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Industry News


Attracting the best and brightest to the design and print industry


Specialist in packaging artwork, reprographics and plate production, Creation, is encouraging more young people to consider careers in the industry. Established in 2004, Creation offers 24-hour reprographics and


platemaking services to the UK and European print markets. The company has previously employed young graduates to adapt and bring fresh, new ideas as well as people into the business. Matt Francklow, managing director of Creation Reprographics, said, “We


need to set the right foundation for a positive flow of new talent into our industry. It is our belief that the right balance of diversity and inclusion drives better business performance.” The UK printing industry has a turnover of £13bn and employs 116,000


people, according to new data sourced by the BPIF. In addition, figures have revealed 8.4 per cent of the industry’s workforce is under the age of 24.


Seminars dedicated to packaging solutions to be hosted at Interplas UK


For the first time, a series of seminars dedicated to packaging and converting solutions within the flat die and blown film industries will be held alongside Interplas UK this year. Delegates will have a choice between morning and afternoon seminar sessions – organised by process machinery giant Bandera, in co-operation with its UK agent UK Extrusion – that will run during two of the three Interplas UK exhibition days at the NEC in Birmingham. Among others, Carlo Pattini from Bandera’s blown film technology


centre will present on the latest trends in flexible film extrusion for the packaging and converting industry. Read more on the Converterwebsite


Packaging operation costs often lie below the surface


As retailers around the country start to prepare for the seasonal scramble, Antalis Packaging is advising businesses to beware that when it comes to packaging the majority of costs are hidden beneath the surface. Most retailers will have begun


preparing for the lucrative final three months before Christmas. Largely coined the golden quarter, it is the period in which many companies will make over half of overall annual sales. However, in recent years there has been a distinctive retail shift – exemplified by Black Friday generating 28 per cent more orders in November than December in 2016 – and so the onus is on retailers to get operations in order for an even earlier rush. A rise in the price of imports and the minimum wage for workers aged 25 and over, plus the government’s ‘apprenticeship levy’ and Brexit have all contributed to retailers facing pressure on controlling costs. In response, Antalis Packaging is warning retailers about the ‘iceberg


effect’ in a bid to help retailers save on packaging. The company has labelled this warning the ‘iceberg effect’ to highlight that the majority of packaging costs lie beneath the surface. Antalis advises that failing to understand this can result in businesses making decisions that are a false economy. Stephen Herring, key account manager for packaging at Antalis, said, “The traditional retail dynamic of demand building up to Christmas has been dramatically altered by a host of opportunities that have created a much earlier surge of pre-Christmas shoppers. This means that retailers must be prepared for a seasonal spike in demand sooner than ever before.” Read more on the Converterwebsite


Bischof + Klein invest in the future following anniversary


In the 125th year of its existence, the German family-owned company, Bischof + Klein, with subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France and Poland, is once again extending its capacities for manufacturing flexible packaging and technical films. In recent years, B+K has invested around £5 million in modernising and increasing the production capacity at


its plant in Shropshire. “We are well positioned and want to further expand our position. Our British subsidiary is playing an important role in this,” said Gerd Sundermann, executive board member, B+K.


Read more on the Converterwebsite


www.convertermag.co.uk


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