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Polestar Secures £100m+ Deal With IPC Media

Press release from the issuing company

(August 28, 2008) In a deal worth in excess of £100 million, Polestar and IPC Media have signed a five-year contract for the production of 11 titles within the TX, Connect and Ignite magazine portfolios, following the recent tender process carried out by the publisher.

Polestar is the incumbent printer of the magazines – ten weeklies and one fortnightly - with the recently refreshed Pick Me Up and the leading men's title Nuts included within the contractual agreement for the first time. Production will continue across Polestar's web and gravure sites.

Jasper Scott, Manufacturing Director of IPC Media, says: "After a very thorough and demanding tender process for our high volume weekly titles, I am delighted to renew our agreement with Polestar to produce this portfolio of market leading magazines.

"In the course of the last five years, Polestar has invested in and transformed its business into one of the highest quality printers in the UK, both in terms of quality and service. The renewal of this contract demonstrates the degree of faith which we have in their company and its staff."

James Povey, Marketing Director of Polestar UK Print, adds: "IPC Media has been a bedrock to Polestar for many years. By trusting Polestar to produce such a large portfolio of mass run titles, they both recognise and support our position as market-leading magazine printer.

"Although our relationship goes back a long way, Polestar understands that, as a print supplier operating in today's climate, success is all about what you deliver moving forward – not what you have done in the past. That is why it is such fantastic news for Polestar that IPC Media has validated our relationship for a further five years."