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Interview by Tiago Keese, Journalist, São Paulo, Brazil

Andreas Weber, Head of Value, talks about his POV and his keynote presentation at The Congresso Internacional de Tecnologia Gráfica hosted by ABTG on 24 August 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil.

Note: Click to access the interview in português language.

 


At a glance

  • Nevertheless, even today printing technology is driving the transformation of our lives, our business world, our society.
  • Print technology is a main driver of innovation and transformation.
  • The Internet/Social Media and print are best friends. And Internet technologies profited from printing technology inventions
  • Some of my favorite print application innovations got developed by Internet and Social Media savvys.
  • In the digital age you have to re-position yourself, your business idea and your production capabilities in the right way to be a valuable transformation partner. 
  • From a holistic point of view printers could become transformers if they are able to convert the outcome and benefit of new technologies into valuable customer solutions to fulfill needs.
  • Innovative printing companies need to transform their production business into a sustainable and future oriented marketing solution provider business to hit market and customer needs.

 

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  • What is the importance of a meeting to discuss technology and innovation such as the International Congress of Graphic Technology?

Andreas Weber: The Congress Internacional de Tecnologia Gráfica hosted by ABTG will have a great impact on the whole industry and its customers. It is important to bundle different visions, opinions and talents to master the change and to get ready for transformation. To meet in person enables to reach the best network effects you can get. I am proud to be part of a best-in-class speaker team! It will be my pleasure and honor to blog about it to share all those upcoming news from Brazil with my global network.

  • Is it possible to affirm that the graphic arts industry has been evolving technologically, being attentive to the great technological innovations of society?

Andreas Weber: Since Gutenberg’s invention and that means since more than 600 years graphic arts is always right at the cutting edge of technology innovation to support our society, economy and culture. And even today printing technology is nevertheless driving the transformation of our lives, our business world, our society. All the leading innovators from Silicon Valley admire the spirit of Gutenberg. Even a current book is dedicated to „Gutenberg the Geek“ to showcase his spirit to innovate our communication technologies and to transform the world. (See my research results and comment: „Print is dead? Long live print!“).

  • Is the internet an ally of printing?

Andreas Weber: The Internet and print are best friends. And Internet technologies profited from printing technology inventions. Because printing technology development since the 1980s took the lead to make all those huge amounts of data available and distributable. Think about TCP/IP protocol, desktop publishing, Postscript/PDF and so on. Today, the internet usage is key to run a print service business. Specially the Online Print sector as a fast growing market shows how useful it could be to combine internet and print knowledge. By the way: some of my favorite print application innovations got developed by Internet and Social Media savvys. Think about apps to print your Instagram and Facebook content. Just with one click. Those inventors like PastBook’s Founder & CEO Stefano Cutello know exactly that print helps to convert the virtual into reality. His motto sounds great: “Relive Your Memories. Automagically Created for You!” He worked for ebay before he founded PastBook as an international App-to-print start-up only a couple of years ago. (See my report and interview).

 

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  • How can printers use the innovations and marketing trends in their favor?

Andreas Weber: Current marketing trends are based on innovation and driven by technology. And as I mentioned print technology is a main driver of innovation and transformation. So from a holistic point of view printers could become transformers if they are able to convert the outcome and benefit of new technologies into valuable customer solutions to fulfill current and future needs.

  • How important is it for the printer to fully understand all the features available on the device (printer, software, etc.) that he has at his/her disposal?

Andreas Weber: Crucial is to make the right choice: which technologies and what kind of new features fits to my purpose and strategic goal? In the past, almost any decision was made to invest in equipment and production tools to optimize what you already did before. In the digital age you have to re-position yourself, your business idea and your production capabilities in the right way to be a valuable transformation partner. Therefor you have to gain knowledge, you have to streamline your processes and you have to be able to enhance your creativity to get the ‚digital‘ link to your customer properly in a sustainable way. Last but not least, to reach that point a printer has to identify the right technology partner on the vendor side to get the best support and realtime services. So its not only about hard- and software anymore. I. E. it will be more important to find a way to print HTML data than to learn how InDesign or PhotoShop works.

  • How important is the exchange of information and practices between European and Latin American markets?

Andreas Weber: 15 years ago I had the honor to make a business trip to Brazil to get great insights in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. I learned a lot to admire the culture and power of Brazil as an emerging, very smart and creative country inspiring other Latin American countries. It was right at that moment when ad agencies from Brazil started to become champions in the worldwide creative community. And I recognized that the printing community in Brazil and other countries in Latin America made profit out of those creative ideas. We discussed at that time the disruptiv impact of the Internet and Online Communication on the newspaper and media business. I figured out that what they did in Brazil was right at the cutting edge! And that seems to be so different compared to Europe and specially Germany with mature markets anyway where people are more or less in a defensive position to keep them self on a high level. That means the exchange of information, practices and experiences is very, very important. BTW: I am glad to have Hamilton Terni Costa as a good old friend and colleague. Since more than 10 years we meet all over the world. We discuss our observations and exchange our view on the latest technologies. At drupa we always met and Hamilton introduced me to his contacts from Latin America joining him. So, on August 24th, 2017 I will be proud to meet all those experts and attendees of the ABTG Congresso to extent my network.

  • What are the main topics of your speech?

Andreas Weber: My key message is quite simple but tough at the same time! — ”If you want to benefit from innovation to strengthen your marketing success you have to be able to understand and to handle transformation in the digital age properly.“ — That means: Innovative printing companies need to transform their production business into a sustainable and future oriented marketing solution provider business to hit market and customer needs. And they have to understand how to support their customers to transform their marketing as well in a sustainable, profitable way.

In my Keynote the attendees will learn:

  • Secrets of Transformation
  • Impact on Print / Graphic Communications
  • Learn from the best (selected cases)
  • Guidelines to create a win-win-win momentum

OBRIGADO! — TX for the great conversation. See you in São Paulo.

 

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NOTE: See as well our exclusive interview with Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: “Transformation hits Print Technology + Innovation”. Dedicated to the ABTG Congress attendees on 24 August 2017.

 

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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value 

Den 6. Juli 2017 sollte man sich als wichtiges Datum im Geschichts-Kalender eintragen. Im idyllischen Wetzikon bei Zürich wurde unprätenziös, überzeugend und vertrauenswürdig der Digitaldruck (wohl inklusive Landanano!), wie wir ihn kannten, beerdigt. Und etwas Neues geboren. Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO der Bobst Group SA und Piero Pierantozzi, Mitgründer von Radex und (vormals) Graph-Tech AG, hoben ein Start-up aus der Taufe als „Competence Center for Digital Printing: Mouvent AG. Beschäftigt werden bereits 80 Mitarbeiter, die hohe Kompetenz und Erfahrung haben. Und: Neue Produktionslösungen sind marktreif vorhanden, um im Etiketten- und Textildruck neue Maßstäbe zu setzen.

 

 

„Wir verstehen uns als Start-up, das von erfahrenen Profis betrieben und ausgeweitet wird, um die Messlatte im Digitaldruck via Inkjet neu auszurichten“ erläutert im Value-Exklusivgespräch Dr. Simon Rothen, seit Frühjahr der Gründungs-CEO der Mouvent AG. Rothen kommt aus der Biotechnologie, spricht fünf Sprachen und weiss wovon er redet. In der Vergangenheit hat er weltweit Start-ups erfolgreich mit ihren Innovationen am Markt platziert. Die Idee, die Mouvent zugrunde liegt, hat ihn sofort fasziniert. Ebenso wie die Professionalität, Kreativität und Präzision, mit der das Firmenkonzept umgesetzt wird und damit nicht nur für ihn, sondern vom Start weg für Dutzende andere Profis extrem reizvoll ist.

Pluspunkt: Kein (wie sonst übliches) Marketing- und PR-Geplapper! Sondern vom Start weg ein solider und überzeugender Praxisbeweis.

„Die Basis im Geschäft mit Print-Technik ist Vertrauen“, sagte Jean-Pascal Bobst zu Beginn seiner Präsentation. Und dokumentierte, wie überzeugt er und sein Traditionsunternehmen Bobst — seit Generationen in Familienhand – hinter dem Vorhaben stehen, das Neue und Revolutionäre per eigenständigem Unternehmen Wirklichkeit werden zu lassen. Und das von der ersten Sekunde an. „Wie konnte das nur klappen, rund ein Jahr nach der drupa 2016 eine dermaßen ausgereifte und marktfähige neue Digitaldruck-Technologie aus dem Hut zu zaubern, ohne dass jemand von uns etwas darüber erfährt?“, fragten sich Kollegen aus der Schweiz und vielen anderen Ländern der Welt, die zur Premiere gekommen waren. Allesamt gestandene Profis, die als Fachjournalisten normalerweise buchstäblich das Gras wachsen hören.

 

 

 

Nun, das gelang im Vorfeld fast wie bei einer geheimen Kommandosache, wie Simon Rothen bekundete — im intensiven Dialog mit allen Vertrauten und Beteiligten. Neben den Entwicklern, Technikern und Ingenieuren hatten auch die Marketing-Leute eine äußerst knifflige Aufgabe: Es musste eine Marke „erfunden“ werden, die den hohen Anspruch der Innovationstechnik verkörpert und das Vertrauen in etwas völlig Neues ermöglicht. „Wir sind so gründlich, logisch und stringent vorgegangen wie das seitens der Technik auch die Ingenieure machen“, erläuterte im Value-Gespräch Dr. Ulrike Grein, Managing Partner der Agentur Markenfels AG, Zürich. Hunderte Namensvarianten wurden erdacht und auf den Prüfstand gestellt, um letztlich den richtigen, passenden zu finden, der weltweit wirken kann: Mouvent klingt französisch, soll aber englisch ausgesprochen werden. Der Name impliziert Bewegung/Dynamik und strahlt trotzdem Ruhe aus. Das gesamte Erscheinungsbild der neuen Firma wirkt zeitgemäß, frisch und spiegelt hohe Kreativität wider, ohne aufdringlich oder grell zu wirken.

Der eigentliche Knüller: Eine Technik-Firma als Kompetenzzentrum. Mit dem Anspruch: „Re-engineer the engineering of inkjet printing technology“.

Innerhalb weniger Minuten konnte bei der Premiere am 6. Juli 2017 Mit-Gründer Piero Pierantozzi überzeugend darlegen, worin die Kunst der Technologie-Entwicklung im Inkjet-Druck liegt: es komme darauf an, dass man komplett neu überdenkt, wie man die theoretischen Vorteile des Inkjet-Verfahrens auch in der Praxis des professionellen Drucks effizient nutzbar machen kann. Als zentrales Ergebnis kam die „Cluster“-Konzeption heraus, als neuartiges Design, um nach dem „One-for-all“-Prinzip Drucksachen aller Art auf Substraten aller Art produzieren zu können. „Unser radikal neues Konzept besteht darin, einen Basis-Cluster zu nehmen, der in einer modularen und skalierbaren Matrix angeordnet ist. Daher müssen wir bei unterschiedlichen Anwendungen und Druckbreiten nicht mehr mit verschiedenen Druckbalken arbeiten“, legte Piero Pierantozzi dar. Und führt weiter aus: „Das Mouvent Cluster [als Trademark geschützt] ist die Schlüsseltechnologie hinter unseren Maschinen. Er erlaubt eine hohe optische Auflösung, die gestochen scharfe und farbenfrohe Bilder in einer sehr hohen Druckqualität erzielt. Gleichzeitig gewährleistet der Cluster eine bisher nicht gekannte Flexibilität und beispiellose Möglichkeiten in der Maschinenentwicklung. Einfachheit ist unsere Firmenphilosophie.“ Basis der Cluster bilden die Samba Inkjet-Druckköpfe von Fujifilm, die von Mouvent um neue Komponenten ergänzt werden.

Der Clou: Mouvent kann seine Cluster im 3D Printing-Verfahren herstellen lassen. Das senkt Aufwand und Kosten und erhöht die Flexibilität! Und stellt eine echte Weltneuheit dar, deren Kunde darüber aufgrund der Value-Tweets nach der Bekanntgabe blitzartig wie ein Lauffeuer um die 3D-Experten-Welt ging. „Wir drucken quasi eine Druckmaschine“, freut sich Simon Rothen. — Präsentiert wurden am 6. Juli 2017 bereits funktionsfähige Prototypen für den Etiketten- sowie den Textildruck. Erste technische Spezifikationen wurden publiziert.

 

 


Fazit: Adé altes Denken. Welcome Mouvent!

Einfach, effektiv, flexibel, modular skalierbar sind Inkjet-Technikenwticklungen im professionellen Druck bis dato nicht gewesen. Alle großen Konzern wie z. B. Xerox, HP, Konica Minolta oder auch partiell Canon haben sich bei der Inkjet-Technik bislang fast die Zähne ausgebissen — einzig Heidelberg scheint im Team mit Fujifilm mit der Primefire-Plattform einen gangbaren Weg für den Verpackungsdruck gefunden zu haben. Denn das Prinzip der IT- und Imaging-Blue Chips lautete uni sono: ‚Inkjet ist in seinen vielfältigen Einsatzmöglichkeiten unschlagbar. Lass uns also für alle möglichen Anwendungszwecke eigenständige Verfahren entwickeln.‘ Basta! — Das führte zu einer Komplexität, die Zeit und Aufwand erheblich erhöhte und bei den Anwendern nachhaltig eher für Verwirrung als für Begeisterung sorgen.

Der von Mouvent eingeleitete Paradigmenwechsel des „One-for-all“ verweist nun (Gott sei Dank!) altes Denken auf die Plätze. Gut so! Wir werden nach der Sommerpause die weiteren Aktivitäten verfolgen können. Mouvent hat für September 2017 einiges angekündigt. Ich bleibe am Ball.

 

 

 


Wie gewohnt unser Value-Live-Bericht vom 6. Juli 2017 im exklusiven Format mit Texten, Bildern, Videos.

 

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Preview on the Congress International de Tecnologia Gráfica hosted by ABTG

On 24 August 2017 the Congress International de Technologia Gráfica hosted by Associação Brasileira de Tecnologia Gráfica —ABTG will happen in São Paulo, Brazil. It’s all about cross-media / multichannel and transformation driving innovation and change in the graphic communications industries. And for sure it’s about changing market needs and the future of print.

By recommendation of Hamilton Terni Costa, a good friend and the head of AN Consulting, Andreas Weber, Head of Value, got invited by Manoel Manteigas de Oliveira, Technical Director at ABTG, the Brazilian Association of Printing Technology, to give a keynote presentation. A good opportunity for Tânia Galluzzi to set up an interview in advance for Abigraf Magazine Graphic Technology Magazine.

What are the main topics of your speech?

Andreas Weber: My key message will be: If you want to benefit from innovation to strengthen your marketing success you have to be able to understand and to handle transformation in the digital age properly. That means: Innovative printing companies need to transform their production business into a sustainable and future oriented marketing solution provider business to hit market and customer needs. And they have to understand how to support their customers to transform their marketing as well in a sustainable, profitable way. In my Keynote you will learn:

  • Secrets of Transformation
  • Impact on Print / Graphic Communications
  • Learn from the best (selected cases)
  • Guidelines to create a win-win-win momentum

How important is a congress like this today?

Andreas Weber: I am absolutely sure the Congress International de Technologia Gráfica hosted by ABTG will have a great impact on the whole industry and its customers. It is important to bundle different visions, opinions and talents to master the change and to get ready for transformation. To meet in person enables to reach the best network effects you can get. I am proud to be part of a best-in-class speaker team! It will be my pleasure and honor to blog about it to share all those upcoming news from Brazil with my global network.

Have you ever been in São Paulo?

Andreas Weber: I am happy to get back to São Paulo after 15 years. In 2002 I had the pleasure to meet Francisco Mesquita Neto, the CEO of O Estado, and Luis Fries, the CEO of Folha. We discussed at that time the disruptiv impact of the Internet and Online Communication on the newspaper and media business. I figured out that what they did in Brazil was right at the cutting edge!  — And last but not least: I admire the art & culture in São Paulo — very well known and loved by me for decades as a centre of philosophy and amazing (jazz) music.

—Thanks for the conversation. We will be happy to welcome you in Brazil.

 

 

 


 

See further information at the ABTG website.

 

 


 

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By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (#Heideldruck for short) is in the ascendancy, growing sustainably and profitably while other companies such as HP, Xerox, Ricoh, and Canon are being forced to restructure and/or consolidate. This appears to be nothing out of the ordinary looking back on over 150 years of a company steeped in tradition, but look more closely and it’s a different story. Heideldruck claims it was the only printing press company to record a significant improvement in incoming orders over the past financial year in the period during and after drupa. But it certainly won’t be resting on its laurels – quite the opposite, in fact. Entirely new growth segments for the sector are being identified and approached proactively, with Heideldruck mutating into an “agile” company.

“Over the next five years, Heidelberg will once again become a leading light in the sector, enjoying strong growth and profits. We’ve defined the relevant success factors and have already introduced initial measures. This marks the start of a new era of growth for Heidelberg,” said the company’s CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer.

 


ValueCheck by Andreas Weber with Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

 


 

Hundsdörfer also had the following to say: “The Heidelberg Digital Technology (HDT) and Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) sectors were established on April 1, 2017 to prepare for the company’s digital future. HDT combines sheetfed offset, label printing, and postpress operations and is responsible for developing, producing, and marketing the appropriate technologies and products for new business models. HDB, meanwhile, is where Heidelberg manages its operations relating to services, consumables, remarketed equipment, digital printing technology, and solutions throughout the value-added chain.”

This was possible thanks to the economic recovery of Heidelberg and the profitable growth it is now once again experiencing. The most important observations regarding the new strategy and the KPIs from the latest balance sheet are as follows:

  • Strategic focus on technology leadership, digital transformation, and operational excellence
  • Group targets for 2022 defined and underpinned with specific measures
  • Targeted increase in sales to around €3 billion, in EBITDA to €250-300 million, and in net profit after taxes to over €100 million
  • Initial strategic measures already implemented – two acquisitions (DOCUFY/Fujifilm coatings & printing chemicals in EMEA) and enhanced efficiency
  • Presentation of annual financial statement for 2016/2017 confirms targets achieved

 

 

Worth noting: 
Digital doesn’t “only” mean digital printing at Heideldruck

Digital printing is naturally a fundamental part of the new, comprehensive “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy. The new Primefire platform for digital packaging printing sets the bar extremely high here. But the digital transformation of the print business demands more than simply building good digital presses. Heideldruck has now gained a significant edge in this respect by finding a holistic approach that actually enables print shops to master the digital transformation. At the Annual Accounts Press Conference on June 8, 2017 in Frankfurt, CFO Dirk Kaliebe pointed out that it was now virtually impossible to distinguish between the high level of digitization in offset printing and that in digital printing. “The term ‘digital printing’ is actually misleading,” remarks Hundsdörfer. “Non-impact printing would be more accurate, that is to say a contactless printing method. Ultimately, however, printing takes place and an analog product is produced,” he explains. Hundsdörfer believes a mechanical engineer’s skill lies in combining all possible methods that serve to manufacture marketable print products of all kinds that are suitable for production in an efficient and automated process.

Is Heidelberg the print world’s Amazon?

As was already stressed at drupa 2016, the Push to Stop method enables autonomous printing. This is similar to Google helping to develop autonomous driving. The aim of the Heidelberg Cloud and assistant solutions is for the company to become the Amazon of the printing industry. “Heidelberg goes digital” is therefore linked to far more than a new way of building printing presses. As I see it, this is comparable to the success story of Tesla. At first glance, Tesla manufactures a premium electric car. A closer look reveals highly sophisticated data exchange between the driver/his preferences and the vehicle’s maximum coordination with specific needs and an optimum driving experience. In spring 2017, Tesla succeeded in overtaking automotive pioneer Ford in terms of market capitalization and sold more luxury vehicles in the United States than Porsche, VW/Audi, and BMW put together. Heidelberg could enjoy similar success. That’s why Hundsdörfer is promoting his vision of the “agile” company – a company that in my view is characterized by thinking and acting autonomously! 

 

Screenshots of the Heideldruck Annual Report, which has a die-cut folding carton on the cover that can be removed and turned into a “digital” box. This can be downloaded via Heidelberg.com.

 

As an experienced mechanical engineering insider, Hundsdörfer knows the importance of “operational excellence” (with the focus on permanent optimization of the solution portfolio and production processes). He is also aware of the two biggest assets of Heideldruck – know-how and experience regarding the best way to run a print business, under the premise of automating what can be automated – in production, in procurement, in real-time analysis of production resources in the field, in dialog between Heidelberg customers and their customers, and much more besides. Heideldruck is already a long way ahead of many other mechanical engineering companies in this respect. And it is marketing its know-how with start-ups, the go-to market, production companies (e.g. in 3D printing), and also other sectors (no doubt including the automotive sector in the future), where production processes continuously need to be converted and adapted. And not over a period of many months, but in just a few days.

 

 

There was good reason for the following question being raised at the Annual Accounts Press Conference: “Given everything you’ve told us, is it still appropriate for you to be called Heidelberger Druckmaschinen [= Heidelberg printing presses]?” The answer was that the brand has long been called “Heidelberg” and that’s all that counts. According to Hundsdörfer, building presses is vital for Heideldruck because the machines and their operation are linked to numerous additional and value-added services offered by the company. This is also the reason for the recent acquisitions of DOCUFY and, above all, the consumables sector of Fujifilm. Accordingly, Hundsdörfer wants Heideldruck to become a system solution provider, rather like a kind of platform operator for the global printing sector and its customers. Transformation is not simply a means to an end here, but the core business enabling profitable growth like that of the GAFA companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple – see our ValueWebinar on value analysis “Transformation – Beam me up, Scotty”).

 

 

Conclusion

The new “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy clearly won people over at the Annual Accounts Press Conference, with the share price immediately soaring to its highest level all year. Despite the significant complexity, the Heideldruck CEO and CFO were able to set out their perspective and arguments both concisely and transparently. The Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) division has a key role to play, because this is where new business models/business model philosophies need to be developed for Heideldruck and also for customers and partners. We will shortly be talking about this in a ValueDialog with Management Board member Dr. Ulrich Hermann.

 


 

Extracts from the presentation charts used at the Heideldruck press conference on June 8, 2017 in Frankfurt

 

 


 

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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  English Version

Im Aufwind: Während andere wie HP, Xerox, Ricoh oder Canon sich notgedrungen re-strukturieren und/oder konsolidieren, baut Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (kurz: #Heideldruck) sein Wachstum nachhaltig und profitabel aus. Eigentlich in Anbetracht der über 150-jährigen Geschichte eines Traditionsunternehmens kein außergewöhnlicher Vorgang. Wohl aber doch, wenn man genau hinschaut. Denn Fakt ist: Heideldruck verzeichnete nach eigenen Angaben derzeit als einziges Druckmaschinen-Unternehmen im abgelaufenen Geschäftsjahr in der drupa-Phase und danach ein deutliches Plus im Auftragseingang. Und will sich auf diesen Lorbeeren keinesfalls ausruhen. Im Gegenteil: Es werden für die Branche ganz neue Wachstumssegment identifiziert und pro-aktiv angegangen. Heidelberg mutiert damit zum „agilen Unternehmen“.

„Heidelberg wird in den nächsten fünf Jahren wieder der wachstumsstarke und profitable Leuchtturm unserer Branche werden“, sagte Rainer Hundsdörfer, Vorstandsvorsitzender des Unternehmens. „Wir haben die Erfolgsfaktoren hierfür definiert und bereits die ersten Maßnahmen eingeleitet. Damit beginnt für Heidelberg eine neue Wachstumsära.“

 


ValueCheck von Andreas Weber mit Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

 


 

Hundsdörfer ließ weiterhin verlautbaren: „Um den Konzern für die digitale Zukunft des Unternehmens fit zu machen wurden bereits zum 1. April 2017 die Segmente Heidelberg Digital Technology (HDT) und Heidelberg Digital Business und Services (HDB) etabliert. Bei HDT sind das Sheetfed-Offset-Geschäft, der Etikettendruck und die Druckweiterverarbeitung zusammengefasst; hier werden die passenden Technologien und Produkte auch für neue Geschäftsmodelle entwickelt, produziert und vermarktet. Bei HDB steuert Heidelberg seine Geschäfte mit Services und Verbrauchsmaterialien, Gebrauchtmaschinen sowie die digitalen Drucktechniken und Lösungen entlang der Wertschöpfungskette.“

Möglich wurde dies, da Heidelberg wirtschaftlich wieder obenauf ist und profitabel wächst. Hier die wichtigsten Anmerkungen zur neuen Strategie und Eckdaten aus der aktuellen Bilanz:

  • Strategischer Fokus auf Technologieführerschaft, digitaler Transformation und operativer Exzellenz
  • Konzernziele für 2022 definiert und mit Einzelmaßnahmen hinterlegt
  • Umsatz soll auf rund 3 Mrd. €, das EBITDA auf 250–300 Mio. € und Nachsteuergewinn auf mehr als 100 Mio. € steigen
  • Erste strategische Maßnahmen: zwei Akquisitionen (DOCUY / Fujifilm Lacke & Druckchemikalien in EMEA) und Effizienzverbesserung bereits umgesetzt
  • Vorlage des Jahresabschlusses 2016/17 bestätigt Zielerreichung

 

 

Bemerkenswert: 
Digital heisst bei Heideldruck nicht automatisch „nur“ Digitaldruck

Elementarer Teil der neuen, umfassenden “Heidelberg goes Digital”-Strategie ist natürlich der Digitaldruck. Hier setzt insbesondere die neue Primefire-Plattform für den digitalen Verpackungsdruck die Messlatte enorm hoch. Doch die digitale Transformation des Print-Geschäfts verlangt mehr, als nur gute Digitaldruck-Maschinen zu bauen. Hier hat sich Heideldruck inzwischen einen deutlichen Vorsprung erarbeitet, indem ein ganzheitlicher Ansatz gefunden wurde, dass Druckereien die digitale Transformation auch tatsächlich bewältigen können. Finanzvorstand Dirk Kaliebe verwies bei der Bilanzpressekonferenz am 8. Juni 2017 in Frankfurt am Main darauf, dass es kaum noch möglich sei, den hohen Grad der Digitalisierung im Offsetdruck von dem im Digitaldruck zu unterscheiden. „Eigentlich ist der Begriff ‚Digitaldruck‘ irreführend“, merkt CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer an. „Man sollte besser von Non-Impact-Druck sprechen, also einem berührungslosen Druckverfahren. Am Ende wird aber auch gedruckt und ein analoges Produkt hergestellt.“ Die Kunst seitens eines Maschinenbauers bestehe darin, alle möglichen Verfahren einzubinden, die dazu dienen, marktgerecht und produktionstauglich Drucksachen aller Art effizient und automatisiert herzustellen.

Heidelberg als Amazon im Print?

Schon auf der drupa 2016 wurde betont: Durch Push-to-stop-Methodik ermögliche man autonomes Drucken ähnlich wie Google das autonome Autofahren befeuert. Und durch die Heidelberg Cloud und -Assistent-Lösungen wolle man zum Amazon der Print-Branche werden. Mit „Heidelberg goes digital“ ist also wesentlich mehr verbunden, als nur eine neue Art und Weise, Druckmaschinen zu bauen. Aus meiner Sicht ist das mit der Erfolgs-Story von Tesla zu vergleichen: Auf den ersten Blick baut Tesla ein elektrogetriebenes Premium-Auto. Auf den zweiten Blick geht es um den qualifizierten Datenaustausch zwischen Fahrer / seinen Präferenzen und dem Maximum an Abstimmung des Fahrzeugs an konkrete Bedürfnisse und optimales Fahrerleben. Tesla gelang es im Frühjahr 2017, den Auto-Pionier Ford bei der Marktkapitalisierung zu überrunden und in den USA mehr Luxusfahrzeuge zu verkaufen als Porsche, VW/Audi und BMW zusammen. — Heidelberg könnte ähnliches gelingen. Darum propagiert CEO Hundsdörfer seine Vision des „agilen“ Unternehmens; ein Unternehmen, das sich aus meiner Sicht durch „autonomes Denken und Handeln“ auszeichnet! 

 

Screenshots vom Heideldruck-Geschäftsbericht, der im Deckblatt eine gestanzte Faltschachtel enthält, die herausgenommen werden kann und zur “digitalen” Box wird. — Download via Heidelberg.com

 

Hundsdörfer setzt als erfahrener Maschinenbau-Insider auf „Operative Exzellenz“ (mit Fokus auf permanente Optimierung des Lösungsangebotes und der Fabrikationsprozesse) sowie die beiden wichtigsten Assets von Heideldruck: Know-how und Erfahrung, wie man das Print-Geschäft bestmöglich betreibt. Und das unter der Prämisse, zu automatisieren, was zu automatisieren geht: bei der Produktion, in der Beschaffung, in der Echtzeitanalyse der Produktionsmittel im Feld, im Dialog des Heidelberg-Kunden mit seinen Kunden und vieles mehr. Hier ist Heideldruck bereits vielen anderen Maschinenbauern weit voraus. Und vermarktet sein Know-how sowohl bei Start-ups beim Go-to-Market und der Produktion (z. B. im 3D-Druck) wie auch in anderen Branchen (wie wohl künftig dem Automobilsektor), wo Fertigungsprozesse permanent umgestellt und angepasst werden müssen. Und das nicht in vielen Monaten, sondern in wenigen Tagen.

 

 

Nicht ohne Grund tauchte bei der Bilanzpressekonferenz die Frage auf: „Bei all dem, was Sie uns darlegen: Stimmt dann noch der Firmenname ‚Heidelberger Druckmaschinen‘?“Die Antwort: Der Brand heisst schon lange „Heidelberg“. Und nur das zählt. Und Druckmaschinen zu bauen, ist laut CEO Hundsdörfer für Heideldruck unabdingbar, da durch die Maschinen und ihren Betrieb viele Zusatz- und Mehrwertleistungen aggregiert werden, die Heideldruck anbietet; darum auch die jüngsten Akquisitionen von Docufy sowie v. a. für den Verbauchsmaterialsektor von Fujifilm.

Entsprechend möchte Hundsdörfer Heideldruck zum Systemlösungsanbieter werden lassen, quasi als eine Art Plattform-Betreiber für die globale Print-Branche und ihre Kunden. Dabei bildet Transformation nicht nur Mittel zum Zweck, sondern ist Kern des Geschäfts, um profitabel Wachsen zu können. Ganz so, wie es die GAFA-Firmen vormachen. (GAFA steht für Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple; siehe dazu unser ValueWebinar-Angebot zur die Value Analyse „Transformation — Beam me up, Scotty”).

 

 

Fazit

Die neue Strategie „Heidelberg goes digital“ hat bei der Bilanzpressekonferenz eindeutig überzeugt — was sogleich einen Kurssprung auf ein Jahreshoch bewirkte. Der Heideldruck-Vorstandsvorsitzende und der Finanzvorstand konnten — trotz aller Komplexität — ihre Sichtweise und Argumente schlüssig und verständlich dargelegt. Dem Vorstandsbereich „Heidelberg Digital Business und Services (HDB)“ kommt eine Schlüsselrolle zu, da hier für Heideldruck wie auch für Kunden und Partner neue Geschäftsmodelle resp. Geschäftsmodell-Philosophien entwickelt werden müssen. Wir werden dies per ValueDialog in kürze mit Vorstand Dr. Ulrich Hermann besprechen.

 


 

Auszüge aus den Präsentationscharts zur Heideldruck-Bilanz-Pressekonferenz vom 8. Juni 2017 in Frankfurt am Main

 

 


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ESKO, Heidelberg, Leonhard KURZ and others will have a strong impact on Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf to bring packing innovation forward. — Photo: Leonhard KURZ

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 28 April 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 39 articles over the past week, Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog, and three new additions to Online Features from Heidelberg, featuring Interpack 2017 which begins in Düsseldorf on Thursday; then Zero Defect Print Production for commercial and packaging printing; and finally, a special Zero Defect Packaging event set to take place on 10 May, the last day of Interpack, at Heidelberg’s site in Wiesloch-Walldorf.


Smart Print Shop. Zero errors in packaging printing.

Continued globalization, rising demand for different types of packaging, and a shorter time to market are being accompanied by increases in complexity and thus the risk of errors in production operations. At the Heidelberg Info Day on Zero Defect Packaging, you can find out how easy it is to master this growing complexity by creating a smart print shop and using automated quality assurance solutions.

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There are several more good Interpack-related articles this week, with two from Leonhard KURZ on Monday – one for new software, and one for a new foil transfer finishing machine for web or roll-fed applications. From TRESU, which will demonstrate its iCoat coater for integration with HP Indigo digital presses; and on Wednesday, which saw KURZ back with a new prototyping service; Esko addressing the needs of brands and converters with a simplified way to manage, design and produce packaging among its comprehensive lineup for this major packaging event; and finally Durst with Europe’s first showing of its integrated label and speciality package printing and workflow system, as well as the European debut of the Durst Tau 330 UV inkjet / OMET hybrid system first sh own in prototype at Labelexpo Americas last year.

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Heidelberg led on Wednesday with the market launch of its Zero Defect Print Production – Prinect Inspection Control 2, which is now available for all formats from half-size to VLF. Aug. Heinrigs in Aachen, part of the RLC Packaging Group; and Novaprint in Oldenburg, a member of the Bagel-Packaging Group, are just two of the first print shops using the new system.

With FESPA just around the corner you will find numerous pre-show articles, beginning on Monday with an overview from Gareth Ward which led the headlines; followed by the FESPA Printeriors’ Conference lineup, then on Friday we have FESPA’s full Conference Programme, followed by Epson, Kornit Digital and Mimaki, each detailing their plans for the Hamburg show which takes place from 8 – 12 May. On Thursday KBA-MetalPrint and KBA-Digital & Web announced a brand new keyless inking printing system, CS MetalCan, which will be introduced at METPACK in Essen, Germany this week. The show runs from 2 to 6 May.

On Tuesday, UPM-Kymmene published its Interim Report for first quarter of 2017. We also published first quarter results from EFI, followed by Gareth Ward’s commentary and take on EFI’s display graphics Q1 revenues disappointment.


Installations this week began on Tuesday as Glasgow printer Core Image adds a Versafire CV five-colour digital press from Heidelberg UK; SDPS Poinçon in Normandy with an Inca Onset X2 from distributor Fujifilm; and Indiana Carton Company with a new Heidelberg 1650mm wide-web (Gallus) flexo press. On Wednesday, Core Image added a new Horizon Stitchliner in East Kilbride; while Royle Printing in Wisconsin has invested in a new KBA Rapida 105 sheetfed press.

On Thursday, Gareth Ward reported that South Wales printer Lexon Group became the first in the UK to buy a Komori Impremia S29 B2 UV inkjet sheetfed press, pairing it with a new Highcon Euclid IIIS digital cutting and creasing machine for short run high value packaging production. This is followed by SE Litho in Johannesburg, South Africa, as it adds a Xerox Versant 2100 digital colour press; then PeterLynn in Corby, UK with a new Xeikon CX3 digital colour label press. Friday saw Moquin Press near San Francisco and Heidelberg USA leading the Industry 4.0 charge, with the United States’ first integrated ‘Push to Stop’ Speedmaster press. Also on Thursday, please don’t miss Martin Bailey with Move over PDF 1.7. here comes PDF 2.0! – a new White Paper summarising the changes for print production – and a new ISO standard set for May publication.


Our tailender this week goes to Andreas Weber with ValuePublishing Report: The Future of Print is On-line!, as he comments that organisers Fogra, BVDM, and Zipcon can be proud and satisfied, ‘With the 5th Online Print Symposium 2017 (in short: #ops2017) they have once more managed to set the bar higher.’ See the intro on Friday and follow the links in the article to read more about it.


That’s it until next time. You’ll find lots more if you scroll down carefully. It’s been a busy week.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton


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Read and share: Andreas Weber s comment on 5th Online Print Symposium 2017. There are excellent live movies and a Storify Real Time Report included. Movies — Photo: Andreas Weber (with Bernd Zipper, left, and Peter Gunning).


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Monday

FESPA continues to transform as industry change accelerates

There is talk of revolutions, that is the nature of large trade shows; but there’s plenty to look at and understand as visitors in the organisers words, are challenged: Dare to print different. By Gareth Ward…

Explore the possibilities of print for interior décor

Half-day FESPA Printeriors Conference discusses how print can create striking interior décor applications…

Kurz: Foil calculation at the click of a mouse

Leonhard Kurz will be presenting its Foilconnect program for easier calculation of stamping foil requirements at Interpack 2017…

Kurz: Exclusiveness on a roll at Interpack 2017

Leonhard Kurz will present its new foil transfer finishing machine for web- or roll-fed applications at Interpack in Düsseldorf…

TRESU integration for cartons and synthetics at Interpack

TRESU to demonstrate iCoat coater for integration with HP Indigo digital presses at Interpack 2017…

Exploring inkjet and its unrivalled versatility

Emerging commercial inkjet tech, inks and substrates create a wealth of marketing opportunities. By Vaughan Patterson…

Ricoh announces two new industrial inkjet print heads

New inkjet heads handle wider range of inks more reliably…

Tuesday

UPM-Kymmene Corporation Interim Report Q1/2017

UPM businesses deliver a strong start in the first quarter…

EFI reports first quarter 2017 financial results

EFI announces preliminary results for first quarter 2017 with display graphics accounting for 2% revenue fall…

EFI fumbles ball for display graphics disappointment

EFI is blaming a fall in Q1 revenues on a mix up in pricing of its Vutek printers as new machines come on line. By Gareth Ward…

Kodak breaks new ground for flexo growth in North America

$15 million capital investment in Weatherford marks significant milestone in adoption of Kodak Flexcel NX Plates…

Propago experiences triple digit growth in Web-to-Print

Expansion of Propago’s Austin, Texas software engineering and customer success teams are underway…

Core Image switches from Konica to Heidelberg for digital

Glasgow printer Core Image is this week installing a Versafire CV five-colour digital press from Heidelberg…

SDPS boosts production with Inca Onset X2

SDPS Poinçon in Normandy finds marked improvement in quality and performance with third Inca Onset from Fujifilm…

Indiana Carton opts for Heidelberg wide-web flexo

Indiana Carton Company invests in a Heidelberg 1650mm wide-web (Gallus) flexo press to support aggressive growth plan…

Wednesday

Heidelberg delivers Zero Defect Print Production

Maximum reliability of productivity and quality for packaging and commercial printers with new inline inspection system…

Kurz: A sample says more than 1000 pictures

Kurz new prototyping service for packaging refinement to be presented for customers at Interpack in Düsseldorf…

Esko at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf 4 – 10 May

Addressing the needs of brands and converters with a simplified way to manage, design and produce packaging…

Durst Tau Hybrid System to debut at Interpack 2017

European first showing of Durst integrated label and specialty package printing and workflow system…

HP at ISA Expo with new Print and Cut Series

HP introduced new latex print and cut solutions to simplify and accelerate sign and display production: also for FESPA…

Core Image enhances bindery with Horizon StitchLiner

Bookletmaker from IFS removes bottleneck to support streamlined production at the East Kilbride commercial printer…

Royle to add new KBA Rapida 105 five-colour

Royle Printing’s award-winning corporate culture produces high-quality catalogues, magazines, and collateral…

Imprimerie Centrale upgrades Muller Martini Prima Amrys

When you can’t bear to part with a machine, you can consider extending its lifecycle through MMServices…

Thursday

‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ event

Heidelberg is presenting three new postpress machines on 10 May at the largest packaging printing event since drupa 2016…

New ISO standard set for May publication

Move over PDF 1.7. here comes PDF 2.0! New White Paper summarises the changes for print production…

KBA keyless inking now also for beverage can decoration

KBA-MetalPrint and KBA-Digital & Web present jointly developed new printing system CS MetalCan at METPACK in Essen…

New ‘UK Printing – The Facts and Figures’ to download

BPIF publishes the latest updates on the importance and scale of UK printing with PDF available to download…

Lexon prepares to install UK’s first inkjet Komori

South Wales printer Lexon Group is the first in the UK to buy the Komori Impremia S29 B2 UV inkjet sheetfed press pairing it with a new Highcon for short run high value packaging production. By Gareth Ward…

Lexon Group ‘Thinking About the Box’ with Highcon

Lexon has installed one of the first Euclid IIIS digital cutting and creasing machines in Europe and plans special Open Days in May…

SE Litho expands digital services with Xerox

SE Litho in Johannesburg, South Africa adds Xerox Versant 2100 digital press from Digilogix and Bytes Document Solutions…

PeterLynn adds Xeikon CX3 to increase capacity up to 50%

Xeikon has announced the installation of a new Xeikon CX3 digital colour label press at PeterLynn in Corby, UK…

Friday

FESPA confirms full conference programme for Hamburg

FESPA has confirmed details of its full and comprehensive at-show conference programme ahead of FESPA 2017…

Epson meets haute couture at FESPA from 8 – 12 May

Epson links with designers to showcase professional fashion, garment & décor applications at FESPA in Hamburg…

Kornit Digital at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

Kornit Digital to show mass customisation ‘ecosystem’ at FESPA, based on state-of-the-art production technology…

Mimaki’s new UJF-MkII model to debut at FESPA 2017

New UJF-3042MkII EX model reduces four steps to one for high-value-added print will be unveiled in Hamburg…

ValuePublishing Report: The Future of Print is On-line!

Organisers Fogra, BVDM, and zipcon can be proud and satisfied. With the 5th Online Print Symposium 2017 (in short: #ops2017) they have once more managed to set the bar higher. By Andreas Weber…

Derek Gillard bids adieu to Heidelberg UK

Respected inside and outside the organisation, Derek Gillard is set to retire after 34 years with Heidelberg UK…

Moquin Press leads with first Push to Stop XL 106 in the US

Moquin Press and Heidelberg lead Industry 4.0 charge with United States’ first integrated Push to Stop Speedmaster press…

KBA-Iberica die-cutters at IADD-FSEA Odyssey show

New North American exclusive distributor optimises the post-press arena with KBA-Iberica debut at upcoming event…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Heidelberg long perfector arrives at Elanders Newcastle

Elanders Newcastle takes delivery of a Speedmaster XL 106-8-P long perfector and top-performance Stahlfolder TH 82-P…

Xeikon to bring Folding Carton Suite to Interpack

Exhibition is part of Xeikon’s What’s Next campaign to show how digital production is fundamental in a changing world…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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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…

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‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ event

Heidelberg is presenting three new postpress machines on 10 May at the largest packaging printing event since drupa 2016…

Heidelberg: Zero Defect Production

Maximum reliability of productivity and quality for packaging and commercial printers with new inline inspection system…

Heidelberg and Gallus at Interpack 2017 from 4 to 10 May

Pioneer in digitisation for growth market of packaging printing with ‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ motto in Düsseldorf…

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The new KBA Rapida 75 PRO and a new workflow at Hansa-Druckerei in Grevenbroich: A Steuber package geared to guarantee success…

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Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

What happens to dead IT?

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 28 Apr

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No 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?

Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

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4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

The Report, tracking key economic and market developments in the global print industry is available now!…

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The end of the Gutenberg Galaxy? No!  —  One of the key messages of Andreas Weber’s Webinar “Transformation in the Digital Age.” Photo/Collage: ValuePublishing

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 21 April 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 28 articles over the past four days, plus the latest Wild-Format Technology Guide from Sophie Matthews-Paul addressing direct-to-garment printing; Laurel Brunner’s 250th Verdigris environmental Blog; and a new addition in Online Features featuring the new KBA Rapida 75 PRO and new workflow package at Hansa-Druckerei in Grevenbroich, not far from Düsseldorf and Neuss in Germany.


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. So time for a change, specially in the print media industry! — Andreas Weber, Head of Value


Another short week but with an interesting mixed bag for you once again. Tuesday began with the latest issue of KBA Report No 50, timed to highlight the company’s 200th Anniversary a little later this year with a special anniversary supplement. Wednesday began with a focus on Ricoh from Gareth Ward, as its new CEO plans a huge shakeup of the company in order to escape decline. Thursday’s headlines were led by news of Sappi‘s first sustainable joint packaging development with Felix Schoeller: The initial results are convincing, and will feature at Interpack from 4 – 10 May in Düsseldorf. Then Heidelberg UK, which led the news to round off this short week on Friday, as Elanders Newcastle takes delivery of a Speedmaster XL 106-8-P long perfector and top-performance Stahlfolder TH 82-P.


Pre-show news this week features InPrint 2017 in Orlando, USA; Metpack 2017 in Essen, Germany; Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf; and IST METZ’ UV Days 2017 in Nürtingen, Germany. You’ll spot them all if you scroll down carefully, featuring a number of exhibitors at the various events.


A selection of recent installations appears on Tuesday with Prinect Workflow and MIS from Heidelberg USA at Geographics in Atlanta; the very latest Stahlfolder KH 82 from Heidelberg UK at Penstripe in Leeds; and Manroland Sheetfed in Hungary with a Roland 506 LV hybrid for the country’s banknote printer; then from Xitron, EFI‘s Packaging Suite workflow with Radius in Canada; and from Tecnau at Rotomail in Milan on Wednesday. On Thursday, we have Heidelberg’s Speedmaster CD 102 six-colour with coater and X-Package cutting job times in half at Brodnax Printing in Dallas; and Xaar with new printheads at Parefeuille Provence in France for high-quality tile production; and to wrap up the week Elanders Newcastle with its Speedmaster XL 106-8-P long perfector and Stahlfolder on Friday.


Our tailender once again serves to remind you of the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open due to take place in Cape Town from 15 – 17 May, with 16-year old Enrique van Wyk from Bloemfontein joining players from Canada, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other South Africans for this popular event. You’ll find this among Thursday’s headlines as usual.


That’s it until next time. You’ll find a few more if you scroll down carefully, including Ghent Workgroup with Hybrid Software; and locr with a new white paper from Infotrends, among others.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton


“Transformation in the Digital Age” — Read the summary of Andreas Weber’s latest Webinar!


e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa 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 Tue 18 April – date published also appears in article footline

Tuesday

KBA Report No. 50 out now for 200th Anniversary

The 52-page magazine is packed with print in all its facets to mark the company’s 200th anniversary, plus special supplement…

Digital fatigue swings readers in favour of paper publishers

Savvy publishers increasingly opt for inkjet systems because they’re looking to the broader costs of the publishing supply chain…

‘Meeting Clients’ Needs with Geomarketing’ from LOCR

InfoTrends publishes White Paper on the value of geomarketing for print and marketing service providers…

Agfa Graphics at InPrint 2017 Orlando USA

Introducing digital print in manufacturing contributes to just-in-time delivery and personalised or variable…

Prinect Workflow + MIS is 30 – 100% more productive

Heidelberg’s Prinect Workflow expected to double productivity at Atlanta-based Geographics marketing services company…

Penstripe Leeds buys latest Stahlfolder KH 82

Penstripe has returned to Heidelberg UK for a Stahlfolder KH 82 combination folder in its latest upgrade…

Hungarian Banknote Printer primed to increase exports

A brand-new Roland 506 LV hybrid installed ahead of schedule in Pénzjegynyomda Zrt by Manroland Hungary…

Wednesday

Ricoh plans huge shake up to escape decline

The new CEO has produced his assessment of where Ricoh has been going wrong and it means a painful change. By Gareth Ward…

Ghent Workgroup welcomes Hybrid Software

As a vendor member Hybrid commits to fully supporting and incorporating GWG specs into its solution offering…

Trelleborg and partners at Metpack 2017 in Essen

Trelleborg and partners INK Maloberti and PCO Printing Chemicals offer complete metal decorating solution at Metpack 2017…

New 3M wrap film from Spandex offers faster installation

Spandex offers new and innovative 3M Print Wrap Film with Comply Adhesive with Micro Technology for superb finish…

Xitron sells 4500th Screen PT-R Interface

Allows the popular Screen PlateRite computer-to-plate device to be driven with any RIP/Workflow…

British Columbia-based firm opts for EFI Packaging Suite

Canada’s Great Little Box Co to support diversified offerings with EFI’s Packaging Suite workflow with Radius as the core…

Rotomail invests in a second Tecnau Libra 800

Rotomail Milan doubles book-of-one capacity with second Tecnau Libra 800 soft-cover book on demand binding system…

Thursday

Sappi to unveil joint development at Interpack 2017

Sappi’s first sustainable joint packaging development with Felix Schoeller: The initial results are convincing…

Hubergroup at IST METZ UV Days 2017 in Nürtingen

Low-migration and low-swelling: Hubergroup to launch new UV ink systems at UV Days 2017 from 15 – 18 May…

Trelleborg to show blanket solutions at UV Days 2017

Trelleborg and Streb to jointly exhibit at IST METZ’ UV Days 2017 in Nürtingen, Germany from 15 – 18 May…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

16 Year Old Enrique van Wyk is ready to compete at the 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town…

New CD 102 with X-Package increases capacity by 50%

Heidelberg’s Speedmaster CD 102 six-colour with coater and X-Package cuts job time in half at Brodnax Printing…

Parefeuille Provence upgrades to Xaar 1003 printheads

Xaar 1003 printhead upgrade significantly increases tile manufacturing productivity at Parefeuille Provence in France…

Version 9.2 of Callas pdfToolbox has arrived

While it is a minor update, it does pack quite a punch…

Friday

Heidelberg long perfector arrives at Elanders Newcastle

Elanders Newcastle takes delivery of a Speedmaster XL 106-8-P long perfector and top-performance Stahlfolder TH 82-P…

Xeikon to bring Folding Carton Suite to Interpack

Exhibition is part of Xeikon’s What’s Next campaign to show how digital production is fundamental in a changing world…

LasX Industries at Interpack 2017 from 4 – 10 May

LasX brings world-class laser processing packaging solutions to Interpack 2017 at Messe Düsseldorf in Hall 8b…

Ensocard Resilience by Stora Enso for Interpack

Stora Enso will introduce Ensocard Resilience board product for child-resistant packaging at Interpack 2017 next month…

Ammeraal Beltech at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf

Packaging is a moving business: ‘Belting Solutions for Process Automation’ is the theme for Interpack from 4 – 10 May…

Cosmo Films’ complete range at Interpack 2017

Cosmo Films to showcase extended range of Barrier Films…

Spandex adds SLX Cast Wrap with Flite Technology

Spandex offers fast wrap ‘single installer’ film option following launch of new SLX Cast Wrap from Arlon…

The lead article from a week last Thursday… 

Heidelberg’s Pilot site for Primefire 106 B1 inkjet press

Colordruck selects Heidelberg as its digital printing technology partner and becomes pilot customer for the Primefire 106…

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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 Dialogue exclusive Interview series

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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 Mar/Apr Chapter 04

‘The future of print lies in quality and service’

The new KBA Rapida 75 PRO and a new workflow at Hansa-Druckerei in Grevenbroich: A Steuber package geared to guarantee success…

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Heidelberg’s Pilot site for Primefire 106 B1 inkjet press

Colordruck Baiersbronn selects Heidelberg as its digital printing technology partner and becomes pilot customer for Primefire 106…

Heidelberg’s new Speedmaster CX 75

The new Speedmaster CX 75 – space-saving Multi-Talent 500 x 700mm format for agile smart print shops…

Four years of experience printing with the KBA Rapida 76

Robstolk in Amsterdam achieves brilliant results thanks to HR-UV, as the company prepares to celebrate its 50th Anniversary…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

250th Verdigris blog!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 21 April

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A Long Green View

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 07 Apr

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 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?

Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

No 25   Feel it!

Humans are very tactile-focused beings. So, would it not be great to have more touchy-feely surfaces? The good news is: Thanks to wide format printing, you can… By Sonja Angerer

Drupa Newsroom

Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017 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 2017

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Messe Düsseldorf partners with IPAP Tehran

Messe Düsseldorf extends international portfolio of trade fairs for the printing and packaging industries to Iran, powered by drupa…

4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

The Report, tracking key economic and market developments in the global print industry is available now!…

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

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