Isle of Man newspaper printing moved to UK mainland

March 6, 2012 by  

A printing company based in the Isle of Man which produced newspapers for Isle of Man Newspapers has closed down. All work has moved to a printing company in Sheffield.

Isle of Man Newspapers closed the arm of the company that dealt with printing three local newspapers for the Isle of Man. The three newspapers, The Manx Independent, The Courier and The Examiner will now be printed in Sheffield at a local printing company. Nearby Chesterfield and Sheffield itself will welcome the move as this is a boost to the local economy. However, Isle of Man Newspapers will suffer job losses for at least seven of its employees. The newspaper continues to employ over 50 people on the island, despite these cuts.

The decision to move printing of the Isle of Man newspapers to South Yorkshire was down to the fact that new equipment was needed for the Isle of Man print operation and this was going to be too expensive. The Sheffield printing company already has equipment which offers state-of-the art full colour printing facilities, so it was more cost-effective to simply move the operation.

Richard Butt, the editor at Isle of Man Newspapers, spoke about the decision to move the printing of the papers to the UK mainland, saying that printing them at the new plant would:

“Improve the quality of the publications.”

The papers will be shipped over to the island by boat, or they will be flown over if necessary.