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Print21 celebrates 100 issues in style

Friday, 13 April 2018
By Print 21 Online Article

The landmark 100th issue of Print21 magazine is out now, and to celebrate, we take a look back at some of the great moments in printing in the 21st century. Plus, we profile graphics supply star Ben Eaton, examine the rise of the self-adhesive label, take a deep dive into textile printing, and more.

The 100th issue of Print21 also marks the final issue published by Blueline Media, with Yaffa Media taking over publication as of May. Patrick Howard, publishing editor, will stay on with the magazine, and couldn’t be happier with the move. “Under Yaffa Media, Print21 is assured of a long sustainable future, backed by adequate resources and commitment,” he said. “We will deepen and strengthen the team of industry leading writers that have made Print21 a byword for insightful, trusted journalism internationally. We will make Print21 a paragon of 21st-century graphic arts publishing.”

To mark our milestone, we journey back through time to look at some of the big printing moments we’ve covered since our first issue in 2002, from the early days of digital print to the global financial crisis, the collapse of Geon, the rise of Industry 4.0, and every trade show in between. “It’s been a wild ride filled with laughs and triumphs, a fair share of disappointments and tough times, successes and failures – but like the printing industry itself, Print21 the magazine is able to seize the opportunities and overcome the challenges,” said Howard.

We’re not the only one notching up a major anniversary in this issue, with Japanese manufacturer Screen marking 150 years in business. In a three-page feature, we speak with Peter Scott, managing director, to take a look at the company’s latest successes and satisfied customers.

On our cover, Ben Eaton, boss of graphics supply powerhouse Starleaton, shares how the “Eaton Factor” has propelled a family-owned business into one of the most successful sign and display suppliers in the country. “Culture is a word that gets tossed around a lot these days, but you cannot over-estimate the importance of culture for people in an organisation,” he said.

In the world of labels, Jake Nelson charts the rise of pressure-sensitive to the sticky throne, finding out why self-adhesive substrates have become so popular, where they’re heading, and how they’re making inroads into the last bastion of gum labels. He also examines the problem of liner waste and what some of the big suppliers are doing to keep it out of landfill.

Andy McCourt looks beyond paper into textile printing, long considered “another country” for most printers, and finds it’s well worth the trip. Dye sublimation, DTG, latex, UV and ecosolvent all get a look-in, to help printers interested in the “rag trade” decide which method is best for them.

All that plus a visit to HP in Israel, a look back at the growth of Gallus over the years, industry profiles, all the latest news, and much more makes this 100th issue of Print21 magazine truly one for the history books. Check it out today!

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