Marstan Press Improves Standing in the PrintWeek Top 500
The 2017 PrintWeek Top 500 List has been released this month, and we have moved up in the rankings. The data is a snap shot of the standing of the industry’s Top 500 companies. It includes companies within the litho print, digital print, mailing and wide format sectors. There are also print management companies, so whilst their company size will be accurate, it is difficult to measure the overall size of the industry as some turnover will be counted more than once.
Our data is for the year ending 31st December 2015, and the analysis shows our turnover reached a new 12-month high at just a shade over £5.2m. This places us at 410 in the overall rankings. This impressive growth was achieved in our first full year since our brand new Heidelberg XL75 ten colour press was installed. Our press is officially the most productive XL75 in the UK (and possibly Europe) and the performance we have achieved places us at No 54 in the turnover growth chart.
The print industry is going through a period of unprecedented contraction (number of printing companies), with the UK’s largest printer, Polestar going out of business in spring 2016. They are not alone. Other large companies have also gone bust including Garnett Dickinson and Headley Brothers of Kent, both of which have been sold in non-nonsensical pre-pack administration deals. Others to fall by the way include Evon Print near Brighton, and major city digital printers 1st Byte and Clicks Digital Print.
As a litho and digital printing company based in Bexleyheath within the London Borough of Bexley we have benefited from our prime location – close to the centre of London without the inner London rates and rent costs. We are also well served by the local motorway network including the M25 and M2 motorways, giving us easy access to Kent, Essex, Surrey and other counties surrounding London.
With rumours of other large firms close to administration, and our continued growth fueled by our foil blocking investments, no doubt we will continue to climb the rankings in the 2018 PrintWeek Top 500.