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Best of British: No end to finishing creativity

At the lively LabelExpo show in Brussels, held at the end of September, AB Graphic International’s stand was buzzing.

Flexo widens its appeal

Back in July we looked at how advances in automation and fast drying are allowing the latest litho presses to increasingly compete what were once the USPs of digital processes: short runs and fast responses. Something similar is happening in flexography too, though it’s not been remarked upon as much as the amazing increases in flexo print quality over the past decade.

Best of British: Rollem plays its cards right

About half of our Best of British subjects and future candidates have surprisingly long histories. They’ve survived by adapting to the huge changes in technologies, social and economic conditions over the years and still manage to present relevant products to the market.

Best of British: Hamillroad’s big screen test

How does a small Cambridge developer produce halftone screening software intended to outperform the big pre-press players? This is the story of Hamillroad, which sells advanced Digitally Modulated Screening (DMS) technology for flexo and litho printing as an aftermarket add-on for any platesetter RIP.

Best of British: The sky’s not the limit for this exporting superstar

Machines that convert large rolls of material into smaller more manageable rolls may not quite count as the unsung heroes of the industry, but they’re certainly vital and need both precision engineering and some of the latest tech. Who’d have thought that you could use Bluetooth in a slitter?

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.

Best of British: 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.

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