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Halstan expands in Germany
7 March 2014
Halstan Holdings have concluded a far-reaching agreement with Schott Music, the largest music publisher in Germany. Established in the UK for nearly 100 years, Amersham-based Halstan has been at the forefront of innovation in music printing and has recently installed a unique combination of digital equipment to provide short-run, lay-flat thread-sewn titles – an absolute requirement for music publications – including Otabind.
Under the terms of the agreement, a newly created wholly owned company – Halstan Deutschland GmbH has been set up with a digital printing facility capable of 24-hour turnaround for Print-to-Order titles. Halstan DE will also undertake a significant part of the printing requirements of Schott Music and that of its associated companies. The location near Mainz will enable Halstan DE to replenish the stock for many music titles distributed by mds Music Distribution Services, mainland Europe's largest sheet music distributor based in Mainz-Hechtsheim.
Halstan Holdings Chairman, Christopher Smith, commented:
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, Pindar Creative, which Halstan acquired nearly three years ago.
Schott Music CEO, Dr. Peter Hanser-Strecker, commented:
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 professionalization and specialization 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.
For further information, please speak to Anne Lee at Halstan - 01494 725525