Wed, Oct

The recent Printing Charity/BPIF ‘social’ between industry retirees and apprentices is the prompt for this reminder to let your staff know about the help available for those in need of support – while still in work, or when out of it! Details can be found at: https://www.theprintingcharity.org.uk

I’m up at The Print Show searching out new developments and innovations for those of you involved in large-format digital print - watch this space. Given this show’s ownership, and this week’s announcement that in the US the SGIA has entered into agreement with Napco Media - a business-to-business media company - to form the Print United exposition, I’m wondering what your take is on what appears to be a developing trend. According to the US Department of Commerce, printing establishments there decreased from 35,016 in 2000 to 24,096 in 2015, a decline of 31.2%. At the same time, however, print shops have expanded their range of services. The ‘Idealliance 2016 State of the Industry Report’ notes that in 2000, 86.8% of print shop revenue came from litho offset. By 2016, that number had dropped to 42.3% as print shop owners looked to new technologies to increase their revenue and profit. Today’s printing industry is driven by this convergence of technologies and capabilities, a blending and blurring of market segments and specialties. Print United is set to focus on the opportunities this convergence presents. Do you think we have the right platforms to highlight this convergence in the UK/Europe?

Worth getting along to see who's who at The Surface and Materials Show at the NEC this week? The event blurb says it will be “showcasing the latest surface solutions for architects, interior designers, specifiers and industry professionals looking for cutting-edge innovations. It takes place 10-12 Oct: ow.ly/XHPo30fEFJo

Well done to Leach for becoming the UK preferred fabric graphics production partner for Belgian-owned exhibition stand specialist beMatrix. We have been talking up the potential for large-format digitally printed textiles for so long that it seems like old hat now, though I realise that for many it is still a new area of business development. I’m wondering how many UK-based PSPs are likely to travel to the Heimtextil show in Frankfurt in January to investigate the market. I’d be interested in hearing from you if you’re thinking of making the journey.

It goes without saying that you can learn a thing or two from insiders in whatever area you are investigating, and in this issue we’re bringing you two pieces from companies involved in the interior décor space - one a PSP, the other not, but both wanting to highlight the enormous scope for those of you canny enough to heed their word - and experiences.

Well done to Kingswood IOptus for helping to bring to the public’s attention the newly launched Mercy Malaysia UK (MMUK) campaign to fund a medical mission from the UK to help children born with severe cleft lip and/or palate, undergo life-changing surgery. “The team at Kingswood were delighted to work with Curious Productions to provide the collateral for this campaign and wish it every success,” said MD Alan Rigglesford. Those of you who wish to support the charity can do so at: https://mercyuk.charitycheckout.co.uk/cleft

Avery Dennison has decided that showing is better than telling – so, at Labelexpo this week it is driving home its event theme ‘Pioneering Change’ by making its stand in part from recycled label waste. “One of our 2025 sustainability goals involves a commitment to help our customers reduce the waste from our products. Another goal calls for us to create more products that have positive environmental impacts. Building our exhibition booth out of label waste was a real opportunity to learn more about creating uses for our waste material, as well as a chance to educate our customers and employees about how we can all become more adaptive and responsible,” said Renae Kezar, Avery Dennison’s global senior director of sustainability. Could we in the wide-format sector do something to show off our environmental credentials to such effect?

I’m starting to put together the long list of large-format orientated products for my editor’s pick of new introductions in 2017 - those deemed most innovative/impactful will be up for one of our annual Angel Awards at the end of year. If, as a PSP, you would like to highlight something that has caught your attention, please drop me a line so I can investigate. Thank you

If you want to hob-nob with architects and others with sway in the interiors markets you might want to fork out for a ticket to the ‘Where Design Meets’ talks in London – part of the designjunction programme. You’re too late for today’s talks, but there’s always tomorrow! Get the info at: ow.ly/YC5630fi1ze

Also taking place tomorrow (22 Sept) is a webinar on digital wallpapers, hosted by the organisers of The Pure Digital Show that takes place next spring. You can register at: ow.ly/X4Pz30fhYVi

You may remember that to help educate creatives grasp the huge potential presented by large-format inkjet print Image Reports launched its ‘Think Bigger’ campaign a few years back now! If you want to access the collateral - specialist reports, Pinterest boards etc - you can do so at: ow.ly/slhN30fi1vl

100% Design at Olympia in London takes place from this Wednesday until Saturday. In previous years there has been a smattering - well, OK, one or two – large-format print businesses showcasing possibilities. A trawl through the exhibitor list this year suggests those that have made the effort to get in front of creatives and potential new customers via this route have found it unrewarding. What’s your take on getting creative solutions in front of people who otherwise would have no idea of what’s possible with wide-format digital print?

It has cheered me that Mid West Displays has been shortlisted for a products and services gong in a prestigious annual property sector awards scheme. We don’t do enough to get the recognition we deserve in the markets we serve. Do you enter non-print industry specific awards? If so, has it proved worthwhile? Let me know…

Sun Chemical has issued a statement regarding its supply chain in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Here’s what is says: Due to the unprecedented impact and devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, several of Sun Chemical’s feedstock suppliers have announced a force majeure and many other raw materials suppliers are reviewing allocations. While the volatility of the supplier markets is unknown at this point, the inks and pigments markets will be affected. Sun Chemical is committed to working closely with its suppliers to assess global ramifications, develop needed contingency plans and to notify customers of potential delays or issues. Sun Chemical will continue to communicate as more information becomes available.

If you have cash to splash perhaps you should be heading to The Ritz hotel in London next week. Fespa UK promises it will be money well spent given that it’s hosting a profit building forum there next Tuesday. You may even save in the end as various initiatives under discussion attract government funding. What’s not to like!

Would you like to spend a bit more time sunning yourself over the summer – or at any other time of the year for that matter? Well maybe the time is coming when you can. I don’t mean retirement – and that’s getting further and further away for most of us! I’m talking about  artificial intelligence and its use within business.

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