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It is time to shout about the steps the industry has taken

With recent research finding that only 7% of respondents felt print was conveying its sustainable message to buyers, it's clear the sector is failing to address the perception that print is not as sustainable as other methods of marketing and communications.

Confused energy strategy is hobbling UK manufacturing

The recently published BIS report on future electricity costs for energy intensive industries (EIIs) only reinforces the view that many have held for some time - that current costs are higher here than in many of our global competitor nations and that this gap will only grow due to the implementation of a range of climate change measures here in the UK between 2013 and 2020.

State banks appeal to SMEs, but there are better options

The economist Adam Posen is a man that few printers will have heard of before this week. Known primarily for being the arch-dove on the Bank of England's nine member Monetary Policy Committee, Posen has long been advocating (loudly and in isolation) a further bout of quantitative easing.

The packaging proposals are dangerous and unprecedented

In addition to being heavy handed and without giving due consideration to previous regulation introduced into the sector, this legislation would give the UK a reputation as a bad place to do business, making it harder to attract investment. The proposal is also an open invitation to black market trade.

Vocal opposition likely to scupper most of Beecroft's ideas

The report on employment law produced by venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft for the government last week has polarised opinion and, due to the ensuing furore, its proposals are unlikely to be adopted wholesale any time soon. However, the government may attempt to implement some of the proposals independently, with many people suggesting that 'compensated no-fault dismissal' is a likely option.

We've listened to clients to ensure we improve services

Royal Mail is working very hard to improve its efficiency to ensure we provide the service levels that our customers expect at the right prices. We face a number of challenges, including declining mail volumes, and we need to operate as effectively as possible for the benefit of all of our customers.

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.

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The decline of cheque use is far greater threat to sector

To print cheques you have to become an accredited printer, and in the UK, the Cheque Printer Accreditation Scheme (CPAS) is run by us at the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company. The purpose of the scheme is twofold: to make life more difficult for fraudsters by maintaining the highest levels of security standards on the paper cheque and to reduce the possibility of errors.

Germany could teach the UK some very important lessons

Despite its relatively high labour costs, Germany is the world's largest goods exporter after China. Much of this success is attributed to the country's legion of small and medium-sized firms, known as the Mittelstand, that are renowned for their ability to innovate and generate growth.

Quantum boasts ambition, but can Xeikon live up to it?

It is no secret that inkjet will be big at Drupa 2012 and the most likely label for the 2012 iteration of the world's largest graphic arts trade show will be 'Inkjet Drupa' (again). It's too early, though, to count out toner-based technology and apart from many important - but incremental - improvements we expect to see, there is still potential for ground-breaking improvements in toner tech.

Print frameworks promise much, but do they deliver?

The so-called Wider Public Sector Print Services Framework Agreement is the latest in a long line of public sector print contracts to follow the trend towards appointing print managers rather than printers as the primary suppliers.

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