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Sign & Digital UK

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First 3.2m Mimaki printer into Ireland is at W.C. O’Brien Sign & Print

First 3.2m Mimaki printer into Ireland is at W.C. O’Brien Sign & Print

Dublin-based W.C. O’Brien Sign & Print Ltd placed an order for the first Mimaki UJV55-320 to go into Ireland, during the recent Sign & Digital UK exhibition.“We flew in specifically...

Sign & Digital 2016 “our most successful show to date” says Roland DG UK

Sign & Digital 2016 “our most successful show to date” says Roland DG UK

Roland DG UK has announced that a record number of visitors took the time to visit the company’s central stand at Sign & Digital UK 2016.Darren Penny, head of Sales...

Sign & Digital UK has announced a new Digital Signage Theatre ahead of the show

Sign & Digital UK has announced a new Digital Signage Theatre ahead of the show

Sign & Digital UK has announced a new seminar ahead of next week’s show where visitors can hear from speakers exploring the impact that digital signage is having on the...

Hybrid Services announce sports themed competition for Sign & Digital UK

Hybrid Services announce sports themed competition for Sign & Digital UK

As Hybrid turns 20 years old, Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Irish distributor has announced a free competition for the forthcoming Sign & Digital UK exhibition. Visitors who partake in a...

All you need to know before visiting Sign & Digital UK

All you need to know before visiting Sign & Digital UK

Taking place from 19 to 21 April 2016 at NEC Birmingham, Sign & Digital UK looks set to be as popular as ever, with more than 7,000 visitors expected through...

Hardware

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Roland DG to launch next generation flatbed printer at Sign & Digital UK

Roland DG to launch next generation flatbed printer at Sign & Digital UK

Roland DG (UK) has unveiled plans to launch what it calls the next generation of wide format flatbed printers at Sign & Digital UK next week. Designed with production versatility...

OKI Europe Wide Format Division to provide three year warranty on ColorPainter M & H3 series printers

OKI Europe Wide Format Division to provide three year warranty on ColorPainter M & H3 series printers

Ask any PSP with a ColorPainter printer what it is they like about their machine and you will be hard pressed to find anybody say a bad word to say...

Hat’s off to Roland DG as InfoTrends recognises it as the leading wide format printer manufacturer for 2015

Hat’s off to Roland DG as InfoTrends recognises it as the leading wide format printer manufacturer for 2015

According to the InfoTrends 2015 Quarterly Wide-Format Tracking Shipping report, Roland DG shipped more units than any other manufacturer in the 30-inch and up category and as such has been...

Roland launched next gen wide format TrueVIS printer/cutter at FESPA Digital

Roland launched next gen wide format TrueVIS printer/cutter at FESPA Digital

Roland DG has launched a new generation of advanced wide format, eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutters to be released under the TrueVIS brand name. The TrueVIS VG-640/540 64” and 54” printer/cutters made...

Epson to launch 44” SC-P10000 wide format printer at Drupa

Epson to launch 44” SC-P10000 wide format printer at Drupa

Epson says it is planning to launch a new smaller footprint 44” SC-P10000 printer at Drupa 2016. This follows in the footsteps of the recently launched 64” SC-P20000. The company...

Wideformat

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Allprint Display steps up with EFI VUTEk hybrid printer

Allprint Display steps up with EFI VUTEk hybrid printer

Since installing a new EFI VUTEk H2000 hybrid printer last year, Northamptonshire based Allprint Display have completed a raft of large orders that it would never have produced before.According to director James Daldy, the firm needed a new printer to...

Leading brand in safe hands at Axminster based Creative Solutions

Leading brand in safe hands at Axminster based Creative Solutions

When the Red Bull Fox Hunt mountain bike event returned to the Pentland Hills outside Edinburgh recently, the organisers turned to display specialist Creative Solutions to provide all of the event signage.The Red Bull Fox Hunt pits Downhill World Champion...

New stretchable ink from Mimaki looks set to change the way we print

New stretchable ink from Mimaki looks set to change the way we print

Mimaki is set to change the way vacuum moulded, or thermoformed applications are created with the launch a unique, stretchable ink suitable for a wide range of thermoforming applications.The company says its new LUS-350 ink will stretch up to 350%...

Glass printing with UV technologies

Glass printing with UV technologies

What’s a bottle without a title? Well, the world of cosmetics is the place to show off, often with fancy printed bottles and glass containers whose value is higher than the contents inside. Yes, the container has been more important...

Open your eyes and mind to printing for sports events

Open your eyes and mind to printing for sports events

If you’re a sports man, you’re a print man. You might not realise it, but print is a big deal in sports. Naturally, sportswear come to mind first, but the bigger picture is even more large format than that.For argument’s...

Textile Printing

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Second MTEX direct to textile printer for Extreme Display

Second MTEX direct to textile printer for Extreme Display

Graphic production and installation company Extreme Display has added a second MTEX direct to textile printer to its fleet, investing in a new 3.2m MTEX 5032Pro to sit alongside its MTEX 3200.The company, based in Keighley, West Yorkshire, specialises in...

PEARL’s a winner

PEARL’s a winner

Texo Trade Services (TTS) says it is now possible to print seamless 5m wide canvases for light boxes with its new PEARL Lightbox textile material.The firm also announces Lightbox Soft Knitted, a 5m width knitted fabric that is more flexible...

Macclesfield Rugby Union Club gets Smart

Macclesfield Rugby Union Club gets Smart

Macclesfield Rugby Union Club is competing in the 2015/16 season with the benefit of sponsorship from local textile print specialist and Mimaki reseller R A Smart who is sponsoring the first team’s kit.In recent years R A Smart has been...

Hybrid Services appoints Sabur Digital as a Mimaki reseller

Hybrid Services appoints Sabur Digital as a Mimaki reseller

Sabur Digital has been appointed as a Mimaki reseller by UK and Irish distributor, Hybrid Services, introducing the product range into the company’s portfolio of textile hardware systems.“Working together on the Mimaki brand further strengthens Sabur Digital’s place as market...

Get back to textile basics at Printwear & Promotion LIVE! 2016

Get back to textile basics at Printwear & Promotion LIVE! 2016

Printwear & Promotion LIVE! 2016 returns to Hall 12 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from Sunday 28th February to Tuesday 1st March. The show regularly attracts over 120 exhibitors, including over 60 clothing brands and distributors to the printwear...

Materials

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Papergraphics launch digitally printable table coverings for creative branding

Papergraphics launch digitally printable table coverings for creative branding

Papergraphics has come up with a great way to enhance branded events with its digidécor range of digitally printable table covers.These digidécor table covers feature a versatile surface finish which can be used both inside and outdoors, and are suitable...

Spandex expands into interior décor with new additions to its ImagePerfect range

Spandex expands into interior décor with new additions to its ImagePerfect range

Spandex has expanded its family of ImagePerfect materials with the launch of two new products aimed at the interior décor marketplace. The company says both enhance the existing range of ImagePerfect products and offer time and cost savings to end...

New Digital Wall Film portfolio from Avery Dennison

New Digital Wall Film portfolio from Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison has launched a new Digital Wall Film portfolio, including three new textured permanent wall vinyls: Canvas, Stone and Stucco. Non-textured films include a permanent adhesive, an Easy Apply option and a removable adhesive.“The new Avery Dennison Digital Wall...

Teasley selects FLEXcon’s SEETHRU-SIGN for 80th Cotton Bowl Classic wrap

Teasley selects FLEXcon’s SEETHRU-SIGN for 80th Cotton Bowl Classic wrap

The AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is not just the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team, but also the venue for one of college football’s most historic events, the Cotton Bowl Classic. Last year the 80th Annual Goodyear Cotton...

New range of PVC-free eco-friendly films from HEXIS

New range of PVC-free eco-friendly films from HEXIS

HEXIS has introduced a new range of PVC-free eco-friendly films for digital printing and signage applications. These new films contain no PVC, chlorine, solvents, plasticisers or heavy metals in their chemical formulation.HEXIS A5000 Smartac Evolution is a 60µm high gloss...

Finishing World

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Atlanta based The Color Spot boosts digital finishing with MCT VersaTech

Atlanta based The Color Spot boosts digital finishing with MCT VersaTech

UK based Blackman & White designs and builds specialist digital cutting machines for businesses across the world, and its U.S. partner, Milwaukee based MCT Digital, has supplied Atlanta based The Color Spot with an MCT VersaTech 3.2 M X 3.2 M laser/router/cutter to offer digital finishing services across the region,...

swissQprint to launch robotic handling arm at Drupa

swissQprint to launch robotic handling arm at Drupa

swissQprint says it plans to launch a handling robot at Drupa. The company says its handling robot for loading and unloading rigid media from large format printers eliminates manual work and makes unattended production possible.The robotic handling arm can also be retro fitted to machines in the field.www.swissqprint.com

Kala owners get maximum benefit from Caldera Trim-O-Matik module

Kala owners get maximum benefit from Caldera Trim-O-Matik module

Caldera says its V10 RIP suite is now fully integrated with the full range of wide-format print finishing equipment from the French manufacturer Kala. Owners of Kala laminators and cutters can, by using the Caldera RIP with the Trim-O-Matik module, exploit the full capability of their machinery.Owners of Kala machinery...

UK embraces Trident at Hampshire based Key2 Group

UK embraces Trident at Hampshire based Key2 Group

The first UK installation of the recently launched hybrid AXYZ Trident integrated digital print finishing system has taken place at Hampshire based Key2 Group.Established in 2002, the company is a provider of plastic fabrication, signage, acrylic point-of-sale and large-format digital printing solutions for retail, commercial and industrial companies. As a...

Zünd UK launches Prep Center workflow software in the UK

Zünd UK launches Prep Center workflow software in the UK

Users of Zünd digital cutting tables will find this new Prep Center workflow software capable of achieving all types of printing and cutting layers – including routing, creasing, kiss-cutting, V-cutting and engraving – at very high speeds. Cut times can also be estimated due to integration with Zünd’s Cut Center...

Wrapping World

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Iconic Signs retro wraps classic VW campervans using Arlon vinyl

Iconic Signs retro wraps classic VW campervans using Arlon vinyl

Cambridge-based Iconic Signs has teamed up with classic Volkswagen restoration company Type 2 Detectives - who is working with funky VW campervan holiday rental company WeDubYou - to design and wrap some 60 bespoke themed classic VW campervans for rental...

Add colour to chrome wraps with transparent coloured overlaminates

Add colour to chrome wraps with transparent coloured overlaminates

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today the launch of new Transparent Coloured Overlaminates for Conform Chrome films. Transparent Coloured Overlaminates for Conform Chrome Series are available in three distinct colours, orange, green and purple, to combine with the five existing...

Pimp a mobile crib with ORAFOL Caravan Film

Pimp a mobile crib with ORAFOL Caravan Film

ORAFOL says it has found a solution to the challenge posed by decorating the heavily contoured sides of caravans and motorhomes – especially those with photographic images as above.This is because caravans typically have sides made from textured plastic, which...

Five new ‘shade shifting’ vehicle wrapping films from ORACAL

Five new ‘shade shifting’ vehicle wrapping films from ORACAL

ORACAL has extended the range of its 970 Premium Shift Effect Cast films adding five new ‘shade shifting’ colours. The new colours are: Pearl Symphony, Avocado, Amethyst, Aquamarine and Ultramarine violet.“After the initial introduction of the shade shifter films last...

It’s Miller Time for Jim Miller as he wraps up the World Wrap Master 2016 title at FESPA Digital

It’s Miller Time for Jim Miller as he wraps up the World Wrap Master 2016 title at FESPA Digital

Jim Miller, owner of Millers Decals, USA, has won the prestigious title of World Wrap Master at FESPA Digital 2016.Sponsored by Avery Dennison and Mimaki, the European leg of the competition, which took place over the first two days of...

Business

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Mactac Europe set to be sold to Avery Dennison for €200m

Mactac Europe set to be sold to Avery Dennison for €200m

Avery Dennison is set to acquire the European business of Mactac from Platinum Equity, a California-based private equity firm, for the purchase price of €200 million including assumed debt. The transaction excludes the Mactac business in the U.S., Canada and...

Callprint to fully refurbish ten of its regional hubs

Callprint to fully refurbish ten of its regional hubs

Callprint has commenced the refurbishment of its regional hubs, both internally and externally, and has also added a new promotional products on-demand service offering for its customers.The national roll-out of the branch refurbs has commenced in the north with Manchester...

EFI to improve inkjet portfolio with Rialco's advanced ink component capabilities

EFI to improve inkjet portfolio with Rialco's advanced ink component capabilities

EFI has acquired specialist UK chemicals company Rialco Limited, one of Europe's leading suppliers of dye powders and colour products for the digital print and industrial manufacturing industries.Bradford based Rialco is a major supplier of sublimation dye powders to the...

EFI recognises CMYUK as it #1 European Sales Partner for the second year running

EFI recognises CMYUK as it #1 European Sales Partner for the second year running

Robin East and Jon Price, directors at CMYUK, are celebrating doing ‘the double’ after being awarded the much coveted EFI European Sales Partner 2015, beating all European countries to the coveted number one position for channel sales for the second...

Antalis UK expands its workshops for printers programme

Antalis UK expands its workshops for printers programme

Last year Antalis UK ran an excellent series of very successful, and highly useful, workshops for printers looking to expand their knowledge of new applications and opportunities. This year the company has expanded the programme to include 12 workshops, with...

Technology

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Dawn of a new era for PDF rendering

Dawn of a new era for PDF rendering

Online workflow software publishing developer CHILI publish has launched what it calls “today’s best PDF viewing and approval inspection experience” following collaboration with Enfocus. The firm has integrated its new CHILI rendro technology for viewing PDFs on the web with...

Epson make wide format printing easy with new control dashboard

Epson make wide format printing easy with new control dashboard

Epson has introduced the Epson Control Dashboard, a useful and innovative browser-based management and productivity application dedicated to its recently launched SureColor SC-S Series wide format printers that the company says helps operators’ set-up and optimise print output parameters faster...

Throw the Switch! Onyx develops Switch Configurator to further automate wide format workflow

Throw the Switch! Onyx develops Switch Configurator to further automate wide format workflow

Onyx Graphics has, as a Crossroads Partner, developed a Switch Configurator that supports the specific demands of large format printers. Based on Switch automation software from Enfocus, this new solution – called the Onyx Switch Configurator – will expand benefits...

Global Graphics Software raises the bar in output quality with Harlequin 11 RIP

Global Graphics Software raises the bar in output quality with Harlequin 11 RIP

Global Graphics Software has announced a major new release of its Harlequin RIP software engine. The company says its new version, Harlequin 11, raises the bar in output quality by introducing features to improve inkjet output quality, offers more controls...

Get started with POP display and box creation with SAi’s DisplayGenie

Get started with POP display and box creation with SAi’s DisplayGenie

SAi has come up with a new software to enable large format print providers to quickly and easily get started with POP display and box creation. Called DisplayGenie, the £1,595 software eliminates multiple steps to improve job creation efficiencies and...

Latex Printing

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HP pushes forward with HP Latex 300 series by adding Spandex to the mix

HP pushes forward with HP Latex 300 series by adding Spandex to the mix

HP has continued it aggressive targeting of the graphics market with its 300 series Latex printers with Spandex announcing the addition of the 300 series of printers to its product portfolio, closing the circle on a full range of ink...

HP Latex 370 lives up to the spec that’s listed for Access360’s Dave Pimlott

HP Latex 370 lives up to the spec that’s listed for Access360’s Dave Pimlott

Essex-based, a specialist exhibition, experiential marketing and interiors company, has invested in an HP Latex 370 from City and West End Solutions. Access360’s main focus is on interior decoration for large corporates, supplying individual companies and chains across the UK...

UV/LED Printing

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Badges? WCM+A don’t need no stinking badges – they make them on a Mimaki

Badges? WCM+A don’t need no stinking badges – they make them on a Mimaki

WCM+A has developed a wide range of promotional products but it’s their badge making manufacturing facility that has seen the biggest growth and determined the decision to invest in the new Mimaki UJF flatbed.Capable of printing onto a wide variety...

Fujifilm reveals more on its new Acuity Select 20 series printers

Fujifilm reveals more on its new Acuity Select 20 series printers

Fujifilm has provided further details of its new Acuity Select 20 series printers in the run up to FESPA Digital in Amsterdam. These new printers will replace the Acuity Advance Select series.The Acuity Select 20 series incorporates the following new...

VUTEk QS2000 is jolly good for Jolly Big

VUTEk QS2000 is jolly good for Jolly Big

BCQ Group has installed a VUTEk QS2000 – supplied by CMYUK - at its Jolly Big wide format production facility to meet the increasing day-to-day demand for large format display materials.According to general manager David Rogers, the VUTEk QS2000 has...

Acuity LED 1600 keeps print in-house at AB Print Group

Acuity LED 1600 keeps print in-house at AB Print Group

Yorkshire-based AB Print Group has become the latest commercial printer to invest in an Acuity LED 1600 UV wide format printer, which will enable it to keep ahead of customer demands and meet all print requirements in-house without the need...

Potts Print moves into wide format with Acuity double from Fujifilm

Potts Print moves into wide format with Acuity double from Fujifilm

Northumberland based Potts Print, a highly-regarded litho printer with a proud history in the North East spanning nearly a century and a half, recently expanded into wide format digital printing and has since installed two Fujifilm Acuity machines – an...

Peter Davidson

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Nothing is guaranteed

Nothing is guaranteed

There is a welcomed trend for inkjet printer manufacturers to provide extended warranties as standard with their equipment.Back in the days when inkjet printers were guaranteed for a maximum of 12 months with several “however’s” thrown in to the Ts...

At the mercy of the wall

At the mercy of the wall

It is astonishing just how many suppliers, printers and end users have only just realised that the inkjet printed digital wall coverings market is now really worth considering. Perhaps it’s because the general sign market is so over populated and...

OKI wide format solutions impress Peter at Packaging Innovations

OKI wide format solutions impress Peter at Packaging Innovations

I recently visited the Packaging Innovations Exhibition at the NEC on a fact finding mission to find out why there is a lot of noise about what I perceived is still pretty much a traditional business.On arrival the show was...

It’s hard in hardware

It’s hard in hardware

Apart from their undying desire to be the biggest shifter of large format metal I have struggled to understand the strategy and direction of most of the manufacturers in our market. I fully appreciate that every manufacturer wants to be...

Do I look big in this?

Do I look big in this?

I read on a regular basis both private and corporate views on the size of UK print and graphic markets. What I don’t understand is where these supposedly qualified statistics come from as from past experience the figures seem to...

Printing World

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Dutch printer goes digital with Fujifilm Jet Press 720S

Dutch printer goes digital with Fujifilm Jet Press 720S

Impressed Druk en Print is a B2 commercial printer that until recently based all its print production around two B2 Heidelberg offset presses. However, the trend of ever-decreasing run lengths led it to start investigating the possibility of investing in...

Pixartprinting sets up shop in America

Pixartprinting sets up shop in America

European web to print giant Pixartprinting is to expand into the United States with Pixartprinting North America with logistical and commercial offices in Boston.The Italian firm grew by 30% last year and aims to grow even more in 2016 through...

KJB invests in Ricoh double for productivity growth

KJB invests in Ricoh double for productivity growth

Staffordshire based design, litho and digital printing and distribution company KJB has increased its digital printing capacity with the addition of two Ricoh engines - the Ricoh Pro C7100X and the Ricoh Pro C9100. The firm recently removed a Xerox...

Impressed pleased with its Jet Press 720S digital press

Impressed pleased with its Jet Press 720S digital press

Impressed Druk en Print, based near Rotterdam in The Netherlands, has invested in a Fujifilm Jet Press 720S B2 inkjet digital press to improve the profitability of its short run print. The move sees the company remove one of its...

Ricoh scores twice as Lola Print swaps supplier and kicks Konica Minolta into touch

Ricoh scores twice as Lola Print swaps supplier and kicks Konica Minolta into touch

Berkshire based Lola Print has hoofed out its cut sheet Konica Minolta printers in favour of a couple of new Ricoh machines, notably the 90ppm Ricoh Pro C7100 (above) that supports media up to 360gsm, and its fifth colour station...

Outdoor Display

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Hollywood Monster works with HSBC to keep new HQ site construction under wraps

Hollywood Monster works with HSBC to keep new HQ site construction under wraps

As HSBC’s relocation to Birmingham is now well underway, Hollywood Monster has manufactured and installed giant hoardings to keep the building works under wraps. The company provided technical and creative expertise for over 150 metres of hoardings and large steel...

Pixartprinting teams up with No Curves for Marie Claire #LIKES outdoor campaign

Pixartprinting teams up with No Curves for Marie Claire #LIKES outdoor campaign

Italian visual artist No Curves is known for his unique and geometric style. His work is characterised by the total absence of curves and round edges because he realises his artworks exclusively with adhesive tape.Working with Venice based wide format...

Studio One selects PPB’s proBOND Platinum White panel hoarding boards

Studio One selects PPB’s proBOND Platinum White panel hoarding boards

When Northampton based Studio One was commissioned to supply hoarding boards to dress the perimeter fence surrounding the old post office site in Northampton, the company turned to PPB (formerly Proctors) for materials advice.This project required a white matt product...

Immersion Zone at St Pancras station takes flight with Mexican butterflies

Immersion Zone at St Pancras station takes flight with Mexican butterflies

The Mexico Tourism Board recently took over the Immersion Zone at St Pancras International Station as part of a major tourism push.Planned and booked with JCDecaux Direct Sales and Creative Solutions team, the campaign transformed the high-footfall St Pancras Immersion...

New QuickStand LED edge-lit POS display available from William Smith

New QuickStand LED edge-lit POS display available from William Smith

William Smith has added a new edge-lit POS display system to its product portfolio that offers an alternative to traditional pop-up systems. QuickStand, first seen at FESPA 2015, features LED technology that allows individual illumination of each display panel, making...

Industrial Printing

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New report reveals industrial printing growing across a wide range of markets

New report reveals industrial printing growing across a wide range of markets

InPrint Show, in partnership with I.T. Strategies, has launched an industry survey completed by 150 respondents to highlight key trends and insight for the continued development of industrial print production.The survey and report features analysis on growth opportunities for new...

New EFI Fiery technology for Cretaprint ceramic inkjet printers

New EFI Fiery technology for Cretaprint ceramic inkjet printers

EFI has introduced an upgrade to its Fiery technology for Cretaprint ceramic inkjet printers. The new proServer for Cretaprint 2.0 is said to boost productivity with improved colour management and reduced ink costs.The new product includes a Smart Ink Saving...

Stratasys launch world’s first full colour multi-material 3D printer

Stratasys launch world’s first full colour multi-material 3D printer

Stratasys has seemingly thrown the 3D printing rule book out the window by launching another industry first with its market-disruptive full colour 3D printer - the J750 - that can mix-and-match full colour material gradients to produce product-matching colour prototypes...

New York large format printer is first to take a Massivit 3D printer for advertising

New York large format printer is first to take a Massivit 3D printer for advertising

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies has installed its ground-breaking Massivit 1800 3D printer at Carisma Large Format Printing in Brooklyn New York for the production of large scale marketing and promotional items.Carisma specialises in implementing one of a kind advertising campaigns,...

Papergraphics snaps up exclusive rights to distribute super-sized Massivit 3D printer in the UK

Papergraphics snaps up exclusive rights to distribute super-sized Massivit 3D printer in the UK

Papergraphics has secured the exclusive rights to distribute the Massivit 1800 super-sized, super-fast 3D printing solution the UK and Ireland with plans to provide interested parties with one-to-one demonstrations at its Crawley-based headquarters from May 2016.The announcement comes immediately after...

Labels & Packaging

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Nene Packaging boosts packaging productivity with Zünd and VUTEk double

Nene Packaging boosts packaging productivity with Zünd and VUTEk double

CMYUK has installed a Zünd S3 digital cutting table and an EFI VUTEk GS 2000 LX Pro printer at the Northampton factory of Nene Packaging, enabling it to produce packaging and display samples for customers of all sizes.As an approved...

Landa says Nanographic printing presses will start shipping in early 2017

Landa says Nanographic printing presses will start shipping in early 2017

According to Landa Group chairman Benny Landa, the company’s Nanographic Printing presses will start shipping in early 2017. However, not before you put your hand deep in your pocket to pre-order following all the hype at Drupa – again.Landa says...

Domino’s N610i digital ink jet label press takes Charapak into new markets

Domino’s N610i digital ink jet label press takes Charapak into new markets

Derbyshire based Charapak is one of the UK’s market leaders in the design and manufacture of specialist corrugated packaging. The company has recently diversified into the labelling sector following an investment in Domino’s N610i digital ink jet label press. This...

Business rockets after labels firm installs Domino digital label press

Business rockets after labels firm installs Domino digital label press

Reel Appeal, a Lancashire-based business specialising in the printing of self-adhesive labels and the manufacture of leaflet and booklet labels, has successfully increased its sales thanks to the installation of Domino’s N600i digital colour label press. Over an 18 month...

Belgian brewer adds direct to bottle augmented reality labels using Agfa ink tech

Belgian brewer adds direct to bottle augmented reality labels using Agfa ink tech

A system of printing direct to PET bottles has led Belgium based brewer Martens, based in Bocholt, to produce a range of beers with an interactive augmented reality label linked to a popular Belgium TV show. The direct print technology...

Environment

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VinylPlus makes ongoing progress with PVC sustainability

VinylPlus makes ongoing progress with PVC sustainability

Over the past 15 years, PVC has undergone a remarkable transformation from being a much-maligned plastic material to playing an important role in addressing climate change and establishing a circular economy.Today the vinyl industry is seen as a role model...

Nordic Ecolabel awarded to large numbers of Fujifilm’s Uvijet UV inks

Nordic Ecolabel awarded to large numbers of Fujifilm’s Uvijet UV inks

A large number of inks within the Fujifilm Uvijet UV range for wide format print applications have been awarded the Nordic Ecolabel certification. The Nordic Ecolabel is a well-established and internationally recognised environmental labelling scheme that contributes to sustainable consumption...

PVC free film printed with Mutoh UMS inks gains Indoor Air Comfort Certificate

PVC free film printed with Mutoh UMS inks gains Indoor Air Comfort Certificate

Eurofins - an independent organisation for Volatile Organic Chemical (VOC) product emission testing – has awarded Mutoh and Grafityp an Indoor Air Comfort Certificate (IAC) for the Grafityp Ecological non-PVC self-adhesive film (GEF-ES) printed with Mutoh Universal Mild Solvent (UMS)...

Free biodegradable gloves for World Environment Day

Free biodegradable gloves for World Environment Day

Globus is helping companies in the UK and Ireland to protect and preserve the environment for World Environment Day  on 5 June 2015 with a free trial pair of biodegradable nitrile grip gloves.The United Nations’ ‘World Environment Day’ is promoted...

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...

Colin flipNo matter what's happening with the economy, you can take action to become more financially successful than you have in the past. Learn how to increase your income, get out of debt, reduce your taxes and achieve financial independence.

Sales are only `one` barometer for success. Your ultimate goal is to `increase profits` in order to achieve the greatest possible return on your investment of money, time, and energy. Every customer, activity, product, or service yields a specific profit of a specific amount. In some cases, you may actually be losing money in one or more of these three areas. One of the most important things you can do for your growing business is to determine where to focus the investment of your time and money based on the return thrown off by this investment.

To truly analyze the profitability of your business, you must first examine your personal rate of return. From this personal perspective, what is your major expense? It's your time. By now, you should have developed the habit of continually asking yourself this basic question: Would I pay someone else my hourly rate to perform this task? If not, you are failing to maximise the return on your time. In other words, you are investing your time in an area that yields less than the optimum rate of return. You are incurring a "loss of opportunity" cost. This, in turn, affects the overall profitability of your business.

One of the largest expense items for most businesses is payroll. As a business grows, it typically hires additional staff according to the most pressing need at the moment. Once a person has been hired, often she or he can become a permanent fixture, even when the company's needs change. Many entrepreneurs are too busy creating products, designing services, and generating revenues to pay close attention to employee performance. Over time, the result can be an inefficient and ineffective staff and a bloated payroll.

Some customers are more profitable than others; some may actually be costing you money. Can you identify your most profitable customers? Do you know any who are unprofitable? There is not necessarily any connection between the size of the customer or the volume of business he produces and his profitability. There are several questions you should ask as you examine your customers’ profitability: How often does each customer purchase from you? What is the average size of each purchase? What is the profit margin of the product(s) purchased? How much time is spent providing customer service after the sale? What is the "product returns" record of each customer?

Concentrate on profitable customers. Many companies regularly “fire” the top 10 percent of their customers. They stop doing business with those who generate the least revenues or yield the lowest on their return purchases, choosing to concentrate on their more profitable customers and attracting more like them. At the very least, be diligent in rooting out those customers who actually cost you money—regardless of the revenues they generate. You cannot afford to carry this unprofitable load.

Therefore I leave you with this thought for the New Year: Learn to identify your most and your least profitable customers and learn to focus on only the most profitable.

Colin Thompson
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