The Guardian moves printing of Weekend magazine to Walstead Bicester

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The Guardian has moved production of its Weekend magazine to Walstead Bicester.

The magazine, which is published alongside the Saturday edition of the newspaper, had been rotogravure printed on the mainland in Roto Smeets since 2016, following the collapse of Polestar, then shipped to UK.

It is now printed in web offset at Walstead Bicester, on a three-year contract starting with the February 2 issue.

Walstead Group Sales Director Jon Hearnden said Print week: “Any weekly product with large volume is a key win for us so we are delighted both that it has returned to the UK and that we are producing it for The Guardian.

“To engage with The Guardian on a project of this size and scope is a real success and it is very satisfying for us to launch our relationship with them in this way.

The magazine will be printed on the Lithoman 64pp and 72pp press suite at the Bicester plant and bound using its Ferag sewing lines.

“From a customer’s perspective, helio is a great technology, but web offset gives them flexibility in paging ranges and where we can produce value-added opportunities with smaller sections, inserts, etc..

Guardian News & Media (GNM) confirmed Print week this the Observer Magazine, published alongside The observer every Sunday would continue to be printed by YM Group.

“As part of our continued strategy to make our business as efficient as possible, the Weekend the magazine joined Weekly Guardian for printing at Walstead Bicester, ”said a GNM spokesperson.

The Observer’s Magazine has been printed with the YM Group since January 2018. “

Last month The Guardian from polywrap to compostable for the bag of extras that comes out with the Saturday edition, which has an average circulation of just over 257,000.

It uses compostable potato starch packaging by Alfaplas in Hereford, with the supplement pack packaging taking place at RMS in Rainham and YM Chantry in Wakefield, which also prints the Meet again, the To guide and Feast supplements.

Walstead launched plans last week to downsize at the Bicester site on the back of reduced volumes, while earlier this week he revealed he plans to shut down Grange Press. The old Wyndeham companies were renamed Walstead last month.


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