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Raccoon grabs a Zünd G3 at Sign & Digital

Raccoon grabs a Zünd G3 at Sign & Digital

Zünd UK took an official order for a G3 digital cutting system on the first morning of Sign and Digital UK, which took place at Birmingham's NEC last month. Th...

MiMtec takes advantage of Fujifilm thermoforming solution at Sign & Digital

MiMtec takes advantage of Fujifilm thermoforming solution at Sign & Digital

UK based plastic former MiMtec placed an order for Fujifilm’s Acuity Advance Select wide format printer with Uvijet KV inks at Sign & Digital UK to create bespoke, branded objects...

Roland launch MAC OS X RIP at Sign & Digital

Roland launch MAC OS X RIP at Sign & Digital

Roland DG UK launched a powerful new RIP and print management solution for Mac OS X operating systems at Sign & Digital.Described as the perfect counterpart to VersaWorks, Roland’s highly...

New low cost finishing table launched by Vivid at Sign & Digital UK

New low cost finishing table launched by Vivid at Sign & Digital UK

Vivid Laminating Technologies launched an entirely new product line at this year’s Sign & Digital UK show.The Leicestershire-based firm introduced the £395 Easymount Flow, a finishing table designed specifically to...

MTEX makes textiles popular at Sign & Digital

MTEX makes textiles popular at Sign & Digital

MTEX Technologies says the UK first showing of the newly launched MTEX Vision with direct disperse inks and the MTEX 1800 direct disperse dye sublimation printer really drew the crowds...

Hardware

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New HP Latex 370 for unattended remote printing

New HP Latex 370 for unattended remote printing

Designed for unattended printing in high production PSP environments, HP’s new 64 inch HP Latex 370 printer enables more unattended printing at lower operational costs with higher capacity ink cartridges...

RGBuk joins Roland DG UK dealer network

RGBuk joins Roland DG UK dealer network

Roland DG UK has appointed RGBuk to its dealer network. Based in Wokingham and with a nationwide reach, RGBuk is a large format and digital printing solutions provider, specialising in...

Display print specialist installs Josero supplied Ricoh latex printer

Display print specialist installs Josero supplied Ricoh latex printer

The Larger Profile, a display print specialist based in Letchworth, has invested in a Ricoh Pro L4160 latex wide format printer supplied by Josero.The team at The Larger Profile has...

Perfect Colours puts a photo production printer into PNG

Perfect Colours puts a photo production printer into PNG

Lancashire based PNG Digital has invested in an HP Z6200 Photo Production wide format printer from Perfect Colours. Just over one year old, the Blackpool firm has expanded so fast that it...

Roland DG to attend the Glasgow Wide Format, Screen, Digital and Displays Show

Roland DG to attend the Glasgow Wide Format, Screen, Digital and Displays Show

Roland DG has confirmed its attendance at The Wide Format, Screen, Digital and Displays Show in Glasgow; the next in the series of regional wide format roadshows.The event will be...

Wideformat

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New Onset R50i looks set to tick all the right boxes

New Onset R50i looks set to tick all the right boxes

Inca Digital has launched another Inca Onset wide-format, flatbed UV printer. The firm says the R50i is positioned between the high-quality 400m2/hr, six-colour Onset R40i and the high-speed 720m2/hr Onset S50i. Inca says this new Onset meets the needs of...

Océ Arizona flatbed broadens window film specialists service offering

Océ Arizona flatbed broadens window film specialists service offering

Printed graphics are becoming an increasingly important part of the The Window Film Company’s business which has led the firm to expand into a new two-storey facility in Chesham, Buckinghamshire along with the installation of an Océ Arizona 460GT flat-bed...

Hong Kong print service provider sets the pace with Inca Onset Q40i

Hong Kong print service provider sets the pace with Inca Onset Q40i

Sin Fung is one of the largest and most renowned digital print service providers operating in the sign and advertising industry in South East Asia. Founded as a family business in 1985, the Hong Kong-based printer has established itself as...

Irish plastics specialist adds direct to board printing with Mimaki JFX-200

Irish plastics specialist adds direct to board printing with Mimaki JFX-200

McMordie Bros of Belfast has invested in the first Mimaki JFX200-2513 in Ireland through long-standing Mimaki reseller, Dennis D Evans, as it looks to expand upon its trade service offering to include direct to board printing.The company has a 60...

Arizona and Zünd package improves efficiencies and tighter turnaround times

Arizona and Zünd package improves efficiencies and tighter turnaround times

UK and European sign solutions specialist, Contract Sign Systems, has become the first UK-based company to invest in Canon’s ultra-high production Océ Arizona 6160 XTS wide format flatbed printer. The package comes with a Zünd G3 digital cutting table to...

Textile Printing

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Myth busting printed textiles - Part 2

Myth busting printed textiles - Part 2

Regular readers of this esteemed website will perhaps have seen my recent observations on the current trend towards the use of textile media in sign and graphics printing for retail, PoS and many other applications.Following on from my earlier musings,...

Mutoh announce entry level dye sublimation printer ahead of FESPA

Mutoh announce  entry level dye sublimation printer ahead of FESPA

Mutoh Belgium has announced the launch of the €3,990 DrafStation RJ-900XG, a low cost entry level 42” (1080 mm) wide dye sublimation printer for those wanting to further extend their service offering with digital transfer applications.The company says the new...

Free video series for textile designers ‘Manufacturing Your Way’

Free video series for textile designers ‘Manufacturing Your Way’

As a designer, manufacturing your own products is a fantastic way to grow your own label, get more visibility and be in control of the quality of products with your name on. But it can be a high-risk strategy, so...

De-bunking the myths surrounding printing onto textiles

De-bunking the myths surrounding printing onto textiles

The Sign and Graphics industry is experiencing some really exciting developments at the present time, and none more so than the huge interest currently being shown in the use of textile media, particularly in the run up Sign & Digital...

OEKO-TEX accreditation gained by Mimaki for direct skin contact inks

OEKO-TEX accreditation gained by Mimaki for direct skin contact inks

Mimaki has announced it has attained the OEKO-TEX accreditation for direct skin contact for its Sb300 series dye sublimation inks and Sb53 sublimation transfer inks.The OEKO-TEX criteria catalogue provides manufacturers in the textile and clothing industry with a scientifically based...

Materials

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Drytac announce Polar HiGrab PVC wall film

Drytac announce Polar HiGrab PVC wall film

Drytac Europe has announced Polar HiGrab. Available from Antalis, this is a printable white monomeric PVC wall film suitable for variety of indoor and outdoor graphic applications.The film is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV inkjet technologies and has...

Premier Paper adds Boss laminating films

Premier Paper adds Boss laminating films

Premier Paper, having recently launched a wide range of aqueous, solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex media, has added Vivid Laminating’s Boss range of premium brand laminating films to its wide format materials portfolio.The Boss range is suitable for laminating and...

ATP Adhesive Systems AG appoints CMYUK as exclusive UK dealer

ATP Adhesive Systems AG appoints CMYUK as exclusive UK dealer

ATP Adhesive Systems AG has announced that it has signed an exclusive deal with CMYUK to distribute its range of ATP branded self-adhesive Mount, Guard and Print media for the digital print and display graphics market throughout the UK.The announcement...

Coala Supertack industrial grade wall film mural transformation

Coala Supertack industrial grade wall film mural transformation

Creative design and print service company adverset media solutions, based in Scarborough, has used Coala Supertack, supplied by Antalis UK, to transform the dull, unwelcoming reception of a complex of local luxury holiday apartments into a striking, tropical statement piece...

Landor expands its Phototex repositionable self-adhesive fabric media portfolio

Landor expands its Phototex repositionable self-adhesive fabric media portfolio

Digital imaging specialist distributor Landor UK has launched of two new versions of its Landor Phototex repositionable self-adhesive fabric medias in response to customer demand for an opaque and a fire rated version.Landor Phototex OS is an opaque printable self-adhesive...

Wrapping World

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These aren’t the droids you’re looking for…

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for…

If you are going to wrap something as large and as expensive as an airplane you had better make sure you have a catchy hook to get you noticed, but All Nippon Airways (ANA) has that covered with an official...

Arlon launches social media photo contest #PrintItWrapIt

Arlon launches social media photo contest #PrintItWrapIt

Arlon has launched a new social media photo contest focusing on Arlon’s digital films for applications including exterior and interior wall wraps and full and partial vehicle wraps.The company wants its social media followers and customers to submit high resolution...

Richard Childress Racing rolls out Roland printed NASCAR race car wraps

Richard Childress Racing rolls out Roland printed NASCAR race car wraps

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has kicked off the 2015 NASCAR season with new race car wraps and a high level of confidence. Although the new wraps aren’t likely to create wins on the track; the bold, vibrant graphics are certain...

Wrap Cup Americas competition announced

Wrap Cup Americas competition announced

American vehicle wrappers look set to have a field day come February 2015 when the Graphics of the Americas (GOA) printing trade show presents the Wrap Cup Americas, a vehicle wrap competition where the best of the Americas will be...

Flying home for Christmas in an ORAFOL wrapped Boeing 737

Flying home for Christmas in an ORAFOL wrapped Boeing 737

Air Berlin has unveiled its Christmas themed Boeing 737-800, wrapped in ORAJET Aircraft Graphic Film, to set passengers in the Christmas mood. The 2014 Christmas aircraft continues an Air Berlin tradition that goes back to 2011. A digital Christmas plane on...

Finishing World

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Kongsberg V brings flatbed cutting in-house at Fastsigns Vancouver

Kongsberg V brings flatbed cutting in-house at Fastsigns Vancouver

Fastsigns of Vancouver has recently invested in a new Esko Kongsberg V finishing table, bringing in-house many of the cutting and routing tasks it once had to subcontract to complete."In the history of our business, success has come through technology," says Paul LeBlanc, owner of Fastsigns Vancouver. "In the early...

SMGG adds entry level automated flatbed cutting table

SMGG adds entry level automated flatbed cutting table

SMGG has expanded its cutting solutions line with the addition of the £55k Colex Sharpcut machine.According to SMGG’s Steve Guest, the Colex Sharpcut has been designed to serve all markets with a requirement for mechanised cutting, creasing and routing operations. “We’re marketing the machines at a very competitive price-point –...

Speedscreen adds Kongsberg C digital finishing system

Speedscreen adds Kongsberg C digital finishing system

As part of an overall £1m investment strategy, Kent based Speedscreen has added a fully-featured super-wide Kongsberg C digital finishing system to its finishing department.Specialising in posters, POP displays, POS and signage, the company is experiencing year-on-year growth of over 30% during the last 12 months and, according to managing...

Compact flatbed cutting plotter for short run and packaging prototyping

Compact flatbed cutting plotter for short run and packaging prototyping

Mimaki has announced the launch of the CFL-605RT compact flatbed cutting plotter which offers both creasing and cutting capabilities and enables the creation and delivery of high quality, cost-effective output. The new CFL-605RT is designed with Mimaki’s established technology to support immediate finishing of packaging and prototypes with multiple functions.The...

Bit & Blade offer service and support for Kongsberg consumables

Bit & Blade offer service and support for Kongsberg consumables

Bit & Blade has opened its doors in response to growing UK demand for the fast and efficient supply of consumables, offering support and service for those using Kongsberg digital cutting tables.The operation has been established by Geoff Spicer, owner of Esko reseller Mill Pond Graphics Ltd. Mill Pond is...

Business

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Business is booming for Octink

Business is booming for Octink

Congratulations to marketing suite and display specialist Octink who is celebrating its strongest ever first quarter, with a 33 per cent increase in revenues compared with the same period in 2014. This marks the West London-based company's busiest start to the...

Papergraphics picks up PaperlinX Digital Solutions Team along with Jetrix printers

Papergraphics picks up PaperlinX Digital Solutions Team along with Jetrix printers

It can’t be an easy time for many of those left with an uncertain future following the recent disintegration of PaperlinX in the UK, and we hope those seeking employment are picked up ASAP. However, there is some light on...

Drupa publishes second Global Trends report

Drupa publishes second Global Trends report

This is interesting. Drupa has published the second ‘Drupa Global Trends’ report where some 1100 international decision-makers from the print industry and their suppliers responded to a comprehensive survey in October 2014 with some surprising insights and positive feedback.The independent...

Rocket ready for lift off

Rocket ready for lift off

Exhibition and event project management specialist Rocket Graphics has announced its intention to expand its salesforce this year, with the company revealing a 17% growth in turnover for 2014, as it gears up for further expansion and development in the...

Davies pays tribute to outstanding UK team as Roland DG (UK) achieves IIP Silver Standard accreditation

Davies pays tribute to outstanding UK team as Roland DG (UK) achieves IIP Silver Standard accreditation

Roland DG has announced that the company has achieved Investors In People (IIP) Silver Standard status, after passing the accreditation assessment with flying colours late in 2014. This moves the company up the ladder from the Bronze Star status it...

Technology

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New SAi interface announced for HP WallArt 3.0 custom wallcovering application

New SAi interface announced for HP WallArt 3.0 custom wallcovering application

SA International (SAi) has introduced a new interface for large format print providers to operate the popular HP WallArt 3.0 custom wallcovering application.SAi says WallArt 3.0 helps large format print providers with HP Latex Printers, wallcovering manufacturers and designers to...

HP’s WallArt application now benefits from direct integration with Onyx software

HP’s WallArt application now benefits from direct integration with Onyx software

Onyx Graphics has announced that its ONYX software can be directly integrated with the new HP WallArt application to provide seamless and efficient workflow for décor applications.An ONYX/HP WallArt workflow gives users the ability to expand their business by offering...

Enfocus offers customers software licence subscription option

Enfocus offers customers software licence subscription option

Enfocus has established a new software subscription option that gives users a low-cost way to license software, while providing more flexibility and control over where and how the software is used.The first product to be available with this subscription option...

Canon's Calibration Management Console solves satellite proofing problems

Canon's Calibration Management Console solves satellite proofing problems

Canon large-format printer re-seller and litho printing specialist M Partners, Surrey, believes the latest version of Canon's Calibration Management Console (CCMC) software for its large format devices is the breakthrough that printers seeking the answer to accurate, consistent satellite proofing...

Apogee 9 eliminates bottlenecks in the print production process

Apogee 9 eliminates bottlenecks in the print production process

Agfa Graphics says commercial printers and hybrid print service providers who produce both commercial print and wide-format signs and displays, are now using the company’s latest software, Apogee 9 that serves as the production hub for their graphic reproduction to...

Outdoor Display

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Hollywood Monster has Westfield’s extension covered

Hollywood Monster has Westfield’s extension covered

Signs and graphics giant Hollywood Monster has printed and designed a 440-metre-long hoarding in double quick time for Westfield London as the retail giant embarks on a £1 billion extension.The Tyseley-based firm used its new Vutek superwide flatbed printer to...

Fortress England gets ready for 2015 World Cup with KAPAtech from Antalis

Fortress England gets ready for 2015 World Cup with KAPAtech from Antalis

With Great Britain hosting the Rugby World Cup later this year, Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby will become the focal point for the world’s media and a mecca for rugby fans from around the globe. Being such a...

Mini strip retail display solution for the digital retail world

Mini strip retail display solution for the digital retail world

Display Solution AG has announced the 2nd generation of its ShelfVision E-Shelf mini strip retail display solution.ShelfVision works by visually attracting passers-by with colourful eye-catching moving promotions or videos, and the content of the display can be easily updated in...

Doddle transforms 27 UK rail stations in first major outdoor campaign

Doddle transforms 27 UK rail stations in first major outdoor campaign

Doddle, the new parcel collection, returning and sending service located in and around train stations across Britain, kicked off the festive season with a major nationwide outdoor campaign using digital, wraps and banners to create an immersive experience for time-pressed...

New Content division for JCDecaux

New Content division for JCDecaux

JCDecaux has appointed Janet Guest as Editorial director and Russell Gower as Creative Content director, setting up a new Content division that is set to deliver the first editorial schedules across digital screens nationwide.The Content team will liaise with the...

Labels & Packaging

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Ultrachem launch Fastbond clear ultra violet curing adhesive

Ultrachem launch Fastbond clear ultra violet curing adhesive

Ultrachem has launched Fastbond clear ultra violet curing adhesive which is formulated for use on film to board and film to film bonding. The company says its Fastbond Adhesive gives high bond strength when used with suitable boards and treated/coated...

VTT develops a method for printing WORM memories

VTT develops a method for printing WORM memories

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) has developed a cost effective breakthrough method for printing memory circuits directly, e.g. onto consumer packaging. VTT says because the required production technology is quite simple, no major investments are required.The write-once-read-many...

Major breakthrough in Active and Intelligent Packaging with NFC security tag on Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottles

Major breakthrough in Active and Intelligent Packaging with NFC security tag on Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottles

AIPIA, a worldwide association promoting high tech packaging solutions, has announced that its member Thin Film Electronics, in conjunction with global drinks company Diageo, has launched a fully printed Near Field Communication (NFC) sensor tag known as OpenSense, designed for...

Bramwell steps up to digital label production with HP Indigo

Bramwell steps up to digital label production with HP Indigo

Due to a seeing a steady decline in the wet glue label market, The Bramwell Label Company has gone digital, adding an HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press alongside an A B Graphic Digicon Series 2 seven-colour narrow web digital press...

CS Labels reveals new peel and reveal labels

CS Labels reveals new peel and reveal labels

CS Labels has revealed its latest ‘alternative’ label product – the wraparound peel and reveal label.According to Production director Adam James, peel and reveal labels offer clients the ability to fit extra information on to their products or offer a...

Environment

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Nordic Swan environmental recognition for Seiko SX wide format ink

Nordic Swan environmental recognition for Seiko SX wide format ink

Seiko Instruments has had its SX ink -used primarily with its ColorPainter M-64s printer - accepted into the list of materials that meet the chemical requirements of Nordic Eco label certification for printing companies.The Nordic Eco label, also known as...

Save money and reduce carbon footprint with ‘plug-in’ hybrid vehicles

Save money and reduce carbon footprint with ‘plug-in’ hybrid vehicles

GDW’s printing company of the year for 2014, Hollywood Monster, has made a commitment to lowering its carbon footprint by taking delivery of two plug-in hybrid company cars. The Birmingham-based company says it will make significant savings and reduce its...

Hats off to Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Hats off to Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Limited (FSIS), the manufacturing facility for screen and UV wide format ink based in Broadstairs, UK recently won the 2014 ‘Sustainable Innovation’ and ‘Manufacturing Champions’ awards.Now in its fifth year, the British Coatings Federation (BCF) ‘Sustainable...

Antalis sets the standard in social and environmental responsibility

Antalis sets the standard in social and environmental responsibility

Paper merchant Antalis is set to prove its commitment to setting the standard in social and environmental responsibility with its Myrmex supplier platform. The platform aims to strengthen traceability of the entire Antalis supply chain by gathering together exhaustive information...

The ‘green economy’ can encourage jobs and innovation

The ‘green economy’ can encourage jobs and innovation

The European Environment Agency (EEA) says Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits.'Resource-efficient green economy and EU...

Industrial Printing

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What if 3D printing was 100x faster?

What if 3D printing was 100x faster?

With an outstanding live display Carbon3D took the main stage of the recent TED technology conference by storm with an innovative approach to polymer-based 3D printing that promises to advance the industry beyond basic prototyping to 3D manufacturing using Continuous...

Free seminars to show how 3D printing can help your business

Free seminars to show how 3D printing can help your business

If you want to know how 3D printing might improve your print business then this short series of breakfast seminars might be worth a look. The events are run by CADSPEC, part of the Stanford Marsh Group, and are designed...

It’s light Jim, but not as we know it

It’s light Jim, but not as we know it

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) has developed a printable light emitting film using Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology.Users can create patterned and flexible light-emitting surfaces on advertising displays, info signs and lighting fixtures, for example. The method also...

Why the industrial print sector is booming

Why the industrial print sector is booming

The successful launch and establishment of the InPrint Show proves that industrial print is key growth sector for the development and integration of print technology for manufacturing. But why is the timing right for industrial printing? What trends are assisting...

MakerBot signs European distribution deal with Datech

MakerBot signs European distribution deal with Datech

MakerBot Europe, a subsidiary of Stratasys, and Datech, Tech Data Europe's specialist brand for the value-added distribution of Autodesk design software, will work together in distributing MakerBot 3D printing and scanning products in the European countries of Austria, Belgium, Czech...

Printing World

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BBC Dr Who wallpaper license has Blag Dog reaching for the stars

BBC Dr Who wallpaper license has Blag Dog reaching for the stars

Black Dog Digital Print has installed its second Xeikon digital print engine to expand productivity as the Hertfordshire commercial printer looks to broaden its service offering into new markets after gaining a licence for the printing of Dr Who themed...

Old dogs, new tricks...

Old dogs, new tricks...

Packaging designer, kitchen company, artist, photographer, litho printer – which is the odd one out? The litho printer because everyone else was in evidence at Sign & Digital UK this year. There were litho printers present, but they were thin...

Clicks Print orders a second LumeJet S200 within six months of the first

Clicks Print orders a second LumeJet S200 within six months of the first

Central London based printer Clicks Print Limited has ordered a second LumeJet S200 printer, less than 6 months after installing its first, following growth in demand for the LumeJet’s unique output.The firm has been steadily building new, high margin, revenue...

Drupa moves to three-year cycle due to Internet and digital technologies

Drupa moves to three-year cycle due to Internet and digital technologies

Drupa has announced it will now switch to a three-year cycle after 2016, when it runs from 31 May to 10 June, and has also been shortened from its usual 14 day cycle to just 11 days.“The entire print process...

Callprint set to move into new central print hub

Callprint set to move into new central print hub

Birmingham based print and visual communications specialist Callprint is set to move into a new 12,000sq ft. city centre location, double the size of its current base.The Birmingham facility, currently situated in Smallbrook Queensway, will move to a site near...

GOM2012Conversations with customers and suppliers in the last quarter of 2011 lead me to believe that 2012 could be a year of seismic change in the Industry. The last time this happened was when the internet changed the knowledge model from manufacture and distribution to distribute and then produce locally.

Before the internet, knowledge was manufactured in bulk and then distributed to consumers. The internet reversed the process, distributing information to millions of consumers who then each printed out what they wanted. There is no doubt that this increased the volume of print, but it was at the expense of traditional printers. Many products of traditional printing methods are disappearing or have already gone. Airline tickets and boarding cards, headed notepaper and business stationary, even dare I say books are disappearing as mass produced items.

The advent of digital printing has meant that high quality, personalised and very targeted print is now being produced and then distributed to consumers, but increasingly this targeted approach is involving other communications media. Suddenly the people who in my opinion are innovating and leading the changes in the industry are no longer regarding themselves or even calling themselves printers. They are communications specialists and are starting to use other mediums to communicate for their clients.

The common factor when talking to anyone leading this change is data. Every single one of them spoke about it as being the key to being able to change their business. The data they are talking about is that held by their own customers that relates to people who transact with them. This is information about existing customers and prospective customers. The obvious data is their name, address, purchase history and customer contacts, but increasingly they are helping their customers gather other data from sources such as social media which helps build a bigger and much more personalised picture of their customers activity.

I will give you some examples. One of the fastest growing areas of business for Xerox Global Services is its Communications and Marketing Services Division. They are dealing with some very big corporate clients and running their whole marketing campaigns for them. The data that they gather enables them to create multiple touch points for the corporate client with their customers, finding the best way to communicate their marketing message. Sometimes that will involve print, but increasingly Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google are amongst the ways they communicate.

I was talking to a customer recently who had installed a large digital press. I was impressed with the work they were producing, but he was more excited about the fact that he had designed a customer’s web site for them and created some avatars for them to use on Twitter. There was more profit coming from those services than from the digital print they had produced for the customer. Another large client had come to them for a quote for a large number of brochures. The conversation had turned to what the customer wanted to achieve as a result. Once this was understood, the quote for the brochure was abandoned and an event created for the client, involving a casino evening with a large print order for personalised invitations, pull-ups and poker chips as well as a Twitter and Facebook campaign around the event. The client’s data has been acquired for the event, but will now be the basis for more cross media marketing campaigns. The profit margin for my customer will be four to five times that which would have been there if he had won the original job and printed it on his Heidelberg.

Another digital customer has persuaded his local college to Tupe across the members of its marketing department, together with their marketing budget and marketing database. He has guaranteed savings as well as transforming the way they communicate with their prospective customer’s – students. This young client base respond much more readily to social media messaging than traditional prospectuses, so my customer is using the database to interact with them on behalf of the college and creating a much more personal and responsive campaign and reducing the amount spent on print.

Each of these examples shows how print volumes are being further eroded as other methods of communication expand. If you look around now the signs are there. Man Roland didn’t go into administration because they made bad presses. It was because the market for presses had fallen dramatically in the last few years, as print volumes fell. The market for mobile phones, tablets and e-readers is growing at a phenomenal rate and the smart people in the industry are turning their attention to taking control of their customer’s data and creating digital marketing messages.

So as the internet turned print turned from analogue to digital in the 90's, I believe that in 2012 it is now turning it from digital to electronic.

Gerry Mulvaney
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Movers & Shakers

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David Snaith named as new MD at Jupiter Visual Communications

David Snaith named as new MD at Jupiter Visual Communications

Print and visual communications specialist Callprint has announced the appointment of David Snaith, who will join the new team at Jupiter Visual Communications, part of the Callprint group, as its managing director, where he will head up the stand-alone business.This...

Onyx appoints Verbeem to support EMEA region

Onyx appoints Verbeem to support EMEA region

Marc Verbeem has joined wide format RIP manufacturer Onyx Graphics as Technical Sales and Support manager for the EMEA region providing strategic support to the sales team, as well as technical support and sales consulting to the ONYX channel. In...

Newman assumes helm at Roland DG UK as Davies spearheads European operations

Newman assumes helm at Roland DG UK as Davies spearheads European operations

Roland DG has announced that Brett Newman has been appointed to the role of managing director of Roland DG, UK & Ireland. Newman replaces Jerry Davies, who after 14 years as UK managing director, has stepped up to the position...

YPS gets behind project-based learning school Studio West

YPS gets behind project-based learning school Studio West

Your Print Specialists (YPS) has been appointed as a learning partner at Studio West Newcastle after installing a laser-engraver and wide-format inkjet printer into the ‘project-based learning’ school.The brand new school, which had its first intake of students in September...

Martin Cole moves to printMAX

Martin Cole moves to printMAX

Wide format re seller printMAX has appointed Martin Cole as a technical consultant. Cole joins the company from GPT where he gained valuable working knowledge of Mimaki products. At printMAX he will be responsible for both Roland and Mimaki solutions.“We’ve...

The Thompson Report

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The 22 step plan for survival in business

The 22 step plan for survival in business

Times are generally tough for most print businesses, and the reasons for the demise of so many print companies during the recent economic downtown was probably weak management, lack of management accountancy information, lack of adequate response to change, over...

Keeping yourself positive will bring success in 2015

Keeping yourself positive will bring success in 2015

The most important thing you do for your success is to take control of the suggestive elements in your environment. Be sure that what you are seeing and listening to is consistent with the goals you want to achieve.Listen your...

Do you measure up?

Do you measure up?

Company leaders always want to motivate, inspire, and support their people to the absolute fullest. But most go to bed at night suspecting that they’re coming up a little short. Maybe more than a little. However, take heart: You can...

Invest in leadership success

Invest in leadership success

Most of the companies I work with dedicate some percentage of their revenue toward developing the leaders in their business. One of the discussions we often have up front is the difference between spending money to train leaders and investing...

Global training crisis in the printing industry

Global training crisis in the printing industry

The printing industry turns its back on training people because of costs they say they cannot afford, but they can invest in their people if they plan for their future with the right strategy?`A skills time bomb is what the...

Peter Davidson

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Finding a cure for exhibition fatigue

Finding a cure for exhibition fatigue

Exhibitions, in my opinion, are not a great thing to work at. This year I was given some “exhibition retribution” for my opinions by arriving home on the last day of the Sign & Digital exhibition with a nasty virus...

Looking at exhibitions through beer tinted glasses

Looking at exhibitions through beer tinted glasses

It’s not that I try to be grumpy old man but I fell out of love with exhibitions quite a few years ago. I guess it must be the amount of shows I have done in Europe over the years,...

Acquisition trends

Acquisition trends

Large businesses or corporations seem to have an unquenchable thirst to “buy into” new business by way of acquiring other smaller companies and integrating them into their structures. It is clear that by doing this it is meant to bring...

When was the last time you had fun at an industry exhibition?

When was the last time you had fun at an industry exhibition?

We have look to have lost some exhibitions recently, and I am also hearing noises of new shows to come, but for what it’s worth I think that both organisers and exhibitors should spend a little more time considering as...

Think before you ink

Think before you ink

When it comes to holidays I love to go to Gran Canaria, and it always amazes me when I go to the tourist eating areas just how green the burgers look on the signage at the entrance to the restaurants....

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Productivity and diversity the name of the game at Sign & Digital UK

Productivity and diversity the name of the game at Sign & Digital UK

Now that the dust has had time to settle on last week’s Sign & Digital UK show I have had time to gather my thoughts and reflect on what was, for me, one of the most upbeat UK industry events for a couple of years.In terms of numbers the event...

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