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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.

Beware Nirvana Mañana

At the beginning of February, Xerox took the wraps off a new printing technology under development in its PARC laboratory and, in so doing, opened a can of worms.

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.

60 seconds with Diguru

Diguru started back in 2010 with the aim of delivering a diverse range of printing services, quickly, efficiently and to the highest quality. The firm’s focus was to offer three key services to clients, wide-format, digital printing and lithographic printing, all under one roof.

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.

Pressing questions: who’s made progress since Drupa?

It has now been 18 months since the big Drupa exhibition in Germany in May 2016, so it’s a good point to look at what’s happened to the many digital production presses that were unveiled there, plus a few of the significant developments or announcements since.

Fairytale machines are rewriting bedtime reading

Once upon a time, the personalisation of a children’s book simply meant having a particular child’s name appear on the cover. At the time, it was mind-boggling, like something out of, well, a children’s book.

Digital print tech lifts fabric creatives to new levels

Chris Childs is a convert. The managing director and founder of Contrado, a fabric printer that also operates the Bags Of Love online business, believes digital fabric printing isn’t just transforming the lower-run, bespoke end of the fabric market, but will encroach on more and more of the fabric printing sector, which is still largely wedded to screen printing.

A time-served profession at the cutting edge

There are few better examples of the recent commoditisation of print than the stationery sector. Type the words ‘business card printing’ into the search engine of your choice and you’ll be bombarded with a series of enticing offers - ‘500 cards for £9.28’, ‘£4.95 for 100 premium cards’, ‘business cards from £3.99’.

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