As package printers are well aware, the packaging segment of the printing industry is one of consistent growth. Meanwhile, many commercial printers that have either found their growth at a plateau, or even on a decline, have caught onto this trend and are looking into adding packaging services to their repertoires. According to Kevin Karstedt, CEO of Karstedt Partners, the folding carton market is a good place to start for commercial printers because it relies mostly on sheetfed offset printing. But before a printer can go ahead and start printing packaging jobs on an offset press, Karstedt says it’s important for them to assess whether their current equipment is up to the challenge. “If a commercial printer only has a four-color press, they’re going to be challenged for producing packaging, unless they can produce work that is CMYK oriented, and there are no special or corporate colors,” Karstedt says. “Some older sheetfed presses also don’t handle paperboard very well, so they’re not going to be able to produce folding cartons.” Click Read More below for additional information.
US-based Interquest has announced details of its seventh annual London Digital Book Printing Forum.
The event, which brings together multiple figures from the UK’s book printing community, will take place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Portland Place, London, on 27 June from 9am to 5pm. It will celebrate the best of the digital book printing marketplace and identify new trends and technologies that have affected it in the past year.
Sponsors include Canon, Crown Van Gelder, Intelligent Finishing Systems, Mondi, Ricoh, Tecnau and Xeikon, with the event being supported by a multitude of trade bodies, including the BPIF, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers and the British Association for Print and Communication.
Interquest president Gilles Biscos said: “We are seeing a surge of developments to optimise the supply chain, print books as close as possible to the end consumer, use personalisation to add value, and take advantage of the synergy between print and digital content.
“We look forward to the event to discuss these powerful projects that are fueling the growth of digital printing in Europe.”
This year’s event will focus on four major areas: cost reduction, digital print quality, business/profit opportunities and international perspectives. Interquest will especially look at cost reduction, which it said it has conducted multiple surveys into that show the issue as a primary concern for those in the industry.