09 March 2014 Printing/Print Company Profiles

Halstan plays first movement onto continent

Amersham music specialist Halstan Holdings has set up shop in Germany through a Mainz acquisition.

HALSTAN HOLDINGS HAS SET UP a German subsidiary to take over the inplant of music publisher Schott Music in Mainz. The unit, backed by production facilities in Amersham, will manage stock for mrs Music Distribution Services, the largest distributor of sheet music on the continent.

The deal strengthens a relationship dating back many years. Halstan chairman Chris Smith says: “I was delighted to be given this opportunity to work with Schott Music in Germany, a company we have been working very closely with in the UK for many years. This move fits with our work with publishers to develop a very fast Print-to-Order service combined with a stock reduction strategy.

"THIS WILL BE A VERY OPEN relationship with regard to workflow with some systems being shared with Schott/MDS and others being specially written by the Aylesbury-based software company, Pinda Creative which Halstan acquired nearly three years ago.”

Halstan is taking over a unit where its existing Océ presses are nearing the end of their lease, providing the opportunity to consider exactly what equipment will be needed in Germany to provide the 24 hour turnaround for print to order titles for Schott. While the initial requirement will be to print for this publisher, the opportunity is there to handle third party work and to expand the operation while maintaining service level agreements with Schott.

SMITH IS FLYING TO GERMANY this week to visit the factory and then later in the week to the Frankfurt Music Fair where Halstan has a small presence and where more than 70 music publishers have stands. Halstan has been at the forefront of music printing, developing its own software and recently installing equipment to produce lay flat thread sewn digitally printed titles, essential for music publishers, and including an Otabind facility. The Amersham factory has been providing printing for Schott for many years.

Its managing director Dr Peter Hanser-Strecker says: “I am very happy about this future-oriented cooperation. We have been working closely and successfully with Halstan for several decades. Now, we are going to increase the strategic focus on the further professionalisation and specialisation of digital printing for all relevant areas of music publishing. Together with mds, Halstan Deutschland will be able to offer other music publishers an attractive range of services.”

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Dr Peter Hanser-Strecker shakes on the deal with Chris Smith.

Dr Peter Hanser-Strecker shakes on the deal with Chris Smith.