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Best of British: Global Graphics Software

Global Graphics Software is always a bit of a conundrum to write about. It’s a successful British software developer whose users may not even know they have it. Its PostScript and PDF RIP-rendering code has underpinned a lot of the pre-press sector’s workflows for platesetters and digital presses since the late 1980s

20 under £20k

Print and print-related machinery comes in all shapes and sizes and while you might have to fork out millions for a full bells-and-whistles super-duper new press, there are plenty of smaller investments that you can make that will help your business succeed.

Packaging Innovations: Broadening the debate

You can’t talk about packaging these days without being keenly aware that there is an impassioned and important debate about its impact – particularly plastic packaging – on the environment, and measures to reuse, reduce and remove it from the supply chain.

Milestones in inkjet

Of all the different print technologies currently in use, inkjet is probably the most interesting for its sheer versatility, working across documents and wide-format, labels and packaging and even 3D printing. The technology has evolved gradually over several decades and in this story we chart some of the major milestones.

Best of British: A focus on innovation

Garage start-ups leading to greater things are legendary in the US tech sector – Hewlett-Packard in 1938 and Apple in 1976 are genuine examples – but tend to be rarer in the UK. However, one example of it happening for real is Focus Label Machinery, though maybe not with the same highs and lows as the US giants.

Best of British: Purveyors of fantastic plastics

Brett Martin is a long-established specialist in plastics that are used around the world in a wide range of applications. Its sheet plastics division makes materials such as foamboard, PET and acrylics, are used in print-related applications in sign, display and related work.

The future is up in the air

Cloud-based systems are changing the way printers work, allowing them to better serve changing customer demands and put resources and capital into more effective channels, as well as providing additional functionality.

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