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The Economy and Print in 2012-2013

by: Dr. Ronnie H. Davis, Printing Industries of America How will the economy and print markets perform in 2012 and 2013? Here's our outlook: The 2012-2013 Economy At the current time, the economy is forecast to continue the slow recovery from the recession. While a return to recession is always possible, especially since the recovery has been slow, the most likely...

Cautious Optimism Marks 2012 for Binders

by: Jen Clark While the United States was in the grips of an economic meltdown, many in the binding industry saw business drop as customers sought to conserve resources and moved to digital publishing. The owners of three companies on the east coast that were able to withstand the recession are "cautiously optimistic" about what 2012 will bring. In the...

Quality Control in the Bindery

by: Dan Maurer, Rob Kuehl and Steven Calov, Heidelberg It's been said the cost to retain a customer is a lot less than the cost to get a customer back. As the print industry pushes into the era of lean manufacturing and quality control, both offset and digital presses have benefited from advances in integrated color management, inline image quality...

Diverse Services Position Midwest Binder for Success

by: Amy Bauer Continual reinvestment and a commitment to educating customers have helped commercial binder and print finisher Wrap-Ups, Inc. remain at the top of its game. Wrap-Ups, Inc. has established a reputation for its expertise and custom work in commercial binding, finishing and direct mail over 34 years in business in suburban St. Louis, Mo. Owner and President Jonathan Niezing...

The Importance of Stitching Wire

by: Harry Lewis, Dorstener Wire Tech Saddlestitching has been successfully used as a binding process in print media for many years. The simple, low cost process is ideal for catalogs, brochures, calendars, annual reports and many more binding needs. It's important to the industry because saddlestitching offers a choice in the binding process, with benefits and characteristics that outperform other methods....

Understanding Business Strategic Planning

by: Kenneth B. Lerman The following current and often-expressed description of our 2011 US business economy suggests business erosion: "there are fewer opportunities to pursue and most of those have lower margins." Like it or not, U.S. business opportunity is not what it used to be. So what? During 2008-2010, the lethargic response of many US business owners to uncertainty, fear,...
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