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Digital needs to inspire the brands

Kodak’s drive to bolster its share of the packaging sector, as voiced in the summer of 2017, seemed unlikely to be followed by the sale of the division most specifically targeted at that sector, namely the Flexible Packaging Division (FPD).

Responsible businesses will engage the next generation

Millennials are an elusive demographic for recruiting printers – the sector is rich in experience but poor in new entrants, with its invaluable skilled workers reaching retirement age and taking with them the vital capabilities of their trades. Youngsters don’t seem to be interested in replacing them.

Plan for the worst & hope for the best

There’s one thing everyone can agree on about Brexit: no one knows what’s going to happen at the end of next month. The only certainty is that the outcome remains uncertain and if the UK does crash out without a deal then the impact on businesses is unknown.

How tech can help move us forward

Hunched over her podium, Mary Portas let out an exasperated sigh. “Oh my god,” she said, opening her talk at ITG’s 2019 live event in Birmingham on 17 January. “The speed of how the world has changed!”

GDPR six months on: where does the industry stand now?

On 25 May 2018, the data protection landscape changed forever. With a level of hysteria akin to the Millennium Bug, the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) had brought with it both fear and anticipation.

Do consumers understand packaging?

As the end of 2018 comes into sight, it has been nearly a full year since the plastic packaging debate was famously thrust into view by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II documentary series.

Christmas comes early for bookworms

Christmas is coming – regardless of any protests that autumn has barely begun. The retail sector is revving up for the festive season already. For print, this means production will step up on all sorts of physical media.

Great British manufacturers taken on in latest M&A flurry

A busy year of M&A action among manufacturers appears to have come to a head with Heidelberg’s MBO buy, Plockmatic Group’s acquisition of Watkiss Automation and Kolbus Group’s purchase of Autobox Machinery all announced in the past few weeks alone.

The printer’s view of Brexit: two years on, six months out

In the small hours of 24 June 2016, seemingly almost a lifetime ago, David Dimbleby made an announcement to a stunned nation: “At 20 minutes to five, we can now say, the decision taken in 1975 by this country to join the Common Market has been reversed by this referendum to leave the EU.”

High street reboot could benefit print

In his latest independent review of the high street published last month, former Wickes, Iceland and Booker chief executive Bill Grimsey said that UK town and city centres must be “repopulated and refashioned” as community hubs to survive and thrive.

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