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ATG Spectrum goes large thanks to Mimaki JV5 320S ordered at Sign & Digital UK

ATG Spectrum goes large thanks to Mimaki JV5 320S ordered at Sign & Digital UK

ATG Spectrum can now print graphics up to a massive 3.2m x 20m thanks to its new Mimaki JV5 320S grand format printer from i-Sub Digital, ordered at Sign and...

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...

Hardware

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Roland adds Virtual Reality Zone for FESPA

Roland adds Virtual Reality Zone for FESPA

Roland DG is planning to create a further ‘zone’ for FESPA 2015 with the Virtual Reality Zone. The news comes on the back of the recent announcement that Roland is...

Roland rolls out Rolandprintstudio for Mac OS X

Roland rolls out Rolandprintstudio for Mac OS X

Roland DG is rolling out Rolandprintstudio (supplied on a USB key) across the EU region, a powerful new RIP and print management software for Mac OS X. The company says...

Canon appoints Papergraphics as aqueous wide format reseller

Canon appoints Papergraphics as aqueous wide format reseller

Papergraphics has announced its appointment as a hardware partner for Canon, offering Canon’s aqueous large format printers to the UK market.According to data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Large Format...

Sabur sets its sights on signage as firm broadens its Roland wide format offering

Sabur sets its sights on signage as firm broadens its Roland wide format offering

Barnsley-based digital textile and sublimation printing specialist, Sabur Digital Ltd, has recently opened the largest Roland dealer showroom serving the north of the country. The moves comes on the back...

Get into the Zone with Roland DG at FESPA

Get into the Zone with Roland DG at FESPA

Roland DG says it is inviting visitors to this year’s FESPA 2015 show to ‘get into the zone’ and discover a wealth of profitable print solutions and innovative applications. The...

Wideformat

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Litho printer gets into wide format to diversify service offering

Litho printer gets into wide format to diversify service offering

Preston based Kaymar Print offers customers a mix of both litho, cut sheet digital and screen printing services, and has now added wide format printing to its portfolio of services with the addition of the latest Mimaki CJV150-107 integrated printer/cutter.Originally...

When two will do

When two will do

It’s not often you get two printing companies working together to achieve the same aim, but when AutoRAI, the largest automobile event in the Netherlands, required 14,000 m2 of printed matter to promote 500 different cars, competing large format printing...

Clicks formalises Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV deal at FESPA

Clicks formalises Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV deal at FESPA

London based full service print service provider Clicks has bought a Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV wide format printer with dual flat-bed/roll-to-roll capability to add significant capacity and flexibility to its large format service operation.The new combination printer was launched this...

SMP takes Inca Onset R50i straight off the stand at FESPA

SMP takes Inca Onset R50i straight off the stand at FESPA

One of the UK's largest producer of Point of Sale materials, SMP Group, has placed an order at FESPA 2015 for the new Onset R50i, the latest addition to the Inca Onset high-end wide format printer range.Mark Turner (above middle),...

More accolades for Mimaki

More accolades for Mimaki

Mimaki has again been recognised at FESPA 2015 with a European Digital Press Association (EDP) award for ‘Best Print and Cut Solution’. The Mimaki CJV150 Series brings simultaneous print/cut operations to an affordable entry-level printer at a print speed of...

Textile Printing

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Epson set to launch cost efficient dye sub textile printer

Epson set to launch cost efficient dye sub textile printer

Hot on the heels of Mimaki announcing its latest textile dye sublimation printer is Epson who announced a new SureColor SC-F9200 printer and HDK Black ink to help manufacturers produce high-quality, mass-production textiles quickly and consistently, while keeping costs low.Epson...

Mimaki kicks off its FESPA campaign with launch of new dye-sub textile printer

Mimaki kicks off its FESPA campaign with launch of new dye-sub textile printer

It’s the opening day of FESPA 2015 and Mimaki has announced the availability of its latest wide format printer - the TS300P-1800, a 1.8m wide roll-to-roll sublimation inkjet printer that Mimaki says will be available from July.“With the textile market...

New York fashion students embrace short-run digital textile production with Kornit

New York fashion students embrace short-run digital textile production with Kornit

For the second year in succession, Kornit Digital and the NY Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) are collaborating in a project that involves design and digital print to fabrics.This project is focused on encouraging students at the State University of...

Free textile design trade show videos

Free textile design trade show videos

Trade shows provide an incredible opportunity for you to get your name and work in front of big brands, well-connected people and the press. However, they can demand a huge amount of investment, so getting the know-how and making every...

Epson to focus on home interior display at FESPA

Epson to focus on home interior display at FESPA

Epson will continue to work in collaboration with Blooming Bryony Designs for FESPA 2015 in Cologne later this month as it did at Heimtextil 2015 in Frankfurt where Bryony showed how she can print her contemporary designs direct onto cushion...

Materials

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Motivation and creation in sports arenas using Landor Phototex digital wallpaper

Motivation and creation in sports arenas using Landor Phototex digital wallpaper

Leeds based Conrad Davies is not your typical design and graphics business. Specialising in every aspect of design with a mix of graphic styles, and underpinned by a vast range of experience with key household brands, Davies is always questioning...

Guandong launch Nano-Tack adhesive free display film at FESPA

Guandong launch Nano-Tack adhesive free display film at FESPA

Italian inkjet materials specialist Guandong has launched Nano-Tack at FESPA, an adhesive free transparent and white film that is bubble free and will stick to all kinds of smooth surfaces, whatever they are.Nano-Tack adheres to smooth surfaces through a mechanical...

New Epson dye sublimation transfer paper ideal for producers of rigid materials

New Epson dye sublimation transfer paper ideal for producers of rigid materials

Epson says applying decorative inks to aluminium photographic plates, iPhone cases, ceramic tiles, mugs, and wood has never been easier or more cost-effective thanks to its new DS Transfer Multipurpose Paper.The company says its new dye sublimation transfer paper provides...

Fujifilm announces four new euromedia products

Fujifilm announces four new euromedia products

Fujifilm has continued its FESPA announcements with the launch four new euromedia products today.The PVC-free self-adhesive product HighClear (pictured) is the latest addition to the euromedia polyester laminate film portfolio. The company says this is perfect for window applications, and...

Soyang set to focus on printable flooring at FESPA

Soyang set to focus on printable flooring at FESPA

As FESPA 2015 gets set to launch on 18th May in Cologne; materials supplier, Soyang Europe has announced it is to exhibit alongside its Chinese counterpart, Soyang Technologies, showcasing its core product range as well as a focus on its;...

Wrapping World

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Lotus F1 Team creates Mad Max Hybrid F1 movie tie-in rat-rod racer

Lotus F1 Team creates Mad Max Hybrid F1 movie tie-in rat-rod racer

The Lotus F1 Team, in co-operation with Warner Bros. Pictures, has created a new hybrid F1 racing machine suitable for a post-apocalyptic future. The new car - the Lotus F1 Team Mad Max Hybrid –was created to coincide with the...

Arlon’s first 2015 #Wrap Wars winner

Arlon’s first 2015 #Wrap Wars winner

Thanks to William Smith for sending us these fantastic pictures of Arlon’s first 2015 #Wrap Wars competition, with a sensational wrap to a modified Audi TT by Essex based Funkeefish.The car was wrapped in Arlon’s Ultimate Premium Plus Series 2600LX...

3M adds 18 new colours to its 1080 film series

3M adds 18 new colours to its 1080 film series

3M has boosted its 3M Car Wrap Film  Series 1080 series with an additional 18 new colours comprising 12 gloss metallic and six satin formats, with descriptive names such as Atlantis Blue, Fierce Fuchsia and Dragon Fire Red in gloss...

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...

Finishing World

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Kala’s deal with Fastsigns will put a laminator in every new store location

Kala’s deal with Fastsigns will put a laminator in every new store location

Fastsigns International has struck an exclusive laminator deal with Kala following an extensive evaluation of the Kala Mistral and has selected it as the company’s laminator of choice. All new UK Fastsigns locations will have a Kala Mistral 1650 with LED lights and antistatic wire in their starting franchise package,...

AXYZ launch hybrid digital finishing solution

AXYZ launch hybrid digital finishing solution

Canadian manufacturer AXYZ International is best known for its CNC routers which come highly praised by the global sign making community. Now the company has launched a hybrid digital finishing solution that is said to be the most innovative and versatile combined CNC routing and knife-cutting solution currently available.Called the...

Esko announce a raft of new Kongsberg tools ahead of FESPA

Esko announce a raft of new Kongsberg tools ahead of FESPA

Esko is announcing a raft of new Kongsberg tools available for customers. The company says on top of the more than one hundred cutting blades, router bits and accessories, some of the latest tools include a psaligraphy (paper cutting) knife tool, perforation wheel and braille tool. All three tools are...

Esko celebrates 50 years of Kongsberg

Esko celebrates 50 years of Kongsberg

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Esko Kongsberg, a milestone celebration for the company as it celebrates its evolution from a manufacturer of drafting tables into a global supplier of digital finishing systems.In the early years, Kongsberg manufactured the first drafting tables used to produce test parts and verify...

Fast prints need fast cuts

Fast prints need fast cuts

Xerox has hooked up with Fotoba for the provision of in-line finishing for its IJP 2000 high speed printer to provide what Xerox is calling the industry’s fastest production of full-bleed and multi-up posters, banners and signage.The Fotoba FHS42 Cutter can operate at speeds as fast as five seconds per...

Business

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Canon enhances EBBP business builder program

Canon enhances EBBP business builder program

Canon says it has enhanced its long established Essential Business Builder Program (EBBP) with the introduction of a series of new themed workshops and curriculum based educational packages designed to guide and support its customers along their journey of learning...

Open house event designed to help grow your business

Open house event designed to help grow your business

Spandex is to host an open house event in partnership with 3M, at its headquarters facility in Bristol on Thursday 11 June. The one-day event is designed for sign makers, wrappers, shop fitters and printers to experience a whole range...

FESPA's Print Census points to a brighter, profitable future

FESPA's Print Census points to a brighter, profitable future

The findings of FESPA's Print Census - the most far-reaching global industry survey ever conducted by the organisation - expose six overarching trends driving the global wide format and speciality print community.Over 1200 respondents worldwide fully completed the extensive survey...

Avery appoints new distribution partners

Avery appoints new distribution partners

Avery Dennison has appointed new distribution partners in the UK, Netherlands, and Belgium. The new distributors include Pyramid Display Materials and Quantum Europoint in the UK and Pantoon NV (Belgium) and Vink Kunststoffen BV Visual Technology Solutions (Netherlands).The new distributors...

New Chatham site for PressOn boosts capacity and productivity

New Chatham site for PressOn boosts capacity and productivity

PressOn has moved to larger new premises in Chatham, Kent. The move follows the rapid growth and expansion of the business in the past three years.The new modern facility offers a much larger area of usable space for print and...

Technology

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Workflow automation partnership announced between Caldera and Enfocus

Workflow automation partnership announced between Caldera and Enfocus

An efficient and well managed workflow is paramount with wide-format businesses now seeking to streamline their internal data-based communications. Therefore FESPA 2015 is host to the first partnership between major software manufacturers Enfocus and Caldera, offering wide-format houses job submission...

Avery launch online virtual trade-show booth

Avery launch online virtual trade-show booth

Avery Dennison has introduced an online virtual trade-show booth which for the duration of FESPA will focus on products from its Graphics Solutions portfolio. The company says the move aims to allow more and more people around the world to experience...

ONYX adds support for Mimaki JFX 200 and JV300 printers

ONYX adds support for Mimaki JFX 200 and JV300 printers

ONYX Graphics has added support for both the Mimaki JFX200-2513 and Mimaki JV300 series printers. The drivers, and twelve other Mimaki drivers, are now available for all ONYX Graphics version 11.1.2 rip and workflow software products.The company recommends ONYX ThriveTM...

Enfocus PitStop 13 now shipping

Enfocus PitStop 13 now shipping

Enfocus has announced that following a successful beta test period, PDF workflow software PitStop 13 is now in general release.As part of this product release, Enfocus has created a series of videos that provide a first-hand look at the powerful...

CIC looks to GMG for streamlined production and colour consistency

CIC looks to GMG for streamlined production and colour consistency

CIC (Clever Ideas Corporation) has invested in GMG ColorServer, GMG ColorProof and GMG ProofControl software to streamline its production process and ensure total colour consistency from creative to proof to print.CIC provides creative solutions for brand development, imagery and marketing...

Outdoor Display

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Long live rock

Long live rock

An outside art exhibition displaying images of some of the world’s most famous musicians taken by iconic rock photographer Nick Elliott, has been digitally printed by Structure-flex Limited to create what is believed to be the largest outside art exhibition...

Marvel creates tiny billboard campaign for Ant Man movie

Marvel creates tiny billboard campaign for Ant Man movie

The Australian cities of Brisbane, Melbourne and Queensland have seen the arrival of tiny billboards around town as Marvel kick starts what looks to be a slow burn campaign for its upcoming summer blockbuster movie Ant Man which launches on...

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...

Labels & Packaging

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Bespoke packaging specialist finds bespoke printing solution at FESPA

Bespoke packaging specialist finds bespoke printing solution at FESPA

A visit to FESPA has enabled Netherlands based customised packaging specialist Doosopmaat.nl to find the right single pass digital print solution to fill a growing need for on demand production for a growing client base. As such the Rotterdam based...

UK first for Domino’s N610i 7-colour UV digital ink jet label press at MPS

UK first for Domino’s N610i 7-colour UV digital ink jet label press at MPS

Bristol based label producer Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) is the first UK installation of Domino’s N610i 7-colour UV digital ink jet label press following a major investment programme at the site.Andy Walter, managing director at MPS Bristol, wanted to capitalise...

Fifteen year old Mimaki CF2 flatbed cutter still going strong

Fifteen year old Mimaki CF2 flatbed cutter still going strong

Constructional packaging design and development is at the heart of Yorkshire-based Concept Packaging, who embraced its investment in a Mimaki CF2 flatbed cutter some fifteen years ago, which rapidly became an integral part of its design and prototyping provision and...

Pixartprinting continues to put its trust in Durst

Pixartprinting continues to put its trust in Durst

Pixartprinting has further added to its already huge fleet of Durst printers and has become the first Italian company to install the packaging version of the Rho 1312, Durst's flagship flatbed printer.The new Durst system will be used at Pixartprinting...

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...

Environment

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Mimaki awarded Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks

Mimaki awarded Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks

Mimaki has been awarded the Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks thereby making the inks entirely suitable for a wide range of applications, including those in schools, healthcare or similarly sensitive environments.Greenguard Certification requires stringent emissions criteria to be met...

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...

Industrial Printing

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FESPA initiative puts 3D printing into perspective with 3DION

FESPA initiative puts 3D printing into perspective with 3DION

FESPA is partnering with non-profit 3D industry initiative, 3DION, to bring the 2D printing and 3D printing industry together at FESPA 2015, which takes place in Cologne, Germany, from 18 - 22 May 2015.As its slogan '2D Printing meets 3D...

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...

Printing World

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Interprint bolsters its cut sheet digital fleet with a duo from Ricoh

Interprint bolsters its cut sheet digital fleet with a duo from Ricoh

For over 25 years Interprint in Swindon has concentrated on building a detailed understanding of its clients’ print needs, and as such has moved with technology to diversify its plant and production to provide its customers with a one stop...

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...

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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Significant increase in enquiries prompts key sales appointment at Zünd UK

Significant increase in enquiries prompts key sales appointment at Zünd UK

Zünd UK has expanded its sales team with the appointment of a new Sales account manager in Greg Heather who joins the company from Esko. The appointment follows what the company describes as ‘a significant increase’ in enquiries following Sign...

Spandex appoints Camiel Bosma as Group VP and general manager Netherlands

Spandex appoints Camiel Bosma as Group VP and general manager Netherlands

Spandex has appointed Camiel Bosma to the dual roles of Group vice president, and general manager, Netherlands, with immediate effect. He will be based from the Spandex Netherlands offices in Veenendaal.Bosma brings over 30 years' experience in the signage and...

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...

The Thompson Report

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Be a motivational leader

Be a motivational leader

As a leader, your job is to be excellent at what you do, to be the best in your chosen field of endeavour. Your job is to have high standards in serving people. You not only exemplify excellence in your...

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...

Peter Davidson

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The future for wide format printer reseller channels is looking bleak

The future for wide format printer reseller channels is looking bleak

I cut my fledgling sales teeth, and almost lost a few, on direct hardware sales in to the litho market. An initiation by fire under the guidance of two tremendous professionals and owners of a little company at the time,...

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...

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Now is the time to plan for growth

Now is the time to plan for growth

There are bound to be smiles of relief all-round today among the business community as the UK election finally comes to a close with the Conservative Party gaining a majority, and as such, the Prime Minister David Cameron can look forward to another four years in Parliament, unconstrained by coalition.In my...

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