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First mechanised press takes Times to the next level

We live in a high-tempo world that demands information in volume and delivered at speed. And to satisfy the public’s insatiable appetite for news, over the years manufacturers have developed newspaper presses capable of producing dozens of copies per second.

Tailoring your business for on-trend clothing work

Digital technologies disrupt supply chains – including print – and establish new structures and new paradigms. However, there are some markets where the barriers to entry will not be demolished just by trumpeting the D-word.

Print holds out the promise of chips as cheap as chips

Question: what do solar panels, banknotes, cars and Monopoly all have in common? Answer: they all feature, or are expected to soon start featuring, printed electronics.

Brands strive to profit from the personal touch

To say last year’s Share a Coke campaign was a success would be something of an understatement. As teenagers and mums alike rummaged through chiller cabinets (and Wilhelminas and Wilfreds begrudgingly contented themselves with ‘Will’), volume sales for the brand grew 3.9%. And its YouGov Brand-Index Buzz ranking jumped from 25 to 7.

Smooth surface of sector belies ongoing innovation

Upon learning that two well-known packaging boards have a combined age of almost a century, one might imagine that innovation in packaging substrates is in short supply.

Promise of a digital future proves difficult to deliver

More than two years have passed since Drupa 2012 saw the announcement of a whole raft of digital carton printing presses, but so far we have not seen any real signs of an impact on the packaging sector.

Small-format kit options that offer big advantages

Digital printing per se is not new in the label market. However, evolving market requirements and production technologies are leading to some big changes.

Value packaging: branching out needn’t break the bank

The development of hover boards and flying cars may not seem to have much in common with commercial printers taking on packaging printing, but there is a key similarity: for years all three have been mooted as being ‘just around the corner’ without ever quite materialising.

Spot-on colour from magnificent seven

Two of the key requirements for the colour reproduction of packaging print are for the products to fly off the shelves while the colour stays on-brand.

Stores seek to pack in the products – and the punters

Few sectors have had their business model so radically altered by the recession than grocery retailers.

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