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It’s in the planning

Melony Rocque-Hewitt looks at how large format digital print is being incorporated into building design and refurbishment.

Employment solicitor David Regan explains the implications for employers of the abolition of the default retirement age which has just started to kick in this spring.

Need some support and back-up? Garth Allison, UK managing director of Fastsigns, a visual communications franchise with over 530 centres worldwide, puts forward some compelling arguments for reviewing the franchise option.

Good cash management is arguably more imperative to company success in an upturn that in a downturn. So make sure it stays on the agenda even though things are getting better writes Walter Hale, our business knowledge expert.

Sophie Matthews-Paul investigates this hybrid UV-curable entry-level machine, the Durst Omega 1, in our hands on feature.

It was really only a question of time before Durst made the decision to join the entry-level market with a UV-curable platform, and the company has now achieved this. The result is the 1.6m Omega 1, a compact yet solid hybrid engine which incorporates all of the Austrian manufacturer’s finely honed skills but at a price point which will appeal to those on a limited budget.

From revolution to evolution: That’s where we are in terms of large-format digital print development, a move that you can expect to see reflected at Fespa Digital 2011 in Hamburg in May.

Evolution: a gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form. Yep, that works as a definition for today’s large-format print community. We’ve oft repeated the mantra ‘adapt or die’ in Image Reports as the sector morphs from one thing into another and printers develop their diversification instincts in a bid for long-term survival. So it’s little wonder that Fespa adopted the ‘Evolution’ theme for its 2011 show. 

Belinda Holden in an independent built environment art consultant who works with architects, interior designers, council departments etc. and acts as an interface between these design and management teams and the print sector to explore the evolving range of graphics possibilities for public locations. The following is her take on the symbiotic relationship that can develop between the creative and print communities.

For the first time Northprint will highlight the potential of wide-format digital print via a special applications showcase. Here’s what to expect.

As wide-format expands its remit its attraction to would-be players is becoming more obvious, and with so many niche products and sectors that should not so much create a problem for those already involved in the market as serve to help educate a wider audience about the potential. To this end, Image Reports is working with Northprint to deliver a Wide-Format Applications Showcase this May.

Do we have an identity crisis?

Is print a manufacturing or a service industry? And does it matter which it is?
If we find it difficult to ‘brand’ ourselves how can we expect the outside world to understand what we’re about?

Practicing what IT preaches

For OTW Imaging sustainability is crucial to ethical business practice. Now it has set up ECOTW, a new eco-friendly division to provide greener print. Here’s why…

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