank growing, the contract would "be on a grand scale."
The new system will encompass the complete document life cycle; from physical management, capture of content, indexing, secure storage and easy retrieval, right through to secure destruction.
BMC will provide an onsite librarian to manage the archive. It will also provide three on-site DTP operators to help produce presentation documents and look after digital assets. The service is due to be rolled out across the whole bank.
BMC managing director Catherine Burke said: "We'll be putting in place systems and processes, across the whole document life-cycle, which will be truly state-of-the-art, including presentation services and storage and archiving."
She added: "It's a monster job and a big challenge, bringing together different service lines, which will involve a little bit of inspiration and no doubt perspiration. I can't disclose its worth, but the deal makes Standard Bank one of our most significant customers. It's a very important piece of business.
"All organisations like ours use similar types of scanning and storage technology, although we will tailor elements to the client's needs. It's about combining the right software and hardware with the right people that have the right processes."
Standard Bank head of corporate services Ruth Hansen said: "The project is on a large scale, quality is at a premium, and it is essential new solutions don't compromise continuity. We therefore needed a supplier to bring us bang up-to-date.
"It must deliver against stringent industry compliance standards and best practices. BMC will ensure seamless implementation of new systems and transform our document management and DTP processes in terms of speed, accuracy and efficiency."
This is the latest in a series of high-profile, lucrative wins for BMC. Last October is signed a three-year contract for marketing print and warehouse services for pension firm Friends Life and a year ago it won a £10m document-management deal from insurer Hastings Direct.
BMC, which was born out of AccessPlus and the former BPO arm of The Print Factory, was acquired by Office2office five years ago.
|Konica Minolta aims to add value with web-to-print deal
Wed, 15 May 2013 11:05:00 GMT
The deal, which is a UK-based arrangement at the present time, was announced at North Print & Pack yesterday (14 May) and forms part of Konica Minolta's ‘Digital 1234' business development programme.
"The market told us they needed an entry-level web-to-print solution, and with Vpress our customers don't have to worry about high upfront investment costs," explained Mark Hinder, Konica Minolta market development manager for production printing.
"It's a business model that allows people to enter a market with easy adoption, with quick, easy steps to start enabling new business," he added.
Konica Minolta will offer Vpress Coreprint, the cloud-based web-to-print system.
Coreprint is available in various options, from an entry-level system up to the highly-configurable ‘Pro' version for power users. It currently has around 1,500 customers for the system, across more than 60 countries.
There is already a Vpress connection with the wider Konica Minolta operation because its systems are also used by print management firm Charterhouse, acquired by Konica Minolta in November.
Vpress managing director Tim Cox said web-to-print had evolved into "web-to-whatever-you-want". "It's not just a nice to have, it's a necessity. If you don't have it, you can't procure work that way," he stated.
Konica Minolta will still work with other vendors as part of the Digital 1234 programme.
The firm also showed an upgraded version of the Bizhub Press C8000 at the show, the C8000e. This will supersede the old model and will ship in July.
It has new features for greater uptime, included a reduced requirement for service visits.
The £150,000 80ppm device has a duty cycle of 500,000 prints per month, and also comes with a new frontend, EFI's Fiery FS100 Pro colour controller, which is twice as fast as the previous option.
|HP Indigo users team up for mammoth Coca-Cola task
Wed, 15 May 2013 07:05:00 GMT
The "Share a Coca-Cola" campaign is running across 32 countries and launched in Europe at the beginning of this month.
It has involved overprinting 150 popular names, nicknames, and terms of endearment in each country onto BOPP (biaxially-oriented polypropylene) labels pre-printed conventionally with standard content. The names appear in place of the usual branding for each Coca-Cola variant, in a typeface that is harmonious with the Coca-Cola brandmark look and feel.
Eight users of the HP Indigo WS6000 web press for labels and flexible packaging, with a total of 12 presses between them, were enlisted to produce the labels. Production was co-ordinated by label converter Eshuis in the Netherlands.
This is the same company that produced the "design your own Heineken" personalised Heineken sleeves.
The presses ran for 24 hours a day, for around three months, to produce all the labels and proved "exceptionally reliable" achieving an uptime of 86% according to Eshuis managing director Peter Overbeek.
Overbeek described the opportunities for brand owners in harnessing such a print network as "endless".
The job also required a high degree of colour matching and print consistency across the different print providers, with HP formulating Coca-Cola red ink specially for the project.
It differs from other personalised campaigns in that consumers are not ordering or being sent their own unique product. Instead, they look for a bottle in-store with their name on it.
The promotion links with a social media campaign on Facebook where consumers can create a virtual personalised Coke can, but not a real one - yet.
Marit Kroon, marketing manager for Europe at Coca-Cola, said: "The ability to personalise such a high volume of labels with HP Indigo Digital Presses, while achieving the quality and consistency that Coca-Cola requires, opens up new possibilities for creative campaigns moving forward."
A UK advertisement for the campaign has been posted on Coca-Cola's YouTube channel.
|Push rolls out new magazine targeting artistic elite
Tue, 14 May 2013 10:05:00 GMT
The London company printed the first run of 1,000 copies in five colours on its Heidelberg Speedmaster 102XS. A further 350 limited editions of the twice-yearly magazine feature a die-cut, gold foiled slip case and binding with visible stitching.
Joint partner Roy Killen said one of the creative highlights of the 108-page magazine with six-page cover was the "coptic" binding, with exposed thread stitching down the spine. The magazine measures 255mm x 210mm.
Article, billed as a magazine that "celebrates Britain with the coolest of papers", covers art, design, culture and contemporary men's fashion and was printed with the support of Arctic Paper UK.
The launch issue includes a selection from the paper supplier's range including Arctic Matt, Arctic Silk, Arctic Volume White and Munken Lynx Rough. The latter was chosen for its "tactile appeal; not too bulky or shiny, yet offering unique colour reproduction," said the magazine's art director Rosy Tsai.
Arctic Paper managing director Garry Colyer, said: "This unique magazine is inspirational in terms of design and its choice of papers. All standard Arctic Papers are FSC certified so it has great environmental credentials too."
Push works with design companies, galleries, arts organisations, publishers and the wider creative community.
|Johnston Press achieves first profit uplift for seven years
Mon, 13 May 2013 12:05:00 GMT
Total revenues for the period were down 11.4% year-on-year with total advertising revenues down 15.1%, however a slowing in the year-on-year rate of revenue declines was reported for each of the first three months of 2013.The group said that it remained on track to reduce costs by more than £20m this year following a major restructuring of the business in 2012. A key priority for the company this year will be to continue to focus on net debt reduction, which has been helped by the £10m receipt gained from the cancellation of its remaining print contract with News International. Capital expenditure and working capital would remain tightly controlled, the company said. Further details will be released in the company's interim statement later this year.As part of a restructuring of its business, Johnston Press relaunched the majority of its titles last year, with the remainder scheduled to be relaunched this June and new websites being rolled out across each brand.Digital audience figures in April showed a 16.4% year-on-year increase, while printed circulation revenue declined by 0.8% on a like-for-like basis, actually marking an increase on 2012 figures.The company said that provided trading did not deteriorate further, it predicted 2013 results to be in line with current market expectations.Commenting on the interim statement Johnston Press chief executive Ashley Highfield said: "While the economic environment continued to be challenging, the implementation of our strategy progressed further with the successful completion of the relaunch of the vast majority of our titles, together with the further development of our digital business and the roll-out of new hardware and software to all sales staff and journalists. "With our reduced cost base and our continued focus on debt reduction, we remain on track to deliver a strong performance in 2013."
|Condé Nast closes Easy Living print edition
Fri, 10 May 2013 11:05:00 GMT
Launched eight years ago and re-launched just last year, Easy Living, which is printed by Wyndeham Roche, is the latest publication to move to an online only model with the July edition set to be its last in print.
Condé Nast cited challenging newsstand conditions and increasing reliance on "multi-bagged" offerings as the reason for its decision.
The tablet and app editions of the title will also be suspended from July although its website, which grew in unique users by 466% in the first quarter of 2013, will continue.
The move puts around 30 jobs at risk, with a consultation currently underway.
A final decision on the future of the print edition and details relating to subscriptions, which account for around a third of its circulation, will be made following the consultation, the publisher said.
Condé Nast Britain managing director Nicholas Coleridge said: "It is a sad decision to have to take, but we see few encouraging signs in this part of the market.
"Easy Living's print edition has a significant loyal fan base and subscriber base whom we will be reluctant to disappoint, and a particularly talented editorial and publishing staff. However, our digital reach far outweighs that of print, and Easy Living is thriving online."
|Name change gives Gemini Brighton strong regional focus
Fri, 10 May 2013 10:05:00 GMT
The printing and fulfillment business makes £2m from clients such as the local council and businesses and agencies. It runs a five-colour B2 Komori Spica, two Heidelberg Speedmasters, a two- and a four-colour machine, CTP and design kit.
Managing director Dave Britton said: "The rebrand is part of the business strategy to firmly position the brand within the Gemini Group. The new name will help communicate the company's clear Brighton focus."
The group includes Gemini Press in Shoreham, West Sussex, Gemini West in Bristol and Britton's newly-named firm in East Sussex.
Britton said he was keen to highlight his team's green credentials: the company has ISO 14001, FSC and PEFC accreditations while equipment is alcohol free, plates are free of chemistry and only vegetable inks are used.
"We are proud that Gemini Brighton is the only on-site expert printer in the city and that we have such a strong eco-grounding," said Britton.
"Our operation was established around 25 years ago and has enjoyed an enviable reputation in the Brighton market ever since.
"The rebrand will maintain our Brighton focus while also help communicate our extended service offerings as part of the larger Gemini Group."
Clarification: Contrary to information in an earlier version of this story, Gemini Digital in Bridgend is in no way associated with the Gemini Group.
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