Top 5 Articles That Heated Up the Printing Industry in August, Including the Cenveo/GPO Debacle
August had some pretty interesting headlines relevant to the printing industry - from our investigative reporting on the GPO's Inspector General report about improper internal procedures that helped Cenveo become the lowest bidder for the 2020 U.S. Census printing contract, to the impact of imported aluminum tariffs on litho printing plate prices. Here are the top five online articles from Printing Impressions this month, according to page views.
- GPO Investigation of 2020 US Census Printing Contract - The internal report chastised the GPO for not vetting Cenveo's poor financial condition and said someone in the procurement department permitted Cenveo to lower its bid by about $9 million after the RFPs from other printers had been unsealed.
- Litho Printers Now Paying Higher Prices for Printing Plates Due to Tariffs on Aluminum - The 10% tariff that the Trump administration has imposed on imported aluminum is now being passed through as a surcharge, for now anyway, by major lithographic printing plate manufacturers to their U.S. customer bases.
- Cenveo Announces Court Approval of Reorganization Plan; Will Exit Bankruptcy in Coming Weeks - Cenveo is now one step closer to emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the coming weeks as a privately-held business. And to the retirement of its chairman, Robert Burton Sr.
- Trends We Can Expect in the Digital Inkjet Printing Industry for the Rest of 2018 ... and Beyond - Production inkjet printing now has the fast speed, high print quality and great vibrancy needed to produce high-quality images on a range of different substrates.
- 2019 Forecast: Tight Paper Market Will Continue for Publication, Coated Grades - Some U.S. mills stopped taking orders for coated papers recently while they cleared their backlogs. Others are quoting lead times of about three months to existing customers and capping how much they can buy.