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Paperless office is unrealistic
Paperless office is unrealistic

British-American information scientist, Frederick Wilfrid, first envisioned a ‘paperless office' in 1978 but the reality is that printers continue to be used daily...

3 Mar 2017

Investec Private Banking launches #MoreThanData campaign
Investec Private Banking launches #MoreThanData campaign

Can data tell your whole story? To find out, Investec Private Banking presented three 'out of the ordinary' individuals with how data sees them...

14 Feb 2017

Light-printable and rewritable paper is here
Light-printable and rewritable paper is here

Researchers have developed a new way to print on paper using light. The invention uses the colour-changing chemistry of nanoparticles, which can be applied via a thin coating on a variety of surfaces - including ordinary paper...

10 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: 140 BBDO launches third issue of I Get Paid for This zine
#DesignMonth: 140 BBDO launches third issue of I Get Paid for This zine

140 BBDO launched the third issue of its zine, I Get Paid for This at First Thursdays on 2 February to an overwhelming response...

10 Feb 2017

Sappi delivers strong first quarter; announces major investments in speciality packaging grades
Sappi delivers strong first quarter; announces major investments in speciality packaging grades

Sappi has yielded a solid operating performance for this quarter, according to CEO Steve Binnie. Group profit increased by 20% and EBITDA by almost 15%, while net debt was reduced by 23% compared to a year ago...

Issued by Sappi 10 Feb 2017

Yegor Larin © –
ABC: Members up but print down

The ABC 4th Quarter 2016 results, released via webinar for the first time, show that the total number of products and titles reported on for the ABC 4th quarter 2016 has increased to 982 from 854 in 2015...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 Feb 2017

Printing SA launches new campaign to promote importance of print, packaging
Printing SA launches new campaign to promote importance of print, packaging

Printing SA is launching a marketing campaign that will highlight the importance of print and packaging in the broader economy and individual marketing endeavours...

2 Feb 2017

Novus's Media24 deal up in the air
Novus's Media24 deal up in the air

The death of former Novus Holdings CEO and chairman Lambert Retief has created uncertainty about one of the company's most important printing contracts...

By Ann Crotty 30 Jan 2017

Maksym Chornii © –
“Space and calmness” – is that your market?

I think it's a fair assumption to make that writers (rather like media planners) should know what their target market and/or readers is/are...

By Chris Brewer 23 Jan 2017

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Russia's probe into Mondi unit Syktyvkar dropped

Russian competition authorities have dropped their investigation into Mondi's subsidiary Syktyvkar, the packaging group announced on Monday...

By Robert Laing 20 Dec 2016

#BestofBiz: Marketing & Media
#BestofBiz 2016: Marketing & Media

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2016 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

12 Dec 2016

Canon introduces a new 4-in-1 refillable ink tank printer: the PIXMA G4400
Canon introduces a new 4-in-1 refillable ink tank printer: the PIXMA G4400

Canon's new 4-in-1 printer - the PIXMA G4400 - is perfect for small businesses or home office use and is the latest in Canon's Genuine Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS) range...

Issued by Canon SA 5 Dec 2016

#BehindtheSelfie with... Harry Ravelomanantsoa
#BehindtheSelfie with... Harry Ravelomanantsoa

This week, we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with serial entrepreneur Harry Ravelomanantsoa, currently managing director and co-founder of Rabbit Disruptive Innovations...

By Leigh Andrews 16 Nov 2016

The cost of impersonalisation is the new disruptive
The cost of impersonalisation is the new disruptive

Our appetite for tailored, customised, and personalised service is bigger now than ever before, largely due to the ability to gather and crunch data from online sources. The result is that businesses like Amazon can automatically suggest other products that actually do suit our tastes or, at the very least, perusal and buying patterns...

By Vaughan Patterson 7 Oct 2016

Canon impresses at Photokina 2016 in Cologne
Canon impresses at Photokina 2016 in Cologne

Thousands of visitors streamed in to get a glimpse of the latest innovations and technologies on display at Photokina 2016 in Cologne. Record visitor counts are expected to attend this year...

Issued by Canon SA 23 Sep 2016

It's a brand new world for print
It's a brand new world for print

Video, native advertising, mobile apps - these were some of the main talking points yesterday at the first day of the Media24 Lifestyle Summit...

By Beverley Klein 23 Sep 2016

Canon launches imageFORMULA ScanFront 400: A high-performance network scanner for rapid document capture
Canon launches imageFORMULA ScanFront 400: A high-performance network scanner for rapid document capture

The new imageFORMULA ScanFront 400 is a high-performance standalone network scanner designed to capture a wide range of documents and feed into fast-paced business workflows...

Issued by Canon SA 22 Sep 2016

SPARK Media's Print Fashion Week innovations
SPARK Media's Print Fashion Week innovations

If you thought print media was boring, think again. Ahead of SA Fashion Week taking place later this month, SPARK Media made 5 to 9 September 'Print Fashion Week'...

12 Sep 2016

First on the continent
First on the continent

Bidvest Digital are one of the newest entrants in the wide format digital print industry but are setting the industry alight with their fresh and exciting approach to digital printing...

Issued by Bidvest Digital 10 Aug 2016

Soccer Warrior and Soccer Laduma join forces
Soccer Warrior and Soccer Laduma join forces

Mamba Media has officially moved their flagship Soccer Warrior brand to SA's largest and most widely read source of soccer news, the Soccer Laduma newspaper and website...

Issued by Mamba Media 2 Aug 2016

What matters is journalism, wild ideas and crazy people
What matters is journalism, wild ideas and crazy people

Good journalism is good business, and it is also an essential profession for the political and democratic health of any nation...

By Danette Breitenbach 25 Jul 2016

Canon refreshes its PIXMA range with two new All-in-One home printers
Canon refreshes its PIXMA range with two new All-in-One home printers

Canon's two new All-in-One PIXMA inkjet printers are perfect for printing high-quality documents and photos, and the compact, sleek design, means they easily fit into any study or home workspace...

Issued by Canon SA 13 Jul 2016

Sappi Typek's new manufacturing home leads to improved product
Sappi Typek's new manufacturing home leads to improved product

A R100m strategic investment has ensured a smooth relocation and improved production process of Sappi's well-known office paper brand, Typek...

Issued by Sappi 5 Jul 2016

Variable print technology for African newspapers launched
Variable print technology for African newspapers launched

Kodak, Caxton CTP and Spark Media have launched variable print technology for African newspapers, which allows a consumer to access a special deal, discount or service through a unique numbered code or barcode...

4 Jul 2016

WAN-IFRA announces members of colour printing contest for 2016-2018
WAN-IFRA announces members of colour printing contest for 2016-2018

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has announced the new members of the International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2016-2018 (INCQC).

22 Jun 2016

Sappi to construct second-generation renewable sugar extraction demonstration plant at Ngodwana Mill
Sappi to construct second-generation renewable sugar extraction demonstration plant at Ngodwana Mill

Sappi Limited has entered into an agreement with leading global supplier, Valmet, for the construction of a second-generation sugar extraction demonstration plant...

Issued by Sappi 20 Jun 2016

Recognising productivity at the highest level
Recognising productivity at the highest level

The new Zünd D3 cutter, which made its debut at Drupa 2016, was given the EDP Award 2016 for "Best wide format finishing solution", recogning that Zünd's D3 dual-beam cutting system is setting new standards in productivity...

Issued by Midcomp 17 Jun 2016

Bidvest Digital acquired Matchstix Print
Bidvest Digital acquired Matchstix Print

Bidvest Digital expanded their operations by acquiring Matchstix Print in March this year. Matchstix Print is a well-known large-format printer that pride themselves on quality work with fast turnaround times...

Issued by Bidvest Digital 17 Jun 2016

Digital printing: Limits beyond imagination
Digital printing: Limits beyond imagination

Printing from a digital-based image - files such as a PDF - directly to a variety of media, has opened up infinite possibilities for design, colour, surface options and impact...

Issued by Gawk 15 Jun 2016

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