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Print Business Editor Gareth Ward comments on the printing industry around 8.30am GMT every Monday morning. Have it delivered to your inbox along with the latest news: Subscribe. Even better, subscribe to My Print Business and file your favourites in bespoke folders.

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07 May 2019

When clairvoyance and myopia combine

Understanding costs is crucial to any business, especially with across the board pressure on margins.

It’s one of those quirks of the industry that few printers know their own costs with any degree of accuracy, but are absolutely confident they know their competitors' costs to the second decimal place. Any of the MIS providers will relate stories of customers and prospects who do not know nor understand their real costs but instead work with historical data or with figures that the software provider supplies as generic figures.

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29 April 2019

For whom the bell tolls

Is the bell sounding the death knell for litho? Not yet, but the decline in offset printed sheets points to profound change taking place across the world of print.

It is now little more than a year until Drupa, the uber extravaganza for printing machinery. And for many suppliers plans are well advanced in terms of what might be ready enough to show – Xeikon's corrugated inkjet press, Xerox's digital offset technology perhaps. Now ahead of the main event comes the latest Drupa Report.

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01 April 2019

Welcome to the secret page

Do you want to know the secret of the patent 0104?

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04 February 2019

Goodbye shouldn't mean aufwiedersehen

As the UK prepares to leave the EU, printers could be foolish if they do not look at opportunities on the Continent.

It would appear that having stepped into the quagmire that is leaving the EU, nobody in the UK has any idea of how to get out of the mess. Rather, there are plenty of people with ideas of how to get out of the morass, or with advice saying that in a few more steps we will be on the promised land, but few of these voices have the power to do anything about it. We have to watch fascinated, horrified or delighted as appropriate, as the whole drama plays out in the theatre of Westminster. It just awaits a Shakespeare to put this Latter Day Hamlet or Another Comedy of Errors on the stage.

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