Clays have become a major force in this fluid and evolving world through extensive investment and a determination to react quickly to our customers’ fast moving needs. The result of this is an all round service offering for publishers that encompasses digital services, book manufacture, pre-retailing and distribution.
Established 200 years ago, Clays produces in excess of 180 million books a year, all printed and bound at our site in Suffolk. We produce a wide range of titles from the Bible to bestsellers by authors such as Dan Brown and Martina Cole.
We are proud to work with most of the major publishing houses in the UK as well as a number of exciting new, and established, independent publishers.
Through this digital revolution we have remained the UK’s leading book printing company, and embraced new media alongside the more traditional printing process. We have recently added the role of digital service provider to our services, managing the digital data for media such as apps, iPads and eReaders.
Driven by our passion to help make the overall supply chain more cost effective and efficient, we are focusing on moving away from the traditional model of ‘print then sell’ to the more beneficial ‘sell then print’.
Our unrivalled distribution channels and state of the art production methods are allowing us to meet our customers’ fast changing business demands and to develop innovative services aimed at reducing the need to hold unnecessary stock. A range of options is available to our customers, including an automated stock replenishment service alongside print-on-demand and short-run printing; and also a global approach to print, using print partners around the world to provide a one-stop shop for our customers.
The combination of new and existing services offers the industry’s most competitive production model and allows books to be printed at point and place of need.
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