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Fringe targets print in eco drive

With ticket sales topping 3 million for the first time this year, the 345,000 copies of the programme produced for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival may on the face of it seem like a comparatively conservative figure.

Paper cuts into polywrap’s dominance

Take-up of paper wrapping in favour of polywrapping by publishers is gathering pace with three major media groups opting to make switches, including venerable weekly Country Life moving to paper wrap for its subscriber copies.

Christmas comes early for bookworms

Christmas is coming – regardless of any protests that autumn has barely begun. The retail sector is revving up for the festive season already. For print, this means production will step up on all sorts of physical media.

New guard recognises print’s value

As digital technologies continue to make their evolutionary impact on everything from news and advertising consumption to data storage, analysts and onlookers seem to declare print to be dead with increasing regularity.

Adspend falls but outlook is improving

The numerous benefits of print as an effective marketing tool hardly need repeating, yet a UK advertising market report published last month revealed that print advertising is continuing its slow decline while digital, online and mobile formats experienced record first-half spending.

Print reigns during royal revelries

Newspapers and magazines can’t resist a royal special and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II on 21 April was the perfect opportunity to go large, sometimes very large, on the subject of our longest reigning monarch.

Celebrating an exceptional career

It seems as if Steve Wehrle was destined to work for the Radio Times. His father worked for the corporation at various outposts, and his mother was a BBC secretary.

Web’s decline has a way to go yet

It’s a depressing list, and a depressingly long one. The list (below) featuring a roll-call of more than 25 web offset printers that have closed since the year 2000 includes some of the industry’s once-venerable names, and some of its once-biggest print sites.

Timsons shape-shifts for digital future

Bespoke UK litho book press manufacturing came to an end this month when Kettering-based Timsons ceased production of its conventional book presses to concentrate on the manufacture of digital presses as it looks towards the future.

News UK set to extend contract work

News UK’s appointment of Tracey Hart to the new role of commercial director of operations this week is indicative of the publisher’s desire to grow its successful contract printing business as well as a new strategy to expand the breadth of its service offering to other publishers.

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