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Pimp your press

You wouldn’t put diesel in a Ferrari,” argued Tottenham Hotspur FC manager Harry Redknapp earlier this month. The analogy is apt; his view was that Premier League footballers should avoid alcohol in order to prolong their careers. The Spurs boss could easily have been talking about a press; giving it the kind of care normally reserved for a high performance car will ensure that it doesn’t behave as erratically as a drunken footballer after a night on the town.

It is an area that needs careful consideration. In these cost conscious times, the option of buying a new $1.6m-plus machine is highly unlikely so companies are looking at getting the most out of what they already have. As a result, interest in press

Digital print steps up to the plate

Improvements in technology and deteriorating market conditions have meant that whereas once   newspaper publishers shunned digital, they are now clamouring to use it

It recently transpired that when newspaper giant News International was in the planning stages of what would eventually lead to a web press investment at its UK sites, it seriously considered including digital presses in the spend.

The plan centred on placing machines to produce The Sun and The Times in commercial

The Lesser of Two Evils

While international trends are leaning more and more towards the use of environmentally-products, printers and print buyers in the Middle East are also starting to see its relevance - making the shift to the use of recycled paper and now, environmentally-friendly inks.

 But to what extent is this trend paying off?

 Are vegetable oil-based inks finally getting ahead of the more hazardous mineral oil-based inks?

 “Our customers have been asking for vegetable-based

Print gets some new material

Paper’s environmental credentials are central to the sustainability of commercial print jobs, but what about other print applications and the media they use? In the signage and display sectors, plastics are as likely to be used as paper and board and the provenance and disposal of those plastics is becoming as important to those markets as  those of paper in general print.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or vinyl, is a ubiquitous material, but its use is under threat in many

One stop printer's shop

Historically, if you wanted to buy a printing press you would go to a printing press manufacturer or licensed dealer; if you wanted to purchase consumables for that same press then you would strike a deal with the company who sold you the machine or alternatively you would set up an account with a consumables specialist; and if you wanted to buy paper then you would go to a paper merchant.
You could drill down even further into these sectors and separate digital press dealers from

New era for consumables

Superior solutions and environmental considerations have put a huge premium on consumables, but it still pays not to go cheap

On-press consumables for offset presses have changed almost beyond recognition in the past 10 years. The general formulas of fount solution, inks and washes, together with the materials used to make blankets and roller coverings, have undergone dramatic changes to cope with developments in both press technology and the new, more exacting