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Track Textile Sustainability Progress with Texintel’s Eco News

Sometimes—or maybe even most times—it seems like progress toward sustainability and a more circular life cycle moves at a snail’s pace. But behind the scenes, the industry’s suppliers are making amazing progress. Textiles expert and WhatTheyThink contributor Debbie McKeegan tracks many of these initiatives at Texintel’s Eco News. Here are some recent headlines.

Interest in Wide-Format Automation Isn’t Always Where You Think It Is

Last month, WhatTheyThink’s Richard Romano and IDC’s Tim Greene presented a wide-format outlook webinar, and a big topic was automation—but not necessarily where you would think. Here are some highlights of that discussion.

Koenig & Bauer Update…And Have They Been Busy!

David Zwang talks to Koenig & Bauer President and CEO Killian Renschler and Sr. VP Marketing and Product Management Eric Frank. Koenig & Bauer has been a powerhouse equipment manufacturer in the commercial print and packaging market for over a century. Through all of the changes, they have managed to keep very relevant and even thrive. Renschler and Frank talk about what the company has been working on.

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TLMI’s Linnea Keen on the Resilience of the Label and Packaging Industry

David Zwang talks with Linnea Keen, President of Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI), a North American association of about 300 label and packaging converters, printers, and suppliers. Like the label and packaging industry in general, TLMI is growing and seeking to add new members in the flexible packaging area.

Three Audiences, One Objective “Change”

Change can be difficult. You can make it a little easier by dividing up the constituents and hearing from their unique perspectives, basically giving them the airtime they deserve.

Cannabis Pros and Cons: Both in the Workplace and as a Print and Packaging Opportunity

Some printers are finding new growth in supporting cannabis marketing, communications, and packaging in the cannabis marketplace, but all printers need to be vigilant about the workplace issues brought about by the legalization of cannabis and its derivatives in many states. Contributor Lou Caron provides an overview of these issues.

Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Integra Graphics Synergy

This week, Warren talks with Tim McClellan, VP Print & Strategy & Implementation for Integra Graphics Synergy. Integra is a print distributor/broker based in Lancaster, Pa., with two other locations. Being a distributor rather than a printer with in-house equipment, they are able to procure whatever print materials their customers require.

Gallus One: Gallus and Heidelberg Go Full-On Digital

The integration of Gallus into Heidelberg is beginning to show impressive returns, starting with the Labelfire 340 hybrid press and now the Gallus One digital all-in-one label press, a jointly developed press and ecosystem. This new press is designed for the industry’s digital future and the new normal.

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Printing Outlook 2021
Printing Outlook 2022 - The WhatTheyThink Overview of the Current State of the Printing Industry

The new Printing Outlook 2022 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 2022.

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Q2 Printing Profits: An End to the Tale of Two Cities?
Q2 Printing Profits: An End to the Tale of Two Cities?

Printing industry profits plunged during the pandemic peak but rebounded strongly afterward. But after hitting a peak in Q3 of last year, we’re on a downward trend, with annualized profits for Q2 2022 coming in at $3.92 billion, down a tad from $4.68 billion in Q1 2022. Full Analysis

Pre- and Postpress Establishments—2010–2020
Pre- and Postpress Establishments—2010–2020

According to the latest, recently released edition of County Business Patterns, in 2020 there were 1,168 establishments in NAICS 32312 (Support Activities for Printing). This represents a decrease of 44% since 2010. In macro news, AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) indicates that demand for design services accelerated in August, boding well for commercial real estate construction and thus signage projects. Full Analysis

Printing Shipments: July Takes a Tumble
Printing Shipments: July Takes a Tumble

July 2022 shipments came in at $6.68 billion, down from June’s $6.98 billion, as the dog days of summer kicked in. Full Analysis

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Greg Goldman on Executive Q&A with Francis McMahon

Francis, great analogy with the GD. A simple concept that most people miss, taking care of the customer first makes everything else fall into place. We are everywhere ?? Reply

Naresh - OnPrintShop W2P on Workshop: Transform Customer Experience with New OnPrintShop and 4Over Integrated W2P

OnPrintShop & 4Over have partnered to offer modern Web-to-Print technology to help print companies expand their product offerings. Now, Print Companies can offer print products that they produce in-house & also leverage 4Over products which are ever-… Full comment Reply

Gordon Pritchard on Ford Bowers Previews PRINTING United Expo 2022

I hope that walk through videos and stills are published for those of us unable to attend. Reply

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