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Landa’s NanoInk® colorants are super absorbers of light, which in turn means richer, more vibrant colours when printing with a Landa Digital Press. Benny Landa’s team at Landa Labs in Rehovot, Israel discovered the feature when they were researching pigments in the course of their work on nanotechnology and today we can see the results in the very high quality of printed colour samples coming off the Landa S10 press.

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My wife refuses to pay more than a couple of pounds for the books she buys on her Kindle. She looks to see what’s on offer and if one of her favourite authors has something new, she will put it on her wish list and wait until the price drops. I am full of admiration for her parsimony – I only wish it extended to her clothes shopping.

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Visitors to London may have already noticed that London’s buses are no longer accepting cash in payment for the fare. Later this year the same will apply to travelling on the London underground as the ubiquitous Oyster Card becomes the main method of payment for both residents and visitors in London travelling on the Transport for London system.

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Some years ago when I was chairman of the European Lithographic Suppliers Alliance, I sat in a room in Germany hosting a meeting of the organisation. We had members from Germany, Italy, France, Scandinavia, Spain, Holland, Ireland and the UK.

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I am often surprised how little about the history of the printing industry, that some of today’s recruits seem to know. I suppose there is not time to dwell too much on old technology in today’s graphic design and media courses at our centres of learning. In fact for some I suppose old technology is a Compugraphic typesetter or an Apple IIci.

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The recent spate of strikes by taxi drivers across Europe to protest at the arrival of the clever Uber taxi app from the USA, reminds me a lot of the challenges we have faced in the printing industry.

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News that a supercomputer has been able to fool experts into thinking it was a 13 year old boy and pass the Alan Turing test of artificial intelligence is a reminder of how fast technology is changing and will continue to shape our lives and workplaces. Technology has certainly had a big impact on the printing industry where I have seen many changes since I first joined it in 1976.

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Increasing use of tablets and iPads is robbing children of their dexterity and learning skills according to a report from the UK’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers at their recent annual conference in Manchester. It seems that despite having the ability to swipe a screen, today’s infants are losing the ability to play with building bricks and learning to write as a result of early addiction to tablets.

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