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There is an intrinsic relationship between quality, productivity and
An integrated industrial manufacturing strategy that combines standardisation, process-control and defined procedures is essential to achieve higher quality and productivity benefits. Standardisation and process-control are core elements of effective colour management. Without them, colour management loses the “ground from under its feet”, is “process blind”, and cannot fulfil its objectives.


The primary dividends from effective maintenance are reduced total operating
on-time delivery and consistent product quality. It also impacts on environmental performance. In addition, maintenance preserves capital assets and fulfils safety, insurance and regulatory obligations. Printers who have introduced proactive maintenance systems unanimously report significant performance improvements from fewer unscheduled press stops, higher press net output, less waste, more consistent quality and fewer accidents.

Lean & Green

Lean manufacturing reduces waste to minimise costs and time while simultaneously improving Green performance, because any waste reduction provides direct environmental benefits as well as economic efficiency. Improving performance requires a cross-process approach to understand where improvements can be made, continuously improve working practices, and select technologies that deliver a good Return on Investment (ROI). Reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions also takes a value chain approach. There is a direct correlation between CO2 fossil emissions, energy generation and consumption. Quality and standardisation programmes are fundamental to avoiding waste.

"Magazines and the Environment Handbook" from FIPP/FAEP helps magazine publishers make informed decisions to be environmentally responsible within their business. Digital edition available FREE from

Value Added Print & Products

Value Added Print is a product that is visibly different to standard printing; is recognised by consumers, advertisers and brand owners; is capable of attracting higher revenues; and/or adds to differentiation. The role of Value Added Print is to increase differentiation by combining several special elements: prepress techniques, substrate quality, inks with special effect or metallic pigments, foils, holograms, coatings, finishing and personalisation, including Smart Bridging Technologies.