The need to find more sustainable packaging and printed materials is a real challenge for the industry. Two German innovations in this field are offering new alternatives for printed packaging. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research has been developing high-barrier coatings for many years. However, until now, they have not been bio-based or biodegradable. It […]


There was a decidedly eco flavour to some of the packaging and printing innovations on display at this year’s Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print exhibition at the UK’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) last month. February 2019 saw more than 300 suppliers converge on Birmingham’s NEC to showcase the latest innovations in printing and packaging. The […]


An all-natural product, with a history stretching back millennia, and incredible versatility – what’s not to love about paper?  The Printing Report celebrates our love for paper this Valentine’s Day with some amazing paper facts.   Paper is one of the most widely recycled products in the world.  In Europe, the paper recycling rate is […]


Every Valentine’s Day, around 144 million greetings cards are sent to loved ones – just a small proportion of the seven billion greetings cards that are purchased in the USA each year. The greetings cards industry continues to thrive in our digital age.  While it might be thought that digitalisation and the development of e-cards […]


Brighten up Valentine’s Day with The Printing Report’s selection of some of the most fun, creative and romantic paper craft projects for Valentine’s Day. It might be traditional to exchange paper cards on Valentine’s Day but, this year, why not make your own or try one of these other fun paper craft projects instead?   […]


Uncoated paper has special qualities that make it ideal for special printing jobs.  The Printing Report considers what makes it so interesting. Uncoated paper has a special texture and a natural look that makes it a favourite when producing high-end printed materials. Its slightly rougher and more textured feel adds character to the page and […]

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In November, the Guinness World Record for most postcards tied into a single image was broken – in a compelling attempt to raise awareness about global warming. Perhaps the last place you might expect to find a giant postcard is posted to the side of a Swiss glacier. Yet, in November 2018 that’s exactly what […]

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Far from heralding the end of print photobooks, digital photography and digital printing are enabling a thriving new independent photobook publishing and collecting scene. Willibald Sauerländer was one of the greatest living German speaking and writingart historians. Having witnessed the rise and decline of art book publishing afterthe Second World War, the print runs of […]

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In this age of digital communications and declining readerships, there is one element of print media that is thriving: business to business communications. The Printing Report investigates why. Businesses have long used print marketing – both for direct marketing and in business publishing. What is more surprising, perhaps, is that business appetite for print media […]

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  Paper art can inspire some amazing creations – including in advertising. The Printing Report takes a look at one paper-based campaign with real impact. Alzas y Bajas Magazine is a capital markets publication based in Argentina. It commissioned the J Walter Thompson Buenos Aires agency to create a series of print advertisements for it […]