Is this a straw in the wind or the thud of reality hitting you in the back of the head?

“UK press manufacturer Timsons has laid off ‘between 30 and 40’ of its staff after restructuring its business to concentrate on the manufacture of digital book presses.” The story is on PrintWeek‘s site and dates from 3 September. Jeff Ward, Managing Director of Timsons is quoted as saying “with the downturn in traditional litho [offset], we had to do something in order to rebalance the business”.

They will still be maintaining the many offset presses already installed around the world but this cannot but be bad news for aficionados of printing via the balance of ink and water.