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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English Version

Prolog

Mein nun auch im ValueBlog publizierter Beitrag zu Inkjet-Printing war redaktioneller Teil einer erfolgreichen Premiere in der Schweiz! Zur 25-Jahrfeier bietet Herausgeber Martin Spaar mit seinem Team die erste, komplett individualisiert im Inkjet-Druck hergestellte Ausgabe. 

 


 

Wir stehen also an der Schwelle zu einem neuen Zeitalter der gedruckten Kommunikation. Denn was Individualisierung bringt und bewirken kann, erleben wir täglich im Web und speziell in den sozialen Netzwerken. Diese digitale Raffinesse verbunden mit der physischen Schlagkraft des Gedruckten hat ein riesiges Potenzial. —Martin Spaar 

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Zur Online-Ausgabe des gedruckten Magazins gehts per Klick!


 

Es vergeht kaum ein Tag, an dem nicht von Herstellerseite den Druckereien versprochen wird: Inkjet-Printing ist das Maß aller Dinge und eröffnet neue Märkte und Profite. Stimmt das? Ja und Nein. 

Ja, weil das Inkjet-Verfahren nicht mehr nur auf das Bedrucken von Papier oder Karton abzielt und damit über Nutzungsmöglichkeiten im klassischen Druck hinausführt. Sogar das Bedrucken dreidimensionaler Gegenstände ist möglich, wie z. B. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen und Xerox mit neuen Systemen wirkungsvoll beweisen.

Nein, weil damit einher geht, dass es schlicht nicht stimmt zu behaupten, man könne mit Inkjet-Printing den Offsetdruck ablösen oder aus dem Stand heraus ganz neue Anwendungsbereiche für die Druckbranche erschließen.

Genau hinschauen und abwägen, ist zwingend notwendig, um einen Tanz ums Goldene Kalb zu vermeiden. Hier eine Auswahl meiner aktuellen Beobachtungen: 

  1. Inkjet-Printing für den professionellen, hochproduktiven Druck ist relativ neu. Erfolgreiche Anwender in der Druckbranche lassen sich bis dato mit wenigen Fingern abzählen. Bei allen war der Schlüssel zum Erfolg nicht der Fokus auf die Drucktechnik, sondern auf die Pre-Media-Prozesse sowie das Finishing/die Verarbeitung inklusive Logistik/Distribution. Bestes Beispiel: Peter Sommer und Elanders Germany in Waiblingen. (Siehe Lesetipp unten)
  2. Hohe Inkjet-Druck-Volumen, auf die sich Hersteller gerne berufen, laufen seit langem im Transaktionsdruck, da man hier IT-Kompetenz mit Automation der Verarbeitung und Distribution nahtlos gestalten kann. (Übrigens der Grund, warum ein Big-Player wie Pitney Bowes in das Vermarkten von Digitaldrucktechnik eingestiegen ist).
  3. Es werden von den Herstellern mit Inkjet-Printing fokussiert neue Kundengruppen ausserhalb der Druckbranche und des Transaktionsdruck angesprochen. Canon Europa ist der Vorreiter, in dem es im Zuge der Reorganisation nach der drupa 2016 einen neuen Geschäftsbereich gegründet hat: Die Canon Graphic & Communications Group führt u. a. die Kreativwirtschaft sowie zahllose Branchen wie Architekten, Handwerker etc. mit neuen Systemen ans Inkjet-Drucken heran.
  4. Seit der drupa 2016 zeigt sich, dass die Inkjet-Revolution bei den Herstellern ihre Kinder frisst. HP genügt sich selbst (und optimiert statt innoviert). Landa kommt nicht von der Stelle. Bobst hat eine Kehrtwende vollzogen und mit Gründung der Mouvent AG die Neukonzeption für Inkjet-Printing durch eine clevere Cluster-Technik und anderes mehr vollzogen. Und Heidelberg hat im Team mit Fujifilm durch Primefire eine neue bahnbrechende Plattform für Hochqualitäts-Inkjet-Printing entwickelt, die im anspruchsvollen Verpackungsmarkt für Aufsehen und Anerkennung sorgt. 
  5. Traditionsunternehmen wie die Durst Group haben sich neu aufgestellt: Mit der P5-Philosophie wird alles darauf ausgerichtet und optimiert, was die Leistung und Verfügbarkeit der Drucksysteme maximiert sowie eine beispiellose Flexibilität in der Medien- und Auftragsabwicklung zulässt. Übrigens waren die Durst-Innovationen ein Highlight auf dem Online Print Symposium 2018 in München. 
  6. Es haben sich ganz neue Anbieter still und leise in Stellung gebracht, die mit neuen Systemarchitekturen individuell konfigurierbare, modulare Inkjet-Printing-Produkutionsanlagen ermöglichen, wie zum Beispiel die Firma Cadis Engineering aus Hamburg zeigt. Cadis kann z. B. HTML-Daten drucken und verzichtet aufs Rippen.
  7. Der eigentliche Gewinner bei Inkjet-Printing ist derzeit ein Hidden Champ: Der Bücherdruck. Xerox Europe zeigte dies eindrucksvoll Ende März im Team mit Book on Demand GmbH in Hamburg beim #Books2018 Event. Eine riesige, automatisierte Druckfabrik erzeugt in Echtzeit bis zu 25.000 Book-for-One-Produkte pro Tag. Wachstumstreiber sind die Impika-Inkjet-Drucksysteme von Xerox mit ausgeklügelter Hunkeler- und Müller-Martini-Technik zur Verarbeitung. Der Clou: Eine neue Impika-Tinte, die ungestrichene Papiere problemlos und bestens bedrucken kann.
  8. Last but not least: Wenn von massiver Substitution gesprochen werden kann, dann ersetzen Inkjet-Printing-System (Bogen wie Rolle) am ehesten bestehende Toner-Digitaldrucksysteme.

Fazit: Beim Inkjet-Printing wird und muss sich noch viel tun. Wir stehen erst am Anfang. Und müssen neu Denken lernen, um nicht in die Innovationsfalle zu tappen: Indem wir fälschlicherweise davon ausgehen, Inkjet-Printing sei primär dazu da, das was wir ohnehin im Druck tun können, zu verbessern.

Es geht daher weniger ums ‚schneller, besser, billiger‘, es geht vielmehr ums ‚neu, zeitgemäß und anders‘, um die komplexen Kommunikations-Herausforderungen des Digitalzeitalters zu meistern. — Think different!

 


Zum Autor

Andreas Weber ist Gründer und CEO von Value Communication AG. Als Analyst & Berater für Erfolg mit Print im Digitalzeitalter ist er zugleich auch globaler Netzwerker und Publizist. Sein Blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspiriert Nutzer/Leser aus über 130 Ländern.


 

Lesetipp: Peter Sommer im ValueCheck

Peter Sommer, Digitaldruck- und Inkjet-Pionier, Elanders Group: „Das Elanders-Konzept ist nicht auf eine bestimmte Drucktechnik fixiert. Die zentrale Frage ist immer, was mit einem Produkt erreicht werden soll und wie es zum Empfänger kommt. Die Integration in die Supply-Chain beginnt bei der Beratung der Kunden und hört bei der maßgeschneiderten Logistik auf.“

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ValueCheck Inkjet Printing.001

 

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German Version

Hardly a day goes by without manufacturers promising printers that inkjet printing is the measure of all things and will open up new markets and profits. Are they right? Well, yes and no. 

Yes, because the inkjet process is no longer just about printing on paper or cardboard, and thus extends beyond the scope of conventional printing; it is even possible to print on three-dimensional objects, as Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and Xerox are proving with their new systems.

No, because it is simply not true to say that inkjet printing could replace offset printing or open up entirely new areas of application for the printing industry off the cuff.

It is absolutely necessary to look closely and weigh up carefully to avoid finding yourself worshiping a golden calf. Here is a selection of my current observations: 

  1. Inkjet printing for professional, highly productive printing is relatively new. To date, the number of successful users in the printing industry can be counted on one hand. In all of their cases, the key to success was not to focus on printing technology, but on pre-media processes and finishing/processing with the inclusion of logistics/distribution. The best example: Peter Sommer and Elanders Germany in Waiblingen.
  2. Large inkjet printing volumes, which manufacturers like to invoke, have long been found in transactional printing. Here, processing and distribution can be seamlessly designed with IT expertise and automation. (Incidentally, this is the reason why a big player like Pitney Bowes got into the marketing of digital printing technology).
  3. Manufacturers are using inkjet printing to attract new customer groups outside the printing industry and transactional printing. Following drupa 2016, Canon Europe launched a new business unit as part of its reorganization, making it a pioneer in this regard. The Canon Graphic & Communications Group is introducing the creative industries as well as countless other industries, such as architects, craftsmen, etc., to inkjet printing with new systems.
  4. Since drupa 2016, it has become apparent for manufacturers that the inkjet revolution is devouring its own children. HP is making an appearance and Landa is getting nowhere fast, Bobst has made an about-turn and, with the founding of Mouvent AG, rethought inkjet printing with a clever cluster technology and much more. Heidelberg has teamed up with Fujifilm to develop Primefire: a breakthrough platform for high-quality inkjet printing that has caused a stir in the demanding packaging market. 
  5. Traditional companies such as the Durst Group have repositioned themselves: everything is aligned and optimized with the P5 philosophy, which maximizes the performance and availability of the printing systems and allows unprecedented flexibility in media and order processing. Incidentally, Durst’s innovations were a highlight at the Online Print Symposium 2018 in Munich. 
  6. Entirely new providers have quietly got themselves into position, making individually configurable, modular inkjet printing production facilities possible with new system architectures, as the company Cadis Engineering from Hamburg demonstrates. Cadis can print HTML data and dispenses with ripping, for example.
  7. The real winner in inkjet printing is currently a hidden champion: Book printing. Xerox Europe impressively demonstrated this in an impressive manner at the end of March in cooperation with Book on Demand GmbH at the #Books2018 event in Hamburg. A huge, automated print factory generates up to 25,000 book-for-one products per day in real time. The growth drivers are the Xerox Impika inkjet printing systems with sophisticated Hunkeler and Müller-Martini processing technology. The key feature is a new Impika ink that can easily print on uncoated papers to the best possible degree.
  8. Last but not least: If one can speak of massive substitution, then inkjet printing systems (sheet as well as roll) will most likely replace existing toner digital printing systems.

 

ValueCheck Peter Sommer Elanders ENG.001

Peter Sommer, Digital Printing and Inkjet Pioneer, Elanders Group: “The Elanders concept isn’t fixed to a specific printing technique. The central issues are always what the product needs to achieve and how it gets to the recipient. Integration into the supply chain begins with advising customers and ends with tailor-made logistics.”


Conclusion

There is still a lot that has to be done when it comes to inkjet printing. We’re only just beginning, and will have to learn how to think again in order not to fall into the innovation trap, where we wrongly assume that the primary purpose of inkjet printing is to improve on what we can do in print anyway.

When it comes to mastering the complex communication challenges of the digital age, it’s less about ‘faster, better, cheaper’ and more about ‘new, up-to-date and different’. — Think different!

 


About the author

Andreas Weber is founder and CEO of Value Communication AG. An analyst and consultant for success with print in the digital age, he is also a global networker and publicist. His blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspires users/readers from over 130 countries.

 


 

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What does a brand mean to a consumer?
What does a consumer mean to a brand?

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value. |  German Version

Many brands boast that they “create worlds of experience for our customers.” The question I ask myself is: do brands still meet the momentum which really determines customer needs, or rather: customer satisfaction? Or does an increasingly enforced brand experience approach not just miss the mark, but create more frustration than enjoyment?

Preliminary remark: learn from the best! Before any initial questions can be answered, looking back will help to bring us forward (‘Back to the Future’ style). Apple is a prime example to learn from. In the mid-90s, the company was at an all-time low, almost to the point of bankruptcy. Despite this, they managed a turnaround. Today, Apple has been the world’s most valuable brand for years. How was this possible? — “Communication first” was a central statement of the legendary Steve Jobs at the ‘Apple confidential meeting’ on September 23, 1997. 

With the “Think Different” Campaign he launched shortly afterwards, he initiated a tremendous upheaval in the industrial industry. 10 years later, they went on to break the sound barrier with the release of the iPhone. Since then, Apple as been making a higher per capita profit than most companies in terms of per capita sales. 

Although Jobs emphasized that products, marketing and distribution are important, he put smart communication above all else and made it a top priority. With his iPhone presentation on January 9, 2007, he achieved an ad-hoc gain of around $1 billion (media coverage, share price growth) before the product was even on the shelves. The trick: Jobs personally demonstrated the new device in great detail, and thus made himself identifiable with his customers and their new experience possibilities. 

The credo: Smart Communication puts the central focus on the customer experience. This has made the pioneer Apple the number one premium brand to date. As an iCEO, Jobs was also a dedicated Chief Communications Officer, which enabled his ideas to become part of the DNA of Apple, its partners and, in particular, its customers. This is a principle to which other companies, such as Berkshire Hathaway by Warren Buffett or Virgin by Richard Branson presumably also owe their success.

 

 

In my opinion, Apple is by far the most capable Smart Communication Company — and that includes maximum loyalty to their customers around the globe. 

 


Personal note: Anyone who buys an Apple product can experience
this — I’ve just bought the new iMac 27” with a Retina 5K Display and a MagicTrackPad. From (online) procurement including leasing to
free-of-charge delivery, the incredibly easy setup (just unpacking the iMac is a beautifully designed experience) up to the iCloud registration following Apple’s welcome email — which offered the very best professional support — the new computer seamlessly became a part of both my personal and professional life. This includes marvelous surprises, numerous technical innovations and quality features at the highest level. In conclusion: benchmark!


 

So let’s ask ourselves:
What distinguishes customer experience from brand experience?

Learning from the best: If you take a closer look, Apple and many other of the world’s most valuable brands follow a similar principle. Google, Facebook, Amazon, Uber and Airbnb – all of which are highly successful companies of recent times – have internalized and practiced the customer experience principle. 

Experts like to claim that their success is due to the superior innovative platform business model. To an extent, in my opinion, this is true: exponential growth is possible with this model, as you are able to address millions, even billions, of customers directly. However, business model innovations, as well as new digital technologies, are ‘only’ a means to an end — and not necessarily a guarantee of success. 

Think different!

 

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Consideration 1

It is crucial to exploit the innovation and technology mechanisms in such a way that dialogues or conversations with customers take place in real time. This enables us to perfect services and create products that are tailored to the customer’s needs. Smart Communication ensures all of this!!

Consideration 2

The brand itself is no longer the center of attention; instead, it rather becomes a common vehicle for companies and customers. Mass Marketing becomes Customized Mass Marketing. The majority of established brand companies put their focus on brand experience in order to impress customers with the strongest possible brand impact. This is a way to impress your customers with the strongest possible brand experience and thus induce them to buy your products. However, the best case scenario in this: you end up covering your costs, but you can barely manage to grow profitably and organically or achieve double-digit margins.

Consideration 3

Reality is inevitable: customers often feel more and more disappointed if they feel that brands have lost personal contact with them.

 


 

Adobe’s study, Reinventing Loyalty: The New Loyalty Experience (Fall 2017) found that 75% of CMOs admit that customer loyalty/customer satisfaction need to be improved, or that they don’t even know what their customers are dealing with. “This clearly demonstrates that CMOs feel that there is huge room for improvement when it comes to implementing new loyalty dimensions.” 

 

In my opinion, these new “loyalty dimensions” are entrenched in “old” values: trust, satisfaction, and relatedness. These values also form the core of Smart Communication. 

In this context: The usual “digital” transformation efforts of many companies miss the point. Instead of focusing on customer experience, many companies focus instead on the optimization of internal processes. 

While these do save the company time and money, they tend to drastically increase time and effort for the customer. Personal, human-to-human consultation opportunities are thus almost impossible. Anyone who’s spent far too much time on hold knows what I’m talking about.

 

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Consideration 4

In my view, in order to avoid customer dissatisfaction and loss of loyalty, it is not necessarily a matter of changing qualifications, but of changing the mandate of those responsible for marketing. 

Why?

  • Brand experience puts the focus on buying. It mainly uses expensive media and creative services from third parties (although Nielsen reports that in Germany, Europe’s premium market in 2017, gross advertising expenditure declined in some cases, despite high growth in mobile advertising). The corresponding strategies and measures are aimed at, almost as if on a hunt, bombarding customers with advertising, anywhere, anytime. So-called bonus programs make the hunt all the more dynamic.
  • But: Customer Experience, on the other hand, relies on customer satisfaction and service, through methods of direct contact and dialogue. Customer Experience follows the principle of ‘Listen & Learn.’ Real-time capturing of customers experiences is used to continuously improve products and services. Communication and transaction are interlinked as closely as possible, preferably seamlessly. The credo: It’s all about interaction and relatedness by smart communication.

Consideration 5

The Brand Experience Principle no longer applies. Customer sensitivities and expectations can best be met with an individually-tailored Smart Communication architecture, which should be designed with a customer experience focus. 

If the Smart Communication strategy, which is so successful for Apple, is structured in a systemic way, adapted to your company, and precisely understood in detail, the essence of Smart Communication, you will be able to respond extremely quickly to individual customer needs. There is no other choice! ‘Communication first’ thus goes hand in hand with ‘Customer benefits first.’

 


 

Instructions 

  1. Think different! Put your current branding and customer experience strategies to the test and discuss your findings with others. 
  2. Rethink and critically assess the values of your company’s current communication approach and processes (i. e. via the ValueCheck questionnaire).
  3. Listen & Learn. Understand and use the insights that my White Paper on Smart Communication offers, including specific instructions for action and organizational models. 
  4. I am always available for further explanations and support.

 


 

About Andreas Weber, Founder and CEO of Value Communication AG
Since more than 25 years Andreas Weber serves on an international level as a business communication analyst, influencer and transformer. His activities are dedicated to the ‘Transformation for the Digital Age’ via presentations, management briefings, coachings, workshops, analysis&reports, strategic advice. — Andreas Weber’s Blog inspires readers from around 130 countries around the globe.

 


 

 


 

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#ops2018: Zum zweiten Mal gab es über ein Dutzend hochinformative, kurzweilige und unterhaltsame LiveTV-Interviews mit den Partner. Das Publikum im Saal war begeistert. — Im Bild: Barbara Schulz von Durst Group und Interviewer Andreas Weber.

 

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Es lohnte sich extrem, beim #ops2018 in München am 15. und 16. März 2018 dabei gewesen zu sein.

Es ging nicht nur um Onlineprint, es ging um die Zukunft der Druck-Kunst im Zeitalter der Assistant-Technologien, der Mass Customitzation (durch Digitaldruck) und Transformation des Druckereigeschäfts.

Ich habe per⚡️Twitter Moments das wichtigste kompakt und multimedial zusammengefasst. Mit allen Highlights und tollen Insights. Und einigen wichtigen Live-Interviews. Klicken lohnt sich. Das Anschauen via Smartphone kommt am besten. Und passt zu einer #ops2018-Kernerkenntnis: Print Business goes Mobile!


 

ValueDialog LiveTV #ops2018

Siehe vor allem auch den Bericht mit den 12 LiveTV-Interviews, im ValueDialog mit Top-Experten und ihrer Sichtweise. 


 

Ein engagiertes Moderationstrio: Jens Meyer, Dr. Eduard Neufeld, Bernd Zipper. — Video: #ops2018


 

TWITTER MOMENTS BY @ValueCommAG

 

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Druckmarkt gilt als wichtigste Fachpublikationsreihe im deutschsprachigen Raum, die sich an Entscheider aus der Printbranche und ihrer Zulieferindustrie richtet. Foto: Druckmarkt.

 

Gastbeitrag der Druckmarkt-Redaktion

Noch ist das Jahr jung, gute Wünsche für 2018 sind noch nicht verspätet, zumal gute Wünsche nie fehl am Platz sind. Also wünschen auch wir alles Gute, Gesundheit und Erfolg. Vor allem geschäftlichen Erfolg bei allem, was Sie sich vorgenommen haben. Wobei das mit den Vorsätzen ja immer so eine Sache ist. Nach verschiedenen Befragungen scheitern mehr als 80 Prozent aller Änderungswilligen – es folgen Selbstvorwürfe wegen Versagens. Doch in unserer Branche müssen wir ja selbst gar nicht viel verändern wollen, es kommt ja eh von selbst. Oder nicht?

Ist Drucken noch Drucken?

Schon der Begriff hat sich massiv geändert. Stand ‚Drucken‘ vor wenigen Jahren noch für Informationsübertragung und -vervielfältigung, wird Drucken heute als Herstellungsprozess betrachtet, der über das kontrollierte Aufbringen von Farbe auf Papier hinaus Handling, Finishing und Logistik einschließt. Druckverfahren und -Maschinen stehen nicht mehr im Fokus, auch Bedruckstoffe wie Papier und Karton sind nicht mehr Dreh- und Angelpunkt, sondern der integrierte automatisierte Vorgang von der Auftragsannahme bis zur Logistik.

Dem ‚Drumherum‘ wird immer mehr Beachtung geschenkt. Und Erfolg hat in Zukunft nicht etwa jemand, der gut drucken kann, sondern der, der Prozesse gut managt. Dabei steht die Einbindung der Technik in einen vernetzten Gesamtprozess an. Das geschieht einmal über die Digitalisierung der Maschinen, reicht über die ‚Bedienerführung‘ durch automatisierte Arbeitsabläufe und tastet sich an ganzheitliche Modelle wie Industrie 4.0 heran, die mit Fern- und Fehlerdiagnose oder proaktiver Wartung noch längst nicht zu Ende gedacht sind.

Industrie 4.0 bedeutet in diesem Zusammenhang die Optimierung der gesamten Fertigungskette, die digitale Abbildung aller relevanten Prozesse und Komponenten. Von der real installierten Maschine existiert ein digitaler Zwilling in den Servern der Druckmaschinenhersteller. Ob diese Transparenz überall auf grundsätzliche Zustimmung trifft, ist eine andere Frage. Fakt ist jedoch, dass der Einzelne diese Veränderungsprozesse alleine nicht bewältigen kann.

 

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Print wins. Illustration von Lidia Lukianova, SF Bay Area, für Value Communication AG. © 2012

 

So oder so: Wandel vollzieht unaufhaltsam.

Es bedarf der Hilfe von unterschiedlichen Seiten. Und nicht zuletzt hilft auch der Austausch mit Branchenkollegen. Dazu bietet das Jahr 2018 zahlreiche Möglichkeiten. Schon am 15. Februar findet der ‚DigitaldruckKongress‘ in Düsseldorf statt http://www.ddk2018.de/ , Mitte März folgt in München das ‚Online-Print-Symposium‘ http://online-print-symposium.de/  und im April die ‚PRINT digital! Convention‘ auf dem Düsseldorfer Messegelände. https://www.drupa.de/cgi-bin/md_drupa/lib/pub/tt.cgi/PRINT_digital_CONVENTION_mit_neuem_Wachstumsziel_f%C3%BCr_2018.html?oid=40077&lang=1&ticket=g_u_e_s_t   Bei allen Events geht es um nichts anderes als um den Veränderungsprozess der Branche. Und spätestens bei einer dieser Veranstaltungen werden Sie weitere Anregungen erhalten, wie Sie den Wandel angehen können.

Ihre Druckmarkt-Redaktion
Klaus-Peter und Julius Nicolay

 


 

Der Beitrag entstammt als Editorial der Jahresauftakt-Ausgabe 2018 von Druckmarkt Impressions, Nr. 121. — PDF kostenfrei zum Download: http://www.druckmarkt.de/impressions/121DEprint.pdf

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By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

You should keep the date 8 November 2017 in mind. Experts from around the globe joined the #Heideldruck #PackagingDays to get deep insights on how the packaging business makes progress to get transformed by innovation bizz concepts and digital print technologies. It’s all about the paradigmeshift from #massmarketing to masscustomization.

My take: It’s not a speculation anymore. It’s meanwhile a solide fact that modern print technologies like Heidelberg presented it take the lead to guide us in a sustainable way on the digital transformation journey. Driven by competency, creativity, relatedness and ‚German Mut’ we have new a solide basis to re-invent what we do. It’s amazing that such huge and fast growing markets like Label & Packaging were able to adopt print innovations in their sophisticated industrial environment on such a high level.

To make a long story short, I will share my real-time report via Twitter, a rich collection of quotes, comments, photos and video interviews produced in an authentic and unplugged manner during the event. It should give you the feeling like to have joined us in Wiesloch at the Heidelberg Print Media Center and at the MPS factory in Obersulm, Germany.

 


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Prelude

A real world premiere commented by Andreas Weber.


Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer made clear that his company is the market leader in providing packaging print production solutions on a high-class quality & productivity level.

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In medias res

Steffen Schnizer, GM Sales at Multi Packaging Solutions MPS, Obersum/Germany, highlighted the excellent partnership with Heidelberg to make Primefire106 perfectly fitting to the needs of MPS customers demand.

Steffen Schnizel gave a special interview in German language as well. His key point: Packaging printing creates the highest demand regarding quality, color, productivity, reliability. At least Heidelberg could fulfill that now in the field of digital printing as well as in offset printing.


Heidelberg’s SVP Global Head of Digital Print Business Montserrat Peidro explains the relevance of digital print innovations for the market. Masscustomization is already the main topic to cover an increasing demand by brand owners! — (English version first, German version second).

 

NOTE: See as well the ValueDialog with Montserrat Peidro I published earlier this year. It‘s about the specific benefits of Primefire106 and the advantage of industrial digital printing.

 


Focus on technology

Heidelberg’s Board member Stephan Plenz shared great insights to identify the right technological needs and solutions. The secret: It’s not enough to have the right digital print engine … The Heart or better: the brain is Prinect — Heidelberg’s digital frontend system architecture which’s able to manage all kind of digital printing machines plus offset printing machines in once.

 

 


At a glance via Value@Twitter Moments

 


 

Read and share our ValueStorify as well to get access to all relevant Tweets

 

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#xug17orlando Review via Storify

Even after the conference was over #xug17orlando was still a topic on Social Media. And is still going strong around the Globe!

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Read as well the case study as making-off!

Sorry to say: But #xug17orlando was the best conference I had the pleasure to join in the last years. It was all about my #influenceB2B topics to figure out how to contribute in a very smart and very effective way to the needs for the digital age. And how to master successfully the sustainable transformation journey.

To get anything at a glance we published all relevant insights via Storify. So you will find a comprehensive overview by text, photos and short movies. Very happy that so many qualified and beloved contributors show up as well.

 

 

A super high-light for all of us at #xug17orlando: The presentation by Mark Schaefer, the leading brain for marketing advice who talked in a tailored presentation “From Massmarketing to Masscustomization“. Outstanding. He was one of the great experts giving an interview in that series of ‘silly talks’ I did as a video live report we shared with conference attendees. He hit the point. My favorite quote: “The secret of people to succeed: You just need more of yourself at your best!”

 

 

 



It’s all about having great conversation!

Amazing success: #xug172017 wasn‘t just a best-in-class conference on #multichannel #print #transformation. — Via #Socialmedia it became a BLOCKBUSTER attracting experts around the globe. So far (10/29 to 11/04) we got a total reach on #Twitter of more than 1.2 Million and on #LinkedIn of more than 110k via my own accounts. Can‘t wait to see the stats by others who contributed as well like XUG – The XMPie Users Group Inc. , XMPie, Christian Kopocz, Jeroen van Druenen and others. Additional effects were created by Mark Schaefer and Mandy Edwards as leading Social Minds giving presentations and sharing our Tweets. — My #influenceB2B Programme works!

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The best of the best!

Side kick of #xug17orlando: To get in touch with the best entrepreneurs, like Luis Romo from Mexico. Luis joined because he became currently the latest XMPie customer. XMPie president Jacob Aizikowitz describes Luis like this: “Luis Romo knows a lot about how Print fits in modern business directions. His catalog business is an envy, and it seems to me that his new initiatives are going to be ground breaking. Having XMPie SW at the hands of a team lead by Romo is not only an honor but also a challenge and an opportunity — for him and for us @XMPie. Many of the XMPie customers transformed their businesses, expanding their horizon and refining their business focus; they all learned how to leverage the #DigitalDisruption to their advantage. They are the group that charts the #transformation path for the print industry. Many of them saw the light and the direction, much before any research or industry analysts suggested that this is the direction to take.”

 

 


 

The most interesting #conversation with @Adobe we had so far. #xug17orlando made it happened. It‘s all about the #conversation of #marketing and #creatives. And: #transformation #AI #multichannel #innovation — TX to @prindoz for recording @zeitenwende007‘s #sillytalk. 

 

 


Special thanks to Jeroen van Druenen and Christian Kopocz from the Board of the xmpieusersgroup for their great work. Very well done.

 

 

 

 



 

At a Glance: All relevant Tweets summarized via my Storify Multimedia Report

 

 

 


Editors Darling

Two outstanding videos created ‘on-the-fly’ by the great #xug17orlando partners and attendees from TECMAIL Don’t miss it to watch them, too!

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Exklusiv-Interview mit Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Chief Digital Officer, Mitglied im Vorstand der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Interview: Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English Version

Im ValueDialog geht es um das Thema Transformation der Branche. Es wird näher beleuchtet, welche neuen Wege Heidelberg zu beschreiten hat.

In der deutschen Industriegeschichte ist es eigentlich eine Sensation: Ein im 19. Jahrhundert gegründetes Maschinenbauunternehmen ‚gönnt‘ sich auf Vorstandsebene einen „Chief Digital Officer“. So geschehen im November 2016 bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG durch die Berufung von Dr. Ulrich Hermann, der den Unternehmensbereich ‚Digital Services‘ leitet. Seine anspruchsvolle Aufgabe: Die zentrale Leitidee ‚Heidelberg goes digital‘ inhaltlich und operativ nicht nur im Markt und bei Kunden erfahrbar zu machen, sondern auch bei Mitarbeitern Akzeptanz zu schaffen für das, was sich ändern muss, um Bestand zu haben und nachhaltig profitabel zu wachsen.

Soviel vorweg: Wie durch die ValueTrend-Analysen seit der drupa 2016 umfassend dokumentiert, hat sich das Blatt bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Kurzform: Heideldruck) zum Guten gewendet, um wieder der Leuchtturm der Printbranche sein zu können. Das Unternehmen konnte in die Gewinn- und Wachstumsphase zurückkehren. Das Produkt- und Leistungsportfolio hat sich signifikant erweitert. Die Konzernstrukturen wurden verändert. Anleger und Finanzexperten honorieren die Trendwende und die in Aussicht gestellten Wachstumsperspektiven. Die Heideldruck-Aktie ist im Aufwind und die Empfehlungen sind auf „Buy“ gesetzt. 

In medias res: Dr. Ulrich Hermann macht aber keinen Hehl daraus, dass sich die Zukunft und vor allem der künftige Erfolg von Heideldruck an radikal neuen Maßstäben orientieren müssen. Die Zahl der Druckereibetriebe ist ebenso rückläufig wie die Zahl der verkaufbaren Druckwerke bei den Druckmaschinen — letzteres bis dato stets das Maß aller Dinge. Dr. Hermann sieht aber gerade in diesen Veränderungen, v. a. in der Wende zum ‚Digitalen‘ bei den Geschäfts- wie den Produktionsprozessen großes Potential für Heideldruck und seine Kunden. Gerade auch in Fällen, wo das wirtschaftliche Umfeld, der Konkurrenzdruck oder die Investitionsmöglichkeiten anscheinend eingeschränkt sind.

In aller Kürze: Welche Bedeutung hat ’Heidelberg goes digital’ für die Branche? 

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: „Digital“ meint im Claim nicht das digitale Druckverfahren, sondern das digitale Geschäftsmodell: Wir fragen uns weniger, was das Produkt können soll, sondern vielmehr was die Kunden mit dem Produkt genau machen! — ‚Digital‘ gesprochen sollen unsere Lösungen — das sind Software, Daten und digitale Technologien — unseren Kunden helfen, ihre eigene digitale Transformation zu meistern.

Im Detail: Warum macht es Sinn für die globale Print Community sich auf die ‚digitale Transformations-Reise‘ zu begeben?

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: Die ‚digitale‘ Welt bietet ein enormes Potential für die Druckindustrie, das bislang nur wenig erschlossen ist. Da ist zuallererst die Adaption von Digitaldrucktechnik im industriellen Druck, um auf zeitgemäßes Konsumentenverhalten, beispielsweise dem Trend zu mehr Individualisierung und kleineren Auflagen, zu reagieren.

Druckereien müssen entsprechend ihr Portfolio und Produktangebot differenzieren, um Preise stabil zu halten und nicht in die ‚Commodity-Falle‘ zu stolpern. Gleichzeitig muss aber auf industriellem Niveau die Produktivität hoch bleiben. Das geht nur, indem alle Komponenten digital verlinkt werden: Die Maschinen, die Prozesse für Verbrauchsmaterialien, der Service, die Software und letztlich Daten, die eine systematische Nutzung bei steigender Komplexität ermöglichen. So kann Produktivität und Qualität in leistungsstarken und innovativen Druckereibetrieben auf höchstem Niveau gewährleistet werden, bei gleichzeitig voller Flexibilität, um den sich rasch ändernden Kundenanforderungen und Nachfragen in einem starken Wettbewerbsumfeld gerecht zu werden.

Transformation wird gleichgesetzt mit hohen Investitionen. Viele scheuen das Risiko. Sehen Sie das auch so? Oder bietet sich ein smarter Weg, um sich zu transformieren?

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: Definitiv gibt es einen smarten Weg. Wir empfehlen, Schritt für Schritt vorzugehen. Unsere Kunden können quasi mit einem produktiven Kern starten, der eine Kombination von Lösungsmodulen erlaubt. Unsere Geschäftsmodelle bieten innovativen und wachsenden Kunden die Möglichkeiten, ihre Investitionen dort zu allokieren, wo sie am wichtigsten sind: an ihrer Kundenschnittstelle und nicht wie in der Vergangenheit vorwiegend im Produktionssaal. Damit schaffen wir gemeinsam mit dem Kunden Wettbewerbsfähigkeit. Heidelberg maximiert mit einem autonomen digitalen Produktionssystem die Effizienz und kompensiert Auftragszyklen des Druckbetriebes. Der Kunde kann sich verstärkt um den Ausbau seines Kundenstammes kümmern und in den Ausbau seines digitalen Vertriebsweges investieren. Wir teilen letztendlich die Chancen und Risiken mit unseren Kunden.

Das heisst, die Rolle von Heideldruck hat sich geändert: Es geht nicht mehr um reine Druckmaschinenverkäufe, sondern um Lösungspartnerschaften von Heideldruck mit seinen Kunden?

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: Ganz genau. Wir betrachten zunächst gründlich das Geschäftsmodell unserer Kunden, die Kundenauftragsstruktur und bringen dann unsere Ideen und reichhaltige Erfahrungen ein. Daneben analysieren wir exakt den Status und die Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten des Produktivitätslevels, um kundenindividuell eine digitalisierte und hochproduktive Lösungen zu etablieren — ohne dabei über-investieren zu müssen. Dieser Schritt-für-Schritt-Prozess, den Heidelberg entwickelt hat, ist wirklich einzigartig.

Zwischenbilanz — Das Ziel kann nur sein: Mittel- und langfristig radikal Neues etablieren!

Aus einem traditionsreichen Maschinenbauunternehmen wie Heideldruck eine ‚digital company‘ zu machen, ähnelt auf den ersten Blick der Quadratur des Kreises. Zumal es um Drucksachenherstellung geht, also eine unabänderbar analoge Erscheinungsform der Medien. Und doch erscheint es machbar. Wenn man sich davon verabschiedet, zu hohe Erwartungen zu schnell erfüllt haben zu wollen. Insofern ist das oben Gesagte von Dr. Ulrich Hermann und sein ganzheitlicher Ansatz wichtig: Schritt für Schritt sich mit Kunden weiterzuentwickeln, aber stets im Bewusstsein, dass letztlich kaum ein Stein auf dem anderen bleiben wird. Es erscheint darum logisch, zunächst lineare Transformationsmöglichkeiten anzugehen (um Bestehendes zu optimieren), um ab einem gewissen Momentum exponentielle Transformationswege zu beschreiten, damit radikal Neues etabliert werden kann. [Hinweis: Sie hierzu das separate Angebot an ValueWebinars.]

Bedenklich: Trotz aller Innovations-Kraftanstrengungen und Multi-Milliardeninvestments werden neue Printtechnologien in den Szenarien relevanter Transformations-Technologien gar nicht aufgeführt. — Quelle: Vortrag beim ABTG Kongress von Andreas Weber.

 

Wie schwierig sich Transformation im Print gestaltet, zeigt gerade der Digitaldruck-Technik-Protagonist Xerox Corp.: Trotz jahrzehntelanger Innovationsführerschaft im Print- und Document-Technologiesektor musste sich der Konzern aufspalten. Seit Januar 2017 setzte der neue CEO Jeff Jacobson auf ein Feuerwerk an Produktneuheiten, wie er gerade in einem Interview mit dem US-Magazin Fortune kundtat (siehe Bericht von Susie Gharib vom 17. August 2017). Jacobson führt Xerox quasi ‚back to the roots‘. Der Erfolg im industriellen Druck bleibt aber trotz massiver Investments und Zukäufe bis dato aus. Xerox ist in Deutschland, dem Stammland der Druckkunst, seit Jahren quasi unsichtbar. Die Marktanteile mit digitalen Druckseiten am Gesamtdruckvolumen sind marginal. Ob sich das nur durch neue Produkte ändern lässt, erscheint mir zweifelhaft.

Es muss also um weitaus mehr gehen, als nur neue Maschinen im Digitaldruck zu entwicklen und Kunden zum Kauf anregen zu wollen. Es geht vielmehr um ein grundsätzliches anderes, erweitertes  Verständnis, wie industriell aufgestellte Druckbetriebe ihre Geschäftsmodelle und ihre Geschäftsstrategien ausrichten. Heideldrucks wichtigstem Asset kommt dabei eine aus meiner Sicht ganz entscheidende Rolle bei: Die unzweifelhaft im Unternehmen vorhandene umfassende Kompetenz für Dritte verfügbar zu machen, um auf industriellem Niveau mit Print heute und morgen profitabel, markt- und zukunftsgerecht Geschäft machen zu können. 

An diesem Punkt trennt sich die Spreu vom Weizen: Die meisten Marktteilnehmer errichten sich selbst Schranken, da sie meinen, ausschließlich mit singulären, technischen Produktinnovationen ein Allheilmittel zu bieten, das Kunden zum Erfolg hilft. Dem ist mitnichten so. Das Geschäftsprinzip von Druckereien muss komplett überdacht und neu entwickelt werden. Die guten Erfolge, die im Online Print-Sektor erzielt werden, weil man im Gesamtszenario der Druckereien am ‚digitalsten’ agiert, sind dabei ein wichtiger Zwischenschritt. Aber bieten noch nicht die Lösung, die gefunden werden muss. Entscheidend wird sein, wie man Print als Medium nahtlos in den ‚Workflow‘ zeitgemäßer digitaler und mobiler Kauf- und Transaktionsszenarien einbindet. Ohne mit der Druckvorlagenherstellung und dem nach wie vor aufwändigen „Make ready“ Zeit zu verschwenden. Wir dürfen also gespannt sein. Ich bleibe am Ball.

 


 

Nachtrag: Print-Innovationen auf der IAA 2017: Heidelberg wird Partner der Automobilindustrie. Dank 4DPrinting. Siehe den ValueCheck “Von car2go zu print2go”.

 

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Daimler sorgte mit 4D-Druck von Heidelberg auf der IAA 2017 für Aufsehen. Fotos: Daimler AG sowie Andreas Weber.

 


 

Hinweis: Das Thema Transformation ist auch Gegenstand des vom brasilianischen Spitzenverband ABTG am 24. August 2017 organisierten Internationalen Kongresses in Sao Paulo, bei dem Andreas Weber in seinem Eröffnungsvortrag u.a. das Gespräch mit Dr. Hermann präsentiert und kommentiert. Hier klicken zum Preview mit den Vortragscharts in englischer Sprache.

 

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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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A perfect pair: Sappi and the new ACTEGA Terra calendarSappi Algro Design provides the ideal substrate for overprint varnish from Europe’s leading manufacturer in its 2017 calendar

 

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

 

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with another 35 from the submissions of the past week, along with Laurel Brunner’s most recent Verdigris Blog and the latest Wild Format Technology Guide from Paul Lindström on how printing companies can improve output quality, and No 23 in this current series.

Awards this week began with X-Rite on Monday with a prestigious iF Design Award for its TAC7 scanner; while on Tuesday, Unilux received a Sapphire Award for its industry-first LED-UV strobes, used in the inspection of inks and coatings.

Danaher’s Product Identification Platform, which includes Esko and X-Rite among many others, has acquired Israel’s AVT and its inline inspection systems, took Tuesday’s lead; while on  Wednesday, Kodak had the number one spot with its financial results for 2016, reporting net earnings of $16 million and an improvement of $91 million over 2015, with strong growth for key products, but still no finalisation or announcement of the buyer for its Prosper Inkjet Business, as it continues with the sale process for Prosper, while at the same time continues investing in the development of Ultrastream, its next-generation inkjet writing system. Many in the European trade press expected the announcement to coincide with this week’s financial results release.

Formset-ABC Printers in Cape Town, South Africa became the first company in Africa to invest in Muller Martini Vareo Perfect Binder for digital books, as it took the lead on Thursday. The contract was finalised at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland; while on Wednesday CTP Newspapers Cape Town announced its implementation of the Mellow Colour program from Mellow Colour UK and Digital View, Johannesburg.

Friday’s headlines were led by KBA, as it announces group participation for Interpack 2017 on a joint stand in Hall 12, featuring marking, print solutions, finishing and further processing for the most diverse forms of packaging at this year’s show in Düsseldorf in May. Other upcoming events include Contiweb and DG press ServiceS Open House in The Netherlands later this month; SPGPrints at Graphispag 2017 in Barcelona from 21 – 24 March; plus more on the 2017 Xeikon Café in Lier also later this month; and Printeriors from 8 to 12 May 2017 in Hamburg; and then Fujifilm UK which will demonstrate the Jet Press 720S over 21 days in May with live jobs – all in the news on Monday. EyeC announced its participation at Interpack on Wednesday; and we had more for Xeikon Café on Thursday, together with news from Tonejet and Rockwell Automation for their joint lineup at Interpack 2017.

More post-show success at Hunkeler Innovationdays came from Ricoh Europe on Tuesday; together with news from EuroShop which took place in Düsseldorf this week. On Wednesday recent Inca Onset X investments sparked a year of transformation for print businesses across Europe, according to Inca distributor Fujifilm UK, with an impressive list of major high-profile successes to back up its claim.

On Friday, the world’s biggest inkjet event, TheIJC (The Inkjet Conference) announced that it will return on 24 – 25 October 2017 to Swissôtel in Neuss, Düsseldorf. More from FESPA 2017 in Hamburg in May with its seminar programme; also from Canon announcing the FESPA launch of its new Océ Colorado wide-format device; and lastly Drytac at FESPA.

There‘s much more, including sales and installations successes, new kit, a new state-of-the-art Website from Hybrid; software upgrades and more. Please check them all out carefully.

The tailender once again goes to another update on Friday for the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open taking place in Cape Town in May, with Durban’s Emil Maehler set to inspire.

That’s it until next time.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


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Monday

X-Rite wins prestigious iF Design Award 2017

Award for the TAC7 scanner, an innovative technology that captures physical material appearance for use in virtual design…

X-Rite and Pantone have acquired ColorCert software assets

Company to accelerate ColorCert Suite development as part of its Print and Packaging Initiative…

Contiweb and DG press ServiceS open house

Contiweb and DG press ServiceS to hold Thallo web offset solutions showcase, on 21 – 23 March…

SPGPrints at Graphispag 2017, 21 – 24 March

SPGPrints’ rotary screen solutions for added-value labels and packaging make an impact at Graphispag 2017 in Barcelona…

SEI Laser at Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations

SEI Laser pushes design limits in digital laser die-cutting as it returns to 2017 Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations later this month…

Printeriors 2017 interior design showcase, Hamburg

From 8 to 12 May 2017 at Messe Hamburg: Dare to design different by checking in to the Printeriors 2017 hotel…

Driving the new revolution in print with Fujifilm

An Open House with a difference: Fujifilm UK to demonstrate the Jet Press 720S over 21 days in May, with live jobs…

Tuesday

Danaher Corporation to acquire AVT

AVT set to join Danaher’s Product Identification Platform…

Unilux wins LED industry award for innovative strobe design

Industry-first LED-UV series recognised for superior clarity in the inspection of inks and coatings…

Ricoh celebrates high-speed inkjet success at HID 2017

Ricoh celebrates the installation of more than 650 high-speed inkjet production engines in 29 countries…

A perfect pair: Sappi and the new ACTEGA Terra calendar

Sappi Algro Design provides the ideal substrate for overprint varnish from Europe’s leading manufacturer in its 2017 calendar…

Hybrid launches state-of-the-art PACKZ Website

Hybrid Software has achieved something rather special with the eight languages launch of its new PACKZ Website…

New Solution exhibiting at Euroshop from 5 – 9 March

New Solution announces new printers for in-house packaging and labeling at EuroShop in Düsseldorf…

Swallowtail switches supplier with buckle folder buy

With the aim of doubling output and providing 15 – 20 per cent additional folding capacity at the plant with a new Stahlfolder TH 82…

Wednesday

Kodak results for fourth quarter and full year 2016

Kodak reports net earnings for 2016 of $16 Million, an improvement of $91 million over 2015, with strong growth for key products…

CTP Newspapers invests in Mellow Colour

CTP Newspapers Cape Town, South Africa sees huge improvements in prepress and pressroom efficiency and print quality since implementing the Mellow Colour program from Digital View…

Fujifilm claims unprecedented investment in Onset X

Inca Onset X investments spark a year of transformation for print businesses across Europe says Fujifilm…

Maintenance agreements gain momentum at Technotrans

The number taken out rose 28 per cent in 2015 and 37 per cent in 2016 with the outlook for 2017 very strong…

EyeC at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf in May

EyeC to present inspection solutions for 100% output control of folding cartons in use in Hall 11 at Interpack…

Agfa Graphics launches new Asanti 3.0 software

The latest version of Agfa Graphics automated Asanti 3.0 workflow software for sign & display producers announced…

Mimaki announces unique hybrid printers for textiles

One printer, two inks: enabling fast, efficient print on cotton, hemp, polyester and more, with a compact footprint…

Thursday

Africa’s first Vareo goes to Formset-ABC in Cape Town

Formset-ABC Printers in Cape Town, South Africa the first to invest in Muller Martini Vareo Perfect Binder, for digital books…

Volkers increases production efficiency with Esko

Dutch packaging specialist bridges automation gaps with Automation Engine Connect to enhance production efficiencies…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Durban’s Emil Maehler set to inspire at 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town, 15 – 17 May…

Tonejet and Rockwell Automation at Interpack 2017

Advanced electro-static drop-on-demand digital print engines for short-to-medium run 2-piece cans…

OneVision optimising label workflows at Xeikon Café

Easier production planning and higher degree of automation will be shown with the OneVision DigiLabel software solution…

GM’s advanced finishing solutions at Xeikon Café

The GM in-register lamination module and DC330Hybrid laser die-cutter will be featured in live digital printing solutions…

AV Flexologic announces next generation SAMM 2.0

AV launches new Semi-Automatic Mounting Machine 2.0…

Friday

KBA at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf from 4 – 10 May

Marking and print solutions for the most diverse forms of packaging at this year’s Interpack in Düsseldorf, on a joint stand in Hall 12…

The Inkjet Conference 2017: The first programme details

The world’s biggest inkjet event, TheIJC returns to take place 24 – 25 October 2017 in Swissôtel Düsseldorf…

FESPA 2017 announces comprehensive seminar programme

Delivering key insights and market knowledge across the sign-making, digital, screen, industrial, textile and interior printing industries…

GlassPrint 2017: Advanced solutions for glass decoration

The seventh GlassPrint conference and exhibition returns to Düsseldorf, Germany on 29 – 30 November 2017…

Canon introduces new Océ Colorado wide-format printer

Canon Europe announces the Océ Colorado 1640, the first roll-to-roll printer built on new Canon UVgel technology with FESPA debut…

Drytac announces plans for FESPA 2017

Drytac Europe has announced its plans for FESPA 2017, set to take place in Hamburg, Germany from 8 to 12 May 2017…

New 3D Designer for Taopix photo commerce platform

UK software developer, Taopix, has announced the upcoming release of its new online 3D Designer feature…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

Esko announces strategy to help with regulatory compliance

Esko announces strategy to help its customers with ever-increasing compliance regulations on nutritional packaging and labeling…

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

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialogueexclusive Interview series

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

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

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

KBA at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf from 4 – 10 May

Marking and print solutions for the most diverse forms of packaging at this year’s Interpack in Düsseldorf, on a joint stand in Hall 12…

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BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Thai Forest Certification Scheme

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Mar

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Next generation labeling

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 Feb

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

No 23 How Printing Companies Can Improve Output Quality

Most wide format printing engines have the potential to produce excellent output quality, both in terms of resolution and colour gamut. By Paul Lindström

No 22 Basics of Colour Management for Wide Format Projects

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

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf

Out soon: 4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

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

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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