PMP Limited originated as part of the Murdoch global media empire. Murdoch had earlier acquired magazine publisher Southdown Press, the owner of women’s publication New Idea, and the leading entertainment magazine TV Week. News Limited established a dedicated magazine publishing division under the name Pacific Publications.
News Ltd also consolidated their commercial printing operations, including two of the printing companies acquired from newspaper group Adelaide Advertiser being Griffin Press (est. 1858), Australia’s leading book printer; and Wilke & Co Ltd (est. 1895) which was the largest commercial printing company in Melbourne specialising in magazines and directories. A few years earlier News had acquired the leading catalogue printing and letterbox distribution company Progress Press, and became the largest printing company in Australia under the name Pac-Rim Printing.
Expansion into New Zealand followed with the acquisition of printing companies Adams Print and Bascands (both est.1911), and Circular Distributors for letterbox delivery.
By the 1990s the combined print, publishing and distribution operations had established their leadership in Australia’s and New Zealand’s print media production sector. However by 1991 News Corp had amassed sizeable debt, prompting a major restructure and refinancing package. In 1991 PMP Limited was floated on the ASX as “Pacific Magazines and Printing Limited”, which is the origin of the initials PMP.
News Ltd. spins off magazine divisions Southdown Press, UK publisher Attic Futura, Griffin Press and other printing operations including Progress Press, Wilke Color and Wilke Directories into a new company, Pacific Magazines and Printing (known as PMP). The spin-off also included the largest door-to-door distribution business Progress Press. 55% of the company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
PMP acquires Shomega Ltd for $175M AUD itself formed through a merger with digital media group Show-Ads. The acquisition included Canberra Press (heat-set), Incolour Printing (sheet-fed), Property.com.au (online real estate), Disctronics (CD manufacturing) and Illoura productions (video). This acquisition prompted the company to take on new name PMP Communications.
News Limited. divest its 45 percent stake in PMP, stating PMP no longer fit with its core operations.
PMP Communications changes its name to PMP Limited, consolidating all heatset print businesses under PMP Print, and letterbox distribution business Progress Press under PMP Distribution.
PMP acquires the Australian operations of Gordon & Gotch (est. 1850’s), Australia’s leading newspaper and magazine distribution business.
After a failed merger with IPMG, PMP merges Pacific Publications into a joint venture with Seven Network. 50% of Pacific Publications is sold to Seven Network for $85M AUD. Pacific Mirror Image (CD manufacturing – formerly Disctronics) is divested for $28M AUD, and Property.com is sold to REA Group.
PMP announces its decision to exit magazine publishing, selling off the balance of its share of the Seven Network joint venture for $65M AUD; UK based Attic Futura is sold to Hachette Filipacchi Medias for $115M AUD.
After and extensive review and transformation initiative, Show-Ads is rebranded PMP Digital, and PMPOne workflow is launched and installed in Officeworks, Kmart and Target.
PMP acquires Times Printers Australia for $80M AUD, known in the market as Argyle Printing.
PMP acquires Marketing management software Adcast from Adcast Group. Adcast is subsequently relaunched as DMarketer.
PMP divests Pacific Micromarketing to Experian for U.S. $6.5M