BPIC: What about profit centers beyond pure print work in the year ahead? Should print providers be pursuing electronic digital displays? Fulfillment? Design? Perhaps something I’m forgetting…?
BPIC: What are you seeing as the “hottest” applications for wide-format print in the coming 12 months?
Peter Mayhew, LightWords Ltd: Packaging, if you can get a piece of the action. Remember, the key drivers are short run lengths, localization, and just-in-time delivery.
John Hall has launched Treck Hall Wide Format, a supplier of wide-format media and inks, including lines from Epson, HP, Ilford, Neschen, and others. The new company has offices in Toronto and Vancouver.
BPIC: What are the top 5 critical industry issues facing print shops these days?
BPIC: One topic seemingly on the tip of everyone’s tongue: packaging, and how print providers can take advantage of that market.
Is packaging something that a shop with wide-format capabilities can wade into?
BPIC: What have been some of the most intriguing technologies and products introduced into the marketplace in the past year?
Marco Boer, I.T. Strategies: The eco-solvent from Epson and latex ink technologies from HP have greatly expanded outdoor, high-print-quality applications like vehicle graphics, smaller-than-billboard outdoor signage, etc. They’ve opened up outdoor print applications to many print-for-pay shops and done so for a low investment risk.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has announced the launch of its new outreach campaign, “Take Action.” The campaign is designed to encourage print providers, print buyers, suppliers, and others to take action by getting involved with SGP “and reaping the benefits of certification and sustainability.”
The Big Picture has assembled four of the industry’s most informed analysts and consultants and asked them to help you “divine” the marketplace: Where does it stand now, and where will it be in 2013? And, importantly, what courses of action do you need to take to help ensure your company’s success?
IDEAlliance has released the 12th edition of its Printing Guidelines publication, which details the latest best practices and specifications for printing. The 44-page guide addresses the demands of evolving customer needs, the new challenges of acting globally, and the latest changes in technology.
The new Guidelines edition includes various new developments in print production, including: G7 TR015 specification; new reference print conditions; color science to predict print; and process control to manage the supply chain.
The new 2012-2013 Printer Sourcebook is now available from the publishers of The Big Picture.
This latest edition provides comprehensive specifications on:
* Nearly 150 rollfed printers
* 90+ flatbed & hybrid printers
* 50 third-party RIPs for wide format
The 2012-2013 Printer Sourcebook can be accessed via the embedded link.