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Profiles in Print
Premier Press (Portland, Oregon)

WhatTheyThink traveled to Portland to visit Premier Press to learn more about their business, how they operate, and what makes them unique. This film is the first in an ongoing series of Profiles in Print.

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Kicking Off 2023: Best Shipments Since 2020

January 2023 printing shipments came in at $6.67 billion, the best start to a year since 2020.

The Roots of the Printing Industry

Frank takes us on an historic journey from the Mimeograph to offset duplicators to modern inkjet printing. He tells of Thomas Edison, the Mimeograph, and A. B. Dick. The result of all this was evident at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2023 where inkjet printing dominated.

Around the Web: Period Pause. Element Etymology. Dessert Deposition. Musical Manhole. Garrulous Graphene. Chatbot Chatter. Carbon Carats. Rodent Rack. Arthur Anew. Toy Trouble.

On Monday, March 20, we started a 10-day run of palindrome dates. Who killed the period in the New York Times nameplate? How did the chemical elements get their names? A new printer for 3D-printing chocolate. Scientists 3D-print cheesecake. In Hannover, Germany, a musical manhole cover. A graphene-based artificial throat helps the voice-disabled speak. Two AI chatbots are now citing each other and the results are not positive. Using captured carbon to make diamonds. Scientists grow antlers on mice, for some reason. A new production of  “Camelot,” with a book written by Aaron Sorkin. Can you tell the difference between a whiskey bottle and a dog toy? All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany.

Kyocera Takes the Fast Track to Industrial Print with the Acquisition of NIXKA

Kyocera’s intention is clear: they are moving into the production print industry, and while they may be new to this market, NIXKA isn’t. They actually have 30 years of expertise in developing ink and material jetting solutions, with an impressive track record. This acquisition should help fast track them to their intention.

Digital Textile Printing as a Service: How the Third-Party Print Fulfilment Business Model Is Democratizing the Industry

Digital textile printing has grown more slowly than projected, but an emerging new business model perhaps promises a boost to that growth. In this new model, digital printing as a service, the digital print enterprise offers a managed virtual shop for the designer, where their designs and styles are presented online to the public, but where all the shop functions, comprising order handling, payment processing, digital printing, and drop-ship delivery are handled by the digital printer. Learn more about this trend in this article provided by textiles expert and WhatTheyThink contributor Debbie McKeegan.

EFI’s Kerry Sanders on Ecommerce for Corrugated

Kerry Sanders, VP of eCommerce at EFI, talks about the Center of Excellence that helps EFI and the industry at large understand the corrugated segment. He shares the results of some recent research on ecommerce opportunities for corrugators.

Quantum Leaps into Landa

Last week, Morton Grove, Ill.’s Quantum Group and the executive team from Landa Digital held an open house to demonstrate the recently installed Landa Nanographic S10P—and how Quantum Group is starting to shift work from their fleet of digital and offset presses to the S10P.

Beach to Bay Heritage Area Uses Augmented Reality to Tell Its Stories

The Beach to Bay Heritage Area is one of Maryland’s 13 designated historic areas, and has started using AR holotwins to tell the stories of the historic areas promoted and protected by BBHA and to more deeply engage with those who come to visit them.

Industry Data
Printing Outlook 2021
Printing Outlook 2023 - The WhatTheyThink Overview of the Current State of the Printing Industry

The new Printing Outlook 2023 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 2023 and beyond.

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Kicking Off 2023: Best Shipments Since 2020
Kicking Off 2023: Best Shipments Since 2020

January 2023 printing shipments came in at $6.67 billion, the best start to a year since 2020. Full Analysis

Turnover and Employment in Print in Europe—The Netherlands
Turnover and Employment in Print in Europe—The Netherlands

This bi-weekly series of short articles aims at shedding a spotlight on the size of the printing industry in Europe per country and how revenues and employment developed in 2020, when the pandemic impacted businesses. This time we look at the Netherlands, the seventh largest printing industry by turnover in Europe. Full Analysis

Paperboard Container Manufacturing Establishments—2010–2020
Paperboard Container Manufacturing Establishments—2010–2020

According to County Business Patterns, in 2020 there were 1,910 establishments in NAICS 32221 (Paperboard Container Manufacturing). This category saw a net decrease of 13% since 2010. In macro news,inflation is sort of moving sideways. Full Analysis

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Dov Isaacs on Andrew Bailes-Collins on Ultimate TechnoGraphics’ Extensive Software Portfolio

And how does this new product relate to a PDF/VT-1 file that is properly created in the first place in which PDF forms xobjects are cached by one of very many PDF/VT-1 compliant DFEs? Does this new product convert “ordinary” PDF to something simil… Full comment Reply

Chuck Thornburg on The Roots of the Printing Industry

Hi Frank, My first experience in printing began in 1976 when I was a Junior in high school in California. First on the Mimeograph with its smelly blue ink and slick paper then later on the AB Dick 360. I went on to a vocational school to learn how t… Full comment Reply

Eddy Hagen on Quantum Leaps into Landa

Is that a 'recent' installment? The purchase was announced in September 2019, and in the press release they said: "The press will be installed mid-year 2020 (...)" See this: https://whattheythink.com/news/97369-quantum-group-innovation-continues-p… Full comment Reply

Warren Werbitt on Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Print Vendor with Komcan’s Brad Ranson

Hi Jeff, Thanks so much for letting us know what's going on with Komori. Reply

Greg Goldman on Davy Verstaen and Tomas Van Rossom on Enfocus Software

Truly one of the best products in the printing and publishing industry, probably still does not get as much credit or publicity. Remains one of those “if you know, then you know” products. The Swiss Army knife of production and office automation. A g… Full comment Reply

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