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News: Key Publishing Ltd Acquires Ian Allan Magazines

By Simon Russell on 2 March 2012, 17:06

The purchase involves seven titles published by Ian Allan (Buses, Classic Aircraft, Combat Aircraft, Hornby, Modern Railways, Railways Illustrated, and Vintage Roadscene) together with a number of partworks and Annual publications and four Ian Allan owned franchise titles Bus and Coach Preservation, Classic Bus, Modern Locomotives Illustrated and Steam Days.

Key Publishing is delighted to announce the acquisition of the Ian Allan portfolio of magazines from Ian Allan Publishing Ltd. The purchase involves seven titles published by Ian Allan (Buses, Classic Aircraft, Combat Aircraft, Hornby, Modern Railways, Railways Illustrated, and Vintage Roadscene) together with a number of partworks and Annual publications and four Ian Allan owned franchise titles Bus and Coach Preservation, Classic Bus, Modern Locomotives Illustrated and Steam Days.

Commenting on the acquisition, Adrian Cox, Managing Director of Key Publishing said “We are very excited about the opportunities afforded by bringing Ian Allan’s portfolio of quality transport and modelling titles into the Key stable. Whilst some of the magazines are in sectors new to Key, there is a natural fit and synergy with our extensive range of specialist leisure titles. We are looking forward to building on the strong foundations that these magazines currently have by using the economies of scale that a larger organisation can bring to the party and are particularly pleased that all the staff working on the titles will continue with us.’’

David Allan, Chairman of Ian Allan Publishing said “We have been very happy with the development of our magazine portfolio over the years particularly recently but the time is right to sell. We are delighted that it has found a good home at Key Publishing where we are confident that the magazines and the people working on them will thrive.’’

The first issues to be produced by Key Publishing will be those cover dated April 2012 the first of which will be Combat Aircraft and Railways Illustrated on sale on 2 March 2012.

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