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Can paper replace fantastic plastic?

We’re just a month and a half into 2018 and the packaging industry’s sustainability agenda has been firmly set for the forthcoming year – and indeed beyond.

Make finishing touches the first priority

It started with finishing. Commercial printer PCL Digital was looking to win customers by offering more services. Print was well balanced on supply and demand, so managing director Nick Westley-Smith took a post-press tilt. But this was to be no minor tinkering on the fringes of finishing.

Liquidation can send you down the drain

The failure of Carillion, the UK’s second largest construction business, followed the loss of vast sums of money on big contracts and debts totalling more than £1.5bn, including a huge pension shortfall – officially reported as £587m but which an analysis for Sky News reckons is nearer £2.6bn – and £900m owed to the banks.

Why buying secondhand could be your first choice

There’s no such thing as a cheap machine,” cautions Mark Sheldrick, managing director of secondhand specialist DPM. That said, there is no doubt that the canny printer working with the right partners can significantly reduce its capital expenditure without exposing themselves to undue risk by choosing used equipment.

What printers can do to recycle waste

The UK is the world’s fifth largest manufacturer of printed products, and while there aren’t any statistics to indicate the level of overall material consumption in the industry, it is probably safe to assume that it’s a significant amount. As such, it’s responsible for a correspondingly high volume of waste – and it’s only in recent times, over the last decade or so, that the majority of it has been recycled.

Green packaging is centre stage at Birmingham expo

The environment will feature strongly at this year’s show on the future of packaging.

Business Inspection: A local solution to the problem

Finding the right premises close to home has enabled a labels expert to plan a big expansion in a major industrial area.

How to thrive as a family-owned printing business

In a digital era of technological change, family-owned printers need to make a succession plan – fast.

All-rounders step up to big leagues

Typically we print to flat surfaces, like paper or board, or to labels that can be fixed to objects. But there is a growing interest in printing direct to objects.

Take the high road to conquer new markets

Label Apeel seems to enjoy bucking the trend. Just as other printers are bringing everything under one roof, it chose to open a second office 340 miles away from its main base.

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