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The first Print21 magazine of the new year is in the mail, and is arriving on the desks of the owners and managers of print businesses across Australia and New Zealand.

Packed as usual with valuable business information created and curated by vastly experienced industry experts, the JanFeb issue of Print21 is essential reading to the owners and managers of the region’s print businesses.

Lead story is on the investment in production print being made by imaging giant Ricoh, which has a new cutsheet toner SRA3 fleet, and is about to launch a B2 inkjet sheetfed press, with a new continuous feed inkjet out later in the year, all underpinned by new workflow solutions.

One of the biggest and most successful print businesses in the country is Southern Impact, this issue of Print21 has exiting CEO Rod Dawson sharing the steps that have taken the company to its current strong position, with new CEO Heath Nankervis providing insight into the future. There are real lessons for print businesses of all sizes.

Also bringing a positive outlook is Sonia Shwabsksy, CEO of the 90 store franchise operation Kwik Kopy, as she outlines why print is set to thrive in the digital era, by enabling brands to optimise their cut-though, connection and engagement.

The JanFeb issue has a special section on wide-format printing, with a preview report on next month’s Fespa Global show, a look at the leading exhibitors, and an entertaining feature from Print21 editor-at-large Patrick Howard on the enduring street poster printing market.

Fespa Global is not the only show tis year, the mother of all trade expos, drupa, is set to run again after eight years, in this issue veteran commentator Gareth Ward identifies the major trends we will see in Dusseldorf, while marketing strategist  Julia Cole says predictions at drupas past for the power of digital print have been far exceeded.

This month’s technology section looks at the big beasts of offset printing, the B1 presses, and the latest offerings from the four big developers.

The Packaging section, covering a key growth area for print businesses, has a look at the upcoming Appex expo in Melbourne, and Robert Seay from Georgia-Pacific analyses what digital print needs to do to capture corrugated packaging.

With the regular columnists in legals and marketing, the latest from employers associations VMA and PrintNZ, as well as the People in Print section covering all the movers and shakers of the last month or two, this issue of the nation’s favourite print business magazine is essential reading.

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