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Print and paper can lead the way in the post-COP15 quest for a greener world

By the time you read this article, the dust will be settling on COP15, the crucial climate change summit in Copenhagen.

Sixth consecutive quarter of recession sees UK languishing behind rest of G7

Surveys of business activity and sentiment have shown sufficient improvement over the past few months for most analysts to conclude that the UK economy has emerged from recession. In particular, the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) survey of the services sector suggested that activity had started to expand again back in May.

Chemical migration in packaging inks is a concern for all supply chain partners

Some recent, isolated incidents in Europe have again highlighted the potential risk of migration of dangerous chemicals from packaging into foodstuffs, and this is an issue that isn't going to go away....

Print needs to defend itself against eco charges in a simpler, less technical way

I was working with the corporate responsibility committee of one of my clients recently, a very well-known brand involving global manufacturing, distribution and sales. We were brain storming new initiatives that we could work on to develop the next stage of their strategy and asking what the next priorities might be.

Oc backed by the crowd as it takes the open route to establish new markets

Oc is a big company. With sales of around 3bn euro last year, it dwarfs many of the industry's suppliers. Yet the Netherlands-headquartered group has publicly stated that it does not feel it has the necessary size or scale to compete in some of its markets, so it's aiming to sign strategic alliances, joint developments and other forms of co-operation.

Print has always been part of politics and innovations mean it always will

The relationship between politicians and printers is closer than many may think. It is summed up in a quote from David Penhaligon, the famous Cornish Liberal MP, which now permeates the practice of every political party: "If you've got something to say, stick it on a piece of paper and shove it through a letterbox."

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 print business is too intimate to get away with lying to potential employers

It seems not a year goes by without a media storm building about people lying on CVs and job applications. High-profile cases such as those seen on The Apprentice do little to help. The public is at once outraged and yet seemingly accepting at the same time, believing everyone is at it, so a little tweak here and there isn't so bad.

Print 09 was not a success but Kodak's stand did give a glimpse of the future

Unfortunately, I was unable to make it to Print 09, but I followed the event and comments about it on a wide range of media. I think that first and foremost, though some of the attendees may not agree, we can say with some certainty that the event was not a success. However, the decision by Kodak to present at the show in a new way was definitely something of interest.

Q&A: Mike Jones

Mike Jones is an account director at Howard Smith Paper Group. An avid West Ham FC fan, Mike's dream bit of kit is not an all-singing, all-dancing printing press, but West Ham's home kit. Despite spending around 46 years of his life in the paper industry, his ideal job would be a professional golfer.

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