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Me & My: EFI Vutek FabriVu 340i

Like so many good ideas, Ottimo Digital began with a conversation over a pint in a pub. In 2009, Nick Lindwall and Lee Crew got together for a drink. They had known each other since college and were long-standing friends. Crew ran the in-house print department for a leading exhibition shell scheme provider, and Lindwall was running his own marketing and web design business.

Making a planned exit

Every privately held business will one day change hands. Whether through retirement, family circumstance or death, ownership will move on.

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.

Spend and save

It’s not often that the government puts in place a programme that is both welcomed and little criticised, but that’s exactly what the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, did on Budget Day in March.

Turn challenge into opportunity

Coming up on 10 years this year in its current 370sqm Enfield facility, Print4UK was growing faster than ever, buying kit, bringing more services in-house, increasing turnover year-on-year and management was eyeing a move to a larger premises.

New life for old presses

For almost 20 years Letterpress Services has been refurbishing and converting letterpress machinery to high standards, then selling the presses to meet a steady demand for embellishment foiling and blocking, as well as the nostalgia market for letterpress stationery.

Killer app: Rankin passion project brought to life in print

Photographer Rankin was unable to capture his usual subject matter – people – in the early days of the pandemic. During lockdown he took a different artistic approach when he found himself drawn to the decaying flowers in his garden, which he shot like portraits to bring them to life. His aim was to capture the loneliness many have felt during the pandemic, with each image contrasting darkness and separation with a sense of strength or hope.

From slow burner to blast off

Often it takes a while for a new idea to take off in the market. Sometimes it never does take off, other times it’s a slow burner that seems to fizzle for years before suddenly blasting off when the time is right. Sheetfed B2 digital presses are a case in point. They have been shipping since 2012 but compared with the SRA3 digital press market, B2 choice remains limited and global sales have not been spectacular. Yet if the post-Covid market changes, so may their appeal.

Risky business

Some consider the law an ass, justifiably so in certain situations. But nevertheless, it’s there in a liberal democracy for the benefit of all. And a good example of this is health and safety law.

Star product: Xeikon SX20000

This 520mm-wide, dry-toner press can produce high-quality SRA3-plus sheets on a wide range of substrate types and weights, making it a flexible option for a variety of target markets.

60 seconds with Technoprint

Technoprint was founded in 1988 by two local businessmen, originally as a small commercial printer. In 1997 the firm relocated to its current site in Winsford and in 2009, Alan Ryan became the sole owner of the business. Technoprint specialises in pharma information leaflets and provides bespoke solutions to resolve issues faced by its customers, delivering efficiency gains and cost reductions.

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