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Paying a tribute to print

One of the main reasons that people attend trade exhibitions, not just in the print industry, but also elsewhere, is to see some of the latest technology on offer

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The Traditional Print Masterclasses were a big hit in The Print Show’s founding year, and will be even better for 2016

The Print Show 2016 will be no different; from production presses and wide-format print machines, to finishing equipment, software and substrates, visitors will be able to view some of the finest solutions from companies across the industry.

However, it is important to remember that without the technology of years gone by, today’s modern technology would not be here. From printing presses through to guillotines, all of today’s kit is the result of years of evolution in our creative market.

Over a period of more than four hundred years, the technology, and skills that have underpinned the UK print industry have gone through a fantastically rich process of evolution and change. Hand-cranked presses gave way to rolling presses, the first offset litho machines, letterpress, linotype machines, electrically driven litho, computer-to-plate, and, of course, the digital toner and inkjet revolution, which have all, in turn shaped the way today’s industry operates.

Something that is amazing, and arguably sets our industry apart from others, is in 2016, there are still a significant number of jobbing printers and specialised finishers that use historic technology for everyday print production.

The Print Show is keen to pay tribute to the industry’s history and the impact of its technology, and will do so once again this year, with the Traditional Print Masterclasses to make a very welcome return in October. One of the most popular sections of our debut event last year, this feature allows visitors to gain an insight into technology of the past, and find out a bit more about where today’s processes and kit hails from.

With the support of a host of organisations, the Traditional Print Masterclasses will showcase some of the oldest working print technology, with visitors able to see such machines in operation. Process that will feature in the section this year will include letterpress, plate press printing and bookbinding, with the backing of The Grange and Typoretum. as well as Glenn Malkin at Signature Bindings.

Those that do go along to this special area will also have the opportunity to take away with them traditionally-made pieces of print—something that proved very popular last year, with some visitors reporting that they are proudly displaying their vintage prints in their offices!

It is important to remember the rich industrial heritage of the UK is celebrated around the world—a shining example of a cultural dedication to hard work, innovation, and pioneering spirit. And a core part of this legacy is its printing industry, which remains the fifth largest in the entire world.

So, make sure you make time to visit the Traditional Print Masterclasses at The Print Show this year and catch a glimpse of print’s working past!
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