National newspaper owner puts his faith in print for the next 25 years
December 13, 2011 by Lyndon
The owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star has put his money where his mouth is and has invested in a new printing site that is expected to run for at least the next 25 years.
Richard Desmond, the man behind several national newspapers, recently turned on the printing presses at the newspaper group’s new printing site in Luton. He commented on the new investment in print, saying:
“Through these investments our print interest is now firmly in line with the rest of the Northern and Shell group as a major modern competitor in UK media business and we demonstrate our belief in the future of print media for the next 25 years and beyond.”
This investment and the future acquisition plans that the company has up its sleeves show a real faith in the future of analogue and digital printing.
Glasgow recently became home to one of the printing sites for rival newspaper company News International, as was reported back in September. The trend for moving away from London seems to be growing with many companies choosing to distribute their printing over several sites or to use a local printing company. Glasgow has a rich history which is intrinsically linked to printing and this no doubt was a factor in the decision to move this print operation North.
The newly opened Daily Express and Daily Star plant in Luton has the capacity to print more titles in future so is well positioned to grow over the next 25 years.