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Screens the starting point for colour management?

Many will remember the ‘comfort’ of reviewing transparencies on a light box, and comparing them with proofs and printed sheets in light booths. What simple, happy days. But how many transparencies or colour prints do we see these days; very few I think. Over the last 12 years, digital photography has taken over in both […]

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Book printing – in robust health

Last month I addressed a conference of German book publishing production staff. This annual event, Arbeitstagung der Herstellungsleiter, has been held for almost 30 years and with over 100 delegates meeting over 3 days, it has to be said that as an event it is in robust health itself. The reason I mention the conference […]

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HP Expands Commercial Printing Fleet with Eight New Indigo and PageWide Web Presses

At the HP Pre-drupa event in Israel the most significant refresh of the HP indigo portfolio for 20 years was announced. Since 2001 A4 page volume has grown from 1 billion to a projected 30 billion in 2016 delivering 50% growth from drupa 2012 through to 2016. Since drupa 2012 customers have installed 300 units […]

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Millennials need print – the future for our industry

  Two recent research studies give fresh reasons for confidence that as the baby boomers ‘pass on to the other side’, print will still have central role in commercial markets. First came an InfoTrends multi-client study with the snappy title of ‘Direct Marketing Production Printing & Added Value Services: A Strategy for Growth’. Then came […]

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ISO 12647/2-2013 and Fogra 51/52

This latest version of ISO 12647/2 standard printing conditions for offset litho was published in late 2014. The Fogra 51, coated, and 52, uncoated, colour datasets and the new CMYK ECI profiles made from these datasets, PSO coated v3 and PSO uncoated v3 Fogra52, were released at the end of last year. And yes, it […]

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Eat My Hat

    I feel at times a bit like Cassandra from the Trojan Wars; prophesying on the print sector is not always upbeat. So it is nice when there is some perfectly objective good news is reported and can be celebrated. So in the UK the latest government statistics for the sector have been published […]

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Post Press Cinderella Story

    Post-press binding and finishing in commercial print, packaging, sign & display graphics and other sectors will be a key attraction at drupa 2016. As they say, it isn’t finished until it is finished … and for many companies, there are still significant opportunities for improving throughput and productivity as well as reducing costs […]

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Sustainability in Print

  Economic concerns, technological threat and uncertain futures have contributed to a crisis of confidence in print. Throw in rapidly changing market expectations and media choices, and you have an industry that’s been on the back foot for several years. But a reversal is underway. Print is reinventing itself to be more vibrant than ever, […]

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