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By Justin Pate, Founder of the Wrap Institute
Small beginnings
Car-wrapping has gone from being an underground niche to a well-used technique to spruce up a vehicle without the long-term commitment. Until the late 2000s, car-wrapping was associated with commercial use, the sole purpose being to advertise. But then, around 2008 to 2011, there was boom of colour change wraps for personal use, first across Europe and then in the USA.

By Axel Stuhlreiter, Head of Textile Solutions, Graphic Communications Group, Ricoh Europe

Interest in the opportunities presented by Direct to Garment (DTG) printing has increased following the pandemic. The global disruption to supply chains encouraged a renewed focus on reshoring and a redefining of sustainable production.

By Sander Sondaal, Director, Commercial Print Sales, Graphic Communications Group Ricoh Europe
When the pandemic created the urgent need for social distancing measures, the printing community responded quickly. Critical messaging applications were produced – they were bespoke, high quality, easy to install, eyecatching and hardwearing.

A computer science master's student at Saarland University shows in his thesis how to produce high-quality fine art printings using commonly available inkjet printers. To achieve this, he has developed an algorithm that can analyze and reproduce a painting down to its optical fingerprint.

UK shoppers are set to spend over £750 million on personalised gifts over the coming festive period, fueling market growth.

The average shopper is willing to spend an extra 7% on gifts that have an element of personalisation
Most popular personalised gifts are books, clothing and babywear and calendars
Number one driving factor behind purchases of personalised gifts is that they are considered to be more thoughtful
Online retailers like Notonthehighstreet and Etsy are by far the most popular places to buy personalised gifts

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