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From the Editor
Digital Labels at Holmesglen
57 Suppliers put on masterclass
Industry solutions suppliers Konica Minolta, QLM, XMPie and printIQ joined forces with Holmesglen TAFE for a digital label printing opportunity masterclass.
Industry Profiles
42 Starleaton managing colour
National supplier celebrates 10 years as a Fogra member.
WAelcome to Print21 49 Adding revenue with Mutoh
48 Digital delivering
Kwik Kopy Miller St went from bottom of table to top.
Mutoh boss reveals best route to boosting print profits.
65 Pinnacle Print Group
Printer moves into B2 digital with new HP Indigo 12000
66 Kwik Kopy Fitzroy
Successful franchisee boosts business with new AccurioPress C3080 and in-line booklet maker.
54 Cutters with chops
Jake Nelson takes a scalpel to flatbed cutting.
67 A big plus for label converters
Screen L350UV+ inkjet label press wows visitors to Jet.
65 High-performance print
Currie Group highlights the HP Indigo 7r at series of star-studded events in Australia and New Zealand.
68 Kodak launches packaging campaign
Lindy Hughson in Verona for Kodak packaging summit.
Columns, News, Views, Reviews
28 Scott Telfer Good is no longer good enough. 69 Doris Prodanovic The war on truth exposed. 70 Andrew Macaulay Minimum wage issues. 72 Ruth Cobb Congratulating NZ high achievers. 74 People in Print People making news in print. 82 Diary The essential guide to upcoming events.
s one door closes another opens, or so most of the world’s philosophers would have us believe. One of the biggest opening doors in print may be in textile printing. Reports from analysts are unanimous; textiles will be a major growth area for printers.
Print21 is committed to bringing insight into new opportunities in print, and this month’s issue is one of the best in that regard, with Jake Nelson’s special textile opportunities report on pages 39-46 a must-read.
Textile printing can be broken down into four main areas as far as the print industry is concerned; t-shirts and the like, soft signage, home décor, and garments or apparel. Technology is driving new markets, such as fast fashion that retailers love for creating more buying seasons (that’s me with some digitally printed fast fashion in the photo above).
This issue presents opportunities and insight into each of those four digital textile areas, that may represent an excellent route to growth.
Wide format printing as a whole is still growing, and growing well. The drupa of wide format, Fespa Global, is on next month in Munich. Print21 has all the details, and a comprehensive preview, on pages 30-37. We also assess the latest wide format finishing systems, on pages 54-55.
In contrast to textile and wide format with its low cost of entry, heatset web offset is only for the big boys. It is a battle royal out there, with investment strong, rewards high, and no room for error. Check out Patrick Howard’s special report on pages 14-27 for an up-to the minute analysis of the latest market dynamics.
Training is essential to the development of print, so it was great to see major suppliers runing a digital label masterclass at Holmesglen. Check out Patrick Howard’s on-the-spot report on pages 56-63, which includes a QR code on the printIQ page, highlighting digital and print convergence.
For each issue of Print21 we seek out stories on print businesses that are moving forward, and this issue is no different. We have a relatively new entrant to print in Manny Gerassimou on page 58, the son of a print business owner Daniel Fitzgerald making his mark with his own business on page 54, and two partners in an offset business that is now also a major force in digital printing, Justin Hall and Pedro Carlus, on page 56.
Add in all the regular columnists, including Scott Telfer, Andrew Macaulay, Ruth Cobb and Doris Prodanovic, and this issue of Print21 is a great insight-packed read for all print business owners and managers.
Wayne Robinson
– Editor
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