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Frank Romano interviews Gary Newbold and Joe Pasky in Hong Kong

Published on August 8, 2012

Frank is back in Hong Kong with Joe Pasky and Gary Newbold, two seasoned consultants familiar with the Chinese printing industry and American print buying and he gets them to share their "horror stories".




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By Paul Schiller on Aug 08, 2012

Great stories! I remember working with OEM and their printer in Taiwan back in the 90's. The pressmen were in shorts, no shirt and barefoot with NO electronic color measurement devices. It was a nightmare trying to get them to match colors for product packaging from day to day, shift to shift, hour to hour. No A/C, no color bars, no G7 at the time.


By Chuck Surprise on Aug 08, 2012

Frank Romano in Hong Kong? Got to be an imposter! Amtrak doesn't have service to HK!


By Frank Romano on Aug 08, 2012

But the Queen Mary 2 does!


By John Steip on Aug 09, 2012

Great insight into what North American Printers are having to compete with. Obviously the hourly cost of printing is not an issue and the end user is none the wiser. Color management be dammed...


By Robert Chung on Aug 09, 2012

There are variance amongst printers in every region of the world. Joe Pasky cited some of his experiences working with smaller printers in China. I trust that Joe will likely paint a very different picture of larger Chinese and Hong Kong printers such as C&C, Leo, etc. It is not surprising to see many newer presses with off-line color measurement or close-loop color control capabilities under the same roof. This was my experience when attending the Hong Kong Summit on International Printing Standardsin 2011 (www.aptec.vtc.edu.hk/HongKongSummit/). Better yet, if Frank is still in Hong Kong, he can catch a train to Shenzhen and visit a few printers to form his own impressions.


By nelson luk on Aug 09, 2012

what are these horror stories? Interested to know...I can tell some in different places over the world too :)


By Brenda Pang on Aug 09, 2012

The industry needs time to learn new technology. Print-by-number, color measurement & printing standardization may be still new things to small printers. I think it is not difficult to find in other Asia countries. That's why we strive to promote and educate the industry. We also need consultant's efforts to assist. In HK/China, there are quite a lot very advanced printers adopting printing standardization, as Prof Robert Chung said.


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