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Go fourth and automate

At Drupa we saw the future and its name is Print 4.0. It is a ‘mega trend’ all about automation and integration. Here we look at what this paradigm shift in printing practices may mean for the industry.

Print switches on to intelligent design

When Superfast Labels installed the UK's first Epson SurePress L-4033A last year, it wasn't just adding affordable digital print to its capabilities. The machine's ability to print on textured surfaces also meant the Sittingbourne-based company could target a lucrative new market - local food and drinks producers looking for bespoke labels at short notice.

Fortune will favour first-movers with a personal touch

At Ipex 2010, Canon staged one of the most innovative live demonstrations that the print show has ever seen. Visitors to the manufacturer's stand were invited to submit their name to a Canon representative and then later that day they could go back and pick up a fully personalised box of Lego bricks.

A modern-day Gutenberg? We look at Benny Landa's latest technology

Dubbed as the print industry's Steve Jobs, or a modern-day Gutenberg, Benny Landa certainly knows how to create a buzz. His radical new digital printing method based on tiny particles became a huge talking point at Drupa, where he took the wraps off one of the industry's best-kept secrets: a whole new kind of printing.

Industry veteran Andrew Tribute gives his take on Drupa

Drupa debutant Pamela Mardle talks to nine-times veteran Andrew Tribute on what might be his last visit to the Dsseldorf show

Warming up for 'the Olympics of print': your guide to Drupa 2012

B2 or not B2? That is the question digital manufacturers have been asking themselves pre-Drupa and - for the most part - they have opted for the affirmative answer. So much so, in fact, that some are already calling Drupa 2012 'the B2 Drupa'. However, despite the best efforts of Fujifilm, Screen, HP, Xeikon, MGI and Landa, plus those of a Ryobi/Miyakoshi partnership, show director Manuel Matar says the epithet is a little premature for the self-styled 'Olympics of print'.

Drupa preview: presses and digital stand-by-stand

PrintWeek's pick of the new press products on show at Drupa

Press intelligence

Getting your front end right can make all the difference to your profitability, particularly if you are operating both digital and offset, but the range of options on offer can make it a difficult decision

Building a better digital model

Its been 15 years since Benny Landa, the founder of Indigo and pioneer of digital print, said: Anything that can go digital, will go digital. Print is no exception.

Get the most from digital and DPW

Selling digital print is still regarded by some in the industry as being a bit of a black art.

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