Coronavirus shutdown hits UK publishing schedules

Coronavirus shutdown hits UK publishing schedules

UK publishers with print operations in China are facing delays owing to the coronavirus outbreak that has seen parts of the country shut down.

Although suppliers are beginning to re-open this week, closures ran through the Lunar New Year holiday week in late January into February, putting a strain on schedules, exacerbated by port congestion with fewer shipments permitted out of the country.

Garry Lewis, Usborne's production director, said there is "definitely" an impact on schedules, but owing to delayed re-opening it was hard to know the full extent.

Michael O'Mara's production directo...

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