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Me & My: Kurz DM-Luxliner

The Foil Printing Co is seeing sales of foiled products continue to soar, both at home and abroad, as a result of this investment.

Me & My: BGM Elite DSR

Garage start-ups tend to be associated with the US – think Apple and Hewlett-Packard – but they’re not uncommon on this side of the Atlantic either. It’s surprising how many of the successful printers and manufacturers profiles by Printweek over the years trace their origins back to one person’s vision and hard work, setting up in a back room, a garage or, for the luxury of space, a railway arch.

Me & My: Duplo PFi Blade

BCA Group in Enfield is a long-established family printing business that’s managed to adapt to changing times and fortunes for more than four decades. First set up in 1980 by Brian Cottee, it’s currently a two-person company owned and run by his son Mark who joined the business in 1984.

Me & my: Tekcel EXR

Upgrading its router has not only made H&H Reeds faster and more flexible, it has made the company a nicer place to work too.

Me & my: Kolbus PE 312

With a heritage that stretches back 200 years, FLB Group puts quality first and found this machine matched all its KPIs.

Star product: Highcon Beam 2

Due to make a star appearance at Drupa 2020, the latest of Highcon’s laser-based B1 digital cutting and creasing machines features improved productivity and a more user-friendly interface.

Small things lead to big business

Christmas is coming and a lot of kids will be lucky enough to be given a model railway, still a popular hobby even in these days of PlayStations and smartphones. Big kids like model railways too, and it turns out that this year they didn’t want to wait for Christmas.

The revenge of the engineers

At the Drupa of 20 years ago a new British finishing manufacturer appeared on the Océ stand, seemingly out of nowhere, demonstrating a new concept of saddle stitching inline with Océ’s VarioStream continuous-feed digital presses.

60 seconds with Cliftons

Cliftons managing director Tim Clifton started the trade print finishing business in 1998 with his father John. “I had been in repro for 10 years and was in Australia at the time when I received a phone call from him to say an opportunity to purchase a company had arisen and was I interested… beach or Tottenham? Silly me!”

60 seconds with Apple Binding

Apple Binding was formed in 1994 by Kate and Jon Luke. As Kate explains: “We were always looking for a business opportunity. Jon was a commercial diver and I was a print rep. I needed to get a book Wire-O bound and I had to wait six weeks to get the book finished. I thought there may have been a hole in the market. So we did a little research, and decided to have a go.”

Covid-19: Printweek matchmaking service

We’re sharing details here of UK printing companies with mothballed or spare capacity due to the virus crisis, and where this capacity could be used by others for the production of other essential or in-demand printed materials.

Me & My: DYSS X7-1624

Outsourcing usually works fine until the volume grows and you start to add up the costs. In a world of instant turnaround, it can add time to a job too.

Me & My: Lynx Felix Combo

On the face of it, corrugated boxes and corrugated display units are pretty much the same thing. Both often need printing of some sort, then cutting, creasing, folding, and gluing to assemble them. However, the end uses are different and so are customers’ needs and expectations.

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