By Stephanie Cornwall
The paper and print industry continues to see new innovations, contributing to faster turnarounds, enhanced quality labelling and advances in areas like 3D, and there has been some encouraging industry growth, as well as a focus on environmental impacts in this sector.
On the environmental side comes a glowing announcment from PrintReleaf, provider of a certification system and software Platform for automated global reforestation, which has announced that its reforestation rate now exceeds 1,500 trees per day.
Founder and CEO Jordan Darragh said: “We attribute our success to the continuing adoption of PrintReleaf in the managed print services area, as well as a high number of commercial printers which began offering PrintReleaf since its introduction to the commercial print market at PRINT 17 in Chicago. Today, more than ever before, commercial printers and managed print services providers make PrintReleaf available to end users and print buyers.”
The environmental message was also carried home at a recent eco-marathon.
Drytac’s SpotOn SynPaper was used for vehicle graphics on racing car designs at Shell’s Eco-marathon in London at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. HP provided all the PC and printing equipment for the student teams to produce their own graphics, including an HP PageWide XL large-format printer running Drytac’s SpotOn SynPaper. The cars were made from a variety of materials, including polystyrene and silk fibres.
Companies are celebrating
One company that’s all for global expansion and furthering its reach is St. Ives-based coding and marking specialist, Linx Printing Technologies, which has just won the award for ‘Overall Growth in Exports’ at the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce Global Business Awards 2018. The honour recognises Linx’s continuing success in international markets.
Maria Wright, Logistics Leader at Linx, received the award at the ceremony at Downing College, Cambridge from Vic Annells, Executive Director of Mansion House and Central Criminal Court.
The ‘Overall Growth in Exports’ award recognises companies that have generated significant and sustained increases in their export activity over the last 12 months. It is open to any company in Cambridgeshire that is able to demonstrate how it achieved its growth, any barriers it overcame, and how it plans to sustain the growth over the next 12 months. Linx was named the winner as a result of its growing worldwide market share.
John Bridge OBE DL, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, said:. “The award is due to their exceptional performance in significantly increasing exports year by year and their ability to continue to lead amongst their competitors and outperform the market.”
Another company which continues to expand its business is Domino Printing Sciences, which has marked its 40th anniversary with the opening of its new fluids manufacturing facility in Liverpool, UK. The opening of the new 175,000sq ft (16,000sq m) site has created 19 new jobs and is five times larger than the previous site.
Speaking at the opening of the new facility, Nigel Bond, Domino CEO, said: “I’m delighted to be opening our new production facility, which is a further major investment for our company and follows the recent opening of our new factory in Shanghai serving the local market in China and the expansion of our HQ buildings in Cambridge.”