Print finishing

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Post-print processing describes the last production step for printed information. It produces end products such as letterheads, brochures, books or labels from printing materials .

The processing of printing materials is roughly divided into the following areas:

  • Bookbinding processing
  • General paper processing
  • Packaging manufacture

As the last production step, print finishing plays an important role in the optical, functional and needs-based quality of the product. It must therefore be taken into account when designing, planning and preparing a product.


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