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Roadmap to Transformation: The strategist, speaker, futurist, digital transformer Frank Diana hits the point by sharing his „Future“ scenario.  Source: https://frankdiana.net

 

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

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This article is the overture to a series of trend letters and trend studies produced by ValuePublishing together with the global expert platform @Muchcommunication. The topics revolve around the significance of the transformation of our thinking and behavior, the ways and means by which we live, communicate and do business. —The basis is the analysis and evaluation of around 100 validated, national and global sources of information that are continuously being assessed. More than 300 trade articles with background material, analyses, trend observances and assessments are currently available as resources in the compendium ValueTrendRadar.com.

Intro 

The desire to be able to make Captain Kirk’s legendary phrase “Beam me up, Scotty” in Star Trek a reality has existed for several decades. It stirs up the fascination of transforming one’s own self to get from A to B in real-time and exchange reality with another on the fly. The self is dematerialized, diffused and constructed again — deconstruct, reconstruct!

The initial question is:
Where do we stand today — where are we headed?

The answer: 
We must not let ourselves be led astray by pure technology euphoria. Let us first take a look back to the future!

 

In medias res

For more than a generation, “digitalization” has had a fulminant impact (regardless of how one may interpret the term!); our living environment and real life go hand in hand with fulminant structural changes at ever shorter intervals accompanied by an enormous increase in pressure, thanks to globalization. The daily deluge of countless appeals incites downright panic as we are made aware of the fact that change caused by digital technology is unstoppable. No stone is left unturned. There is no getting around ‘digital transformation’ — on every corner there stands a self-appointed prophet, or even worse, a know-it-all, who points out the scenarios of why what we do, generally speaking, is no longer possible for future success.

A closer look often reveals smokescreens, eyewash, ignorance based on arrogance and consummate dilettantism. New terms are constantly being hawked with hype and their meaning distorted: The world becomes a “digital world”, trade becomes “digital commerce”; media becomes “digital media”, marketing becomes “digital marketing”, transformation becomes “digital transformation”. Everyone needs a “digital strategy”. Added to that are ultimate verbal creations such as “customer obsession”, “pure business” and more.

The consequences: Every day there is virtually something new under the sun. This leads to an exponentially growing confusion that creates more uncertainty than perspective, spurring the know-it-all prophet on to even more ‘good’ deeds… Phew! A vicious circle. For here — figuratively speaking — gasoline is being used to put out the fire.

How can you escape the confusion? Very easily – by thinking about it in peace and quiet and in reflective practice. Steve Jobs led the way when, after years in the diaspora, he introduced the Apple “Think Different” philosophy in the fall of 1997, with the transformation irreversibly changing not only the ailing Apple concern at the time, but also that of the world of IT, of computing, of music, of telecommunications, of movies, of books, of e-learning and so much more with regard to ‘digital lifestyle’. During the preview, Jobs told his closest colleagues succinctly that the key was the return to the “core values” that existed from the beginning and consequently carrying them on. Success proved him right. A manifest, a master plan oriented to the past is what is always first needed to define new guidelines for decades to come. [See: Apple Confidential – Steve Jobs on “Think Different” – Internal Meeting Sept. 23, 1997. ]

 

Transformation begins in the head!

If one continues this line of thought in the context of change, the logical implication is: Transformation begins in the head. And if the mission is successful, it ends there again. This sweeps away all those who lead one to believe that salvation lies in the inexhaustible innovative power of the latest technology. That is a fallacy. Salvation lies in thinking based on a sound human understanding that recognizes fundamental needs and anticipates the new! But beware: The famous phrase “Mens sana in corpore sano” (“a sound mind in a sound body”), should not be considered here, especially as it is no longer taken in the original sense meant by the Roman poet and satirist Juvenal, who used it to criticize hypocritical piety and dancing around the golden calf. 

“If you want to go forward, you first have to go back to the roots!”

Recourse to Roman Antiquity is not out of place in our context. The Latin verb “transformare” means in essence “reform, reconfigure, alter”. That was the focus in ancient Rome; transformation was part of the genetic code of an empire to create not only expansion, but first and foremost culturally uniform value systems and keep them alive over the centuries — or even make them useful for us people of today.

INFO TIP:  Collaborative Research Centre 644 Transformations of Antiquity of the Humboldt University of Berlin, http://www.sfb-antike.de and http://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-31084 .

“Reform, reconfigure, alter” was ultimately the impetus for constituting the United States of America of 1776. Europe as the “mother” of Enlightenment was not in the position then or even generations later to pursue its own awareness. Those who were interested in freedom, independence, human rights, progress and securing one’s livelihood had to emigrate. Transformation was thus inherent in the USA, shaping the creation and culture of a nation, of a free society as well as that of a dynamic economic area; this continues unabated today.

In American English usage, transformation was given an extended meaning: Going back to the early 15th century, it followed the late Middle English “change of shape”, to be augmented in modern times by synonyms such as conversion, metamorphosis, renewal, revolution, shift, changeover, flip-flop, switch, transfiguration, etc. This provoked a special type of transformation that consciously accepts collateral damage, as well as a return to “great minds” such as Johannes Gutenberg, who was chosen Man of the Millennium by the business elite in the USA in 2000. (See Theo Mortimer: The Man of the Millennium, Dublin Historical Record, 2003 https://www.jstor.org/stable/30101421?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Silicon Valley forward thinker Jeff Jarvis dedicated a book worth reading to him: Gutenberg — The Geek. Core message: “According to Jarvis, Johannes Gutenberg, the patron saint of entrepreneurs, would not only approve, but find himself right at home in Silicon Valley today.”

Recently, especially in China since the 1990s, it has been seen how a society and its culture of thousands of years is transforming at breakneck speed, independently of political liberalism. At the center are economic developments arising from growing expertise and broadening communication skills with unique scale and multiplier effects.

If one compares the transformation effects in the USA und China with those in Europe, a strong imbalance becomes apparent as reflected in stock prices and the design of business model concepts. (See: Netzökonom/Dr. Holger Schmidt: Plattform-Index KW 33: Tencent, Baidu und Weibo legen kräftig zu  as well as: Digitale Plattformen – das zentrale Geschäftsmodell für Unternehmen).

 

Source: Dr. Holger Schmidt: Digitale Plattformen. slideshare presentation dated 20. April 2016. 

 

This imbalance is recognized by business leaders in Germany (like in many other countries), but without any suitable counteracting concepts made visible. (See loc. cit.: Digitale Transformation: Deutschlands Top-Manager sehen großen Nachholbedarf).

The main reason for this, apart from a deficit of topical expertise, is the different interpretation of the word meanings. Digitalization is seen as a technical phenomenon and thus a concern for techies. Transformation is evaluated in terms of the pipeline business model and optimization of the existing order – with fatal consequences. There is complete disregard for the fact that in doing so, the term transformation is replaced by its antonym: Stagnation.

This article will be continued with examples of transformation concepts destined to succeed or to fail.

 

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#drupa2016 Review: Print wins! If…

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Please read and share our unique series of #drupa2016 reports. We are proud to enable a real multimedia and multichannel experience. And we are happy to interact with a huge global audience covering 120+ countries.

Kick-off: splendid #drupa2016

Our ValuePUBLISHING TRILOGY — a quite critical, selective analysis looking back at the splendid #drupa2016 (in german language)

Topics Outline Overview:
• Part 1 – Proof of concept: Does the printing community communicates properly?
• Part 2 – Crucial: Reduce to the max — don’t get lost in details!
• Part 3 – The crux of the matter: #unleashprint 

 


Back to the future: Some fun

#drupa2050 — TX to Benny: Touch the future again and again…
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Enjoy ValuePUBLISHING’s #Storify stories the most valuable way to catch up all major topics of #drupa2016 in a smart multimedia format. Convenient to navigate, wonderful to explore and easy to share. Our guideline: Less is more — so reduce to the max!

 

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The secret of #drupa2016 in 20 sec. — Summary by Andreas Weber, Head of Value.

 

 

GENERAL OVERVIEW

drupa2016 REVIEW — ValuePublishing Storify:
All about the role of print in the communications mix

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IN MEDIAS RES

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Heideldruck back to profitable growth

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PitneyBowes reinvented mail (live at drupa may/June 2016)

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Objectif Lune put business communications to the next level

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Automated Digital Cutting made by Zünd Systemtechnik

 

Das Geheimnis der #drupa2016 in 23 Sekunden — Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value.

 


In addition for extended reading check out our focused trend reports via ValueBlog posts by Andreas Weber

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ValueDialog — Christian Kopocz: “Multichannel ensures relevance!”

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Digital technologies impact the entire cosmos of print media and complete workflow, too.

By Andreas Weber

 

Note: The latest market trend analysis by Andreas Weber is the extended version of an article which will be published by the leading technology newspaper VDI-nachrichten. VDI-nachrichten addresses a premium reader target group of more than 310,000 technical and innovation experts in German industry.  — See as well market trend analysis “Focus Packaging”.

 

The internet is the enemy of print. That had long been the perception in the print media branch. A blind eye was turned to the fact that technologically for decades, digital high-performance networks and data transfer have been indispensable for print technology development. 

This occurs on various levels, whereby online, a system architecture is freely available that automatically generates print data and transfers it by internet to selected service providers / printing systems. The simplest form is prints of any data via smartphone or tablet. The first were Apple with AirPrint and Google with CloudPrint; print system manufacturers such as Canon and HP followed with proprietary e-print solutions. On the other hand, data from Wiki platforms such as PediaPress technologies, are transformed into books based on Wikipedia articles selected by the user online. Furthermore, social media users can transform their chronicles on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook into publications at the push of a button to automatically create, for instance, printed posters of Facebook/Instagram friends, canvas prints or diary chronicles in book form from Twitter and Facebook (see mySocialBook, Twenty20 or boomf with the printing of Instagram photos on edible marshmallows).

 

A few samples how Social Media became already the source for new print applications (driven by innovative suppliers).

 

These services are used for promotional purposes by both consumers and companies who include such projects in their digital marketing concepts. For pure business applications, marketing and IT data are automatically merged without media disruption to create cross-media customer campaigns that couple a company offer such as an insurance contract extension with feedback from tens of thousands customers, which is then exported to the company’s IT and CRM systems for keeping customer profiles up-to-date and even documenting individual transactions. All documents are then available in both digital and printed form. The customer chooses which form he prefers.

Background
The internet protocol TCP/IP got its breakthrough by enabling large amounts of data to be transferred quickly and reliably, especially for publishing and print applications. The user interface/mouse and particularly PostScript as a page description language revolutionised the generation of print data and print media production already in the 1980s. The sheer unlimited and ubiquitously available storage options through the internet for large amounts of data stemming from all areas of life and industry gave rise to the big data “phenomenon” — with the lure of evaluating unstructured or semi-structured data in relational databases for analyses of any type. 

 

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Digitalisation sets the pace

Two aspects were the logical result for the print media branch: 

  • first, all production workflow has to be “digitally” optimised;
  • and secondly, much more data is easily available through the internet that can be printed without media disruption.

The Internet becomes tool and marketplace in one. Accordingly, the online printing sector has grown dynamically: new specialised firms led by CIMPRESS/Vistaprint, Flyeralarm, Onlineprinters/diedruckerei.de or United Printers have accounted since 2009 in Germany alone for a trebling of volume that will most likely surpass the 3+ billion Euro mark in 2016. Popular applications/products are photo books, posters, flyers/mailings, brochures and more.

Key to success for online printing are the principles that characterise the 2016 motto “Touch the future” of drupa, the world’s leading print trade fair: automation, flexibilisation, digitalisation form the basis of “Print 4.0” — a new term borrowed from “Industry 4.0”, the highly commended industry standard from the Hannover Messe 2016. The rudiments of “4.0” have already been established in the printing branch for more than 10 years. The basis: JDF. The digital “Job Definition Format” allows made-to-order production to be taken care of automatically. Added to that is the complete cross-linking of production workflow and production machines including online remote services.

 

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The print technology manufacturers have readied themselves for that. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen has developed a new digital strategy integrating all print technologies and is going one step further at drupa 2016: The “Heidelberg Cloud” moves into focus with its smart print-shop concept. That is a new, extended approach that cross-links fully automated production with business aspects for the transparent and efficient operation of a printing business — incl. engagement with the customers/print buyers who are informed of the status of their orders online or per mobile. Even the automatic ordering of consumables and printing paper is integrated. In the digital printing sector, HP is doing likewise with its “PrintOS” platform that is to be launched at the end of May 2016 and cross-links the proprietary HP systems/technologies used by its customers.

 

Background:

HP PrintOS wants to enable the processing as simply as possible of any number of print orders from order acceptance to mailing, to work efficiently with partners and colleagues and exploit new growth potential. On a cloud-based, and according to HP open and absolutely secure platform, users have access at any time – no matter where they happen to be. However, PrintOS can only be used by those who have HP printing solutions (HP Indigo digital presses, HP PageWide web presses, HP Scitex presses and HP Latex printers). https://youtu.be/Rd2x2hRnikE

 

Internet as tool and marketplace in one

The internet, including the online and mobile worlds, is thus becoming an integral part of any type of print media production. Even imaging specialist Canon, the only exhibitor that can cover all drupa highlight themes, backs digital cross-linked transformation and synchronisation of all production, communication and business processes. The social media-conforming Canon motto #UnleashPrint particularly substantiates the drupa 2016 aspiration.

From 3D applications to printing products “cross-linked” through augmented reality, application scenarios that pool all of Canon’s expertise will be shown at drupa 2016. The driver in the “background” is Canon’s solutions skill for accelerating digital transformation through customised software and the merging of proprietary and third-party (such as Microsoft, Oracle, etc.) solutions. Canon gave a taste of what was to come at its future show “Canon Expo” in October 2015 in Paris: It was demonstrated live and explained in presentations how a (fictive) brand of mountain bikes can be staged in media and communications right from the start, from the photo shoot to marketing materials up to e-commerce with a web shop. Everything cast from the same mould, everything seamlessly interwoven. And this, too, at the point-of-sales, for example, where the quality of digitally printed packaging is determining the way forward. Equally impressive was the “creative” zone which showed what a consumer experience is like when everything that one imagines can become reality: From the perception of the world “out there” to one’s own home — everything is supported by Canon in multimedia, by image/photo, video, printed photo book, iPad app, etc.

 

The Art of Print – Rembrandts revival!

Causing a sensation worldwide recently was “The Next Rembrandt” project: On the initiative of art experts at the Het Rembrandthuis Museum in Amsterdam and scientists from the Delft University of Technology with the support of technology partner Microsoft, all available data and information left behind by Rembrandt was evaluated – some 15 terabytes of data in total. “The Next Rembrandt” was to be made up of 168,263 Rembrandt painting components derived from 3D scans that resulted from a laborious, digital 3D composition in a synthesised new painting. However, no 3D printer was used as reported by the media, but a digital printing system. It is not public yet what kind of digital printing system they used. But: Mid of March 2016 at the Canon Business Days in Venlo, The Netherlands a printed copy of the „The Next Rembrandt“ was shown. It could be produced by advanced Océ VariaDot Imaging-Technologies which are already used to reproduce image motifs in relief, based preferably on 3D scans, such as for the reproduction of old fabric wall coverings formerly created by artists. [See the exclusive ValuePublishing story „Rembrandt verleiht Print postum eine ganz neue Bedeutung“ (in german language)]. 

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Print 4.0 needs Communication 4.0

“In dealing with digitalisation, the print media branch focussed a long time on increasing production efficiency. Accordingly, any type of print media product always followed digital processes. That is a good thing. But, the effectiveness of print as a cross-linkable medium in the digital age was given short shrift and now has top priority,” stated Didier Gombert, founder and CEO of technology developer Objectif Lune (OL). For more than 20 years, the visionary entrepreneur has been a pioneer of a new “digital” philosophy that integrates print media topically in the communications mix.

For Gombert, the foundation is the “connect” principle. From one “digital” building block of various solutions, a scalable solution scenario develops that helps both beginners and pros to optimally use print in business and customer communications and always cross-links easily and affordably with digital communication processes. His success proves him right: With 240 employees and 3 development centres in North America, Europe and Australia, OL serves more than 20,000 companies around the world and is supported by a network of qualified partners. For Gombert, theme highlights at drupa 2016 are new communications tasks that are “beyond technology” so to say, such as “customer experience” and “customer journey”. This is understood to (further) develop 100% market and customer-oriented products and solutions in a dialogue with the customer. In focus: optimal interfaces between man-machine — machine-machine — machine-man.

 

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From Pipelines to Platforms

Up to now, print production processes have followed a rigid, linear workflow scenario: Data are edited digitally, formatted with expert tools and then prepared unalterably for print. People tell the machine, so to say, what to do. An innovative approach, therefore, is to dissolve this rigid process, whereby data from various sources can be processed online or offline, from analogue to digital and vice-versa — quasi as an iterative process – seamlessly transformed and automatically enriched with customised and “on-demand” output per digital printing. Seen from a technical workflow angle, a pipeline process is transferred to a cross-linked interactive platform concept that offers new forms of connectivity.

Interesting stimuli are also coming in this context from post-press processing and paper technology. For automation, paper technology specialist BW Papersystems banks on a new type of online remote service such as its ExpertOnline. Originally conceived as a technical services support, it soon became apparent that masses of machine data from giant paper production plants could be exported and intelligently analysed. From this, production workflows and techniques could be optimised.

On the other hand, BW Papersystems is the first specialised technology manufacturer to rely on dialogue throughout the entire value chain in print production – that is, from pre-media, print, paper and processing technology and application specialists – to enable continuous, fully-automated processes. No continuity in print production can be ensured otherwise. This type of automation is important, especially for online printing and particularly for the latest digital print productions as print production facilities become more efficient in their output and vast amounts of data are accrued. At Onlineprinters/diedruckerei.de, for example, 500,000 customers are served, with up to 4,000 orders carried out per day on an annual average and 1.25 million deliveries per annum.

 

Conclusion

The handling of “big data” in print production has several dimensions: From the web and social media world or via cloud services, the amount of data is exploding that is being transferred from the virtual world to print; content can be automatically compiled on the basis of intelligent algorithms for masses of customised, needs-oriented print products. On the other hand, huge data streams have to be handled intelligently in production management to be able to produce and deliver efficiently, with quality, without media disruption and as quickly as possible, that is, within the deadline of a day.

 

Tip for drupa visit

  1. Exhibitors such as Objectif Lune in Hall 7a/E23 and BW Papersystems, Hall 10/D20 on automation through digitalisation from pre-media to post-press processing

  2. In the drupa innovation parc, Hall 7, new digital innovative solutions are grouped, which are also explained in technical presentations

  3. Different to all other drupa exhibitors Canon covers all drupa high-light topics in once. The motto #UnleashPrint comes to life. Hall 8a/B50.

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

Weitere Lesetipp:
drupa ante portas — Highlight Topic Multichannel: „Individuelle Lösungen sind gefragt!“

drupa ante portas: Ist Print (wieder) auf der Überholspur? JAEIN. — Kommentar zur drupa media conference (29. Februar bis 2. März 2016)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Höchst aufschlussreich wird auch sein, wie sich die Aufspaltung des Xerox-Konzerns auswirken wird und wie sich dessen Führungsanspruch darstellt. Mit seiner Tochterfirma XMPie ist Xerox in jedem Fall der Trendsetter bei Multichannel-Innovationen. Wir haben dazu bereits eine Reihe von Expertengespräche geführt:

  1. ValueDialog mit Jacob Aizikowitz, XMPie President  — Multichannel führt im Digitalzeitalter zu nachhaltigem Geschäftserfolg! 
  2. ValueDialog mit Christian Kopocz, Multichannel Entrepreneur und Executive Director XMPie User Group (XUG): „Multichannel sorgt für Relevanz!”
  3. ValueDialog mit Patrick Donner, TraffiC Print Online Solutions GmbH Neuer Blick auf Multichannel: „Es gibt kein Entweder — Oder!“
  4. ValueDialog mit Renato Vögeli, Vögeli AG Medienproduktion & Druck: Multichannel macht Kommunikation zum persönlichen Erlebnis!

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

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

 

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

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Bernd Zipper hat auf seinem Blog beyondprint.de zu mymuesli.com und der 4D-Printanwendung eine erstklassige Fallbeschreibung veröffentlicht und auf meinen ValueTrendRadar.com-Beitrag als Ergänzung verweisen: “Web-to-Print für Müsli? Ein erster Schritt in Richtung Food Mass Customization”. ABSOLUT LESENSWERT, was Bernd da schreibt und anmerkt!

Auszug: “Das sogenannte 4D-Druck-Verfahren, womit das individuelle digitale Bedrucken dreidimensionaler Objekte mittels Inkjet-Technologie und hochpräziser Robotik gemeint ist, hat Heidelberg vor über einem Jahr für den Schwarz-Weiß-Druck und Anfang November auf der InPrint als Vierfarb-Maschine vorgestellt. Die Maschine kann runde oder zylindrische Objekte mit einem Durchmesser von 10 mm bis 300 mm in einer Auflösung von 360 dpi vierfarbig sowie mit Deckweiß oder Schutzlack bedrucken. Damit können Massenprodukte wie Fuß- oder Golfbälle, Trinkflaschen und andere gekrümmte Oberflächen wie Dosen nahezu in Echtzeit personalisiert werden.”

LinK: http://bit.ly/1IIQBX3

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mymuesli.001Smart Technologies need Smart Solutions need Smart Communications: Twitter- und Facebook-Posts machten die Heidedruck Pressekonferenz popullär. In Echtzeit!

Eine Zusammenfassung dessen, was ich in Echtzeit kommentiert habe, findet sich in unserem Value Storify. Inkl. Posts von Freunden und zahlreichen Kurz-Videos mit O-Ton (in deutsch und englisch). —Andreas Weber

Nach der Krise kommt die Katharsis: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (kurz #Heideldruck) ist zweifelsfrei auf einem guten, oder besser: dem richtigen Weg angelangt. Nach dem Re-Branding und der Eröffnung des Print Media Center in Wiesloch folgte nun, traditionsgemäß auf der Jahresend-Pressekonferenz in Heidelberg/Wiesloch, die Vorstellung von „Heideldruck 4.0“. Dies war wichtig, weil die jüngsten Quartalszahlen kein gutes Echo der Finanzmärkte brachten. Die Heideldruck-Aktie rauschte Mitte November 2015 deutlich ab. Was sollte also getan werden? Durch die drupa 2016 bietet sich die Chance, Aktionäre, Mitarbeiter und vor allem Kunden und Mediatoren ins Boot zu holen. Keine leichte Aufgabe. Und sicher noch eine harte…

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Roadmap to Transformation: The strategist, speaker, futurist, digital transformer Frank Diana hits the point by sharing his „Future“ scenario.  Source: https://frankdiana.net

 

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

English version

Dieser Beitrag bildet die Ouvertüre zu einer Serie von Trendletters und Trendstudien, die als Beitrag von ValuePublishing gemeinsam mit der global aktiven Expertenplattform @Muchcommunication entstehen. Die Themen drehen sich um den Stellenwert der Transformation unseres Denkens und Handelns, der Art und Weise wie wir Leben, kommunizieren und Geschäfte machen. — Basis bildet die Analyse und Bewertung von rund 100 validierten, nationalen und globalen Informationsquellen, die kontinuierlich ausgewertet werden. Über 300 Fachbeiträge mit Hintergrundbeiträgen, Analysen, Trendbeobachtungen und Bewertungen sind als Ressourcen im Kompendium ValueTrendRadar.com aktuell verfügbar.

Intro 

Der Wunsch, den legendären Satz „Beam me up, Scotty“ von Captain Kirk aus Star Trek eigene Wirklichkeit werden zu lassen, besteht seit vielen Jahrzehnten. Schürt er doch die Faszination, sein eigenes Ich zu transformieren, um in Echtzeit von A nach B zu gelangen und eine Realität mit der anderen im fliegenden Wechsel zu tauschen. Das Ich wird entmaterialisiert, diffundiert und wieder konstituiert — deconstruct, reconstruct!

Die Eingangsfrage im Kontext mit Transformation lautet:
Wo stehen wir heute — wohin steuern wir?

Die Antwort: 
Wir dürfen uns nicht von purer Technik-Euphorie fehlleiten lassen. Wagen wir zunächst — als innere Einkehr — den Blick zurück nach vorne!

 

In medias res

Seit mehr als einer Generation wirkt sich die „Digitalisierung“ fulminant aus (unabhängig davon, wie man den Begriff ausgelegen mag!); unsere Lebenswelten und Lebensrealitäten gehen mit fulminanten strukturellen Veränderungen einher, bei immer kürzer werden Intervallen und einem durch die Globalisierung enorm steigenden Druck. Niemand kann sich dem entziehen. Unzählige, uns täglich ereilende Appelle schüren eine regelrechte Panik, da uns vor Augen geführt wird: Der Wandel durch Digitaltechnik sei nicht aufzuhalten. Kein Stein bleibe auf dem anderen. An der ‚digitalen Transformation‘ führe kein Weg vorbei. — An jeder Ecke findet sich ein selbsternannter Prophet, oder schlimmer, ein Besser-Wisser, der Szenarien aufzeigt, warum das, was wir mehrheitlich tun, nicht mehr möglich ist, um künftig Erfolg zu haben.

Schaut man genau hin, zeigen sich oftmals Nebelkerzen, Augenwischerei, Ignoranz basierend auf Überheblichkeit oder gar ausgemachter Dilettantismus. Ständig neu werden Begrifflichkeiten per Hype kolportiert und dadurch sinnentstellt: Die Welt wird zur „Digitalen Welt“, aus Handel wird „Digital Commerce“; Medien werden „Digitale Medien“, Marketing wird „Digital Marketing“, Transformation wird zu „Digital Transformation“. Jeder braucht eine „Digitalstrategie“. Hinzukommen ultimative Wort-Schöpfungen wie „Customer Obsession“, „Pure Business“ und vieles mehr.

Die Folge: Da im Zuge dessen quasi jeden Tag eine neue Sau durchs Dorf getrieben wird, entsteht eine exponential wachsende Konfusion, die mehr Verunsicherung hervorbringt als Durchblick, was die besser-wissenden Propheten zu noch mehr ‚guten’ Taten aufstachelt… Puh, ein Teufelskreis. Denn hier wird — bildlich gesprochen — das Feuer mit Benzin gelöscht.

Wie kann man diesem Wirrwarr entkommen? Nun, ganz einfach, indem man in Ruhe nachdenkt und im besten Sinne innere Einkehr übt. Steve Jobs hatte es vorgemacht, als er nach Jahren in der Diaspora im Herbst 1997 wieder bei Apple die „Think Different“-Philosophie vorstellte, und damit die Transformation nicht nur vom damals maroden Apple-Konzern, sondern die der Welt der IT, des Computing, der Musik, der Telekommunikation, des Films, der Bücher, des E-Learning u. v. a. m. im Sinne des ‚Digital Lifestyle‘ irreversibel veränderte. Jobs sagte seinen engsten Mitarbeitern beim Preview lapidar, entscheidend sei die Rückbesinnung auf die „Core Values“, die am eigenen Anfang standen, sowie deren konsequente Weiterführung. Der Erfolg gab ihm recht. Es braucht immer erst ein Manifest, einen Master-Plan, der sich an der Vergangenheit orientiert, um die neuen Leitlinien für Dekaden festzulegen. Siehe: Apple Confidential – Steve Jobs on “Think Different” – Internal Meeting Sept. 23, 1997.

 

Transformation beginnt im Kopf!

Führt man diese Gedanken im Kontext mit Veränderungen weiter, ist die logische Folgerung: Transformation beginnt im Kopf. Und endet, bei erfolgreicher Mission, dort auch wieder. Dies fegt alle hinweg, die vorgaukeln, das Heil liege in der unerschöpflichen Innovationskraft neuester Technik. Aber, das ist ein Trugschluss. Das Heil liegt im Denken auf Basis eines gesunden Menschenverstands, der grundlegend Bedürfnisse erkennt und neues antizipiert! Aber Vorsicht: Das berühmte „Mens sana in corpore sano“ („ein gesunder Geist in einem gesunden Körper“), sollte hier ausser Acht bleiben, zumal es nicht mehr im ursprünglichen Sinn des römischen Dichters und Satirikers Juvenal gesehen wird, der damit die Frömmelei und sozusagen den Tanz ums goldene Kalb kritisierte. 

„Wer nach vorne will, muss zuerst zurück zu den Wurzeln!“

Der Rückgriff auf die römische Antike macht in unserem Kontext Sinn. Das lateinische Verb „transformare“ bezeichnet im Kern „umformen, umgestalten, abändern“. Darauf war man im antiken Rom fokussiert; Transformation wurde Teil des genetischen Codes eines Weltreiches, um nicht nur Expansion sondern vor allem kulturell einheitliche Wertesysteme zu schaffen und über Jahrhunderte am Leben zu halten — resp. sogar für uns heutige Neuzeit-Menschen nutzbar zu machen.

INFO-TIPP:  Sonderforschungsprojekt 644 „Transformationen der Antike“ der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, http://www.sfb-antike.de sowie http://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-31084.

„Umformen, umgestalten, abändern“ begründete letztlich den Antrieb, die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika ab dem Jahr 1776 zu konstituieren. Europa als „Mutter“ der Aufklärung war damals und noch Generationen danach nicht in der Lage, den eigenen Erkenntnissen zu folgen. Wer sich für Freiheit, Unabhängigkeit, Menschenrechte, Fortentwicklung und Existenzsicherung interessierte, musste auswandern. Transformation wurde somit den USA in die Wiege gelegt, um die Gestaltung und Kultur eines Landes, einer freiheitlichen Gesellschaft sowie eines dynamischen Wirtschaftsraumes zu prägen; dies hält bis heute ungebrochen an.

Im anglo-amerikanischen Sprachgebrauch erhielt Transformation eine erweiterte Bedeutung: Zurückgehend auf das frühe 15. Jahrhundert lehnt es sich an das late Middle English „change of shape“ an, um in neuerer Zeit um Synonyme wie conversion, metamorphosis, renewal, revolution, shift, changeover, flip-flop, switch, transfiguration etc. erweitert zu werden. Dies provozierte eine besondere Form der Transformation, die Kollateralschäden bewusst in Kauf nimmt; aber ebenso die Rückbesinnung auf „große Geister“ wie Johannes Gutenberg, der von der Wirtschaftselite der USA im Jahr 2000 zum Man of the Millennium gekürt wurde. (Siehe Theo Mortimer: The Man of the Millennium, Dublin Historical Record, 2003 https://www.jstor.org/stable/30101421?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents Silicon Valley-Vordenker Jeff Jarvis widmete ihm das lesenswerte Buch „Gutenberg — The Geek“. Kernaussage: „According to Jarvis, Johannes Gutenberg, the patron saint of entrepreneurs, would not only approve, but find himself right at home in Silicon Valley today.“

In neuster Zeit zeigt sich vor allem seit den 1990er Jahren in China, wie sich eine Gesellschaft und ihre Jahrtausende alte Kultur unabhängig von politischer Liberalität in rasender Geschwindigkeit transformiert. Im Zentrum stehen wirtschaftliche Entwicklungen durch Kompetenzausbau und Erweiterung der Kommunikationsfähigkeit mit einzigartigen Skalen- und Multiplikationseffekten. Vergleicht man die Transformationseffekte in den USA und China mit denen in Europa, so zeigt sich ein starkes Ungleichgewicht, wie sich an Börsenkursen wie auch an der Gestaltung von Geschäftsmodellkonzepten ablesen lässt. (Siehe: Netzökonom/Dr. Holger Schmidt: „Plattform-Index KW 33: Tencent, Baidu und Weibo legen kräftig zu“ sowie: „Digitale Plattformen – das zentrale Geschäftsmodell für Unternehmen“.

 

Quelle: Dr. Holger Schmidt: Digitale Plattformen. Vortragscharts vom 20. April 2016. 

 

Dieses Ungleichgewicht wird in Deutschland (stellvertretend für eine Vielzahl von Ländern) zwar von Unternehmensführern erkannt, aber ohne dass geeignete Konzepte zum Gegensteuern sichtbar werden. (Siehe a.a.o. : „Digitale Transformation: Deutschlands Top-Manager sehen großen Nachholbedarf“). Die wesentlichen Gründe hierfür liegen m. E. neben einem Defizit an zeitgemäßem Fachwissen vor allem an einer unterschiedlichen Auslegung der Wortbedeutungen. Digitalisierung wird als technisches Phänomen gesehen und ist damit Sache der Techies. Transformation wird im Sinne der Pipeline-Geschäftsmodell-Gestaltung mit Optimierung des Bestehenden bewertet; mit fatalen Folgen. Ausser Acht gelassen wird, dass dadurch der Begriff Transformation durch sein Antonym ersetzt wird: Stagnation.

Dieser ValuePublishing-Beitrag wird mit Beispielen fortgeführt, die erfolgreiche und zum Scheitern bestimmte Transformationsansätze darlegen.

 

Wer direkte Fragen stellen möchte, kann sich jederzeit an Andreas Weber wenden, um auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben sowie Zugang zu weiter Beiträgen zum Thema Transformation zu erhalten (Trendletters, TrendStudies):

 

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Photo @2016: Andreas Weber, ValuePUBLISHING, Mainz/Germany.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 22 July 2016

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 30 selected news articles for the week, plus five new additions to our drupa Newsroom from Elitron, KBA-Flexotecnica, Manroland Sheetfed, and SEI Laser; as well as a new entry in Online Features Downloads from Two Sides, as it publishes the findings of its Global Reach Survey 2016, where you will find the introductory article complete with link to download the complete 15-page findings and report as a PDF.


There will no Verdigris environmental Blog for the next couple of weeks as Laurel Brunner is taking a short break. She will be back during the second half of August. I shall also take a break as news is in very short supply due to the main holiday season in Europe and it has been difficult this past week or so to put together a reasonable selection of good newsworthy stuff each day. As with last week’s key news announcements (Xaar on Monday and Screen Europe on Tuesday) I have drawn on the assistance of Gareth Ward at Print Business UK for two key articles again this week, for the Anton Group and Kodak Inkjet announcement on Wednesday; and then for Xerox and RR Donnelley on Friday, in order to bring you up to date with that.


Other news leaders this week came from HP on Monday, with its plans for Photokina 2016 in Cologne in September. Tuesday was led by Canon Europe as it ships Goloseo children’s books produced at drupa 2016 to South Africa to support the Room to Read Literacy Programme. On Thursday, Two Sides took the lead as it announces availability of its Global Research Survey 2016 in PDF format; and while consumers still value print and paper, there are numerous environmental misunderstandings that persist due to a serious lack of awareness, says Two Sides. Please don’t skip it. The 15-page Report is well worth studying for anyone involved with publishing, print and paper wherever you are.

On Friday, management board chairman and CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Dr. Gerold Linzbach, announced that he will not renew his contract which runs until August 2017. Following a successful turnaround of the company, he will not seek to extend his contract and aims at pursuing new professional challenges and will continue to serve the company until the end of his contractual term, to enable the Supervisory Board time to find a replacement.


You will find some new sales and installations announcements below from Andi Druk in the Netherlands, as it invests in the first Canon Océ and Müller Martini integrated continuous feed inkjet and digital finishing lines for magazine and book production; and also for Manroland Sheetfed in Brazil with another Roland 700 – both on Monday. On Tuesday, Witherbys in London increases automation and output with a new Speedmaster XL 75-6 and automated Stahlfolder CH 56; Inci.Flex in Italy becomes the first to automate its flexo platemaking process with Esko’s new CDI Crystal 5080 XPS flexo platemaker, debuted at drupa. We also have Toppan Forms, which is now the biggest Kodak Prosper Inkjet customer in the world, as it adds a fifth Prosper Stream Inkjet press – a Prosper 6000C; while German commercial printer Nino-Druck made its first steps into the personalised photo market with Taopix at drupa.

On Wednesday we announced that Anton Group UK will be the first in the world to work with the new Kodak Ultrastream printhead shown in tests at drupa. This was followed by corrugated packaging printer Grupondunova in Catalonia, which becomes the first Spanish company to invest in the Inca Onset X large-format inkjet flatbed press, complete with ClinchTech Robotics. Then we had Park Communications in the UK, which has added a four-clamp Horizon BQ470 PUR perfect binder to deliver cost effective fast turnarounds. Thursday saw IBW Industrial Binding in Belgium increase its investment in Muller Martini kit with a new Diamant MC 60 bookline, and an Alegro perfect binder with extremely short changeover times, to use with the new hard-cover line.

On Friday, to round off the week, we included Xerox with early adopters at drupa 2016 snapping up no less than 120 Xerox Production Inkjet presses, including continuous feed and more. Then we have Seaway Printing in the U.S., which expects a 50 per cent increase in productivity with its new Speedmaster XL 106-4+L from Heidelberg USA. You will find lots of new kit this week if you check out the news announcements carefully. These include Canon SA on Monday as it launches its new imageRUNNER Advance C5500 series, intelligent multifunctional devices aimed at today’s modern working environment. Xitron on Tuesday. KBA-Flexotecnica on Wednesday, as well as SEI Laser. On Thursday, EFI released Packaging Suite 4.0 debuted and shown at drupa; and then we have KBA with the Varijet B1 Xerox-powered digital press (also from Gareth Ward, Print Business); and then Elitron with three new digital cutting machines which were shown at drupa.

On Friday we have Fujifilm with its new processless plate, the Superia ZD, which is UV-compatible and designed for longer runs. Lastly, from Ricoh South Africa with new wide-format multifunction printer which it is aimed at the CAD/GIS and graphics markets in EMEA.

The tailender for this week: On Monday, Manroland Web Systems opened the doors of its new digital web STORE. So, now you have a 24-hour, fast shopping ability on-line.

That’s all until next time.
My best regards,
Mike Hilton

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Headline News
Over 28,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages

Mon 18 July…   
HP’s new business growth opportunities at Photokina 2016
Photo finishers and professional Photo labs will experience the new HP Indigo 12000 and new applications from the HP Latex 570…

Sun Chemical at GlassTec 2016 in Düsseldorf
Sun Chemical to present its latest SunVetro offerings at GlassTec 2016, taking place at Messe Düsseldorf, from 20 – 23 September…

The new Manroland web STORE opens its digital doors
The time has come: Having been announced over the past two months and having been greeted enthusiastically…

Fully automated digital inkjet for Andi Druk Netherlands
Andi Druk invests in first Canon Océ and Müller Martini integrated continuous feed inkjet for magazine and book production…

Brazilian book publisher achieves goals with Roland 700
Multi Marcas Editoriais Ltda (Editora Construir) promotes education and literacy through innovative books…

Canon’s new imageRUNNER Advance C5500 series
Canon SA launches new flagship, intelligent multifunctional devices for today’s modern working environment…

Tue 19 July…   
Canon Europe and Goloseo support Room to Read
Canon to ship Goloseo children’s books produced at drupa 2016 to South Africa for the Room to Read Literacy Programme…

Xitron begins shipments of USB/SCSI Interface
Replaces obsolete SCSI cards in Trendsetter CTP installations with an economical alternative and provide an extended ROI…

Witherbys invests in Heidelberg automation and productivity
Witherbys in London increases automation and output with new Speedmaster XL 75-6 and automated Stahlfolder CH 56…

Inci.Flex first with Esko’s CDI Crystal 5080 XPS
Gravure quality with flexo plates coming from an integrated unit that simplifies and automates flexo platemaking…

Japan’s first Kodak Prosper 6000C Press for Toppan Forms
Toppan Forms is now the biggest Kodak Prosper customer in the world with a fifth Prosper Stream Inkjet press…

Nino-Druck targets personalised print with Taopix
The German commercial printer made its first steps into the personalised photo market with Taopix at drupa…

Wed 20 July
Anton to become world’s first with new Kodak printhead
Anton Group UK will be the first in the world to work with the new Kodak Ultrastream printhead shown in tests at drupa…

Ricoh SA appoints head of Production Print Business Group
Ricoh South Africa has appointed Frank de Afonseca to head up its Production Printing Business Group…

The new KBA-Flexotecnica NEO😄 LR ‘Hybrid’
First fully hybrid extremely innovative machine for all popular flexo technologies drew the crowds at drupa…

SEI Laser: Digital die-cutting and creasing a reality
SEI Laser impressed the industry with the models PaperOne 5000, 3500 and with Packmaster OEM WD at drupa…

Inca Onset X1 with ClinchTech Robotics for Grupondunova
Corrugated packaging pioneer Grupondunova becomes the first Spanish company to invest in the Onset X…

Park further invests in digital department with Horizon buy
Park Communications adds a four-clamp Horizon BQ470 PUR perfect binder to deliver cost effective fast turnarounds…

Thu 21 July…   
Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016 available
Consumers still value print & paper, but numerous environmental misunderstandings persist due to a serious lack of awareness…

EFI releases Packaging Suite 4.0
EFI Packaging Suite 4.0, shown at drupa, offers new value for label, folding carton and flexible packaging converters…

KBA takes the modular approach to inkjet
The Varijet was not shown at Drupa, but is KBA’s pitch for the B1 digital press market has its eyes focused on carton printing…

Elitron’s drupa hat-trick with a focus on automation
Elitron has significantly increased its product range, and chose the drupa stage to launch three new digital cutting solutions…

IBW enters Hardcover Segment with Diamant MC bookline
IBW Industrial Binding in Belgium increases its investment in Muller Martini kit with a new bookline, and a perfect binder…

Drytac Europe announces enhanced Emerytex
An improved textured anti-slip laminating film for indoor and outdoor applications, including floor graphics…

Fri 22 July…   
Dr. Gerold Linzbach to leave Heidelberg in 2017
Management board chairman and CEO, Dr. Gerold Linzbach will not renew his contract which runs until August 2017…

Deal too far as Xerox rebuffs Donnelley’s approach
RR Donnelley believed there was potential in combining with Xerox’s technology, but Xerox found it an offer they could refuse…

Xerox at drupa: More than 120 initial sales successes
Early adopters at drupa 2016 snapped up Xerox Production Inkjet presses, including continuous feed and more…

Seaway adds Speedmaster XL 106 with Inpress Control
Seaway Printing in the U.S., expects a 50 per cent increase in productivity with Speedmaster XL 106-4+L from Heidelberg…

Fujifilm releases the Superia ZD processless plate
Fujifilm announces the addition of new processless plate – Superia ZD – compatible with UV and for longer runs…

Ricoh’s new A1 production printer for CAD/GIS
Ricoh’s new wide-format multifunction production printer aimed at the CAD/GIS and graphic markets in EMEA…

Last lead article from Friday in previous update…  

Last issue’s Friday lead article…
Sappi sustainable packaging solutions at FachPack 2016
Latest innovative sustainable products are designed to minimise the use of fossil-based plastic packaging…

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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.

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 – 2016
There were again well over 70 last year, 90 in 2014, and over 90 in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2).

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016
Consumers still value print & paper, but environmental misunderstandings persist due to serious lack of awareness…

Technology-related Chapter 02

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e-Commerce, automation and cloud for print
The Internet and World Wide Web have opened up new opportunities for printing, but new challenges too. By Simon Eccles…

Online Features Jul/Aug Chapter 06

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L’Imprimerie looks back at its waterless printing strategy
The French daily newspaper Le Figaro has grown its business, thanks to waterless printing and the switch to Toray MX10 plates…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Most recent…   
Green fashion
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 15 July

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016

Wild Format Technology Is All About You
This is the first in a new series of articles explaining how you can use wide-format digital printing technology to produce…

Into the Great Wide Open
Harvesting the powers of modern wide-format digital printing, it is possible to elicit a nod and a smile from even the most…

Industrial Revolution
Printing has always been an industrial process. Done right, productivity continues to rise and costs to fall. But…

Why ink matters for Wide-Format Digital Printing
Choosing the ink and pigments to use in printing has always been a crucial decision, one that is very much related…

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

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FESPA Mexico 2016 content-rich educational programme
FESPA Mexico educational programme ‘Seek New Horizons in Print’ set to inspire printers from Mexico and Central America..

FESPA to host Digital Textile Conference in Milan
Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use… but you must scroll down to view each Chapter when you visit the Newsroom

drupa daily to download as PDFs
These jam-packed drupa daily news issues are ready to read now. You can download each one complete as a PDF…

drupa daily issue No 1 on 31 May 2016
Includes drupa President and Koenig & Bauer chief executive Claus Bolza-Schünemann’s Red Sofa chat with Thomas Fasold…

drupa daily issue No 2 on 1 June 2016
Includes Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke talking to Darryl Danielli about the business’s evolution and how it’s getting back to its roots…

drupa daily issue No 3 on 2 June 2016
Includes Canon EMEA president and chief executive Rokus van Iperen’s talk with Darryl Danielli about the importance of merging cultures…

drupa daily issue No 4 on 3 June 2016
Includes Landa Digital Printing founder and chairman Benny Landa as he tells Darryl Danielli how he has been retired for 50-plus years…

drupa daily issue No 5 on 4 June 2016
Includes Enrique Lores, HP president of Imaging and Printing talking to Darryl Danielli about growth…

drupa daily issue No 6 on 5 June 2016
Includes Olaf Lorenz, GM of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, as he discusses the KM-C with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 7 on 6 June 2016
Includes Jean-Pascal Bobst, chief executive of Swiss manufacturer
Bobst talking to Darryl Danielli about the importance of family…

drupa daily issue No 8 on 7 June 2016
Includes Eijiro Hori, president of post-press kit manufacturer Horizon sharing his thoughts on the importance of partnerships with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 9 on 8 June 2016
Includes Massivit chief executive Avner Israeli emphasises to Darryl Danielli that printers should embrace the 3D opportunity sooner rather than later…

drupa daily issue No 10 on 9 June 2016
Includes Marabu chief executive York Boeder talking with Thomas Fasold about digitisation in printing and the strengths of screen printing…

drupa daily issue No 11 on 10 June 2016
Includes Wolfgang Kroplunik, head of business development & Western Europe, Uncoated Fine Paper at Mondi, talking with Thomas Fasold about paper and changing requirements in the digital transformation…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ show + post-show News
Latest additions – and counting – can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

Elitron’s drupa hat-trick with a focus on automation
Elitron has significantly increased its product range, and chose the drupa stage to launch three new digital cutting solutions…

KBA-Flexotecnica’s new NEO😄 LR ‘Hybrid’
First fully hybrid extremely innovative machine for all popular flexo technologies drew the crowds at drupa…

Manroland Sheetfed ‘The Evolution of Print’ at drupa
‘The Evolution of Print’ at the heart of Manroland Sheetfed’s drupa showcase and encapsulating its vision…

They are print: Manroland Sheetfed at drupa
A whole new world of inline print finishes met visitors to the Manroland Sheetfed GmbH stand in Hall 14 at drupa 2016…

SEI Laser digital die-cutting and creasing at drupa
SEI Laser impressed the industry with the models PaperOne 5000, 3500 and with Packmaster OEM WD at drupa…

Previous…   
Agfa Graphics shone with breaking new technologies at drupa
With its strong showcase of offset and wide-format inkjet solutions, Agfa Graphics underlined its commitment to the print industry at drupa 2016…

KAMA: Efficient short run finishing success at drupa
KAMA successfully launched world’s first folder-gluer for short-run folding cartons at drupa 2016…

Manroland Web Systems’ Digital Workflows at drupa
Continuous improvement in performance with perfectly integrated hardware and software is convincing customers worldwide…

Sun and BASF: ‘Packaging for a more sustainable world’
Sun Chemical and BASF present the potential of their latest solvent-free ink solutions to deliver more sustainable flexible packaging…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors (now in alphabetical order)
The series of over 240 articles can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom in alphabetical order.

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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Decisive impulses for the global print industry at drupa
drupa 2016 was a resounding success with excellent business deals concluded in an outstanding investment climate…

drupa to stick to its proven 4-year cycle
The No. 1 trade fair for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Düsseldorf again from 23 June to 3 July 2020…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016
Includes the tenth and final article in this series from Andreas Weber in Mainz, Germany…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles – and more
Includes the eleventh and final article in this series from Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and drupa president 2016…

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E-commerce, automation and cloud for print
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 9 by Simon Eccles, who over the years he has been editor of eight industry publications. Today he writes white papers and technical reports and contributes regular technical features to many publications…

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? Fokus auf Canon’s #unleashprint: Kein anderer Aussteller der #drupa2016 hat aus meiner Expertensicht so umfassend, kompetent, offen und glaubwürdig zeigen können, wie die TRANSFORMATION im Print erfolgreich möglich wird. Foto: Andreas Weber Kritische und bewusst streng selektive Analyse von Andreas Weber, Head of Value, im Rückblick auf die famose #drupa2016 — Lesezeit:…

#drupa2016: Ziele weit übertroffen — Objectif Lune baut starke Marktposition deutlich aus

“Die globale Leitmesse drupa 2016 war für uns ein voller Erfolg! Unsere Ziele wurden weit übertroffen”, resümiert Didier Gombert, Vorstandsvorsitzender von Objectif Lune (kurz: OL). “Das Messemotto ‘Touch the future’ beflügelte unsere Strategie, die Innovationsführerschaft für zukunftsweisende Lösungsangebote im Bereich interaktiver Geschäftskommunikation nachhaltig auszubauen”, so Gombert weiter. Dies ist umso bemerkenswerter, als traditionell die drupa für Neuheiten bei Druck- und Papiertechnik steht.

Als Erfolgsfaktor sieht Gombert, dass es OL gelungen ist, den Umgang mit Print im Digitalzeitalter in den richtigen Kontext zu stellen. HTML, CSS und JavaScript bilden den Ausgangspunkt. Printanwendungen werden nahtlos an jeder passenden Stelle im durchgehenden digitalen Kommunikationsprozess eingebunden. Medienbrüche sind damit eliminiert. OL’s drupa-Motto brachte dies fokussiert zum Ausdruck: “Einfach clever: Daten in personalisierte Cross-Media Lösungen umwandeln!”. OL zog dadurch Besucher und Geschäftspartner aus alle Erdteilen an. Viele der Partner, wie z.B. PitneyBowes, Canon, Konica Minolta oder Ricoh, präsentierten auf ihren Messeständen OL-Lösungen, die speziell für die drupa auf ein neues Level gehoben wurden: Sämtliche Module des OL-Portfolios sind durch das einzigartige “Connect”-Konzept vernetzbar, sodass nahtlos von einfach bedienbaren Einstiegs- bis hin zu High-End-Profilösungen skaliert werden kann.

Zum Unternehmen:

Objectif Lune entwickelt einfache und effektive Software, die Spaß macht und Unternehmen dabei hilft, besser mit ihren Kunden zu kommunizieren. Weltweit werden mehr als 240 Mitarbeiter beschäftigt, die ihre Dienste mehr 20.000 Firmen und Organisationen zur Verfügung stellen. Der technische Support reicht rund um die Welt; drei Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentren sind in Nord-Amerika, Europa sowie Australien angesiedelt.

Infos für Journalisten via OL Media Center:
http://web.objectiflune.com/cn/aaj74/drupa-media-center

Pressekontakt:

Simone Angelica Wolf
OBJECTIF LUNE
Marketing OL EMEA
T +39 0522 511 301
M +39 342 531 73 33
wolfs@it.objectiflune.com

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ValuePublishing-Empfehlung zur drupa 2016:
Objectif Lune besuchen! — Halle 7a, Stand E23

Hinweis/Note: English version available. — Siehe auch unseren ValueDialog von Andreas Weber mit Didier Gombert, Mitgründer und CEO von Objectif Lune (in englischer Sprache).

Objectif Lune (OL) entwickelt und vertreibt weltweit Software Technologie, die innovative Lösungen zur Abwicklung interaktiver Business- und Kunden-Korrespondenz anbietet. Dabei ermöglicht OL gleichzeitig den direkten Zugang zu allen Vorteilen, die das digitale Zeitalter bietet. Dadurch wird die digitale Transformation und auch die Optimierung der Kommunikationsprozesse erheblich vereinfacht. Der Vorteil: Der Prozess zur Erfassung von relevanten, geschäftskritischen Daten und Dokumenten und die Umwandlung in digitale Korrespondenz mit interaktiven Workflows (einer der allgemein best-bekannten hier sind Emails in ‚responsive Design‘ gestaltet) ist genau das, was die OL Lösungen bieten. Dokumente, die typischerweise durch einen solchen Prozess laufen könnten, sind: Rechnungen, Berichte, Bestellungen, Transport-Dokumente, herkömmlich gestaltete Emails, personalisierte Datenblätter, Flyer, Mailings und Einladungen. OL Connect vereinfacht…

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#drupa2016: Exceeding All Expectations- Objectif Lune Expands Their Market Position Remarkably

“Global leading print tradeshow, drupa 2016 was an immense success. We exceeded all expectations,” says Didier Gombert, CEO of Objectif Lune (short: OL) on the outcome of #drupa2016.

“The show-motto ‘Touch the future’ encouraged us to notably expand our strategy in becoming a leader for innovative software solutions in the field of interactive business and customer communication,” adds Gombert. Striking really, since drupa traditionally showcases news around print- and paper technology.

The reasons behind OL’s success, according to Gombert: In the digital age we understand how to set print into context in an appropriate manner. The starting points are HTML, CSS and JavaScript, enabling to connect print applications seamlessly to any digital communication process.

OL’s drupa-motto demonstrated their focus: “Simply clever: Turn data into personalised cross-media solutions!” This attracted customers and business partners from around the globe. Partners such as PitneyBowes, Canon, KonicaMinolta and Ricoh, presented a portfolio of OL solutions on their stands, hereby extending to the next level: The Connect concept foresees that all modules of the OL applications portfolio can be linked, allowing for an unobstructed scalability: from user-friendly starter utilization to highly complex expert solutions.

Company background: Objectif Lune (OL) develops simple and effective software in the field of customer communication management. Founded in 1993, Objectif Lune now has over 240 employees worldwide, serving over 20,000 organizations. OL provides global technical support and owns three R&D facilities in Montréal (Canada), The Netherlands, and Australia. OL works hard to make the lives of businesses and workforces, easier. The OL headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.

Further info at http://www.objectiflune.com
Info for Journalists via OL Media Center:
http://web.objectiflune.com/cn/aaj74/drupa-media-center

Contact:
Simone Angelica Wolf
OBJECTIF LUNE
Marketing OL EMEA
T +39-0522-511-301
M +39-342-531-73-33
wolfs@it.objectiflune.com

SOURCE OBJECTIF LUNE B.V.

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ValuePublishing Recommendation for drupa 2016:
Visit Objectif Lune visit! – Hall 7a, Stand E23

See as well:

• ValueDialog by Andreas Weber with Didier Gombert, Co-Founder and CEO of Objectif Lune)

• #drupa2016: Exceeding All Expectations- Objectif Lune Expands Their Market Position Remarkably

Objectif Lune (OL) develops and sells software technology, worldwide, creating innovative solutions for interactive business and customer communications, giving immediate access to all the advantages of the digital age. This significantly eases digital transformation as well as the optimisation of communication processes. The advantage: the processes of capturing your business-critical data & documents and transforming them into digital communications with interactive workflows is what the OL Connect solutions offer. Typical documents flowing through such a process could be: invoices, statements, purchase orders, shipping documents, average looking boring emails, personalized datasheets, flyers, mailings and invitations. OL Connect facilitates the entry into a clever mix of digital and print-based…

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Canon’s drupa 2016 campaign #unleashprint became a big success and a #1 topic via Social Media. 

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 15 July 2016

Welcome to this week’s roundup of 36 selected news articles for the week, plus four in our own drupa Newsroom from Agfa, KAMA, Manroland Web Systems, and Sun with BASF, bringing the total to 420. You’ll also find two new entries in Online Features from French daily newspaper Le Figaro, which has grown its business, thanks to KBA waterless printing and a move to Toray MX10 plates. The second article in Chapter 02 highlights e-Commerce, Automation and Cloud for print by Simon Eccles. You will also find it in the drupa Newsroom as well. Somehow this Expert Article in the pre-drupa series failed to reach us and I guess became lost somewhere in the ether. Anyway, now you have it and it is worth reading – as Simon’s articles invariably are. You can also download an optional PDF of the article if you so wish.

Laurel is back with her Verdigris Blog after a short break, which this week looks at ’Green fashion’ and its possible implications for the environment. A further reminder of the new series of Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots. The first four of 48 can be accessed below and downloaded as PDFs. News has been a bit patchy this week due to the main holiday season in the UK and Europe, but you will find some good stuff among this week’s articles. I borrowed Monday and Tuesday’s leaders from Gareth Ward at the Print Business, the UK’s pre-eminent publication and Website for management in print. Monday features Xaar and its most recent acquisition in the United States; while Tuesday features Brian Filler, president of Screen Europe, who has announced plans to retire in September after 35 years with the Japanese prepress provider. Brian has also become well-known to many in South Africa following his trips over the years in support of Screen at Kemtek and more recently Ipex Machinery and Rotocontrol. I had the pleasure of spending time with Brian during drupa and learned of his plans prior to his most recent trip.

Wednesday’s leader featuring Xerox became a non-story by the end of the week; while Thursday was given to Canon and Océ, as Corus in France embraces high quality inkjet with world’s first Océ ColorStream 6500 Chroma continuous inkjet presses. On Friday, Sappi took the lead with its plans for FachPack 2016, where it will showcase its latest innovative sustainable products designed to minimise the use of fossil-based plastic packaging. You can also find a related article to this latest announcement in Online Features Chapter 02 from April this year, which you might have missed, when Sappi introduced Algro Guard OHG, its new high-barrier paper-based packaging solution with integrated barriers and heat sealing properties, which make the paper ideally suitable for a multitude of flexible packaging applications.

You’ll find a handful of nice installations this week, led by Zero Plus in Pretoria on Tuesday with South Africa’s first EFI H1625 wide-format LED printer, from Bytes; then Duplo in the UK at Brunel Print in Bristol. On Wednesday EFI at Multi-Color, followed by Esko Kongsberg at Resolution Imaging in Melbourne, Australia; and then Heidelberg USA at Colonial Printing with a Versafire CV digital press. Thursday, and already mentioned above came from Canon and Océ at Corus in France; then we had Muller Martini with a new soft cover system at Grafica Veneta in Italy; this was followed by Heidelberg UK at Folio Print Finishers in Bristol as it adds two Stahlfolders, a BH82 and a BH66; followed by Digital Colour Centre, a digital print and design shop in Cape Town South Africa’s CBD, which has added a Xerox Versant 80 Press; Fujifilm with CEWE, the Web-to-print heavyweight in Germany, which has added a Jet Press 720 S digital inkjet B2 sheetfed press; and then Manroland Sheetfed with a Roland 700 for Vietnam. Lastly, on Friday to round off the week: Sun Chemical at Delaroche Publicité in France, with its Streamline alternative solvent inkjet inks for the company’s HP Scitex TurboJet flatbed inkjet press.

The tailender this week goes to the BPIF, which was awarded Event of the Year for the British Book Design and Production Awards at the 2016 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards which were held in London on 6 July. Congratulations to the team who were pictured in the article on Monday.

That’s it for another week. 
My best regards,
Mike Hilton


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Headline News
Over 28,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages 

Mon 11 July…   
Printhead company Xaar is buying US company EPS
Xaar makes Engineered Printing Solutions acquisition to step down stream with print machine producer…

BPIF triumphs at Trade Association Best Practice Awards
The BPIF awarded Event of the Year for the British Book Design and Production Awards held in London last week…

A Positive day for UK Print in Westminster
BPIF Members’ Day was held at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster last Wednesday, beginning with a conference on Negotiation…

KAMA: Efficient short run finishing
KAMA successfully launched the world’s first folder-gluer for short-run folding cartons at drupa 2016…

Meech launches its most powerful ionising bar
Debut of Hyperion 971IPS-30 extra-long range pulsed DC ionising bar at FachPack in September, and K in October…

Design Meets Technology – for Taipei Design Expo
Highcon and Eco Concrete achieve the impossible in contemporary design, using Highcon’s 3D modelling technology in Israel…

Tue 12 July…   
Filler plans to step down from Screen Europe’s top job
Brian Filler has announced plans to retire in September after 35 years with the Japanese prepress provider…

Xerox: More automation, integration and value-add
Bytes Document Solutions South Africa explores Xerox innovation at drupa 2016 following a successful event in Düsseldorf…

GSE Dispensing at Labelexpo Americas 2016
GSE Dispensing showcases waste-free ink logistics for label and packaging workflows at Labelexpo Americas 2016…

Signbox performs for the London Fire Brigade
Signbox given the ‘blue light’ for London Fire Brigade’s station rebuild signage project across London…

Zero Plus unveils first EFI LED printer in South Africa
Leading one-stop communications, printing and design company Zero Plus has unveils the first EFI H1625 LED printer in SA…

Brunel Print returns to Duplo for high value finishing needs
Bristol-based firm visited drupa and felt inspired to invest in its future with slitter/cutter/creaser and Booklet system…

Wed 13 July
Xerox reportedly NOT set to buy world’s biggest printer
Xerox has NOT begun negotiations to buy the world’s largest print group, US-based RR Donnelley & Sons, according to Bloomberg.com

Manroland Web Systems’ Digital Workflows
Continuous improvement in performance with perfectly integrated hardware and software is convincing customers worldwide…

e-Commerce, automation and cloud for print
The Internet and World Wide Web have opened up new opportunities for printing, but new challenges too. By Simon Eccles…

Multi-Color adds dynamic scheduling to EFI Packaging Suite
MCC takes advantage of EFI’s scalable workflow architecture to add dynamic scheduling and resource optimisation…

Esko Kongsberg backs a strong Resolution
Esko Kongsberg XP cutting table helps Melbourne, Australia signage specialist Resolution Imaging…

Colonial Quality Printing adds Versafire CV
Colonial Printing finds new business opportunities with the Versafire CV digital press from Heidelberg USA…

Thu 14 July…   
Corus adds two Océ ColorStream 6500 Chroma lines
Corus France embraces high quality inkjet with world’s first Océ ColorStream 6500 Chroma continuous inkjet presses…

Muller Martini Alegro for Grafica Veneta
The Alegro softcover system is the solution for greater market flexibility for shorter runs with shorter setup times…

Folio orders two new buckle folders from Heidelberg UK
Folio Print Finishers Bristol adds two Stahlfolders, a BH82 and a BH66, which will move directly into 24-hour production…

Digital Colour Centre goes uptown with Xerox
Digital Colour Centre, a digital print and design shop in Cape Town South Africa’s CBD adds a Xerox Versant 80 Press…

CEWE Web-to-Print invests in Fujifilm Jet Press 720 S
German web-to-print heavyweight CEWE extends Fujifilm partnership with investment in Jet Press 720S at drupa 2016…

Roland 700 for leading Vietnamese packaging printer
Agricultural Printing adds a brand-new six-colour Roland 700 with double coater to grow its market share…

Fri 15 July…   
Sappi sustainable packaging solutions at FachPack 2016
Latest innovative sustainable products are designed to minimise the use of fossil-based plastic packaging…

Agfa Graphics shone with breaking new technologies at drupa
With its strong showcase of offset and wide-format inkjet solutions, Agfa Graphics underlined its commitment to the print industry…

pdfToolbox 9 extends functionality into job finishing
Callas pdfToolbox 9 introduces Power Processing with a focus on packaging and large-format production…

L’Imprimerie looks back at its waterless printing strategy
French daily newspaper Le Figaro has grown its business, thanks to waterless printing and the switch to Toray MX10 plates…

Ricoh’s MarcomCentral empowers non-professionals
MarcomCentral’s JobDirect Plus, a tool that helps non-print professionals submit jobs to workflows…

A place in the Sun for Delaroche Publicité
Sun Chemical’s Streamline alternative solvent inkjet inks deliver trouble-free, high quality output…

Last lead article from Friday in previous update…  

Last issue’s Friday lead article…
FESPA to host 2016 Digital Textile Conference in Milan
Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

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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 – 2016
There were again well over 70 last year, 90 in 2014, and 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2).

Technology-related Chapter 02

New…   
e-Commerce, automation and cloud for print
The Internet and World Wide Web have opened up new opportunities for printing, but new challenges too. By Simon Eccles…

Online Features Jul/Aug Chapter 06

L’Imprimerie looks back at its waterless printing strategy
The French daily newspaper Le Figaro has grown its business, thanks to waterless printing and the switch to Toray MX10 plates…

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KBA presented a first in laminate flooring at drupa 2016
At drupa, KBA demonstrated how its RotaJET VL inkjet web press can produce a unique laminate floor product…

Design Meets Technology – for Taipei Design Expo exhibit
Highcon and Eco Concrete in Israel achieve the impossible in contemporary design, using Highcon’s 3D modeling technology…

Permapack teams with Esko for seamless process management
Swiss firm achieves security, speed and flexibility in its overall workflow with Automation Engine and WebCenter…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Green fashion
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 15 July

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Waterwash flexo plates
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 01 July

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016

Wild Format Technology Is All About You
This is the first in a new series of articles explaining how you can use wide-format digital printing technology to produce…

Into the Great Wide Open
Harvesting the powers of modern wide-format digital printing, it is possible to elicit a nod and a smile from even the most…

Industrial Revolution
Printing has always been an industrial process. Done right, productivity continues to rise and costs to fall. But…

Why ink matters for Wide-Format Digital Printing
Choosing the ink and pigments to use in printing has always been a crucial decision, one that is very much related…

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Previous…   
FESPA Mexico 2016 content-rich educational programme
FESPA Mexico educational programme ‘Seek New Horizons in Print’ set to inspire printers from Mexico and Central America..

FESPA to host Digital Textile Conference in Milan
Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use… but you must scroll down to view each Chapter when you visit the Newsroom

drupa daily to download as PDFs
These jam-packed drupa daily news issues are ready to read now. You can download each one complete as a PDF…

drupa daily issue No 1 on 31 May 2016
Includes drupa President and Koenig & Bauer chief executive Claus Bolza-Schünemann’s Red Sofa chat with Thomas Fasold…

drupa daily issue No 2 on 1 June 2016
Includes Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke talking to Darryl Danielli about the business’s evolution and how it’s getting back to its roots…

drupa daily issue No 3 on 2 June 2016
Includes Canon EMEA president and chief executive Rokus van Iperen’s talk with Darryl Danielli about the importance of merging cultures…

drupa daily issue No 4 on 3 June 2016
Includes Landa Digital Printing founder and chairman Benny Landa as he tells Darryl Danielli how he has been retired for 50-plus years…

drupa daily issue No 5 on 4 June 2016
Includes Enrique Lores, HP president of Imaging and Printing talking to Darryl Danielli about growth…

drupa daily issue No 6 on 5 June 2016
Includes Olaf Lorenz, GM of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, as he discusses the KM-C with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 7 on 6 June 2016
Includes Jean-Pascal Bobst, chief executive of Swiss manufacturer
Bobst talking to Darryl Danielli about the importance of family…

drupa daily issue No 8 on 7 June 2016
Includes Eijiro Hori, president of post-press kit manufacturer Horizon sharing his thoughts on the importance of partnerships with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 9 on 8 June 2016
Includes Massivit chief executive Avner Israeli emphasises to Darryl Danielli that printers should embrace the 3D opportunity sooner rather than later…

drupa daily issue No 10 on 9 June 2016
Includes Marabu chief executive York Boeder talking with Thomas Fasold about digitisation in printing and the strengths of screen printing…

drupa daily issue No 11 on 10 June 2016
Includes Wolfgang Kroplunik, head of business development & Western Europe, Uncoated Fine Paper at Mondi, talking with Thomas Fasold about paper and changing requirements in the digital transformation…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ show + post-show News
Latest additions – and counting – can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

Agfa Graphics shone with breaking new technologies at drupa
With its strong showcase of offset and wide-format inkjet solutions, Agfa Graphics underlined its commitment to the print industry at drupa 2016…

KAMA: Efficient short run finishing success at drupa
KAMA successfully launched world’s first folder-gluer for short-run folding cartons at drupa 2016…

Manroland Web Systems’ Digital Workflows at drupa
Continuous improvement in performance with perfectly integrated hardware and software is convincing customers worldwide…

Sun and BASF: ‘Packaging for a more sustainable world’
Sun Chemical and BASF present the potential of their latest solvent-free ink solutions to deliver more sustainable flexible packaging…

Previous…   
Conti-Air: A new range of blankets debuted at drupa
New Conti-Air printing blankets for UV Inks, for energy-efficient printing, and for direct drives debuted at drupa…

Continental and Henkel announce cooperation agreement
Henkel and ContiTech will work more closely together in the fields of functional printing and printed electronics…

ContiTech introduced new Phoenix Xtra Blankets at drupa
Phoenix Xtra Blankets: New products primarily for growing market for UV printing and high-end products…

Fujifilm’s new XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble
Fujifilm launched two additions to its workflow portfolio at drupa: XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble…

TRESU’s new iCut digital flexo plate cutter debuted at drupa
The speedy imaging of spot-coating plates simplifies the digital folding carton printing workflow…

Xaar and Ricoh in strategic thin film partnership
Partnership aims to maximise each company’s considerable expertise in Thin Film piezo printhead development…

Xeikon’s new 9600 combines quality and productivity
The 9600 is the ultimate dedicated solution for a wide range of document printing applications…

HP Inc. hails drupa 2016 the best ever
Company surpasses drupa 2012 results by 25 per cent and helps establish digital printing as mainstream…

EyeC: Assured quality for luxury folding cartons
Providing a flexible and innovative answer to the quality control needs of folding carton manufacturers…

Fujifilm enjoyed a hugely successful drupa 2016
Fujifilm used drupa 2016 to showcase its industry-leading inkjet technologies and gives a glimpse of the future of automation in print…

Xeikon: First investment in unique Fusion configuration
Xeikon Fusion technology persuades Dejonghe Printing Company
to invest in digital printing…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors (now in alphabetical order)
The series of 242 articles can now be accessed in our drupa Newsroom in alphabetical order.

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Previous…   
Decisive impulses for the global print industry at drupa
drupa 2016 was a resounding success with excellent business deals concluded in an outstanding investment climate…

drupa to stick to its proven 4-year cycle
The No. 1 trade fair for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Düsseldorf again from 23 June to 3 July 2020…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016
Includes the tenth and final article in this series from Andreas Weber in Mainz, Germany…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles – and more
Includes the eleventh and final article in this series from Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and drupa president 2016…

NEW…   
E-commerce, automation and cloud for print
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 9 by Simon Eccles, who over the years he has been editor of eight industry publications. Today he writes white papers and technical reports and contributes regular technical features to many publications…

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