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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Richard Kouwenhoven of Hemlock Printers

This week, Warren talks with Richard Kouwenhoven, President & COO of Hemlock Printers, a 52-year-old company based In British Columbia. Since more than 80% of Hemlock’s work is offset, March and April saw a dramatic drop in volume, although it has been creeping back up. Thanks to help from the Canadian government, Hemlock did not have to lay off any employees. Watch Video

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Xeikon’s Stefan Clopterop on fleXflow

David Zwang talks with Stefan Clopterop, Segment Manager, Labels and Packaging, Xeikon, about the Xeikon fleXflow digital pouch production solution. Watch Video

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How ISAIC Is Moving the Textiles Industry Forward

Jennifer Guarino, CEO and Chair of the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center (ISAIC), based in Detroit, explains the multitude of programs the organization has in place to attract and train new industry talent, manufacture sewn goods such as masks and gowns, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and more, and to implement the newest technologies. Watch Video

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Franks Cabinet of Wonders

Frank showcases some items in an eclectic display case in the library at the Museum of Printing. Not fitting in anywhere else in the museum, these items range from an Indigo commemorative stamp issued in Israel; to the font for the first phototypesetter to set Chinese; to the pins that Boston Globe Newsboys wore; to a set of rescue doorknobs from the Printing Crafts Building in New York City. Watch Video

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Ed Zumbiel and Packaging’s Digital Transformation

David Zwang and Ed Zumbiel, President of Zumbiel Digital, discuss the opportunities and challenges to be found in the digital transformation of packaging. Watch Video

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Printing Industries Releases 2020 Wage and Benefit Report

Printing Industries released its annual Wage & Benefits Report and it contains a wealth of great information for print service providers, with input from more than 500 companies across North America. In this video, Teresa Campbell, President of PIA Mid America, and Steve Bonoff, President of Printing Industries of the Midwest, explain some of the trends uncovered. More information will be provided in a webinar on December 15, 2020. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Print Panther’s Christine Yardley

This week, Warren talks with Christine Yardley from Print Panther, a boutique printer in Toronto. Print Panther was the first printer in Canada to install the MGI JETvarnish and got into embellishments early on, especially for packaging. Print Panther has been able to stay open throughout the pandemic, and the crisis gave the company the opportunity to reevaluate their capabilities and decide what they really need and what they don’t need. Watch Video

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John Lacagnina on the Past, Present, and Future of Digital Print

John Lacagnina is a digital printing pioneer whose company Entire, founded in the 1980s, was the first to connect high-speed production digital printers to networks for document printing where before they had been connected only to mainframes. He has a rich heritage of innovation between now and then, and most recently started a 3D printing company. Here what he has to say about the past, present, and future of digital print. Watch Video

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Ricoh Ups Its DTG Game with the Ri-2000 Printer

Christian Compera, Deputy General Manager, Industrial Print Business Group, Ricoh, shares his thoughts on the digital printing opportunity in textiles, why Ricoh chose to enter the direct-to-garment (DTG) space, the family of printers it now offers, and where Ricoh may go in the future with regard to digital textile printing. Watch Video

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Frank’s Rise and Fall of the Paper-Based Office

Frank talks about office communication and shows some of the vintage machines that helped offices run on paper. There was the Mimeograph, Gestetner, and Ditto machines. He then shows a clip from a speech he gave at the XPLOR event in 1993 that predicted today’s work-at-home world, the decline of the office per se, and perhaps the decline of the need for paper. Watch Video

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Fabscrap Founder & CEO Jessica Schreiber Talks Sustainability

And she's doing a lot more than just talking. Schreiber participated on a Smithers Digital Textile Printing Conference panel, sharing her thoughts on recycled fabrics, textile waste and sustainability. In this video, she explains how Fabscrap is working in a number of creative ways to minimize the amount of fabric waste that goes to landfills. Watch Video

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Matt Reddington Introduces Veritiv Vine (Part 2)

In part 2 of a two-part video interview, David Zwang talks to Matt Reddington, Director of Global Design Services for Veritiv, about Veritiv Vine, the company’s new packaging and brand design offering. Vine is intended to bridge the gap between design and packaging production, combining design creativity with supply chain expertise. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Shawmut’s Stacy Peluso-Slaney

This week, Warren talks to Stacy Peluso-Slaney, Vice President of Shawmut Communications Group, a third-generation commercial printer in the Boston area serves a mix of businesses from medical device manufacturers, to higher ed, to finance and retail. Coming off one of their best years ever, when the pandemic hit in March, Shawmut lost a fair amount of business but made up a lot of it with signage. Watch Video

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Chris Manley of Graphco Shares a Positive Industry Outlook

In this interview with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, Chris Manley, President of Graphco, shares his business experiences during the pandemic, including equipment sales driven by growth in book printing and direct mail, as well as the company's unique Ready to Rebound program. Watch Video

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Seattle-Based RPI Finds Business Success in B2B and B2C Personalized Products

In this interview, CEO Rick Bellamy talks about how his company is structured, some of the recent acquisitions he has made and why, the impact of the pandemic on his business, and why he thinks we are in "the golden age of print." Watch Video

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The Elephant in the (Bath)room?

From Egyptian papyrus, to today’s handmade papers, to paper made from stone and hemp, Frank looks at the evolution of writing and paper—as well as one recent paper made from an…unusual but all-too-common material. Watch Video

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Digital Technology Changing the Face of Fabric Printing

At the Digital Textile Printing Conference hosted by Smithers, Jena Nesbitt, Product Strategy Director for Oregon-based Pine Crest Fabrics, presented a session on how digital printing has affected the ability of small manufacturers and direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands to develop trend right textile designs quickly and inexpensively. In this video, she talks about how digital printing technologies have changed the game for her business and her brand owner customers. Watch Video

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Matt Reddington Introduces Veritiv Vine

In part 1 of a two-part video interview, David Zwang talks to Matt Reddington, Director of Global Design Services for Veritiv, about Veritiv Vine, the company’s new packaging and brand design offering. Vine is intended to bridge the gap between design and packaging production, combining design creativity with supply chain expertise. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Ideal Printers

This week, Warren Werbitt talks with Lana Siewert-Olson and Andy Olson of St. Paul, Minn.’s Ideal Printers, a sheetfed shop that predominantly serves businesses in the Twin Cities. When the pandemic hit, the company’s customers were in highly affected markets; Ideal’s sales dropped 50% and the company had to layoff some of its workforce. Watch Video

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Springs Creative Team Shares Latest Developments for Designers and Brands (Part 2)

In part 2 of this video interview, Kathryn Lawrie, Kathy Phillips and Cathy Valent share more of the latest developments at Springs Creative, including new acquisitions for its Baxter Mill archive, an increased focus on fabrics and designs for home decor, and its ability to help designers and brands find inspiration when traveling around the world to find new ideas has become difficult during the pandemic. Watch Video