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Hazell Sun Group

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1945 Sun Engraving Co, having grown very large, decided to sell its printing operations.

Acquired by the family firm of Hazell, Watson and Viney of Aylesbury.

Formed the Hazell Sun Group as a holding company for its various production facilities.

Between 1945 and 1965 Sun Printers continued to earn a reputation for its innovations, pioneering the application of electronics to rotary gravure printing (including colour scanning to produce separations, and electronic register control on the press), and researching and developing new kinds of inks.

1962 the firm obtained the contract to produce the first-ever weekly colour magazine for a British newspaper, The Sunday Times Colour Magazine. Employment at Sun Printers peaked at that point with more than 3,600 people on the payroll.

1963 Hazell Sun Group merged with the Purnell Group to form the British Printing Corporation (BPC).

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Sources of Information

  • History of Sun Printers [1]