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Pre-loved profitability: used machines can pay

With digital print having become a fixture in the industry (it hit its silver jubilee last year) you might think that as the market became established a strong secondhand market would have emerged offering the canny printer more affordable machinery.

UK pressmaker builds on long history of success

Edale is one of the last companies to design and build conventional printing presses on British soil. It enjoys a healthy international market for its modern flexo presses for label, flexible packaging and carton work.

Picking the right route to success

Printers are facing a perfect storm with rising job numbers, shrinking average order values, a less clear-cut distinction between the most appropriate production methods and the ever-present spectre of downward price pressure.

Strong arm tactics tackle heavy loads

There are robots and robots. One type inhabits the popular culture of books, movies and TV, where more-or-less humanoid machines may be heroes, villains, evil or good, oppressors or slaves. Then there are the ones that actually exist, that mostly look nothing like humans.

Materials to conjure with: wide-ranging wide-format

For any brand or business shopping around for wide-format print, the industry offers a Willy Wonka-style profusion of delights to play with and pick from.

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.

Can electronic papers make it into the mainstream?

Electronic paper, digital paper, rewritable paper, electronic ink, etc, whatever you want to call it, low-cost flexible screens that behave a lot like paper but can display variable content are a technology that has been around for quite a long time, but seen few successful real-world applications.

A personal approach wins new ground for digital tech

Conventional wisdom has it that digital printing is best suited to short-run applications with very limited opportunities in packaging, which is mainly a business of very long runs.

Finishing for digital books all sewn up

There’s a consensus that the digital book printing market is growing, which of course means more demand for book finishing.

Do print industry standards stand up to the test?

When discussing the merits or otherwise of ISO standards for printers with participants in the printing industry, you end up getting into quite a few conversations that conclude that these badges of honour can be a little like Schrodinger’s cat.

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