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Report: Drupa 2016, Dusseldorf

Nationwide Print MD Julian Hocking was invited to attend Drupa 2016, which took place in Dusseldorf. Here is Julian’s report from the event:

Drupa is the most important international event in the print industry; taking place every four years, it gives businesses and investors a platform to discover new technology, discuss global trends and develop key relationships.

The motto for this year’s conference was ‘Touch The Future’, highlighting its ambition to place “the industry’s innovative power centre stage” and provide a platform for future technologies. Next-generation print, packaging production, multichannel, 3D printing, functional printing and green printing were all given special attention.

Drupa is important because it’s a key forum for new technologies and ideas. Print is changing rapidly and here at Nationwide Print we need to be at the forefront in order to remain competitive.

Digital print is going to become dominant in all forms and sizes – including B1. The quality of digital is now matching litho and the cost is becoming more attractive, especially for SMEs like us.

Other interesting developments also caught my attention. For example nano technology is a new way of printing and it’s to do with nano-sized pigments having very powerful colorants. It’s extremely interesting and is happening now!

However, perhaps the most important development for Nationwide Print is the evolving ‘total solution’ and ‘added value’ approach to printing needs showcased at Drupa.

Print has become more than ink on paper. We recently purchased state of the art equipment and software from global technology company Ricoh. MarcomCentral offers a complete online Marketing Asset Management solution for delivering cross media campaigns. One of the reasons I travelled to Dusseldorf was to promote this collaborative project with Ricoh.

One of Nationwide Print’s biggest clients, St Austell Brewery, [...]

Case Study: St Austell Brewery

Kristian Andrews, Design Manager at St Austell Brewery, reveals how the company works in partnership with Nationwide Print…

Can you give us an idea of what your Nationwide Print order book looks like?

The vast majority of our orders with Nationwide Print are short run print jobs, as these make up almost everything we require these days. Sometimes this could be around 30 separate orders a day including various menus, wine lists and promotional materials for different properties. Nationwide Print also produce posters (up to A3) for our portfolio of food and drink establishments across the country.

What do you most value in a printer?

Industry prices are competitive and fairly flat – what is much more important is reliability and responsiveness. We have a small in-house creative team here at St Austell Brewery and we work very closely with Nationwide Print; it’s a really effective partnership. Once we send them a job we know it will be carried out to our own high specification, and delivered on time. We never have to check or chase and, unlike some other national companies we have worked with, we know they are entirely trustworthy.

Are there specific benefits of using a local SME rather than a larger printing company based outside Cornwall?

Nationwide Print has all the values of a local, family business, with the professionalism and service quality that we prize in all of our business relationships. Because they have a relatively small team, we work with the same people all the time, and they understand our needs intuitively. Meeting face to face if we need to is easy, and they deliver direct to our local properties, saving us time and hassle. They are extremely supportive and are always [...]

New Recruits Join The Nationwide Team

We are excited to welcome four new recruits here at Nationwide Print this summer – each bringing valuable expertise to our growing team of print specialists.

We have made the series of appointments in order to increase capacity, while continuing to achieve the highest standards in pre-print, production and finishing for our clients. Remaining at the cutting-edge of the print industry requires investing in highly trained and skilled staff, as well as in new technology, in order to deliver great results.

Andrew Mole is a print finishing specialist who previously worked at Francis Anthony Ltd; Andrew is tasked with stitching line, laminating and die cutting in order to finish printing tasks to the highest standard.

Another new recruit, Matthew Pascoe, is following in the footsteps of his father; Mike Pascoe is Nationwide Print’s Production Manager, and has been at the firm for 5 years.

Matthew joins him in the production department, and is also working on developing our new software: MarcomCentral offers print service providers a complete online Marketing Asset Management solution for delivering complex cross-media campaigns.

Meanwhile, estimating is being overseen by newly appointed Estimating Manager, Nigel Williamson, who joins Nationwide Print after previous roles at two other local printers – Deltor and Four Way.

Finally, our pre-press and digital departments have been strengthened with the edition of Dean Taylor from St Ives Printing and Publishing, who will help the firm keep pace in this rapidly growing area of print technology.

Employing skilled local people – and adding to that pool of skills through training and development opportunities – is central to our philosophy here at Nationwide Print. We hope to continue to grow the workforce for many years to come.

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Major Investment at Nationwide Print

Here at Nationwide Print, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of new state of the art presses, laminators and digital printing technology this month, after significant investment in equipment.

The arrival of our shiny new kit is the result of a growing client list and a bulging order book, reflecting our commitment to quality, customer service and technological innovation.

Operated by our highly trained staff, the new equipment will allow us to continue to exceed the expectations of our clients; it will also help to future-proof the business for some time in a dynamic industry which is always evolving.

The new toys include a P8000 Epson for large format posters and banners; the latest in photographic ink jet technology, this machine offers unrivalled coverage, precision, speed and quality.

Our clients will also benefit from a B1 Laminator for longer run printing tasks.

In terms of digital technology, a new Ricoh 7100 press will allow our expert technicians to get great results as they work with cutting-edge lasers, premium finishes and new ‘textured media’ to produce light packaging, direct mail, books, brochures and business cards.

A custom-built digital room has been constructed to accommodate this machine alongside the existing Ricoh digital kit here at Nationwide, creating a specialist centre for new printing technology.

The purchases add to our armoury for both litho and digital print runs of all sizes, and will allow Nationwide to continue to compete at the top level in our industry.

With continued investment in new technology as well as staff training, and our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, we believe that Nationwide Print will still be employing local people in skilled jobs for many years to come.

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Nationwide Print wins the 2014 Print Week Awards

Nationwide Print, has won the final of the 2014 Print Week Awards. The category ‘SME Printing Company of the Year’, Nationwide Print were judged to be the winners from a panel of 25 judges for the highest accolade in UK print.
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Nationwide Print is nominated for national performance award

Nationwide Print, has reached the final of the 2014 Print Week Awards. Nominated for ‘SME Printing Company of the Year’, Nationwide Print has been shortlisted along with four other companies for the highest accolade in UK print.

Ricoh C751 Green Digital Press

Nationwide Print’s newest bit of kit – a Ricoh C751 green digital press. Perfect for short runs, last-minute requirements and next-day turnarounds, this total digital solution complements our existing litho press and prints to the same superlative standards – just in double-quick time.