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Why it pays to straighten up and fly right

Should a printer define itself by the equipment it uses or by its customers? Marketing theory would suggest the latter, but with the high prices and long pay-back times of presses there’s a risk you may find you fall into the former by default if you don’t keep an eye on the markets you serve and invest accordingly.

Process upgrades to green up your print

As the old saying goes, small changes can make a big difference. One area this is particularly true for printers is the pressroom. Of course investing in a brand new super-duper eco-friendly press is the route many would choose, if money were no object, when improving their environmental performance.

Transformative times

While the word ‘pandemic’ has dominated our lives in 2020, another p-word ‘pivot’ has also come to the fore as print businesses switched up their offering

Don’t let the funding maze deter skills goals

When printing giant Polestar shut its doors for the last time earlier this year, it wasn’t just the trade for its various high-profile clients that rivals were clamouring over – its staff were in demand too.

Power to the people: why DIY may be the way to go

Back in 2010, Ron Davidson, managing director and founder of PM Solutions, wanted to install a wind turbine. An admirable desire to reduce his company’s environmental impact coincided with a generous government incentive to switch to renewable energy sources, so it seemed an ideal step to take.

Top tips: Optimise your online presence

If you have a website, not optimising it for search engines is simply not an option - you'll just be wasting money on hosting fees. Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the thing that gets your website on to page one of Google and other search engines, rather than page 21, and the difference that makes to your traffic is incalculable.

Review of the decade

As the curtain falls on the decade, the printing industry will be hoping that the next 10 years bring better fortune than the last. In a two-part look at events since the turn of the millennium, PrintWeek trawls the archive to revisit the stories that hit the headlines during one of the industry's most eventful periods

Grab your chance to bounce back

The fact that coronavirus should be a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic is irrelevant; it’s with us and has caused global carnage leaving governments around the world struggling to cope.

Techie tips to back up your presses

A printing business is a technology business, with many elements vital to its smooth operation – from fast networks and file storage systems, to security and e-commerce platforms. PrintWeek asked a raft of experts in these fields, as well as printers themselves, about how they’re dealing with these challenges, and what’s on the horizon to be aware of.

New territories

It can be brutal out there. Arguably, it’s never been tougher to thrive in the print sector. Low margins are the order of the day and some markets are being eroded by stiff competition from new media. Businesses in the print sector simply can’t afford to stand still.

Used kit can be a bargain if you can take away the risk

Buy right or buy twice. It’s sage advice and when it comes to equipment, the quandary that print has to deal with is whether to purchase new or secondhand. Some will instinctively want to use a brand new machine, others will calculate that secondhand offers better value.

Print's processing workhorses are backroom heroes

Many people believe that when they visit a website, upload photos to the web or load a web-based process, these operations are being run on their own computer. In fact, they are run on a server that sits among hundreds, if not thousands, of other servers in a high-security datacentre somewhere.

Hitting the right notes in business

From a standing start, Mike Dolans Media & Print Investments (MPI) has built a group with sales in excess of 55m in less than 18 months. With a background in the music industry, launching several record labels and managing acts such as Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Eddie Grant and, erm, Bucks Fizz, its fair to say that Dolans drive to become a major player in print inspires many questions. In his first interview, we try to get the answers to some of those questions.

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.

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.

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