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Publishers must accept price rises to ensure supply base

UK web offset is facing unprecedented challenges. This year, some of the main players have been forced to take previously unthinkable actions. Polestar came close to insolvency and had to enact a radical financial restructuring, and St Ives, the old bellwether of the sector, has exited altogether.

June looks set to be the month of the hard sells

It's hard to imagine a combination of words that is likely to cause hearts in the web offset community to sink as fast as 'web-offset' and 'supersite' - except, perhaps for 'paper', 'price' and 'increases', of course.

Even if Nanography is years away, the show is still a hit

The curious case of the Landa Nanographic presses continues to baffle and excite in equal measure. Having attended one of Benny Landa's five daily theatre presentations at Drupa, I can see what the excitement is about. There are dancers, drummers, contraptions that blow giant smoke rings at the audience, and print's own Steve Jobs, Benny Landa himself, not to mention two huge touchscreens beaming out at the auditorium.

Murdoch: newspapers will be gone in 20 years

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has predicted the death of the newspaper within the next 20 years, as he gave his view on the future of press regulation to the Leveson inquiry yesterday morning (26 April).

Unite's action will only harm members' cause

I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering what exactly the deal is with Unite's attempt to take legal action against the new owners of William Sessions, which was sold piecemeal after it fell into administration in April.

Pensord's LBO proves to be a very British success

Leveraged buyouts (LBOs), the darling of the private equity sector throughout the 1980s and 1990s, have often struggled to produce the desired results in print and packaging, which is ironic given that it was the LBO of a print company (Gibson Greetings) in 1982 that partly inspired the subsequent boom in PE deals. Sadly the Gibson deal was not to be the norm and the print sector is littered with examples of failed PE deals, culminating in debt-for-equity swaps.

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The advantages of transpromo marketing far outweigh the investment required

Transpromo combines printed transactional communications with promotional content to better reach customers. Put simply, marketing material is placed on scheduled transactional documents, such as statements, invoices, confirmations and bills, to promote offers and services. Although this may sound straightforward, many companies are missing an opportunity by not adopting such an approach.

The pleasures of benchmarking

For many of you reading this, the next few days could well see a stack of spreadsheets slowly spreading across your desk as the end of the financial year beckons.

Aspirations and wishful thinking

As is rapidly becoming a tradition, in this new year issue we feature the reflections on the year gone by and the hopes and dreams for the year ahead of some of print’s wise men and women.

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