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A bumpy ride for the industry: 2011's good and bad news

Perhaps the biggest news came late in 2011: the administration one of the world's largest press manufacturers. But this was not the only earth-shattering story covered by PrintWeek. We look back on the news - good and bad - that made 2011 one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory.

Will eurozone crisis impact Drupa 2012 investment plans?

The past year has been defined by bail-outs, debt and contraction across the eurozone, which has adversely affected business and consumer confidence.

Manroland insolvency: where does the firm go from here?

Manroland's insolvency filing last week was the sad but inevitable result of its failure to find an adequate strategy to cope with the massive reduction in its core market from 2008. This included a 54% drop in sales, from 2.1bn in 2006 to just 976m in 2010, together with a 48% drop in incoming orders, from 1.9bn to 976m over that period.

Is there a simple blueprint for a successful print business?

For many medium-sized UK print businesses, today's commercial landscape is very different to the one that existed 10 or 15 years ago. And indeed, today's businesses have also changed significantly - and continue to do so.

Are medium-sized businesses being left out in the cold?

CBI research on how to help the UK's medium-sized businesses (MSBs) obtain finance and exploit opportunities for growth has won broad support from printers in the 10m to 100m-turnover bracket.

Battle lines drawn for high-speed inkjet press ink wars

With the arrival of high-speed inkjet presses that are capable of challenging offset printing in many areas, one of the comments I regularly hear concerns the cost of inkjet inks and the limited range of suppliers.

Briefing: How the Hobbs Industrial Estate explosion holds lessons for all in disaster recovery

Earlier this month, an explosion at the Hobbs Industrial Estate in Lingfield, Surrey, placed the future of many companies nearby in the balance.

QE2 will add to UK's inflation ary woes, not boost lending

The Bank of England's plan to boost lending by increasing the amount of money in the system did not work last time and it's not likely to work now

Briefing: Improvements pending in patent law

Innovative SMEs are hopeful that a government review will simplify the patenting process

Briefing: 'Pay up, pay up and play the game,' coalition tells business

Business bullies will no longer be allowed to get away with late payment, says the government, but just how effective will the legislation really be?

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