Timsons, the kettering-based manufacturer of book presses, has succumbed to voluntary liquidation. The company started production in 1896 and was still based on its original site. But changes in the book printing market had led to a downturn in orders.
Last year Timsons stopped making its conventional offset presses in order to concentrate on its digital models, including the heavy-duty T-Press that is based around Kodak Prosper printheads. But the company failed to attract further orders, leading to the decision to close down. It will lead to the loss of 25 jobs.
There’s a separate contract engineering business, Timsons Engineering, which is to continue operating. This includes the foundry used to produce the presses and means that it will be able to provide spares for the presses.
The T-Press was an impressive machine, launched at the Drupa 2012. The first one was installed at MPG Books in Kings Lynn, which itself failed though that T-Press was later sent to a printer in Minnesota. There is some evidence that the book market is strengthening and Timsons’ own strategic report indicated that digital sales picked up in the last half of 2014.