The Domino theory

Domino Printing Sciences provides a close-up look at British manufacturing

British-based assembly line operations such as those of Domino Printing Sciences in Cambridge are fast becoming a rare sight. Roughly half of the 30,000 printers tailor-made by the FTSE 250 company each year are assembled in the UK, with the remainder produced in Domino’s bases around the world.

In this particular corner of the Cambridge plant, some two dozen engineers assemble industrial printers, while a similar number of staff put the finished products through 12 hours of testing before shipping. Its printers allow manufacturers to code, identify, mark or personalise products and packaging on everything from eggs to milk cartons, pots of yoghurt, crisp bags and cigarette packets, and stretch to more complex jobs of printing address labels for magazine subscriptions.

Domino’s revenues predominantly stem from Asia Pacific, western Europe and North America, but the group has a presence in almost all parts of the world. The FTSE 250 printing specialist took out the Company of the Year Award at the 2010 UK Plc Awards, and earns 90 per cent of its £300m-plus annual sales from outside the UK.

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