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Mobile publishing at a print show? Are you nuts?

Social messages are incredibly volatile and get discarded almost immediately. Anything online can be edited or deleted at the click of a button. But printed content gets written, proofread, edited, put in a graphics design, preflighted and eventually actually printed. Whether offset or digital print, the sheer technology adds extra value to the content a publisher wants to disseminate, says Rainer Kirschke, Business Manager Mobile Publishing at Agfa.

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Print the Future

With its theme of Touch the Future, drupa 2016 is shaping up to be one of the best ever. There will be significant focus on technologies such as production inkjet and 3D printing at the show, and those are important topics for the industry. But we shouldn’t lose sight of what’s happening in the world of electrophotography, says Danny Mertens from Xeikon.

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What’s a bottle without a title

The world of cosmetics is the place to show off, often with fancy printed bottles and glass containers whose value is higher than the contents inside. Yes, the container has been more important to this industry than any other. With a good-looking bottle, you can sell more; with a good fragrance in an ugly bottle, the sales are likely to be low and unprofitable. This presents a great opportunity for digital print. A guest article by Mimaki.

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The Next Big Thing for Flexo

Flexography has made huge strides in recent years, achieving quality that rivals offset and gravure. And now the technology is poised to move to the next level, making it even more competitive with alternative printing technologies, including digital.

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Sustainability and the printing industry

Economic concerns, technological threat and uncertain futures have contributed to a crisis of confidence in print. Throw in rapidly changing market expectations and media choices, and you have an industry that’s been on the back foot for several years. But a reversal is underway. Print is reinventing itself to be more vibrant than ever, an energetic force in a multichannel communications world.

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Crossing the finish line – a Cinderella story

Post-press binding and finishing in commercial print, packaging, sign & display graphics and other sectors will be a key attraction at drupa 2016. As they say, it isn’t finished until it is finished … and for many companies, there are still significant opportunities for improving throughput and productivity as well as reducing costs in their post-press departments.

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drupa celebrates 65 years: Back to the future of print

Flying cars and hoverboards? Many of the unlikely predictions for the year 2015, made in the 1989 blockbuster movie Back to the Future II, proved incorrect. But it got at least one thing right: people are, indeed, still reading printed newspapers as we are about to celebrate 65 years of drupa. Gearing up towards this 16th edition, we invite you to get in that imaginary modified DeLorean - and go way back to the future of print.

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How printing conquered the rainbow

Colors fill us with bliss, but they have been hard to seize for centuries. Maybe the wish to grasp the rainbow is what pushed humanity to tame color. It has been a long, arduous enterprise. But we have finally learnt the trick: how to trap colors in paper, tissue and objects, and distribute them to millions of people. What follows is the story of how the printers conquered the rainbow.

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Inkjet – state of the art or sci-fi fantasy print?

Production inkjet is already driving change in the printing industry, both by enabling new applications and by capturing volumes previously produced with analogue technologies such as offset and flexography. This guest article by Sean Smyth provides insight into the state of the inkjet business and what we might expect to see for drupa 2016.

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