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How tech can help move us forward

Hunched over her podium, Mary Portas let out an exasperated sigh. “Oh my god,” she said, opening her talk at ITG’s 2019 live event in Birmingham on 17 January. “The speed of how the world has changed!”

GDPR six months on: where does the industry stand now?

On 25 May 2018, the data protection landscape changed forever. With a level of hysteria akin to the Millennium Bug, the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) had brought with it both fear and anticipation.

Do consumers understand packaging?

As the end of 2018 comes into sight, it has been nearly a full year since the plastic packaging debate was famously thrust into view by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II documentary series.

Christmas comes early for bookworms

Christmas is coming – regardless of any protests that autumn has barely begun. The retail sector is revving up for the festive season already. For print, this means production will step up on all sorts of physical media.

Great British manufacturers taken on in latest M&A flurry

A busy year of M&A action among manufacturers appears to have come to a head with Heidelberg’s MBO buy, Plockmatic Group’s acquisition of Watkiss Automation and Kolbus Group’s purchase of Autobox Machinery all announced in the past few weeks alone.

The printer’s view of Brexit: two years on, six months out

In the small hours of 24 June 2016, seemingly almost a lifetime ago, David Dimbleby made an announcement to a stunned nation: “At 20 minutes to five, we can now say, the decision taken in 1975 by this country to join the Common Market has been reversed by this referendum to leave the EU.”

High street reboot could benefit print

In his latest independent review of the high street published last month, former Wickes, Iceland and Booker chief executive Bill Grimsey said that UK town and city centres must be “repopulated and refashioned” as community hubs to survive and thrive.

Overcapacity woes can be overcome with forward planning

Sheetfed magazine specialist Pensord told PrintWeek last month that, as part of a future-proofing strategic investment, it was set to reduce its capacity by replacing two existing Heidelberg Speedmasters with a new ‘Push to Stop’ specified eight-colour XL 106.

So long, St Ives

What was at one time without doubt the UK printing industry’s most-admired business is now not a printer at all.

IPIA event addresses GDPR concerns

Everything Is Possible In Print’, is the theme of an event held each year by the Independent Print industries Association’s (IPIA) in London, the 2018 edition of which took place last week.

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