In keeping the widthwise 2013 theme, a panel of grassroots players recently met in a round table to discuss the issues impacting upon the wide-format sector.
Industry chiefs Lascelle Barrow from Augustus Martin, Phill Reynolds from Cestrian, David Nicholas from Fosco, Duncan Armstrong from Kingfisher Graphics, Steve Phythian from CPS and Peter Barham from Graphics Works, come together to discuss the findings of Widthwise 2011 and to chew over the state of the sector.
It was to be expected; the state of the economy and its impact on business was bound to be one of the more hotly debated topics when Image Reports brought together players from across the wide-format print spectrum to discuss the findings of its Widthwise 2011 poll. This annual survey, now in its fourth year, collected data from more than 200 print companies involved in wide-format from across the UK and Ireland, to provide a clear picture of the current state of the market and to highlight issues that impact upon those within it.
What’s the real dynamic between printer and supplier? Is it the business partnership we’re told it should be? We asked printers from a cross section of the industry, Jon Baker from NES Solutions, Anthony Drogan from Super-Wide Digital, Justin Murray from Pyramid Visuals, Damian Quarmby from Quarmby Colour, Ian Sullivan from HH Print Management and Neville Tosar from Icon Graphics, for their experiences and views...
The printer/supplier relationship has often been an uneasy one but it has nevertheless developed into one of mutual respect where both parties now interact more closely in business partnership for the good of their own operations and for the sector as a whole. Discuss.