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Opt-in plans could spell disaster for DM

A government initiative is rarely met with universal applause and last weeks Waste Strategy for England was no different. Alongside the fines households could face for failing to recycle, there were proposals that brought uproar from many in the print industry.

Books: sick as a parrot or a golden goal?

Book printing is, to steal a phrase, a game of two halves. Last week's big news proved that point: while CPI revealed plans to close colour book specialist Bath Press, its chief executive Mike Taylor simultaneously invested to secure the future of Suffolk-based monochrome bookprinter Clowes.

Stats show a surprising growth in sales

Its official: revenue for printed products in the UK is on the up and, as long as that trend continues, printers have plenty to look forward to. Choking on your cornflakes? Given current trading conditions for much of the industry, you wont be the only one.

Industry swings towards sustainability

As a manufacturing industry, print has often been derided for its impact on the environment. But the recent spate of printers gaining certificates proving that their paper is sourced from sustainable and eco-friendly sources suggests that the industry is, in fact, working hard to put itself at the forefront of plans for a greener Britain.

UK newsprint market set for big things

With Aylesford Newsprints board giving the go-ahead to investigate the possibility of a new paper machine, it seems UK newsprint production could be on the up.

Small-format print has its niche cornered

Much of print has been getting supersized or going digital in recent years. So it was a refreshing change to see last week that MT Print in Darlington had kept its faith in the humble B3 sheetfed press and gone for a full, three-press revamp to its factory.

Point of purchase: penetrating the mindset of a shopper

Trying to get into the mind of a shopper and understand what makes them tick may sound like an area best left to psychologists. But SMP Group reckons its exactly the kind of area it should be getting into if the firm is to add value to its print.

Consolidation

Last week, the BPIFs quarterly Directions report offered, on the face of it at least, some cheer for the industry. Margins were improving thanks to consolidation, it declared.

E-marketing

Survey warns of complacency as online grabs bigger share of market spend.

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