The Kynoch Press

1876–1981

The Kynoch Press, Birmingham, flourished for over a century, it was the in-house printer to the huge ICI group, but it also produced quality printing for a range of other customers, work which earned it a reputation as one of the foremost British printing houses of the period. The strength of the Press lay in its composing room, which pioneered the introduction of nineteenth-century English types into Britain during the 1920s and 30s, an approach then successfully adopted by the Curwen Press and others. In addition, its unique collection of artists’ and European types attracted British industrial clients with an interest in design. After 1945, the typographic reputation of the Press was maintained as it developed a progressive and contemporary type list. The change to photocomposition was embraced and in its latter years the Press was innovative in adopting new opportunities, in particular with a complete foreign-language service offered to export businesses. The Press was closed in 1981.