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Paper tigers

These are changing times for pulp and paper makers. While mill and machinery closures across Europe and the UK have resulted in shrinking capacity, particularly for graphical paper grades, this has been offset by a shift in manufacturing focus.

Can paper replace fantastic plastic?

We’re just a month and a half into 2018 and the packaging industry’s sustainability agenda has been firmly set for the forthcoming year – and indeed beyond.

‘I liked dealing with printers, they’re fun’

With a 30-plus-year history in the paper merchanting game, Martyn Eustace, managing director of print and paper advocacy organisation Two Sides UK, is well versed on the effectiveness and sustainability of print and paper.

Weighing up your options in the great green paper debate

Twenty years ago forests around the world were in crisis: more than 200 million hectares were lost between 1980 and 1995 in developing countries alone. In response to this alarming trend, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – a global alliance of governments, NGOs and paper and timber industry representatives – was created in 1993.

Amateur snappers seek out pro-grade print suppliers

It is tempting to put photographers into two distinct categories: the professionals at one end armed with a Hasselblad or a big fat Canon and an artistic temperament; and the amateurs at the other with a smart phone and an addiction to selfies.

Have we binned our commitment to recycled paper?

Recycling is something we all do so naturally now that we barely stop to think about it. All of us have at least two bins in our driveways, if not three or four, and we are far more conscious of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste than at any other time in human history.

The promise of sci-fi fibres

As the recent woes of merchanting giant Paperlinx show, the paper industry is under pressure. Like the print market it serves, the onslaught of alternative media is shrinking demand for its core product.

Quality vs cost-effective: spot the difference

When it comes to paper, the average print client is not necessarily the most educated of purchaser. It’s a difficult market to get your head around, with so many options and brands that even some printers struggle to understand it.

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