Media Pack

Print Business is a bi-monthly magazine, publishing six times a year beginning with the January/February issue. The issues are themed it is perfect bound for those who like to keep, file and refer back to them.

Features List

Print Business has always themed its issues, and these themes are chosen by topicality. Popular editions of Print Business are those that concentrate on subjects where there are news and innovation. Deciding a year ahead what is going to be topical is impossible. Print Business editor Gareth Ward is very good at spotting trends and predicting where the industry is going.

It is with this in mind that Print Business publishes a features list. However, this is subject to change as we work in partnership with advertisers to bring our readers newsworthy and interesting content. The summary of the themes of the issues are in the rolling panels to the right (computer) or scroll down (mobile devices).

For more information on how to work in partnership and a detailed explanation of upcoming themed issues call 01580 236456.

Price List 2018

Please note that Print Business does not publish ratecard prices, ie grossly inflated figures designed to be negotiated down to approximately 30% of the original. We instead set the prices at a fair rate that our advertisers seem happy with.

ATTENTION ADVERTISING AGENCIES
We are unable to offer agency discounts except by prior negotiation and our written agreement.

If your agency's accounts department automatically takes off 10%, make sure that you adjust these prices accordingly. For example, a one-off full page is £1,500.00 so you should add 11.1% (£1,666.50) then subtract your agency discount of 10% (£1,499.85).

Full Page in Print Business Magazine

One-Off £1,500 | 2-3 Insertions £1,300 | 4+ £1,100

Half Page in Print Business Magazine

One-off £900 | 2-3 Insertions £850 | 4+ £750
Half Page Solus within Copy £1,200

Banner on Print Business News Ezine

One-Off £300 | 2-3 Insertions £275 | 4+ £250
For more information on the online presence of Print Business go to Why this site is different

SPECIAL OFFER

Six for £750

Book six consecutive ads and each one will cost £750. This takes away the task of working out which issue is the best. Also available as half pages for £450 each for six.

Circulation

Print Business goes to about 6,500 people at about 5,000 companies, most of whom are decision makers at UK commercial and wide format printers.

The Monday Morning News ezine goes to about 2,700 people who have opted in. It has a extremely high average open rate of 50% and click through (around 21%) rates and is free to subscribers. This is a very popular product, as is shown by its open rate.

Production Schedule 2018

PUBLISH DATES
Jan/Feb = 5 February
Mar/Apr = 26 March
May/Jun = 28 May
Jul/Aug = 23 July
Sep/Oct = 3 September
Nov/Dec = 26 November

DEADLINE DATES
Jan/Feb = 19 January
Mar/Apr = 9 March
May/Jun = 11 May
Jul/Aug = 6 July
Sep/Oct = 17 August
Nov/Dec = 9 November

Mechanical Data

Artwork must be supplied as PDF/X-1a or higher, 300dpi resolution, CMYK. All ads require 3mm bleed to all edges. Please ensure that the ad image extends beyond the crop area and to the bleed area. Clicking on 'Bleed' only shows the bleed area. That area must be filled. Print Business cannot be held responsible for white edges due to ads without proper bleed.

Full Page 210mm wide x 297 mm deep + 3mm bleed
Half Page 210mm wide x 140mm deep + 3mm bleed
Ezine Banner 631px wide x 115px deep, RGB Jpeg (Sorry, we cannot accept animated Gifs)

Artwork to be sent to printbusiness@me.com

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2018: The year of automation

2018: The year of automation

This year there will be a series of articles looking at automation across the industry in all its aspects.

As print runs become shorter, as turnaround times more critical, as business models take in print on demand or vendor managed stocking, the less that the job is handled, the better. This requires automation in every aspect of the business, from order processing, through file handling and on to delivery.

A second key direction for printers to understand is adding value to what they produce. This may be through foiling, lamination and other post print embellishments. It may be through data processing and personalisation. It may be through the choices of substrates used and inline varnish effects. It may be through binding and other ways that a product may be presented. Print Business will carry articles in each issue looking at how printers are responding and delivering what customers require.

Print Business will also talk to the people using the technology, seeking their experiences as the best guide to the suitability of that technology to meet changing market demands.

This requires a depth of knowledge and approach that no others can match and positions Print Business above every other magazine in the market.

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January/February Issue

January/February Issue

The themes of this issue are:

LITHO FORMAT Should printers choose B2 or SRA1? We discuss the merits of either technology.

EMBELLISHMENT How to achieve a touch of class. This might be spot varnish, lamination for spot foil, neon and additional colours and varnish effects on litho press such as tactile double coatings.

AUTOMATION MIS How does MIS manage when runs are shorter? There is a need for printers to automate customer facing activities for efficiency. Will web to print portals fulfil this?

FSC Has the forestry standard outlived its usefulness in that all papers are sourced from sustainable and verifiable sources?

PREVIEW OF PACKAGING INNOVATIONS We look at the requirements for making presentation boxes and luxury packaging styles.

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March/April issue

March/April issue

The themes of of this issue are:

LARGE FORMAT INKJET What else can you print with your large format equipment? The information gleaned from our research may result in an Ideal Large Format supplement. Also, what are the opportunities in textiles, soft signage, wall coverings etc? Plus synthetic substrates and 1001 uses for them.

SECONDHAND LITHO PRESSES Value or folly? Can secondhand make sense for the litho printers who does not need the latest automation technology? How retrofitting LED UV can enhance the products that a printer with an older press can offer through a cost effective investment.

FINISHING FOR VARIABLE DATA OR SHORT RUNS This includes booklet making and custom catalogues and how finishing can add value to simple products.

AUTOMATION: THE PREPRESS WORKFLOW This is the area that has become the most hands off in the industry. There are many approaches, either through a single supplier or by creating a workflow using components from a number of systems. We will ask whether JDF is the best approach and look at development of cloud based workflows for both litho and digital production.

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May/June issue

May/June issue

FEATURES
CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES
At one time the guillotine was the main weapon of choice for all printers. Even today it is essential if sometimes disregarded. But in a fast paced print factory, the guillotine can become a bottleneck in production. We want to point people in the direction fo how to overcome this bottleneck. It might be through enhancements to an existing guillotining set up or investment in a complementary direction.

We will consider the role of platens: especially as printers look for more complicated products, including cartons. The rotary die cutter might become the next must-have piece of equipment for printers.

The slitter creaser has already achieved this status, particularly for simple square cut products or those that need a simple crease. SCC machines are ideal for short runs and a digital print production cell on the one hand a full automated finishing process on the other.

Finally we have the rise of lasers and will look at how far these can go. Should every printer be considering a laser or is it something for the specialist only?

The themes of this issue are:

LABEL PRINTING CHOICES Label printing is rapidly moving towards digital technology as inkjet becomes a mature and cost effective option. This takes labels within the scope of commercial printers. We will look at these options as well as the more sophisticated possibilities that are now available for mainstream label production.

AUTOMATION Digital printing by its very nature should be automated. But it is not always so. We will examine the extent to which it can remove manual intervention for both cutsheet and reelfed inkjet printing.

EXHBITION Italy has big plans for Print4All which will be the most important in Europe this year. It may also set the standard for industry exhibitions to come as it is designed to appeal to all elements in the print supply chain.

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July/August issue

July/August issue

The themes of this issue are:

THE ONLINE PRINT ISSUE We are tracking the changes and opportunities with online printing, identifying winners and losers, the business models and the development of this crucial and fast changing market sector. How can printers participate with a focus on web to print, or by working to fulfil orders captured by online specialists? Can printers work with Amazon, for example?

ENVIRONMENT What can printers do to reduce the impact on the environment? Choice of paper, using a factory to generate power, minimise water and choosing technology that can cut back on chemistry and energy used are all starting points.

AUTOMATION The litho process is still very analogue, but the presses are part of a highly digital workflow, with sensors and technology to measure registration, control colour and operate as autonomously as possible. The idea is to drive OEE as high as possible.

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September/October issue

September/October issue

The themes of this issue are:

DIRECT MAIL We look at continuous feed inkjet and mailing options as the dust around the implementation of GDPR settles and the new landscape for print becomes clear. Is continuous inkjet at the point where it can match and take on commercial litho printing? The latest developments in the platforms, the printheads, the papers and the inks combine to make an effective solution. We talk to those using the technology.

AUTOMATION In finishing, the question is how far automation can cope with the organic nature of paper and the incredibly diverse range of processes that are covered by finishing, from cutting and folding to stitching and binding. What will be the role of robots in the print business of the future.

PRINT SHOW Preview of the most important general print show of the year, which is returning to the NEC. Print Business has consistently supported the event, believing it is good for UK printers to visit the show.

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November/December issue

November/December issue

The themes of this issue are:

BOOKS We look at the way books are being produced as inkjet web printing becomes the default for mass production, with inline automation to deliver no touch books.

THE PRINT SHOP OF THE FUTURE As the culmination of the articles published this year, we will pull the strands together and identify what tomorrow's industry looks like and the steps to take to achieve this.

THE CHRISTMAS STORY The most read article on the Monday Morning News Ezine is Gareth Ward's reworking of a well known story with a festive print twist. Last year it was Who Killed Lady Ipex?. Who will be featured in 2018?

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Production Schedule

Production Schedule

PUBLISH DATES
Jan/Feb = 5 February
Mar/Apr = 26 March
May/Jun = 28 May
Jul/Aug = 23 July
Sep/Oct = 3 September
Nov/Dec = 26 November

DEADLINE DATES
Jan/Feb = 19 January
Mar/Apr = 9 March
May/Jun = 11 May
Jul/Aug = 6 July
Sep/Oct = 17 August
Nov/Dec = 9 November

MECHANICAL DATA
Artwork must be supplied as PDF/X-1a or higher, 300dpi resolution, CMYK. All ads require 3mm bleed to all edges.

FULL PAGE 210mm wide x 297 mm deep + 3mm bleed
HALF PAGE 210mm wide x 140mm deep + 3mm bleed
EZINE BANNER 631px wide x 115px deep, RGB Jpeg (Sorry, we cannot accept animated Gifs)

Artwork to be sent to printbusiness@me.com

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Six for £750

Six for £750

Book six consecutive ads and each one will cost £750. This takes away the task of working out which issue is the best. Also available as half pages for £450 each for six.

Please note that these prices are not page rates. They are packages of six ads at £4,500 for full pages and £2,700 for half pages. Skipping issues or cancellation will result in the full amount becoming payable.

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