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Graphic Repro On-line News from 29 June 2015
By Mike Hilton
graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 26 June which looks at capturing rainwater as a source of environmental impact reduction and to benefit local communities.  There are also two additions to Online Features Chapter 06, as Heidelberg underlines its reorientation with the launch of a new brand identity to be adopted globally in the run-up to drupa 2016, which also led the news on Wednesday. Then we have Andreas Weber’s interview with Oliver Zünd which is also among Friday’s news headlines. 

In Chapter 02 (Technology-related articles) you will find the very latest from Bobst as its ‘Competence 15 – Inspiring Business Solutions’ event drew close to 300 packaging experts from around the globe to the Bobst Competence Centre in Mex, Switzerland in June. This is followed by Heidelberg announcing the latest version of its Prinect Image Control with CIP4-PPF for both packaging and commercial printers – without the use of colour control strips, to enable materials savings which can be significant, so don’t skip it please. Finally we have the comprehensive report-back on KBA‘s LED-UV and traditional UV Conference held in Radebeul last month.

On Monday Two Sides took the lead with comment on its latest survey in the UK which posed the following thought provoking question: Reading from paper or reading from screens. What do consumers prefer? Tuesday saw EFI announce the launch of its latest Digital Front End for digital printing systems, to be available from Q3 this year. As mentioned above, Heidelberg took the lead on Wednesday with its new corporate brand update. On Thursday EFI actually took the two top spots yet again as it announced the acquisitions of both Reggiani Macchine in Italy for textiles injet printing; following by the acquisition of Matan Digital Printers product range and technology to boost its presence in superwide-format display graphics.

To round off the week on Friday, Manroland Web Systems‘ participation in the London Book Printing Forum took the lead as it continues to promote the value of its FormerLine in industrial scale digital book production. There were only 21 news articles selected this week as the European holiday season takes hold and incoming news has cooled off, unlike the weather, but you will find a nice cross section of news if you scroll down carefully.

As the tailender this week I felt I had to draw attention to Sappi‘s announcement on Thursday, with the sale of its Enstra Mill recycled containerboard and kraft papers business to Corruseal Group. For Sappi die-hards this must be quite a wrench, as it is here on a farm in Geduld near Springs in the then Eastern Transvaal in 1937, that the fledgling Sappi began life with the construction of its first mill named ‘Enstra’ (short for Enterprise Straw) for its early beginnings in the production of strawboard and later a range of kraft papers. We wish Corruseal every success with the ongoing business and future of the Entra Mill.

That’s it until next time, my best regards,

Mike Hilton

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

Headline News
Over 26,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages 

From Monday 22 June

Mon 29 Jun…    Survey of UK consumers undertaken by Two Sides
Two Sides releases results of a new UK survey. Reading from paper or reading from screens. What do consumers prefer?…

Kolbus UK MD Robert Flather is new Picon chairman
Robert Flather has been elected as chairman of Picon and succeeds Bob Usher, managing director of Apex Digital Graphics…

MTEX opening of new central European showroom 7 – 9 July
MTEX to stage grand opening of its new central European showroom for complete digital textile print solutions, in northern France…

SPGPrints to present live demos at Labelexpo 2015
Live demos to highlight business-transforming potential of SPGPrints’ DSI digital UV-curable inkjet workflow at Labelexpo Europe….

Tue 30 Jun…   EFI announces next-generation Fiery DFE
EFI to launch the next-generation of its industry-leading Fiery digital front end platform for digital printing systems in July…

New white paper sponsored by Ricoh Europe for free download
Ricoh Europe encourages printers to expand use of Web to Print: Extend their reach, generate new revenues, and gain new clients…

Heidelberg releases new Prinect Image Control with CIP4-PPF
Print shops use less material and benefit from lower costs thanks to new software from Heidelberg…

LED-UV & Traditional UV Conference at KBA in Radebeul

Practical knowledge transfer on cutting-edge LED-UV and Traditional UV sheetfed offset which drew over 1000 print experts to Radebeul…

Wed 01 Jul…   New brand identity underscores Heidelberg’s reorientation
Heidelberg has undergone extensive strategic development and reorientation and is underlining this with a new brand identity…

SPGPrints DSI raises the bar with digital UV inkjet
Canada’s ’29 février’ maple syrup brand sees cost-efficiency leap thanks to Multi Action Labels’ DSI digital UV-inkjet workflow…

Abacus welcomes latest opportunities of Linoprint CV technology

Abacus Print switched from Xerox to Konica technology, but its third generation digital press will be a Linoprint CV from Heidelberg…

Rufford targets 20% turnover lift with IFS spend
Increase anticipated following investment in Horizon SPF/FC200A stitch/fold/trim line supplied by Intelligent Finishing Systems…

Thu 02 Jul…   EFI enters inkjet textile printing with Reggiani acquisition
EFI establishes industry-leading presence in high-growth textile printing with strategic acquisition of Reggiani Macchine…

EFI also announces acquisition of Matan Digital Printers
Deal solidifies EFI’s leadership in production inkjet for display graphics with addition of Matan product line and technology platform…

Sappi sells Enstra Mill business in Springs to Corruseal
Sappi announces sale of Enstra Mill recycled containerboard and kraft papers business to Corruseal Group…

Competence 15: New solutions and inspiring perspectives
‘Competence 15 – Inspiring Business Solutions’ drew 300 packaging makers from around the globe to Bobst in Mex, Switzerland…

Fri 03 Jul…   
Manroland Web at Digital Book Printing Forum London
Digital finishing solutions developed and engineered by Manroland Web Systems will help to save the printed book…

ValueTalk – Oliver Zünd: ‘Forward thinking is our forte’
It’s a truly impressive success story. Zünd Systemtechnik AG, a family-owned business with operations worldwide…

Xaar appoints Director of Advanced Manufacturing
Xaar targets growth in manufacturing applications with the appointment of Keith Smith to the new US-based role…

Pensord looks forward to turn-of-the-year ten-colour
Pensord Press to take delivery of its first ten-colour press and the first Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 102-10P in the UK…

OTT commissions a new Pantera Perfect Binder
Hybrid design clinches decision to invest in the softcover solution from Muller Martini for the French Alsace-based firm…

Lead article from Friday 26 June in previous update… 

Previous…   ‘Surprise. The Art of Print!': Your support would be welcome!
Now there is the second step and a new Non-Profit project will start, developed in Mainz, Germany by Andreas Weber…

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

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

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

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

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

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

July/Aug 2015 Chapter 06

ValueTalk – Oliver Zünd: ‘Forward thinking is our forte’

It’s a truly impressive success story. Zünd Systemtechnik AG, a family-owned business with operations worldwide, specialises in developing and manufacturing digital cutting systems…

New brand identity underscores Heidelberg’s strategic reorientation
The company is underlining this reorientation with the launch of a new brand identity to be adopted globally in the run-up to drupa 2016…

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Bobst Competence 15 presented new solutions and inspiring perspectives

‘Competence 15 – Inspiring Business Solutions’ drew close to 300 packaging makers from around the globe to the Bobst Competence Centre in Mex, Switzerland in June…

Heidelberg releases new Prinect Image Control with CIP4-PPF
Print shops use less material and benefit from lower costs thanks to new software from Heidelberg…

LED-UV & Traditional UV Conference at KBA in Radebeul

Practical knowledge transfer on cutting-edge UV sheetfed offset…

May/Jun 2015 Chapter 05

Previous…    KBA Rapida LED press a ‘marketing dream’ for Blackmore
Dorset’s premier print house hits new heights with UK’s first B1 LED press…

Neuenstein-based HEPACK undertakes 12 million Heidelberg investment
HEPACK Druck+Verpackung GmbH reorganises production with new large-format equipment, workflow and services from Heidelberg…

Renowned book producer Kösel invests in KBA RotaJET 76
The KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet press from Koenig & Bauer is about to enter the digital book printing market at Kösel in Altusried, Germany…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Water Water Everywhere
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 July

Previous…    Invisible Print is a Source of Environmental Impact Reduction
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 26 June

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top.

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series

Previous…    Smarter print to market
Touch the future. drupa expert Article no 1, June 2015, by Gareth Ward, Editor and Publisher of Print Business in the UK…

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

FESPA 2015 and FESPA News

Previous…    FESPA 2015 attracted record numbers from Benelux
Regional interest in FESPA spikes ahead of FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam…

The Graphic Repro On-line Website is supported and sponsored by:

Antalis South Africa, Dainippon Screen,  Drupa 2016,  EFI and EFI Vutek, Esko,  Epson Europe BV,  FESPA. Goss International Inc,  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic Solutions,  Kodak,  Koenig + Bauer AG,  Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Krause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH,  Muller Martini AG,  POLAR-Mohr, QuadTech Inc,  Quark Inc,  Ricoh Europe,  Sappi LimitedThunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

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© 2015 by printmanufaktur, Christian Kopocz, Lübeck.

“Klasse. Ein smartes und überzeugendes Plädoyer für Print. Hübsches Design und farbenfroher Druck war gestern. Umsichtig erstellte und stringent inszenierte Inhalte, die im Kommunikationsmix höchste Wirkung entfalten, sind Heute und Morgen das Maß aller Dinge!” —Andreas Weber

Es ist bezeichnend: Die derzeit besten Printprodukte stammen nicht mehr von klassischen Designern, Agenturkreativen oder Druckereien und ihrer Lieferanten. Sie kommen von Unternehmern, die sich vorwärtsgerichtet den Anforderungen des Digitalzeitalters stellen. Und sich klug dafür einsetzen. Wie Christian Kopocz, Inhaber der prindoz-Firmenguppe; er ist gelernter Kaufmann. Nach der überaus erfolgreichen Organisation und Durchführung der 1. Multichannel Innovation-Konferenz #XUG15EU Ende Mai 2015 in Berlin, hat Christian Kopocz sein Wissen und seine Erfahrungen in einem lesenswerten, gedruckten Magazin publiziert. Der Name: “Lösungsheft”. Herausgegeben und produziert im eigenen Unternehmen, der Printmanufaktur. Das Credo: „Mich nervt das ewig gestrige Denken der Kollegen in der Branche. Dabei schließe ich Agenturen nicht aus. Innovatoren waren Sie einst, der Drucker und der Werber. Was ist geblieben? Es ist mühsam sich gegen den Strom der Innovationsverweigerer zu stemmen, doch es lohnt sich wenn man die Erfolge betrachtet.“

Das Ergebnis, das Christian Kopocz liefert, überzeugt. „Nicht belehrend, sondern unterhaltend, kurzweilig, motivierend zum Dialog und nur im Notfall als Unterlegscheibe für wackelnde Möbel zu gebrauchen“, so der Anspruch des printmanufaktur Gründers mit einem Augenzwinkern.

Im Blogpost zum neuen Magazin heisst es weiter: “Flankierend zum gedruckten haptischen Erlebnis kommen die digitalen Kanäle, genauer Twitter, Facebook und Pinterest zum Einsatz. Hier baut die printmanufaktur auf Ideen, Gedanken, Bilder, die den Dialog geradezu einfordern. ’Denn der Kunde entscheidet über den bevorzugten Kanal, nicht der Absender’, spätestens hier kann Christian Kopocz seine Wurzeln in der Multichannel-Kampagnenwelt nicht verbergen.”

Der seit Frühjahr 2015 neue Standort für Christian Kopocz ist übrigens die Hansestadt Lübeck. Der reichen Tradition erfolgreicher Kaufleute fühlt er sich verpflichtet. Denn Print muss sich rechnen und sein Geld verdienen. Nicht mehr. Nicht weniger. Und das geht nur, wenn die Kommunikation stimmt und die gewünschten Wirkungseffekte eintreten. Na dann! Weíter so.

Kopocz Lösungsheft Bildkollektion

© 2015 by printmanufaktur, Christian Kopocz, Lübeck.

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„Wer heute den Zeitgeist heiratet, ist morgen schon Witwer!“ — Prof. Wilhelm Weber, Mainz

Der Messeauftritt von X-DOC SOLUTION auf der Igepa Select 2015 in Kassel stand unter einem erstklassigen Motto: „Moderne Helden retten vor allem eines: Zeit!“ — Entsprechend stand die Reduktion von Produktionszeit ebenso im Fokus wie die Special Effects per Digitaldruck, wodurch sich die Halbwertzeit von Drucksachen verlängern lässt, weil sie mehr Aufmerksamkeit finden und höhere Relevanz haben.

Insofern rundete der Vortrag von Andreas Weber das Thema bestens ab. Titel: „Kommunikation mit Zeit-Geist: Vollgas oder Vollbremsung?“ Die Kernpunkte, die als Checkliste dienen können, waren:

  • „Zeit trifft Geist“ — Schneller, besser, weiter?
  • Warum und wie muss man Zeit sparen?
  • Warum und wie muss man Zeit gewinnen?
  • Warum und wie schaffen wir eine maximale Halbwert-Zeit
    (für erstklassige Arbeitsresultate)?
  • „Nehmen Sie sich mehr Zeit für mehr Zeit-Geist!“
  • Fragen/Thesen und Beispiele, wie man mit digitalem Print als dem Medium für Zeit-Geist im Digitalzeitalter Erfolg hat, rundeten die Präsentation ab.

Ein Blick zurück nach vorne!

Spannend ist vor allem eines: Das Thema Zeit ist immer mit unserer eigenen Existenz verbunden. Und mit einem Wandel des persönlichen, gesellschaftlichen und wirtschaftlichen Lebens. Der allzu „Geschäftige“ wird verleiren, weil er sich als unsterblich empfindet. Ein schlimmer Irrtum. Nur derjenige, der mit Muße und Umsicht agiert, ist Herr über sein Schicksal und agiert selbstbestimmt. Muße findet, wer in Ruhe nachdenkt, kundig im Vergangenen ist und dadurch stressfrei seine Zukunft gestalten kann.

Insofern ist ein Rückblick auf die Entwicklungen über die Jahrhunderte unabdingbar: Die Gutenberg’sche Erfindung aus dem 15. Jahrhundert benötigte fast 400 Jahre bis sie um das Jahr 1800 durch Innovatoren wie Alois Senefelder mit dem Chemischen Druck (Steindruck) als erstem Flachdruckverfahren eine Neubewertung erfahren konnte. Bis der Steindruck durch den Offsetdruck quasi „industrialiert” wurde, vergingen nochmals über 150 Jahre.

Seit DTP mit dem Motto „Jeder sein eigener Gutenberg“ Ende der 1980er Jahre die Print- und Publishing-Welt revolutionierte und auf den Kopf stellte, haben sich die Produktionsweisen wie auch die Wertschöpfungsmöglichkeiten drastisch verändert. Die klassische Offsetdruck-Produktionskapazitäten wurde vervielfacht und damit die Drucksachenverbreitung inflationär bzw. der Markt übersättigt. Wer im Offsetdruck „geschäftig“ agiert und meint, dass schneller, besser, billiger das non plus ultra sei, macht kein profitables Wachstumsgeschäft mehr, sondern rennt allem hinterher, um seine Kosten zu decken. Daher wurden neue Druckverfahren entwickelt, die nichts mehr mit Offset zu tun haben und auf Besonderheiten und Individualität abzielen, wie X-DOC SOLUTION auf der Igea Select 2015 eindrucksvoll vorführte. Im modernen Digitaldruck-Druck und verschiedensten Verfahren werden heute Druckprodukte in einer nie zuvor dagewesene Vielfalt geschaffen, die wie einst Unikat-Charakter haben können. Gerade der Einsatz von ausgefallenen, hochwertigsten Bedruckstoffen oder das Veredeln mit 3D-Effekten  setzt Maßstäbe. Und dies auch bei Auflage 1…

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© 2015 by Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany.

Gute Zeiten — Schlechte Zeiten…

Die weltweite Resonanz und Trauer um den Schrift- wie auch Technik-Pionier Prof. Hermann Zapf (der Anfang Juni 2015 im Alter von 96 Jahren verstarb), macht deutlich, wie wichtig es für die Druckbranche ist, sich auf ihre Ursprünge zu besinnen. Zapf erhob durch die vollendete Schriftgestaltung und -anwendung mit Präzision und Leidenschaft die Inhalte, die gedruckt werden, auf die höchste Stufe. „Drucken ist eine Kunst“ – ebenso wie das Schreiben und Schriftsätzen. Nur so entsteht Nachhaltigkeit. Und damit ein Zeit-Gewinn, weil Drucksachen wie sonst üblich nicht unmittelbar im Papierkorb des Empfängers landen. [Siehe hierzu auch unseren Beitrag zum exklusiven, internationalen Kunst-Ausstellungsprojekt “Surprise. The Art of Print!”.]

Zapf war zeitlebens immer ein Verfechter der neuesten (digitalen) Technologien. Und er half entscheidend weiter, die Kinderkrankheiten des Digitalzeitalters zu überwinden. So konnte Zapf mit seiner Zapfino (Kalligrafie am Computer) den Apple-Gründer Steve Jobs begeistern, im Jahre 2000 die Zapfino für Apple als Systemschrift zu lizenzieren. Zapfs Bücher sind legendär und wichtigste Zierde einer jeden guten Bibliothek. Und er verstand es, die jungen Menschen, gerade die „Digital Natives“, für Schriften und Gedrucktes zu begeistern! Hut ab. Da kann die Branche lernen, wie man Print auf Ewig verankert.

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Ausblick: Zeit gewinnen, mit Print im Mix

Kommunikation mit Zeit-Geist bedeutet also, in Kenntnis des Gewesenen nicht das Jetzt, sondern die Zukunft innovativ zu gestalten. Für Print bedeutet das, sich noch viel besser als bislang in den Kommunikationsmix zu integrieren, und als Fundament für Wissenstransfer, Bildung und Interaktion seine Bedeutung viel umfassender als bisher üblich unter Beweis zu stellen. Ein Paradebeispiel hierfür sind die im o.g. Vortrag von Andreas Weber vorgestellten Beispiele von Kommunikationsmitteln, die für XUG15EU Konferenz Ende Mai 2015 in Berlin erstellt wurden. Das Thema der Konferenz, „Multichannel Innovation“, wurde mit Hilfe einer von Christian Kopocz, prindoz, Lübeck, auf Basis der XMPie Softwarelösungen perfekt inszeniert. Die Resonanz bei den Teilnehmern wie auch per Social Media war überwältigend und hat ein Millionenpublikum erreicht. Print wirkt eben, vor allem dank Twitter! — Und im Nachgang liefert uns Christian Kopocz ein wunderbares Plädoyer für Print: Sein neues gedrucktes Magazin, “Lösungsheft” genannt, ist Teil einer Multichannel-Kapmpagne, die in einzigartiger Weise belegt, wie moderne Konzepte für Pritnprodukte auszusehen haben.

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Graphic Repro On-line News: Review from 29 June 2015

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights, the latest addition to the FESPA Newsroom and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 26 June which looks at invisible print as a source of environmental impact reduction. We also had the first of the drupa 2016 Expert Articles a week ago, from internationally renowned editor and publisher Gareth Ward, of Print Business UK, just in case you missed it in last week’s update. In Online Features Chapter 05 you will find the latest from KBA with a report on LED UV from Blackmore in the UK; and from HEPACK in Germany with a massive investment in Heidelberg sheetfed and finishing for packaging. There’s also a really encouraging and exciting first as a KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet press from Koenig & Bauer is about to enter the digital book printing market at Kösel in Altusried, Germany. A first for KBA in this growth sector which has massive potential for digital print – both toner-based and especially in inkjet.

Monday and Tuesday’s leaders are included in the mentions above, while on Wednesday, QuadTech led the headlines with its Color Control System on Vuye Flexible Packaging’s new DGp Thallo Press in The Netherlands, showcased at open house. DGp or DG press is a company of the DG press GrouP and was founded in 2009 after the bankruptcy of Drent Goebel.

On Thursday Antalis took the lead with its four most recent acquisitions In the packaging and visual communication distribution markets representing annual sales of Euro 130 million, which are enabling Antalis to step-up the pace of its development in the packaging field.

To round off this week’s leaders we chose Andreas Weber’s latest non-profit initiative which really does need your help with crowd-funding and support, in order to achieve its ambitious target. Please read all about it and follow the links in the article which along with the project is entitled ‘Surprise. The Art of Print!’ from Mainz in Germany, home of the founding father of print, Johannes Gutenberg.

Quite a number of new developments and also some very nice sales and installations appear among this week’s selection of 25 news articles, including Heidelberg in the UK, Horizon with IFS also in the UK, KBA-Flexotecnica in China, Muller Martini in the USA, MPS in India, and Rotocontrol in Italy, as we approach the main holiday season in Europe, when industry news is expected to drop even further during the month of July. Always a good time to take a break!

The tailender this week goes to Andrew Jones and Merthyr Tydfil-based Welsh print shop Stephens & George, which next month will switch its final XL 105 for another 18,000sph Speedmaster XL 106-10-P, bringing the total of  XL 106 long-perfectors with InPress Control, Autoplate XL and CutStar to five. You’ll find the full story which highlights the massive savings the company has achieved with this technology shift in Thursday’s headlines.

That’s it until next time, my best regards,

Mike Hilton

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

Headline News
Over 26,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages 

From Monday 22 June

Mon 22 Jun…    Renowned book producer Kösel invests in KBA RotaJET 76
The KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet press from Koenig & Bauer entering the digital book printing market at Kösel in Altusried, Germany.

UPM closes 130,000 tonnes of newsprint capacity in France
UPM has permanently closed PM 3 at Chapelle Darblay. The decision is part of its profit improvement target announced last November.

Ricoh at Interquest 2015 Forum on 25 June

Ricoh shows off colour trade book production expertise at Interquest 2015 London Digital Book Printing Forum…

FESPA China 2015: Find your key to success
FESPA China returns to Shanghai from 21 – 23 October 2015, with host of top global and local print manufacturers…

Friesens Corporation adds Roland 900 HiPrint XXL
Friesens puts the apex of automation and one of North America’s largest eight-colour perfecting presses from Manroland into action…

Tue 23 Jun…   Neuenstein-based HEPACK undertakes 12 million investment
HEPACK Druck+Verpackung reorganises production with large-format equipment, workflow and services all from Heidelberg…

Dscoop scores a perfect round in Dublin

Dscoop has confirmed that 1250 industry professionals from 47 different countries congregated in Dublin for the largest Dscoop yet…

Fujifilm Flenex FW flexo plate debut at Labelexpo 2015
Fujifilm’s Flenex FW water-washable flexo plate makes its official European debut at Labelexpo 2015 in Brussels in September…

Flint Group finds the easy way to create flat top
Nyloflex FTF Digital, an inherently flat top plate with special, textured surface for flexible packaging…

Top Soft Pinning plate improves flexo productivity

Asahi introduces new medium hard AFP-TSP digital plate for paper, folding carton and corrugated board and flexible packaging…

Wed 24 Jun…   QuadTech technology showcased with new DGp press
QuadTech Color Control System on Vuye Flexible Packaging’s new DGp Thallo Press in The Netherlands showcased at open house…

KBA Rapida LED Press a ‘marketing dream’ for Blackmore

Dorset’s premier print house hits new heights with UK’s first B1 LED press after its first three months of commercial production…

StitchLiner investment supports Whittington Moor’s growth

15 per cent year-on-year increase to continue with ROI in 15 months, following the installation of Horizon StitchLiner from IFS…

Focus on fabric for new investment at Colour Graphics
Colour Graphics adds MTEX 5032Pro direct-to-textile printer…

KBA China ensures comeback in Chinese flexo market
Shanghai Zidan Food Packaging & Printing opts for EVO XD from KBA-Flexotecnica after an intensive selection process…

Thu 25 Jun…   Antalis steps up pace of development through acquisition
In the packaging and visual communication distribution markets Antalis’ four new acquisitions represent sales of Euro 130 million…

pdfToolbox 8.0 focuses on usability and versatility

Callas Software releases major update of its flagship pdfToolbox product family with all-new Object Inspector tool…

Stephens & George completes switch to Speedmaster XL 106

Next month the Merthyr Tydfil-based Welsh print shop will switch its final XL 105 for another 18,000sph Speedmaster XL 106-10-P…

Blitsdruk raises the digital print bar with Xerox
The George-based South African digital print, design and copy shop has invested in a Xerox Versant 2100 digital printer…

Primera Digital saddle stitching at DS Graphics in the USA
Customised travel brochures with runs of 1 are produced automatically with the innovative saddle stitcher from Muller Martini…

Fri 26 Jun…   
‘Surprise. The Art of Print!': Please give your support!
Now there is the second step and a new Non-Profit project will start, developed in Mainz, Germany by Andreas Weber…

Labelexpo Europe strengthens focus on package printing
Package printing will be a core subject at Labelexpo Europe 2015 as the show prepares to return to Brussels in September…

Mimaki to add sparkle to its stand with eco-solvent silver

Beauty and practicality demos planned for Labelexpo 2015…

A third MPS flexo press for Pragati Pack
Pragati Pack, based in Hyderabad, India, has invested in its third MPS flexo press for printing pressure-sensitive labels….

Italgrafica expands with two Rotocontrol machines
The Italian converter has ordered an RSC-series slitter/rewinder and a custom-built C-series high-quality slitting machine…

Lead articles from Friday 19 June in previous update… 

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

May/June 2015 Chapter 05

KBA Rapida LED press a ‘marketing dream’ for Blackmore
Dorset’s premier print house hits new heights with UK’s first B1 LED press…

Neuenstein-based HEPACK undertakes 12 million Heidelberg investment
HEPACK Druck+Verpackung GmbH reorganises production with new large-format equipment, workflow and services from Heidelberg…

Renowned book producer Kösel invests in KBA RotaJET 76
The KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet press from Koenig & Bauer is about to enter the digital book printing market at Kösel in Altusried, Germany…

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The Manroland digital finishing solution FoldLine for the HP T400 Color Inkjet Web Press at Mengis Druck AG in Switzerland finishes newspapers at high speed…

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Technological milestones from Saxony revolutionised the press engineering industry…

Heidelberg opens its new Commercial PMC in Wiesloch-Walldorf
New Print Media Centre Commercial at Wiesloch-Walldorf site reflects strategic reorientation of Heidelberg with focus on customer benefits…

Production Open Days at KBA in Würzburg Day 1
Koenig & Bauer undertakes large investment in high-performance manufacturing for the future, in parallel to realignment…

Production open-house at KBA in Würzburg for staff Day 2
A resounding success with a turnout of almost 1,000 amazed current and former KBA employees on day two, following 50 VIPs…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Invisible Print is a Source of Environmental Impact Reduction
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HURRAY! It is all about me! — Perfect individualized Multi-Channel Campagne at #XUG15EU for all attendees and partners. Created ©2015 by Prindoz, Lübeck/Germany via XMPIE Software Solutions.

“HOW TO GAIN MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION VIEWS VIA TWITTER IN A VERY SHORT TIME? WITHOUT ANY ADVERTISING SPENDINGS, JUST BY ORGANIC REACH? — VERY SIMPLE: BY MULTI-CHANNEL INNOVATION AT ITS BEST!” —Andreas Weber

CHAPEAU! Hats off! The entire organizational team of the XMPie User Group (XUG), especially XUG Board Member Christian Kopocz, have done a sensational job. Almost off the cuff and within less than 10 weeks, a new international conference was created. The sophisticated and unique conference theme: Multi-channel Innovation.

More than 130 participants from 17 countries gathered on May 26, 2015 (in spite of Pentecost holidays) in Berlin, the center of the start-up and innovation scene. Well-known partners supported the effort and presented, in technical lectures and demos, how to pull out all stops – whether analog, online or mobile. The event #XUG15EU was preceded by a comprehensive, highly effective multi-channel campaign which Christian Kopocz, with his company Prindoz, Lübeck/Germany, realized through the use of print, Purl, online marketing and especially social media. Even personal contacts were made across the country as well as several continents. On the day of the conference, participants were provided with individualized print materials, among others in the form of an event book printed on premium materials. A personalized website allowed following the program individually and also online and to rate the presentations and sessions through voting, of which about half of all participants took advantage.

The event was prepared, edited and reworked on all flanks through social media. Teaming up with XUG15EU partner, Value Communication AG, Christian Kopocz developed and realized a scenario which bet especially on Twitter, in combination with Facebook, LinkedIn und XING. The result is breathtaking: 

  • In just a little over 48 hours—from the night before the #XUG15EU until the day after —Twitter alone reached a total of more than 1.5 MILLION. On the day of the event itself, one million was almost exceeded. Note: No advertising spendings needed! Just by organic reach!
  • Of those, more than 253,000 were unique reaches.
  • 980 posts were made in order to comment on the conference and to capture and share its most important results and insights.
  • Participation among the conference participants present was very high: More than 30% posted actively, more than 80% shared the posts, thereby including their specific networks. And 100% of the organizers and partners sent posts and re-tweets around the globe.
  • In addition, on the day after the conference, interesting story recaps and blog posts dealt with the results.
  • And journalists took note as well. The 4-color magazine, Wien, a leader in German-speaking countries, sent a personal letter from its editor-in-chief, Martin Schwarz, along with its exclusive Print-Germany edition and presented, prior to the conference, an interview with Christian Kopocz. Live and locally, the London Output Magazine reported  online (via blog post and online newsletter to more than 20,000 subscribers); editor-in-chief, James Matthews-Paul, made a special trip and was able to hand to conference participants his exclusive, digitally printed special edition, Output One. The technical blog ValueTrendRadar by Andreas Weber had published interviews and comments for several weeks, even had discussed presentation subjects and then documented them in real time (to thousands of viewers from more than 40 countries).

All in all we can say: What we achieved together represents a milestone, not just for us as the XMPie User Group, but for all innovation-oriented professionals in the communications industry, said Christian Kopocz. And he added: “This was successful only because we practice what we preach. And because we are successful in not only informing, but also in motivating and inspiring on the highest level on sometimes complex themes that make up Multichannel Innovation.“

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© 2015 by Christian Kopocz, Prindoz, Lübeck/Germany.

Accordingly, the value of all these communication successes lies in the maximum level of interaction of participants, presenters, partners and members of the media who were involved via social media. It is especially evident that B2B subjects can be meaningfully popularized.  

And not only as a fleeting, one-time action, but permanently.  Because all of this content and these messages live on (and recently also as Twitter news indexed by Google) after the conference ended. By the way: The post-game is just a pre-game! From October 25 to 28, 2015, the American XUG Conference takes place in Miami, Florida. Participation is worthwhile. One way or another! Afterthought: The theses and insights of the final presentation and panel discussion at the #XUG15 EU have thoroughly proven themselves.

The pivotal aspects are:

  1. Multichannel Innovation means: “Discover. Watch. Love. Share. Talk about it!”
  2. Multichannel Innovation assumes a mind shift: “It’s a disruptive lifestyle philosophy!”
  3. Multichannel Innovation links and unifies social/smart technologies and “human-to-human” needs. Because: Needs are the heart of all matter.

To the astonishment of participants, the question of who, or which company, is the “global leader” in Multi-channel Innovation, was answered … It‘s Apple! Why? First, because Steve Jobs, in multichannel conformance, coined the paradigm that success is only possible when the digital lifestyle experience gains 100% acceptance in people’s daily lives. And secondly, because Apple offers the best Web services and online shops, as well as the best brick-and-mortar flagship stores. And almost “by the way”, makes possible the best print applications — from AirPrint to digitally printed iPhoto Books and superb packaging. And all of this enhanced by extraordinary marketing orientation and an outstanding “customer experience”.

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© 2015 by Value Communication AG, Mainz. | Photo: Our Value Communication Fellows Şükran Ceren Salalı and Sudarsha Rambaran, created an amazing video documentation to present their results!

By Andreas Weber, innovation expert and print analyst from the Gutenberg City of Mainz

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Key issues:

  • The medium print does not have any problem today and in the future. Moreover, it is not in any crisis caused by others. 
  • There is nearly no other sector that presents itself in the public eye so awkwardly and badly as the printing sector.
  • Print buyers highly appreciate good counseling and contemporary, proactive market communication specifically on the topic of how printed materials can be designed particularly effective, appealing and interactive. However, this type of service is in short supply.

The good old Johannes Gutenberg has tossed and turned in his grave for ages. While in 2000, the American business elite elected him “Man of the Millennium” and Silicon Valley called him the innovator of modern times (digital pope, Jeff Jarvis, dedicated the book “Gutenberg the Geek” to him), the printer guilt has denied and practically mothballed him. 

Printing has nearly joined the rank of “non-words”. Despite the fact that worldwide hundreds of thousands of companies still make their money by producing printed materials. Many in the commercial printing business are looking to describe their work and what they offer new: whether it is media production respective marketing service provider or cross-media service provider, they increasingly try to avoid being associated with the term “print”. 

Is this necessary? No! — Therefore, it is the goal to deal with the subject matter of “print” in any form other than it has been dealt with for the past 15 years.

  1. The (alleged) end of the Gutenberg galaxy marks the new beginning of “limitless print communication” — for hundreds of years, printed materials were the measure of all things, firmly in the hand of professional printers and publishers. Beginning in the 1980s, desktop publishing and the motto “Everyone his own Gutenberg” cracked their monopoly. Since, totally new players have taken the lead. Key points: a) Apple and Google developed the first e-print functions as new standards, so millions of new smartphone and tablet users can print their digital contents as needed. b) Specialists among others for Facebook and Wikipedia, who come from the development sector for intelligent search engines and algorithms, have created solutions to configure social media data by mouse click and print them automatically (first and foremost pediapress.com from Mainz). In addition, smart online photo print solutions are used by millions of any age groups!
  2. Reality contra misbelief: The thesis “Internet kills print” is false — this is what publishers and print professionals believe and they convey this message to their customers by having debated about the “print crisis”, of which Google supposed to be the culprit, for years.  The following are arguments against this belief: 1. Print publishers caused their crisis themselves and they did not even use innovations in print, and 2. “digital natives” are positive toward print if the contents and the communication offers are relevant, personal, and useful. (See the following reports: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/09/09/valuecheck-the-internet-is-not-the-death-of-print/ und http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/10/03/valuecheck-newspaper-publishers-theyre-left-crying-in-the-corner/)
  3. Communication deficits paralyze the printing industry — the attitude “our products speak for themselves” has an effect as numb feet. Printing companies are ossified in their routines. Even the most innovative products and solutions, which many can offer, are marketed in accordance with the “Old School” principle: using sample maps and machine demonstrations for children and other interesting parties. There is nearly no printing firm that knows how to use professional online and social media communication such as targeting marketing campaigns as shown in an exemplary fashion in England moo.com or snapajack.com . (See YouTube video “How to innovative print business”). — In this context, not only the art of self-portrayal is what counts but also networking such as the example of Print Three from Canada shows. 
  4. Innovation often takes place in print shops while the interfaces to the customers are mostly rather “retro”! — For more than 10 years, print shops have been under a significant cost pressure; however, they are primarily concerned with themselves to optimize their internal processes in order to produce efficiently. Only few of them focus on communicating the effectiveness of their print products, which they (can) produce for customers, offensively and attractively. Social media monitoring shows how much customers, who order printed matters online, have to criticize (they are unhappy about usability, multiple debits, a lack of color reliability, etc. see “printing research results: The Beauty and The Beast”).
  5. There is nearly no other sector that presents itself in the public eye so awkwardly and badly as the printing sector. This must change drastically! — For hundreds of years, print shops have not needed lobby efforts and industry communication. There were monopolists and there was no way around them. Moreover, they could sail on the lee side of machine suppliers. Just like IBM and computing, particularly the label “Technology by Heidelberg” guaranteed high customer confidence. This changed drastically no later than drupa 2012, which brought the breakthrough in digital printing. Many new players are no relevant. Nearly of them come from the imaging and IT sector. However, these companies are so large and different that individual print shops can hardly create any image transfer. This is not really terrible because with today’s media print shops can position themselves easily and effectively. Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus/YouTube and LinkedIn are the best aids, which provide the use of their infrastructure for free. It just requires a bit of training of how to handle it! — By the way, it is a bit embarrassing as well as inspiring that the world’s largest print buyer, IKEA, campaigns for print by imitating the Apple communication expertly. So far, more than 17 million people watched this video! Benchmark!

Conclusion — our take: “Something old needs something new!”

The printing sector should refocus on its old strength and the Gutenberg value system to be able to handle innovation in communication. This is the only way to survive structural change or structural break.  The medium print does not have any problem today and in the future. Moreover, it is not in any crisis caused by others. This is a homemade crisis. It is the outgrowth of business goals, user promises and communication that is no longer appropriate for customers and no longer up-to-date. No one has to do without the expertise, the passion, the flexibility of competent printing experts. Print buyers highly appreciate good counseling and contemporary, proactive market communication specifically on the topic of how printed materials can be designed particularly effective, appealing and interactive. However, this type of service is in short supply. This can easily be changed. Right? — Please check as well pour Value Guidelines for innovation marketing communications via Social Media.

NOTE: Please join #xug15eu conference. And experience the real value of print via innovative #multichannel solutions.

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© 2015 by Value Communication AG, Mainz. | Im Bild: Die Value Communication Fellows Şükran Ceren Salalı und Sudarsha Rambaran, die aufrüttelnde Analyse-Ergebnisse gefunden haben und per Videorapport vorstellen.

Andreas Weber, Innovationsexperte und Print-Analyst aus der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz, zieht ein Jahr vor der drupa 2016 Bilanz.
Lesezeit: 5 Minuten. Halbwertzeit: (fast) unbegrenzt!

Kernpunkte:

  • Das Medium Print hat heute und in Zukunft kein Problem und steckt auch nicht in einer von anderen verschuldeten Krise. 
  • Kaum eine Branche stellt sich so ungeschickt und schlecht in der Öffentlichkeit dar, wie die Printbranche.
  • Gute Beratung und eine zeitgemäße, pro-aktive Marktkommunikation, vor allem zum Thema, wie man Drucksachen besonders effektvoll, wirkungsstark und interaktiv gestalten kann, wird bei Print Buyern hoch geschätzt, ist aber Mangelware.

Der gute alte Johannes Gutenberg rotiert seit Jahren in seinem Grab. Während ihn im Jahr 2000 die Wirtschaftseliten der USA zum „Man of the Millennium“ kürten und das Silicon Valley ihn als Innovator der Neuzeit verehrt (Digital-Papst Jeff Jarvis widmete ihm das Buch „Gutenberg the Geek“) hat die Drucker-Zunft ihn verleugnet und quasi eingemottet. 

Drucken ist nahezu zum Unwort geworden. Obgleich hunderttausende Firmen in aller Welt nach wie vor mit dem Herstellen von Drucksachen ihr Geld verdienen. Viele im Commercial Printing-Geschäft suchen nach neuen Bezeichnungen dessen, was sie tun und anbieten: Ob Media Production respektive Marketing Service Provider oder Cross-Media-Dienstleister — es wird zusehends vermieden, mit dem Begriff „Print“ in Verbindung zu kommen. 

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Quellen: drupa Insight Report; Canon Insight Report; SAPPI & YOU.

Muss das sein? Nein! — Zeit also, sich mit dem Thema „Print“ in anderer Form auseinander zusetzen, als das die letzten 15 Jahre geschieht.

  1. Das (vermeintliche) Ende der Gutenberg-Galaxis markiert den Neubeginn von „grenzenloser Print-Kommunikation“ — Über Jahrhunderte waren Drucksachen das Maß aller Dinge, in festen Händen der Profi-Drucker und Verleger. Mit Desktop Publishing und dem Motto „Jeder sein eigener Gutenberg“ wurde deren Monopol ab den 1980er Jahren gebrochen. Seitdem haben ganz neue Player das Zepter in die Hand genommen. Gipfelpunkte: a) Apple und Google entwickelten die ersten E-Print-Funktionen als neue Standards, damit Millionen neuer Smart Phone- und Tablet-Nutzer ihre digitalen Inhalte bei Bedarf drucken können. b) Spezialisten u. a. für Facebook und Wikipedia, die aus der Entwicklung von intelligenten Suchmaschinen und Algorithmen kommen, haben Lösungen geschaffen, um Social Media-Daten per Mausklick konfigurieren und automatisiert drucken zu können (allen voran pediapress.com aus Mainz). Zudem werden smarte Online-Fotodruck-Lösungen millionenfach genutzt, von allen Altersgruppen!
  2. Realität contra Irrglaube: Die These „Das Internet bringt den Tod von Print“ stimmt nicht — Das Denken nur Verleger und Druckerei-Profis, die das auch noch ihren Kunden gegenüber äußern, in dem seit Jahren über die „Print-Krise“ debattiert wird, die vor allem Google ausgelöst habe. Dagegen spricht: 1. Print-Verlage haben ihre Krise selbstverschuldet und Innovationen im Print gar nicht genutzt; und 2. „Digital Natives“ stehen Print positiv gegenüber, wenn die Inhalte und Kommunikationsangebote relevant, persönlich und nutzbringend sind. (Siehe die Reports: “The Internet is not the Death of Print” und “Newspaper Publishers: They’re left crying in the corner”).
  3. Kommunikationsdefizite lähmen die Printbranche — Die Attitüde „Unsere Produkte sprechen doch für sich“ wirkt wie eingeschlafene Füsse. Druckereien sind in Routinen erstarrt. Selbst die innovativsten Produkte und Lösungen, die viele aufbieten können, werden nach dem „Old School“-Prinzip vermarktet: Per Mustermappen und Maschinendemos für Kunden und Interessenten. Kaum eine Druckerei versteht, professionell Online- und Social Media-Kommunikation einzusetzen, etwa mit Targeting-Marketing-Kampagnen, wie das in England moo.com oder snapajack.com vorbildlich machen. (Siehe YouTube-Video „How to innovative print business“) — Dabei zählt nicht nur die Kunst der Selbstdarstellung sondern auch die des Netzwerkens, wie das Beispiel von Print Three aus Kanada zeigt.
  4. Innovationen finden oft nur Druckerei-intern statt, die Schnittstellen zum Kunden sind derweil zumeist ziemlich „retro“! — Da die Druckereien seit über 10 Jahren unter erheblichem Kostendruck stehen, sind sie vorwiegend mit sich selbst beschäftigt, um ihre internen Abläufe zu perfektionieren, um effizient produzieren zu können. Zuwenige fokussieren sich darauf, die Effektivität der Printprodukte, die sie für Kunden herstellen (können) offensiv und attraktiv zu kommunizieren. Per Social Media-Monitorings zeigt sich, wie groß die Kritik von Online-Drucksachenbestellern ist (bezüglich Usability, Mehrfach-Abbuchungen, fehlender Farbverbindlichkeit etc., siehe „Printing Research Results: The Beauty and The Beast“).
  5. Kaum eine Branche stellt sich so ungeschickt und schlecht in der Öffentlichkeit dar, wie die Printbranche. Das muss sich radikal ändern! — Über Jahrhunderte brauchten Druckereien keine Lobbyarbeit und auch keine Branchenkommunikation. Als Monopolisten führte kein Weg an ihnen vorbei. Zudem konnte man im Windschatten der Maschinenlieferanten segeln. Vor allem das Label „Technology by Heidelberg“ garantierte wie seinerzeit IBM beim Computing, dass Kunden hohes Zutrauen hatten. Mit dem Durchbruch des Digitaldrucks spätestens seit der drupa 2012 hat sich das radikal verändert. Viele neue Player sind relevant, fast allesamt aus dem Imaging- und IT-Sektor. Diese Firmen sind aber so riesig und andersartig, dass die einzelne Druckerei kaum einen Imagetransfer herstellen kann. Was auch nicht schlimm ist, da man sich selbst heutzutage sehr einfach und wirkungsvoll medial in Szene setzen kann. Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus/YouTube und LinkedIn sind die besten Helfer, die in ihrer Infrastruktur zudem kostenfrei nutzbar sind. Man muss nur lernen, wie es geht! — Übrigens ist es sowohl beschämend als auch inspirierend, dass einer der größten Print-Buyer der Welt, IKEA, sich per YouTube-Video für Print stark macht, indem es die Apple-Kommunikation gekonnt imitiert. Bis dato haben mehr als 17 Millionen Menschen das Video angeschaut! Benchmark!

Fazit — Our Take: „Etwas Altes wird etwas Neues!“

Die Printbranche sollte sich wieder auf ihre alten Stärken und das Gutenberg’sche Wertesystem berufen, um Innovationen in der Kommunikation leisten zu können. Nur so kann der Strukturwandel resp. Strukturbruch überstanden werden. Das Medium Print hat heute und in Zukunft kein Problem und steckt auch nicht in einer von anderen verschuldeten Krise. Die Krise ist hausgemacht und ergibt sich nur, wenn die Geschäftsziele, das Nutzerversprechen und die Kommunikation nicht mehr kundengerecht und zeitgemäß sind. Auf die Erfahrung, auf das Fachwissen, auf die Leidenschaft, auf die Flexibilität von kompetenten Print-Fachleuten muss nicht verzichtet werden. Gute Beratung und eine zeitgemäße, pro-aktive Marktkommunikation, vor allem zum Thema, wie man Drucksachen besonders effektvoll, wirkungsstark und interaktiv gestalten kann, wird bei Print Buyern hoch geschätzt, ist aber Mangelware. Das lässt sich einfach ändern. Oder? Die ersten wichtige Schritte zeigt unser Leitfaden für erfolgreiche Kommunikations-Aktivitäten pro Print und via Social Media! 

TIPP: Perspektiven für Print zeigt übrigens die #XUG15EU Konferenz auf, die erstmals am 26. Mai 2015 in Berlin stattfindet.

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