Postal Vision 2020

Experts gather to offer solutions for America’s postal dilemma

Edited excerpts from an article by Clint Bolte, Growth Management Consultant to the printing industry worldwide (

Graph Expo 2006 reflections

While a big equipment trade show might typically inspire an article highlighting new product announcements, the panel discussions and presentations by leading print prognosticators were what piqued by interest at Graph Expo 2006. I hope you will find their insights as challenging and informative as I did. Official Numbers For NaughtEconomists covering the printing industry … Read more →

NAPL/PIA/GATF Sheetfed Conference 2006

This 14th annual gathering of sheetfed printers drew over 250 to Chicago June 11-13 to hear leading case studies of print technologies and innovations. Jointly organized and planned by the Natianal Association for Printing Leadership, the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation and an advisory board of sheetfed printers, this conclave continues to benefit … Read more →

Roll sheeting has come of age

Packaging printers have been sheeting SBS board stock from rolls on off-line, stand-alone units for half a century. Sheeting commercial paper from rolls has been a viable process improvement for sheetfed printers since the mid-1980s as the manufacturers designed smaller, more compact units. And yet, acceptance by mainstream general commercial sheetfed printers has never reached … Read more →

Breaking the glass celining for increased print sales

In recent years I’ve been asked to reflect upon strategic trends that if heeded might better position printers for improved long-term viability. I’ve written extensively through the decades of leading-edge technologies, benchmark manufacturing practices and some of the most innovative product development initiatives and case studies. There’s a vital trend that’s becoming increasingly clear that … Read more →

Print buyers speak

The fourth annual Print Oasis conference for the print buying and specifying professionals had more than 700 in attendance May 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Sponsored by Print Buyers Online. Suzanne Morgan, President of the PBO e-community, spoke on the Trends in Print Buying as reported from a recent survey involving 265 print … Read more →

PIA/GATF Tech Alert 2005 Conference

Nearly two hundred print technology aficionados gathered at the Pittsburgh Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel February 6-8 for the thirteenth annual PIA/GATF Tech Alert Conference. The Graphic Arts Technical Foundation puts hundreds of hours of staff resources into testing the latest print applications and sharing the results with attendees at this forum each year. Suppliers and … Read more →

80-20 Rule for Managing

So assuming that your firm is part of the statistically significant and relevant part of the printing industry and therefore your experience follows that of the rest of the industry, what are you going to do with these two extremes of the bell curve as far as they pertain to your client mix, marketing support … Read more →

Entitlement – Stability or Curse?

There will be, of course, companies both in and outside of the printing industry that will survive this current upheaval and be positioned for extraordinary prosperity. Post analysis of these businesses will reveal that they excelled in customer service and creative marketing, they embraced leading technologies while carrying a solid balance sheet and were highly … Read more →

Report Drupa 2004

Participants had a wide choice of industry seminars to attend included JDF, digital proofing, digital printing, large format printing, packaging production and UV technology. A noticeable difference between this and recent DRUPAs was the unusually solid optimism expressed by both European and Far Eastern suppliers. Only days before the opening of the 14-day show was … Read more →

GATF Tech Alert 2004 Conference: Technology Offers Niche Opportunities

According to Dr. Gamota, one potential electronics product, radio frequency identifier (RFID), could be manufactured inexpensively using conventional printing platforms that have been modified to accommodate sub-micron features. The printed ‘OFET process’ is a four-step process for printing the separate elements of the transistor: gate, dielectric, source, drain and active layer. Attendees were shown how … Read more →