Veteran printing industry journalist Patrick Henry takes a long look back at origins, upheavals, and rebirths, noting aspects of the printing industry that he believes will never change.
Package printers are embracing the latest finishing solutions that complement the efficiency of digital packaging printing. In many cases, these finishing solutions are based on digital technologies themselves.
Producers of packaging and labels were better prepared than many to confront the rigors of doing business in the middle of a pandemic. Tested as never before, they did what it took to meet an extraordinary surge in demand from their customers.
A fourth-generation owner of a 155-year-old label printing company, Tom Staib is remembered both for his exceptional acumen as a businessman, and for his warm, easy grace as a supplier, a customer, and a friend.
When the pandemic finally recedes, it will leave a deeply changed business landscape behind it. But, the new realities of a post-COVID marketplace may well prove to be advantageous for producers of labels and packaging.
The buying habits of label and packaging customers are changing, and new technologies exist to support them. Through digital storefronts, buyers can access the short-run, quick turnaround production services they’re increasingly shopping for.
Antimicrobial coatings for printing substrates exist, and they offer genuine benefits. But, although the coatings may do everything their manufacturers say, printers must use caution when stating what the products are intended for.
In packaging, automation isn’t about robotizing the machines and pushing humans to the margins. It’s a practical solution for getting the most output from the equipment, the highest return on the technology investment, and the best performance from press operators.
The first installation of a Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1e has taken place at FolderWorks, a division of Navitor, both of which are business units of Taylor Corp. The installation of the production inkjet press will allow the company to move more aggressively into folding carton production.
After 155 years of continuous operation as a family-owned label printing business in the New York City metropolitan area, DWS Printing Associates of Deer Park, N.Y., is preparing to open its first plant outside the region in Austin, Texas. Co-owners Andy Staib and Tom Staib explain why they chose Austin and give a preview of the printing and sleeving capabilities they’ll have in the new location.
PRINTING United will be a comprehensive online experience this October and in-person once again in October 2021. Exhibitors learned of the sequence of events that led to the change in a news-breaking online announcement on June 24.
In a virtual press conference held Monday, June 15, Kodak revealed its latest lineup of new products. Among the highlights was the Uteco Sapphire EVO W, a wide version of the digital flexible packaging press featuring Kodak's inkjet technology.
Continuing advances in conventional and digital production give printers and converters new ways to make corrugated board work just as well for high-graphic packaging as it does for traditional applications.
The pandemic hasn’t deterred printing industry supplier Kodak from doubling down on digital print and refreshing its customer relationships with printers.
In the view of government affairs expert for the printing industry Lisbeth Lyons, the work that Congress must do to stimulate recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is off to a solid start – but is nowhere near close to completion.