Commercial

The Internet of Things (IoT) has hit the world of finishing, with the inaugural ThinkSmart Factory in Japan hosted by print finishing systems developer Horizon highlighting the possibilities of connectivity. Currie Group's Bernie Robinson took some Australian printers along to the event.

In a crowded marketplace big spending brands need perfect colour reproduction for their instant customer engagement, and print delivers. The latest issue of Print21 magazine talks to the colour experts to discover how your print can be perfect every time, to keep those valued customers coming back for more.

Cost plus is a terrible way to price printing, yet it continues to be the industry's preferred method, says Print21 editor-at-large Patrick Howard, who assesses better ways to price.

As digital printing continues to grow and evolve digital finishing equipment is similarly evolving. Whether inline or offline, automated cut sheet finishing is a staple of any printhouse worth the paper it prints on. Print21 magazine examines the latest in finishing technology and asks what printers should be looking for.

A new Smithers Pira report highlights how postpress will increasingly look to incorporate digital technologies as it adjusts to changing nature of the global print marketplace.

Sydney-based digital and offset printer Emerald Press had a big problem to solve: providing high-quality spot UV without having to deal with the troubles of outsourcing. Fortunately, long-time partner Currie Group had just what Emerald needed.

Queensland commercial printer Kuhn Corp has invested in a pair of new machines from Ricoh – a sheetfed press to bolster its existing commercial business, and a direct-to-garment machine as well, which is opening up an entirely new market.

MBE Parramatta prides itself on being the MBE Franchise of the Year – but, as owner Charles Batt knows, there is always room to grow, and the new Fuji Xerox Iridesse Production Press is helping it do just that.

Ambition is a trait best seasoned with determination and commitment. For Emmanuel Buhagiar, the road to being numbered among and recognised by his chosen peers in the printing industry began almost 50 years ago.

Print21 publisher Lindy Hughson visits third-generation family business Soar Print, one of New Zealand’s longest standing and most successful commercial printers, with a string of acquisitions and accolades to its name.

Print ambassador at large Deborah Corn says the global print network is a visionary concept that, despite its flaws, should be pursued, with drupa a great starting point.

Australian Paper is the country’s only on-shore fine paper manufacturer, and known for brands such as Reflex and Tudor. Jake Nelson reports on its strong local focus and global manufacturing expertise in Print21 magazine.

In the first of a series of articles from the global mega show drupa, French print analyst Raphael Ducos, founder of www.reviewofprint.com, calls on printers to throw away the old baggage and embrace a change of mentality.

Customer experience consultant and print industry veteran Scott Telfer says emotions are set to play a bigger part in business than ever before.

The country’s biggest printable material distributor Ball & Doggett is launching Extract, a new stock that is made from recycled coffee cups.