View from the publisher – February 07

ImageThis issue marks the beginning of the Graphic Arts Magazine’s 10th year. It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come in the past ten years—those of you who have some of our early back issues will know what I mean! We are very thankful to you, our loyal readers and advertisers, for partnering with us as we grow to serve you better.

2007 looks like a positive year for our industry, but also one where our competitive instincts need to remain strong. For example, 2006 saw over 25,000 printing and pre–press companies in the United States either bought out or sold—that’s five per cent of businesses in the industry. Clich’s are usually coined because they’re true, and that old nugget that “the strong will survive” is certainly applicable to printers and pre–press companies. To increase the strength of our whole industry, we must together promote the value of print media and find concrete ways to increase margins.

We at the Graphic Arts Magazine are honored to again be a media partner at the Grafik’Art Trade Show in Montreal, which runs from 19–21 April, 2007. For more information on the show call 514.916.8102 or go to www.grafikart.ca. Fuji, Heidelberg, KBA, Komori, MAN Roland, Spicers and more will all be at the show, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase your wares and examine others’ ideas.
In this issue, take a look at John Zarwan’s article, which presents a fresh look at CTP on page 18. Although 2007 may present challenges as more “iron” becomes available and margins are challenged, we should always be looking at alternative ways to serve our existing customer base and at new ways of expanding that base. Promoting print as a valuable media is a win–win situation which helps both ourselves and our customers.

I would like to wish you all health and prosperity for 2007.
As always, stay positive and stay focused.

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Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine joe@graphicartsmag.com