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Me & my: Horizon StitchLiner MKIII

When Sheffield-based print businesses Northend Creative Print Solutions (CPS) and My Print Partners (MPP) merged in April 2019 to form Northend, one of the first things the managers of the new business did was take stock of their inventory of equipment to establish what they needed to keep, what they could dispose of and where there were gaps that needed filling.

60 seconds with Apple Binding

Apple Binding was formed in 1994 by Kate and Jon Luke. As Kate explains: “We were always looking for a business opportunity. Jon was a commercial diver and I was a print rep. I needed to get a book Wire-O bound and I had to wait six weeks to get the book finished. I thought there may have been a hole in the market. So we did a little research, and decided to have a go.”

Covid-19: Printweek matchmaking service

We’re sharing details here of UK printing companies with mothballed or spare capacity due to the virus crisis, and where this capacity could be used by others for the production of other essential or in-demand printed materials.

Me & My: DYSS X7-1624

Outsourcing usually works fine until the volume grows and you start to add up the costs. In a world of instant turnaround, it can add time to a job too.

Me & My: Lynx Felix Combo

On the face of it, corrugated boxes and corrugated display units are pretty much the same thing. Both often need printing of some sort, then cutting, creasing, folding, and gluing to assemble them. However, the end uses are different and so are customers’ needs and expectations.

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.

60 seconds with Ace Binding Company

Ace Binding Company was born out of the love director Robert Hart had for the industry. Founded 16 years ago, with a couple of folders, a guillotine and stitching line, it was a move into PUR binding and, more recently wire-binding (and a fair few other investments) that took the business into the Premier League of trade finishing.

60 seconds with Deanprint

Deanprint can trace its history back to the 1870s when Dean & Dawson was a world renowned travel agency (even getting a mention in the film The Great Escape).

60 seconds with Bluestar Print Finishers

Bluestar started in 1998 when MD Lee Harvey (pictured, right, with operator Ian Richardson) decided that after working as a manager for a few firms, he needed to do something more. “I approached a few printing companies and got their support and so Bluestar was born.”

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”.

60 seconds with Jameson Print Finishers

Jameson Print Finishers was set up in 1998 and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Managing director Michael Berry’s interest in complicated folding such as maps and miniature folding resulted in Jameson becoming a specialist folding company.

Finishing kit with a kind of magic

The embellishment market is booming at the moment. From spot UV coating through to hot foiling, more and more printers and trade finishers are looking to invest in embellishment technology driven by growing demand from their customers for something different.

At the cutting edge: slicing and dicing at lightspeed

Up until a couple of years ago laser cutting was considered a niche part of the print market. Most printers would send out this intricate finishing work to a handful of specialist laser companies that essentially serviced the entire UK market.

Can paper replace fantastic plastic?

We’re just a month and a half into 2018 and the packaging industry’s sustainability agenda has been firmly set for the forthcoming year – and indeed beyond.

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.

60 seconds with Washington Direct Mail

Washington Direct Mail (WDM) started in 1983 and was originally created to handle print and merchandising for a car manufacturer’s dealerships. It then set up a mailing house arm and went on to add personalised digital printing, which has paid dividends. The past year has seen rapid growth off the back off the General Election and the focused pursuit of target marketing, with the addition of new machinery and staff.

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