Newbury Weekly News management is in consultation with print staff over the possible closure of its print plant. Twenty eight jobs are affected.
Newbury CEO James Gurney (pictured) told PJ that it was becoming increasingly difficult to remain competitive with larger group-owned print plants.
Added to that, Newsquest will be moving the recently purchased Isle of Wight County Press - one of Newbury’s largest contract customers - back onto Newsquest presses in January. Another Newbury customer, The Maidenhead Advertiser, is also leaving in January.
“We simply do not have the automation and the scales of economy are against us. It’s been a race to the bottom,” said Mr Gurney.
One of the options under consideration at Newbury is to keep the plant live but reduce from a two shift to one shift staffing structure.
The Newbury press hall houses six Goss Universal towers and two Uniliner double width towers, with Muller Martini and Schur mailroom equipment.