Printers relieved over Covid-19 bounceback but warn of autumn challenge

Printers relieved over Covid-19 bounceback but warn of autumn challenge

UK printing firms say the impact of Covid-19 on their business has not been as large as first feared but they have warned of further challenges as publishers gear up for a big autumn.

Both Clays and CPI Books furloughed at least half of their staff after the virus hit but managed to keep the presses running, maintaining a vital part of the supply chain and becoming unsung heroes of the trade when demand slumped as shops shut.

Paul Hulley, c.e.o of Clays, said his business saw a huge surge in demand during March with one “phenomenally busy” week seeing 4.5 million books produced – the kind...

This is subscriber-only content

Not a subscriber? Get unrestricted access to all the news, charts, previews, data & analysis by subscribing from as little as £3 per week.


Why Subscribe?

Every issue of The Bookseller magazine

Unlimited access to thebookseller.com (single user)

The Bookseller e-edition app for tablet and mobile

Subscriber-only newsletters

Twice yearly Buyer's Guides worth £50

Discounts on The Bookseller Awards and Conferences

Click here to subscribe now