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Coping with your worst nightmare

Those images on Monday 28 December were horrifying, and remain unforgettable. Like most people, Chris Milner had been tuning into TV news channels over the Christmas period, gripped with cold fascination as the rising waters of flood-hit Britain made news headlines across the UK.

Review of the decade

As the curtain falls on the decade, the printing industry will be hoping that the next 10 years bring better fortune than the last. In a two-part look at events since the turn of the millennium, PrintWeek trawls the archive to revisit the stories that hit the headlines during one of the industry's most eventful periods

The brains of your printing business

UK printers first started using management information systems (MIS) in the 1980s. At the time the software was pretty rudimentary, recalls Keith McMurtrie, managing director at Tharstern, who describes those early systems as “barely more than a calculator”.

Super specialists (Finishing Report 2009)

There are some companies that revel in producing the most difficult work. Their tools are not just binders and creasers, but imagination and aspiration as well. Jo Francis investigates

Make finishing touches the first priority

It started with finishing. Commercial printer PCL Digital was looking to win customers by offering more services. Print was well balanced on supply and demand, so managing director Nick Westley-Smith took a post-press tilt. But this was to be no minor tinkering on the fringes of finishing.

Fishing a fresh opportunity from stormy waters

There was nothing pretty about the finish when floods all but annihilated Celloglas’ Leeds premises and every scrap of machinery in it. A lesser business might have succumbed, but multi-site Celloglas is one of the biggest names in decorative print finishing and used its business acumen to fish opportunity from the winter waters of disaster.

Spend smart and enhance your portfolio

Oriel Printing Company had high hopes for its new print-enhancement service offering UV-based polymer varnishing and spot foiling. It was to be, according to the business, the first trade Scodix provider in the UK.

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