Sheridan Announces Addition of Clays as Partner of Content Delivery Alliance
HUNT VALLEY, MD—December 10, 2013—The Sheridan Group (Sheridan) and The OPUS Group announce the addition of Clays Ltd. as the newest member of the Content Delivery Alliance (CDA). The CDA was created in 2011 to support the growing distribute and print need among international journal and book publishers. Formed as an international strategic alliance among printers who share a similar commitment to quality, integrity, efficiency and service, the CDA provides a solution for regional and international customers who require content to be produced and delivered close to their customer base.
Clays Ltd, a division of St. Ives plc, is one of the most respected printers in the United Kingdom with a robust print platform that includes web, sheetfed and digital printing capabilities, as well as extensive binding capabilities for both hard- and soft-cover books. Additionally, Clays offers a comprehensive portfolio of publishing services, including value-added warehousing and fulfillment services. Like Sheridan and OPUS, Clays has a forward thinking approach to investing in strategic publisher service solutions, from workflow automation and efficient short-run manufacturing capabilities to complete warehouse and fulfillment offerings.
From its base in Bungay, UK, Clays Ltd. will service customers’ distribute and print book needs in the UK and Europe, Sheridan will support North America and The Opus Group will cover the Pacific region from facilities in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Kate McFarlan, Clays managing director, said: “We are delighted to be part of the CDA with Sheridan and The Opus Group. We have, for many years, worked closely with our publishing customers to develop the most effective means of supplying books to retail and other outlets. To extend this offering to international markets is the next logical step for us and the CDA partnership is a great cultural fit.”
Located in Hunt Valley, MD, Sheridan is a leading provider of print, publishing services and technology solutions to publishers, associations, university presses, and catalogers. Comprised of The Sheridan Press, Sheridan Books, Dartmouth Printing Company, and Dartmouth Journal Services, each company within The Sheridan Group has a market specialty that supports scholarly journals, books, magazines, or catalogs.
About Clays Ltd.
Established 200 years ago, Clays is the United Kingdom's leading book manufacturer producing in excess of 150 million books a year all printed and bound from a single site in Suffolk. As part of St. Ives Group, Clays is proud to work with most of the major publishing houses in the United Kingdom, as well as new and established independent publishers. Over the last 10 years, Clays has made significant investments to provide customers with a fast, reliable service year-round. An on-site warehouse with storage for 5000 pallets enables Clays to provide pre-retail, fulfillment and distribution services. In addition, a £10 million investment in digital production facilities, running alongside the existing conventional capabilities, enables Clays to provide a range of managed inventory services.
About OPUS Group
OPUS Group is an Asia-Pacific specialist business services and communication solutions company, distributing published content that will deliver today’s customer requirements and importantly lead tomorrow’s communication needs. The nature of OPUS can be characterized through its focus on ‘specialization, speed and scale’, operating in specialist market segments and distributing across Asia-Paciﬁc and globally. This has enabled OPUS to maintain one of the highest levels of hands-on customer service and the fastest turnaround of products and services, yet still grow to become one of the leading specialist business services and communication solutions groups in the Asia-Paciﬁc region.
Source: The Sheridan Group.