From virtual.drupa to real paper price increases

Nessan Cleary · Journalist & Editor · Week commencing 12th April 2021

According to Printweek, big increases in paper prices are on the way, with Burgo Group, Navigator, Lecta, Sappi, Feldmuehle and Mitsubishi HiTec all having announced price increases recently due to rising costs.

Almost every publication has a story looking forward to next week’s virtual.drupa, including Printweek, which also has a link to the Cult of Drupa Songs Facebook page put together by Mark Stephenson of Fujifilm, who clearly has a stronger stomach than most of us.

Indian Printer and Publisher also covers the Drupa show, but asks can a virtual.drupa event help the actual event in 2024, since even with a line-up of more than 150 companies, the total number of exhibitors will be less than a tenth of those of a real drupa?

Print Business picks up on this theme but says that even if the virtual.drupa only attracts 10 percent of the audience, it will still be the largest print event to take place in cyberspace since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Elsewhere Print Business suggests that inkjet is poised to reap a post-pandemic surge in interest, discussing the options for B2 printers. And in another story, the magazine says that inkjet is continuing to replace offset, detailing all the continuous feed inkjet machines available.

Meanwhile from Australia and New Zealand, Print21 reports that commercial paper imports for the year ending January 2021 have fallen by 55 percent as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the paper industry’s Pulp & Paper Edge report.

Print21 has a separate story on Paul Graham’s appointment as CEO of Australia Post, becoming Australia’s highest paid public servant. Helpfully, Print21 points out that his predecessor, Christine Holgate has just appeared before a senate enquiry over her dismissal.

From Canada, Graphic Arts Magazine reports that Fujifilm has agreed a deal with Spicers Canada, whereby Spicers will act as a nationwide distributor for the Graphics Division of Fujifilm Canada, including the firm’s CTP products and related equipment.

Labels and Labelling covers the Brazilian label press manufacturer, Etirama, which has launched a new series of three narrow web flexo presses, which all come complete with UV curing.

L&L also carries a story on Sixth Dimension, a distributor based in Jordan, that has set up a new showroom complete with a GM DC330MINI label finisher, having already installed the fourth GM machine in the country.

Staying with the Middle East, ME Printer has picked up on the global rise in paper prices but notes that demand is likely to remain strong throughout 2021.

Elsewhere ME Printer reports that the Saudi Paper Manufacturing Company has been granted a credit facility of 50 million Saudi Riyals (approx €11.1m) from the country’s Ministry of Finance in cooperation with the Riyad Bank to finance its working capital and raw materials purchase.

Finally, Inkjet Insight has looked into the issue of sustainability, asking where is the pressure for companies to take a more sustainable approach? The article covers the difficulties in defining sustainability as well as the opportunities in this area for digital print.

Sun May 16th

Sunday am #3

Dan Folke changed the entire scope for the printing/publishing company he worked for - find your Sunday AM inspiration on INKISH.NEWS.

Fri May 14th

From tentative hopes fo...

What The Papers Say · Week of May 10th · By Nessan Cleary

Mon May 10th

How print business can ...

What is the importance of an online presence for PSPs?

Conquer compliance, con...

Using an MIS/ERP system can methodically and accurately collect and transmit data into compliance reports.

Sun May 9th

Sunday am #2

Business, Technology, Music, Books, Politics & Trends - served Sunday morning

Fri May 7th

World press freedom day

What The Papers Say · Week of May 3rd · By Nessan Cleary

Tue May 4th

3 proven strategies to ...

the article shares 3 proven strategies for PSPs to launch their business online.

Covid success stories –...

Learnings from PSPs who manage to grow business during the pandemic.

Is packaging a good inv...

Should print companies invest in packaging in 2021 to improve business?

Mon May 3rd

Learn with us · offset

Learn With Us Offset focuses 100% on the latest generation of offset machines. But rather than asking the vendors, let ask the printers!