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Will 2022 Be the Year of Consumer-Level Graphene Products?

Graphene, a much-touted miracle material, was only discovered in 2004. Since then, it has permeated many different industries with products and solutions that deliver improved performance or new and innovative capabilities. Now, just a short time after its discovery, it’s beginning to make its way into consumer-level products. Is there some graphene in your future? Let’s take a look!

Europe: Looking Back at 2021 and Forward to 2022

2021 was not quite what we expected, with paper shortages, transport issues, and cost increases disrupting the industry. European section editor Ralf Schlözer offers some lessons learned by the European printing industry and how to take advantage of them as we move into 2022.

Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 19,221 employees in NAICS 322291 (Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing establishments). This NAICS category bounced up and down over the course of the 2010s, ending with 19,593 employees in 2019. In macro news: CPI increased 0.5% in December.

Ironmark Makes Its Mark

Frank was near Annapolis, Md., visiting Smithsonian warehouses (because of course he was) and stopped by Annapolis Junction to visit Ironmark, a local printer. He interviews president Jeff Ostenso, who has built his 150-employee company into a Top 500 printer through organic growth, mergers, and innovative thinking.

Around the Web: Toaster Tech. Car Color. Tongue Texting. Dynamic Dumbbells. Pointless Purloining. Malicious Meters. Face Fitbit. Snow Solution. Troubling Tie-In.

A graphene-based toaster. A BMW covered with E Ink panels can change color at the push of a button. A “smart retainer” for tongue-based text messaging. Alexa-based smart dumbbells can adjust weights via voice command. “The Spine Collector” scams book editors for manuscript copies of forthcoming books, for seemingly no reason whatsoever. QR code-based parking meter scams. An electronic mask can detect leaks. A liquid based bubble clock. How did people clear roads before the snowplow? Walmart’s special “Pain Box” DVD edition of “Dune.” All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s Wordle-winning miscellany.

Artificial Intelligence: Defining an Often-Misused Term

Artificial intelligence (AI) is much more than just a buzzword—it is currently available technology that is poised to transform much of our world, including the printing industry. This article defines this often-misused term and explains how AI differs from more traditional software programs.

 Talent and Culture as a Competitive Advantage

In this article Wayne Lynn presents the case for gaining competitive advantage through leadership development, helping employees meet their needs, and helping employees develop into better behavioral matches to high performers in their chosen jobs. Adopting this approach will, over time, strengthen the talent base of the business and foster a performance oriented culture.

The African Print Company Invests in Digital Textile Print for Absolute Supply Chain Control

Choosing to purchase their own machinery and not to outsource the manufacture of their products will give the husband-and-wife team at The African Print Company absolute control of their supply chain as they gear up the business, removing the requirement for keeping inventory on hand. And importantly, giving them the freedom to listen to their consumers and create the designs and products that their loyal customers love. They intend to implement customized manufacture and on-demand production from day one.

A moment of levity. View Today's Dilbert Dilbert Cartoon Strip

Life in print isn’t easy, right? You deserve a laugh. That's why MindFire brings you Dilbert. And why we help Printers & Agencies of all sizes grow sales with 'OptiChannel'. Learn more now.

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Printing Outlook 2021
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Printing Outlook 2021 - The WhatTheyThink Overview of the Current State of the Printing Industry

The new Printing Outlook 2021 report provides detailed analysis of the latest WhatTheyThink Business Outlook Survey, the latest industry economic data and macroeconomic trends, as well as industry and cultural technological trends to look out for in 2021.

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Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019
Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 19,221 employees in NAICS 322291 (Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing establishments). This NAICS category bounced up and down over the course of the 2010s, ending with 19,593 employees in 2019. In macro news: CPI increased 0.5% in December. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Bulgaria
European Print Industry Snapshot: Bulgaria

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take an updated look at the printing industry in Bulgaria. Full Analysis

Preliminary 2021 Business Conditions: Help Ruin This Chart!
Preliminary 2021 Business Conditions: Help Ruin This Chart!

We are sifting through the preliminary data from our 2021 Print Outlook Survey, and so far we have found that 17% of print businesses reported that revenues in 2021 increased more than 25% over 2020, and a further one-third (32%) saw revenues up 10–25%. But our survey is still open, so here is your chance to wreck this chart. Full Analysis

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Recent Discussion

David Spencer on Artificial Intelligence: Defining an Often-Misused Term

Greg, excellent article! I especially like your comment, "AI excels at pattern recognition and learns by correction". What production printing tasks do you think are ripe for AI solutions? As you know, we collect gobs of production print data and… Full comment Reply

Muhd Yusuf on Edifice Rex

Hi Frank, Here in Malaysia, I can see that old printing building being converted into a cafe, an industrial theme cafe. Reply

Dov Isaacs on Edifice Rex

Seems like Frank has an “edifice complex” or perhaps an interest in a complex of edifices? Reply

Heidi Tolliver-Walker on HBR Study Finds 28% Lift in Sales and 600% ROI by Adding Print Catalogs

Thanks for the clarification. One of the challenges of today's "information everywhere" world is that original stats are cited and re-cited so many times that the age of the data gets lost. I try to do my due diligence on all research I post, but in … Full comment Reply

John Zarwan on HBR Study Finds 28% Lift in Sales and 600% ROI by Adding Print Catalogs

not disputing the point of the piece, (see my 2015 study on retail advertising and the 2017 white paper done for PRIMIR https://printtechnologies.org/research-library/the-evolution-of-u-s-retail-print-in-an-increasingly-digital-world-2/) but the HBR … Full comment Reply

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