On 27th November, 2014, Potts Print (UK) Ltd., the Cramlington-based printing, packaging and direct mail specialist, acquired local neighbour, Digital XL Services Ltd., large-format printing company, for an undisclosed sum.
Digital XL is a highly regarded production company focused on large-format digitally printed products and services, and has been a Potts trade supplier for many years. The companies have built a strong commercial relationship, which has led to this next step.
Shaun Johnson, Potts Print (UK) Managing Director comments, “the Digital XL acquisition increases technical and physical firepower at Potts and will form the cornerstone of our newly launched digital and large format printing division”.
Digital XL founders Keith McHugh and Iain McDougal will head up the division with all current staff. Four technicians will join the production team after Christmas, alongside business development managers Geoff Armstrong and Frazer Varty, who are tasked with driving divisional sales in the North East and nationally.
Keith and Iain add, “this really is a ‘win-win’ for us, our staff and customers. Potts are making a significant investment in state of the art digital equipment, and by employing more production staff, will help us ‘get off the tools’ and release more time to focus on the successful expansion of this division of Potts”.
Michael Sandford-Couch, CEO of Potts Print (UK) Ltd., concludes that 2014 will be considered a dynamic year in the company’s 139-year history. “2014 began with a reorganisation of our Client Services and Business Development teams; in May, we purchased a high speed stitching line for the print finishing department; in the second half of the year we acquired Bakershaw Printing and now Digital XL. It also seems likely that Potts will post record profits at our year end in December. Investment plans for 2015 are already taking shape, with £3m+ earmarked for capital equipment from Agfa, Xerox and Heidelberg in the first quarter of the year. This, plus a recruitment drive for all departments and divisions planned for next Easter, should ensure that commercial momentum is maintained next year and beyond”.
ABOUT POTTS PRINT (UK)
Potts Print (UK) is an ever-expanding printing, packaging and direct mail company based in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Clients of Potts Print (UK) include international corporations, retail and pharmaceutical companies, the NHS and public sector organisations, creative agencies, charities, regional and local businesses and the performing and visual arts community.
All clients are offered cutting-edge lithographic and personalised digital applications to produce best value print solutions, bespoke packaging and direct mail combined with seamless production, storage and distribution services.
Our business objective is “An added value partnership based on exceptional service levels and continuous improvement to achieve sustainable cost savings.” The Three C’s are key to the success of our client relationships: Cost Savings, Continuous Improvement, Client Satisfaction. We have a turnover of £14m and a workforce of 140 brilliant people (and counting). We’re also the first Carbon Balanced Printing Company in the North of England.
Printing with passion, since 1875.
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