LONDON - Walstead-owned Wyndeham Group announces it has signed a five-year deal to print all 75 of Time Inc. UK’s (formerly IPC Media) UK magazine titles. A significant amount of the work will be produced at Wyndeham Bicester, the new Walstead subsidiary which commenced operating from the ex. Polestar Bicester site on 3 June and is employing 321 of former Polestar staff.
Time Inc. UK’s magazines, which include Marie Claire, Wallpaper, What’s on TV, and Country Life, were previously printed at three of Polestar’s sites including a number of titles which were printed at Polestar’s Sheffield gravure operation and which will now switch to offset production.
Paul Utting, Walstead Group’s ceo, commented: “We are obviously delighted to be able to provide a print solution for Time Inc. UK following the sudden collapse of Polestar. Production of these titles will utilise resources throughout the Wyndeham Group and across the whole range of our services including sheet and web offset printing, and a wide range of finishing activities.”
Guy Gleysteen, Time Inc.’s senior vice president of production, said: “We are delighted to partner with Wyndeham Group in a plan that secures critical print resources in the UK for our needs and the wider publishing industry. This is also a moment to extend our thanks for the full support we received from all of the employees at each of the print plants during this transition period.”