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At the cutting edge: slicing and dicing at lightspeed

Up until a couple of years ago laser cutting was considered a niche part of the print market. Most printers would send out this intricate finishing work to a handful of specialist laser companies that essentially serviced the entire UK market.

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.

Fairytale machines are rewriting bedtime reading

Once upon a time, the personalisation of a children’s book simply meant having a particular child’s name appear on the cover. At the time, it was mind-boggling, like something out of, well, a children’s book.

Digital print tech lifts fabric creatives to new levels

Chris Childs is a convert. The managing director and founder of Contrado, a fabric printer that also operates the Bags Of Love online business, believes digital fabric printing isn’t just transforming the lower-run, bespoke end of the fabric market, but will encroach on more and more of the fabric printing sector, which is still largely wedded to screen printing.

A time-served profession at the cutting edge

There are few better examples of the recent commoditisation of print than the stationery sector. Type the words ‘business card printing’ into the search engine of your choice and you’ll be bombarded with a series of enticing offers - ‘500 cards for £9.28’, ‘£4.95 for 100 premium cards’, ‘business cards from £3.99’.

60 seconds with Boxtick Graphics

The owners of a group of existing non-print businesses purchased the company a few years ago to enter a new market that focuses on small businesses. We rebranded to Boxtick last year with our customers at the centre of what we deliver.

‘We just like going for it. We’re workers’

Earlier this year, Aron Priest and Andy Smith, joint managing directors and co-founders of the UK’s largest online trade printing business, Solopress, sold their circa £21m-turnover Southend-on-Sea operation to Onlineprinters, one of Europe’s largest online print firms.

Inkjet: head to head

If you’re new to the industry or are looking to take on a new process, inkjet technology can look complicated. To address this we are publishing a quick, back-to-basics primer on printhead technology.

I tell clients: ‘I’m going to help you sell more stuff’

In a break from our usual format, this issue’s interview was conducted by EFI chief executive Guy Gecht, who spoke to Quad/Graphics chairman, president and chief executive Joel Quadracci in a ‘fireside’ chat at EFI’s annual Connect user conference in Las Vegas earlier this year.

‘2017 is really going to be a pivotal year’

Following a torrid period when his beloved Printed.com could have ended up in the arms of another, founder Nick Green looks back on an “exceptionally hard” year, while looking forward to bigger and better things for the £17m-plus turnover business in 2017.

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