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Web’s decline has a way to go yet

It’s a depressing list, and a depressingly long one. The list (below) featuring a roll-call of more than 25 web offset printers that have closed since the year 2000 includes some of the industry’s once-venerable names, and some of its once-biggest print sites.

Could more gov’t spending aid print?

In his speech at the Conservative conference last week, chancellor Philip Hammond said he plans to treat investment spending differently to day-to-day spending. He is aiming to plough more into infrastructure, technology and innovation and said it was “common sense” to invest in supporting growth and jobs.

Shout louder

Earlier this month the BPIF organised its annual Apprentice Conference, which this year was hosted at the Antalis Academy at the merchanting group’s head office near Leicester.

Marriages of convenience: mergers and acquisitions in print

There is a scene in the film version of Bret Easton Ellis’ gothic horror American Psycho where deranged executioner Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale) spouts to a club patron: “I’m into murders and executions mostly.” The patron mishears and her response is: “Do you like it? Most guys I know who are in mergers and acquisitions really don’t like it.”

Are we doing enough for the future of the industry?

National Apprenticeship Week begins as this issue hits readers’ desks, but its focus probably says more about our aspirations than the situation on the ground. The government has pledged to create 3 million new positions by 2020, but its efforts don’t seem to be having much of an impact.

Learning from Paperlinx’s toxic legacy

The collapse of the majority of Paperlinx’s UK operations has left a trail of destruction in its wake. But one of those whose business went under hopes lessons learned from the experience will ensure the success of his next business.

The early bird can secure the first-mover advantage

With Drupa now just three months away from opening its doors – assuming it’s not subject to coronavirus-related postponement or cancellation – it’s safe to assume that many of the major manufacturers are gearing up to premiere new machines and technology imminently.

20 lessons learned during lockdown for prospering amid the new normal

While some print firms were shuttered during lockdown, others have kept going throughout. Dr Adrian Steele, managing director at Staffordshire-based Mercian Labels shares some of the changed workplace practices the business has adopted and that have become its ‘new normal’, as the label specialist continued to operate 24/5.

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