Blogs

2021 Print Business Indicators: Recovery Has Begun

Recovery has begun for the printing industry. Sales are growing and confidence is on the rise, but operating cost inflation and labor shortages are squeezing margins. Those are primary conclusions of the second quarter 2021 Print Business Indicators Survey.

Why Color Management Matters for Your Business

Trying to achieve a shared visual appearance between products printed on different media with different printers can be challenging. That’s where good color management can make all the difference.

Patrick Henry Bids A Fond Farewell: '1984 Was A Most Transformative Year'

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.

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Business Management

Recovery has begun for the printing industry. Sales are growing and confidence is on the rise, but operating cost inflation and labor shortages are squeezing margins. Those are primary conclusions of the second quarter 2021 Print Business Indicators Survey.

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.

In response to the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) revised guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon OSHA have revised and published their new guidance for those fully vaccinated.

Color/Quality Control

Trying to achieve a shared visual appearance between products printed on different media with different printers can be challenging. That’s where good color management can make all the difference.

As a printer, making sure your customer is happy is a top priority. Print buyers — your customers — care about what the final product looks like and if the correct colors have been printed. And that is one of the biggest reasons G7 is important.

GMG’s new ColorServer 5.1 is designed specifically for high-quality color conversion, even on unusual substrates. Further, the system offers an expanded color capability, allowing package designers a wider variety of design choices. PRINTING United Booth 10561.

Digital Printing-Inkjet

A special NAPCO Research report highlights how inkjet printing, brand owner demands, and market trends are elevating the quality, role, and opportunities of corrugated packaging.

For many consumers, shopping is an experience, not just a chore. The sights, sounds, and smells of the typical shopping experience excite these customers. Here are 5 ways to use inkjet printing for cardboard packaging that delights or engages customers and creates promotional opportunities.

In the wake of shifting consumer demands, the food and beverage packaging market is undergoing dramatic changes. To keep pace with those demands, many providers are switching from analog to digital printing solutions.

The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have a bearing on mergers and acquisitions among printing and packaging companies as we enter 2021. But, the virus won’t be making the deals. Smart owners will, and with realism and flexibility, the deals can be as good as any in a normal year.

As of May 1, SGIA and PIA will officially unite in a merger of the two entities, which will bring resources and services together under one roof to best support future industry growth and longevity.

Like any other business transaction, a merger is a structured process with a series of steps necessary for its completion. As an investment banker to the printing and packaging industries, New Direction Partners has participated in scores of such transactions.

Finishing

While the handling of a physical product is already a proven method of establishing a strong connection, adding print embellishments can take that connection to a new level. By enhancing a printed product, a fuller sensory experience can be achieved, leading to a deeper impression on the consumer.

A growing opportunity for print service providers is digital printing enhancement: print work that is embellished or enhanced with special effects produced on digital presses or finishing equipment.

The company will be highlighting numerous packaging-focused technologies, including the Versafire EP digital toner-based press and the Diana Go 85 folder-gluer. A new diecutter/foil stamper, the Digimatrix 60 FC, will make its debut in Dallas. PRINTING United Booth 10143.

Consumables-General

MacDermid Graphics Solutions has become the first flexographic plate manufacturer to partner with Digimarc. Through the newly established partnership, Digimarc's traceability technology will be further expanded into the flexographic printing market.

Direct, Global Graphics’ latest class of software, is a new graphics pipeline that sends data directly to the printhead electronics instead of writing to disk, significantly reducing image processing times, easily handling large volumes of data, and accelerating the time to print.

The new Label Automation Suite from OneVision can work in concert with the SCREEN Truepress Jet L350UV+ to offer both outstanding quality and throughput, enabling the label printer to access faster production times and maximum throughput. PRINTING United Booth 11553.

The new ArtPro+ software from Esko, which is intended for packaging, label, and wide-format customers, enables print efficiency by normalizing PDF workflow and creating a more stable production software environment. PRINTING United Booth 5404.

Interactive Print

Augmented reality is one of the biggest technology trends right now, and it’s only getting bigger as AR-ready smartphones and other devices become more accessible. This holiday season marketers are leveraging the technology to drive both consumer engagement and purchases … and in some cases it is blended with print.

Consumables-Ink

New offerings from INX are meeting the needs of corrugated printers and converters head-on, with new ink sets that complement single-pass printing technologies, a new water-based primer and formulations that reduce overall printing emissions. PRINTING United Booth 10555.

With Color-Logic software now distributed as an option with the Xerox Iridesse™ press, designers, agencies and more can be trained to fully utilize the press's metallic capabilities and produce a variety of embellishments. PRINTING United Booth 10564 and 12345, 12541.

The new ink is designed to be easily dispensed through standard UV flexo dispensers.

Digital Printing-Hybrid

Fujifilm is offering five new products designed to meet the needs of packaging producers including water-washable plates for flexible packaging, a cold-cure UV system and an enhanced plate processor. PRINTING United Booth 8220.

The partnership will result in the HP Indigo Digital Pouch, a system that allows HP Indigo customers to expand their offerings in product packaging. A new lamination solution, included as part of the new offering, is promoted as a sustainable option in packaging. PRINTING United Booth 10141 and 6407, 6416.

New from Xeikon is a solution to help printers enhance and increase the range of the labels they produce — including the generation of a tactile layer, which has become “de rigueur” in luxury product markets and provides access to more profitable applications. PRINTING United Booth 9344.

Brand Management

A new partnership between HP and Agfa works to increase brand protection and enhance the strength of security printing. The new program increases the controllable capability of variable data printing, while preserving excellent print quality. PRINTING United Booth 8242 and 6407, 6416.

When Nestlé Dreyers evaluated one of its venerable brands, Häagen-Dazs, it decided that it needed to make it more relevant for today’s younger consumer without damaging its high-quality, premium brand image.

The world’s leading synthetic motor oil brand is one of the most consistent packagers and marketers on the store shelves today: Mobil 1.

Digital Printing-Wide Format

The Nozomi, an ultra-high-speed, single-pass direct-to-board printer, has met Fogra’s PSD standard, which recognizes industrially oriented, standardized procedures for digital print products. This includes reduced waste, higher quality and overall sustainability. PRINTING United Booth 8233.

The new OnsetX HS from Fujifilm and Inca Digital prints at more than 15,000 square feet per hour, and can print on numerous materials, including corrugated. Integration of robotic systems ensures reliable, highest-speed throughput. PRINTING United Booth 8220.

Flexographic Printing

Recently, I was at a 3M symposium in Minneapolis when it was made abundantly clear there is confusion regarding target densities for the flexographic industry. Let’s try to clear up the confusion…

The fingerprint is a vital step in ensuring repeatable print and maximizing the tonal range output of your press. During a fingerprint, repeatability is key. If you can’t repeat it, don’t waste your time!

Press optimizations will allow you to know without a doubt, how to choose the best anilox roll engravings, the optimal mounting tape density to select and the best ink for a job. However, most people are either unsure of how to properly complete an optimization or don’t see the importance of it.