Printing company in East Kilbride announces redundancies
March 16, 2011 by Michael
A print company in East Kilbride, Thomson Litho, recently announced a slew of redundancies were to be made at its plant in the region. The company, part owned by Czech form GZ Media mainly specialised in CD, DVD and vinyl printing. This news, although unfortunate, did not come as a shock as the company has been in financial difficulty since 2009. The company offered a number of digital printing services from its East Kilbride headquarters and mainly served large national and international music and film companies. There has been significant speculation that the company may now plan to move its entire operation to the Czech Republic, which is a worry to the remaining staff as although 55 people have been made redundant, over 130 people in total are employed by the company. Thomson Litho blamed ‘difficult market conditions’ for the downsizing of the company and insist that they are acting in the interest of keeping the company very much part of the printing industry heritage of Scotland.
Many companies offering digital printing in East Kilbride are, however, finding that business is picking up, particularly for smaller companies offering things like catalogue printing. East Kilbride is home to small printing firms who are able to offer bespoke, personal printing services that cannot be matched by larger, less personal companies.
The redundancies that have been announced at Thomson Litho have come as a blow to the people of the region, but these small green shoots of economic hope that small businesses are showing are a positive sign for the economy of Scotland in general.