This morning I
went past my stop on the bus because I was so engrossed in Sir Isaac Newton’s “First
Book of Opticks”.
An extract from the great man’s study on light and colour was part of a clever promotional book
produced by CPI to highlight the capabilities of its new Quantum book
Read more on Clever colour at CPI…
Had a thought-provoking chat with a print boss the
other day, during which we got around to talking about payment terms.
Per last week’s story about the monstrous amount owed
to Britain’s SMEs, late payment is strangling cashflow at companies up and down
Read more on Can pay, will pay…
Lots of power of print activity to report from my
annual jaunt to the Chelsea Flower Show.
From the excellent wayfinding and event branding across
the site produced by Octink, to the thousands of visitors eagerly picking up
their branded bags and garden plans, this flower fest was enhanced by printed
matter in many variants.
Read more on Flower power meets power of print…
post-drupa announcement about the amount of sales it made at the show.
When I first
looked at this announcement I had to do a double-take at the figure of 550 sheetfed
presses sold. A colleague queried the subsequent story: “Presses? Are you
sure it’s not units?” But presses it most definitely is. That’s a lot of
Speedmasters, equivalent to half of Heidelberg’s
entire order volume in the prior year.
Read more on Heidelberg: orders up, share price down…
Good to see Immediate Media using value-added print
techniques to ensure the crucial spring issue of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine – on
sale this Friday and no doubt perfectly timed to benefit from a Chelsea Flower
Show boost – gains as many sales as possible.
Read more on Print captivating the senses…
Bear with me,
please while I dwell on my one big negative from drupa – that being the
non-appearance of Riso at the show.
After making a few
fruitless circumnavigations of Hall 8b looking for the company, it eventually
dawned on me that a seating area around the corner from the Delphax booth was the
space where Riso should have been. Whaaaat?
Read more on Riso’s missed opportunity…
Back from drupa with, among other things, a carpet burn*,
a cough**, and three notebooks full of scribblings that now need to be re-read
and assimilated into coherent thoughts on the show.
Read more on Drupa: visitors down, orders up…
A quick shout-out
for some of the UK manufacturers showing their wares at drupa, and by all
accounts doing us Brits proud.
Timsons is over-the-moon
at the extremely positive reaction to its T-Press inkjet book production
system, which really does look like a winner for book printers looking to add
digital capabilities for industrial-scale production. Shall be mighty interested to see which book
printer follows St Ives Clays in buying the next one.
Read more on Bigging up the Brits…
from Drupa, day nine.
broken the back of the show now, and the intense press conference schedule of
the first week is behind us.
One of the fascinating
things from my own point-of-view has been observing the CEOs of a variety of
manufacturers in their not-so-natural habitat.
Read more on CEO spotting…
Not many trade
shows could announce a 20% reduction in visitor numbers and make it feel like a
Yet that’s exactly
what happened here at Drupa yesterday evening. Some 170,000 visitors had
attended the show at the mid-point, a huge number of people but a fifth down on
Read more on Never mind the width, feel the quality?…