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ValueCheck! Elanders 02-2014.001

 

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art&Communication Fellow
Interview: Andreas Weber, CEO, Value Communication AG

 

In one of the previous blogs regarding with the success of Elanders AB, we explained several facts about Elanders´ ongoing achievement based on useful data and the interview that took place in 2012 between Value Communication AG and the CEO of Elanders AB, Magnus Nilsson. In the end, I mentioned about my curiosity towards whether Magnus Nilsson have the same spirit and the optimistic approach for 2014 and for the future of Elanders. 

 

Magnus Nilsson responses showed that Elanders gives importance on best-in-class communication and customer satisfaction. They care about what customers expect such as quality, reliability, enhanced services and a good knowledge beyond printing. Also, they use their Twitter accounts properly and frequently for their business. And last but not least Elanders AB reached a milestone in its history because they acquired a leading supply-chain service provider, Mentor Media, in Asia at the beginning of the year 2014. Beside great synergy effects the deal just doubled the price for Elanders’ stocks.

When it comes to the data of quarterly report of 2014, it seems that Elanders still keeps its ongoing success. The Elanders Group is growing much faster than the market. For instance, in the first six months, net sales increased by 75% to MSEK 1,761 (1,005), the operating result increased to MSEK 77 (51), which is an improvement of 51% over the same period last year, the new issue was oversubscribed and generated MSEK 121 after issue costs and, a considerable improvement in profit compared to 2013 continues to be forecasted for 2014. In the second quarter, net sales increased by 78% to MSEK 910 (512). — See Elanders Q2 Report for more details.

 

Is Elanders ready for print innovation leadership?

Based on the comments made by Nilsson on quarterly report of 2014, Mentor Media’s offer is now being integrated into Elanders’ existing operations which will lead to both higher print volumes and more supply chain customers in the long run. He states that their Supply Chain and e-Commerce organizations have begun working together to produce joint and improve already existing platforms for ordering over the Internet. They are planning to offer current and new supply chain customers the best alternative on the market for this.

Elanders´global presence has a definite competitive advantage compared to most of their competitors. For instance, Elanders is winning market shares on several markets while other markets are more challenging and Elanders continues to consolidate and streamline functions and operations on those. Moreover, as in the year 2012, Elanders continues to coordinate operations in myphotobook with d|o|m / fotokasten in e-Commerce and they plan to continue this full effect as of 2015. As planned, printing volumes from myphotobook have been moved to Elanders’ production units during the second quarter.

 

Exclusive Interview

 

Value Communication’s CEO Andreas Weber was able for an exclusive interview with Magnus Nilsson on July 17th., 2014. It was about if Elanders Group is ready to become the leading and most innovative print communication service provider.

 

 

„Our new business areas which combines supply chain, 

commercial and packaging printing and e-commerce are 

compatible to all kinds of social business trends.“

 

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Magnus Nilsson, CEO of Elanders AB

 

Andreas Weber: Magnus, you stated, that printing trade shows, which always have been important for printers’s market approach and strategy, have not too much affect on Elanders´s strategy any more. You said, it was good to see them, however. So do you think that technology is not solely enough for success?

Magnus Nilsson: Elanders’ target is to make it as easy as possible for a customer to get the best benefit out of our offering and solutions. So we act as a global service company which could manufacture and deliver high print volumes for customers. The combination of supply chain, packaging, e-commerce to create solutions is very important for Elanders. The best way to develop our strategy comes from our business insights and what we learn from our customers.

 

Andreas Weber: On a global scale, which are the most relevant markets for you?

Magnus Nilsson: Our presents in markets like China, USA, and new ones in Europe made Elanders very strong. But we see that even innovative applications like Photo books are not growing so fast anymore in our established market areas. So it is more in the consideration process on a high and solide level. We are planning to invest in new markets such as Asia and South America as well. And in new application areas wherever they are needed.

 

Andreas Weber: Regarding Elanders go-to-market approach, what is special or unique?

Magnus Nilsson: The important thing is for Elanders to reach the client in an easiest way. Crucial is if people want to get their print products in a smart way and it cannot take too much time to order and get it. And therefore they don´t need too much investment. We have really great optimized tools for business and consumer markets. And our solutions are accompanied by our Solutions Expert. We made sure by new global business management operation structure that we act with one face to the customers.

 

Andreas Weber: How is Elanders success in the packaging solutions business?

Magnus Nilsson: It works very well. Specially Elanders Germany is very successful for new solutions for packaging customers. Therefore we installed last year in Waiblingen/Germany our Elanders Packaging Innovation Centre. For sure our huge digital printing capacities have a great impact to convince major brands to innovate the packaging of there products on a high quality level.

 

Andreas Weber: 2014 is more than ever the year of Social Media, driven by Facebook, founded only 10 years ago. Do you think that Social Media and Social Business will influence your business?

Magnus Nilsson: It already does in a positive way. Social Media is very important for e-commerce, our team is working for it quite successful. Till now it has more impact on consumers behavior than in the B2B sector. But for sure: Business innovation is happening via the internet. Gaining more real time insights via social media and social media communication became crucial for success. We observe that exactly. But nevertheless we are still very optimistic about the future of Elanders like before. Because our new business areas which combines supply chain, print & packaging and e-commerce solutions are compatible to all kinds of social business trends.

 

Our Take: Elanders AB creates its leadership by …

  • a unique combination of a clear business and management focus on customer needs  in valuable market segments,
  • a deep understanding of the right usage of relevant technologies
    (IT, Digital print, E-Commerce),
  • clever acquisitions (with almost a seamless integration into the group),
  • a smart communication approach to keep investors and share holders up-to-date and highly motivated,
  • and at least by a permanent approach to justify and optimize it’s go-to-market approach dedicated to customer satisfaction.
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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Monday 30 June

Welcome to the news roundup for the last week of June, and also the last update until August as industry news tends to slow down dramatically during the holiday period in Europe and particularly during the month of July. Key news will still be posted on the Website when available, along with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blogs.

There are only two events that I am aware of in July. FESPA Africa, which kicks off at the Gallagher Convention Centre inJohannesburg this week, from 2 – 4 July; and then Expoprint Latin America in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 16 – 22 July. The next big one for Latin America will be FESPA Mexico in Mexico City from 21 – 23 August. This year’s key event for the newspaper and publishing industry will be WAN/IFRA’s World Publishing Expo which returns to the popular venue of Amsterdam from 13 – 15 October. Don’t miss today’s news from WAN/IFRA.
Key news to look for this week includes Antalis with educational podcasts offering advice on aspects of digital and sign & display markets; and also from Esko on Wednesday, relating to the rollout of its Knowledge Base Website, which provides access to valuable hardware and software information, resulting in customer self-service support having increased 75 per cent in less than half a year. Kodak’s announcement on Thursday of its entry into the corrugated market with its latest Flexcel NX developments, including new plates and a new platesetter to address this important market segment led the news.
And leading the headlines today you will find a joint announcement from the European Rotogravure Association; IDEAlliance; the Nordic Offset Printers Association; Print Process Champions Group; and WAN-IFRA, as they confirm global cross-industry collaboration for the production of the next industry ‘Best Practice Guide’ entitled ‘Optimized Paper Handling & Logistic s’.
As for recent sales and installations, the past week has seen several key announcements, led by EFI and GLS on Monday with the first EFI Jetrion LED inkjet narrow web press in the United States; followed by KBA at Chesapeake/MPS in the UK with a Rapida 106 as part of a £3m investment programme. Also Horizon with another StitchLiner from IFS in the UK.
On Tuesday, leading the headlines: KBA again with a third and fourth Rapida 106 now heading for Stora Enso Inpac in Guangdong, China; and from Kodak with Panther Graphics adopting a Kodak Achieve platesetter and Sonora XP Process Free Plates to boost its ROI, as well as its environmental credentials. This was followed by Karl Knauer in Germany, which is now focusing on higher performance with its new Speedmaster XL 106-6 with dual coater.
Wednesday saw CPI UK expand its short run digital book production with a third Quantum line driven by an HP T410 Digital Inkjet Web Press with a new Timson T-fold. The investment package also includes a new Kolbus KM200 binding line – all at its WiltshireUK facility. Also on this day, Weiss Druck in Monschau, Germany has invested in InlineCutoff Control Dynamic from Manroland Web Systems. On Thursday, KBA announced its 20th waterless Cortina newspaper web press installation complete with coating inTrier, Germany’s oldest city. This was followed by Edale with AB Graphic, as they announce a Digicon 3000 digital finishing system for Innovative Labeling Solutions in Ohio, USA. On Friday, Goss took the lead with UBP Printing in Malaysia which has opted for two more single-width Goss Community SSC presses with 36 new printing units, bringing UBP’s total to four presses with 84 press units in just four years. Also news from Heidelberg as Mexican packaging printer Grupo Reyes Hermanos in Mexico City invests in two Speedmasters XL 75-7+L with UV, one of which is Heidelberg’s 1000th XL 75 since its launch at drupa in 2008, a Suprasetter 75 CTP platesetter, and two Polar 115 cutters. DENA Print in Aberdeen, Scotland has also ordered a new Polar cutter. All in all I would say that was a pretty good week. This week’s tailender definitely has to go to Benny Landa, as Landa Corporation and speciality chemicals group Altana AG announced on Thursday, that they have concluded an equity financing agreement under which Altana will invest €100 million for a minority stake in Landa Digital Printing, as Altana sees Landa Nanography as a game changer for the print industry! That really is a serious amount of money. And there’s more below, if you scroll down carefully. Until next time (in August), my best regards,
Mike Hilton
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Mon 23 June…    GLS first in United States with EFI Jetrion 4950lx
Graphic Label Solutions breaks new ground in sustainability with an EFI Jetrion LED inkjet narrow web press…Chesapeake/MPS Greenford ‘future-proofs’ with KBA
New power-performance, high specification, KBA Rapida 106 B1 press is ‘cornerstone’ of £3m investment programme…

UPM BioVerno renewable diesel to be distributed in Finland

UPM has signed a sales agreement for UPM BioVerno renewable diesel, produced in UPM’s Lappeenranta Biorefinery…Herts & Essex Printers invests in future with Horizon
Hertford B3 firm chooses Horizon StitchLiner to aid productivity…CLP Regulations fuel demand for peel and read varnish
Pulse Roll Label Products, has reported increased demand for its UV flexo free radical release varnish…Tue 24 June…Chinese packaging printer opts for more KBA high tech
Following a seven- and five-colour KBA Rapida 106, a third and fourth Rapida 106 now head for Stora Enso Inpac in Guangdong…

Kodak Achieve and Sonora boost Panther Graphics’ ROI
Increase Revenue, Speed and Quality: Panther Graphics adopts Kodak Achieve platesetter and Sonora XP Process Free Plates…

Major boost to productivity and cost-efficiency at Karl Knauer

Packaging specialists Karl Knauer is focusing on higher performance with its new Speedmaster XL 106-6 with dual coater…

New Low Energy UV and LED litho inks from Sun Chemical
Sun Chemical launches SunCure Lite high performance inks for LE-UV or LED UV curable, lithographic printing systems…

Xaar presents ‘Big Colour’ in Sao Paolo, Brazil
Xaar presents extended family of printheads to deliver ‘Big Colour’ for ceramics at Forn&Cer 2014 from 24 – 27 June…

Wed 25 June…   CPI adds third HP-powered Quantum book line in the UK
CPI UK expands short run digital book production with third Quantum line driven by a HP T410 digital inkjet web press…

Antalis UK shows ongoing commitment to digital innovation
Antalis launches educational podcasts offering advice on aspects of Digital and Sign & Display markets…

Esko Knowledge Base Website has successful rollout
With access to valuable hardware and software information, self-service support has increased 75 per cent in less than half a year…

Lineup Systems partners with QMedia in South Africa
The partnership offers Lineup’s suite of 100 per cent Web-based AdPoint products to media owners across Southern Africa…

InlineCutoff Control Dynamic upgrade for Weiss Druck

Weiss Druck in Monschau, Germany has invested in InlineCutoff Control Dynamic from Manroland Web Systems…Thu 26 June…    Kodak adds corrugated applications to Flexcel NX
New Kodak Flexcel NX Wide 5080 System and new range of Kodak Flexcel NX Plates to address the corrugated sector…

20th KBA Cortina at Trierischer Volksfreund
Printing without water, yet finishing with coating in Germany’s oldest city…

Altana invests 
100 million in Landa Digital Printing

Sees Landa Nanography as game changer for the print industry…

Epson inspires new generation of artists
Royal Academy Schools Graduation Show in London displays works created using latest Epson technologies…

Edale and AB Graphic install Digicon 3000 into USA
Digicon 3000 digital finishing system for digital packaging specialist, Innovative Labeling Solutions in Ohio…

Fri 27 June…   Two more Goss Community SSC press lines for UBP
UBP Printing in Malaysia opts for two more single-width Goss Community SSC presses to drive business growth…1000th Speedmaster XL 75 part of major investment package
Mexican packaging printer invests in two Speedmasters XL 75-7+L with UV, Suprasetter 75 and two Polar 115 cutters…UPM BioVerno wins EU Sustainable Energy Europe Award
UPM Biofuels has received the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Europe Award 2014 in the ‘Travelling’ category…

Students from Warsaw visit KBA in Radebeul

German-Polish knowledge exchange for students from the press technology faculty at Warsaw University of Technology…Polar purchased to serve the North Sea oil industry
Aberdeen company to add Polar 78 ECO from Heidelberg UK…Mon 30 June…    ‘Optimized Paper Handling & Logistics’ best practice guide
European Rotogravure; IDEAlliance; Nordic Offset Printers; Print Process Champions; WAN-IFRA: Global cross-industry collaboration…

International Newspaper Color Quality Club 2014 – 2016

29 KBA users among the world’s best newspaper printers as firms from 26 countries win membership to the exclusive Club this year…Keeping in Touch with Goss International
Goss has launched a digital version of its longstanding Goss Web Offset customer magazine to complement the printed versions…

Innovations propel Heidelberg’s leadership in packaging

As the world’s largest supplier to the folding carton market, Heidelberg is outstripping its rivals for dominance in this global segment…

Why settle for a one-size-fits-all UV solution?
Heidelberg has the right UV dryer for every application…

The Monday lead articles from last week’s update… 

GLS first in United States with EFI Jetrion 4950lx
Graphic Label Solutions breaks new ground in sustainability with an EFI Jetrion LED inkjet narrow web press…Chesapeake/MPS Greenford ‘future-proofs’ with KBA
New power-performance, high specification, KBA Rapida 106 B1 press is ‘cornerstone’ of £3m investment programme…GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:
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There have over 50 so far this year, as well as seven downloads. There were 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 available Chapter 01

HP disrupts production printing market with PageWide Technology
PageWide White Paper for download, following HP’s announcement of new large-format inkjet-based PageWide Technology for high-volume quality prints at high speeds and lower costs…Inks for HP PageWide Technology White Paper
Technical white paper for download as a PDF detailing new HP pigment inks for quality, speed, and reliability…

May/June Chapter 05

20th KBA Cortina at Trierischer Volksfreund
Printing without water, yet finishing with coating in Germany’s oldest city…Major boost to productivity and cost-efficiency at Karl Knauer
Packaging specialists Karl Knauer KG is focusing on higher performance with its new Speedmaster XL 106-6 with dual coating…

Previous…    
Rotolito Lombarda continues to invest in innovative systems
Rotolito Lombarda adds Manroland 48pp Lithoman with Kodak Stream Inkjet, FoldLine for its HP Web Presses and HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press to its lineup…
Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Why settle for a one-size-fits-all UV solution?
Heidelberg has the right UV dryer for every application…

Innovations propel Heidelberg’s leadership in packaging
As the world’s largest supplier to the folding carton market, Heidelberg is outstripping its rivals for dominance in the global packaging segment…KAMA solution for short-run folding cartons
Fast changeover is the key to finishing short runs of digitally ;printed folding cartons economically, as KAMA demonstrated at Interpack in co-operation with HP Indigo…Previous…    Heidelberg Postpress Folding Days in Ludwigsburg
Ideas for new business models – customers encounter special applications for folding machines at Heidelberg Postpress Special Folding Days in early June…
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FESPA Africa 2014GSW offers exclusive promotion to stand visitors
GSW introduces Bordeaux tailor-made inkjet solutions at FESPA Africa 2014 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburgfrom 2 – 4 July…Previous…    Shift up a gear, double your speed with Durst and Kemtek
To be featured at the Kemtek FESPA 2014 stand: The new high-speed Durst Rho P10 HS series inkjet printer with LED pin curing…

Mimaki and GSW with wide-format at FESPA Africa 2014
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Warum es sich lohnt, diesen Blogbeitrag zu lesen:

Nicht der Strukturwandel, sondern das Festhalten-Wollen an Überkommenem gefährdet Existenzen.

Die meisten Top-Manager von Verlagen, Agenturen und Druckereien haben dies aber bis heute noch nicht verstanden. Und machen andere für ihr Versagen verantwortlich.

Die Probleme der Werbe-, Verlags und Print-Branchen sind also hausgemacht! Und basieren auf einem völligen Missverstehen bzw. dem Mangel an einem richtigen Verständnis von Innovation.

Doch das alles hätte so gar nicht kommen müssen. — Victor Hugo hat dies bereits 1831 vorausgesehen! Der Beitrag von Andreas Weber, basierend auf einem Vortrag für den DigitaldruckForum Congress „Ideas for Profit“, zeigt dies auf und vermittelt wichtige Einsichten und Handlungsimpulse.

 

„Wenn Menschen auf etwas Neues und Unbekanntes stoßen, sind sie zutiefst verwirrt!“

Im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung der Kommunikation ist (bleibt) alles NEU!
Anything that can become digital will become digital and printing is no exception, sagte bereits Mitte der 1990er Jahre der Unternehmer und Erfinder Benny Landa, Gründer von Indigo und LandaNano in Israel.

Wie sieht unsere Welt resp. die der werthaltigen Printmedien-affinen Kommunikation heute aus? Es hagelt Krisen, Pleiten und Pannen — verursacht durch Strukturveränderungen. Manch einer fragt sich:  „Himmel! Wo wird das noch enden? Die Antwort stammt aus dem Jahr 1831. „Ceci tuera cela“ —  Das Eine tötet das Andere! So formulierte es Victor Hugo und beschreibt in seinem historischen Roman der „Glöckner von Notre Dame“ 1831 exakt das Szenario, das uns im 21. Jh. ziemlich hart trifft: Durch die Neuerungen in der Publishing- und Print- Branche stürzt die vorhandene Informationsvermittlungs-Architektur ein! Hugo bezieht sich auf die Erfindung von Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz. Das mag lange her sein, ist aber hochaktuell. Wenn man sich betrachtet, welche „Kathedralen“ heute, im 21. Jahrhundert, einsturzgefährdet sind:

  1. Die ›Tempel‹ der Werbung und der Verlage!
  2. Die ›Gebets-Teppich-Refugien‹ der Kommunikationsverwalter in den Unternehmen!
  3. Die ›Inquisitionskeller‹ der unmündig gehaltenen Konsumenten!

Gefordert ist eine völlig andere Herangehensweise an Märkte und an die Kommunikation mit Marktpartnern. Merkmale des modernen, interaktiven Marketing werden relevant: Alles fließt und ist in Bewegung! Neue, oder besser: sich ständig erneuernde Geschäftsmodelle sind gefragt! Ewig aktuelles Beispiel: Die Buchverlage und das Verlagswesen. Klassisch definiert als Wirtschaftszweig, der sich auf eigenes Risiko und nach eigener Auswahl mit der Vervielfältigung („Herstellung“) und dem Vertrieb (Verlagsbetrieb) von literarischen Werken, Musikalien, Bildern u. ä. m. befasst.

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Ein Buch ist ein Buch ist ein Buch ist ein Buch!

Ein Buchverlag ist aber wie alle Publikumsverlage längst nicht mehr ein Verlag, sondern ein Content-Provider, Entertainment- und Community-Organizer. Im Fachverlagsbereich hat man das ansatzweise begriffen und geht in diese Richtung, wobei die Geschäftsmodelle nur in Ausnahmefällen (wie zum Beispiel bei Calvendo) innoviert werden. Die neuen, damit verbundenen Paradigmen lauten:

  1. Geschäftsmodelle lassen sich nicht (mehr) am Vertriebsweg oder Ausgabemedium festmachen!
  2. Digitale Medien ersetzen Bücher oder Gedrucktes nicht. Sie schaffen Neues, vor allem Interaktion!
  3. E-Commerce ist gut, hat aber mit Verlagsgeschäft im Kern gar nichts mehr zu tun.

Verlage, die den Paradigmenwechsel nicht antizipiert haben, straucheln. Ebenso alle Blender, die sich noch Verlag oder Mediengruppe nennen, Wachstum und Profite mit Online-Verkäufen erwirtschaften und dabei übersehen, ihr Kerngeschäfts zu innoveiren. Was durchaus möglich wäre. Wer das nicht tut oder das lieber übersehen möchte, wird zwangsläufig gegen die Amazons, Otto Groups und Zalandos dieser Welt verlieren.

Viele im Verlagsbereich betrachten elektronische Publikationen inzwischen nüchtern und/oder fallen mit absurden Paid Content-Konzepten aller Art in ein Loch. Erinnern wir uns: Ausgerechnet am 1. April 2008 machte folgende Schlagzeile die Runde: „Brockhaus kapituliert vor dem Internet“ — Im Artikel hiess es weiter: „Brockhaus verschiebt sein Hauptgeschäft mit Lexika praktisch komplett ins Internet. Die Kehrtwende ist eines der bislang spektakulärsten deutschen Beispiele für die Bedrohung traditioneller Geschäftsmodelle“ – Das schrieb die Financial Times Deutschland. Und weiter wurde berichtet: „Fans retten den Brockhaus“ — „Kommando zurück: Die traditionsreiche Brockhaus-Enzyklopädie in gedruckter Form steht wohl doch nicht vor dem Aus. Der Verkauf hat nach Angaben des Unternehmens in den vergangenen Monaten kräftig angezogen.“ — Und wo ist heute die gedruckte Brockhaus-Ausgabe? Nun, sie ist Geschichte, ebenso wie die Financial Times Deutschland.

Zurück zu unserem Innovationsansatz und der Frage, was Interaktivität bewirkt: Das Leser-(Content)-Interesse steht nach wie vor im Mittelpunkt! Digitaltechnologien revolutionieren nicht das Medium Buch, das Medium Print, sondern hebeln das klassische Geschäftsmodell der Verlage aus! Inhalte wie bisher bereitstellen und dies über Werbung und Abonnenten/Käufer von Medienprodukten vermarkten zu wollen, funktioniert nur, wenn eine neue Form der Intelligenz und Kompetenz in den Verlagen Einzug hält. Das Wissen um Algorithmen ist wichtiger, als der sogenannte „Qualitätsjournalismus“. Den gibt es eh seit dem Moment schon nicht mehr, als die Werbe- und Manipulationsstrategen das Sagen übernommen haben und die Verleger entmündigten.

Was zählt ist ganz einfach folgendes:

  • Direkte Wege zum Kunden für Marketing, Vertrieb und On-Demand Produktplanung!
  • Neue Fertigungsprozesse: CIM im Verlagswesen
  • Interaktion plus Multimedia-Multichannel Delivery plus User Generated Content

Es ist einfach darauf zu kommen, dass man einen Grossteil der Redaktionsleiter einfach nachhause schicken kann, wenn diese an ihrem merkwürdigen Ethos der „Kunst des Schreibens“ weiter festhalten. Ganz zu schweigen davon, dass die meisten Redaktionen gar keine eigene Inhalten erstellen, sondern nur mehr oder weniger geschickt kolportieren, was Unternehmen und ihre Kunden bzw. wir alle formulieren. Also nochmals: Wozu brauchen wir Redaktionen alten Stils — ohne digitale Kompetenz? Unzählige, wirkungsstarke Plattformen zeigen seit Jahren, dass man ohne auskommt. Siehe u. a. Twitter resp. die große Schar der Twitter-Nutzer, die jede News-Redaktion an Geschwindigkeit, Vielfalt, Originalität und Qualität schlägt.

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„Die Milch machst’s“ — Sagt die Werbung. Haha!

Weiteres Beispiel: Die Werbeagenturen! Per Definition verstehen wir darunter: „Die bewusste Beeinflussung von Menschen auf einen bestimmten Werbezweck hin, insbesondere die Wirtschaftswerbung als Instrument der betrieblichen Absatzpolitik, mit dem eine Absatzförderung erreicht werden soll.“ Werber sind also die Handlanger der Verkaufsförderer im Marketing – Makler zwischen Angebot und Nachfrage! Ihre Aufgaben sind gemäß den gängigen Old-School-Modellen:

  • Werbeplanung
  • Feststellung des Werbeziels und der Zielgruppe
  • Ermittlung des Werbebudgets
  • Auswahl von Werbemitteln und Werbeträgern (Mediaselektion)
  • Erfolgsprognose und Erfolgskontrolle

Das kling fein schlau, ist aber hochriskant, wenn die Dinge sind wandeln. Denn was passiert, wenn Angebot und Nachfrage direkt zueinander finden? Die Folgen sind klar, wenn man sieht wie Amazon dies praktiziert und einen Etappensieg nach dem anderen einfährt. Der Online-Händler ist längst einer der Top-Technologie-Konzerne geworden, der Kommunikation (auf allen Ebenen) direkt mit Transaktionen zusammenbringt.

Werber sind dagegen abhängig von Medien- und Technologieplattformen Dritter, und nutzen diese quas im Blindflug, weil Werber keine Ahnung von Technologieentwicklung und kompetenter Technologienutzung haben. Was also passiert, wenn die Medienlandschaft durcheinander gerät? Da hilft es wenig, wenn die großen, globalen Agentur-Konzerne nun eifrig Mega-Deals mit Google oder Facebook abschließen. Das ist eine Verzeiflungstat, die schick ausschaut, aber defacto eben Augenwischerei, da es höchstens den unaufhaltsam nahenden Exitus verzögert. Nicht mehr, nicht weniger!

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Also reiten die Werbestars weiter ihre toten Pferde? — Ja, ganz klar. Und sie bringen sich und ihre  Kunden nicht mehr von der Stelle. Ein totes Pferd kann eben nicht mehr laufen.

Wenn aber Werber das tun würden, was z. B. Thomas Koch alias @ufomedia unermüdlich empfiehlt und was Marken stark macht, könnte eine Wende die Rettung bringen: Verbraucherinteressen rücken in den Mittelpunkt und Dialoge werden aufgebaut und gepflegt! Google, Amazon & Co. machen seit Jahren vor, dass es geht und dass man damit gute Geschäfte machen kann, an denen alle partizipieren. Vor allem die, die in Algorithmen gut sind!

Hm, könnte man jetzt denken, aber so Leute wie Dr. Mathias Döpfner als Top-Partner der Werber sind doch kluge Köpfe, die können sich doch nicht irren… Es muss doch einen guten Grund geben, warum Verlagsriesen wie Axel Springer AG eine „gefährliche“ Firma wie Google auf’s Heftigste attackieren! — Ja, warum tun die das eigentlich? Nun, ganz einfach weil Verlage wie auch Agenturen sich bei der Innovation ihrer Geschäftsmodelle weitgehend resistent und ziemlich untalentiert zeigen! Wer reiten gelernt hat, kann dies auch auf einem toten Pferd praktizieren. Hauptsache, es schauen alle zu und applaudieren.

Nein, ernsthaft, die Überlebensstrategie der Verlage wie der Agenturen kann nur lauten: Aus Alt mach’ Neu! Rückbesinnung tut Not und tut gut, wenn man vorankommen will.

Think about it: „Ein Wert ist dann ein Wert, wenn er Wert hat!“ So drastisch das klingen mag, Werbung und Medien haben den Anschluss an die Gegenwart fast uneinholbar verloren! Die Vordenker aus dem Silicon Valley haben Gutenberg weitaus besser verstanden als die meisten hierzulande! Sogar Jeff Jarvis hat dies betont. Und die Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz persönlich besucht!

Die jüngsten Äusserungen von Top-Managern bei Procter & Gamble belegen zudem, dass sich Agenturen und Medien warm anziehen müssen, falls sie nicht ihre Geschäftsmodelle und ihre „Performance Promise“ (sofern überhaupt vorhanden) der Gegenwart anpassen. — Siehe Cannes Lions 2014, das Festival der Werbeverliebten, die sich gerne selbst inszenieren. — Neue Geschäftsmodelle mit Mehrwert sind gefragt! Disruptive Innovation fast der einzige Ausweg aus dem Dilemma.

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Dramatisches Beispiel Nummer 3: Die Druckereibranche!

Wie schön war es doch einst, so um das Jahr 1800: Kreation (Muse) inspiriert Produktion. Und Produktion inspiriert Kreation! Vorbei, vorbei. Den Verlust der Monopolstellung durch Desktop Publishing und das Motto „Jeder sein eigener Gutenberg“ haben die Druckbetriebe bis heute nicht anerkennen wollen. Sie agieren unverändert wie vor 20 oder gar 200 Jahren. Nunmehr sind je nach Region in der industrialisierten Welt 30 % bis 50 % der Betriebe verschwunden! Und das (lukrative) Neu-Geschäft machen andere, allen voran die sog. Online-Druckereien wie Vista Print oder Flyeralarm, die rasant wachsen, zu Konzernen werden und nunmehr bereits 40 % des Printherstellungsmarktes für sich vereinnahmen.

Die Geschäftsmodell-Innovations-resistente Druckbranche sitzt — wen wundert’s — wie die Verlags und Agentursparte zwischen allen Stühlen! Was viele Druckereien, von ihren Lieferanten falsch beraten, nicht verstehen wollen/können:

  1. Technik-Innovationen schaffen keine neuen Märkte!
  2. Prozess-Optimierungen via CIM verbessern (bezgl. Kosten, Qualität, Standards) — machen aber vergleichbar, erhöhen den Konkurrenzdruck und drücken die Erlöse und den Profit nach unten.
  3. Differenzierungsstrategien sind kaum zu erkennen, eher setzt man auf Diversifikation, wird als Druckerei auch Logistiker mit Supply-Chain-Angeboten.

Viel einfacher wäre dagegen, wenn man das nötige Know-how und die Kreativität besitzen würde, neue Anwendungslösungen mit Print zu entwickeln (vor allem mit Digitaldruck)!. Denn der werthaltige Erfolgsgarant im 21. Jahrhundert ist: Absolut kundenorientierte Printkommunikation nutzbar machen, durch die Kombination von Social/Online und Print.

Digitaldruck und das sich vom DigitaldruckForum in einer internationalen Teamarbeit bereits 2005 vorgestellte Modell der Automated Communication Factory gliedern Print & Print-Kommunikationsdienstleistungen in die Wertschöpfungskette des Kunden ein. Dies ist die fulminanteste Form der Geschäftsmodell-Innovation für Druckereien. Doch alle schauen zu, nur keiner traut sich, den ersten Schritt zu machen. Lieber optimiert man sich zu Tode. Sei’s drum.

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Die Gretchenfrage schiebt sich in den Vordergrund: Ist Digitaldruck schon so weit, per Algorithmen Druckerzeugnisse zu generieren? Ja, aber es klemmt! Und wo klemmt es beim Digitaldruck? Lange wurde der Digitaldruck falsch positioniert. Nämlich als Alternative zu Offset- oder Tiefdruck. Hier haben wir es wieder, das „Ceci tuera cela“ — Das Eine tötet das Andere!

Dabei findet die Schlacht ums Druckereigeschäft auf einem ganz anderen Feld statt: Print muss sich vergleichen lassen mit den Darstellungsstärken von Bildschirmen. Apple hat mit dem Retina-Display die Messlatte hoch gesetzt und dies für mobile Nutzung popularisiert. Höhere Auflösung, bessere Farbdarstellung und unbegrenzter Interaktionsgrad. Wer teuer gedruckte Kunstbücher mit guten, sogar den eigenen Smartphone-Fotos der Kunstwerke vergleicht, weiss, wovon ich rede. Print ist hier weit abgehängt. Die Darstellungsqualität der Exponate ist bei Städel-Museums-Katalogen für die Dürer- oder Nolde-Ausstellungen eine Zumutung (trotz hochwertigem und eben teurem Papier, Agenturspezis und guter Druckerei): Kein einziges gedrucktes Bild reicht auch nur annähernd an die Original-Bildwerke heran. So macht Print keinen Spaß. Im Gegenteil, es ist geradezu eine Beleidigung der Künstler, die im Grab rotieren würden, wenn sie es wüssten…

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DRUM MERKE: Nichts bleibt so, wie es mal sein wird! Lernt, dass Algorithmen sowie Bedürfnisse das Mass aller Dinge sind. 

Die richtige Botschaft für Print ist entsprechend eine ganz andere als die Branche es wahrhaben möchte. Johannes Gutenberg würde es heute so ausdrücken: „Dem Drucken mit beweglichen Lettern folgt das Drucken mit beweglichen Daten!“ Der Kampf um die beste Darstellungsqualität hat Print längst verloren. Und haptisches Erleben, so oft als Stärke von Print angepriesen, interessiert viele nicht mehr, die per Haptik/Fingerdruck Interaktionen erzeugen können. Oder Inhalte abrufen, die hoch-individuell nur für sie als Nutzer aufbereitet werden. In Echtzeit natürlich.

Wir sind gespannt, ob Gutenbergs „virtuell-posthumer“ Aufruf Gehör findet. Und grüßen herzlich aus der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz!

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Monday 23 June
Welcome to another week which has seen several positive announcements and developments, both in the local market and elsewhere, along with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog and a couple of new additions in Online Features. If you haven’t yet downloaded the PDFs from HP with regard to its latest inkjet developments and direction, you should. I think they give a good indication of what to expect in the future in our own industry.Don’t forget that next week will see FESPA Africa kick off on 2 July at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, along with Africa Print, whereas Sign Africa and Visual Communications Africa are both incorporated into FESPA for this year’s event. You’ll find all the news in the FESPA Newsroom on the Website, and the most recent announcements also below.Monday was covered in last week’s update, but to remind you, it began with the announcement from Agfa and Thunderbolt Solutions. In order to return to a Monday – Friday week, I have repeated last Monday’s news below, as next Monday will see our last update until August. I need break during July for a change.

The best of this week’s new happenings and events that I am aware of can all be found below. There have been some really good ones over the past week, including major achievements from Kodak as the first Kodak Prosper 6000C commercial press beta installation is announced at Japs-Olson; from QuadTech with a first in Israel at CLP; from Agfa with 48-page CTP and workflow in Germany; and from Rotolito Lombarda with a Manroland Web Systems 48-page Lithoman with Kodak Stream Inkjet; a Manroland FoldLine for the company’s HP Inkjet Web Presses, and an HP Indigo 10000 B2 Digital Press for book covers – all on Tuesday.

Wednesday saw Sappi Ngodwana Mill’s Specialised Cellulose expansion officially opened in Mpumalanga; as well as a major new software release from Esko of its Suite 14; while on Thursday, Manroland Web Systems took the lead with a new 48-page Lithoman for Aller Tryk in Denmark. Friday began with FESPA Africa which has already been mentioned above, and with the major news coming from HP with the world’s first three installations of its new monochrome HP T260 inkjet web presses to meet demands of the China publishing market at three of Hucais’ printing centres.

Leading today’s headlines: Graphic Label Solutions breaks new ground in sustainability with the first EFI Jetrion LED inkjet narrow web press in the United States. This is followed by KBA at Chesapeake/MPS in the UK with a Rapida 106 B1 press as the ‘cornerstone’ of a £3m investment programme. You’ll also find Horizon with its latest from IFS at B3 printer Herts & Essex, also in the UK.

A double tailender for you this week to make up for missing out last Monday. UPM Kymmene with WWF Finland on Thursday with the promotion of sustainable wood-based biofuels, sustainable forest management and sourcing of raw materials in Finland; and again today, as it signs an agreement for the distribution of UPM BioVerno renewable diesel produced in UPM’s Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland.

There’s lots more lower down, including some exciting new software releases.

Until next time, my best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Monday 16 June – Monday 23 June

Mon 16 June…    Thunderbolt forms strategic alliance with Agfa Graphics
Thunderbolt Solutions and Agfa agreement for distribution, service and support of Agfa Graphics range of products in Southern Africa…Disruptive Approach? Make it better by ‘Make it matter’!
HP in Barcelona, by Andreas Weber, Value CEO | Analyst & Innovation Expert, spokesperson of the DigitalPrintingForum and based in Mainz,Germany…Grapho Metronic management move for Manuel Kosok
Manroland Web Systems subsidiary company Grapho Metronic strengthens its management with Manroland Web addition…

Austrian power at Rattpack Group in Vorarlberg
Rattpack Group recently invested ?4m in setting up a centre for high-speed packaging production with a KBA Rapida 106-6-L…

Resl follows Presto II with Alegro and Ventura MC
Tiskárna Resl in the CzechRepublic invests in two more Muller Martini systems hot on the heels of its Presto II purchase…

Thieme closes the gap between screen and digital print
Open digital printing platform for open process development with Thieme’s newly developed modular printing system…

Tue 17 June…    Kodak announces first Prosper 6000C Press to Japs-Olson
Japs-Olson is expanding its inkjet solution capabilities as the first Kodak Prosper 6000C commercial press beta installation…

QuadTech with Israel’s first gravure Inspection System
CLP installs Israel’s first QuadTech Inspection System for the elimination of white ink on Windmöller & Hölscher press…

Sappi confirms disposal of its Nijmegen Mill

Agreement has been reached to dispose of Sappi’s Nijmegen Mill to an affiliate of American Industrial Acquisition Corporation…

Heidelberg Postpress Folding Days in Ludwigsburg
Ideas for new business models – customers encounter special applications for folding machines at Heidelberg Stahlfolder…

Bagel RotoOffset with 48pp CTP and PDF workflow from Agfa
The German web printer adds efficiencies with automatic imposition and 64-bit processing with Apogee Suite 8…

Rotolito Lombarda continues to invest in innovative systems

Rotolito Lombarda adds Manroland 48pp Lithoman, FoldLine, Kodak Stream Inkjet, and HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press to its lineup…

Wed 18 June…   Sappi Ngodwana Mill’s successful upgrade officially opened
Sappi Ngodwana Mill’s Specialised Cellulose expansion bodes well for future growth for the company and for Mpumalanga…

Esko releases Suite 14

Major software release of the next-generation productivity suite for packaging preproduction and management…

New Esko White Paper to download

Identifies five key trends for packaging workflows of today…

New ISO Standard communicates precise brand colours

CGS supports open standard to digitally exchange brand colours with ORIS CxF Toolbox & ORIS CxF Designer along supply chain…

Onyx Graphics launches new Textile Edition software

Onyx Graphics has launched a new addition to its award-winning suite of RIP and print workflow products….

KBA-FT Engineering firms up older Prinovis gravure press

Professional retrofits instead of scrapping a reality due to KBA-FT Engineering’s broad expertise in gravure…

Thu 19 June…    Aller Tryk orders second Lithoman from Manroland Web
The success story continues: Another Lithoman 48-page short grain press for Aller Tryk A/S in Taastrup, Denmark…

UPM and WWF Finland enter versatile co-operation
For the promotion of sustainable wood-based biofuels, sustainable forest management and sourcing of raw materials in Finland…

Rotolito Lombarda acquires Nava Press
Rotolito Lombarda has signed an agreement to acquire the share capital of Nava Press, a branch of Nava Milano SpA…

KAMA solution for short-run folding cartons

Fast changeovers key to finishing short runs of digitally printed cartons, as KAMA demonstrated at Interpack 2014 with HP Indigo…

Heidelberg’s pilot Performance Plus programme at CGS
Heidelberg’s Performance Plus transforms pressroom operations at Contemporary Graphic Solutions in Pennsauken, NJ…

Bell & Bain Glasgow hails X-Rite IntelliTrax success
Solution enables large-format production target densities to be reached in as fast as 20 minutes at Scottish book printer…

Fri 20 June…   Shift up a gear, double your speed with Durst and Kemtek
To be featured at the Kemtek FESPA Africa 2014 stand: the new high- speed Durst Rho P10 HS series with LED pin curing…

Mimaki and GSW with wide-format at FESPA Africa 2014

Innovation first, as Mimaki brings its latest wide-format inkjet printers to the Gallagher Convention Centre from 2 – 4 July…Enfocus releases Switch 12 update 2
Key user requests added to this leading automation solution open up enhanced productivity to business of all types…

HP Inkjet Web Presses for Hucais’ publishing business

World’s first installations of new monochrome HP T260 26-inch inkjet web presses to meet demands of China publishing market…

Polar update for expanding Penrith company
H&H Reed Printers in Cumbria is replacing a ten year old Polar 78X with the latest Polar 78N Plus cutting technology…

Highcon announces updates to the Euclid

Highcon has also expanded with new distribution channels…Mon 23 June…    GLS first in United States with EFI Jetrion 4950lx
Graphic Label Solutions breaks new ground in sustainability with an EFI Jetrion LED inkjet narrow web press…

Chesapeake/MPS Greenford ‘future-proofs’ with KBA
New power-performance, high specification, KBA Rapida 106 B1 press is ‘cornerstone’ of £3m investment programme…

UPM BioVerno renewable diesel to be distributed in Finland

UPM has signed a sales agreement for UPM BioVerno renewable diesel, produced in UPM’s Lappeenranta Biorefinery…

Herts & Essex Printers invests in future with Horizon
Hertford B3 firm chooses Horizon StitchLiner to aid productivity…

CLP Regulations fuel demand for peel and read varnish
Pulse Roll Label Products, has reported increased demand for its UV flexo free radical release varnish…

The Monday lead articles from last week’s update… 

Thunderbolt forms strategic alliance with Agfa Graphics
Thunderbolt Solutions and Agfa agreement for distribution, service and support of Agfa Graphics range of products in Southern Africa…Disruptive Approach? Make it better by ‘Make it matter’!
HP in Barcelona, by Andreas Weber, Value CEO | Analyst & Innovation Expert, spokesperson of the DigitalPrintingForum and based in Mainz,Germany…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. Heidelbergcustomers 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.

Online Feature articles 2014
There have been 50 so far this year, as well as seven downloads. There were 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 available Chapter 01

HP disrupts production printing market with PageWide Technology
PageWide White Paper for download, following HP’s announcement of new large-format inkjet-based PageWide Technology for high-volume quality prints at high speeds and lower costs…

Inks for HP PageWide Technology White Paper
Technical white paper for download as a PDF detailing new HP pigment inks for quality, speed, and reliability…

May/June Chapter 05Rotolito Lombarda continues to invest in innovative systems
Rotolito Lombarda adds Manroland 48pp Lithoman with Kodak Stream Inkjet, FoldLine for its HP Web Presses and HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press to its lineup…Previous…    Austrian power at Rattpack Group in Vorarlberg
Rattpack Group, one of the showcase companies in the Austrian print and packaging industry, recently invested €4m in setting up a centre for high-speed packaging production, which includes a KBA Rapida 106-6-L…

Technology-related articles Chapter 02Heidelberg Postpress Folding Days in Ludwigsburg
Ideas for new business models – customers encounter special applications for folding machines at Heidelberg Postpress Special Folding Days in early June…Previous…    Disruptive Approach? Make it better by ‘Make it matter’!
By Andreas Weber, Value CEO | Analyst & Innovation Expert, spokesperson DigitalPrintingForum and based in Mainz, Germany…

dmax large-format digital varnishing world première
Steinemann Technology, Schmid Rhyner and Druckhaus Mainfranken present the world’s first high-speed large-format digital varnishing machine – the dmax…

New HP Indigo digital presses with increased productivity
The new HP Indigo 7800 sheet-fed and WS6800 roll-fed digital presses offer unmatched performance, as well as simplified colour management…

Kodak announces two brand new Prosper 6000 Presses
Two brand new from the ground up Kodak Prosper 6000 Presses are set to unleash the next-generation of printing to meet diverse customer needs…

Verdigris - Environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.
Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris Blogs

Little by Little, Bit by Bit

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 20 June

Previous…    Nano Nano
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 13 June
FESPA Newsroom
Can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Africa 2014Shift up a gear, double your speed with Durst and Kemtek
To be featured at the Kemtek FESPA 2014 stand: The new high-speed Durst Rho P10 HS series inkjet printer with LED pin curing…

Mimaki and GSW with wide-format at FESPA Africa 2014
Innovation first, as Mimaki brings its latest wide-format inkjet printers to the Gallagher Convention Centre from 2 – 4 July…

Previous…    FESPA Africa 2014 attracts major industry players
FESPA Africa 2014 is set to be the largest exhibition in the region to date after securing commitment from major industry players…FESPA News 2014

Previous…    FESPA progresses regional re-investment programme in Turkey
50,000 Turkish Lira to print education for next-generation Turkish printers underlines FESPA’s ‘Profit for Purpose’ commitment in Eurasia…

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 Why its worth to read & share this Blog post:

1. drupa 2012 was a milestone for the future of print.
2. Most of the points we identified in 2012 are still valid!
3. Print Buyers’ needs were not yet fulfilled.

 

Spot 1 

“The next big thing” — Print in the communications mix

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen set important accents: The booth in Hall 1 trumped with the installation of five real-printing facilities. Printed materials of all kinds were produced in real terms – from data processing to finished products. All necessary equipment had been specifically tested in advance to enable them to deliver top performance. Next to this it showed what hybrid productions can look like: Inkjet and offset printing in the mix, toner-based digital printing and offset printing in combination with online and mobile applications, as well as displaying significant perspectives and taking a futuristic look at “Printed Electronics” in the Innovation Center of the Heidelberg booth. It became apparent that print in the communications mix is extremely important, if not central in an indispensable role.

Xerox made its mark in automated production in both commercial and packaging printing, as well as within the range of XMPie in cross-media approach. Particularly impressive at Xerox was the way it has created a way of bridging the gap from print to social media and cloud printing. Many others can also be named, and what could be seen with other exhibitors such as Canon, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, and Xeikon. Xeikon just stunned with its never-ending drive for innovation, which portrayed this relatively small player as an outstanding inventor. The drupa innovation park and lots of small ’Hot Shops’ impressed on around 130 stalls, with their innovations. My personal favorite – thanks to Bernd Zipper for the tip: cardolution from Vienna showed how it is able to integrate RFID chips into cardboard and offer NFC Business Cards for everyone. The chip transmits the address information from printed business cards correctly onto smartphones.

In this sense, drupa 2012 was a great success, marked by a few dozen prominent exhibitors who could prove that print has an unbroken power of innovation. Small drawback: The papermakers were barely visible. This is a shame. Sappi was as a premium brand, for example, represented by three smaller stands, but it was not clear what Sappi’s added-value drupa message was. The same goes for digital printing paper market leader Mondi. There was a presence at drupa, but probably more devoted to the contact to technology developers instead to the market of buyers. The exception was UPM in Hall 6, which focused its presentations and displays on both commercial and newspaper customers, as well as the end-user with a very strong environmental message added.

Spot 2

Change in Business Communication approach — Consolidation amongst media professionals

It is amazing and worthy of consideration, because this has been at drupa on this scale never before: The number of members of the press has declined by about 3,000 from 84 countries in the year 2008 to 2,400 from 75 countries in 2012. This is followed by the number of members of the press exactly the trend of sharp decline in visitors (minus 20 percent compared to 2008). Regardless of whether the media coverage of drupa 2012, quantitatively or qualitatively, have been better or worse, the reason should be scrutinized. Because traditionally it was always important for a drupa, to include professional competence as a media partner. It appeared however that press tasks are redefined, and in fact the view of many exhibitors will be to use trade magazines only to serve as a PR platform for exhibitors and their trade fair offers. Journalists are in short supply and tend to be stylized as claqueurs.

The trade fair Drupa Daily newspaper also reflects this again, because as of Haymarket on behalf of Messe Düsseldorf in the circadian rhythm-driven, advertising-funded print and online project, everything was worked up, that happened during the drupa 2012. But what could be the added value if the day’s events have been rumoured — and nothing more? In addition, all that was relevant was made via Twitter and / or YouTube by major exhibitors and analysts immediately publicize themselves. And of course, concise comments. For visitors and decision makers this could offer enormous advantages, since one could learn just about Twitter quickly and concisely in a direct digital path. Provided you know how it works! Talking digital: The drupa app for smartphones and iPad by Messe Düsseldorf disappointed, because only simple queries were possible, and it delivered no added value compared to the printed exhibition catalogue. That could have been done much better with a little extra effort.

Spot 3

A great step forward — Technology vendors are publishers and broadcasters in one!

A new feature with signal effect: Canon Switzerland produced on behalf of Canon Europe, a whole series of world-class professional interviews, created in high-quality TV style of its own Canon web-TV team. Very well done! Compliment! HP, Konica Minolta, Xerox, and Landa, newcomers, as well as many other smaller exhibitors demonstrated as well, their social media power. A visit to press conferences at drupa was thus in principle obsolete. What was presented at a conference for the representatives of the press was, at the same moment of the conference, published by the press conference organizers themselves on the web. To attend press conferences is only worthwhile, therefore, if you made a point to be entertained in an intelligent way, such as EFI CEO Guy Gecht did, or wondering / annoyed by Kodak CEO Antonio Perez, whose arrogant appearance, where self-perception and reality seems to collide with his company.

An inevitable effect: Those drupa exhibitors who publish multimedia self-invest none or hardly any money in professional advertising. The advertising revenues presented have so far been the main source of of income for specialist media publishers. This may explain why the number of press representatives declined so much. Many print journalists are really annoyed about the digital competition and keep Twitter & Co. for the devil. And drupa exhibitors have (still) not demonstrated that they can use social media effectively in the interests of customers and prospects. Too many use Twitter, for example, to take over their PR agencies, the ghost-writing on Twitter. The result is product-related communications push content. But Twitter users are interested in smart conversations — they don‘t like push-PR messages very much.

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Print trade shows in trouble — Missing the end customers (print buyers)

Unexpectedly, was not the sharp drop in visitors and media representatives at drupa 2012. Messe Düsseldorf had indicated in advance that around 350,000 and is no longer, as once expected, the nearly 400,000 visitors. And it was hoped that from the Far East, and especially from China, that many new visitors would come from this region but there were “only” just over 310,000 visitors (the exhibitor staff, journalists, VIP’s not included). Many exhibitors were upset. They said that a record number of visitors is less important. More important is to get the right visitors to come, i.e. the decision makers and prospective buyers from the graphic arts markets. This has worked. Sales exceeded some expectations. All in all, sales revenues in the region of 2 to 2.5 billion EURO are likely to be implemented at, or immediately following drupa 2012.

drupa Was the drupa 2012 a success or not? The answer is yes and no at the same time! Yes, because it was found that innovation lies in the printing and paper technology development. No, because the efficacy was limited to the drupa industry insider. For more than a decade it has become clear that the fate of the printing and paper industry is no longer decided by printing and paper specialists, but by their customers and the market players in the online world. If they lock them out at drupa, the pace of innovation and adaptation in the communications market will weigh too rapidly from print. A look at the bigger picture beyond would have been useful — but remained well below or were not properly pursued. This show other important German trade fairs such as the automotive mega-show, IAA, or the Frankfurt Book Fair on exactly how to permanently overtakes success: The industry participants are always there together: from makers, to visitors and customers of all kinds. This is exactly what was needed, but was omitted from the drupa 2012 in Dusseldorf. Too bad!

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WANTED! — Link to the communication specialists in the market

It is regrettable, however, that the drupa 2012 was unable to fully exploit its potential. For many years drupa does not adequately represent important groups of visitors, especially the so-called “print buyers”, the principal of printers from agencies and enterprises / brands. Drupa 2012 should have been able to inspire and motivate a lot of print buyers, more than ever before. Documents can be this simple: I myself had a few dozen print buyers and decision makers come from agencies and businesses to drupa 2012 – for example, in cooperation with the GWA. GWA drupa special interest day on 9 May 2012. GWA is the leading agency association in Germany. Through the Bank’s enthusiasm for present agency employees was huge when they are properly involved. To get the right knowledge, what is at stake, and how to profit from technological innovations in the communications business.

The exhibitors visited by GWA — Heidelberg, HP, Xerox and exhibitors and i. e. map specialist locr in the drupa innovation park   had been well prepared and adjusted to the print buyer. HP GSB‘s global marketing director Francois Martin, it could be, for example, do not take to prove with facts and creative prime examples of how the marketing and brand benefits from digital printing productions. For example, when BBDO individualized for the client Smart in Paris, an out-of-home campaign with 2092 posters, it scored much attention and in less than 14 days had produced posters in the main streets of Paris.

How can the fact matter that drupa 2012 was not an attraction point for agency and brand representatives on its own? The drupa cube was made by Messe Duesseldorf with daily events to major application issues. But the total of 1,000 participants or so in 13 days, presented in terms of the size of the communications industries employ was only a drop in the ocean. In Germany alone, nearly 800,000 professionals work as communications professionals. In this respect the drupa participation was in vanishingly small per thousand range.

In addition, the carrier of drupa, led by the German Engineering Federation VDMA and the German print association groups have a very narrow focus: They address only techies and printers out of their memberships. They are not linked to the communication specialists in the market. Say the established contact structures are directed to those target groups, offering the classic technologies of printing and paper sector or common printing services.

 

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Monday 16 June

Welcome to an amazing week in the world of digital printing, both toner and injet based, plus of course, Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog and some new additions in Online Features, including new White Papers from HP relating to its disruptive technology releases this past week which you can download as PDFs. But before we begin with a review of the major items… today’s lead article announces a strategic agreement between Thunderbolt Solutions and Agfa Graphics South Africa, for the distribution, service and support of the entire Agfa Graphics range of products in Southern Africa - including plates and its complete range of inkjet printers.Last Monday Xerox took the lead with the opening of its latest Customer Innovation Centre in France with a clear message that inkjet will play a serious part in Xerox’ future in the industry. That was in last week’s update, but the links are still below if you missed it.

Tuesday began with Kodak’s announcement of two brand new Prosper 6000 Presses – literally new from the ground up – as it reveals its next-generation of inkjet printing. These are seriously big high-speed digital web machines for both mono and colour, and you not only need to read the article but also visit the Kodak Website to see the complete presentation, diagrams, configurations and detail, to see how serious the company is for the future of its high-speed Stream inkjet technology. A link is provided at the foot of the article.Heidelberg’s full acquisition of Gallus, also announced on Tuesday, highlights the aim to accelerate the use of Heidelberg’s digital products in the growing labels sector.

On Wednesday you will find Heidelberg’s results for its 2013/2014 Financial Year. But don’t be misled into thinking this is simply about figures. It is not. The article reveals much more about Heidelberg’s immediate, short-term and longer-term plans, including the move of 500 people from its central Heidelberg administrative site to the production site in Wiesloch/Walldorf – including the management board. Read it carefully and you will learn a lot. For the full financial figures you can simply go to the Heidelberg Website.

Thursday saw HP take the lead with the announcement of the upgrading of its flagship range of HP Indigo sheet- and roll-fed presses, including closed-loop colour control with in-line spectrophotometer and colour management tools help to ensure the best possible match to hard-copy proofs, colour uniformity within a page, and colour consistency between presses and sites to meet strict brand guidelines. The spectrophotometer also streamlines the process for colour standards certifications, such as GRACoL and FOGRA. Also on Thursday, major European book printer CPI has opted for the Manroland Web Systems FormerLine book block solution for digital inline finishing in conjunction with its HP Inkjet Web Press. The FormerLine will fold and cut at CPI’s Clausen & Bosse plant in Leck,Germany from the middle of 2014.

On Friday, Steinemann Technology, Schmid Rhyner and Druckhaus Mainfranken announced and presented the world’s first industrial large-format digital varnishing machine for sizes from A3+ to B1+ at 10,000 sheets/hour; but the even bigger surprise again came from HP as it announced PageWide inkjet technology for its Designjet printers which will completely disrupt the multi-billion dollar production printing market currently dominated by Canon and Xerox, and which mainly uses LED technology with a little bit of Memjet. There’s more on this in today’s news from Andreas Weber who was in Barcelona for the HP launch event on Thursday of last week.

There’s lots more lower down.

Until next time, my best regards,

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Tuesday 10 June – Monday 16 June
Tue 10 June…    Kodak announces two brand new Prosper 6000 Presses
Two new from the ground up Kodak Prosper 6000 Presses unleash the next-generation of printing to meet diverse customer needs…Heidelberg announces full acquisition of Gallus Holding AG
The full acquisition of Gallus Holding will accelerate the use of Heidelberg’s digital products in the growing labels sector…

FESPA Africa 2014 attracts major industry players
FESPA Africa 2014 is set to be the largest exhibition in the region to date after securing commitment from major industry players…Ricoh SA sponsors Dutch cyclist Shayne Rookhuyzen
Ricoh SA has donated R50,000 to Dutch cyclist in Cairo-to-Cape Wheels of Hope journey to raise money for children’s charities…Revo Open House ‘World premiere’ for digital flexo
Gidue in Florence will host the Revo Open House to launch the ‘Digital Flexo Revolution’, 10 – 12 June…Page Brothers secures closed loop colour with Heidelberg
Page Brothers has invested in the Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102-5+L after an analysis of its B1 options…Sonderen Packaging opts for KBA Rapida 145 large-format
Third-generation, family-owned business enters its 51st Year and to invests for the future with new press from KBA…

Wed 11 June…   Heidelberg publishes results for Financial Year 2013/2014
Heidelberg initiates next stage of Group’s reorganisation with targeted EBITDA margin of no less than 8 per cent for new financial year…

St Ives Group to support Two Sides in the UK
St Ives Group strengthens commitment to sustainable print production with Two Sides agreement in the UK…

First Inca Onset Q40i in Europe to Quad/Graphics
Quad/Graphics in Poland is first in Europe to invest in Inca Onset Q40i supplied by Fujifilm, following its Onset Q40i purchase in USA…

Perfekt gets first Polar CuttingSystem PACE in Poland
Warsaw printing house Perfekt S.A. is the first in Poland to produce on the Polar CuttingSystem PACE…

Superfast Labels weaves its magic with Epson SurePress

The Hair Wizard chooses digital labels for hair product launch and ability to produce fast time to market creative seasonal variations…

Thu 12 June…    
New HP Indigo digital presses with increased production
HP Indigo 7800 and WS6800 digital presses offer unmatched performance, as well as simplified colour management…

CPI opens new chapter in book printing with FormerLine
Giant book printer opts for the Manroland Web Systems FormerLine book block solution for digital inline finishing…

EFI and AMSP/NAPL/NAQP: The ultimate in thought leadership
Joint EFI Connect and AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Executive Leadership Summit in 2015 promises a more powerful educational experience…

21 Colour in Glasgow gains Heidelberg certification
Colour by name, colour by nature, as 21 Colour joins the Heidelberg Colour Club with Heidelberg ISO 12647-2 certification…

ColorLogic releases version 3 of CoPrA
ColorLogic GmbH has released the third generation of CoPrA, its high-end colour profiling software…

Fri 13 June…   Dmax large-format digital varnishing world première
Steinemann Technology, Schmid Rhyner and Druckhaus Mainfranken present the world’s first large-format digital varnishing machine…HP announces PageWide Technology for Designjet printers
HP disrupts production printing market with new large-format inkjet-based PageWide Technology for high-volume quality prints…

KBA at Expoprint 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil

A powerful trio: KBA Rapida 105 with MBO and Herzog+Heymann folders from 16 to 22 July at the Transamérica Expo Centre São Paulo…QuadTech at ExpoPrint Latin America 2014
Latest technology coupled with new service and support structure increases quality and lowers costs for Brazilian printers…Pandaprint invests in new Speedmaster SX74-5
Dunfermline printer looks forward to completing Heidelberg press line up with B2 five-colour machine with high pile delivery…HOA Creative Communications invests in Ricoh Pro C901
The specialist print management and design service broadens its offering and extends in-house digital printing…Mon 16 June…    Thunderbolt forms strategic alliance with Agfa Graphics
Thunderbolt Solutions and Agfa agreement for distribution, service and support of Agfa Graphics range of products in Southern Africa…

Disruptive Approach? Make it better by ‘Make it matter’!
HP in Barcelona, by Andreas Weber, Value CEO | Analyst & Innovation Expert, spokesperson of the DigitalPrintingForum and based in Mainz, Germany…

Grapho Metronic management move for Manuel Kosok
Manroland Web Systems subsidiary company Grapho Metronic strengthens its management with Manroland Web addition…

Austrian power at Rattpack Group in Vorarlberg
Rattpack Group recently invested ?4m in setting up a centre for high-speed packaging production with a KBA Rapida 106-6-L…

Resl follows Presto II with Alegro and Ventura MC
Tiskárna Resl in the CzechRepublic invests in two more Muller Martini systems hot on the heels of its Presto II purchase…

Thieme closes the gap between screen and digital print
Open digital printing platform for open process development with Thieme’s newly developed modular printing system…

The Monday lead articles from the previous update… 

Xerox reveals inkjet strategy and ambitions with new Centre
Xerox features inkjet technology in newest Customer Innovation Centre in France and enhances Innovation Centres worldwide…

Countdown to FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July

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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.Online Feature articles 2014
There have been 50 so far this year, including seven downloads. There were 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 available Chapter 01

HP disrupts production printing market with PageWide Technology
PageWide White Paper for download, following HP’s announcement of new large-format inkjet-based PageWide Technology for high-volume quality prints at high speeds and lower costs…Inks for HP PageWide Technology White Paper
Technical white paper for download as a PDF detailing new HP pigment inks for quality, speed, and reliability…

Previous…    
Effortless colour management with Asanti Calibrated Print Modes
You can download the latest Agfa Graphics’ Tech paper entitled ‘Effortless colour management with Asanti Calibrated Print Modes’ here…

Turbo Charge your Variable Print Productivity
The free guide, edited by Martin Bailey, CTO for Global Graphics and the primary UK expert on the ISO committees, shows how to ‘Do PDF/VT Right’ to maximise productivity and minimise turnaround in the variable data world…

May/June Chapter 05

Austrian power at Rattpack Group in Vorarlberg

Rattpack Group, one of the showcase companies in the Austrian print and packaging industry, recently invested €4m in setting up a centre for high-speed packaging production, which includes a KBA Rapida 106-6-L…

Previous…    
Druckerei Lokay and Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plates
Druckerei Lokay in Reinheim, Germany optimises its outstanding environmental profile by switching to Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plates…Marvaco remains at the forefront of technology with Esko
Award-winning high quality flexo print and best-in-class customer service now also recognized with FTA Best-of-Show, as well as gold and bronze awards…Bedruckbar AG relies on flatbed technology by Agfa Graphics
Bedruckbar AG from Bern, Switzerland invested in a new Jeti 3020 Titan of Agfa Graphics last year…

Sisonke corners digital print market with Xerox presses

Litho, web and digital printing company Sisonke Printers and Signage in Johannesburg has bought several production digital colour presses from Bytes Document Solutions…LSD Günter Neumann: Welcome aboard, Asanti
Hamburg-based LSD Günter Neumann GmbH started out as a traditional screen printer and over time has grown into a state-of-the-art, innovative digital printing company…Flex-Punkt chooses Kodak in clear vote to raise quality
‘The highest possible standard in platemaking’ – that is the Flex-Punkt philosophy. It is a claim that goes hand in hand with very high quality demands…
Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Disruptive Approach? Make it better by ‘Make it matter’!
By Andreas Weber, Value CEO | Analyst & Innovation Expert, spokesperson DigitalPrintingForum and based in Mainz, Germany…dmax large-format digital varnishing world première
Steinemann Technology, Schmid Rhyner and Druckhaus Mainfranken present the world’s first high-speed large-format digital varnishing machine – the dmax…New HP Indigo digital presses with increased productivity
The new HP Indigo 7800 sheet-fed and WS6800 roll-fed digital presses offer unmatched performance, as well as simplified colour management…

Kodak announces two brand new Prosper 6000 Presses
Two brand new from the ground up Kodak Prosper 6000 Presses are set to unleash the next-generation of printing to meet diverse customer needs…

Previous…    World premiere of new Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 in Heidelberg
Heidelberg Info Days – new high-performance large-format presses unveiled for packaging printing in Wiesloch-Walldorf…

KBA Radebeul illuminates packaging print from all sides
Successful open house was held at KBA in Radebeul on 14 and 15 May: Packaging. Competence. Network. 2014…
Verdigris - Environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.
Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris BlogsNano Nano
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 13 June

Previous…    Brussels Calling
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 06 JuneTwo Sides Corner

St Ives Group to support Two Sides
St Ives Group strengthens commitment to sustainable print production with Two Sides agreement in the UK…
FESPA Newsroom
Can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Africa 2014FESPA Africa 2014 attracts major industry players
FESPA Africa 2014 is set to be the largest exhibition in the region to date after securing commitment from major industry players…Previous…    Countdown to FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July
Kemtek to showcase leading prepress, printing and finishing technologies from HP Indigo, Durst, Aristo, EngView, Founders, Screen, Sibress and Duplo…

Be inspired by the FESPA Africa education programme
FESPA Africa will be a hive of inspirational activity from 2 – 4 July at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg…Antalis to showcase Now and the Future at FESPA Africa
Antalis South Africa is set to inspire visitors to its stand at FESPA Africa from 2 – 4 July with LED superwide-format and wide-format inkjet, digital printing, digtal finishing, software and more…FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July in Johannesburg
FESPA Africa invites the African print community to ‘explore’ technologies and market opportunities…FESPA Digital 2014

2014 World Wrap Master Crowned at FESPA Digital 2014
Kiss Lajos, Hungary, won this year’s FESPA World Wrap Masters competition…

Gold Awards for UK in this year’s FESPA lineup
FESPA Awards 2014 celebrating print excellence, Munich 22 May…

FESPA Awards 2014 Celebrated Print Excellence in Munich
The FESPA Awards programme Gold for New Zealand and FESPA Hall of Fame Printer of the Year 2014 to Australia…

Bordeaux recaps successful FESPA in Munich
New distribution partner, demonstrations of newly released ink on Roland and Epson printers at FESPA Digital 2014…

FESPA News 2014

FESPA progresses regional re-investment programme in Turkey
50,000 Turkish Lira to print education for next-generation Turkish printers underlines FESPA’s ‘Profit for Purpose’ commitment in Eurasia…

FESPA launches Print Census
Broadest and largest global research initiative ever (12-month data gathering project) to map wide-format print community..

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

Drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf (in Englisch und Deutsch)

Most recent…    drupa launches new marketing campaign for 2016:
Kick-off at interpack in May. Consortium from Düsseldorf wins pitch / Integrated multichannel campaign impressed the panel…

drupa launcht neue Marketing-Kampagne für 2016:
Der Startschuss fällt auf der interpack im Mai. Düsseldorfer Konsortium setzt sich im Pitch durch / integrierte Multichannelkampagne überzeugt…

Re-launch and structural realignment of drupa 2016:

Focus on future technologies. Definition of topical highlight issues. New key signifier for drupa. Relaunch of drupa at interpack 2014. Invitations have been sent out…Neupositionierung und strategische Ausrichtung der drupa 2016:
Zukunftstechnologien verstärkt im Fokus. Aktuelle Highlight-Themen definiert / neues Key Visual für die drupa / Relaunch der drupa zur interpack 2014 / Ausstellereinladungen sind verschickt…

The heart of printing and paper technology beats in Europe
Despite shifts in the global market, Europe remains the most important market for innovative printing and paper technology. The PRINT 2030 initiative of the VDMA develops a positive statement for the printing and paper technology manufacturing industry…Das Herz der Druck- und Papiertechnik schlägt in Europa
Europa bleibt trotz globaler Marktverschiebung wichtigster Absatzmarkt für innovative Druck- und Papiertechnik. VDMA-Initiative PRINT 2030 entwickelt positives Leitbild für den Druck- und Papiermaschinenbau…

Drupa 2016 Specialist Feature Articles

Most recent…    What’s up, drupa?
Value Talk with Sabine Geldermann, director at Messe Düsseldorf who is responsible for drupa trade fairs, by Andreas Weber, Value Communications AG…
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Text, Photos and Posts by Andreas Weber, Value CEO | Analyst & Innovation Expert

 

 Why it is worth to read this blog post:

1. Catch the innovation spirit

2. Real paradigm shift for print

3. Great insights by a leading Scientist!

 

Quite interesting, how serious HP’s Graphic Solution Business Division tries to push the Graphic Arts community forward. On a global level even the CEO Meg Whitman was involved to present disruptive inkjet technologies. Analysts and journalists were invited to meet in Barcelona on May 12th, 2014. More or less exactly two years before drupa 2016 will start in Düsseldorf.

HP GSB’s ww Marketing Director Francois Martin stated: „We challenge the status quo!“. Technology disruptions are given to enable the transformation from „Wave One: Capitalize” and „Wave Two: Anticipate“ to „Wave Three: Create“. That means to run along to identify new services and new ecosystems to create new categories and new ways to use technologies. — I am wondering if that is related to how to manage HP GSB’s business or if it is as well a valuable advice for HP GSB customers…

 

Where is the beef?

Based on its already existing and well established PageWide Technology HP presented a prototype of a system scaling up to the large-format printing. To give you an idea, we share the links to the new press releases and White Papers. The launch of the new printing system will start earliest in the 2nd half of 2015. So we have time enough to think and talk about it.

But the presentation of a new printing system was not the key point of the meeting in Barcelona. HP took us to its Labs, shared first-hand knowledge. In a so called Dark Room Experience we got (for the very first time) the context of print innovation and market innovation driven by a huge variety of innovative application areas.

Dr. Ross Allen, Senior Technical Specialist and Inkjet Technology Scientist, based in St. Helena, CA, took us to a very impressive journey. Which started in 1984 to push HP’s inkjet performance advances by (the so called) Moore’s law. In fact for over 30 years, the performance of HP Thermal Inkjet printers has doubled every 18 months. The new enhanced PageWide technology will be a milestone by pushing productivity 8 times higher!

 

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What is the disruptive innovation task?

„What powers HP innovation?“ – Dr. Ross Allen answered the question like this: „Unmatched vertical integration!“  — Printing Solutions are the result of Printheads, Ink & Media, Writing Systems, Image Processing, SW & FW based on unique intellectual Property, Research and Development plus ww Manufacturing & Support. HP as a market leader works on inkjet innovation around the globe at any time (day and night).

In fact: „The HP PageWide printhead is built with thousands of identical drop generators that offer uniform volume, speed and trajectory for precise printing. The technology also regulates the speed and penetration of Original HP pigment ink to accelerate drying and to control dot size, feathering and color-to-color bleed for high-quality prints.“

Albert Serra, ww R&D Director, HP LF Design Business highlighted that „Color is the new black. (…) So HP will disrupt in the first step the Reprographics market by cutting costs and enhancing productivity and ease of use in a significant way“.  And Thomas Valjak, VP & General manager LF Design Business Solutions EMEA, explained the new disruptive Go-to-Market approach. He „re-engineered“ HP’s distribution channel to enable the best One-Face-to-the-Customer approach via qualified and certified dealers.

 

Summary and our take:

It was worth traveling to Barcelona. Specially to see the Labs, to talk to Dr. Ross Allen and other HP GSB executives to realize that we will definitely go through a paradigm shift caused by disruptive InkJet technologies. It is quite clever by HP to focus in the first step the Reprographics market. But the large format (B2+) and all other benefits will also help commercial printers in the future to reduce costs, increase productivity, flexibility, quality, usability. And last but not least: to create new applications. But, as Dr. Ross Allen said to me: „We enter a new era based on a great experience to change the world of print!“

 

Further informations:

More information about the latest additions to the HP Designjet production printing portfolio is available in an online press kit at www.hp.com/go/DesignjetProduction2014 and at www.hp.com/go/designjet.

Videos and updates on the new products are available on the HP for Designers Facebook page, the HP Graphic Arts YouTube channel and the @HPGraphicArts Twitter handle.

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Monday 09 June
Welcome to another roundup of news for the past week, and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog. You will also find eight articles in our Online Features section this week, as well as a new download from Agfa Graphics; and in the FESPA Newsroom, four for FESPA Africa which takes place from 2 – 4 July at the Gallagher Convention Centre near Johannesburg, from Kemtek with HP Indigo, Durst, Aristo, EngView, Founders, Screen, Sibress and Duplo; and from Antalis South Africa with EFI Vutek, Esko and Kongsberg, Epson, and Kodak with the NexPress digital production colour press; and from FESPA Africa and the show organisers, plus a further six post-show articles out of FESPA Digital from Thieme, Mimaki Europe, Brett Martin, Canon and from the FESPA Digital team highlighting the most internationally diverse audience mix to date, at the oustandingly successful event held in Munich at the end of last month.The lead article on Friday came from Heidelberg, following the worldwide premiere of the new and faster large-format Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 presses for packaging printing, unveiled at its Info Days held in Wiesloch-Walldorf last week, along with Saphira Low Migration consumables that meet the special requirements for the production of food packaging. The latter can be found among today’s headlines.And leading the news today is Xerox, following the opening of its newest almost 8,500 sq/m Inkjet Innovation Centre and showrooms in France, to bring Impika’s aqueous inkjet technology, products and services to the forefront. The new centre is adjacent to the company’s expanded R&D and production facilities. This latest move, according to Andrew Copley, president Graphic Communications Operations, Xerox, ‘This represents a significant milestone in our inkjet strategy since acquiring Impika in 2013. Our plan to provide both aqueous and waterless inkjet technology is on track and gaining momentum. PSPs know we are serious about inkjet.’Among this week’s orders and installations you find the world’s first Inca Onset R40i UV flatbed printer, sold to ImageData at FESPA Digital; Henry Ling with its latest Canon/Oce inkjet investments; and American Greetings’ first Scodix S75 Digital Enhancement Press – all on Tuesday.On Wednesday we had Kodak with FlexCel NX at Flex-Punkt; Fujifilm’s prepress solutions with Screen PlateRite CTP at Howard Hunt; Marstan Press attaining Heidelberg ISO 12647-2 colour certification with its new XL 75 press; KBA with a Rapida 106 sheetfed offset press with HR-UV drying at Drukkerij Paesen; DST Output with a Horizon StitchLiner from IFS; and Signature Flexible Packaging with the latest gearless, sleeved, central impression 10-colour flexo printing press KBA Flexotecnica. On Thursday, Südostschweiz Presse increases added value with a PUR extension on its Muller Martini Pantera perfect binding line. Friday saw packaging and labels giant Autajon make its first move to digi tal inkjet with an order for Domino’s N610i digital colour inkjet label press most recently shown at Interpack; and The Print Unit with another Horizon StitchLiner from IFS.To begin this week on a really high note, Italian print firm Ruggeri Grafiche in Modena, is investing in a really highly-specified KBA Rapida 106 with eleven printing and finishing units; and C&D Printing has enhanced its digital printing services with a second NexPress digital press with Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions from Kodak.If you check out the headlines below, you will also find more new kit and software upgrades released and announced during the past week, including Alwan, Fujifilm and Masterwork.The tailender goes to the Esko flexo customers who nabbed four of six Best of Show awards at this year’s 2014 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards. Congratulations to everyone responsible for these great achievements.Until next time, my best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Tuesday 3 June – Monday 9 June
Tue 3 June…    Choose the best ‘Be unbeatable. Be a Speedmaster.’ video
Heidelberg calls on the Internet community to choose the three best ‘Be unbeatable. Be a Speedmaster.’ Videos…FESPA Digital 2014 attracts diverse international audience
Peripatetic movement, global FESPA portfolio and association support, refresh the most internationally diverse audience mix to date…

Antalis SA now a distributor for UPM Raflatac

Antalis South Africa has been a distributor of UPM Raflatac since March 2014, following discussions between the two companies…Durst appoints new managing director for France
Durst appoints Antonio Castaño as the new managing director for subsidiary Durst Image Technologie France SAS…World’s first Inca Onset R40i UV flatbed to imageData
imageData Group invests in world’s first Inca Onset R40i UV flatbed printer at FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich…Agfa Eversify mobile publishing heads to Turin
Enhanced Eversify mobile publishing solution at World Newspaper Conference in Turin, Italy, 7 – 9 June…

Twixl media joins the Enfocus Crossroads community

Twixl media and Enfocus partner up to provide automated creation and distribution of rich content apps for iOS and Android tablets…Henry Ling completes latest investment programme
With technology from Canon, the specialist printer of academic books and journals has expanded its digital production capacity…Scodix press set to install at American Greetings
American Greetings is to install the company’s first Scodix S75 Digital Enhancement Press at its Osceola, Arkansas facility…

Wed 4 June…   Antalis showcases Now and the Future at FESPA Africa
Antalis South Africa is set to inspire visitors to its stand at FESPA Africa from 2 – 4 July at the Gallagher Convention Centre…Colour matching across printing processes with Alwan
Alwan Color Expertise’ new ‘McDowell’ Software Suite guarantees colour accuracy and consistency across printing technologies…

Flex-Punkt chooses Kodak in clear vote to raise quality

The highest possible standard in platemaking’ – that is Flex-Punkt’s philosophy, that goes hand in hand with high quality demands…Esko hardware/software users are vast majority of winners
Esko flexo customers nab four of six Best of Show at this year’s 2014 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards…Howard Hunt opts for integrated Fujifilm + Screen solution
Fujifilm’s prepress solutions with Screen PlateRite save costs and improve environmental credentials at Howard Hunt Group…

Marstan secures Heidelberg Colour Club status
Marstan Press attains Heidelberg ISO 12647-2 colour certification and becomes part of the Colour Club with new XL 75-10-P…

KBA Rapida 106 with HR-UV replaces two presses
Drukkerij Paesen in Opglabbeek, Belgium has invested in a KBA Rapida 106 sheetfed offset press with HR-UV drying…

ROI in one year for DST Output’s Horizon StitchLiner

Peterborough firm brings saddlestitching service in house…

Signature Flexible Packaging opts for KBA Flexotecnica
Superior, gearless, sleeved, central impression 10-colour flexo printing press installed in Los Angeles with stunning results…

Thu 5 June…    
Be inspired by the FESPA Africa education programme
FESPA Africa will be a hive of inspirational activity 2 – 4 July at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg…

Agfa Graphics maintains Adobe Gold Partner status
Adobe Solution Partnership results in continued success of APPE- based workflows for commercial and wide-format printers…

Fujifilm’s new high-performance Acuity F flatbed printer

The new Acuity F Series has been designed for volume sign & display PSPs who have a high demand for rigid media…

Six new articles in Online Features this week

Kodak with Sonora XP; Marvaco and Esko; Agfa’s Jeti Titan; Sisonke with Xerox, Asanti at Neumann, and Kodak Flexo NX at Flex-Punkt…

GMG ColorServer 4.9 to deliver added flexibility
Highlight features include PDF/VT-1 compatibility, CMYK to RGB conversions and support of new IDEAlliance file standards…

Südostschweiz Presse adds PUR from Muller Martini

Südostschweiz Presse und Print AG, Chur increases added value with PUR extension on its Pantera perfect binding line…

World’s first, one-of-a-kind Duopress: Two processes in one
Masterwork USA sees surge of interest in its Duopress foil stamping/die-cutting machine with stripping…

Fri 6 June…   World premiere of new Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162
Heidelberg Info Days – new high-performance large-format presses unveiled for packaging printing in Wiesloch-Walldorf…Antalis South Africa debuts EFI Vutek GS3250LX Pro LED
A balance of business and environmental benefits, as the EFI Vutek GS3250LX Pro LED printer is showcased in Johannesburg…KBA Radebeul illuminates packaging print from all sides
Successful open house was held at KBA in Radebeul on 14 and 15 May: Packaging. Competence. Network. 2014…

Mimaki Europe raises the bar at FESPA Digital 2014

Education, awards, new ideas and heavy traffic marked return to positive business environment for sign & display graphics business…Positive reception for new MPS EB and EF flexo presses
MPS attracted numerous visitors to its open house held mid-May at its headquarters in Didam, The Netherlands…Autajon opts for the Domino N610i inkjet label press
Autajon moves to inkjet with an order for Domino’s N610i digital colour inkjet label press, with 7 colours and a 333mm print width…The Print Unit streamlines production with Horizon StitchLiner
London business improves saddlestitching quality to meet customer demand with Horizon StitchLiner 5500 from IFS…Mon 2 June…    Xerox reveals inkjet strategy and ambitions with new Centre
Xerox features inkjet technology in newest Customer Innovation Centre in France and enhances Innovation Centres worldwide…

Countdown to FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July

Kemtek to showcase leading technologies from HP Indigo, Durst, Aristo, EngView, Founders, Screen, Sibress and Duplo…Heidelberg launches Saphira Low Migration consumables
Saphira Low Migration: Heidelberg launches consumables that meet the special requirements for the production of food packaging…Innovative ideas for thread sewing with Muller Martini
TWE__NMC from Muller Martini makes softcover products more attractive using the Ventura MC book sewing machine…Long KBA Rapida 106 for Ruggeri Grafiche in Modena
Italian print firm Ruggeri Grafiche in Modena, invests in a high-spec Rapida 106 with eleven printing and finishing units…C&D adds Kodak NexPress with Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions
C&D Printing enhances digital printing services with addition of a second Kodak NexPress digital production press…

The Monday lead articles from the previous update… 

Is Greenwashing returning? Asks Two Sides
Are Banks reneging on promises to move away from misleading environmental marketing? There are some recent disturbing signs…Two Sides launches engaging new Website
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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.

Online Feature articles 2014
There have been 30 so far this year, as well as five downloads. There were 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 available Chapter 01Effortless colour management with Asanti Calibrated Print Modes
You can download the latest Agfa Graphics’ Tech paper entitled ‘Effortless colour management with Asanti Calibrated Print Modes’ here…Previous…    Kodak issues a call to action to the industry
With sustainability white paper authored by Laurel Brunner, managing director of Digital Dots Limited…Turbo Charge your Variable Print Productivity
The free guide, edited by Martin Bailey, CTO for Global Graphics and the primary UK expert on the ISO committees, shows how to ‘Do PDF/VT Right’ to maximise productivity and minimise turnaround in the variable data world…

May/June Chapter 05

Druckerei Lokay and Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plates
Druckerei Lokay in Reinheim, Germany optimises its outstanding environmental profile by switching to Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plates…Marvaco remains at the forefront of technology with Esko
Award-winning high quality flexo print and best-in-class customer service now also recognized with FTA Best-of-Show, as well as gold and bronze awards…Bedruckbar AG relies on flatbed technology by Agfa Graphics
Bedruckbar AG from Bern, Switzerland invested in a new Jeti 3020 Titan of Agfa Graphics last year…

Sisonke corners digital print market with Xerox presses

Litho, web and digital printing company Sisonke Printers and Signage in Johannesburg has bought several production digital colour presses from Bytes Document Solutions…LSD Günter Neumann: Welcome aboard, Asanti
Hamburg-based LSD Günter Neumann GmbH started out as a traditional screen printer and over time has grown into a state-of-the-art, innovative digital printing company…Flex-Punkt chooses Kodak in clear vote to raise quality
‘The highest possible standard in platemaking’ – that is the Flex-Punkt philosophy. It is a claim that goes hand in hand with very high quality demands…Previous…    Druckteam Berlin impresses with Speedmaster XL 106
Druckteam Berlin boosts its productivity by up to 30 per cent with a new Speedmaster XL 106 from Heidelberg…
Technology-related articles Chapter 02

World premiere of new Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 in Heidelberg
Heidelberg Info Days – new high-performance large-format presses unveiled for packaging printing in Wiesloch-Walldorf…

KBA Radebeul illuminates packaging print from all sides
Successful open house was held at KBA in Radebeul on 14 and 15 May: Packaging. Competence. Network. 2014…Most recent…    Heidelberg introduces its new-generation CombiStar
New-generation CombiStar from Heidelberg boosts energy efficiency by up to a massive 50 per cent and with reduced CO2…
Verdigris - Environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.
Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris BlogsBrussels Calling
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 06 JunePrevious…    Digital Printers & Energy Efficiency
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 30 MayThe Politics of Green
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 23 May

FESPA Newsroom
Can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Africa 2014

Countdown to FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July

Kemtek to showcase leading prepress, printing and finishing technologies from HP Indigo, Durst, Aristo, EngView, Founders, Screen, Sibress and Duplo…

Be inspired by the FESPA Africa education programme
FESPA Africa will be a hive of inspirational activity from 2 – 4 July at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg…Antalis to showcase Now and the Future at FESPA Africa
Antalis South Africa is set to inspire visitors to its stand at FESPA Africa from 2 – 4 July with LED superwide-format and wide-format inkjet, digital printing, digtal finishing, software and more…FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July in Johannesburg
FESPA Africa invites the African print community to ‘explore’ technologies and market opportunities…FESPA Digital 2014

Thieme closes the gap for screen and digital print
Open digital printing platform for open process development with Thieme’s newly developed modular printing system debuted at FESPA Digital…Mimaki raises the bar at FESPA Digital 2014
Education, awards, new ideas and heavy traffic marked return to positive business environment for sign & display graphics business…

FESPA Digital 2014 attracts most internationally diverse audience to date

Peripatetic movement, global FESPA portfolio and association support refresh the most internationally diverse audience mix to date, in Munich last month…

FESPA Fabric 2014 t-shirt design competition winner announced
Mark Thompson, Printdesigns Limited, has been named the winner of the FESPA Fabric 2014 t-shirt design competition…Brett Martin inspired visitors to ‘Change for the Better’
The manufacturer of plastic products attracted wide interest in its products for the construction, fabrication, print and display sectors at FESPA Digital…Canon celebrates success at FESPA Digital 2014
Worldwide premiere of its new Océ Arizona 6100 Series hailed a resounding success with five sold at the show…Previous…    FESPA Digital bucks all trends, showing market geared for grow
Sun shines on world of wide-format at record-breaking FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich with 30 per cent increase over Hamburg in 2011…
FESPA News 2014

Previous…    FESPA launches Print Census
Broadest and largest global research initiative ever (12-month data gathering project) to map wide-format print community…

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

Drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf (in Englisch und Deutsch)

Most recent…    drupa launches new marketing campaign for 2016:
Kick-off at interpack in May. Consortium from Düsseldorf wins pitch / Integrated multichannel campaign impressed the panel…

drupa launcht neue Marketing-Kampagne für 2016:
Der Startschuss fällt auf der interpack im Mai. Düsseldorfer Konsortium setzt sich im Pitch durch / integrierte Multichannelkampagne überzeugt…

Re-launch and structural realignment of drupa 2016:

Focus on future technologies. Definition of topical highlight issues. New key signifier for drupa. Relaunch of drupa at interpack 2014. Invitations have been sent out…Neupositionierung und strategische Ausrichtung der drupa 2016:
Zukunftstechnologien verstärkt im Fokus. Aktuelle Highlight-Themen definiert / neues Key Visual für die drupa / Relaunch der drupa zur interpack 2014 / Ausstellereinladungen sind verschickt…

The heart of printing and paper technology beats in Europe
Despite shifts in the global market, Europe remains the most important market for innovative printing and paper technology. The PRINT 2030 initiative of the VDMA develops a positive statement for the printing and paper technology manufacturing industry…Das Herz der Druck- und Papiertechnik schlägt in Europa
Europa bleibt trotz globaler Marktverschiebung wichtigster Absatzmarkt für innovative Druck- und Papiertechnik. VDMA-Initiative PRINT 2030 entwickelt positives Leitbild für den Druck- und Papiermaschinenbau…
Drupa 2016 Specialist Feature Articles

Most recent…    What’s up, drupa?
Value Talk with Sabine Geldermann, director at Messe Düsseldorf who is responsible for drupa trade fairs, by Andreas Weber, Value Communications AG…
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valuetrendradar:

Unsere Digitaldruck-Branche kommuniziert gegenüber dem Markt/den Auftraggebern völlig unzureichend (um nicht zu sagen: LAUSIG!).

Technik-Lieferanten der Digitaldrucker tun ein übriges:
Den Top-Managern fehlt zumeist fundierte Markt- und Kunden-Kenntnis.Sie denken in Boxen-Verkauf, Stellplätzen und Page-Volumes.

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Value Communication — About us 2014.013

Warum es sich lohnt, diesen Beitrag zu lesen:

1. Innovation hat stets eine Geschichte!

2. Warum Print als Medium unter Druck gerät, da eine Traditionsbranche sich ins Abseits stellt.

3. Welche Folgen schlechte Marktkommunikation hat! — Und wie man gegensteuert!

Notizen aus der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz zum Jahresauftakt 2014

Die Zeit, sie rinnt dahin, scheint es. Letzten Sommer fast unbemerkt, wurde der Farb-Digitaldruck per Xeikon und Indigo 20 Jahre alt. Und das in der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz angesiedelte DigitaldruckForum (DDF), als national wie international erste Brancheninitiative im B2B, wurde im März 18 Jahre alt. Und damit volljährig.

Grund und Anlass, um kurz darzulegen, wie der Stand der Dinge ist.

  1. In der Anfangsphase des DDF hat sich eine kleine Schar von Pionieren getroffen, um die neue Technik zu besprechen. Mit all ihren Startschwierigkeiten und Aussichten.
  2. Viele Jahre haben wir mit dem DigitaldruckForum Congress erstklassige Top-Konferenzen durchgeführt und viele tausend Fachbesucher eingebunden. Mit Kongressen in der…

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Value Talk by Andreas Weber @ Ink Jet Day Event 20052014 FINAL.007

 

Ein bewusst „böser“ Kommentar von Andreas Weber,
Sprecher DigitaldruckForum, Mainz

 

Das ultimative Manager-Motto scheint zu sein:
“Man kombiniert etwas, was nicht funktioniert, mit etwas, was nicht stimmt.”

 

Zwei interessante Wochen liegen hinter uns: Interpack 2014 in Düsseldorf, Online Print Symposium 2014 und Fespa Digital in München sowie vor allem die Swiss Publishing Days in Winterthur mit dem Thema „Inkjet macht Druck“.

 

So beeindruckend die Vielfalt der gebotenen Informationen ist, so ernüchternd ist die Erkenntnis, das das größte Übel die sind, die sich als Marktführer und Brancheninnovatoren selbst beweihräuchern und die von ihnen verschandelte Realität ignorieren.

 

Hoch bezahlte Manager aus der Digitaldrucktechnik-Herstellerindustrie bringen ihre Botschaft nicht rüber (von wenigen Ausnahmen abgesehen, lieber François Martin!). Ihr Fach- und Branchenwissen ist lausig. Ihre Vortragsfähigkeiten sind grauenhaft. Null Empathie, null Emotion, aber dafür viel Hybris. Sie kommen zu solchen Events wie Gladiatoren, treten selbstbewusst auf, verbreiten Blödsinn. Und sind gleich wieder beim jeweiligen Event verschwunden, ohne mitzubekommen, was sich in ihrem Markt tatsächlich tut. Selbst Mitarbeitern, vor allem aus dem Vertrieb derselben Hersteller, ist so etwas mehr als peinlich! Und mindert den Erfolg dramatisch!

 

Was ist nur los? 

 

Nach über 20 Jahren sog. Innovation der Print- und Publishing-Branchen tun die meisten nur, was sie können, aber nicht mehr was sie tun sollten. Digitaldruck spielt nach wie vor im Profi-Print-Markt nur eine marginale Rolle (gemessen an Print-Output und Umsatzvolumen). Der Kardinalsfehler: Die neuen Print-Technologien werden in Konkurrenz zu den klassischen Verfahren gesetzt. Statt zu zeigen, dass Print wichtiger Bestandteil einer digitalen Kommunikationskultur sein kann und muss.

 

Manager bei Digitaldrucktechnik-Herstellern, die vor zehn Jahren bei Hersteller-Firma X grosse Fehler machten (wie z. B. die Bedeutung von Fotobüchern als Wachstumsmarkt zu verleugnen), sind heute bei Firma Y in neuen Top-Entscheider-Positionen. Und setzen ihr düsteres Schaffen eifrig fort. Selbst wenn die neuen Arbeitgeber am Abgrund stehen und ihre Kunden mit nach unten ziehen. Dieselben Manager, die nicht kommunizieren und präsentieren können, kippen auch die Budgets für PR und Marketing-Kommunikation. Die Folge ist, dass aus der einst hervorragenden Fachkommunikation der Print-Branche ein stupider Push von Pressemeldungen mit Produkt- und Messeneuheiten über alle Kanäle geworden ist, die keiner braucht und die keinen Nutzen bringen. Fachzeitschriften-Verleger wissen, wovon ich rede!

 

Hinzukommt: Marketingabteilungen werden transformiert zu Market & Business Development-Units, die aufgebläht plumpe Verkaufsförderung betreiben und deren Leistung darin besteht, Kundenbeispiele zu sammeln und auf teuren VIP-Events vorzustellen.

 

Stoppt diesen Wahnsinn!

 

Und die meisten Kunden dieser Hersteller, die Druckerei-Unternehmen, lassen sich diesen schädlichen Dilettantismus gefallen. Munter wird gekauft, was als neu und zukunftsträchtig gilt. Man nennt so etwas das Lemminge-Syndrom.

 

Scheinbar wird übersehen, was alles passiert beziehungsweise nicht passiert, und dadurch die Branche nachhaltig schädigt. Die einst so stolzen Drucker werden von Jungspunden aus dem Digitalsektor als Loser belächelt. Das ist skandalös, aber selbstverschuldet.

 

Und gelinde gesagt, ist das heller Wahnsinn. Und muss sofort gestoppt werden, wenn der Schaden nicht noch größer werden sollen. Immerhin reden wir davon, dass im Sog der Technik-Hersteller hunderttausende Druckerei-Betriebe Schaden nehmen. Milliardenverluste in den letzen sechs Jahren, auf globaler Ebene in deutlich zweistelliger Höhe, sind die Folge, ebenso wie Arbeitsplatzverlust und Pleiten. Dies nur auf Strukturveränderungen und Marktveränderungen abzuwälzen, ist Selbstbetrug. Innovative Technik und Marktchancen durch Innovation gibt es zuhauf. Allein die Markt- und Kommunikationskompetenz ist unterentwickelt; ebenso wie die Innovations-Freudigkeit, mit dem Anspruch, die Printwelt nachhaltig zu verändern und neu auszurichten.

 

Fazit: Der Fisch stinkt vom Kopf her. Jagt dilettierende, selbstverliebte Top-Manager zum Teufel. Kehrt zu den Wurzeln zurück, die Print stark gemacht haben: Pionier- und Innovationsgeist, Kompetenz, Zielstrebigkeit sowie Werthaltigkeit. Der „olle“ Gutenberg würde sich freuen. Und last but not least: Formuliert endlich klare Botschaften, Visionen und solide Leistungsversprechen, um das Ruder rumzureisen, bevor der Print-Kahn endgültig kentert.

 

Beste Grüße aus der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz!

 

Value Talk by Andreas Weber @ Ink Jet Day Event 20052014 FINAL.013

 

Bildcollage von Andreas Weber, unter Verwendung des Gemäldes der Künstlerin Ying Lin-Sill “Gutenberg Memorial 2009″, Öl auf Leinwand.

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