Briefing

Year of the Dragon

China sets sights on global growth

Printing and finishing equipment manufactured in China has historically been met with caution by many UK and European printers.

Drupa

World’s biggest print expo makes a welcome, if downsized, comeback

After years of preparation and hype, Drupa finally returned to Düsseldorf for 11 days from 28 May to 7 June – its first in-person exhibition since 2016 due to Covid disruptions in the interim.

Power of print

Is it time to dust off direct mail?

It is, perhaps, pertinent to realise that a multitude of present-day marketers have pretty much zero experience in direct mail, such has been the fixation with online digital marketing channels in...

Fespa

Flagship wide-format expo takes big strides forward in Amsterdam

Fespa’s Global Print Expo is a celebrated annual fixture in the wide-format print calendar that more often than not takes place in a German city every May.

A flawed strategy

The collapse of Communisis

Forged in the heady days of the early noughties, Communisis looked like it would dominate the communications market. It never quite fulfilled its potential, but what was behind its demise?

Keep customers happy

Don’t skimp on service: it’s the customers who make a business bloom

Keeping a sharp focus on prioritising great service can pay dividends across the whole scope of an enterprise.

Administration

Puzzling out PFI’s M&A debacle

A rampant buy-and-build strategy does not automatically result in success – as ex-employees and creditors of PFI Group can sadly testify – so what was the strategy behind the massive growth plan?

Power of Print

Pinpointing print’s opportunities

The 13th annual Power of Print event boasts a busy schedule with something for everyone. This year’s event will seek to explore the opportunities – and challenges – for print and paper sectors in a...

Growth aspirations

Thinking outside the box can move your business growth up a gear

Growth aspirations are now back on the agenda for many printers, but lateral thinking may be required to succeed.

Sustainable packaging

Packs open up pots of opportunity

Fans of BBC Two show Inside the Factory will know that the production stats for some of the products featured are pretty mind-blowing, be it 360,000 tins of rice pudding made per day, or 130m malt...

Pattern generated by Prinfab AI using a prompt
Artificial intelligence

AI is still in its infancy but has huge potential for print

As with any new or emerging technology that is being talked up as the second coming, it can be wise to proceed with caution in its early days, at least until its potential is somewhat proven.

Much has changed in the  digital colour space over the past eight years
Show to return after eight years

Drupa visitors can expect a digital print wonderland

The options for digital colour have come a long way, and the market is now fiercely competitive.

Diversity

Print remains stubbornly a pale and male sector

Despite some increase in the number of women employed in the industry, print continues to stand out as a particularly non-diverse sector. But why? And what should be done?

With wide-format confidence continuing to increase, visitors to Fespa’s flagship expo were on the hunt for inspiration
Wide-format

Growth high on the agenda at Fespa 2023

After years spent in recovery post-pandemic, many wide-format printers have now finally broken free from the shackles of Covid and – despite, or perhaps because of, the other many current external...

Hunkeler Innovation Days

Automation leads the way in development

Technological advances were everywhere in idyllic Lucerne as Hunkeler Innovationdays returned after a four-year hiatus.