Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 113, providing a summary of major news items from the printing, publishing, packaging, digital, and communications technology sectors. PIND incorporates brief summaries and links to the week’s key news stories so that you can look up that all important detail, digging deeper behind the headline.
Following recent news items regarding its web printing business, Friday offered up even worse news for the Alderson Brothers Print Group with all trading divisions being placed into administration, including its digital, sheetfed and post-press operations. A grim day for the brothers, and another major signpost erected for print businesses of all shapes and sizes.
On a more positive note for print, news of the BPIF Excellence Award winners was also announced at the end of the week. Benson Box were acclaimed winners of the Lean Manufacturing award, illustrating that print can still be at the heart of a profitable business.
Further to recent stories in PIND, it has been suggested that Kodak may even scrap its patent auction due to the low bids that have been received to date.
Just in case you spent this last week in another galaxy, Apple launched the iPhone 5. Do you need one? Some are suggesting that this might be the last of the big iPhone “show” launches. Perhaps just as importantly, a new iPhone means a new version of iOS – iOS6 as it happens – and a new version of iTunes.
Of equal importance – and there is an important link – the UK’s first 4G network is expected to be up and running before Christmas. Everything Everywhere (or EE as you may hear it refered to) is a T-Mobile / Orange company that is stealing a march on other industry players, and (hopefully) the combination of this new network and the above iPhone 5 will give the company is right royal lead over other industry players in the festive run-up.
More digital newspapers: the Observer is now available as part of the latest iPad edition of the Guardian app. A glimpse at US newspaper advertising revenues will illustrate the essential need for newspapers to migrate to online editions. It suggest also, however, that this alone will not be a saviour.
The Alphagraphics franchise business has taken a long hard look at itself and the way it does its business. Amazingly the re-modeled business is now leading the way again, whilst moving away from its traditional quick-print and copying business.
A frightening thought: according to Microsoft, malware has been appearing on computers even prior to sale! Factory installed viruses have led to Microsoft lawsuits being issued.
Raspberry Pi as a supercomputer? Yes, you read that right! Raspberry Pi and Lego to be precise . . . !
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Issue 111: more printed electronics
Issue 110: Kodak film exit?
Issue 109: Heidelberg IPEX