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Essex business plotting to exceed your expectations

Blackman & White today is known as a builder of flatbed plotting and cutting tables that are mainly bought for large-format CNC applications including print signage, textiles and packaging.

Early birds can catch the slug-a-beds napping

Simon Biltcliffe’s beard is not (quite) in the same league as Kim Kardashian’s derrière as a personal physical attribute with the ability to break the internet but it may be as close as the UK print industry is going to get.

Building on a long legacy of imaging expertise

When PrintWeek writes the word ‘phoenix’, it’s usually code for a company that has risen out of failure with a shiny new legal identity, miraculously escaping pesky encumbrances like debts and liabilities.

Beware Nirvana Mañana

At the beginning of February, Xerox took the wraps off a new printing technology under development in its PARC laboratory and, in so doing, opened a can of worms.

Setting out to make the impossible possible

It’s now exactly 20 years since Graham Harris found a better way to crease paper, although at first he wasn’t sure how to actually make it.

Pre-loved profitability: used machines can pay

With digital print having become a fixture in the industry (it hit its silver jubilee last year) you might think that as the market became established a strong secondhand market would have emerged offering the canny printer more affordable machinery.

UK pressmaker builds on long history of success

Edale is one of the last companies to design and build conventional printing presses on British soil. It enjoys a healthy international market for its modern flexo presses for label, flexible packaging and carton work.

Picking the right route to success

Printers are facing a perfect storm with rising job numbers, shrinking average order values, a less clear-cut distinction between the most appropriate production methods and the ever-present spectre of downward price pressure.

Stick with it all the way to the finish

Heanor in Derbyshire is home to Autobond, a 40-year-old family-run company that specialises in high-speed sheet laminators with heavy-duty construction and the latest electronics.

Is a one-sided debate sinking sensible policy?

As an industry that uses plastics on a daily basis, what do UK print and packaging businesses really feel when they hear the material being berated?

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