IPG’s new Book Journeys Project focuses on localised printing

The Independent Publishers Guild and HP are partnering on a new cross-industry initiative to help publishers identify ways to reduce the environmental impacts of their printing.

The Localising Printing Project will see leading independent children’s and illustrated publishers scope the potential for transferring print work that is currently done in Asia back to the UK or Europe and cut the greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain. Publishers joining the IPG’s working group include Nosy Crow, Hardie Grant and David Fickling Books. Printers Clays and CPI will also be involved, with support from HP and a leading independent consultant in production and sustainability.

The results of the research will give publishers a clearer picture of the benefits and costs of localising printing and their options for achieving it. The working group will explore in particular the potential for replicating Asia-based technology and labour for producing books—especially full-colour and novelty titles—in the UK.

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