July 23, 2021



Inkjet Summit Starts Monday

The first major industry conference since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic will start on Monday in Austin, Texas, when hundreds of printing executives, in-plant managers, and suppliers gather for the Ninth Annual Inkjet Summit.


Sales Are Rising, But Operating Cost Inflation, Labor Shortages Persist

by Andrew D. Paparozzi

Recovery has begun for the printing industry. Sales are growing and confidence is on the rise, but operating cost inflation and labor shortages are squeezing margins. Those are primary conclusions of the second quarter 2021 Print Business Indicators Survey.


IPI Editor Wins Major Writing Award

In-plant Impressions Editor Bob Neubauer has received a top award in the APEX 2021 contest, an annual competition for corporate and nonprofit publishers, editors, writers, and designers.


Printing Provides ‘Escape’ From Prison Life

by Bob Neubauer

The printing program at Oregon Corrections Enterprises not only teaches valuable job skills to adults in custody that will help them return to society as productive citizens, it brings a focus to their lives while in prison.


Education, Inspiration, and Optimization Bring Print Center Success

by Karis Copp

Phil Ward’s commitment to personal growth, educating others, and seeking better opportunities have fueled a successful and fulfilling career.


Cal Poly Professor Ken Macro Shares a Strategy for Using Events of the Past to Plan for the Future

In the July 2021 article of the Graphic Communication Advisory Group (GCAG), Cal Poly Professor and industry visionary, Dr. Ken Macro shares a strategy in which he uses events of the past for strategic planning in the printing industry.


PRINTING United Alliance Announces 2021 Student Scholarship Program Recipients

Annual program invests in the future of the industry, granting a total of $50,000 in educational assistance to graphic communications students.



Sponsored by Ricoh Corp.

Make Your In-plant Indispensable

As the printing industry continues to become more competitive, it is imperative that in-plants stay relevant and offer their organization an efficient, productive and proficient solution. To achieve this, in-plants must consider cost savings with improved production workflow and customer experience with the utilization of meaningful data. Gain some insights on the transforming communications market, explore why it matters to your operation and offer tips to bring relevance and growth back into your in-plant.

Sponsored by Heidelberg

Maximize Your Existing Digital Print Engine’s Potential.

Investing in new equipment to diversify your print production portfolio can be enticing, but when utilized to their maximum potential, existing digital print engines have the power to lead your business toward exciting growth opportunities. Join us on July 28th to learn how two Heidelberg customers leveraged their Versafire digital print engines to expand their business into new market segments.

Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard

Delivering New Levels of Value with Continuous-Feed Inkjet Printing

Over the last few years, new continuous-feed inkjet presses have expanded their capabilities to printing on standard offset coated text and cover stocks, as well as improving image quality through higher image resolution, variable-drop application, and improved halftone rendering.