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Can membership declines be halted?

Figures from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) provided to the BBC earlier this month revealed that trade union membership levels have dropped sharply in recent times, particularly among young people.

Do consumers understand packaging?

As the end of 2018 comes into sight, it has been nearly a full year since the plastic packaging debate was famously thrust into view by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II documentary series.

Is the printing industry entering a new age of innovation?

The Stationers’ Innovation Excellence Awards, held last month at Stationers’ Hall in London, suggested that we may be entering a new era of innovation for print, with post-press manufacturer Muller Martini scooping the inaugural Novel Manufacturing gong, ahead of the likes of Heidelberg and IST Technologies.

Kodak sets out stream for Ultra tech

It’s pretty incredible to think that the history of Kodak’s inkjet business dates back half a century, to Mead’s ‘jet ink transfer’ solution for military mapping.

The only way is ethics? God forbid

It is not a common occurrence, and it’s even rarer that it catches the eye of the media, but every so often a high-profile case arises in which a customer is refused a service because it conflicts in some way with the service provider’s religious, political or ethical beliefs.

Serial phoenixers give us all a bad rep

The print industry, like many others with room for consolidation, has a bustling M&A market, which in an ideal world would be characterised by honest, straightforward transactions where jobs are saved and credit lines secured.

2016 and all that... March

No guesses as to which story dominated the news in 2016, the 20 most read stories on printweek.com for 2016 are all about Polestar. Nevertheless there was plenty else going on, not least of all Drupa...

New guard recognises print’s value

As digital technologies continue to make their evolutionary impact on everything from news and advertising consumption to data storage, analysts and onlookers seem to declare print to be dead with increasing regularity.

Print may be a strong player but throughput could be better

On the face of it, current labour productivity levels in the UK are pretty dire to say the least. Last month’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures show that hourly output fell 0.5% in Q1 of this year, pushing productivity below levels recorded before the financial crash.

Brother’s springboard to new markets

It’s 30 years since Domino Printing Sciences floated on the stock market. As it happens, the year of this anniversary will also involve the company being de-listed – assuming all goes to plan with Brother’s £1bn recommended bid for the group.

Nanography inches towards launch

"Benny has solved two of the fundamental problems of digital print, but he has created two more. Let’s see. It will take at least two years to solve.” These were the prescient words spoken at Drupa 2012 by a senior executive at one of the industry’s major equipment manufacturers.

Rival bidders weigh up Tangent’s value

Events at Tangent Communications were continuing to unfold as PrintWeek went to press, but despite the fluid situation one thing seems certain – one way or another there will be a new ownership structure at the embattled print and marketing services group before too long.

2015 review: August

All the business news, from acquisitions to liquidations, investments to divestments, from a year in the industry.

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