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Can paper replace fantastic plastic?

We’re just a month and a half into 2018 and the packaging industry’s sustainability agenda has been firmly set for the forthcoming year – and indeed beyond.

What printers can do to recycle waste

The UK is the world’s fifth largest manufacturer of printed products, and while there aren’t any statistics to indicate the level of overall material consumption in the industry, it is probably safe to assume that it’s a significant amount. As such, it’s responsible for a correspondingly high volume of waste – and it’s only in recent times, over the last decade or so, that the majority of it has been recycled.

All-rounders step up to big leagues

Typically we print to flat surfaces, like paper or board, or to labels that can be fixed to objects. But there is a growing interest in printing direct to objects.

How a letterpress innovator is making new impressions

"Post-digital letterpress.” Erik Spiekermann is always good with an apt phrase that works just as well in English as his native German.

Manufacturers with visionary ambitions

One of life’s minor pleasures is reading old predictions for the future and observing how wrong they were. Flying cars, fusion power stations and consumer 3D printing have all been past examples.

Pressing questions: who’s made progress since Drupa?

It has now been 18 months since the big Drupa exhibition in Germany in May 2016, so it’s a good point to look at what’s happened to the many digital production presses that were unveiled there, plus a few of the significant developments or announcements since.

Adding up the eco impact of your business

Richard (not his real name) is the owner of what is probably one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly printing businesses.

Time spent on SEO will be richly rewarded online

There are more than 6 billion word searches on the internet everyday. More than 4 billion of those are on Google. More than 94% of those searches lead to an ‘organic’ link click, with just over 5% opting for the advert.

Today’s speedy curing tech demands careful operation

The increasing availability and affordability of UV curing in offset presses is seeing many printers adopting these versatile inks for the first time.

Hue and cry: don’t let your colour get lost in translation

Over the past 25 years a whole alphabet soup of colour working ‘standards’ has been brewed up for the printing industry in the wake of the device-independent digital pre-press revolution.

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