The following article originally appeared in Issue 1 / 2017 of Specialist Printing Worldwide. For more details on Sophie Matthews-Paul, visit her website at: www.mrs-inkjet.com
Typically, as we move into each New Year, across our industry most of us have a tendency to review events of the previous twelve months and assess where we are heading in the future. Unlike the situation a decade ago, of course, we are far less likely to be reeling from the surprise of a new and unexpected technology hitting the streets. But, while part of the reason for this is that we are all becoming accustomed to innovation and onward developments, we are now far more accepting of the products being introduced worldwide by manufacturers. Some of these might simply be extensions to existing ideas that are already in use; others lean more towards creativity that can be applied within the functional segments of print and are the results of the blend of the known and proven with new elements that are still in their infancy.