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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 24 February 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 35 of the best received during this past week, along with Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog which looks at the relatively new European practice of laser marking of fruits and vegetables; plus a new Wild Format Technology Guide on The Basics of Colour Management for Wide Format Projects by Paul Lindström. We also have the very latest from Sabine Geldermann, drupa director at Messe Düsseldorf, in our drupa Newsroom, as well as leading the news headlines on Thursday, announcing the soon to be released 4th Global Trends Report 2017, with the Executive Summary in seven languages available in PDF format from the drupa Website.

 


”Last year’s drupa showcased a global print industry that has regained its confidence in the future, with lots of fresh technology and applications demonstrated to enthuse both printers and their customers alike. This report shows that whilst levels of confidence vary between regions and markets, overall the print industry is on the up and will invest strongly to secure a prosperous future.“ —Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa

 


 

Hunkeler Innovationdays took place in Lucerne, Switzerland last week, so obviously there are quite a number of articles related to the show, beginning with UPM, Canon with Océ, and Kodak on Monday; Océ again on Tuesday; Canon again with the Hackett campaign on Wednesday; and finally Muller Martini reviewing its participation at the show and leading the headlines on Friday – as it demonstrated the epitome of Finishing 4.0 in Lucerne, with visitors from across the world experiencing live the world premiere of connectivity between Hunkeler’s roll-to-stack line and Muller Martini’s Connex data and process management system, as part of a combined run of one line for softcover products, as with Muller Martini’s Vareo perfect binding line. Renz UK also in the news on Friday, as it claimed a ‘UK first’ order at the show from Ace Binding in Birmingham.

Other pre-show news on Tuesday focused on Xeikon Café which takes place in Lier, Belgium from 28 – 31 March, with announcements from Yupo, Meech and A B Graphic. On Thursday, pre-show announcements for Sign&Digital UK, taking place at the NEC on 28 and 29 March came from Blackman & White, Drytac with Antalis; and InkTec; but there’s more if you go through the headlines carefully, including Feldmuehle at Packaging Innovations on 1 and 2 March, and FINAT in June.

The main headline article on Tuesday came from Gareth Ward at the Print Business, announcing that Antalis is to float as Sequana (its parent) is hit by a High Court Ruling. The paper making and merchanting group is appealing a decision that it must pay BAT €138.4 million, and in the meantime has sought protective administration in France, with Antalis preparing to join the Paris Bourse.

Digital printing dominated this week’s recent sales and installations successes, beginning with Ricoh on Monday with more than 60 Ricoh Pro VC60000s in just two years. This was followed on Tuesday by FCS Laser Mail as it agreed a one million pound deal for a second Ricoh IP5000 GP. Also on Tuesday, TRESU with chillers for 12 HP Indigo 12000 digital presses in the United States. Wednesday saw Redfern Labels in Milnerton, Cape Town purchase a Xerox Versant 80 Press from Oxbow and Bytes. You will also find the Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press now at more than 70 customers worldwide; while on Friday, we had Birtwell and Company in Lancashire, UK switching to Heidelberg digital with five-colour 6pp A4 format Versafire CV.

On Wednesday, Germany’s Mindener Tageblatt streamlined production of its mobile newspaper version with Eversify from Agfa Graphics; and Bonifatius in Paderborn, Germany, has opted for a Manroland Rotoman DirectDrive 16-page web offset press.  There are also a couple of very nice sheetfed orders this week for Heidelberg on Thursday at Falkland Press in the UK with a drupa generation XL 106, as it moves towards autonomous printing with digitised production workflows. Then on Friday, from KBA UK, as Printing and Packaging in Hinckley invests in a seven-colour Rapida 106 with double coater. Then we had Natalii, a Polish label specialist streamlining its workflow with Esko’s Equinox and Automation Engine; and lastly, Route 1 in the UK adding a new Polar guillotine.

 


The tailender this week goes to Canon (Friday), as the UK’s Martin Williams announces he will compete in the fourth Canon South African Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town in May.


 

That’s it until next time. You’ll find lots more below if you scroll down carefully.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


 

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We need a new understanding of ‚digital‘. Even so called ‚conventional printing technologies‘ are fully digital today, like Rainer Wolf from Heidelberg explains. Read our ValueDialog story.

 


 

e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa and Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site in the prior week. 

Headline News

Almost 29,000 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 page

Week beginning Mon 20 February – date published appears in article footline

Monday

More than 60 Ricoh Pro VC60000s in two years

How quality and substrate flexibility drive inkjet success. By Benoit Chatelard, VP production printing, Ricoh Europe…

Urgent input needed from industry on Print Trailblazer

BPIF asking for the whole industry help to ensure single standard apprenticeships do not reduce levels of expertise…

Looking for the perfect match? UPM in Lucerne this week

UPM introduces the DIGI Matchmaker – an online tool to assist in finding the paper perfectly matching your requirements…

Canon launches Océ ProStream at Hunkeler Innovationdays

New Océ ProStream continuous feed colour inkjet press offers unrivalled quality and media versatility…

Kodak Inkjet at Hunkeler Innovation Days 2017

Kodak showcases latest advances in Stream and Ultrastream inkjet technology at Hunkeler Innovation Days in Lucerne this week…

FINAT’s European Label Forum 2017 moves to Berlin

FINAT’s European Label Forum 2017 to confront the challenges of change in Berlin from 7 – 9 June…

Grow your business into lucrative Web-to-print solutions

Cloud-based marketing asset management software supplier Propago offers leading reasons to adopt this value-added service…

Tuesday

Antalis to float as Sequana is hit by High Court Ruling

Paper making and merchanting group Sequana is appealing a decision that it must pay BAT euro 138.4 million, and in the meantime has sought protective administration in France. By Gareth Ward…

Océ VarioPrint i300 at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press delivers new level of flexibility to over 70 customers worldwide…

FCS Laser Mail orders second Ricoh IP5000 GP

FCS Laser Mail agrees million pound deal in second Ricoh IP5000 GP and is UK’s dirst Avanti Slingshot user…

Major Chiller install for HP Indigo 12000s in USA

TRESU installs 12 Digital Process Chiller units on fleet of HP Indigo 12000 Digital Presses…

YUPO Europe brings diversity to Xeikon Café

Premium synthetic substrates for in-mould labelling, promotional advertising and food labels will be key areas of focus…

Meech at Xeikon Café from 28 – 31 March

Meech International to showcase its Static Control and Web Cleaning expertise at the Xeikon Café…

A B Graphic returns to the Xeikon Café in Lier

Advanced modules of Digicon Series 3 to show a truly complete digital finishing solution from 28 – 31 March…

Wednesday

Canon campaign at Hunkeler Innovationdays this week

Hackett campaign shows broad potential of Canon digital print in high quality, data-driven customer marketing…

Retail demands more print, in greater variety, more often

Opinion piece by Vaughan Patterson, product marketing operations manager for Production Print at Ricoh SA…

Feldmuehle at Packaging Innovations 2017 at the NEC

With a focus on VivaCard and VivaLiner high-white, matt graphical liner and boards for holistic packaging design…

Redfern Labels sticks to Xerox for quality printing

Redfern Labels in Milnerton, Cape Town has purchased a Xerox Versant 80 Press from Oxbow and Bytes…

Mindener Tageblatt uses Eversify for mobile news production

Germany’s Mindener Tageblatt streamlines production of its mobile newspaper version using Eversify from Agfa Graphics…

Bonifatius Invests in Manroland Rotoman DirectDrive

Long-standing customer once again opts for a Manroland Web Systems Rotoman DirectDrive 16-page web offset press…

The Océ VarioPrint i300 driving revenues worldwide

Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press delivers new level of production flexibility for over 70 customers worldwide…

Thursday

Out soon: 4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

General confidence amongst printers and suppliers for 2017 but mixed fortunes for markets and regions alike…

Six Canon designs recognised with iF Design Awards

Canon has announced that six of its designs have been recognised by iF International Forum Design…

XL 106 uses conventional, UV or LE UV inks and coatings

Falkland Press drupa generation XL 106 moves towards autonomous printing with digitised production workflows…

Blackman & White at Sign and Digital UK in March

Blackman & White to launch exciting new features and limitless packaging and display options on its Versa-Tech cutter…

Drytac to debut Protac Anti-Bacterial film with Antalis

At Sign & Digital UK 2017 at the NEC from 28 – 29 March, Drytac will debut its new Protac Anti-Bacterial film…

InkTec at Sign & Digital UK from 28 – 30 March

InkTec marks 25th anniversary with international debut of new high production Jetrix LXi8 LED-UV flatbed printer…

New Xaar Midas Ink Supply System delivers for OEMs

The new Midas Ink Supply System from Xaar is a compact, reliable ink and fluid supply system for inkjet OEMs…

Friday

Muller Martini demonstrates the epitome of Finishing 4.0

At Hunkeler Innovationdays Muller Martini’s stand proved highly popular during the four-day trade fair in Lucerne this week…

Ace orders Renz UK first at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Ace Binding trade finisher orders the UK’s first Renz Inline 500 Compact at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne…

More on the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

The UK’s Martin Williams to compete in fourth Canon South African Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town in May…

Heidelberg Versafire CV for Birtwell & Co

Lancashire-based trade supplier switches to Heidelberg digital technology with five-colour 6pp A4 format Versafire CV…

Natalii re-imagines production with Esko Solutions

Polish label specialist enhances quality and streamlines workflow with Equinox and Automation Engine…

Rapida 106 7-colour with double coater heads for Hinckley

Printing and Packaging invests in a KBA Rapida 106 for additional capacity, quality and special finishes…

Route 1 UK adds Polar N 137 PLUS guillotine

Polar guillotine investment prepares way for Route 1 Print’s same day trade print litho and digital print service…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital print

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ Guide

A reminder the international best practice guide ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ is available and to download…

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, folding and finishing, and consumables. with offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

drupa 2020 (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’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

Only 49 articles for last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Value Dialogueexclusive Interview series

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

Previous…  

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

Print Industry optimism prevailed in Q4 as forecast is surpassed; Q1 is set to hold positive course…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Next generation labeling

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 Feb

Previous…  

PaperLab Arrives!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Sat 18 Feb

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 22 Basics of Colour Management for Wide Format Projects

One of the main objectives for colour management is to get the most out of the printing device used to print the job. For a designer or project manager this can be a challenge. By Paul Lindström

No 21 Hitting the 3rd Dimension

Printing is no longer limited to flat surfaces. With the help of 3D printers, impressive objects can be manufactured from a digital file, unveiling a whole new world of opportunities. By Sonja Angerer…

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf

Out soon: 4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

General confidence amongst printers and suppliers for 2017 but mixed fortunes for markets and regions alike…

drupa 2020 dates brought forward by one week

World’s most important trade fair for printing technologies will now be held from 16 to 26 June 2020 to avoid holiday clashes…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

drupa daily; drupa Exhibitors’ show + post-show News; drupa pre-show Exhibitor news; post-drupa from Messe Düsseldorf; drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber; drupa Expert Articles – and more

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

Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  and  UPM-Kymmene

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

Our Website urls are:

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za

http://www.graphicrepro.net

GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.net, PO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

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Digital makes PRINT great again. Collage by Andreas Weber, Head of Value, Mainz/Germany

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 17 February 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of 26 of the best received over the past seven days, along with Laurel Brunner’s most recent Verdigris Blog; the latest Wild Format Technology Guide from Sonja Angerer and number 21 in this series; and in Online Features – The BPIFs Printing Outlook for Q1 2017; and a brand new series from Andreas Weber beginning with an exclusive interview with head of digital sales and general manager of Digital Sheetfed at Heidelberg, Montserrat Peidro-Insa. In our drupa Newsroom, as well as leading Friday’s headlines, the world’s most important trade fair for printing technologies has been pulled forward by a week and will now be held from 16 to 26 June 2020 to avoid European holiday clashes for exhibitors and visitors alike.

 


“We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.” Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


 

The week’s news began with Heidelberg on Monday as it installed the 1000th VLF printing unit as part of a new press for Green Bay packaging in Wisconsin. On Tuesday Tony Langley took the lead: firstly with the extremely positive Annual Report and 2016 ahievements by his Group; and then secondly with an article by Gareth Ward which highlights Manroland Sheetfed being happy as a successful profit-making press manufacturer, five years on since Langley Holdings rescued Manroland’s global sheetfed press business from administration.

New kit this week announced by Ricoh with a new high-speed inkjet web appears on Wednesday; and Kodak with its new Prinergy Cloud analytics service offering appears on Friday.

Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017, taking place in Lucerne from 20 – 23 February made the headlines on Monday with UPM; on Tuesday from Muller Martini and Hunkeler with a planned world premiere to showcase an Integrated Finishing 4.0 Workflow. While on Thursday, Duplo announced that it will be showcasing its latest innovations at the Lucerne event next week.

Other show-related news this week came from Sun Chemical at LOPEC 2017 on Thursday; and from SPGPrints for Label&Print at the NEC on Friday. Both events take place in March.

Major orders and installations (in addition to Heidelberg mentioned above) include Bytes with Xerox and Cape Office Machines in Cape Town, at Asset print on Monday as it opens a new branch in Rondebosch with a new Xerox press; IFS with Horizon at In Print UK; and PurePrint Group UK with five Renz solutions – all on Monday. On Tuesday, Kingfisher Press in the UK has added a Fujifilm Jet Press 720S digital inket sheetfed press for quality short-run work. On Wednesday, We’ll Corporation in Ishikawa gets a new Muller Martini Finishing 4.0 solution for the production of teaching materials; while Spanish packaging printer Omnipack has invested in an eight-colour Roland 700 PLV 8/0-4/4 HiPrint press; and in the UK, Qualvis Print & Packaging returns to Heidelberg for a new platesetter to double output over an older model. Thursday saw Direct Printing Impressions in West Caldwell, NJ boost productivity by 40 per cent with its new Speedmaster CD 102-X. To round of the week on Friday, Stephens & George Print Group in Wales has returned to Heidelberg for two high-speed high-productivity Stahlfolders launched at drupa last year. Lastly, London-based Leycol Print looks to boost business with Fujifilm‘s Superia LH-PJE plates.

The tailender goes to the ‘Oupa’ of South African disabled golf, Christo de Jager, as he marks a decade of Opens at the 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Gold Open in Cape Town in May.

That’s it until next time. Do have a good week ahead. You’ll find a lot more below.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

 


 

valuepublishing-heideldruck-montserrat-peidro-insa-001”It seems to me that Heidelberg has played an important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing.“ —Andreas Weber, Head of Value. Click for access to the full story.


 

 

e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa and Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site in the prior week. 

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 page

Week beginning Mon 13 February – date published appears in article footline

Monday

Heidelberg celebrates 1000th VLF printing unit install

Green Bay Packaging in Wisconsin, USA, has installed the 1000th Very Large Format printing unit from Heidelberg…

UPM Digi papers at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017

UPM will share its paper selection for digital printing at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017, in Lucerne from 20 – 23 February…

Asset Print opens new doors in Rondebosch with Xerox

Asset Print, one of Cape Town’s established full-service print shops opens second premises in suburb of Rondebosch…

In Print expansion features Horizon StitchLiner 6000

Horizon bookletmaker from IFS plays central role in £500,000 investment to streamline production…

Pureprint Group picks Renz systems to expand its services

Pureprint enhances in-house capabilities and expands global Web-to-print business with five Renz-supplied solutions…

Tuesday

A record year for Langley Holdings

The engineering and industrial group, has published its IFRS Annual Report & Accounts for year ended 31 December, 2016…

Manroland Sheetfed happy as a profit making press manufacturer

It is now five years on, since Langley Holdings rescued Manroland’s sheetfed presses business from administration…

Muller Martini at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne

World Premiere 20 to 23 February: Muller Martini and Hunkeler to showcase an Integrated Finishing 4.0 Workflow…

Fujifilm Jet Press 720S momentum continues to build

This latest UK investment will significantly boost Kingfisher Press’s ability to take on quality short-run work…

Duplo gets top marks for energy efficiency programme

Duplo comes top of the class with Total Gas and Power for energy efficiency from renewable resources…

Wednesday

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

Print Industry optimism prevailed in Q4 as forecast is surpassed; Q1 is set to hold positive course…

Ricoh Europe announces the Ricoh Pro VC40000

Ricoh broadens award-winning inkjet portfolio; bolstering capabilities for transactional and direct mail users…

We’ll Japan enters new market segment with Muller Martini

We’ll Corporation in Ishikawa gets a new Muller Martini Finishing 4.0 solution for the production of teaching materials…

New press brings new opportunities for Omnipack

Spanish packaging printer Omnipack has invested in an eight-colour Roland 700 PLV 8/0-4/4 HiPrint press…

Qualvis Print & Packaging opts for latest Suprasetter 106

Qualvis Print & Packaging returns to Heidelberg for a new platesetter to double output over the older model…

Thursday

drupa 2020 dates brought forward by one week

World’s most important trade fair for printing technologies will now be held from 16 to 26 June 2020 to avoid holiday clashes…

Duplo heading to Hunkeler Innovationdays next week

Duplo will be showcasing latest innovations at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017 in Lucerne, from 20 – 23 February…

Sun Chemical at LOPEC 2017 in Munich in March

Sun to exhibit latest offerings for printed electronics, printed circuit boards and electronics manufacturing…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

‘Oupa’ of South African disabled golf marks decade of Opens…

DPI updates with Speedmaster CD 102-6+L with X-Package

Direct Printing Impressions in West Caldwell, NJ boosts productivity by 40 per cent with new Speedmaster CD 102-X…

Friday

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital print

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ Guide

A reminder the international best practice guide ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ is available and to download…

Kodak introduces Prinergy Cloud analytics-enabled platform

Innovative cloud analytics service aims to deliver new solutions to control cost, minimise risk and drive growth…

SPGPrints at Label&Print 2017 at the NEC next month

SPGPrints’ rotary screen solutions for value-added label and packaging feature at Label&Print 2017, from 1 – 2 March…

Stephens & George has added two Stahlfolder TH 82-Ps

Stephens & George Print Group returns to Heidelberg for two high-speed high-productivity folders after a short break…

Leycol Print switches to Fujifilm Superia plates

London-based commercial printer looks to boost business with investment in Fujifilm’s Superia LH-PJE plates…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Strengthening Sappi Europe’s competitive advantage

Sappi has announced range of projects in Europe and the United States to support its growth strategy and 2020Vision…

MPS invests in the world’s first 18-unit packaging press

The press will be installed during March at MPS East Kilbride, Scotland and be fully commissioned by mid-year…

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, folding and finishing, and consumables. with offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

drupa 2020 (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’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

Only 49 articles for last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Value Dialog exclusive Interview series

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

Print Industry optimism prevailed in Q4 as forecast is surpassed; Q1 is set to hold positive course…

Previous…  

Blömeke lauds first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany

Blömeke opens up new areas of business with the first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany with a matching service package…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

PaperLab Arrives!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Sat 18 Feb

Previous…  

Prizes for best behaviour

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 10 Feb

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 21 Hitting the 3rd Dimension

Printing is no longer limited to flat surfaces. With the help of 3D printers, impressive objects can be manufactured from a digital file, unveiling a whole new world of opportunities. By Sonja Angerer…

No 20 – Inks and their variations

Normally the key to the success of every print job, whether analogue or digital, depends on the correct mix of media and ink… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017

drupa 2020 dates brought forward by one week

World’s most important trade fair for printing technologies will now be held from 16 to 26 June 2020 to avoid holiday clashes…

Previous…  

Messe Düsseldorf to reconstruct Southern Section

Plans for the reconstruction of the South Entrance and Halls 1 + 2 in a EUR 140m investment approved for completion in 2019…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

drupa daily; drupa Exhibitors’ show + post-show News; drupa pre-show Exhibitor news; post-drupa from Messe Düsseldorf; drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber; drupa Expert Articles – and more

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

Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  and  UPM-Kymmene

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

Our Website urls are:

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za

http://www.graphicrepro.net

GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.net, PO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

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Photos: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. — Collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany.

 

“We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.” —Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Interview: Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German version

 

Presented to hundreds of thousands of trade visitors at drupa 2016 and on the market since January 2017 with the start of the pilot phase: the Primefire 106 – as the first industrial premium digital printing production system in B1 format it is performing successfully in the pilot phase and has proven itself at ‘MPS Multi Packaging Solutions’. An important core element of the new Heidelberg digital strategy has thus been achieved — and now is the perfect time for an exclusive interview by Andreas Weber with Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Head of Digital Sales and Digital Sheetfed General Manager at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (#Heideldruck) on the subject of the market launch of the Heidelberg Primefire 106.

You joined Heidelberg just before drupa 2016. Did you expect that the traditional company would be able to develop into the pioneer of premium level industrial digital printing so rapidly?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: I have to admit that I’m extremely positively surprised. Even my high expectations were exceeded. During my career, I’ve gained a great deal of experience with the transformation of particular market segments on the basis of digital printing. But up to that point I wasn’t very familiar with the world of offset printing as a core area of expertise of Heidelberg. Now, as Heidelberg is merging both together, I’m sure that we can meet the present and future needs of print shops and their customers in the best possible way.

What makes you so optimistic?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: At drupa 2016, I saw the Primefire 106 in operation as a prototype for the first time, where it produced top quality inkjet print samples. Afterwards, I watched as this was implemented quickly and highly professionally in Research and Development, as well as in Engineering, within just a few weeks. After all, what is important is not only complying with ambitious machine specifications but also being able to produce at industrial level with the aid of technical innovations, in line with actual working situations. And that was achieved in an extremely short time. The engineers were open-minded, new ideas from the team and suggestions were taken into account immediately and implemented technically. Also the cooperation with our co development partner Fujifilm went very well for both sides. To be perfectly honest, I’d not experienced anything like it before. They were real highlights for me and they still have an effect today.

The pilot phase for the Primefire 106 began in January 2017. What is so special about it?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: For a successful pilot phase in which the machine runs under production conditions at customers, two requirements must be met. 1. The technology must be complete, i.e. fully developed. 2. Innovations must meet or exceed the needs of the customer. In the context of the print shop business, this means that new printing technologies must be successful from the word go – they must work reliably from a technical and from a commercial point of view. The largest burden for print shops is winning new print job orders, which is very hard work. Once they have a job, they must be able to produce it reliably and without problems on an industrial scale. This means with top quality and speed, extremely good reproducibility characteristics and a very high level of machine availability coupled with minimum makeready times. Ensuring that this can be achieved is the core element of our job.

 

 

Aren’t high quality and an excellent uptime already standard in digital printing?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Unfortunately not. And this is the most important strength and USP of the Primefire 106 in comparison to other solutions on the market that either offer one or the other. With a lot of solutions, this means that the up time may be reduced to as low as 40 % if maximum quality is required. And vice versa – if you concentrate on maximum productivity, high quality standards cannot be achieved. With the Primefire 106, we have proven that we can offer both at once, as demonstrated in the pilot phase. With this machine, we set high standards in terms of dependable high quality performance, which is an indispensable requirement in our target markets of packaging and converting.

The first customer in the Primefire pilot phase is the globally operating MPS Multi Packaging Solutions, with its headquarters in New York City and its production site in Obersulm near Stuttgart. What was the key reason for this collaboration?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: The excellent product specifications as well as outstanding features and, above all, our performance pledge were convincing factors, as everything meets the wishes and stringent requirements at MPS exactly. Furthermore, the two companies have worked together for many years, as Heidelberg is the main supplier for offset printing technology and several pilot projects have already been implemented successfully in the area of offset printing. My colleagues have done a brilliant job, which has resulted in a high degree of mutual trust being built up at many levels over a number of years. And this situation is now being transferred seamlessly to digital printing, with the additional major plus point that, with Fujifilm, we not only have a premium supplier of inkjet printheads, but Fujifilm is a development partner who actively contributes know-how and manpower in this context in order to get the best out of its technology with our machine and production concept. And that’s unique. Another factor is our industry-wide, leading service network with teams who can help out quickly if needed, either remotely or on site. And all these points were appreciated and acknowledged by more than 40 companies at our Primefire customer event at the end of January, 2017.

 

World premiere of Heidelberg Primefire 106 at drupa 2016. Video: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

 

In the context of the Primefire 106, the fact that the go-to-market and new business models will be key success factors was highlighted at drupa 2016. What must be borne in mind or what are potential new challenges?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Heidelberg is renowned for its excellent customer relationships and loyalty — and this is even acknowledged by its competitors. Good customer loyalty is developed when Sales as well as Service identify with the customer as much as possible, have a continual presence and are integrated into the customers’ everyday work. As this has been the case for a very long time, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel with the go-to-market activities for the Primefire. We use tried and tested elements and well-established structures in account management that are valued by our customers…

… and what is the situation as far as business models are concerned?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: In the context of business models we need to rethink, as with industrial printing using inkjet technology one thing is of key importance – our customers must know exactly what they are paying for at all times. The click charge billing models that are commonly used for digital printing work for numerous applications that are made up of a large number of individual jobs, often with small print runs. The click costs comprise a fixed charge plus variable costs and should only amount to a maximum of 20% of the total production costs, otherwise it becomes unprofitable…

… and what exactly does this mean with respect to the Primefire 106?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: With high-volume production with the Primefire 106 in multi-shift mode under industrial production conditions, a different approach is definitely needed, especially for packaging printing. The costs must be completely transparent before the job is started — across all process steps. We call this the “pay for what you consume” model and we have developed new types of contracts which cover all aspects related to the maintenance of the inkjet printheads and other inkjet printing production factors, such as ink, for each contract, in addition to the purchase prices of the machines. We therefore offer an economically relevant model, tailored specifically to packaging print shops, that is an important part of our performance pledge and that, in my opinion, no other manufacturer can offer at the moment.

 

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Best-in-class technology needs a great design as well: Primefire 106 celebrated its World Premiere at drupa 2016. Photos: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

 

What impact does this new business model approach have in actual situations? After all, the Primefire concept also changes the way that Heidelberg customers can go about their business.

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: That’s right, digitization in the printing industry changes the way business is done in many areas. Print shops must consider whether it is better to integrate Primefire systems into their existing operation or to separate them off into their own department/company. There is a wide variety of options for how companies want to structure and organize their digital business. From the application-related, technical side or the process workflows, we can offer comprehensive, flexible support.

Have you already received feedback from your customers’ customers – i.e. brands that use packaging?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Since drupa 2016, we have received feedback from companies who order packaging via our customers. The most important feedback is that digital printing solutions must be 100% reliable as the requirements are extremely high. Brand owners or print buyers who find out about the Primefire technology actively approach our customers immediately in order to be able to take advantage of the benefits themselves as soon as possible. In particular, this applies to the time to market speed at the point of sale which enables sophisticated products to be sold more easily and quickly.

What’s more, our customers are also given the chance to not only produce jobs in line with customer specifications but also to actively approach their customers/interested parties with their new ideas on the basis of the new opportunities provided by the Primefire.  This new form of creativity is expressly welcomed in order to design marketing activities that are more relevant or to address new target groups more effectively. — Incidentally, this situation has meant that our Primefire pilot customer MPS has been producing actual runs for brand customers from the cosmetics industry since the beginning of February 2017 – and not only test jobs for inspecting samples for new applications. This rapid adaptation of new printing technologies is accelerating the transformation dramatically.

As it looks today, does the success of the pilot phase meet your expectations?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Definitely. Without mentioning any concrete figures, we have received an enormous amount of inquiries. This is mainly because the Primefire 106 is designed as a platform that can be upgraded and therefore is expected to offer a production life of up to ten years.

To finish, can you give us a forecast of how this platform approach will develop with the Primefire 106?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing. In the next few years, there will be hardly any need to modify our Primefire technology in terms of quality, printhead technology and print image resolution. However, it is conceivable that throughput will be increased for more printed sheets per hour. New areas of application will certainly arise in the next few years. Specific solutions, for the pharmaceuticals area for example, will also be planned. This includes new opportunities in the context of digital finishing, e.g. with inline processing. And it is very important to make it clear that enhancements to the Primefire systems will be possible for existing installations for the foreseeable future due to our platform concept. Investments are therefore secured in the long term.

Thank you very much for this informative interview. It seems to me that Heidelberg has played an important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing

 


 

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Photo: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG 

About Montserrat Peidro-Insa:

Montserrat Peidro-Insa is the new force in the Heidelberg digital team. She joined Heidelberg in the spring of 2016, just in time before drupa. The former HP manager has gained many years of experience in launching professional digital printing systems, and Heidelberg would also like to benefit from this expertise. She is therefore a welcome addition to Jason Oliver’s team and is now Head of Digital Sales and Digital Sheetfed General Manager at Heidelberg. Together with her staff, she will be responsible for the market launch of the Heidelberg Primefire 106.

 


 

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Fotos: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Bildcollage: Andreas Weber, Mainz.

„Wir halten, was wir versprechen: die nachhaltig industrielle Fertigung mit Digitaldruck auf Premiumniveau!“ —Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Interview: Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English version

Auf der drupa 2016 hunderttausenden Fachbesuchern vorgestellt und seit Januar 2017 Beginn der Pilotphase im Markt: Primefire 106 als erstes industrielles Digitaldruck-Premium-Produktionssystem im B1 Format meistert die Pilot-Phase und bewährt sich bei ‚MPS Multi Packaging Solutions‘. Damit ist ein wichtiger Kernpunkt der neuen Digitalstrategie bei Heidelberg erfüllt — und ein perfekter Zeitpunkt für ein Exklusivinterview von Andreas Weber zur Markteinführung der Heidelberg Primefire 106 mit Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Head of Digital Sales and General Manager Digital Sheetfed  bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (#Heideldruck).

Sie kamen zur drupa 2016 zu Heidelberg. Hatten Sie erwartet, dass das Traditionsunternehmen so rasend schnell zum Vorreiter im industriellen Digitaldruck auf Premiumniveau werden konnte?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Ich muss zugeben, dass ich äußerst positiv überrascht bin. Meine hohen Erwartungen wurden noch übertroffen. Ich habe in meiner Laufbahn reichhaltige Erfahrungen bei der Transformation bestimmter Marktsegmente durch Digitaldruck erworben. Mit der Offsetdruckwelt als Kernkompetenz von Heidelberg war ich aber bis dato nicht näher vertraut. Jetzt, wo  Heidelberg beides zusammenführt, bin ich überzeugt, dass wir heutige und künftige Bedürfnisse von Druckereien und deren Kunden bestmöglich erfüllen können.

Was macht Sie so optimistisch?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Zur drupa 2016 sah ich erstmals die Primefire 106 als Prototyp in Betrieb, um hochwertigste Druckmuster im Inkjet-Druck zu erzeugen. Im Nachgang erlebte ich innerhalb weniger Wochen, wie rasch und hochprofessionell die Implementierung bei Forschung und Entwicklung sowie Engineering ablief. Schließlich gilt es, nicht nur ambitionierte Maschinenspezifikationen zu erfüllen, sondern mithilfe von Technikinnovationen praxisgerecht auf industriellem Niveau produzieren zu können. Und das klappte in kürzester Zeit. Die Ingenieure waren offen im Denken, neue Ideen der Teams und Anregungen wurden sofort aufgegriffen und technisch umgesetzt. Und die Zusammenarbeit mit unserem Entwicklungspartner FujiFilm war fruchtbar für beide Seiten. Ganz ehrlich: So etwas hatte ich bis dahin noch nicht erlebt. Das waren echte Highlights für mich, die immer noch nachwirken.

Im Januar 2017 startete die Pilot-Phase für Primefire 106. Was ist das besondere daran?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Für eine erfolgreiche Pilot-Phase, in der bei Kunden unter Produktionsbedingungen gearbeitet wird, müssen zwei Voraussetzungen erfüllt sein. 1. Die Technologie muss fertig, sprich ausgereift, sein. 2. Innovationen müssen den Bedarf der Kunden (über)treffen. Auf das Druckereigeschäft bezogen, heisst das, neue Drucktechnologien müssen sich aus dem Stand heraus bewähren, also nicht nur technisch, sondern auch kaufmännisch solide funktionieren. Die Hauptlast ist doch, Druckaufträge zu akquirieren, das ist für Druckereien harte Arbeit. Liegt der Auftrag vor, muss reibungslos und zuverlässig industriell produziert werden können. Das heisst mit maximaler Qualität und  Geschwindigkeit, extrem guter Wiederholbarkeit und höchster Maschinenverfügbarkeit bei minimalen Rüstzeiten. Die Voraussetzungen dafür zu schaffen, ist im Kern unser Job.

Sind hohe Qualität und beste ‚Up-time‘ im Digitaldruck nicht schon Standard?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Leider nein. Und das ist die große Stärke und Alleinstellung von Primefire 106 im Unterschied zu sonstigen Angeboten im Markt, die entweder das eine oder das andere bieten. Was bei vielen dazu führt, dass, wenn man maximale Qualität realisieren will, die Up-time auf bis zu 40 % runtergeht. Und umgekehrt: Setzt man auf maximale Produktivität, lassen sich hohe Qualitätsstufen nicht erreichen. Mit Primefire 106 bieten wir nachweislich beides in einem, wie es sich nachweislich in der Pilot-Phase beweist. Wir setzen damit hohe Maßstäbe für dependable  high quality performance, die in unseren Zielmärkten Packaging und Converting erforderlich und unabdingbar ist.

Der erste Kunde für die Primefire-Pilot-Phase ist der global agierende Konzern MPS Multi Packaging Solutions, mit Headquarter in New York City und seinem Produktionsstandort in Obersulm bei Stuttgart. Was gab den Ausschlag zur Zusammenarbeit?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Die exzellenten Produktspezifikationen sowie exzellente Features und v. a. unser Leistungsversprechen überzeugten, da alles die Vorstellungen und hohen Anforderungen bei MPS exakt trifft. Zudem verbindet beide Unternehmen eine langjährige Zusammenarbeit, da Heidelberg Hauptlieferant bei Offsetdrucktechnik ist und für den Offsetdruck bereits einige Pilot-Projekte erfolgreich durchgeführt wurden. Meine Kollegen haben einen brillanten Job gemacht, was über Jahre hohes gegenseitiges Vertrauen auf vielen Ebenen aufgebaut hat. Das überträgt sich jetzt nahtlos auf den Digitaldruck, mit dem großen Zusatzplus, das wir mit Fujifilm nicht nur einen Premium-Lieferanten für Inkjet-Druckköpfe haben, sondern Fujifilm sich als Entwicklungspartner mit Know-how und Manpower aktiv einbringt, um das Beste aus ihrer Technologie im Kontext mit unserem Maschinen- und Produktionskonzept rauszuholen. Das ist einzigartig. Hinzukommt unser Industrie-weit führendes Service-Netzwerk, mit Teams, die im Bedarfsfall schnell ‚remote‘ oder vor Ort helfen. Alle diese Punkte wurden übrigens bei unserem Primefire-Kundenevent Ende Januar 2017 von über 40 Firmen geschätzt und anerkannt.

Premiere der Heidelberg Primefire 106 als Highlight im Digitaldruck auf der drupa 2016. — Life-Video: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, Juni 2016.

Im Kontext mit Primefire 106  wurde auf der drupa 2016 betont, dass für den Erfolg das Go-to-Market und neue Geschäftsmodelle entscheidend sein werden. Was ist zu beachten respektive was sind ggf. neue Herausforderungen?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Heidelberg ist — das wird auch vom Wettbewerb anerkannt — renommiert für seine exzellente Kundenbeziehungen und -treue. Eine gute Kundenbindung entsteht, wenn sich der Vertrieb wie auch der Service bestmöglich mit dem Kunden identifizieren, stets Präsenz zeigen und in den Kundenalltag integriert werden. Da dies seit langem der Fall ist, müssen wir beim Go-to-Market für Primefire das Rad nicht erst neu erfinden. Wir greifen auf Bewährtes und fest etablierte Strukturen im Account-Management zurück, die von unseren Kunden geschätzt werden…

… und wie verhält sich das bei Geschäftsmodellen?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Bei Geschäftsmodellen müssen wir umdenken, denn im industriellen Druck mit Inkjet-Technologie ist entscheidend wichtig: Unser Kunde muss jederzeit genau wissen, wofür er zahlt. Die im Digitaldruck gängigen ‚Clickcharge‘-Abrechnungmodelle funktionieren bei einer Vielzahl von Anwendungen, die sich aus der Summe vieler Einzeljobs oft mit kleinen Auflagen generieren. Die Klickkosten bestehen aus einem Fixum plus variablen Kosten und dürfen dabei maximal 20 % der Gesamt-Produktionskosten ausmachen, sonst wird es unrentabel…

… und das heisst konkret bezogen auf Primefire 106?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Bei hochvolumigen Produktionen mit Primefire 106 im Mehrschichtenmodus unter industriellen Fertigungsbedingungen braucht es in jedem Fall einen anderen Ansatz, gerade im Verpackungsdruck. Es muss vor Auftragsbeginn eine umfassende Kostentransparenz bestehen — über sämtliche Prozessschritte hinweg. Wir nennen das „Pay for what you consume“-Modell und haben neue Vertragsformen entwickelt, die neben Maschinen-Kaufpreisen per Vertrag alle Aspekte der Instandhaltung der Inkjet-Druckköpfe und sonstiger Inkjet-Druck-Produktionsfaktoren wie die Tinte umfasst. Damit bieten wir ein ökonomisch relevantes, für Verpackungsdruckereien zugeschnittenes Modell, das ein wichtiger Teil unseres Leistungsversprechens darstellt und das aus meiner Sicht zur Zeit kein anderer Hersteller bieten kann.

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Funktionsbereiche der Primefire 106: 1. Anleger 2. Conditioning-Werk 3. Jetring-Werk 4. Trocknersystem 5. Lackierwerk 6. Prinect Digital Center Inline mit Perfect Stack-Technologie. Foto: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

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Nicht nur technisch, sondern auch ästhetisch ein Glanzstück. — Foto: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Wie wirkt sich dieser neue Geschäftsmodellansatz in der Praxis aus? Das Primefire-Konzept verändert ja auch die Art und Weise, wie Heidelberg-Kunden ihr Geschäft angehen können.

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: In der Tat, die Digitalisierung im Print ändert die Art und Weise des Geschäfts über viele Bereiche hinweg. Druckereien müssen abwägen, ob sie Primefire-Systeme in den bestehenden Betrieb integrieren oder in eine eigene Abteilung/Firma ausgliedern. Es gibt ganz verschiedene Möglichkeiten, wie man sein ‚Digital Business‘ ausrichten und organisieren möchte. Von der anwendungsbezogenen, technischen Seite oder den Prozessabläufen können wir alles flexibel unterstützen.

Haben Sie schon Feedback von Seiten der Kunden Ihrer Kunden, also Marken, die Verpackungen einsetzen?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Seit der drupa 2016 bekommen wir Feedback seitens der Auftraggeber für Verpackungen über unsere Kunden. Das Wichtigste ist, dass Digitaldruck-Lösungen hundertprozentig verlässlich sein müssen, da die Anforderungen extrem hoch sind. Markeninhaber respektive Print Buyer, die von der Primefire Technologie Kenntnis erhalten, gehen sofort aktiv auf unsere Kunden zu, um die Vorteil möglichst schnell für sich nutzen zu können. Dies ist insbesondere das Time-to-Market-Momentum am Point-of-Sale, um anspruchsvolle Produkte einfacher und schneller verkaufen zu können.

Und: Unsere Kunden erhalten zudem die Chance, nicht nur gemäß Kundenvorgaben Aufträge zu produzieren, sondern auf Basis der neuen Möglichkeiten der Primefire mit ihren Ideen aktiv auf ihre Kunden/Interessenten zuzugehen. Diese neue Form der Kreativität ist ausdrücklich erwünscht, um Marketingaktivitäten relevanter zu gestalten bzw. neue Zielgruppen besser zu erreichen! — Nebenbei, dieser Umstand hat dazu geführt, das unser Primefire-Pilotkunde MPS bereits seit Anfang Februar 2017 für Markenkunden aus dem Beauty-Bereich  echte Produktionen fährt – und nicht nur Testjobs quasi zur Bemusterung neuer Anwendungen. Diese schnelle Adaption neuer Print-Techniken beschleunigt die Transformation ganz erheblich.

Aus jetziger Sicht: Trifft der Erfolg der Pilot-Phase ihre Erwartungen?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Definitiv. Ohne dass ich konkret Zahlen nennen darf, die Anfragen sind enorm. Vor allem auch, weil Primefire 106 als Plattform ausgelegt ist, die Upgrade-fähig ist und daher in der Vorausschau bis zu zehn Jahre Produktionseinsatz bieten kann.

Können Sie zum Abschluss einen Ausblick geben, wie sich dieser Plattform-Ansatz mit Primefire 106 entwickeln wird?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Wir halten, was wir versprechen: Die nachhaltig industrielle Fertigung mit Digitaldruck auf Premiumniveau! An unserer Primefire Technologie wird in den nächsten Jahren kaum ein Änderungsbedarf entstehen, was Qualität, Druckkopftechnik und Druckbildauflösung angeht. Denkbar ist aber, den Durchsatz zu steigern, mit mehr Druckbogen pro Stunde. In den nächsten Jahren werden sicher neue Anwendungsbereiche hinzukommen. Zudem geplant werden spezifische Lösungen, wie z. B. für den Pharma-Bereich. Hierzu gehören auch neue Möglichkeiten im sog. Digital Finishing, z. B. mit Inline-Verarbeitung. Ganz wichtig ist aber festzuhalten: Erweiterungen der Primefire-Systeme können aufgrund unserer Plattform-Konzeption bei bestehenden Installationen auf absehbare Zeit vorgenommen werden. Damit sind Investitionen sicher und nachhaltig wirksam.

Besten Dank für das informative Gespräch. Mir scheint: Heidelberg hat dem industriellen Digitaldruck zum Durchbruch verholfen!


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Montserrat Peidro-Insa ist die neue Powerfrau im Digitalteam von Heidelberg. — Foto: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

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Montserrat Peidro-Insa ist die neue Powerfrau im Digitalteam von Heidelberg. Sie kam in Frühjahr 2016 gerade noch rechtzeitig vor der drupa zu Heidelberg. Die ehemalige HP Managerin hat viele Jahre Erfahrung in der Markteinführung von professionellen Digitaldrucksystemen. Davon möchte auch Heidelberg profitieren. Sie ergänzt daher das Team von Jason Oliver und ist jetzt Leiterin Digital Sales und General Manager Digital Sheetfed bei Heidelberg. Sie wird sich zusammen mit ihren Mitarbeitern um die Markteinführung der Heidelberg Primefire 106 kümmern.


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Martin Spaar setzt sich als Verleger und Herausgeber für Brancheninteressen ein. Das Bild zeigt ihn im Einsatz beim Swiss Publishing Day am 30. Juni 2016 in Winterthur. Foto: Publisher.

Vom Planschbecken ins Freibad

Spätestens beim Weiterblättern werden Sie es merken: Der Publisher hat ein neues Layout! Wir liessen uns dabei vom Grundsatz leiten, dass das Layout funktional sein und dem Leser dienen soll. Design um des Designs willen ist nicht unser Ding. Einerseits, weil wir eine Fachzeitschrift mit stark technischer Ausrichtung sind und andererseits, weil wir dies schlichtweg nicht können. Beim Publisher sind wir Redaktoren die Publisher, also auch die Layouter. Unser Fokus gilt den Inhalten – Gestaltung ist nicht unsere Kernkompetenz.

Es ist uns jedoch nicht entgangen, dass sich die Anforderungen an ein funktionales Layout in letzter Zeit stark gewandelt haben. Das Zeitbudget des Lesers ist immer härter umkämpft. Jedes Heft und jeder Artikel muss sich optimal verkaufen, frisch und knackig daherkommen und die Botschaften prägnant auf den Punkt bringen. Mit dem altem Layout stiessen wir dabei an Grenzen.

Das neue, von Ralf Turtschi geschaffene Layoutkonzept ist offener und will mehr Spielraum für eine attraktive Aufmachung bieten. Wir haben zwar den bisherigen Satzspiegel beibehalten, sind jedoch nicht mehr fix an vier Spalten gebunden: Ein 16-spaltiger Basisraster soll eine freiere Gestaltung ermöglichen. Mit der Equip von Dieter Hofrichter haben wir eine Grundschrift gewählt, welche grösser wirkt und doch nicht mehr Platz wegfrisst. Weiter haben wir das Farbschema auf zwei redaktionelle Farben reduziert, die Akzente setzen, ohne sich aufzudrängen.

 

 

Ralf Turtschi hat uns Redaktoren die Türen für eine leserfreundlichere Aufmachung geöffnet. Er entlässt uns jetzt quasi aus dem sichern Planschbecken des alten Layouts ins Freibad, wo auch grössere Züge möglich sind; aber schwimmen müssen wir selbst, dessen sind wir uns bewusst.

So ist auch das zu verstehen, was sie vor sich haben: Es ist nicht «das neue Layout» des Publisher, sondern die erste Etappe eines Prozesses. Wir sind selbst gespannt, wohin der uns führen wird. Und wir lassen uns dabei gerne von Ihrem Feedback inspirieren!

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CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer:  ‘Heidelberg goes digital. We are getting the company fit for the digital future.’ — Photos: Heideldruck

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 10 February 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of another 25 of the best received over the past seven days, along with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Environmental Blog which this week is centred around Kodak’s Plate Green Leaf Awards for 2016, which also has a slot in Monday’s headlines with a list of winners – that includes South Africa. There’s also a new addition to the Wild Format Technology Guides section, with No 20 in the current series from Sophie-Matthews Paul.

It’s been a good week for news of a totally mixed bag which included both Sappi’s first quarter financial results on Wednesday; and Heidelberg’s third quarter report on Thursday, and tuckedaway in Heidelberg’s results is this elaboration of future plans from CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer, as Heidelberg realigns its organisation to accelerate the company’s digital transformation and thus ensure the correct business models are in place for the high-growth customer segments in the years ahead. In future, there will be a division that will develop, manufacture, and supply appropriate digital technologies and products for new business models. Another division will devise and market these models. Furthermore, th e global sales and service network will be more strongly focused on the digital challenges that customers face.

‘Heidelberg goes digital. We are getting the company fit for the digital future,’ adds Hundsdörfer. ‘To do that, we will develop and roll out our own innovative business ideas. However, we will also be strengthening our position in this area through acquisitions.’


Selection of Twitter screenshots to document excellent awareness: Thousands of impressions created via Value Publishing’s Social Media activities reporting in real-time on the #Heideldruck’s analyst meeting last Thursday.

Sappi also announced a range of current projects for both Europe and the United States, but in a separate article which leads the headlines on Friday, with comments from Sappi Europe CEO Berry Wiersum and Sappi Limited CEO Steve Binnie. All three articles shouldn’t be skipped if you want to keep yourself abreast of what’s going on in the industry.

If you check out this week’s headlines you will also find announcements related to the upcoming Hunkeler Innovationdays in Switzerland from Heidelberg; for Dscoop at Ipex in the UK; for Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 in Belgium; and European Sign Expo 2017 in Germany. There are some superb recent sales and installations this week, led by Xerox in Cape Town on Monday at The Print Place; Ricoh with its 2000th Ricoh Pro C7100 colour cut sheet press at Ligurgaf in Italy, and Polar at Truyol in Spain on Tuesday; Fujifilm at NWN in Wales and GSE at ACW in Germany on Wednesday; while Thursday saw Heidelberg’s first Primefire 106 B1 digital printing system at MPS in Obersulm in Germany begin its pilot phase, also marking the market launch of this new digital press powered by Fujifilm, which debuted at drupa last year. Remaining with MPS and also with Heidelberg, but in Kilbride, Scotland, which is to install the world’s first 18-unit XL 106 extra long packaging press next month for full commissioning by mid-year. Finally, an HP Indigo 5900 for firm 6 Colour Digital in St Helens, UK, completes this week’s lineup.
Please check out the rest carefully, as there are important announcements from Komori and Screen on workflow; from X-Rite and South Africa’s Digital View on service, and lots more.

The tailender this week goes to Canon South Africa for its 2017 South African Disabled Golf Open – to be held from 15 – 17 May in Cape Town – in the headlines on both Monday and Thursday.


That’s it until next time. Do have a good week ahead.
My best regards, 
Mike Hilton


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e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa and Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site in the prior week. 

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 page

Week beginning Mon 06 February – date published appears in article footline

Monday
Heidelberg at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne
Economical and flexible finishing of short runs from digital printing focus from Heidelberg with Muller Martini and Polar…

PDF 2.0 interop workshops ensure consistent implementation
The PDF Association, the non-profit industry trade-group for organisations specialising in PDF technology, announces two PDF 2.0 interop workshops for 2017 in the UK and USA…

Kodak SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award winners
Kodak selects eight SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award winners for 2016 from across the Globe…

Canon South African Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town
Inspiring Canadian, Bob MacDermott will compete in 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open from 15 – 17 May…

The Print Place adds creative versatility with Xerox
The full-service print specialist in Goodwood, Cape Town, South Africa has purchased a Xerox Versant 80 Press…

Tuesday
2000th Ricoh Pro C7100 highlights press’ dependability
Italian print service provider Ligurgaf has bought the 2000th Ricoh Pro C7100 colour cut sheet press…

Komori and Screen GP develop integrated workflow solution
Co-operation improves automation in printing processes that include combined offset and digital systems…

Ipex scoops participation of Dscoop
The UK branch of the Dscoop organisation will stage its 2017 UK event at the NEC during Ipex. By Gareth Ward…

Siegwerk publishes its first Sustainability Report
In this first report, Siegwerk discloses its goals and activities and sets a new standard for its sustainable actions…

Third POLAR high-speed cutter in 12 months for Truyol
Digital in Spain replaces four older machines with three new Polar cutters, to more than double productivity…

Wednesday

Sappi announces First Quarter 2017 results
Sappi delivers strong first quarter 2017; announces major investments in speciality packaging grades… 

Axaio Software adds Server version of MadeToPrint
MadeToPrint Server for Adobe InDesign CC 2017 Server is now available from Axaio Software… 

Canon launches new i-SENSYS printer
A small footprint device for high speed, high quality black and white printing for fast-paced work environments… 

NWN Print renews long-standing Fujifilm partnership
North Wales newspaper printer extends its Fujifilm low chemistry processor investment and long-term plate contract… 

GSE Dispensing reduces material waste for ACW
ACW-Film achieves 50 per cent solvent ink savings and improved safety with GSE Dispensing’s Colorsat Compact… 

Thursday
Heidelberg Third Quarter results for 2016/2017
Heidelberg significantly increases net result after taxes in third quarter, with high order backlog for strong fourth quarter…

DigitalView appointed as X-Rite Certified Service Partner
X-Rite appoints Digital View in Johannesburg as its Certified Service Partner for the Southern African region…

Canon South African Disabled Golf Open 15 to 17 May
Young disabled golfers’ ‘papa’ Rushdi Sylvestor to compete in 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open…

Impressive line-up of expert speakers for Xeikon Café
Rafi Albo, global guru of connected 1to1 marketing will deliver keynote presentation for the Conference programme…

Market launch of Heidelberg Primefire 106 on schedule
The digital printing system on schedule as international packaging printer MPS in Obersulm, Germany begins the pilot phase…

Friday
Strengthening Sappi Europe’s competitive advantage
Sappi has announced range of projects in Europe and the United States to support its growth strategy and 2020Vision…

MPS invests in the world’s first 18-unit packaging press
The press will be installed during March at MPS East Kilbride, Scotland and be fully commissioned by mid-year…

Higher quality is on the cards for 6 Colour Digital
St Helens print business has upgraded to an HP Indigo 5900 to offer customers improved quality and productivity. By Gareth Ward…

FINAT Radar: A unique in-depth industry profile
The European label industry’s in-depth market analysis is provided twice yearly to its members…

Dare To Create Different: at European Sign Expo 2017
Launch of European Sign Expo 2017 marks fifth year of growth…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

South African print mogul Lambert Retief has died
One of Paarl and Cape Town’s greatest entrepreneurs has died after losing a short battle with brain cancer…

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, folding and finishing, and consumables. with offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

drupa 2020 (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’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017
Only 49 articles for last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

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Blömeke lauds first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany
Blömeke opens up new areas of business with the first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany with a matching service package…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Prizes for best behaviour
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 10 Feb

Previous…   
Good enough to eat?
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Feb

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. The first 18 can now be found in this special section in the Index on our Website Home Page. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 20 – Inks and their variations
Normally the key to the success of every print job, whether analogue or digital, depends on the correct mix of media and ink. By Sophie Matthews-Paul

No 19 – Installation Basics for Wide Format Projects
Have you ever heard that print is dead? Well, if you have, I’m sure you disagree, especially when we look at the development of digitally printed options. By Paul Lindström

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2016 – 2017

Previous…   
Messe Düsseldorf to reconstruct Southern Section
Plans for the reconstruction of the South Entrance and Halls 1 + 2 in a EUR 140m investment approved for completion in 2019…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

drupa daily; drupa Exhibitors’ show + post-show News; drupa pre-show Exhibitor news; post-drupa from Messe Düsseldorf; drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber; drupa Expert Articles – and more

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

Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  and  UPM-Kymmene.

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

Our Website urls are:

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GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.netPO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 03 February 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of 25 of the best received during the past seven days, together with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Environmental Blog, and a new addition in Online Features Chapter 03, as Blömeke opens up new areas of business with the first Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV to be installed in Germany.

“Our fourth quarter results demonstrate that we are realizing significant benefits from our Strategic Transformation program,” said Jeff Jacobson, Xerox chief executive officer. “We delivered strong margins that countered expected pressure on revenue.” Jacobson continued, “With the separation of Conduent now complete, we turn our full attention to delivering on our strategy, which includes pursuing the growing areas of the market. As the strategy begins to yield results, our revenue trajectory is expected to improve over time while we expand our margins and continue to generate strong cash flows.”

We had financial results from UPM on Tuesday and Xerox on Thursday; while UPM Biofuels took Monday’s lead slot, and Baldwin’s acquisition of Air Motion Systems led the headlines on Wednesday. EFI’s acquisition of Xerox FreeFlow DFE software also appears among Friday’s headlines. On Monday we reported the death of Xeikon’s founder Lucien De Schamphelaere on 20 January, at the age of 85; while on Friday, we were extremely sad to report the death of South Africa’s Lambert Retief, one of Paarl and Cape Town’s greatest entrepreneurs, who died on Thursday 26 January after losing a short battle with brain cancer. He was only 64. A memorial service to celebrate Retief’s life was held at Anura Vineyards in Klapmuts (near Paarl), on Friday 3 February.
On Wednesday, Sappi announced its new Website which highlights its global presence with increased functionality and robust educational resources. Please take look. It’s impressive. Also on Wednesday, Ricoh Europe announced the launch of the new Ricoh Pro C5200s series to enable print service providers to broaden their services.

You’ll find a good selection of news relating to upcoming events beginning with Xeikon at Hunkeler Innovationdays later this month; then for Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations in March in Belgium; Kornit at C!Print in Lyon last week; FESPA in Hamburg in May; and from Sign & Digital UK in March at the NEC; while IST (UK) will exhibit at PrintWeekLive! in Coventry in May.
Recent notable installations this week came from Heidelberg UK with Versafire CV digital; Renz UK; Heidelberg USA with a Speedmaster long-perfector equipped for coating and UV; from KBA North America with a large-format seven-colour Rapida with full UV; then Heidelberg in Germany with the first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV with matching service package; followed by EFI Vutek wide-format in Ireland; Polar in the UK; and lastly Meech static control, in the UK and Europe.

The tailender goes to the PIA, which on Tuesday opened submissions for the 2017 InterTech Technology Awards with a 2 June deadline.

That’s about it until next time. I hope you have a good week.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 

 

 

e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa and Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site in the prior week. 

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 page

Week beginning Mon 30 January – date published appears in article footline

Monday
UPM Biofuels joins the Made by Finland campaign
UPM Biofuels moves to celebrate the centenary of Finland by joining the Made by Finland campaign to highlight innovation…

Death of founder of Xeikon and digital printing in Belgium
Xeikon is sad to announce the death of its founder Lucien De Schamphelaere on 20 January at the age of 85…

Hartgraph adds CV digital capacity at its Amersham plant
Hartgraph Print returns to Heidelberg for second digital press, a Versafire CV, to run alongside its Linoprint 751…

David John Papers completes upgrade with third Renz system
Slough-based David John Papers in the UK has added its third Renz solution in 18 months to streamline its binding workflow…

Tuesday
UPM announces record Financial Results for 2016
UPM finishes strong record 2016 year with good fourth quarter…

Call for 2017 InterTech Technology Awards submissions
Printing Industries of America opens submissions for the 2017 InterTech Technology Awards with 2 June deadline…

Sappi Limited launches new Website
New Website highlights global presence with increased functionality and robust educational resources…

Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 in March
During the four-day event suppliers join forces to a bring range of innovative digital print applications across a variety of sectors…

Speedmaster XL 106 long-perfector with UV for Paulson Press
Paulson Press aims to double productivity with its newly installed Speedmaster XL 106 LPL machine from Heidelberg…

Wednesday
Baldwin has acquired Air Motion Systems
Baldwin Technology Company creates global UV curing powerhouse by acquiring Air Motion Systems…

Kornit Digital at C!Print in Lyon this week
Kornit Digital shows new Avalanche R-Series and announces workflow collaboration with Custom Gateway…

Xeikon brand protection at Hunkeler Innovationdays
The Xeikon 9800 duplex press to showcase quality, versatility, speed and reliability in Lucerne from 20 – 23 February…

FESPA 2017 Global Print Expo in Hamburg in May
Leading wide-format event brings together innovation, education and inspiration across screen, digital and textile print…

New Ricoh Pro C5200s supports flexible production
Ricoh launches the Ricoh Pro C5200s series to enable print service providers to broaden their services…

Record tenth KBA press installed at Imagine!
Imagine! Print Solutions in Shakopee, MN continues growth with new KBA Rapida 164 64-inch UV Press…

Thursday
Xerox reports Fourth-Quarter 2016 earnings
Delivers strong adjusted operating margin of 14.0 per cent and cash flow of $462 million from continuing operations…

Blömeke lauds Germany’s first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV
Blömeke opens up new areas of business with first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany with matching service package…

Ireland’s Minprint chooses Vutek hybrid LED printer
EFI Vutek printer allows innovative print provider to be more creative and push the boundaries of traditional print…

Sign & Digital Business Theatre lineup for 2017 show
Sign & Digital UK has announced the Business Theatre lineup for its 30th anniversary event at the NEC in March…

Spandex to exhibit at Sign and Digital UK 2017
Spandex to showcase the unique swissQprint UV flatbed printer, and range of wide-format and sign making equipment at the NEC…

Friday
South African print mogul Lambert Retief has died
One of Paarl and Cape Town’s greatest entrepreneurs has died after losing a short battle with brain cancer…

IST (UK) predicts LED-UV momentum in 2017
LUV is IST Metz’s name for its LED-UV package and includes the lamp module, a control cabinet, water chiller and screen software for ease of operation. Also exhibiting at PrintWeekLive! in Coventry…

EFI acquires Xerox FreeFlow Print Server DFE business
Xerox and EFI partner to give customers best in class FFPS and EFI Fiery Digital Front End software…

Polar 137N Plus guillotine for Route 1 Print
Guillotine investment prepares way for Route 1 Print’s optimised same day trade print service…

Scapa invests in Meech Hyperion static control
Scapa eliminates static issues on its rewind equipment with Meech Hyperion 971IPS bars…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

Real and Artificial Intelligence: Guy Gecht at Connect
Using both to gain profit-building efficiencies. An overview of EFI Connect 2017, 17 – 20 January in Las Vegas by Rosemary Monaco…

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, folding and finishing, and consumables. with offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

drupa 2020 (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’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017
Only 49 articles for last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

Blömeke lauds first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany
Blömeke opens up new areas of business with the first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany with a matching service package…

Previous…   
Print’s transcendence of time unites customers with your digital story
Print is being integrated with digital in ways we never would have thought possible. By Vaughan Patterson, Ricoh SA…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Good enough to eat?
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Feb

Previous…   
Trumping the Paris Agreement
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 20 Jan

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. The first 18 can now be found in this special section in the Index on our Website Home Page. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 19 – Installation Basics for Wide Format Projects
Have you ever heard that print is dead? Well, if you have, I’m sure you disagree, especially when we look at the development of digitally printed options. By Paul Lindström

No 18 – Machine Head
Investing in the right wide format equipment is paramount for any digital print provider. With options more diversified than ever, just how do you find out which machine will really rock your shop? By Sonja Angerer…

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2016 – 2017

Previous…   
Messe Düsseldorf to reconstruct Southern Section
Plans for the reconstruction of the South Entrance and Halls 1 + 2 in a EUR 140m investment approved for completion in 2019…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

drupa daily; drupa Exhibitors’ show + post-show News; drupa pre-show Exhibitor news; post-drupa from Messe Düsseldorf; drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber; drupa Expert Articles – and more

The Graphic Repro On-line Website is supported and sponsored by: 
Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  and  UPM-Kymmene.

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

Our Website urls are: 

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za
http://www.graphicrepro.net

GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.netPO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com