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How Midnight Oil Makes Pressroom Magic by Focusing on the Basics of Lithography

Offset lithographic presses have come a long way, but the offset lithographic process remains what it always has been. Optimizing the process with specially developed inks and chemistry has helped one plant achieve results so striking that they sometimes can be hard to believe. Patrick Henry looks at Midnight Oil, which has specialized in precisely this kind of impossible-dream offset lithographic printing for at least a decade.

Epson Design Awards 2024: A Creative Celebration of Inclusivity, Sustainability, and Innovation

The 2024 Epson Design Awards honored outstanding creativity, unity, and progressive thinking in fashion design across the Benelux region. With inclusivity and diversity at the forefront, designers from various backgrounds converged to showcase their talents and ingenuity in a celebration of artistry and innovation. Debbie McKeegan looks at this year’s winners.

Global Perspectives: Printing Industry in the DACH Region—The Future Lies in Change!

The challenges facing the printing industry in the DACH region are similar to those in the rest of Western Europe. The multitude of geopolitical crises, the persistently high energy costs and the resulting rise in inflation and interest rates have led to uncertainty in the market—which has also had a direct impact on the printing industry. Knud Wassermann of Vienna’s Graphische Revue, looks at the state of the printing industry in the region comprising Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Heidelberg Stakes New Claim to Industrial Inkjet with Jetfire

At drupa 24, Heidelberg announced the Jetfire 50 B3 and Jetfire 75 B2 presses, introduced in partnership with Canon, designed as solutions for hybrid production in combined offset and digital environments. Patrick Henry looks at the details of the announcement.

All4Labels and HP Announce Multi-Unit Press Deal

As All4Labels continues its plans to completely digitize its production floors, the company announced at drupa 24 that it was investing in several units of HP Indigo V12, HP Indigo 200K and the enhanced version of the HP PageWide Advantage 2200. David Zwang looks at the details of this investment.

Sustainability Front and Center at EFI drupa Stand

In this article, sponsored by EFI, Cary Sherburne looks at the company’s sustainability efforts, ranging from its Reggiani ecoTERRA pigment textile printer, Nozomi’s sustainability credentials as compared to analog printing processes, new aqueous inks being used in the new EFI Nozomi 14000 AQ single-pass inkjet technology for corrugated packaging and displays, and the Nozomi 12000 MP single-pass LED inkjet technology for direct-to-metal printing using GREENGUARD Gold certified UV LED inks.

Advanced New Robotics and Next Generation Digital Cutting Technology Revealed by Kongsberg PCS

In this article, sponsored and written by Kongsberg Precision Systems, the company describes the new technologies the company showed for the first time at drupa 24, including the new Kongsberg Ultimate. It also looks to the future of automation.

BOBST Unveils Innovative Solutions and Forges Strategic Partnerships at drupa 2024 

In this article, sponsored and written by BOBST, the company announced its latest solutions and strategic partnerships to help shape the future of the packaging world, contributing to a new era in packaging where the entire production line is connected, enabling seamless end-to-end workflows.

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Printing Outlook 2024 - The WhatTheyThink Overview of the Current State of the Printing Industry

The Printing Outlook 2024 report provides detailed analysis of the latest WhatTheyThink Printing Industry Survey, the latest industry economic data and macroeconomic trends, as well as industry and cultural technological trends to look out for in 2024 and beyond.

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Vertical Market Research from Keypoint Intelligence Uncovers Key Industry Trends
Vertical Market Research from Keypoint Intelligence Uncovers Key Industry Trends

In late 2023, Keypoint Intelligence completed a comprehensive multi-client study to gain a better understanding of how print demand is changing in key vertical industries. The vertical industries that were covered in depth include education, finance/banking, healthcare, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, retail, and publishing. Full Analysis

Tales from the Database: Finishing Up
Tales from the Database: Finishing Up

Drawing on six years’ worth of Print Business Outlook surveys, our “Tales from the Database” series looks at historical data to see if we can spot any particular hardware, software or business trends. This issue, we turn our attention to various aspects of finishing, including mailing and embellishments.  Full Analysis

April Graphic Arts Employment A Mixed Bag
April Graphic Arts Employment A Mixed Bag

Overall printing employment in April 2024 was generally up—+0.5% from March—with production employment up +1.3% and non-production employment down +1.4%. Full Analysis

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Malson Aaiko on Phoenix Challenge Foundation - College Students Excel at 2022 Competition

Phoenix Challenge Foundation 2022 Competition of students was an amazing event that highlights the outstanding potential of students and promotes the expansion of the flexographic and packaging industries. In light of the demanding virtual format, th… Full comment Reply

Si Nguyen on Fujifilm's Innovations and Future Plans at drupa 2024

I visited the Fujifilm facility in Chicago and was impressed to see their B2 inkjet and B2 toner digital presses side by side. Reply

HARVEY LEVENSON on Frank Hails the WhatTheyThink Team

I fully agree with Frank Romano’s assessment of WhatTheyThink’s DRUPA coverage. I too could not attend due to a personal situation, but followed the daily reporting. I’ve never seen such comprehensive coverage of an individual industry event. I felt … Full comment Reply

HARVEY LEVENSON on Understanding Acronyms: What’s in a Name?

What an outstanding article by Karen Kimerer, “Understanding Acronyms: What’s in a Name?” While it focuses on acronyms as being potentially confusing about meanings in our industry, it really points to a greater linguistics issue that I have been … Full comment Reply

Richard Wright on Kodak Sells the First KODAK MAGNUS Q3600 Titan Platesetter to Imprimerie Pollina

This is great news. Print providers should be reviewing the value of newer, faster, more labor efficient Computer to Plate equipment as part of their capital equipment refresh plans. Reply

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