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Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry, Executive Editor for WhatTheyThink.com is also the director of Liberty or Death Communications, a consultancy specializing in research, education, promotional, and editorial support services for the printing and publishing industries.

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Recent Commentary & Analysis from Patrick Henry

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Taking A Look Back, and Ahead, at E-ink

Published March 27, 2015

E-ink may not have eclipsed conventional ink-on-paper publishing, but it is far from having run out of applications that showcase its unique capabilities.

 

Packaging Plants Are on the Rise

Published March 25, 2015

While we are waiting for flowers to bloom in the spring, we can admire the recent crop of plant openings or expansions in various segments of the packaging industry.

 

CRON-ECRM Joint Venture Declares Bid for Leadership in CTP

Published March 24, 2015

A Chinese computer-to-plate systems manufacturer and an American counterpart have joined forces to offer CTP devices that they say are as good as if not better than any other such solutions now on the market.

 

GASC’s Ralph Nappi on Moving Graph Expo to Orlando

Published March 20, 2015

On the face of it, all the GASC announcement says is that there will be a one-year detour to Orlando between now and 2017, when the Print show will have its prescheduled run at McCormick Place in Chicago. That’s also where we’ll be heading for Graph Expo this year—no change there, either. So, what’s the larger story?

 

A Dr. Joe Sighting on St. Patrick’s Day at CRON-ECRM Open House

Published March 19, 2015

He may or may not be Irish, but he leads the parade when it comes to straight-talking printers about their obstacles, options, and opportunities.

 

Premium Content HP and KBA Take Aim at Corrugated Packaging Market with HP’s T1100 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press

Published March 17, 2015

High, wide, and in its own way, handsome: that’s the kind of machine HP and KBA are out to build in HP’s T1100 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press, a solution meant to introduce digital printing to top liners for corrugated packaging.

 

Sliding Back to 2008: a drupa Retrospective

Published March 13, 2015

An almost-discarded memory stick turns the clock back to 2008 and thoughts to what was important at drupa that year—and now.

 

Learning the Language of Labeling

Published March 12, 2015

The Constantia Flexibles Labels Division of Spear Inc. recently announced that it has found a way to make pressure sensitive labels compatible with recycling methods for bottles molded from PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic. This is a breakthrough, says the company, because it offers an affordable and environmentally friendly solution for bring pressure sensitive labeling to the 400 billion PET bottles the world uses annually.

 

The Primacy of Process: an Interview with Heidelberg’s Jürgen Grimm

Published March 10, 2015

The most successful packaging printing companies that Jürgen Grimm has seen are the ones that have their processes most thoroughly under control. In this interview, the president of Heidelberg USA talks about how that control can be achieved.

 

“Boggs Bills” and the Power of Print in Your Pocket

Published March 9, 2015

Quick: what’s the one form of printed matter that most of us are likeliest to have in our possession at any given moment of the day?

 

PRIMIR Research Explores Tag & Label Printing Trends 2013-2018

Published March 3, 2015

Flexo claims almost two-thirds of tag & label market production, but some brand owners still view it negatively. By 2018, 50% of installed tag & label presses will be digital. There’s more—keep reading.

 

Is There a Case to Be Made for “CPOs”? Kodak Thinks So

Published February 27, 2015

By now, you may have heard about Kodak’s ChiefPackagingOfficer, a new online resource for packaging professionals. If you haven’t, its publisher, Joshua Fedeli, wants you to know why the portal is worth your time, attention, and participation.

 

IDEAlliance Makes A Little Knowledge “Just Enough”

Published February 25, 2015

IDEAlliance has a handy information resource it calls the Just Enough Video Knowledge Bank. It’s a visual glossary of print and publishing technology terms that offers exactly what the name says: “just enough” information about these topics to get a conversation started or to serve as a starting point for deeper research.

 

Regis Delmontagne Comments on Outlook for U.S. Shows

Published February 18, 2015

We heard from Regis Delmontagne in response to a post about the impact of the drupa decision on the timing and planning of U.S. printing trade shows operated by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). Delmontagne was president of the National Printing and Equipment Association (NPES), as it was called during his tenure, from 1976 to 2005. He also was president of GASC in the years when the Print and Graph Expo shows reached their peaks of attendance and exhibitor participation.

 

Premium Content What’s New at “the New MBO” Packaging Production, Among Other Things

Published February 17, 2015

Say “MBO” to anyone in the industry, and the reply will be “folders.” That answer still passes the word association test, but it’s far from being the full story of what this diversified supplier of graphic equipment now has to offer printers and packagers.

 

Timing Change for drupa Flutters Pages of U.S. Trade Show Calendar

Published February 13, 2015

Like a pair of planets with intersecting orbits, the drupa and Print expos are going to cross paths on the calendar in 2025 and overlap in six additional years after that through the end of the century.

 

The Water “Bottle” You Can “Eat,” and Other Definition-Stretchers

Published February 12, 2015

What does a package do? It contains, protects, transports, and identifies what’s inside it. That’s the neat, four-cornered functional description of a package. Here are some edgier ones—and a couple that don’t have edges at all.

 

“Radius” of Label and Packaging Capability Grows Longer Within New EFI Enterprise Packaging Suite

Published February 10, 2015

Radius software for MIS/ERP has been at work in label and packaging printing plants for many years. Now part of EFI, Radius will significantly expand its toolkit within a new framework called EFI Enterprise Packaging Suite.

 

Premium Content Heidelberg’s “Vision 2020” Hinges on Growth in Services and Consumables

Published February 3, 2015

When a business model needs reinvigorating, the first thing to do is to revisit the fundamentals. Heidelberg acknowledges this with “Vision 2020,” a strategic redirection that places new emphasis on the non-machinery parts of its portfolio.

 

What We Mean—and Don’t Mean—When We Say, “Sustainable”

Published February 3, 2015

Will it surprise anyone to learn that there’s no universally accepted definition of “sustainable packaging”? Probably not, but the extent of the confusion raises eyebrows all the same. Readers of Packaging Digest discovered this when they scanned the results of a recent survey by the magazine and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) into what’s standing between packagers and their desire to make their products more sustainable.

 

Premium Content From Across the Atlantic, Lessons to Be Learned About Sustainable Packaging

Published January 27, 2015

A review of recent news about sustainable packaging initiatives in the U.K. and Europe raises confidence that global strategies for managing packaging’s impact on the environment can be developed.

 

AF&PA’s PaperRecycles.org Sends the Right Message the Right Way

Published January 27, 2015

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has done a nice job of consumer outreach with PaperRecycles.org, a new web site that aims at better educating the public about recovering paper and paper-based packaging for recycling.

 

Guinness record: World’s largest wad of paper!

Published January 21, 2015

We can’t improve upon a recent press release from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) about the creation of the world’s largest ball of paper—a stunt with an important point to make about recycling for packaging.

 

Pennsauken, NJ Printer Follows “Value Stream Map” to Packaging Success

Published January 20, 2015

At Contemporary Graphic Solutions, manufacturing efficiency and process improvements are 24/7 preoccupations, especially as they apply to the company’s demanding but rewarding packaging business.

 

Premium Content Precision and Pride Drive Label Manufacturing at Mossberg & Company

Published January 13, 2015

Mossberg & Company, a commercial printer since 1930, has built an equally successful label printing business through judicious investments in technology and scrupulous attention to quality assurance.

 

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