Award for the Report & Accounts Printer 2019

We had a great time at this years Print Week Awards and are excited to say we WON the award for the Report & Accounts Printer of the year 2019! Well done to the team at CPI and all the other winners!


The CPI Digital School is extending its internal programme to offer expert level technical training for employees in book finishing and digital production.

The new Training Courses are available to employees from the British, French, Spanish and German divisions and each course will benefit from teaching from one of CPI’s 3 dedicated technical gurus who lead in best practise in their field.  Several modules can be mixed and matched to the needs of the participants.

Matthew Baldwin, Group Operations Director comments “CPI-Print is lucky to have some of the best technical minds in the book industry.  With this initiative we are looking to grow our pool of experts even more”

Unique in the industry, the school runs several external and internal courses but all benefit from :

1/ The latest technology on site
2/ Tuition by in-house experts in their field
3/ Case studies on the production floor

New hardcover production facility at CPI Blackprint

The CPI Black Print team is delighted to announce the launch of its new hardcover binding line.

After entering the new releases book market in 2015 with the purchase of a Timon T48, CPI Black Print is strengthening its presence in this market by adding a hardcover binding line.

This investment allows CPI Black Print to expand its service offering for Spanish publishers in the production of important book title releases in hardcover version.  Black Print is also looking forward to investing in an INTEGRA binding machine in the near future.

Xavier Valls, General Manager of CPI Blackprint explains the investment “Publishers have been asking us to bring our quality & expertise to a wider product range”.  Jean-Francois Pontroué, Sales Director adds “We are glad to be able to react quickly to the needs of our customers!”

Rathbones Folio prize

CPI Trade Books is proud to work with independent publisher “Penned in the Margins” and congratulates them and their award winning author Raymond Antrobus on winning the RathbonesFolio Prize this summer

Private investor acquires CPI Group

9 April 2019, London/Paris/Amsterdam – In a private transaction Circle Media Group (“CMG”), a leading European printing and media group, announces today that it has sold its interest in book printing group CPI to the Private Wealth Office of entrepreneur and award-winning private investor Richard Hughes and his family (“RHWO”).
Richard Hughes has a highly successful track record of investing directly and indirectly across multiple sectors, including as founder and non-executive director of and majority stake in Crawford Healthcare.

Paris-based CPI is the largest monochrome book printer group in Europe, printing more than 450 million books for 2,000 clients every year. With 16 factories based across five European countries, the company employs 2,800 staff.
Founded in 1996, CPI is renowned for its innovation, being the first European printer to have massively invested in digital inkjet printing. This continued investment in computerised and digital printing solutions forms the basis of its service offering, which includes: on-demand printing, automated restocking, zero stockholding, distribution and web-to-print, associated to its large traditional offset printing base. CPI has the potential to grow based on its global presence as well as its advanced workflow and supply-chain solutions. CMG has decided to sell its interest in CPI to a strong financial owner to facilitate CPI’s continued growth and expansion. Pierre-Francois Catté will remain Executive Director of CPI.

The transaction has been approved by the European work council and some local work councils. Simon Ashton, Chairman at RHWO: “Our wealth-management fund understands that CPI needs a nimble structure and strong financial position to keep its lead in the books market. We see what CPI has built over the years and believe this as an excellent building block to further growth, both in Europe and beyond. We aim to support CPI’s leadership team in achieving its growth ambitions.”

Pierre-Francois Catté, Executive Director of CPI: “Over the past years we have established ourselves as the leading European book printer and as a trusted partner for publishers and distributors. For them our advanced workflow and supply chain solutions are key. With the support of RHWO, we can continue our strategy of collaboration with our customers to create a sustainable platform to deliver books to consumers. Because after all: people still want books.”

Peter Andreou, Executive Chairman and CEO of CMG: “One of the main reasons for our acquisition of CPI was their range of digital capabilities and supply-chain solutions. Over the past year, however, we have acknowledged that CPI and our commercial printing businesses progress at different paces. In order to keep its lead, CPI needs separate focus and support to further develop its core strengths. RHWO will be an excellent financial and strategic partner for CPI in providing this. Meanwhile CMG will continue with its consolidation of the European commercial printing industry.”

CPI has revenues of €360 million, 2,500 employees and 16 factories spread out over 5 countries. As one of Europe’s largest book printers and a history that goes back to 1713, it produces over 400 million books per year. CPI delivers literature, scientific, technical and medical books and printed documents for major publishing houses, large industrial groups and administrative bodies.
For more information:
CPI: Pierre-François Catté, Executive Director
T : + 33 (0) 1 55 60 56 04 / M : + 33 (0) 6 03 69 67 88

Richard Hughes & RHWO
Richard Hughes is a successful entrepreneur and investor, with 30 years of experience in actively investing his own capital to provide support to growing businesses in a wide variety of industry sectors. Managing his and his family’s private wealth and investments through RHWO, he is one of the most successful award-winning investors based in the North of England. Richard was previously a founder and non-executive director of, the UK based online fashion retailer. This company was listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2014 and is currently valued at over £2bn. He also acquired a majority stake in Crawford Healthcare in 2009, when its parent company entered into insolvency. He grew the turnover from £3m to £30m and expanded the business internationally. In 2018 the company was sold to US healthcare group Acelity (for a reported £100m by The Telegraph).
Richard Hughes is also the founder of Zeus Capital, a London and Manchester based boutique investment bank, involved in flotations, capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions for both public and private companies which raises circa £1 bn per annum for growth companies.
Richard also sits on the boards of the charities Maggies, providing support to people with cancer and their families & friends, and Bookmark Reading, supporting reading and literacy among children.
For more information
RHWO: Simon Ashton, Chairman
T: +44 (0) 1423 408000 / M: +44 (0)7971 815678

Circle Media Group
Circle Media Group is a leading European printing and media services group headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Group has printing & media operations throughout Europe in Austria (Oberndorfer Druckerei, Salzburg), Belgium (Corelio, Erpe-Mere), Germany (J. Fink Druck, Ostfildern and Kőrner Druck, Sindelfingen), Spain (Impresia Ibérica, Madrid, Toledo and Barcelona), The Netherlands (Roto Smeets Deventer, Roto Smeets Weert and Senefelder Misset, Doetinchem) and Hungary (Antok, Celldömölk). Its marketing communications operation MPG is based in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, New York, United States and Barcelona & Madrid, Spain (as Espacio y Punto).
For more information:
Circle Media Group: Bert Holtkamp
T: +31-6-55380594

CPI sells Koninklijke Wöhrmann

CPI is announcing today that it has reached an agreement with Boekgroep B.V. to sell the Dutch printing company Koninklijke Wöhrmann.

This announcement comes after several years of difficulties in the Dutch book market. Since 2008, book sales went down by almost 40% and several bookstores closed in the Netherlands. This situation led CPI management to consider that the best option for the future of Koninklijke Wöhrmann and its employees was to partner with a well established local player.

This acquisition will allow both companies to leverage synergies in procurement, sales and process automation. It also provides Boekgroep B.V with the web offset capacities that are needed for the Dutch publishing market. The two companies will remain as independent entities and no significant change in daily operations is forseen.

CPI obviously remains committed to the book market and to the publishing industry. In an environment that is moving rapidly, we are constantly adapting our industrial capabilities and investing in new equipment and technologies so we can best serve our customers across Europe.

CPI buys Canon for short run academic publications

CPI UK is switching focus to academic book production with Canon presses to provide the power and flexibility publishers are looking for.

CPI is continuing its investment spree with the focus shifting to its STMA Division, where it has signed with a six-press investment package for Canon machines.
It is buying five VarioPrint 6320 presses and a VarioPrint 110 for the short run journal and academic arm of the UK business. The move will “significantly increase productivity” and position the business to better meet demand for print on demand services.

Martin Collyer, divisional general manager, says: “We’re seeing a significant shift towards a need for print on demand services. We chose the VarioPrint technology because we needed to produce books in high volumes with excellent quality, but with an incredibly short run time. The machines are flexible enough to give us the agility we need to adapt to changing market demands.
“We looked at a variety of technologies from different manufacturers, but the Canon VarioPrint range were the only machines that could deliver on everything that our business needs.”

The investment continues a relationship with Canon on the cut sheet digital printing while its preferred technology for continuous feed printing has been HP’s PageWide T presses. Along with the output engines, CPI Books is upgrading its Prisma workflow to V5, the latest version of the Canon front end.

The VarioPrint 6320 is the company’s most productive mono press and an established choice for book printers thanks to printing at 314 A4 pages a minute on a maximum 350x500mm sheet, printing both sides simultaneously to avoid concerns about fit on the second side printed.

Craig Nethercott, channel director Canon UK and Ireland, sees a growing requirement for the productivity of the print engines and the flexibility offered by the workflow. “The pace of the book publishing industry has completely changed,” he says. “Driven by communities such as university students, publishers and printers must be able to respond to spikes in demand for certain books immediately. As a result, workflow that enables companies like CPI to dynamically and seamlessly scale up production with minimal downtime is becoming as important as the printers themselves.”

The investment in this area follows on from the announced investment in a six-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 for CPI Colour in Croydon.

Opening of the Training Centre for Careers in Digital Printing

At a press conference held on 21 April at the bookshop L’Ecume des pages, Pierre-François Catté, CEO of the CPI Group, announced the opening of the Training Centre for Careers in Digital Printing. Located on the site of the Bussière printers in Saint-Amand-Montrond (Cher), the centre has been set up to provide tomorrow’s professionals with training for careers in digital printing, to support and promote the printing profession and to ensure the sustainability of the industrial fabric of CPI sites.

A commitment to the digital transformation of the printing business.
While going digital remains a challenge for printers in order to keep their business at optimal levels of efficiency and competitiveness, it must be accompanied by key training to prepare the future of the sector.
As a centre of excellence in digital printing for the group, Bussière will house a training centre on digital techniques. It will provide pupils and students with access to the latest industrial equipment and will train them on the associated processes by combining theory and practice.

A leading training centre for the printers of today and tomorrow.
Right from its launch in April 2015, the training centre hosted students from the PAGORA engineering school, part of the Grenoble Institute of Technology, which offers excellent training in paper, printed communications and biomaterial sciences. A study trip was organised for the PAGORA students on 22, 23 and 24 April.
The new training programme is also intended for CPI employees in order for them to acquire the necessary skills to use, maintain and update digital printing tools. Finally, CPI’s customers and suppliers will also be able to attend an introduction to digital technologies.
In the second semester of 2015, CPI will extend its training offer by developing a learning centre designed to train the professionals of tomorrow in partnership with vocational schools (CAP and BTS level).

Pierre-François Catté, CEO of the CPI Group, said: “Digital printing is the key to our competitiveness. It is vital to teach the professionals of tomorrow to use these new tools and breathe new life into the industry through training.”

CPI at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015

Meet us at the Frankfurt Book Fair from 14 to 18 October. We will be delighted to welcome you to our stand. There you’ll discover new products, exclusive finishes, and you can chat with our sales teams over a coffee.