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Von Andreas Weber

Selten war es so spannend im Vorfeld einer drupa als globaler Leitmesse für Print- und Papiertechnik. Selten konnte man vor drupa-Beginn so viele attraktive Gespräche führen wie zur Zeit. Kaum einer der Aussteller kann noch in Silos denken („Meine Innovationen — Meine Welt“). Vielmehr geht es um die Frage „Wie ordnen wir uns in einer durch die Digitalisierung geprägten, vernetzten Welt ein?“.

Branchenprimus Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG brachte dies als erster Aussteller Anfang Dezember 2015 mit seinem neuen drupa-Motto „Simply Smart“ auf seiner Jahresendpressekonferenz zum Ausdruck. Smart bedeutet: Vernetzt, relevant, durchgängig und interaktiv neue Lösungen für die Kommunikation mit Drucksachen auf unterschiedlichsten Ebenen ermöglichen. (Siehe meinen Kommentar und Echtzeitbericht „Heideldruck 4.0: Zurück in die Zukunft | Back to the future“).

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Die klug gewählten Highlight-Themen der drupa 2016 weisen den Weg. Und betonen ein stark erweitertes Spektrum des Ausstellerangebots: Neben den „Standards“ Print und Packaging sowie Green Printing erscheinen 3D Printing, Functional Printing und Multichannel.

Reflektiert man diese Themen gründlich, kommt man zur Erkenntnis, dass diese keine neuen Silos eröffnen. Im Gegenteil. So ragt Multichannel in alle Themenfelder der drupa 2016 hinein, da es das Grundprinzip definiert, wie Innovationen inszeniert werden müssen. So eröffnen Packaging, 3D Printing und Functional Printing ganz neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten, was die drupa im Jahr 2016 attraktiver für neue Zielgruppen macht denn je. Das Novum: Die neuen Möglichkeiten erfordern auch ein neues Miteinander von Technikanbieter, ihren Anwendern sowie deren Auftraggebern (Marken/Wirtschaftsunternehmen, Organisationen etc.).

 

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„Time for a Change: Touch the Future NOW!“

Unser Fokus in der Berichterstattung und Kommentierung wird sich am o. g. neuen Verständnis der drupa 2016 orientieren. Erstens durch eine hundertprozentige Multichannel-Ausrichtung bei der Fachkommunikation per ValuePublishing. Zweitens durch die Adressierung neuer Zielgruppen aus der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft — mit ihren 146 Mrd. Euro hohem Jahresumsatz — als dem wichtigsten Innovationstreiber für die Gesamtwirschaft.

Inhaltlich begleiten wir hochaktuell und in Echtzeit alle drupa Highlight-Themen. Bei Print und Packaging finden gemäß den Technik-Trends die neuesten Digitaldruck-Anwendungen unsere volle Aufmerksamkeit. Aber auch die Weiterverarbeitung sowie innovative Lösungen aus Papiertechnik sind relevant, wenn es um den Erfolg von Print im Kommunikationsmix geht.

Spannend ist für uns zudem zu analysieren, welche Aussteller welche Bandbreite an Themen und Aktivitäten aufbieten können. Hier wird es einige Überraschungen geben. Zum Beispiel, dass HP mit seinem Graphic Solution Business-Bereich wohl erstmals der größte drupa-Aussteller sein wird. Oder, wenn wir unsere Analysen via Canon Expo 2015 betrachten, dass der Imaging-Konzern Canon wohl als einziger Aussteller alle sechs drupa Highlight-Themen abdecken wird!

Höchst aufschlussreich wird auch sein, wie sich die Aufspaltung des Xerox-Konzerns auswirken wird und wie sich dessen Führungsanspruch darstellt. Mit seiner Tochterfirma XMPie ist Xerox in jedem Fall der Trendsetter bei Multichannel-Innovationen.

Weiteres und hoch Aktuelles in Kürze. Die Spannung steigt. Wir freuen uns. Denn: drupa ante portas!

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Unsere Schwerpunkte in der Vor-drupa-Berichterstattung gestalten sich wie folgt:

  • Tägliche Tweets/Posts über LinkedIn, XING (Gruppe DigitaldruckForm), Facebook, Google Plus sowie Twitter via @ValueCommAG und @zeitenwende007.
  • Wöchentlicher Überblick über die globalen Neuheiten bei Print und Publishing im Team mit unserem ValuePublishing-Partner Mike Hilton, Chefredakteur Graphic Repro On-Line via ValueBlog.
  • Serie von dutzenden Exklusivinterviews mit hochkarätigen drupa-Ausstellern. Siehe Interview mit Heidelberg-Vorstand Harald Weimer, drupa ante portas: Print ist SMART!
  • Expertenkommentare und Gespräche zu Trends und Erwartungen aus Sicht von Messebesuchern.
  • Live-Berichterstattungen von ausgewählten Aussteller-Pressekonferenzen sowie von der drupa media week am 1. und 2. März 2016 in Düsseldorf.
  • Kommentierung der aktuellen Marktdaten des VDMA, Sektion Druck- und Papiertechnik, am 4. April 2016 bei einem exklusiven Expertenmeeting in Frankfurt am Main.

 

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Saturday 30 January 2016
Welcome to another busy week of news highlights which has seen no less than 64 articles go online since last Monday, including new additions to our FESPA and drupa Newsrooms and Online Features for 2016. You will also find the latest drupa Expert Article No 7 by Sophie Matthews-Paul, addressing large- and wide-format inkjet.

Once again I will only highlight the odd article as there are just too many and the whole update would become too cumbersome to wade through. Please scroll through them carefully, as there are so many really good articles, and many important announcements, as well as numerous excellent recent orders and installations: led by Manroland Web Systems on Monday for another new Lithoman web – this time for North America; followed on Wednesday by a very large sheetfed order for Heidelberg in Sweden. There are so many more to check out this week, from MPS, Screen, KBA, Heidelberg in the USA and UK; from both Manroland Web and Manroland Sheetfed; IFS with Horizon successes; Xeikon, Asahi, Technotrans with Komoris; Fujifilm inkjet and also Fujifilm with workflow, Bobst with a couple of world firsts, and lastly for Muller Martini in North America with no less than six Sigmaline systems.

You will also find new kit and new consumables announcements this week from Rotoflex, Ricoh, Meech with Xeikon; Onyx for Epson; Hybrid Software, and lastly from Flint Group with a new lightweight sleeve for flexo.

On Thursday, EFI announced excellent results for its fourth quarter and year ended 31 December, 2015; and then came back on Friday with its latest move in China; and also with a special report out of Connect 2016, where EFI revealed its clear and focused picture of the future of printing, and how it plans to respond to market changes.

On Saturday as a late addition, Xerox took the headlines with its Fourth Quarter and 2015 earnings… plus a surprise announcement following a comprehensive structural review, that the Company is to separate into two Public Companies by the end of 2016. You’ll also find Andreas Weber’s take on the planned split.

I’ll be back next week around the same time.

Mike Hilton

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Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative from Digital Dots. Our Drupa and FESPA Newsrooms can be accessed from the Index on our Home Page, as well as News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site. 

Headline News
Over 27,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages

Mon 25 Jan…   European debut for four new Epson printers at FESPA Digital
At FESPA Digital, Epson will show its latest range of SureColor wide- format aqueous, solvent and dye-sublimation inkjet printers…

Finishing 4.0 from Muller Martini at drupa 2016

Muller Martini interconnects all process steps in print finishing through its Connex workflow and data management system…

Fujifilm at Packaging Innovations 2016 at the NEC

Fujifilm to showcase creative packaging applications on the Acuity LED 1600 II at Packaging Innovations next month…

FINAT’s biennial Technical Seminar in Barcelona
Facing the Future: FINAT Technical Seminar from 16 – 18 March to set label industry firmly on track…

Freeport Press selects Lithoman press for new plant
Complete array of Manroland Web Systems Autoprint technology to be installed in New Philadelphia, Ohio facility…

UPM gains another sustainability accolade
Corporate Knights ranks UPM on the 25th place in the list of 100 most sustainable corporations in the world…

Global Graphics strategic relationship with Roland DG

Global Graphics has announced a strategic business relationship with Roland DG Corporation…

Growth for Etiket results in third MPS press

MPS has confirmed the sale and recent installation of a new EF 430 flexo press at Etiket Nederland…

Rotoflex revamps Vericut for digital label finishing

Vericut3 brings a completely redesigned platform for the most advanced digital or conventional label web…

Tue 26 Jan…  
Ricoh to launch eco-friendly AR latex inks at FESPA Digital
Ricoh to launch aqueous resin latex inks for the Ricoh Pro L4100 series wide-format printers at FESPA Digital in Amsterdam…

New EFI Fiery workflow option increases SAi throughput
SAi and EFI collaborate to deliver seamless device integration for Fiery Driven print-and-cut environments…

Buy one copy of QuarkXPress 2015 and get one free
Until 15 February, 2016 everyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 2015 will receive a second license free…

Rever’s adds second Screen Truepress Jet label press
Etiquetas Adhesivas Rever doubles its digital label capacity with second Screen Truepress Jet L350UV press…

Nava Press adds Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 LE UV

New Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 LE UV with Inpress Control in production at Nava Press Milan, to increase capacity…

Grafika increases productivity with Prinect

Prinect from Heidelberg leads to drastic increases in production efficiencies for Grafika in Pennsylvania…

Crossmark opts for KBA Rapida 106 six-colour LED press
Family-owned general commercial firm Crossmark Graphics sought advanced technology and partnership with KBA….

Adam opts for Manroland Web Systems’ heatset upgrades

Manroland on top with Inline Control for Adam e-upgrade…

Route One adds perfect service from IFS

Horizon BQ470 perfect binder from IFS UK expands online operation’s production capabilities in Rotherham, UK…

Xeikon optimises digital press solutions with Meech
Xeikon partners with Meech and invests in CyClean non-contact web cleaning for Xeikon 3050 and Xeikon 3500 presses…

Wed 27 Jan…   
Major order for Heidelberg from Atta.45 in Sweden
Swedish print shop invests €13 million: Biggest part is comprehensive product, service and consumables package…

European Sign Expo 2016 announces packed programme
ESE feature content includes Seminars, Workshops and live demonstrations to take place daily in Hall 2 from 8 – 11 March…

Duplo’s Northern Lights targets success in Leeds

Duplo’s first ‘Northern Lights’ event at The Lowry in Salford in 2015: For 2016 it is moving to Leeds…

Onyx Graphics: Full support for new Epson SureColor series
Onyx to provide full software support for the new SC-S80600 / SC-S60600 / SC-S40600 series printers…

TCL Packaging adopts Water Washable Asahi Plates
TCL Packaging teams with Creation Reprographics and Asahi to deliver premium performance and to challenge gravure…

PS2 Print adds peripherals to its Komori LS 429 M
PS2 in Runcorn, UK takes control with pressroom peripherals from Technotrans for its Komori H-UV press…

Domino N610i digital inkjet label press for Charapak UK
Derbyshire-based Charapak diversifies into new markets with Domino’s N610i digital inkjet label press…

Headley Brothers takes Superia approach to success

Kent-based fourth generation family-run business, Headley Brothers, opts for Fujifilm and workflow automation…

Koliprint installs Nordic’s first Xeikon 9800

The Finnish direct marketing solutions specialist Koliprint Oy adopts cost-effective Xeikon digital production…

Flint Group launches new Rotec Lightweight Sleeve
Plate mounting sleeve for conventional plate mounting with weight savings up to 40 per cent is now available from Flint Group…

Thu 28 Jan…   EFI reports record revenue for Fourth Quarter, exceeds outlook
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended 31 December, 2015…

Canon wins People’s Choice Award at The Circulars 2016

Canon has won the prestigious People’s Choice Award in Switzerland for its toner cartridge recycling programme…

Large Format and Wide Format inkjet printing
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 7 by Sophie Matthews-Paul who has been involved with wide-format from the start…

Hybrid Software launches Cloudflow Share

Cloudflow Share: A unique, groundbreaking file transfer product for transferring digital data between sites…

Muller Martini systems meet new market requirements

The CoLiner pre-gathering unit for the Proliner absorbs increases in insert volumes optimally…

The world’s first Bobst Visioncut 106 LER at Ostermöller
Ostermöller Verpackungen in Bunde, commissions the world’s first Bobst Visioncut 106 LER in-line separating die-cutter…

Heidelberg USA’s most recent Stahlfolder installations

Heidelberg Stahlfolder TH and KH series boosts customer productivity with recent North American installations…

Three Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600s for Graphics Works

Graphics Works adds three more Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 inkjet printers following success of first machine…

TCP Industry installs first Roland 700 Evolution in Thailand

Renowned Thai printer adds seven-colour Roland 700 Evolution with coating module and InlineColorPilot…

White Star boosts Komori H-UV press with Technotrans

Press peripherals support White Star Printing’s focus on quality on its latest Komori LS 429 H-UV press…

Fri 29 Jan…  Add More KBA to your day [at drupa 2016]
A confident statement for print in a digitalised world is the press manufacturer’s slogan for drupa 2016…

EFI Connect 2016: Welcome to the Future of Printing
EFI reveals its clear and focused picture of the future of printing, and how it plans to respond to market changes…

EFI increases investment in China with latest move
EFI relocates its Asia-Pacific HQ from Singapore to new Shanghai high-tech customer experience centre…

Sappi Fusion brings huge success to vintage-look display

Lucky Strike entry garners POPAI Award Gold and Display Superstar in Silver with Sappi Fusion topliner a key component…

Solid Visions is a new Xerox distributor in Zimbabwe
Bytes Document Solutions appoints Solid Visions Technologies as Zimbabwe’s latest Xerox distributor…

GMG Academy offers a colour management drupa extra
GMG Academy offers drupa attendees colour management training programme at its headquarters in Tübingen, Germany…

The world’s first Bobst Expertfold 165 folder-gluer

Cartonnages du Dauphiné sees a 30 per cent productivity uplift and enters new markets with the Bobst Expertfold 165…

Rosehill Press looks to Heidelberg for major update
Rotherham-based Rosehill Press automates its workflows and invests front to back with Heidelberg in the UK…

Six new Muller Martini Sigmalines for Quad/Graphics
Muller Martini’s SigmaLine opens up new business models and market opportunities in digital book production…

Familiarity breeds confidence for Manroland Sheetfed

Shengzhou Yuchen Packaging & Printing acquires brand-new six-colour Roland 700 with coating module sheetfed press…

Sat 30 Jan – Special late additions will carry through to Mon 01 Feb…

Xerox reports Fourth-Quarter and 2015 earnings
Strong earnings and cash flow as a result of continuous focus on productivity and business model optimisation…

Xerox to separate into two market-leading Public Companies

Following completion of a comprehensive structural review, Xerox separation expected to be complete by the end of 2016…

Xerox: no risk – no fun!

During the last three years Xerox was not able to speed up its premium business in graphic communications. My take: by Andreas Weber…

Lead articles from Friday 22 January and previous update…

New Lithoman addition for Remy-Roto in Belgium
Belgian printing company invests in a second Lithoman commercial printing press from Manroland Web Systems…

Five Epson SureColor SC-S60600 for Photobox

Photobox chooses five new-generation Epson Surecolor SC-S60600 printers to boost photo canvas production capacity…

GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Heidelberg customers enjoy the most comprehensive and extensive sales and service network in the industry for JDF compliant workflow, computer-to-plate, sheetfed offset, Web-to-print, digital printing, digital inkjet for labels and packaging, packaging and finishing, all with complementary consumables. Heidelberg has offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

Electronics For Imaging  (EFI) is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for the commercial printing market. Its portfolio of integrated solutions span production and superwide format printing, graphic arts, advanced professional printing software, and industrial inkjet systems. Its technologies increase productivity by automating print and business processes To find out more visit the EFI Website.

Kodak Commercial Imaging  (Kodak) is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital and hybrid print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market,  Kodak features technologies, products and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimise efficiencies, broaden services, and grow businesses. To find out more, visit the Kodak Graphics Website.

drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’ and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit thedrupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2015
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

Downloads in 2015 Chapter 01
There are currently three downloads available for you in this Chapter , where you can download the PDF.

Technology-related 2016 Chapter 02
You will find 20 current feature articles in this Chapter, with the most recent from Heidelberg.

NEW…   TCL Packaging adopts Water Washable Asahi Plates
TCL Packaging teams with Creation Reprographics and Asahi Photoproducts to deliver premium performance and to challenge gravure…

Online Features 2016 Jan/Feb  Chapter 03

Exclusive Report…   EFI Connect 2016: Welcome to the Future of Printing
At EFI Connect 2016, EFI revealed its clear and focused picture of the future of printing, and how the company plans to respond to market changes…

NEW…   Major order for Heidelberg from Atta.45 in Sweden
Swedish print shop invests ?13 million: Biggest part is comprehensive product, service and consumables package….

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs in 2016

Latest…    Spotters Guide to Greenwashing
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 22 Jan

Sounding Out Instruments for Growth

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 15 Jan

Carbon Balanced Paper

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 08 Jan

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use…

drupa 2016 Expert Article Series
Can be found in our Drupa Newsroom via the Index on the Home page.

NEW…   Large Format and Wide Format inkjet printing
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 7 by international independent consultant Sophie Matthews-Paul who has been involved at the start of wide-format developments following their evolution into the devices they are today…

ALSO NEW in 2016…   The digital transformation of industrial printing
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 6 by Ron Gilboa, a director of InfoTrends’ Production & Industrial Printing Advisory Service…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Previous…    2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth. Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (Switzerland) were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct these two report series…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our Drupa Newsroom.

NEW…   Add More KBA to your day
Confident statement for print in a digitalised world is the press manufacturer’s slogan for drupa 2016…

GMG Academy offers a colour management training drupa extra
GMG Academy offers drupa attendees comprehensive colour management training program at its headquarters in Tübingen, Germany, from 9 – 11 June…

Previous…    Finishing 4.0 from Muller Martini at drupa
Muller Martini interconnects all process steps in print finishing through its Connex workflow and data management system…

FESPA Newsroom
The dedicated FESPA Newsroom can be found via the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam

NEW…   Mimaki adds Light Black to its portfolio of sublimation inks
Spot colour ink options expanded from February 2016 to support greater apparel and textile production possibilities…

Ricoh to launch new eco-friendly AR latex inks at FESPA 2016
Ricoh to launch own aqueous resin (AR) latex ink for the Ricoh Pro L4100 series of wide-format printers at FESPA Digital…

European debut for four new Epson printers at FESPA Digital
At FESPA Digital, Epson will show its latest range of wide-format SureColor aqueous, solvent and dye-sublimation inkjet printers…

Previous…    FESPA Textile provides ideal location to learn and share knowledge
FESPA Textile Conference sessions 8 – 11 March to explore the exploding growth of the textile market…

Brett Martin’s latest range for FESPA debut
Brett Martin to exhibit wide range of substrates at FESPA Digital in Amsterdam in March…

World Wrap Masters competition powers up in Amsterdam
FESPA partners with Avery Dennison and Mimaki for the World Wrap Masters Series Final on 10 and 11 March…

FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam sells out
FESPA is delighted to announce that FESPA Digital, European Sign Expo and FESPA Textile 2016 have all sold out…

FESPA Digital 2016’s Content Programme
Educational content to explore trends and opportunities in digital printing available to printers today and give them the power to expand their businesses…

Printeriors 2016 presents ‘The Print Hotel’
Interior design showcase and dedicated conference return with new concept for 2016…

Ricoh set to debut at FESPA Digital 2016
Ricoh will showcase its expanding portfolio of solutions with its first-ever stand at FESPA Digital in March…

Screen’s new Truepress Jet features at FESPA 2016

Screen Europe to use next year’s FESPA in Amsterdam to unveil further developments to its Truepress Jet 3200UV flatbed printer…

Sun Chemical’s world-class inks at FESPA Digital 2016
Global launchpad for SunTex and all new digital inkjet platform – Aquacure and innovative ink chemistry platforms…

FESPA News 2016

NEW…   FESPA Africa Forum to visit Lagos and Nairobi
The first FESPA Africa Forum will be hosted in the growth economies of Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya in April 2016…

European Sign Expo 2016 announces packed programme
ESE feature content includes Seminars, Workshops and live demonstrations to take place daily in Hall 2, 8 – 11 March…

Previous…    Deadline extended to 5 February for FESPA Awards 2016
FESPA’s Global Awards programme recognises the crème de la crème of the print community…

Southern European Print Congress moves to Italy for 2016
FESPA’s 2016 Southern European Print Congress will take place from 19 – 20 April 2016, in Milan, Italy…

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“The unique thing about ValuePublishing: We know how to set up multichannel specialist communication in an innovative, smart, sustainable and highly effective manner!”

Mainz/Vienna, at the start of 2016

Information on what is currently the most innovative B2B multichannel communication solution 

Back in 2015, exciting approaches were revealed for us all in discussions with numerous experts and the drupa team at Messe Düsseldorf. The focus: The variety and complexity of the new solutions in the print and paper sector is growing with huge dynamism. Thanks to Industry 4.0 (cyber-physical systems or integrated automation) and the Internet of Things, the current drivers of digitisation, all business and communications processes are being revolutionised at the same time, with the number of challenges growing explosively.

The drupa slogan “Touch the Future” and an ambitious drupa exhibition programme reflect the unheard-of extremely high pace with which astounding changes are taking place. Our current ValuePublishing stories on Heidelberg’s print and paper strategy “Simply Smart” demonstrate in an impressive manner how one can respond to current developments.

  • So the good news about drupa 2016 is: From an expert’s perspective, the print and paper sector is taking on a pioneering role in the digital transformation.
  • The not so good news: The plethora of innovations that are to be seen at this leading exhibition from 31 May 2016 onwards and hence the wealth of information are difficult to take in. At least with the opportunities that we have made use of to date.
  • The solution in our view: Innovative technologies and solutions must also be communicated in a consistently innovative way! In real time. Through multimedia. In a market, customer and demand-orientated manner.

 

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“Innovative technologies and solutions must also be communicated in a consistently innovative way! In real time. Through multimedia. In a market, customer and demand-orientated manner.”

Our proposal: Make your range of print and paper products and services an important topic of conversation of your customers and their customers even before the exhibition through ValuePublishing! Above all to make early contact with the new target groups relevant to you.

It is only in this way that the necessary decision processes can be greatly accelerated by effective one-to-one exchange of information.

Our high-quality innovative ValuePublishing service is directed accordingly in such a way that pilot projects have already been validated, not only with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen but also with top drupa exhibitors like Canon, Zünd Systemtechnik and multichannel experts of the XMPie User Group with their international experience.

To suit your requirements as an exhibitor we have developed a unique B2B multichannel communication solution that can be used immediately and which is above all highly effective:

  • Core messages without scatter losses, with proven maximum reach 
  • With strong impetus to interact so as to initiate dialogues and exhibition visits.

 

Benefit from our contact with the new target groups most important to you, specifically those that intend to implement innovations immediately provided that the benefit is presented in a comprehensible and logical fashion.

Involve us in the dialogue at an early stage so as to determine the best communication solution for you!

Kind regards from the ValuePublishing Team

Michael Seidl, EMG Vienna, m.seidl(at)europeanmediagroup.at, M +43 676 410 9330
Andreas Weber, Value Communication Mainz, zeitenwende(at)me.com, M +49 171 334 3765

PS: Please see attached our ValuePublishing range of digital services that can be reserved right now! If needed you could benefit from our ValuePublishing Coachings as well.

 

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Our tips for successful collaboration

  1. Follow the links to our examples of success.
  2. Use our expertise to build up or expand your knowledge and opportunities.
  3. Focus 100% on your innovations. We will present these in the media in a contemporary manner and with skill!

About us:

ValuePublishing represents a new kind of publication service that has been specially developed by sector experts Michael Seidl and Andreas Weber to present all the relevant topics of drupa 2016 via multichannel communication effectively and sustainably before and during drupa 2016:

  • Online via ValueBlog (ISSN 2364-7639), e-newsletter and via ValueSocialMedia platforms
  • and also customised in print (specialist magazines, specials/direct marketing).

Publication is in German and English. 15,000 contacts are reached directly thanks to our soundly-based knowledge unique to the sector and to networking talent, with in addition a wide reach of up to over 1 million, depending on the topic/content

New: 

Secure and strengthen your exhibition investment. We ensure that the products and services that you offer at the exhibition become the top topic of conversation even before the exhibition and that they are communicated in a targeted way to new visitors who are looking to buy their solutions or to use them via service providers without delay. Your exhibition presence and the drupa slogan “Touch the Future” will be something that can be experienced and understood even before the start of the exhibition!

Our strength: 

Contributing a wide range of targeted specialist topics to the discussion. With smartly formulated and dynamically presented specialist topics we achieve not only an extremely wide reach without scatter losses but also the best interaction effects that new kinds of evaluation opportunities offer to increase company profits. Our activities deliver measurable benefits!

What’s special: 

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© 2015 Collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany. Photo/Illustration: Heidelberg.

 

Value Blog dialog: As Harald Weimer sees it, networking and integration make print a top smart, automated communication solution

By Andreas Weber

(German Version available)

As reported in the Value Blog and via ValuePublishing social media accounts, and based on my expert analysis, the promising new approach of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heideldruck for short) aims to use the leading trade show drupa 2016 as a globally innovative platform to provide the printing industry worldwide with a sneak preview of visions that are within grasp. The motto “Simply Smart” is intended to lead us into the new world of “Heideldruck 4.0”.

Consequently, following the year-end press conference on December 1 and 2, 2015, I was keen to put some in-depth questions to Heideldruck board member Harald Weimer. The senior manager is responsible for the growth area of Heidelberg Services, which covers the Group’s full service and solution portfolio and appears to be undergoing targeted, market-oriented expansion.

He adopted an open, confident and forward-looking approach to his first Value Blog dialog. And he established a completely new context for the print media business by stressing the need for us all to understand that digitization presents not disadvantages, but a great many opportunities that should be grabbed courageously and dynamically! – The new credo (in my own words): Digitization will become part of the DNA of a post-Gutenberg era in which integration and networking will make print a 21st century pioneer ensuring the success of automated communication solutions.

 

Key statements by Harald Weimer

  1. The print media industry remains strong and its core business is stable, with global annual sales of over €400 billion.
  2. The proportion of sales accounted for by personalized print products is enjoying dynamic growth and is based on standardized processes for industrial print applications.
  3. Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT), including big data, are part of our DNA.
  4. Changes, in particular disruptive ones, are nothing new. Adapting to such changes has long been an everyday task.
  5. The print media industry is on a par with other innovation-driven sectors of industry and has no need to hide its light under a bushel.
  6. In the print media business, digitization does not simply mean offering Internet solutions or digital printing.
  7. Print will become part of a world of smart communication.
  8. Our new strategy therefore incorporates the promise “More than Machines” and the credo “Listen. Inspire. Deliver.” to firmly establish a new sense of values among our staff.
  9. The interaction between machine, process, and man needs to be redefined and offers significant potential.
  10. Simply Smart – our team of partners achieves real innovations by thinking from the perspective of the end customer.
  11. Due to 4D printing, there is an increasing focus on the way innovative print applications relate to digital lifestyle products.
  12. Personalization is part and parcel of digitization and will continue to gather pace thanks to Industry 4.0/IoT. This means automated print applications are no longer created via conventional purchasing channels but rather as part of multi-channel scenarios.

Note: Video by Rhein-Neckar-TV  recorded 2 December 2015 (in German language).

 

Value Blog dialog: Q & A

You see excellent growth prospects for the medium of print in the digital age. What do you consider to be the most important aspects of sustainable success in the print media business?

Harald Weimer: First something that many people don’t realize: The print media industry remains strong and its core business is stable, with global annual sales of over €400 billion. Growth is being driven by the packaging segment and, in terms of process technologies, by digital printing. Both are helping to produce a dynamic industry in which offset printing remains extremely important. Successful print shops are further improving their efficiency to ensure they are as fast and flexible as possible and can respond to new requirements associated with globalization. The proportion of sales accounted for by personalized print products is enjoying dynamic growth and is based on standardized processes for industrial print applications. This goes hand in hand with the digitization of business models and the entire supply chain so as to firmly establish a wider range of services with customers and suppliers. Our integrated approach including things such as the smart print shop and smart services is supporting these developments because it enables us to implement the principle of Industry 4.0 with our customers and at our own company.

In other words, the print media industry, including its supplier Heideldruck, is already very well placed in the digital transformation?

Harald Weimer: Yes, because the key prerequisites are in place and will undergo targeted expansion. Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT), including big data, are part of our DNA.

That’s a surprising statement given the constant moans about the Internet, in particular in Germany, and the print media industry’s very conservative view of the future. Many people still think the Internet is the enemy of print media…

Harald Weimer: I’d like to speak out in support of the many print businesses and our customers. Changes, in particular disruptive ones, are nothing new. Adapting to such changes has long been an everyday task. At the same time, past experience has taught us to how to draw strength and new courage. Most of our customers have made the transition from small-scale to industrialized printing. The question is not whether, but how. Starting with automated production processes, including the long-established JDF (Job Description Format), all the way through to web-based benchmark functions from the cloud and real-time data from the presses, our solutions have long met the criteria of the Internet of Things. The print media industry is on a par with other innovation-driven sectors of industry and has no need to hide its light under a bushel.

 

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Doubters and critics always say that digitization will make things even more complex from the perspective of many print shops. And this also means more people are skeptical about whether the whole thing is manageable. How would you respond to this?

Harald Weimer: Digitization offers huge opportunities for the print media sector, but no disadvantages. Integration, including the networking of production processes, reduces complexity…

Can you give an example?

Harald Weimer: There are already print shops that are expanding their digital customer-to-customer relations along the entire value-added and supply chain based on industry standards and automation. Customers and the market are rewarding these efforts with double-digit growth rates.

[Editorial comment: Is this a coincidence or not? At almost exactly the same time as my Value Blog dialog with Harald Weimar, German news broadcaster N24 widely published the latest test results on December 16, 2015. See: “Online-Druckereien im Test – Sehr gute Qualität, stark unterschiedliche Preise” (Online print shops put to the test – excellent quality, wide range of prices).]

What does that mean?

Harald Weimer: In my opinion, it’s vital to make a distinction. In the print media business, digitization does not simply mean offering Internet solutions or digital printing. The necessary intelligence lies in the workflow as a whole, in the smart, seamless configuration of entire processes to best meet customer requirements. This enables innovations to be offered that can undergo further development working in a team with print shop customers. It helps us all a great deal if we use the terminology correctly and more clearly.

What role does Heideldruck play in these wide-ranging scenarios? Do you want to and are you able to offer everything from a single source?

Harald Weimer: We see ourselves as a solution partner and an integrator, combining our own modular solutions with those of relevant partners and enabling them to be used as a networked, customized package solution. Partners are and will continue to be very important to us in quickly getting solutions onto the market. We’re no longer simply looking to optimize the quality of print images but are aiming to provide appropriate, future-proof solutions for creating and making available tailored print products.

That represents a watershed or a turnaround at Heideldruck, but it won’t happen overnight, will it?

Harald Weimer: We’re currently talking in terms of the roadmap to drupa 2016. This represents a kind of proving ground for us to gradually complete the things I’m talking about. As I’ve said, the vital thing is to use digitization to reduce complexity. As you correctly predicted some years ago in your white paper on this subject, print will become part of a world of smart communication.

 

 

Thank you for mentioning the white paper. I still consider it to be important. How do you see the relationship between print and what I’ve referred to as smart communication?

Harald Weimer: Today’s communication solutions incorporating print must be both flexible and intuitive. So far, Heidelberg has used its Prinect workflow technology for this purpose. End customers determine freely and without any obligation how they want to have something produced – whether using offset printing or the myriad of digital printing processes we offer. We’re now making significant further progress through smart collaboration. We no longer simply offer products in the form of presses. In the future, customers will also obtain a detailed online overview of how their machines are performing. This will create a new sales platform for software, services, and consumables. It’s down to smart, integrated solutions to make our customers and their customers more successful.

In other words, you’re completely redefining the role of print and thus that of Heideldruck?

Harald Weimer: A number of aspects that represent a continuation of what we started at drupa 2012 need to be explicitly mentioned here. Benchmarking creates transparency for our customers by enabling them to use an app to find out online how they’re doing and where room for improvement exists. We’re taking our service performance solutions to the next stage so that customers can also offer their own customers something similar, for example through the Prinect portal or the Prinect web shop. This will create new e-commerce platforms for processing transactions differently in the future and offers our customers completely new ways of accessing both us and our partners.

E-business will thus play a far more important role extending beyond web-to-print applications and conventional sales options, then?

Harald Weimer: To coincide with drupa, we’ll be offering digital platforms that will make our extended services easy to find and use. This includes being able to find one’s peers, but also specific recommendations and assistance. We’re already practicing this approach, but in the future it will take on an entirely new, digitally extended dimension that does not come at the expense of personal relationships.

That sounds like what has recently been referred to as customer centricity and brings about a change in culture characterized by a high level of interaction. How do you plan to tackle this?

Harald Weimer: We’re starting with the company itself. Presses have been in our DNA for generations, as reflected by our company name, which includes the German world for presses – Druckmaschinen. Our new strategy therefore incorporates the promise “More than Machines” and the credo “Listen. Inspire. Deliver.” to firmly establish a new sense of values among our staff. It describes what is required to enable interlinking. The interaction between machine, process, and man needs to be redefined and offers significant potential. This plays a key role in all our internal communication measures.

What impact does the transformation process within Heideldruck have on your customer and market communication?

Harald Weimer: Our drupa motto “Simply Smart” summarizes the external aspects. Digitization is driven by the market. We must make sure we offer appropriate and relevant solutions. To do so we need to incorporate our customers’ communication with their own customers in a new way, for example by providing new support tools. We will use real-life scenarios for this purpose at the leading print media trade show drupa 2016.

In other words, the focus will be on applications in your extended customer-customer communication?

Harald Weimer: The solution presented at the December press conference at the mymuesli shop in Heidelberg shows the way forward. The focus was not on our 4D press, but on the possibility of mymuesli customers designing their own muesli packaging in the shop on an iPad and printing it on our Jetmaster Dimension inkjet press. Our team of partners achieves real innovations by thinking from the perspective of the end customer.

 

The mymuesli.com startup company isn’t a typical Heideldruck customer, though. Are you intending to do more of this as part of your innovative approach? 

Harald Weimer: Our strategy includes leveraging additional market opportunities. We need to take this step to strengthen print, and online print shops are already using 4D printing solutions from us. We differentiate between solutions in the narrower sense of the word for print businesses and those in the broader sense for communicators, for example at the point of sale.

What new ideas are having the biggest impact? 

Harald Weimer: We’re currently looking at a great many approaches based on the dynamic growth in demand for personalized products. Due to 4D printing, there is an increasing focus on the way innovative print applications relate to digital lifestyle products.

Last but not least, will Industry 4.0, that is to say the professional aspect of IoT applications, change the way print jobs are produced?  

Harald Weimer: Personalization is part and parcel of digitization and will continue to gather pace thanks to Industry 4.0/IoT. This means automated print applications are no longer created via conventional purchasing channels but rather as part of multi-channel scenarios. Our solutions must factor in all these new aspects, so it’s well worth people from all kinds of sectors visiting us at drupa 2016.

Many thanks for participating in this Value Blog dialog!

 

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Photo: Heidelberg

 

About the interviewee: 

I’ve known Harald Weimer for a long time, since the mid-1990s when he started digital printing at Xerox before joining the direct imaging sales team at Heidelberg in 1998. The highly knowledgeable and dynamic industrial engineering graduate has always had a great interest in the latest market developments and appreciates constructively critical dialog. He has now gained wide-ranging international experience. Since April 2014, he has been successfully extending his area of responsibility as Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Services. His subject: “Future of the Print Media Industry – Roadmap to drupa 2016”.

Short profile available at heidelberg.com.

 

Value Blog video documentation of Harald Weimer’s presentation  “Digitized World”, 1 December 2015. Recording by Andreas Weber via iPad.

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Value Blog Dialog: Harald Weimer sieht Print durch Vernetzung und Integration an der Spitze automatisierter, smarter Kommunikationslösungen.

Von Andreas Weber

(English Version available)

 

Wie im Value-Blog und via ValuePublishing Social Media-Accounts berichtet und aus meiner Expertensicht analysiert: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (kurz: Heideldruck) schickt sich mit seinem neuem, Erfolg versprechenden Kurs an, die Leitmesse drupa 2016 als global-innovative Plattform zu nutzen, um der weltweiten Druckbranche bereits im Vorfeld „anfassbare” Visionen zu vermitteln. Das Motto „Simply Smart“ soll uns in die neue Welt von „Heideldruck 4.0“ führen.

Folgerichtig wollte ich im Nachgang zur Jahresend-Pressekonferenz vom 1. und 2. Dezember 2015 vertiefende Fragen an Heideldruck-Vorstand Harald Weimer stellen. Der Top-Manager verantwortet den Wachstumsbereich Heidelberg Services. Hier wird das Dienstleistungs- und Lösungsangebot des Konzerns gebündelt und, so wie es aussieht, zielgerichtet und marktorientiert ausgebaut.

Harald Weimer präsentierte sich in seinem ersten „Value Blog Dialog“ offen, zuversichtlich und vorwärtsgerichtet. Und er stellte bezogen auf das Print Media-Geschäft erstmals einen neuen Kontext her: Es gilt für uns alle zu verstehen, dass die Digitalisierung viele Chancen, aber keinesfalls Nachteile hervorbringt, die es gilt, mit Mut und Tatkraft zu meistern! — Das neue Credo im Blick auf die drupa 2016 (in meinen Worten): Digitalisierung wird Bestandteil der DNA einer Nach-Gutenberg-Ära bei der Print im 21. Jahrhundert durch Integration und Vernetzung zum Vorreiter und Erfolgsgaranten automatisierter Kommunikationslösungen wird.

 

Überblick: Kernaussagen von Harald Weimer

  1. Die Print Media-Branche ist ungebrochen stark und mit weltweit über 400 Milliarden Euro Jahresumsatz im Kerngeschäft stabil.
  2. Der Anteil individualisierter Printprodukte wächst dynamisch und basiert auf standardisierten Prozessen für industrielle Druck-Anwendungen.
  3. Industrie 4.0 respektive das Internet of Things inklusive Big Data sind Teil unserer DNA.
  4. Veränderungen, gerade auch disruptiver Art, sind nichts Neues. Sie zu bewältigen gehört schon lange zum Alltag.
  5. Die Print Media-Branche ist mit anderen Innovations-getriebenen Wirtschaftsbereichen auf Augenhöhe und braucht sich nicht zu verstecken.
  6. Digitalisierung im Print Media-Geschäft heisst nicht nur „Internet-Lösungen“ oder „Digitaldruck“ anzubieten.
  7. Print wird Teil einer Welt der „Smart Communication“ werden.
  8. Unsere neue Strategie beinhaltet daher das Versprechen „More than Machines“ sowie das Credo „Listen. Inspire. Deliver“, um bei unseren Mitarbeitern ein neues Wertebewusstsein zu verankern.
  9. Das Zusammenspiel zwischen Maschine-Prozess-Mensch ist neu zu definieren und bietet erhebliche Potentiale.
  10. Simply Smart — Wir denken im Team mit Partnern vom Endkunden her, um zu tatsächlichen Innovationen zu gelangen.
  11. Durch 4D-Printing rückt zunehmend in den Fokus, wie sich neuartige Printanwendungen auf Produkte des Digital Lifestyle beziehen.
  12. Die Individualisierung ist natürlicher Bestandteil der Digitalisierung, die durch Industrie 4.0/IoT weiter Fahrt aufnimmt. Im Zuge dessen entstehen automatisierte Printanwendungen nicht mehr über klassische Einkaufswege, sondern innerhalb von Multichannel-Szenarien.

 

Hinweis: Das Video von Rhein-Neckar-Fernsehen zeigt, wie Anwendungen von Printinnovationen sofort hohe Aufmerksamkeit finden. Es entstand während der Heideldruck Pressekonferenz am 2. Dezember 2015. 

 

Value Blog Dialog: Fragen und Antworten

Sie sehen starke Wachstumsperspektiven für das Medium Print im Digitalzeitalter. Welches sind die für Sie wichtigsten Aspekte für nachhaltigen Erfolg im Print Media Geschäft?

Harald Weimer: Zunächst etwas, was viele sich nicht bewusst machen: Die Print Media-Branche ist ungebrochen stark und mit weltweit über 400 Milliarden Euro Jahresumsatz im Kerngeschäft stabil. Wachstumstreiber sind das Segment Verpackungen und bei Verfahrenstechniken der Digitaldruck. Beides sorgt für Dynamik bei nach wie vor starker Bedeutung des Offsetdrucks. Erfolgreiche Druckereien steigern ihre Effizienz weiter, um maximal schnell und flexibel zu agieren und auf neue Anforderungen im Rahmen der Globalisierung zu reagieren. Der Anteil individualisierter Printprodukte wächst dynamisch und basiert auf standardisierten Prozessen für industrielle Druck-Anwendungen. Einher geht dies mit der Digitalisierung der Geschäftsmodelle und der gesamten Lieferkette, um Kunden und Lieferanten für erweiterte Dienstleistungen einbetten zu können. Unser integrierter Ansatz z. B. mit Smart Print Shop und Smart Services beflügelt diese Entwicklungen, da wir dadurch das Prinzip der Industrie 4.0 bei unseren Kunden wie bei uns selbst verwirklichen können.

Das heisst, die Print Media-Branche inkl. ihrem Lieferanten Heideldruck steht bei der digitalen Transformation bereits sehr gut da?

Harald Weimer: Ja, denn die wichtigsten Voraussetzungen sind geschaffen und werden fokussiert ausgebaut. Industrie 4.0 respektive das Internet of Things inklusive Big Data sind Teil unserer DNA.

Das erstaunt. Gerade in Deutschland wird aller Orten gejammert und die Vorstellungswelt der Print Media-Branche wirkt sehr wert-konservativ. Viele denken nach wie vor, das Internet sei der Feind des Gedruckten…

Harald Weimer: An dieser Stelle möchte ich eine Lanze für die vielen Printbetriebe und unsere Kunden brechen. Veränderungen, gerade auch disruptiver Art, sind nichts Neues. Sie zu bewältigen gehört schon lange zum Alltag. Gleichzeitig wissen wir aus der Vergangenheit Kraft und neuen Mut zu schöpfen. Die Wende vom handwerklichen zum industrialisierten Printgeschäft ist bei den meisten unserer Kunden vollzogen. Es stellt sich nicht die Frage des „ob“, sondern des „wie“. Angefangen mit automatisierten Produktionsabläufen, inkl. dem längst etablierten JDF (Job Description Format) bis hin zu web-basierten Benchmark-Funktionen aus der Cloud sowie Real-Time-Daten aus den Maschinen entsprechen unsere Lösungen doch längst schon den Maßgaben des Internet of Things. Die Print Media-Branche ist mit anderen Innovations-getriebenen Wirtschaftsbereichen auf Augenhöhe und braucht sich nicht zu verstecken.

 

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Zweifler und Kritiker sagen stets: Die Komplexität wird aus Sicht vieler Druckereien durch die Digitalisierung noch größer. Und damit steigt die Zahl der Bedenkenträger, ob das alles zu bewältigen sei. Wie halten Sie dagegen?

Harald Weimer: Die Digitalisierung bietet für die Print Media-Branche enorme Chancen, aber keine Nachteile. Durch die Integration inklusive der Vernetzung der Produktionsabläufe läßt sich Komplexität reduzieren…

…können Sie bitte ein Beispiel nennen?

Harald Weimer: Es gibt schon heute Druckereien, die ihre digitalen Kunden-zu-Kunden-Beziehungen auf Basis von Industriestandards und Automatisierung entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungs- und Lieferkette ausbauen. Kunden und Markt honorieren das mit zweistelligen Wachstumsraten.

[Anm. d. Red.: Zufall oder nicht. Fast zeitgleich zu meinem Value Blog Dialog mit Harald Weimar publizierte der Nachrichten-Sender N24 am 16. Dezember 2015 breitenwirksam aktuelle Testergebnisse. Siehe: „Online-Druckereien im Test — Sehr gute Qualität, stark unterschiedliche Preise“.]  

Und das heißt?

Harald Weimer: Wesentlich ist aus meiner Sicht zu differenzieren: Digitalisierung im Print Media-Geschäft heisst nicht nur „Internet-Lösungen“ oder „Digitaldruck“ anzubieten. Die notwendige Intelligenz liegt im gesamten Workflow, in der nahtlosen, smarten Konfiguration der Gesamtprozesse zur bestmöglichen Erfüllung der Kundenwünsche. Dadurch sind Innovationen im Angebot möglich, das im Team mit den Kunden der Druckereien weiterentwickelt werden kann. Es hilft uns allen sehr, wenn wir klarer und sauberer mit den Begrifflichkeiten richtig umgehen.

Welche Rolle spielt Heideldruck in diesen umfassenden Szenarien? Wollen und können Sie alles aus einer Hand bieten?

Harald Weimer: Wir sehen uns als Lösungspartner und Integrator, der eigene Lösungsmodule mit denen von relevanten Partnern kombiniert und als vernetztes, individuell auszulegendes Lösungspaket nutzbar macht. Partner spielen für uns heute und in Zukunft eine bedeutende Rolle um Lösungen zeitnah in den Markt zu bringen. Anders als früher geht es uns nicht nur um die beste Druckbildqualität, sondern um zeitgemäße und zukunftssichere Lösungsangebote für die Erstellung und das verfügbar Machen von maßgeschneiderten Printprodukten.

Das bedeutet eine Zäsur bzw. Trendwende bei Heideldruck, die aber nicht von Heute auf Morgen von statten geht, oder?

Harald Weimer: Wir sprechen derzeit von der Roadmap zur drupa 2016, für uns eine Art Teststrecke, auf der wir Schritt für Schritt komplettieren, was ich anspreche. Entscheidend ist, wie gesagt, die Reduktion von Komplexität durch die Digitalisierung. Print wird Teil einer Welt der „Smart Communication“ werden, wie Sie das vor Jahren schon in ihrem gleichnamigen White Paper richtig erkannt haben.

 

 

Danke, dass Sie das White Paper erwähnen. Es ist mir nach wie vor wichtig! Wie sehen Sie den Bezug von Print zu dem, was ich mit Smart Communication charakterisiert habe?

Harald Weimer: Zeitgemäße Kommunikationslösungen, die Print einbeziehen, müssen flexibel und intuitiv zu bewerkstelligen sein. Das bilden wir bis dato Workflow-technisch mit Heidelberg Prinect ab. Der Endkunde bestimmt frei und ungebunden, wie er was produziert haben will. Egal, ob im Offsetdruck oder den verschiedensten Digitaldruckverfahren, die wir bereithalten. Unter der Überschrift „Smart Collaboration“ gehen wir nun entscheidende Schritte weiter: Das Angebot, das wir bieten, besteht nicht mehr nur im ‚Produkt‘ Druckmaschine. In einem weiteren Schritt werden die Kunden künftig online einen detaillierten Überblick über die eigene Maschinenperformance erhalten. Dadurch wird eine neue Vertriebsplattform für Software, Dienstleistungen und Verbrauchsmaterialien entstehen. Es sind die integrierten, smarten Lösungen, die unseren Kunden und deren Kunden besseren Erfolg bringen müssen.

Das heisst, Sie definieren die Rolle von Print und damit die von Heideldruck komplett neu?

Harald Weimer: Explizit sind hier einige Aspekte zu nennen, wo wir weiterführen, was wir auf der drupa 2012 begonnen haben: Mit dem Benchmarking schaffen wir Transparenz für unsere Kunden, die sich Online per App orientieren können, wo sie stehen und wo Verbesserungspotentiale liegen. Unsere Service Performance-Lösungen führen wir weiter, damit der Kunde auch seinen Kunden ähnliches bieten kann. Z. B. durch das Prinect Portal oder den Prinect Web-Shop. Dies führt zu neuen E-Commerce-Plattformen, um Geschäfte künftig anders abzuwickeln. Wir bieten unseren Kunden somit zu uns und unseren Partner ganz andere Zugänge.

E-Business wird also über Web-to-Print-Anwendungen hinaus eine wesentlich wichtigere Rolle spielen, die über die Möglichkeiten des klassischen Vertriebs hinaus führen?

Harald Weimer: Wir werden zur drupa digitale Plattformen bieten, die unsere erweiterten Services einfach auffindbar und nutzbar machen werden. Dazu gehört, seine „Peers“ finden zu können, aber auch spezifische Empfehlungen und Hilfestellungen. Im Ansatz praktizieren wird das schon, tun dies künftig aber in einer ganz neuen, digital erweiterten Dimension, bei der das Mensch-zu-Mensch-Verhältnis nicht leidet.

Das klingt nach dem, was man neuerdings unter „Customer Centricity“ zusammenfasst und provoziert einen Kulturwandel, geprägt durch einen hohen Interaktionsgrad. Wie wollen sie das bewältigen?

Harald Weimer: Wir fangen bei uns selbst an. Seit Generationen ist unsere DNA geprägt durch „Druckmaschinen“, wie der Firmenname sagt. Unsere neue Strategie beinhaltet daher das Versprechen „More than Machines“ sowie das Credo „Listen. Inspire. Deliver.“, um bei unseren Mitarbeitern ein neues Wertebewusstsein zu verankern. Wir beschreiben damit, was notwenig ist, damit Dinge ineinandergreifen können, damit wir aus dem Silo-Denken rausfinden. Das Zusammenspiel zwischen Maschine-Prozess-Mensch ist neu zu definieren und bietet erhebliche Potentiale. Dies spielt in allen unseren internen Kommunikationsmaßnahmen eine wesentliche Rolle.

Wie wirkt sich der Heideldruck-interne Wandlungsprozess auf ihre Kunden-und Marktkommunikation aus?

Harald Weimer: Externe Aspekte fassen wir unter unserem drupa-Motto „Simply Smart“ zusammen. Die Digitalisierung wird vom Markt getrieben. Wir müssen sicherstellen, passende und relevante Lösungsansätze zu bieten. Dazu müssen wir in neuer Art und Weise die Kommunikation unserer Kunden mit deren Kunden einbinden, zum Beispiel indem wir durch neue Tools unterstützen. Auf der drupa 2016 als Print Media-Leitmesse werden wir das in Real-Life-Szenarien umsetzen.

Das heisst, es rücken in Ihrer erweiterten Kunden-Kunden-Kommunikation Anwendungen in den Vordergrund?

Harald Weimer: Die bei der Dezember-Pressekonferenz vor Ort im mymuesli-Shop in Heidelberg gezeigte Lösung weisst den Weg. Es stand nicht unsere 4D-Druckmaschine im Fokus, sondern die Möglichkeit, dass der mymuesli-Kunde im Laden selbst seine eigene Müsli-Verpackung am iPad gestaltet und mit unserer Jetmaster Dimension Inkjet-Druckmaschine herstellt. Wir denken im Team mit Partnern vom Endkunden her, um zu tatsächlichen Innovationen zu gelangen.

 

 

Das Start-up mymuesli.com ist für Heideldruck aber kein typischer Kunde. Sieht das Ihr Innovationsansatz vor, da mehr zu tun? 

Harald Weimer: Unsere Strategie beinhaltet, erweiterte Marktchancen zu nutzen. Um Print zu stärken, müssen wir diesen Schritt gehen, wobei Online-Druckereien auch schon 4D-Printing-Lösungen von uns nutzen. Wir unterscheiden Lösungen im engeren Sinne für Druckbetriebe, und im weiteren Sinne für Kommunikationstreibende, z. B. am Point-of-Sales.

Welche neuen Impulse haben den größten Einfluss? 

Harald Weimer: Wir betrachten derzeit viele Ansätze, die sich durch die dynamisch wachsende Nachfrage bei individualisierten Produkten ergeben. Durch 4D-Printing rückt zunehmend in den Fokus, wie sich neuartige Printanwendungen auf Produkte des Digital Lifestyle beziehen.

Last but not least: Wird sich durch Industrie 4.0, also der professionelle Bereich der IoT-Anwendungen, die Art und Weise ändern, wie Druckaufträge zustande kommen? 

Harald Weimer: Die Individualisierung ist natürlicher Bestandteil der Digitalisierung, die durch Industrie 4.0/IoT weiter Fahrt aufnimmt. Im Zuge dessen entstehen automatisierte Printanwendungen nicht mehr über klassische Einkaufswege, sondern innerhalb von Multichannel-Szenarien. Unsere Lösungen müssen alle diese neuen Aspekte berücksichtigen. Insofern lohnt es sich für weite Besucherkreise, uns auf der drupa 2016 zu besuchen.

Besten Dank für Ihr Mitwirken beim Value Blog Dialog!

 

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Zur Person: 

Ich kenne Harald Weimer seit langem, bereits als er Mitte der 1990er Jahre bei Xerox mit Digitaldruck anfing, um dann 1998 zu Heidelberg in das Direct Imaging-Vertriebsteam zu wechseln. Der Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur war stets ein kundiger, am aktuellen Marktgeschehen hoch interessierter Macher, der den konstruktiv-kritischen Dialog schätzt. Inzwischen verfügt er über umfassende internationale Erfahrung. Seit April 2014 baut er als Vorstand Services seinen Verantwortungsbereich erfolgreich aus. Sein Thema: „Future of Print Media Industry — Roadmap to drupa 2016“.

Kurzbiografie via heidelberg.com.

 

Value Blog-Videoimpressionen (in englischer Sprache) zum Thema „Digitalisierte Welt“ von der Präsentation von Harald Weimer auf Heidelberg Pressekonferenz am 1. Dezember 2015. Aufzeichnung: Andreas Weber per iPad.

 

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review 21 December 2015 
Welcome to another week of news highlights and the last of my e-News updates for 2015, and to Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for last Friday 18 December, which includes a brief overview of COP21 in Paris, which ended on an unexpected high and hailed internationally as a resounding success. Laurel has come up with some specifics on how printers might support the COP21 agreement. Whatever we do in the graphics industry must be easily achievable for small businesses, so there are some simple ideas for what printers and publishers, large and small, might do in Laurel’s popular Blog this week.

We’ve got some really good articles this week among the totally mixed bag of 25 news items, as well as pre-drupa 2016 announcements from exhibitors in our drupa Newsroom, including Muller Martini, Bobst, DG Press, Heidelberg and Ricoh; and then in our FESPA Newsroom from both FESPA and exhibitors at next year’s Digital show set to take place in March in Amsterdam, where Ricoh will debut for the first time and Screen Europe will use the show to unveil further developments to its Truepress Jet 3200UV flatbed printer ahead of drupa.

Among this week’s top headlines: Timson is back partnered with Kolbus (Monday); Golden Era South Africa took best in show at the FTASA wards this year (Tuesday) and also Syreline Process with a gold (Thursday). On Tuesday IFS as it announced a tremendous boost in its sales and figures for 2015. Wednesday saw the UK’s first ThermoFlexX 80-D digital flexo plate imager is now in full production;

The big news of the week came on Friday from Komori Europe, when it revealed what many have been waiting for ahead of drupa 2016 at the end of May and early June: Komori’s Digital LED-UV Inkjet Impremia IS29 Sheetfed Printing System will arrive at Komori Europe’s recently refurbished Graphics Centre in Utrecht, the Netherlands in January. Following print testing and a February open house, the press will be available for individual customer demonstrations and print tests, much to Kemtek Print Solutions‘ delight for potential South African customers. Also on Friday, Heidelberg UK will take over Gallus sales and support in the UK from April, prior to drupa 2016.

Throughout the week you will find a number of recent sales and installations successes, including a number of nice firsts. These were led by Ricoh and CFI Technologies on Tuesday with the Ricoh Pro VC60000 continuous feed production inkjet press, where the investment is expected to be the cornerstone of CFI’s production future.enabling transfer from offset to digital for personalised magazine covers, direct mail and more. On a smaller scale, Zebrahouse Design and Print has purchased a Linoprint CV from Heidelberg UK. Wednesday saw POLAR at Brogle Druck in Gipf-Oberfrick with the first Digicut independent production system in Switzerland; while Friday ended on a high for Ricoh as leading Service and Print Group Haberbeck in Ostwestfalen Lippe, Germany has made a strategically significant investment in a Ricoh Pro VC60000 to extend its digital print infrastructure.

The tailender serves to remind you that the Festive Season and Christmas is now upon us, with major holiday season closures, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere, so there will only be no more e-News updates before mid-January, when the industry should once again be under way following all the various celebrations interruptions and closures. Any key news items which may arrive during this period will still be added to the Home Page news column if appropriate.

All that remains if for me to wish you Seasons’ Greetings wherever you are, a very Happy Christmas and and a Happy, Healthy and successful New Year in 2016. Do take care on the roads, we need you back safe and sound for drupa in Düsseldorf at the end of May and early June.

My best wishes, best regards and sincere thanks for your support throughout 2015.

Mike Hilton

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Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative from Digital Dots. Our Drupa and FESPA Newsrooms can be accessed from the Index on our Home Page, as well as News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site. 

Headline News
Over 27,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages

Mon 14 December…   UPM to change its corporate structure in Finland
UPM-Kymmene Corporation to change its corporate structure to better match its current business structure…

Timsons Engineering partners with Kolbus GmbH
The agreement means that the highly respected Timsons T48 and ZMR litho book presses will again be in production…

Drukkerij de Bij grabs Kodak Sonora Green Leaf Award
Kodak awards Amsterdam-based Drukkerij de Bij with the Prestigious 2015 Kodak Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award for Europe…

MPS wins coveted Digital Printer Award with Domino

Multi Packaging Solutions Bristol wins prestigious print award for craft beer label with Domino N610i inkjet press…

Flint Group introduces PremoFilm SXS/2

Flint introduces new water-based inks for printing on film in the high-quality flexible packaging market in EMEA…

Tue 15 December…   
Golden Era Best of Show Award from FTASA
As close as you can get to perfect’ using Asahi AFP-TOP Plates: Flexographic Technical Association of South Africa…

Intelligent Finishing Systems looks forward to 2016

Strong performance is set to continue as IFS UK reports double digit year-on-year growth in 2015…

Scodix announces 2015 Design Awards winners

Entries from around the world set new creativity and quality standards for digital enhancement applications…

CFI opts for Ricoh Pro VC60000 high quality inkjet press

CFI Technologies enabling transfer from offset to digital for personalised magazine covers, direct mail and more…

Linoprint enters the Zebrahouse in Fleet

Zebrahouse Design and Print says ‘extra features’ were the tempter for its purchase of a Linoprint CV from Heidelberg UK…

Wed 16 December…   Waldo installs UK’s first ThermoFlexX 80-D imager
The UK’s first ThermoFlexX 80-D digital flexo plate imager is now in full production at Lincolnshire prepress house Waldo…

Brogle Druck is now using the POLAR Digicut
In September Brogle Druck AG in Gipf-Oberfrick started operation of the first Digicut independent production system in Switzerland…

Business Consulting appointment at Heidelberg USA
Heidelberg USA has announced the addition of former PIA’s Dr. Mark Bohan to its Business Consulting Team…

KBA PressSupport 24 with maintenance and inspections
Coldsetinnovation Fulda in Eichenzell, Germany and KBA-Digital & Web agree multi-year service partnership…

Retrofit – For more Freedom at Omaha World Herald
Omaha World-Herald upgrades its Geoman web press with new electronics…

Thu 17 December…  Ricoh set to debut at FESPA Digital 2016
Ricoh will showcase its expanding portfolio of solutions with its first-ever stand at FESPA Digital in March…

Syreline Process grabs Gold in FTASA Awards
Hamillroad’s Bellissima screening wins Gold at South Africa’s flexographic print excellence awards 2015…

Sun Chemical’s world-class inks at FESPA Digital 2016
Global launchpad for SunTex and all new digital inkjet platform – Aquacure and innovative ink chemistry platforms…

Eleventh KBA Cortina User Workshop in Einbeck
Offset Printing: improved quality, flexibility, and productivity in printing newspapers while reducing resource consumption…

EFI Fiery and Prinergy Workflow 7: A winning combination
End-to-end workflow integration of Kodak Prinergy and Fiery for flexibility, production automation, productivity and profitability…

Fri 18 December…   Komori Impremia IS29 to be launched in Europe
Komori’s Digital LED-UV Inkjet Impremia IS29 Sheetfed Printing System arrives at Komori Europe’s Graphics Centre in January…

Heidelberg UK to sell Gallus labels products
Heidelberg has wholly owned Gallus since August 2014. Heidelberg UK to take on Gallus UK staff and labels portfolio on 1 April 2016…

Screen to unveil new Truepress Jet features at FESPA 2016
Screen Europe to use next year’s FESPA in Amsterdam to unveil further developments to its Truepress Jet 3200UV flatbed printer…

KBA North America introduces new Performance Report

New Service Select product provides intelligent press analysis and productivity assessment for maximum productivity…

Service & Print Group Haberbeck invests in Ricoh Pro VC60000
The leading PSP headquartered in Ostwestfalen Lippe, Germany, has makes a strategically significant investment…

Muller Martini sets new milestones with Finishing 4.0
Drupa 2016: State-of-the-art drive technology enables print finishing to be targeted in an increasingly automated manner…

Lead articles from Friday 04 December in previous update… 

DS Smith Packaging to install first HP PageWide Web Press
HP Inc. reinvents corrugated packaging printing in collaboration with KBA, with the world’s first T1100S 2.8 metre width press…

Xaar appoints Chris Morgan to the Xaar Board

Chris Morgan brings with him a wealth of expertise in managing complex international technology businesses with HP…

GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Heidelberg customers enjoy the most comprehensive and extensive sales and service network in the industry for JDF compliant workflow, computer-to-plate, sheetfed offset, Web-to-print, digital printing, digital inkjet for labels and packaging, packaging and finishing, all with complementary consumables. Heidelberg has offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

Kodak Commercial Imaging  (Kodak) is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital and hybrid print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market, Kodak features technologies, products and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimise efficiencies, broaden services, and grow businesses. To find out more, visit the Kodak Graphics Website.

drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’ and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2015
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

Downloads in 2015 Chapter 01
There are currently three downloads available for you in this Chapter , where you can download the PDF.

Technology-related 2015 Chapter 02
You will find 20 current feature articles in this Chapter, with the most recent from Heidelberg.

Nov/Dec 2015 Chapter 08

Bobst to celebrate its 125th anniversary at drupa 2016
Bobst, a family company based in the Swiss Canton of Vaud, is launching a year of events to celebrate its anniversary with dynamism and commitment…

Previous…    mymuesli – your print and your customised muesli
For eight years, the Passau-based German start-up ‘mymuesli’ has been building a reputation for customised, healthy, and organic cereal and fruit-based products…

HP and KBA present world’s most productive inkjet web press
DS Smith Packaging to install first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S: Pre-print and digital printing in one machine…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

No Cop Out
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 18 December

Previous…    Mark to Market
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 11 Dec

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Most recent…    2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth. Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (Switzerland) were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct these two report series…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our Drupa Newsroom.

Komori Inkjet Impremia IS29 official launch at drupa
Komori’s Sheetfed Inkjet Impremia IS29 Digital Printing System arrives at Komori Europe’s Graphics Centre in January for February Open House prior to official drupa launch….

Muller Martini sets new milestones with Finishing 4.0
Drupa 2016: State-of-the-art drive technology enables print finishing to be targeted in an increasingly automated manner…

Bobst to celebrate its 125th anniversary at drupa 2016
Bobst, a family company based in the Swiss Canton of Vaud, is launching a year of events to celebrate its anniversary with dynamism and commitment…

DG press unveils plans for Drupa 2016
The newest technologies and a wide range of services for Drent Goebel machines will be presented by DG press in Hall 10…

Previous…    Heidelberg to enable Smart Integration for drupa 2016
Heidelberg to showcase the next stage in automated print media production at drupa 2016…

Heidelberg at drupa 2016: ‘Simply Smart’
drupa 2016: Heidelberg to exhibit the digitised future of the print media industry under the motto ‘Simply Smart’…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series
Can be accessed via our Drupa Newsroom, in the Index on the Home page.

NEW…    Sustainability and the Printing Industry
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 5 by Laurel Brunner, who has worked exclusively in the prepress and publishing industries, with a particular specialisation in digital prepress, digital production and digital printing…

FESPA Newsroom
The dedicated FESPA Newsroom can be found via the Index on our Home Page.

Screen’s new Truepress Jet features at FESPA 2016
Screen Europe to use next year’s FESPA in Amsterdam to unveil further developments to its Truepress Jet 3200UV flatbed printer,,,

Ricoh set to debut at FESPA Digital 2016
Ricoh will showcase its expanding portfolio of solutions with its first-ever stand at FESPA Digital in March…

Success in Shanghai for FESPA China 2015
FESPA China 2015, which took place from 21 – 23 October in partnership with CSGIA at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai proved to be yet another success for FESPA…

Sun Chemical’s world-class inks at FESPA Digital 2016
Global launchpad for SunTex and all new digital inkjet platform – Aquacure, and innovative ink chemistry platforms…

Printeriors 2016 presents ‘The Print Hotel’
Interior design showcase and dedicated conference return with new concept for 2016…

Previous…    10th FESPA Digital for speciality printers in 2016
The tenth anniversary edition of FESPA Digital will reflect the astonishing development and diversification of digital print in the intervening decade…

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