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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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Photos: Heideldruck

 


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).


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 Mon 24 April – date published also appears in article footline

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…

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 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

Previous…    

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

‘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…

Previous…   ‘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…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

What happens to dead IT?

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 28 Apr

Previous…   250th Verdigris blog!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 21 April

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

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

Previous must read…    

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

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

Canon SA,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Ricoh Europe and Sappi Limited

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.

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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…

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 Dialogue exclusive Interview series

Previous…    

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…

Previous…    

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

Previous…    

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

Latest…    

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

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

Canon SA,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Ricoh Europe and Sappi Limited

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.

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“Beam me up, Scotty” — Transformation im Digitalzeitalter, lautet der Titel eines Webinars, mit dem Andreas Weber, Gründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender der Value Communication AG im Team mit der PROKOM User Community ein für die Print-Branche entscheidend wichtiges Themenfeld eröffnet. Basis waren die Erkenntnisse aus dem gleichnamigen White Paper, das den Webinar-Teilnehmern zur Verfügung stand. — Anbei das Wichtigste aus der Präsentation mit praktischen Ratschlägen, wie man den Überblick behält und den Wandel im Griff hat.

Zitat:

„Die tägliche Reizüberflutung überfordert uns und macht uns fast panisch bewusst, dass der von den digitalen Techniken verursachte Wandel nicht mehr aufzuhalten ist. Kein Stein bleibt dabei auf dem anderen. Um die digitale Transformation kommt keiner herum.“ —Andreas Weber

Themen/Struktur:

  • Die Geheimnisse (und Besonderheiten) der Transformation
  • Rolle und Bedeutung im Kontext mit der Print-Branche
  • Lernen von den Besten (ausgewählte Beispiele)
  • Tipps und Tricks

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Intro: Handeln durch Wandeln!

Seit mehr als einer Generation wirkt sich die „Digitalisierung“ fulminant aus (unabhängig davon, wie man den Begriff ausgelegen mag!); unsere Lebenswelten und Lebensrealitäten gehen mit fulminanten strukturellen Veränderungen einher, bei immer kürzer werden Intervallen und einem durch die Globalisierung enorm steigenden Druck. Ein guter Zeitpunkt, um dich mit Transformation aus Sicht der Print-Branche zu beschäftigen. Denn: Gerade innovative Digitaldruck-Unternehmen stehen vor der Aufgabe, ihre Produktion um nachhaltige und zukunftsorientierte Marketinglösungen ausbauen.

1. Die Geheimnisse (und Besonderheiten) der Transformation als Kultur-Phänomen

Um es von Anfang an richtig zu begreifen: Transformation ist kein neuzeitlicher Begriff, er lehnt sich an das griechische METAMORPHOSES an und beschreibt sozusagen einen smarten Wandel. (μεταμόρφωσις, “Transformation, transformierend“, von μετα- (meta-), „Veränderung, Wechsel, Wendepunkt“ und μορφή (morphe), „Form“).

Evolutionsgeschichtlich nehmen Metamorphosen in der Natur und bei Lebewesen einen wichtigen Platz ein, um sich weiterzuentwickeln. Der Begriff Transformation steht immer im Kontext mit menschlicher Kultur. Und bezeichnet keinesfalls ein ausschließliches Ergebnis technischer Entwicklungen. Technisch gesehen, ist die Ausprägung bei der Bildbearbeitung durch das sog. Morphing fassbar, indem unterschiedlich Bilder verschmolzen werden zu einem neuen. Aus heutiger Sicht wird allzu leicht übersehen, dass bereits im Alten Orient die Babylonier eine Transformation des Handels einleitenden, als sie vor rund 3.500 Jahren begannen, Steintafeln zu nutzen, um ihre Angebote zu propagieren. Transformation stellt somit in erster Linie ein kulturelles Phänomen da, das die Menschheit geleitet und Innovationen im Zusammenleben ermöglicht hat.

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2. Rolle und Bedeutung im Kontext mit der Print-Branche

Einer der ersten, die der so verstandenen ‚Transformation‘ ein unvergessliches literarisches Denkmal gesetzt haben, war der französische Schriftsteller Victor Hugo. Hugo beschreibt im „Glöckner von Notre Dame“ von 1831 die Szene, als ein mittelalterlicher Mönch durch das Fenster seiner Schreibstube auf die Kathedrale blickt und nach der Kunde von der Erfindung Gutenbergs in Mainz kurz und prägnant vor sich hin spricht: „Ceci tuera cela!“ — Das Eine wird das Andere töten. Gutenberg hat mit seiner Erfindung des Druckens mit beweglichen Lettern die marktbeherrschenden Schreibstuben der Mönche überflüssig gemacht und letztlich die Neuzeit und das Informationszeitalter eröffnet. Technik war für Gutenberg nicht unwichtig, aber eben sekundär, da ein Mittel zum Zweck. Er wollte publizieren resp. seine kostbaren Publikationen möglichst gut verkaufen. Das hatte blitzartig Wirkung rund um die Welt und öffnete der Print-Branche die Tür, um fortan nachhaltig und bis heute die Kultur der Menschheit zu transformieren.

Insofern kommt der Print-Branche unverrückbar die bedeutende Führungsrolle bei Transformation zu, was übrigens die Auguren des 20. und 21. Jahrhundert im Silicon Valley besser verstanden haben als wir Europäer. Die US-amerikanische Wirtschaftselite würdigte Gutenberg im Jahr 2000 als ‚Man of the Millennium‘, da er als Mensch für andere Menschen etwas entscheidendes getan hat. Transformation im Digitalzeitalter bedeutet daher: Es geht stets um Mensch-zu-Mensch-Beziehungen. Das ‚Human-to-Human‘ ist wichtigstes Element von Social Media, IoT, AI, Big Data und anderem mehr, was die Jetztzeit und sicher auch die weitere Zukunft prägt. Kein Wunder also, dass die Print-Branche mit Beginn des Desktop-Publishings seit den 1980er Jahren und dem Motto „Jeder sein eigener Gutenberg“ die Umsätze weltweit auf über 700 Mrd. Euro steigern konnte und weitere Umsatzvolumina von über 3,5 Billionen Euro für andere Wirtschaftszweige generiert, die sich mit Datenaufbereitung für den Druck und Supply-Chain-Aufgaben u. v. m. beschäftigen. Es geht wie gesagt bei der Transformations-Wirkungsweise nur sekundär um (Druck-)Technik, sondern vielmehr um das Publizieren von Menschen für Menschen, um Erkenntnisprozesse nachhaltig zu etablieren.

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3. Lernen von den Besten (ausgewählte Beispiele)

Die Jetztzeit wird vor allem von GAFA geprägt (kurz für: Google, Amazon, Facebook und Apple). Also genau solchen Firmen, die an den Gutenberg’schen Erfinder- und Innovationsgeist anknüpfen. Das Novum: Transformation wird Teil des Geschäftsprinzips, das sich durch neuartige, durchgängige Innovations-Plattformen abbilden lässt.

Google digitalisiert u. a. Dokumente und Bücher dieser Welt, macht also Print-Inhalte digital zugänglich; Amazon startete sein Handels-Imperium mit dem Verkauf von gedruckten Büchern. Und steigt 2016 in das On-Demand- und Online-Print-Geschäft ein (Stichworte: Amazon Print+Posters sowie Amazon Custom). Facebook hat die News-Vorherrschaft übernommen, die bis dato den Medienhäusern lukrative Verlags-Monopole sicherten und bietet Anreize für Neueinsteiger, sich mit dem automatisierten Druck von Inhalten aus Facebook-Chroniken zu widmen. Und Apple steht im Verbund mit Adobe, Aldus und Linotype für die Pionierrolle im neuzeitlichen Print. Und ist dem bis heute treu geblieben. Am 23. September 1997 gab Steve Jobs den Startschuss für den Neubeginn von Apple als Multichannel-Innovator mit dem Launch der „Think Different“-Kampagne. Zugrunde gelegt wurde von Jobs die Philosophie des ‚Digital Lifestyle‘ etabliert, der an die kulturellen Werte der menschlichen Kulturentwicklung anknüpft. Mit dem Ziel, digitale Technologien intuitive nutzbar zu machen. Die Kernbotschaft: „Communication first, Products, Services second“. Seine Technologiekompetenzen stellt Apple schon lange nicht mehr zur Diskussion, es sind einfach die besten. iPod, iMac, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, iPhoto und anderes mehr wurden so zu Selbstläufern, weil die Nutzer keine Programmierkenntnis brauchten, um bis dato nicht Mögliches nutzen zu können.

Apple blieb dem Print immer treu, bis heute: Durch hochwertige Produktverpackungen, bei der Außenwerbung und nicht zu unterschätzen durch Digitaldruck für Premium-Fotobücher und Grusskarten. In Summe versteht es Apple wie kein anderes Unternehmen der Welt, die besten Websites/virtuellen Webstores, reale Flagship-Stores, Produkt- und Softwaredesign sowie Print zu Bündeln, um Kunden via Multichannel ein maximales Lifestyle-Erlebnis zu verschaffen. Der nachhaltige Erfolg als wertvollste Marke der Welt und maximal hohe Pro-Kopfgewinne geben Apple, Steve Jobs und seinen Nachfolgern recht. Und sorgen für ein Höchstmaß an Kundenbindung und Kundentreue, das anderen, die das so nicht können oder wollen, suspekt erscheint.

Für den Print-Sektor haben sich einige kluge Köpfe das Steve Jobs-Prinzip des digital Lifestyle zu nutze gemacht. So z. B. Peter Gunning, CEO von Grafenia plc., Manchester/UK, der ein Druckunternehmen, das sich auf Online Print spezialisierte, nunmehr erfolgreich durch nettl.com eine weltweite Ladenkette etabliert, die Web/Design-, Mobile-, E-Commerce-Services mit variationsreichen Print-Anwendungen kombiniert. Das Motto von Peter Gunning: „Print is Lifestyle“ begeistert Mitarbeiter wie Kunden und mich als Experten gleichermaßen. (Lesetip: “Grafenia reinvent print”) 

 

 

Stefano Cutello, Founder & CEO von PastBook, hat ein Start-up gegründet, das erfolgreich den Schulterschluss macht zw. Mobile / Social Media und dem Druck von Fotobüchern. Cutello ist willkommener Gast bei Events im Silicon Valley, wie bei der Mobile Connect 2016. Sein Motto/Claim: „Relive Your Memories. Automagically Created for You!“ — Siehe hierzu den ValueDialog „Great task by PastBook’s CEO Stefano Cutello: “Relive Your Memories. Automagically Created for You!”

Christian Kopocz mit seiner kleinen, aber feinen Firmengruppe in Lübeck (prindoz, Printmanufaktur und Buch-Handelsgesellschaft) ist ein einfallsreicher Unternehmer sowie Multichannel-Experte, der sich national und international für seine Sache im Team mit Kollegen aus aller Welt einsetzt. Er arbeitet in wichtigen Gremien mit, wie der XMPIE Users Group (als Executive Director) oder der PROKOM User Community (als EMEA-Board-Mitglied). Und er „erfindet“ grandiose Multimedia-Anwendungen, die Print auf Premium-Niveau mit maximalem Individualisierungsgrad ins Zentrum stellen.

Allen gemeinsam ist: Die genannten Beispiel-gebenden Vordenker sind Quereinsteiger im Print und nutzen Print, um Lebens- und Erfahrungsmomente aus der virtuelle Welt des Internets in die Realität zu überführen. Sie verharren nicht in höriger Technologie-Gläubigkeit (was viele Druckerei-Kollegen in die Pleite führte); denn Technologie verkauft nicht, sondern nur Werthaltigkeit. Die im Print Erfolgreichen entwickeln wahre Kreativität, die nicht nur linear weiter führt, was optimiert werden kann, sondern wahrhaft Neues erschafft. (Siehe auch die ValueAnalyse: “Wege aus dem Innovationsdilemma.)

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4. Tipps und Tricks – Guideline

„Transformation beginnt im Kopf. Und endet nach erfolgreicher Mission dort auch wieder!“ — Es ist Zeit für ein neues Denken, das sich von Technik-Gläubigkeit befreit. Auf dem Sektor der Artificial Intelligence, kurz AI, vollzieht sich dies am deutlichsten. Zum Beispiel durch „Machine learning to make human brains faster“. Denn Menschen und ihre Bedürfnisse sind das Maß aller Dinge. Social Media spielt eine wichtige, besser: zentrale, Rolle bei der Vermittlung zwischen technischen Innovationen und den menschlichen Bedürfnissen, um durch Publizieren und Interaktionen Erkenntnisprozesse in Gang zu setzen.

 

Folgende Checkliste als Guideline:

  1. Transformation spielt sich im Kopf ab.
  2. Lerne von den Besten.
  3. Transformiere Dich selbst!
  4. Wähle klug die relevanten Technologien plus die richtigen Innovationslösungs-Partner aus.
  5. Das Prinzip ‚De-construct—re-construct‘ muss Geschäftsmodell und Go-to-Market umfassen
  6. Kenne Dein Publikum bestens. (Bemühe Dich wenigstens ernsthaft darum!)
  7. Halte Deine Botschaften relevant und einfach!

Fazit: Meine Empfehlung lautet: Rücke ins Zentrum des Geschehens, werde zum Spielführer. Indem Du Transformation via Print-Kommunikations-Innovationen zugänglich machst — beflügelt durch einen nachhaltigen Multichannel-Ansatz. Es ist eigentlich ganz einfach…

 


Zum Autor:

Andreas Weber ist Gründer und CEO der Value Communication AG, Mainz. Sein Credo: „Am Anfang braucht man immer einen Masterplan, der sich am Vergangenen orientiert, um dann die neuen Vorgaben für die kommenden Jahrzehnte festzulegen. Wer vorankommen will, muss also zuerst zurück zu seinen Wurzeln!“

Andreas Weber ist Deutschlands führender Branchen-Analyst für Print und Experte für Innovation durch Kommunikation. Sein Motto: Beratung. Wissen. Vernetzung. Er hat Geisteswissenschaften an der Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz studiert und lebt und arbeitet dort seit 1978. 1987 entdeckte er die Kommunikation. Seitdem ist er als Kommunikationsmanager und Analyst, Verleger und Coach in der Branche tätig. — Schließlich wurde er zum Unternehmer und gründete mehrere Firmen in Deutschland und der Schweiz, zuletzt die Value Communication AG, die er als CEO leitet. Die Value Communication AG ist ein weltweit aktives Institut für Forschung und Wissensvermittlung.

Kontakt:

LinkedIn: https://de.linkedin.com/in/andreasweber

Blog (mit zahlreichen Fach-Kommentaren und White Papers): https://valuetrendradar.com

Twitter:

@zeitenwende007

@ValueCommAG

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Bernd Zipper und Peter Gunning beim Warmlaufen zu #ops2017 auf der Bühne! — Foto: Andreas Weber.

Word-class Event. Fantastic. Unforgettable.

Das 5. Online Print Symposium zum Thema “Online-Challenge – Fokus Kundenzentrierung” am 6. / 7. April 2017 in München setzte erneut Maßstäbe. 300 hochkarätige Teilnehmer aus 15 Ländern bestätigten das Fazit: “Auf zu neuen Ufern. Mit Herz und Verstand!”


Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  English Version

Die Organisatoren – Fogra, BVDM, zipcon – können stolz und zufrieden sein. Mit dem 5. Online Print Symposium 2017 (kurz: #ops2017) haben sie die Messlatte nochmals höher hängen können. Kaum ein Fachevent auf der Welt, das Print-Innovationen im Fokus hat, ist dermaßen professionell, fundiert, inhaltsreich und vor allem “menschlich” wertvoll gestaltet. Das Publikum kommt nicht nur, um dabei zu sein. Es macht mit und denkt mit. Beziehungen sind eben alles, auch im Geschäftsleben.

Vorspiel: Am Vorabend wurde bereits für die Keynote des ersten Veranstaltungstages geprobt. In gekonnt professioneller Lässigkeit. Video-Animation via Facebook: Andreas Weber für ValuePublishing.

Damit wird dem Thema “Kundenzentrierung” auf ganz besondere Weise Rechnung getragen, wie unser multimedialer “ValuePublishing Report” via Storify  eindrucksvoll belegt: Über 50 Teilnehmer und sogar Experten, die leider nicht dabei sein konnten, haben sich in der Social Media-Kommunikation eingebracht. So engagiert war bis dato noch kein Auditorium involviert. Und das ist gut so. Denn das Motto: “Tue Gutes und publiziere darüber” wird wichtiger denn je. Die durch die Bank exzellenten Referate zeigten, das Zukunft schon heute beginnt. Online Print lebt von den Effekten des Smart Shopping. Und dazu gehört eben auch Smart Communication, in der Form, dass alle Beteiligten sich einbringen können.

Peter Gunning, Günder und CEO von Grafenia plc, Manchester/UK, der mit seinem nettl.com-Projekt weltweit eine Führungsposition bei der Transformation eines Druckerei-Geschäftskonzeptes vollzog (Motto: Print is lifestyle), teilte direkt nach dem #ops2017 Symposium seine Eindrücke. Unmittelbar, in Echtzeit, emotional packend. Viele tausend Nutzer haben dies auf LinkedIn sofort und begeistert nachvollziehen können.


Ein Novum: Das Saalpublikum erwartete eine gelungene Überraschung: Als Live-TV-Reporter durfte ich mit der Unterstützung eines kompetenten Kamerateams alle Aussteller in Foyer und Atrium per Grossleinwand in den Saal beamen. 11 Firmen in weniger als 60 Minuten wurden so vorgestellt. Die Reaktionen beim Publikum waren ausgezeichnet. Denn es wurden die Aussteller nicht per Vortrag auf der Bühne, sondern vor ihren Ständen gezeigt und konnten in kürzester Zeit per Interview Auskunft geben, was sie tun und was die Besucher davon haben. Diese kamen in den Pausen zahlreich vorbei. Benchmark!


Interessant: In der Auswertung war LinkedIn die bevorzugte Social-Media-Plattform vor während und nach der #ops2017. Nicht nur Meldungen wurden in Echtzeit publiziert, sondern auch resümiert und aktiv kommentiert. Daneben baute sich via Twitter eine unglaubliche Reichweite auf, die auch jetzt, einige Tage nach der #ops2017 weiter anwächst. Es werden sicher weitere Blog-Beiträge folgen, erste Zusammenfassung sind bereits auf beyond-print.de publiziert.

Den schnellsten und einfachsten Einstieg für alle, die dabei waren oder vor allem diejenigen, die nicht kommen konnten, finden sich nachfolgend in unserem ValuePublishing Storify-Report, durch eine Zusammenstallung der rund 200 wichtigsten Tweets. Kompakter gehts kaum und vor allem: kaum authentischer!

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Zum Betrachten bitte Link klicken: https://storify.com/zeitenwende007/valuecheck-the-future-of-print-is-on-line


Hinweis

Wir werden in den nächsten Tagen an dieser Stelle meinen Beitrag kontinuierlich erweitern um Inputs, Kommentare und Berichte anderer kompetenter Kollegen.

Zum Start:

Insiderbericht #OPS2017: Onlineprint – Forever Startup?

 

Insiderbericht von beyond-print.de


Online Print Symposium 2017: #OPS2017 Best-of

 

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Das “Best-of”-Video (deutsch/english)


 

LiveTV mit SAPPI, Peter Goer, im Gespräch mit dem Moderator Andreas Weber

 


 

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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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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…

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Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017
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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

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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…

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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.

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.

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Bayerns Staatsminister Joachim Herrmann gratuliert Onlineprinters-CEO Dr. Michael Fries zum 600 000. Kunden. Foto: Onlineprinters GmbH

(Neustadt an der Aisch, Onlineprinters)  – Für die Onlineprinters GmbH mit ihren beiden Marken diedruckerei.de und Onlineprinters beginnt das neue Jahr mit einer Erfolgsmeldung: Das Unternehmen hat im Jahr 2016 insgesamt 100.000 neue Kunden gewonnen und konnte im Januar 2017 seinen 600 000. Kunden begrüßen. Der Bayerische Staatsminister Joachim Herrmann gratulierte den beiden Geschäftsführern Dr. Michael Fries (CEO) und Dirk A. Müller (CFO) zu diesem Erfolg. „Ich freue mich, mit der Onlineprinters GmbH ein Unternehmen zu besuchen, das sich seit Jahren kontinuierlich positiv entwickelt und Innovationsstärke unter Beweis gestellt hat. Das zeigt, dass die Digitalisierung auch traditionellen Branchen wie dem Druckgewerbe, entscheidende Impulse geben kann“, sagte Joachim Herrmann gleich zu Beginn seiner Betriebsbesichtigung bei der Onlineprinters GmbH im mittelfränkischen Neustadt a. d. Aisch.

Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen

Der Minister nutzte die Gelegenheit, um einen Blick hinter die Kulissen des E-Commerce-Unternehmens zu werfen, das sich in den vergangenen dreizehn Jahren aus einer mittelständischen Druckerei zu einem der europäischen Marktführern im Onlinedruck entwickelt hat. Beim Gang durch die Produktionshallen konnte er die imposanten Acht-Farb-Offset-Druckmaschinen, hochmodernen Schneidearbeitsplätze sowie die Weiterverarbeitungsanlagen besichtigen. Onlineprinters-CEO Dr. Michael Fries betonte: „Wir haben 2016 über 2,1 Milliarden Druckprodukte hergestellt und von unserem Firmenstandort in Neustadt a. d. Aisch aus in 30 Länder geliefert. Am Rande der Metropolregion Nürnberg haben wir ein europaweit führendes digitales Geschäftsmodell entwickelt. Für das laufende Jahr steht nicht nur weiteres Umsatzwachstum, sondern ebenso die Erhöhung der Profitabilität auf unserer Agenda.“

Größter Arbeitgeber im Landkreis

Auch das Mitglied des Bayerischen Landtages, Hans Herold, der Landrat des Landkreises Neustadt a. d. Aisch-Bad Windsheim, Helmut Weiß, sowie der Erste Bürgermeister der Stadt Neustadt a. d. Aisch, Klaus Meier, konnten sich ein Bild von einem der größten Unternehmen des Landkreises Neustadt a. d. Aisch machen. „Wir werden in den nächsten Jahren weiterwachsen. Das bedeutet auch, dass wir einen steten Zufluss von qualifizierten Mitarbeitern benötigen. Seit 2016 bilden wir deshalb verstärkt selbst aus. Das hat den Vorteil, dass der Nachwuchs aus den eigenen Reihen von vornherein mit unseren Arbeitsabläufen, die sich stark von denen einer konventionellen Druckerei unterscheiden, vertraut ist“, erklärt Dr. Michael Fries.

Ausbau der Internationalisierung wird fortgesetzt

Nach dem Einstieg der beiden neuen Investoren Bregal Unternehmerkapital und Project A Ventures wird für das laufende Jahr 2017 ein zweistelliges Umsatzwachstum, eine Steigerung der Profitabilität und die Aufnahme neuer Produkte ins Angebot angestrebt. Dr. Michael Fries kündigt an: „Auch unsere Internationalisierung werden wir weiter vorantreiben. Im Januar wird unser tschechischer Webshop online gehen. Dabei wird es 2017 aber nicht bleiben. Schon jetzt gibt es unsere Onlineshops in zehn Sprachen. Mittlerweile machen wir mehr als die Hälfte unseres Umsatzes im Ausland, dieser Trend wird sich in den nächsten Jahren verstärken.“

Über das Unternehmen

Die Onlineprinters GmbH zählt zu den größten Onlinedruckereien Europas. Unter dem Motto „Drucksachen einfach online bestellen“ vertreibt das Unternehmen über 15 Webshops Druckprodukte an 600.000 Kunden in 30 Ländern Europas. International ist das Unternehmen unter dem Markennamen Onlineprinters bekannt, in Deutschland tritt es als diedruckerei.de auf. Das Produktsortiment umfasst 1.400 Drucksachen von Visitenkarten, Briefpapier und Flyern über Kataloge und Broschüren bis hin zu großformatigen Werbesystemen. Das Erfolgsrezept der Produktion individueller Drucksachen im Sinne der Industrie 4.0 basiert auf drei Säulen: dem Online-Vertrieb, einer vollintegrierten Produktion von Bestellung bis Versand und dem Sammeldruck. In Letzterem werden auf sogenannten Sammelformen mehrere Druckaufträge gemeinsam produziert, was Kosten minimiert und die Umwelt schont. Kunden stehen Optionen wie Blitzdruck (Produktion am selben Werktag), Overnight-Lieferung, klimaneutrale Produktion und freie Formateingabe bei ausgewählten Produkten zur Verfügung. Die Onlineprinters GmbH beschäftigt 650 Mitarbeiter. Das Unternehmen wurde von den Publikationen DIE WELT, COMPUTER BILD, FOCUS und Handelsblatt für seinen deutschen Onlineshop ausgezeichnet.
 
Klicken zum Videobeitrag „Blick hinter die Kulissen von diedruckerei.de“