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Environmental issues continue to be an important consideration for customers, according to Anne-Marie Boulter, assistant product manager at Robert Horne. Products with recycled content or FSC certification, or both, are increasingly popular especially with corporate end-users and government buyers, she explains.

Finance and Insurance

This summers floods left many printers breathing a sigh of relief that they had properly insured their factories. At Pindar Graphics Tewkesbury plant one of its units suffered at the hands of the rising tides and narrowly missed a power outage and Newbury-based PCP (UK) had to shut down for several hours while staff battled to keep water out of the factory. According to the Association of British Insurers, the floods have cost UK insurers an estimated 3bn.

Flexo, letterpress and gravure inks

Gravure inks, in comparison to offset inks, are a lot less viscous. The gravure printing process requires liquid ink, which fills the cells of the printing cylinders at a high speed. To keep the viscosity low when printing gravure, the solvents that are used are very important; they also alter the concentration of the pigments. When selecting a solvent, it is important to take into account factors such as their boiling and flash points.

Colour digital & DI presses

According to InfoTrends market data, jobs with run lengths between 250 and 10,000 impressions are the fastest growing sector of the print market, which is particularly good news for both the colour digital and direct imaging (DI) markets.

Text and cover papers

According to Arjowiggins UK and Ireland marketing manager James Dudney, there are two key words that are coming up time and time again in the text and cover market: creativity and sustainability. There has been a move over the past 12 months towards businesses using more creative papers to help their brand stand out, he says.

Matt & silk art papers

Despite a trend towards uncoated, matt and silk papers are still sought after for their opacity, smoothness and printability.

Perfect binders & three-knife trimmers

It used to be the case that only specialist trade finishers would invest in perfect binders. However, with the advent of digital short-run work and the rise of affordable automated makeready, commercial printers are increasingly bringing their finishing in-house.

Digital cameras and scanners

Why better resolution and software-led integration have contributed to a shift in demand from scanners to digital cameras.

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