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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.

 

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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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“In today’s digital age with its cutting-edge business models based on networks and platforms, everything needs to be transparent, in real time, and focused on enhancing customer benefits.” – Professor h. c. Dr. Ulrich Hermann


 

Interview and analysis by Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German version

Successful printing doesn’t just happen. It’s all down to innovative plans and putting these into action. That’s the main focus of Chief Digital Officer Professor Ulrich Hermann, member of the Management Board at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG since November 2016. In an exclusive interview, he explains the principles of the ‘subscription economy’, which is now firmly established at Heidelberg and is set to bring about success right from the get-go.

 


 

Note: In April 2018 some new reports in the news came up. Handelsblatt published via its global edition some great observations: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG begins to look less like a factory and more like an information processing hub for industrial operations.“ — MORE

And more subscription customers got on stage, like Klampfer Group in Austria.  Or Lensing Druck Group in Germany.

 


 

The subscription economy is taking Heidelberg as a market leader and its primarily industrial customers to the next level of the transformation process. For the first time, printing performance is being assessed and billed on a customized basis, thus representing a brand new development and a challenge for the print sector. Conventional billing methods, i.e. selling equipment at a fixed price in offset printing or click charge models in digital printing, are being replaced by subscription models. This has its benefits.

 


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Info box: What is the meaning behind ‘subscription economy’?

The subscription economy correlates with the fundamental transition toward customized buying and selling in the B2C, and increasingly in the B2B, sector. The focus has shifted away from acquiring and owning products toward long-term, flexible customer relationships and ongoing customer benefits. The resulting technical and organizational demands are high. Some subscription-based solutions already exist in the printing industry, such as standalone software-as-a-service agreements. Important factors include automation, scalability, complex data models, and changed accounting principles right through to analytics. A constant supply of information on customer satisfaction and, most importantly, the way products and services are used is essential to enable businesses to further customize their services. What’s more, this data also helps both the supplier and customer achieve greater growth. Studies show that in the United States – the birth place of digitization – the subscription economy is already well-developed, generating approximately 800 billion US dollars in added value in the past ten years alone.  – aw


 

What is it all about?

The subscription economy could become the main focus in our sector, too. It has already achieved great economic success in the United States but remains largely disregarded in Germany. What difference will it make?

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: Subscription models offer a new approach for generating value by consistently focusing on customer benefits. Primarily, this means the end of product-oriented business models whose added value derives from creating a product, rather than from the benefit customers gain from that product.

Companies with analog models focused on manufacturing and selling products are eager to pass on expenses incurred in development, production, sales and supply to the customer as soon as possible. Whether customers are able to recover their costs is a question that is only considered relevant when it comes to the customer making repeat purchases, in other words it only becomes relevant at some point in the future.

What are the important features of a subscription?

It all boils down to a lasting customer relationship. This undoubtedly develops for services relating to the product, but not for the value of the product itself. 

A product-centric focus was the perfect approach for the analog world and shaped the industrial era for over 100 years because it was very difficult to quantify how the product was used and the associated added value for the customer.

In today’s digital economy, however, this approach is outdated as data is available on how products are being used and new business models are shifting the focus away from the value of the product itself and towards the usage value. We now aim to adopt this approach at Heidelberg as the leading supplier on the print shop market.

What are the advantages of focusing on the benefits to the customer and the disadvantages of focusing on the product?

As I’ve said, suppliers in the digital age can use platforms to gather, profile and analyze data on all participants with the aim of continuously and sustainably increasing customer benefits and thus instilling valuable, long-lasting customer loyalty. All processes must therefore focus on this and remain transparent for all participants in real time. If companies focus on the product, they can’t work out in any great detail or very quickly what it is their customers do with the product, when and how. Incidentally, that is a trend that affects many areas of professional and personal life…

… can you give a few examples?

It starts with reading a book or magazine, or when customers switch production equipment on or off, or why they are in the car and where they’re going. Manufacturers/suppliers usually know nothing about how their products are being used. As a result, they have to carry out costly questionnaires and analyses to anticipate how the products are being used and implement laborious improvements in long cycles.

During the analog era, innovations were therefore subject to protracted innovation cycles that were often staggered due to the risks involved. This led to analog companies spending a disproportionately large amount of time on optimizing internal value creation. It is clear that during this era the price of a product did not reflect how the customer used it but rather covered material and production costs.

 

A milestone on the road to the digital transformation and finally implementing the subscription program. A YouTube video of Dr. Ulrich Hermann discussing the market launch of the Heidelberg Assistant in December 2017.

 


 

The key to success

How can the focus be switched to customer benefits?

If we consider customer benefits to be the cornerstone of a company’s business operations, we end up with completely different approaches. Companies want to know what customers are paying for when using the products they have provided. This is exactly what disruptive business models in the digital world are based on. Usage patterns serve as the measure of all things – supported by the user experience and the customer journey.

Have companies in the print industry grasped this point? After all, nearly everyone nowadays is talking about customer orientation.

Technology suppliers often do not fully grasp that customer orientation, as a prerequisite to focusing on customer benefits, itself requires a comprehensive organizational transformation. Everything changes – from the mindset and culture right through to product creation. The ability to digitally measure the usage of products and services is key to creating added value. All business activities must pursue this aim.

Analyzing valid, long-term data collected from installed machinery and systems helps develop benchmarks with reference groups, which in turn enables the derivation of target figures and reference variables for optimum usage. We have been collecting such data at Heidelberg since the introduction of Remote Service technology back in 2004 and it has formed the basis for introducing Heidelberg Subscription.

With regard to the print industry, does this mean that it is not enough to simply introduce digital processes into print product manufacturing?

Exactly. In the digital economy, competition isn’t all about the product – the main focus is on developing the relevant user experience. I like to show a picture that presents the bustling streets of Manhattan as the heart of New York City. Some ten years ago, the streets were still filled with yellow cabs. Today, it’s dark sedans.

The product in this example is the same, just black and not yellow. It is a vehicle with a driver and passenger – and from the outside it is not immediately recognizable as a digital product. The difference, however, lies in the user experience. It is much easier to order, select, pay for and travel in a taxi with Uber and to influence the quality of the business model by writing a review.

Passengers feel like they are being taken seriously – as a business partner rather than a prisoner behind a plexiglass pane, if you like. It is no longer just about the service or product portfolio, but rather the customer journey and a new, intelligent way of using the product.

What does this mean in real terms for Heidelberg and its customers?

In our line of work, the subscription economy offers the opportunity to think about how we need to fundamentally change our business not just by selling machinery and services, i.e. billing for the product value, but by developing new models that assess the usage and the resulting positive effects.

 

This film on Heidelberg Subscription shows how Heidelberg is going down new paths in marketing, too.

 


 

How it works

What is the concept behind Heidelberg Subscription?

More than a year has passed since we began the transformation. We initially asked ourselves the following questions. What offers the biggest profit potential for our customers? Cost-effective printing capacity or optimum utilization? If our customers only derive added value from maximum machine utilization – in other words from optimized utilization of a coordinated combination of numerous individual products such as printing presses, consumables, software and services – why shouldn’t they actually pay us for this added value rather than for the individual components?

How did you go about answering these key questions?

A team of people with backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines such as finance, services, product development, sales and marketing / product marketing were tasked with developing a business model in which Heidelberg would not sell individual products to the customer, but rather offer the use of an end-to-end system that has been optimized for the specific needs of that customer. As early as December 2017, we concluded our first comprehensive subscription contract with folding carton manufacturer FK Führter Kartonagen, which is part of the WEIG Group. More contracts are in place, and interest in the market is continuing to grow significantly.

Aren’t print shops skeptical? Many are still coming to terms with click-charge models, which are now used as standard in digital printing.

There is a disadvantage to the click-charge models commonly found on the market. They reflect the market prices of digital printing press suppliers and are not based on the customer’s actual cost per printed page for offset printing. There are also no benchmarks for productivity targets etc. In our model, we bill per printed page using the ‘impression charge’.

What is an ‘impression charge’? 

The price per page reflects the potential of increased utilization during the contract period. However, the customer has to have a successful business model that allows for sustainable growth. Our subscription model is quite simply a genuine performance partnership. If Heidelberg fails to boost productivity during the contract period, neither the customer or we can fully satisfy margin targets. That is the difference to click-charge models.

The normal click charges for digital printing are based on the costs incurred by the digital press manufacturer and its profit expectations, not on the comparative costs for the customer. They represent a product-based pricing that the customer, the print shop, cannot control and that does not reflect their actual cost structure. Digital printing is therefore not a digital business model.

Added to this is the fact that if utilization fluctuates or is insufficient, click charges can quickly have disastrous effects.

So what is key for developing billing models based on customer needs?

Print shops want to be able to manage their costs themselves. And with good reason, as for many centuries printing was a skilled trade with humans controlling the quality of the work. Only recently has the business started to be industrialized following the automation of production processes with the help of standards. For a craftsman, what’s important is focusing on customer proximity and creating a bespoke end product with a special touch. Accordingly, print results sometimes varied dramatically in terms of quality and price.

 

An introductory explanation on Heidelberg Subscription.

 


 

What are the benefits?

What does industrial production do differently to craftsmen?

Industrial production based on standards creates results that are largely consistent. Only the level of automation creates differences in production, and defines the print outcome and the operating result.

To stand out, print shops must therefore make substantial investments in their own, increasingly digital customer relationships. Digital marketing, an online presence and digitizing the process of ordering best-selling products are becoming very important. Investing in the pressroom may be an age-old tradition but it opens up few opportunities to stand out. It also distracts from the actual job of a printing company in the digital age – namely to attract customers. With this in mind, switching to a subscription model is an easy and entirely logical decision.

What does results-based payment entail?

Our experienced performance-focused consultants conduct a comprehensive analysis of the print shop, reviewing costs for personnel, consumables, downtimes, plate changes, waste, depreciation, and much more. Once this thorough analysis has been completed, a unit page price can be determined that is specific to the relevant customer.

What’s more, we use the performance data we have gathered from more than ten thousand networked machines to establish reference variables. Thanks to this database we can make an offer to the customer to lower this price through a subscription contract because we know how to optimize their operations.

What criteria apply for the subscription?  

Heidelberg Subscription is based on the following considerations/criteria:

  1. Customers must demonstrate growth potential in terms of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). For most customers, this averages between 30 % and 40 %.
  2. Concentrating on product innovations and customer acquisitions, customers must aim to significantly boost order volumes.

Suitable customers are offered an attractive price based on the above considerations and on a specific expected OEE increase, e.g. from 35 % to 45 %. Using this model, we sell productivity gains and help customers to achieve and exceed their goals. Heidelberg is responsible for setting up the turnkey system accordingly. We promise customers that the price premium for our optimized and more productive turnkey system will not only be worth it, but will out-do their expectations.

How do potential customers react to this new approach?

Many customers are enthusiastic as they are not dealing with a supplier that demands money up front for better quality and even charges for servicing if a machine breaks down. Instead, Heidelberg does everything it can to exceed agreed performance targets and ensure quality matches customer expectations.

Is Heidelberg taking a risk by standing as guarantor for success? 

Yes and no. Yes because with the subscription contract, it is in our own interest to ensure machinery is running, software updates are carried out, the use of consumables is optimized, and to do everything we can to increase output. No because ultimately, we take care in choosing our subscription customers. Most importantly, customers must all have one thing in common – they need to concentrate on growth and product innovation on the market, and their business model must demonstrate the potential for further growth.

Analyzing such factors has always been important for us as a manufacturer. We want to grow alongside our successful customers. In the traditional business, this took a back seat provided the customer could pay for the equipment. What we are talking about here is an excellent, new dimension to the partnership. We are no longer looking at whether our machinery, services or materials are cheaper or more expensive than rival products. Everything is defined by the mutually agreed performance targets, using the calculated price per page as a guideline.

 

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Another important aspect of the subscription model is based on autonomous printing following the Push to Stop principle presented at drupa 2016. – See our ValueCheck and case report.


 

Invoicing method

How do you determine the costs with a subscription contract?

That is tailored to the customer and their potential. For customers wishing to expand their business, for example, we might recommend our Speedmaster XL 106. Customers then make an upfront payment, which is only a small portion of the overall cost that would have been due if they had purchased the machinery. They also pay a fixed monthly charge based specifically on the price per page calculation of the agreed page volume that the customer aims to print and that is lower than their average page production. Additional impression charges are only incurred if the page volume exceeds the agreed targets.

Is the subscription tailored to the customer?

A fundamental and unique element to our offer is that we can customize the subscription in its entirety. For example, for companies unable to greatly increase productivity because excellent industrial systems already ensure a high OEE, we adjust the upfront payment and the fixed monthly charge accordingly. Alternatively, for customers with significant potential to increase performance and dynamic opportunities to increase order volume, we focus more on the variability of the payments.

With our subscription program, customers no longer need to worry about investing in their pressroom, making full use of available technology, or keeping systems up to date.

Why should customers tie themselves exclusively to Heidelberg?

If customers opt for the conventional model, they are dependent on a much bigger group of partners. Buying machinery takes up a large part of investment and often means being dependent on a bank. The supposed freedom that comes with pulling together consumables and optimizing the various features themselves comes with greater outlay, and all the separate relationships with numerous suppliers are diametrically opposed to the print shops’ profit targets…

…so that means the classic method of gathering lots of offers before purchasing brings its own problems? 

Everyone tries to pass on their costs. If we focus on the actual purpose of printing on paper, I believe all these dependencies are a much bigger issue than signing up to a long-term subscription contract with one manufacturer in which the profit interests of the manufacturer and customer are aligned for the first time. A Heidelberg Subscription contract runs for five years. We anticipate continuous OEE growth within that period. For example, if we increase page volume from 35 million pages per year to 55 million pages, this corresponds to OEE growth from approximately 35 % to 60 %. There is no need to explain what this means for the customer’s profits.

Is Heidelberg therefore financing the manufacturing costs for the production equipment?

The equipment belongs to Heidelberg and forms part of our balance sheet and/or our financing partners’ balance sheets. On the one hand, this fits in with the expectations of those customers who are undergoing digital transformation, i.e. the move toward an automated printing operation and digital customer relationships. Subscription customers always enjoy the highest possible level of automation without having to worry about technology updates, or financing new investments.

On the other hand, such customers also want to use digitization to bolster relationships with their own customers. Digital expertise helps to significantly improve go-to-market capacity across a broad spectrum.

 

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How go-to-market is changing

Does this mean the subscription model also helps improve customers’ go-to-market capacity because it frees up resources at the print shop?

Every new print shop development until now has required enormous effort to ensure the technology is sound but also to secure prices that reflect more complex and thus more effective products. Placing a unilateral focus on production and ignoring customer value in digital customer relationships will come back to haunt even extremely successful modern printing companies.

Devoting resources to further develop the customer journey offered by the print shop and not getting bogged down by technical and administrative aspects is the best way of standing out from competitors and keeping ahead of the curve.

In other words, you are shifting your customers’ business focus?

Our high-growth customers are all excellent entrepreneurs who always focus on where the money flows so as to protect their investments. Customer orientation is greatly enhanced if we no longer force them to buy and maintain capital-intensive production equipment. Focusing completely on the customer as a core concept of the digital economy is always the best way forward for a prosperous business. That applies both to us and our customers.

With the subscription model, Heidelberg takes care of the financing. Do you anticipate any new challenges as a result?

A listed company with experience in customer financing such as Heidelberg cannot help but adopt new approaches in terms of financing. We even have a banking license. What works best for our investors is always cash-stable contracts with selected customers that have good potential for growth and are highly innovative.

That’s exactly what our subscription program ensures with its guaranteed monthly payments – particularly given that we can pool contracts and also trade through a financing partner. This is a much more attractive option for investors than having to negotiate contracts with individual print shops. Risks are balanced thanks to a diversified base of carefully assessed and chosen subscribers.

Last but not least, how quickly can you and do you want to increase market share with the subscription model?

There is very strong demand. But we are taking our time and signing contracts with selected ‘early adopters’. In this financial year, we aim to conclude ten contracts to gain experience and lay a solid foundation to gradually establish the offer across the market.

 

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As early as December 2017, Heidelberg concluded its first comprehensive subscription contract with folding carton manufacturer FK Führter Kartonagen, which is part of the WEIG Group. Photo: Heidelberg


 

Final conclusions

How would you summarize this development?

We live in exciting times with completely new opportunities for both Heidelberg and its customers. The digital economy offers entirely new mindsets for these opportunities. Ensuring the transparent use of products and services in a digital business relationship enables us to concentrate on the real source of added value…

…and what does that ultimately mean?

The transparency we provide establishes fair business relationships between those involved, but also places great responsibility on all participants in the interest of preserving their freedom. This responsibility puts the spotlight on the values of the business partners. Heidelberg values have remained constant throughout our long industrial history and play a particularly important role in our digital strategy. We have reworded the responsibility assumed by Heidelberg in its role as a printing industry partner: Listen. Inspire. Deliver. Digital business models hardly get any better than that.

Thank you for agreeing to this interview and giving a detailed insight into the hidden complexities of mastering digital transformation.

 


 

#ValueCheck – Heidelberg Subscription as a new economic system

Why the subscription model from Heidelberg is not only a logical choice, but also essential for ensuring growth with innovative ideas

STATUS QUO

  • The print production volume (PPV) is stable at approximately 410 billion euros worldwide each year.
  • Despite this, the number of print shops and print units is decreasing due to improved press performance.
  • Even as print runs shrink, OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) can be increased through the automation of industrial-scale operations.
  • Today, growth rates can be more than doubled from 30 percent to 70 percent over ten years.
  • Given that the PPV cannot be doubled, there is an inevitable and considerable decrease in the number of print units that can be sold (up to 50 percent).
  • Heidelberg therefore has to generate added value elsewhere if it is to avoid becoming dependent on crowding out competitors or snatching market shares in order to survive in a shrinking machinery market.

MEASURES

  • Heidelberg is gaining attention as an “all-in system” thanks to its extensive print know-how and its servicing database, which has been established on the basis of predictive monitoring since 2004 and focuses on the continuous analysis and improvement of installed production equipment. More than 10,000 Heidelberg presses are currently subject to continuous analysis.
  • With its subscription model, Heidelberg takes care of everything to ensure maximum use is made of installed print shop technology.

EFFECTS

  • The risk associated with innovations is not only dramatically reduced, but also more widely spread.
  • Capital-intensive investments in production equipment no longer put a financial strain on print shops. Heidelberg supports customers, pooling and implementing investments with financing partners on good terms.
  • This has immediate positive effects on our industrial-scale customers, as increased flexibility and variability of usage provides immense freedom to concentrate on optimizing the marketing of enhanced performance and accelerating print shop growth.
  • The continuous increase in utilization results in improved profitability in the short, medium and long term.
  • The subscription program opens up linear and exponential growth opportunities for both Heidelberg and its customers.

 


 

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Photo: Heidelberg

 

 

About Dr. Ulrich Hermann

Dr. Ulrich Hermann has been a member of the Management Board at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG in his role as Chief Digital Officer since November 2016. Thanks to his proven expertise in the digital transformation of businesses, Hermann was made an honorary professor at Allensbach University, Constance, Germany, in August 2017.

Born 1966 in Cologne, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at RWTH in Aachen and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology M.I.T., Cambridge, United States.

In 1996, he completed a doctorate in business economics at the University of St. Gallen, in 1998 he became the Managing Director of Bertelsmann Springer Science and Business Media Schweiz AG, and in 2002 he was appointed Managing Director of Süddeutscher Verlag Hüthig Fachinformation.

In 2005, he assumed the role of Chairman of the Management Board at Wolters Kluwer Germany Holding, later becoming a Member of the Divisional Executive Board for the Central European Region at Wolters Kluwer n.v. in 2010.

 


 

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.

 


 

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Das Kölner Start-up AutLay.com schickt sich an, die Welt der Datenaufbereitung für den Druck zu revolutionieren. Bildcollage: Andreas Weber

Von Andreas Weber

Das Kölner Start-Up „AutLay.com” profitiert von jahrelanger, erfolgreicher Forschungsarbeit an der Universität zu Köln. Wirtschaftsinformatiker beschäftigen sich dort seit über einem Jahrzehnt mit Personalisierung und Individualisierung im Druck.

Herausgekommen ist eine neue, funktionsfähige Software-Architektur, die die automatisierte Erstellung von Layouts für druckfertige Dokumente in Echtzeit ermöglicht. Der Name AutLay steht für „Automatisches Layout“.

Seit Sommer 2017 fördern die Europäische Union im Rahmen des EFRE.NRW sowie die NRW-Landesregierung das Spitzenprojekt im Rahmen des Förderwettbewerbs START-UP-Hochschul-Ausgründungen. Bis November 2018 sollen finale Marktest abgeschlossen sein.


Innovationsansatz

Die Wissenschaftler sehen die Innovationsmöglichkeiten im Digitalzeitalter nicht nur auf rein digitale Entwicklungen begrenzt, sondern haben das größte Potenzial identifiziert in der Kombination von Print (via Digitaldruck) und eines integrierten Verfahrens durch neuentwickelte Software-as-a-Service-Lösungen zur vollautomatisierten Layout-Erstellung inkl. Druckdatenaufbereitung in Echtzeit.

Der Clou: Die Kölner kommen ohne sog. Templates aus, bislang das Nadelöhr der Pre-Media-Prozesse bei Print-Produktionen aller Art. Denn Templates sind starre Vorlagen, die als „digitale Schablonen“ bei Web-to-Print- resp. Web-to-Publishing Anwendungen bis dato notwendig sind und definieren fixe sowie variable, veränderbare Bestandteile, wie Texte oder Bilder.

Statische Templates werden bei AutLay.com durch Algorithmen ersetzt, die auf frei bestimmbaren Regelwerken basieren und vordefinierte Druckergebnisse in Echtzeit sicherstellen. Es werden dabei Metriken zur Quantifizierung von Ästhetik identifiziert, konsolidiert und entwickelt. Durch sogenannte Recommender-Systeme (automatisierte Empfehlungstechnologien) lassen sich die relevanten Inhalte für jeden Empfänger individuell festlegen.


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Der venezianische Buchdrucker und Verleger Aldus Manutius (1449-1515) gilt als wegweisender Typograph, der u. a. den Satzspiegel ‚erfand“‘ und damit die Basis für moderne Layout-Techniken und die Verwendung von Templates legte. Sein Druckerzeichen zeigt einen Anker und einen Delphin: Der Anker steht als Symbol für die Langsamkeit, der Delphin für die Geschwindigkeit. [Im Bild: Das Geburtshaus von Aldus in Bassiano]. — Der dynamische Erfinder-Geist von Aldus wie auch von Johannes Gutenberg verfügt auch heute noch über Strahlkraft und Leitbild-Funktion bei Innovatoren, die sich aber im Digitalzeitalter nicht mehr mit beweglichen Lettern, sondern mit variablen Daten beschäftigen. Bildcollage: Andreas Weber.

 


Innovationspotenzial

Weltweit werden pro Jahr über 3.000 Milliarden Euro aufgewendet, um für über 800 Milliarden Euro Drucksachen aller Art herstellen zu können. [Quelle: ValueTrendRadar Analysis: Print in seiner wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung.]

Erste Analysen zeigen, dass bei einzelnen Anwendungen wie z. B. für individualisierte Verkaufskataloge oder kurzfristige Verkaufsaktionen für Lagerbestände die üblichen Produktionsprozesses im Zeitaufwand um ein vielfaches reduziert und im Kostenaufwand nahezu halbiert werden können.

Den enormen Einsparungen durch den Einsatz von AutLay.com an Zeit und Geld stehen signifikante Vorteile beim Time-to-Market gegenüber, da schneller, unkomplizierter und Kundenbedürfnis-orientierter Waren und Leistungen aller Art angeboten und verkauft werden können.

 


 

 

Unter https://www.autlay.com/demo/ruck.html kann eine Demo Online angesehen werden.


 

Innovationsvorteile

Ein Umdenken wird möglich und praktikabel, um Kommunikation und Transaktion soweit es geht nahtlos zu vereinen und einfach, schnell sowie äußerst wirkungsvoll in der Praxis umzusetzen. Mit dem Effekt: Mass Marketing wandelt sich zu Customized Mass Marketing, denn grundsätzlich ist AutLay.com in seinem Leistungsvermögen beliebig skalierbar.

Ein wichtiger Zusatz-Effekt ist, dass Unternehmen erfolgreich den Kunden und seine spezifischen Bedürfnisse in den Mittelpunkt einer werthaltigen Kommunikation über alle Ebenen und Kanäle hinweg stellen können – dazu zählt insbesondere die Print-Kommunikation. Denn erstmals wird das in zahlreichen Systemen vorliegende Wissen über den Empfänger auch für die Print-Kommunikation nutzbar.


EFRE


 

Fazit

Mit diesem neuartigen Ansatz und dem engen Kontakt mit begleitender, unabhängiger wissenschaftlicher Forschung setzt sich AutLay.com deutlich von bestehenden Modellen der Software-Entwicklung zur Automatisierung von Medienkommunikation ab.

 


INFOKASTEN — Das Wichtigste im Überblick
(Ergebnisse aus aktuellen Expertengesprächen)

  1. Der generelle Nutzen von AutLay.com liegt nicht nur darin, Digitaldrucktechnik besser ausnutzen zu können, sondern darin, entscheidend zu helfen, Marketing-Prozesse und Print-Kommunikations-Abläufe durch Automatisieren qualitativ und quantitativ zu verbessern.

  2. Der ökonomische Nutzen liegt primär darin, dass Werbungtreibende mit ihren Dienstleistungspartnern entscheidend die unabänderlich steigenden Herstellungskosten im Druck wie auch im Versand (Logistik) kompensieren können. Und zwar indem durch AutLay.com die Premedia-Prozesse vereinfacht werden und sich dadurch Kosten- und Zeitaufwand drastisch reduzieren.

  3. Der funktionale Nutzen: AutLay.com nutzt alle relevanten Business Intelligence- und Big Data-Funktionalitäten, um Inhalte zweck- und zielgerichtet im Sinne des Targeting und der Mass Customization an die richtigen Zielpersonen per Print und damit nachhaltig wirkungsvoll auszuliefern.

  4. AutLay.com ist zukunftssicher aufgestellt und unterscheidet sich von anderen etablierten Lösungen durch sein variables SaaS-/Subscription-Modell: Es müssen keine hohen (Vor-)Investitionen in Soft- und Hardware getätigt werden, sondern es wird für die Nutzung bezahlt, die sofort Wirkung durch besseres Verkaufen zeigen kann. (Stichwort: Return-on-Invest quasi in Echtzeit!)

  5. AutLay.com verschafft Werbungtreibenden wie auch Agenturen mehr Freiraum für Kreativität, da man sich nicht mehr mit Technik/Layout/Design, sondern mit Kampagnen für Verkaufsaktionen beschäftigen kann.

  6. Last but not least: Die Wirkungsweise bewährter klassischer Direktmarketingmaßnahmen wird auf ein neues Level gehoben und durch Individualisierungsmöglichkeiten in Echtzeit erheblich aufgewertet.

 

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Eines der Highlights auf dem 6. Online Print Symposium 2018 in München: Die Präsentation zur Forschung rund um AutLay.com von Dr. David Schölgens.— Foto: #ops2018


Ausblick

Den bereits vorhandenen prototypischen Lösungen werden rasch weitere Beispiele im realen Praxistest für verschiedene Bereiche wie Handel oder Direktverkauf folgen. Denkbar sind zudem Kooperationen mit Print-Technologie-Herstellern.

AutLay.com ist als digitale Plattform durch sein SaaS-/Subscription-Preismodell sofort und unkompliziert nutzbar. 

Ein hoher Installations- oder Schulungsaufwand entsteht nicht. AutLay.com kann zudem je nach Anforderung individuell angepasst, modifiziert und erweitert werden.

 


 

 

2017-AutLayTeam

Das AutLay.com Projektteam: Dr. David Schölgens (links) und Sven Müller. 

 

Kurz-Übersicht zu Projekt & Team der Universität zu Köln

AutLay.com ist ein Ausgründungs-Projekt der Universität zu Köln. Im Mittelpunkt steht das vollautomatische und Template-freie Layouten druckfertiger Erzeugnisse. Mit diesem Ansatz ermöglichen die Kollegen Dr. David Schölgens und Sven Müller die individualisierte Kommunikation mit gedruckten Medienerzeugnissen. Gefördert wird das Projekt durch den Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) sowie Gelder des NRW-Haushaltes im Rahmen des Förderwettbewerbs START-UP-Hochschul-Ausgründungen. Professionell wird das Team unterstützt von ihrem Mentor Prof. Dr. Detlef Schoder und dem Coach Prof. Dr. Kai Thierhoff. Als Tutor steht der Analyst, Print- und Kommunikations-Experte Andreas Weber zur Verfügung.


 

Über den Autor: Über einen Zeitraum von mehr als 25 Jahren engagiert sich Andreas Weber als international renommierter Business Communication Analyst, Coach, Influencer und Transformer. Er hat zahlreiche Firmen mit begründet oder als Start-up betreut. Seine Aktivitäten fokussieren sich auf ‚Transformation for the Digital Age’ via Vorträgen, Management Briefings, Workshops, Analysen & Reports, Strategic Advice. — Seit dem Jahr 2004 unterstützt er als Ratgeber und „Denk-Partner“ Prof. Dr. Detlef Schoder und sein Team bei der Innovationsentwicklung zu AutLay.com.

 


 

 

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Fotos: Lufthansa

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English version

 

Vorbemerkung: Als Teenager machte ich meine erste Flugerfahrung mit Lufthansa. Das war toll! Im Verlauf der folgenden 45 Jahren hatte ich mit der Kranich-Airline (auch einige Jahre mit Lufthansa-Senator-Status) so manche ‘Ups & Downs’. Neuigkeiten beobachte ich als Analyst stets hochinteressiert.

 

Mit einem Big-Bang, vielen Werbemillionen und voller Inbrunst inszeniert sich Lufthansa als Marke neu. Im Kern steht ein aufwendiges Re-Design — vor allen Dingen des Kranichs als Wappenzeichen — , das nach Schätzungen mindestens sieben Jahre zur vollständigen Umsetzung in Anspruch nehmen wird.

Die neue Markenwelt sei für ihn das I-Tüpfelchen der Modernisierung, meinte Konzernchef Carsten Spohr voller Stolz und Freude. Das wirkt. Experten werden nicht müde, sich über sämtliche Designaspekte im neuen Markenauftritt auszulassen. [Die Zeitung HORIZONT lieferte einen Überblick].

Der Nachrichten-Sender n-tv bemerkte aber zurecht mit Hilfe des Media-Experten Thomas Koch: Ob das Re-Design tatsächlich neue Kunden bringe und das Geschäft beflügele, sei fraglich. Der Kunde, so Koch, entscheide nach der Leistung [und Güte] des Angebotes. Ein renoviertes Logo als Markenzeichen sei da eher beiläufig. 

Lufthansa Marketing-Chef Alexander Schlaubitz betont, dass es um mehr [oder gar alles!] gehe. Wie sein Konzernchef sagte: Die Lufthansa bedarf der Modernisierung. Für das Konzern-Marketing heisst das, sich allem zu entledigen, was nicht optimal digitalisierbar ist, um der digitalen Transformation und der mobilen Kommunikation auf den Pixel genau gerecht zu werden. [Siehe Interview von Fabian Wurm].

 

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Das Lufthansa Logo seit 1990.

 

Das hatte eigentlich schon der Design-Urvater Otl Aicher im Blick, der Anfang der 1960er Jahre den Kranich als Markenzeichen im Rahmen einer umfassenden CI neu gestaltet hat. Doch seinen Anspruch nach Klarheit, Prägnanz und Einfachheit hatte man seiner Zeit doch etwas die Federn gerupft und Kompromisse an die Tradition verlangt. Erstaunlich, dass nunmehr, fast 60 Jahre später, man zu Resultaten kommt, die vielfach auf Aichers ursprüngliche Absichten zurückgreifen. [Hinweis: Das konnte ich aus erster Hand erfahren, da ich persönlich einige Jahre mit Aicher eng an seinem Schriftenprojekt Rotis zusammen gearbeitet habe, und er oft von Lufthansa und anderen Kunden sprach.]

Viel Lärm um nichts?

Wie so oft, ist das Kundenerleben im Umgang mit der Marke ein ganz anderes, als das, was vom Marketing vorausgesetzt wird. Zeitgleich verschickte die Lufthansa ein E-Mail (wohl an alle Kundenprogramm-Mitglieder, in modifizierter Form auch als Manifest per Anzeigenmotiv verwendet), das nachdenklich macht, da es das Selbstlob überfordert und dabei in vielen Stakkato-ähnlichen Satzfetzen den möglichen Kundennutzen ziemlich ausser Acht lässt:

  • Der Einleitungssatz beginnt mit „Wir“ (i. S. v. „wir bei Lufthansa“ und nicht im Sinne von „wir als Gemeinschaft“).
  • Der Kunde wird gleich zu Beginn, spitz formuliert, als „Flug-Begleiter“ stilisiert.
  • Es wird vorausgesetzt, dass Kunden dem Anspruch von Lufthansa folgen müssen.
  • Der angepriesene Claim im modernen Hashtag-Gewandt #SayYesToTheWorld ist lächerlich banal und impliziert, dass Lufthansa-Kunden am besten abheben, in dem sie zu Ja-Sager werden.
  • Last but not least; Das Key-Visual im E-Mail zeigt die Heckflosse eines Flugzeugs — gerade so, als hätte der geneigte Reisende seinen Flug verpasst…
  • Und last but not least: Eine Möglichkeit oder gar aktive Aufforderung, sich zum modernisierten „Outfit“ der Lufthansa unmittelbar und per Reply zu äußern, erhält der E-Mail-Empfänger nicht. Schade. Oder? Denn das konterkariert die Werte, wofür das Digitale im Social Media-Zeitalter steht.
  • Anmerkung: Es ist davon auszugehen, dass viele Hunderttausende Kunden das E-Mail erhalten haben, in jedem Fall vermutlich deutlich mehr, als zum Zeitpunkt des E-Mail-Versandes vom Re-Branding über die Medien Kunde erhalten hatten.

Der „krass zeitgemäße“ digitale E-Mail-Schuss ging damit aus meiner Sicht nach hinten los, weil es dem Kunden nichts bringt, sondern Eindruck schinden will. Das ruft bei mir ungute Erfahrungen ins Gedächtnis, die ich als langjähriger Lufthansa Senator immer wieder durchmachen musste.


Besser spät als nie: Das Kommunikationsruder rumreißen!

Sollte es tatsächlich darum gehen, die Marke Lufthansa, dem Selbstverständnis nach dem „Premium“ verpflichtet, ins Digitalzeitalter zu transformieren, müssen radikale Änderungen im Denken und im Kommunikationsverhalten der Lufthansa erfolgen.

Diese Aspekte sollten aus meiner Sicht bedacht werden:

  1. Entscheidend ist, die Innovations- und Technologie-Mechanismen so auszunutzen, dass Dialoge respektive Konversationen mit Kunden in Echtzeit entstehen, um für die Perfektionierung von Services und Produkten nutzbar zu werden, die sich am individuellen Bedarf des Kunden ausrichten.
  2. Die Marke selbst steht nicht mehr im Zentrum, sie wird quasi zum gemeinsamen Vehikel von Unternehmen und Kunden. Aus Mass Marketing wird Customized Mass Marketing. Legt man wie die Mehrzahl der etablierten Markenunternehmen den Fokus auf Brand Experience, um über die möglichst starke Strahlkraft der Marke per Mass Penetration Kunden zu beeindrucken und so zum Kaufen zu bewegen, kann man im besten Falle Kosten decken, aber kaum noch profitabel organisch wachsen oder zweistellige Margen erzielen.
  3. Die Realität ist zwangsläufig: Kunden fühlen sich mehr und mehr enttäuscht, wenn Marken offensichtlich den persönlichen Kontakt zu Ihnen verloren haben.


My Take

Manchmal erscheint mir der Kranich wie eine Schwalbe, die noch keinen Sommer bringt. Um bestmöglich kundenorientiert zu sein, und damit Unzufriedenheit und Loyalitätsverlust bei Kunden zu vermeiden, bedarf es aus meiner Sicht nicht unbedingt eines veränderten Markenauftritts, sondern zunächst der Änderung des Auftrags und einer Wandlung des Denkens der Verantwortlichen. Mit dem Bekenntnis zur Globalisierung, zur Weltoffenheit und Neugierde” ist ja bei Lufthansa ein Anfang gemacht. — But at least: Customer First! — Das ist umso wichtiger, da die Lufthansa laut eigenem Bekunden dabei ist, die größte Werbeinvestition in der Geschichte des Unternehmens” zu starten — nachdem 2017 das beste Geschäftsjahr in der Unternehmensgeschichte war, und man 130 Millionen Kunden verzeichnete. Ich bin gespannt.

 


Über den Autor

Seit mehr als 25 Jahren engagiert sich Andreas Weber als international renommierter Business Communication Analyst, Coach, Influencer und Transformer. Seine Aktivitäten fokussieren sich auf ‚Transformation for the Digital Age’ via Vorträgen, Management Briefings, Workshops, Analysen & Reports, Strategic Advice.

In seinem aktuellen ‚Think Paper’ hat Andreas Weber provokative Gedanken zu ‚Brand Experience vs. Customer Experience’ dargelegt. Mit den zentralen Fragen: „Was bringt dem Kunden eine Marke? Was bringt eine Marke dem Kunden?“.

Bei Interesse bitte Email senden, um das o. g. Think-Paper zu erhalten:
zeitenwende007{at}gmail.com

 


 

Heidelberg, MPS in Obersulm and the publisher of turi2 edition selected the most important media persons in Germany for a unique, masscustomized cover page for a printed magazine. In total a number of 1,241. All together delivered as “pixels” a complete portrait of each single candidate printed on Primefire106. — One of those media VIPs was Andreas Weber, Head of Value, Frankfurt am Main/Germany.


Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 24 November 2017

Welcome to a roundup of just 16 articles at the end of a quiet week for news, which tapered out almost completely by Friday. You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog discussing the increasingly difficult problems encountered in successful paper recycling, as inks and coatings continue to change quite rapidly in their formulations and content. Rather like chasing moving goal posts.

Key news this week includes a more than £2-million pound spend by Taylor Bloxham of Leicester, UK on a new highly-spec’d Rapida 106 from Koenig & Bauer on Tuesday; while on Wednesday Wrap Cube became the first UK company to use 3M’s 780mC Reflective Wrapping Film, supplied by Spandex (you must see the photographs to appreciate why this gets a mention); and on Thursday,

Heidelberg celebrated the world premiere of the Primefire 106 with packaging printers from all over Europe at MPS-WestRock in Obersulm near Heilbronn, Germany at the beginning of November; and Scodix announces the start of its commercial roll-out of the E106 Digital Enhancement Press at an Open House, from 4 – 6 December at Gundlach Packaging Group’s facility in Oerlinghausen, Germany.


See as well the real-time report by Andreas Weber: “Value Check: Very well done — World Premiere of Heidelberg Primefire106 at MPS Multi Packaging Solutions in Germany”


To end the week on a high note, we had just one article from InPrint on Friday announcing that last week’s show in Munich ended with positive results. The next InPrint will take place in Milan at the end of 2018, before returning to Munich at the end of 2019.

That’s it until next time. There’s more to explore if you check out the headlines carefully, including the British Book Design and Production Awards winners on Monday; and some sound advice from Charl Vogel at Ricoh South Africa on Tuesday.

My best regards

Mike Hilton



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Monday
British Book Design & Production Awards winners 2017
The BPIF announces the winners of the 2017 British Book Design and Production Awards, held on 16 November in central London…

UPM supporting learning with Save the Children
UPM supports schooling opportunities of young people at risk of social exclusion due to poverty…

Tonejet unveiled Cyclone at InPrint 2017 in Munich
Tonejet Cyclone unites patented technologies to eliminate long lead times and minimum print runs for cans…

Neschen expands portfolio with EcoLam 1650
The perfect introduction to high-end print finishing…

Tuesday
How some commercial printers get hamstrung over new kit
Some commercial printers who invest in new production equipment don’t necessarily get the returns they reasonably expect says Charl Vogel, head of Commercial and Industrial print at Ricoh SA…

At Ricoh’s ‘Art of the New’ event in Telford, UK today…
Latest version Ricoh ProcessDirector v3.6 introduces white paper manufacturing to streamline production…

Taylor Bloxham switches to Koenig and Bauer Rapida
Taylor Bloxham invests in new generation, high performance Rapida 106 from Koenig and Bauer, replacing two machines…

Harlow Printing invests in StitchLiner Mark III
South Shields operation future-proofs business with newest next-generation Horizon StitchLiner from IFS…

Wednesday
3M’s Reflective Wrapping Film now available in UK
Wrap Cube is first UK company to use 3M’s 780mC Reflective Wrapping Film, supplied by Spandex…

Label Academy publishes new industry textbooks
The Label Academy has extended its book series with the publication of two new reference books, ‘Shrink Sleeve Technology’ and ‘Label Markets and Applications’…

Acuity investment sparks year of growth for Art & Servei
Spanish packaging and POS printer looks back on a year of increased productivity and faster customer delivery times…

Storbildsbolaget adds EFI Vutek FabriVU 340
Swedish large-format specialist makes the switch to EFI Vutek FabriVU to meet growing soft signage print volumes…

Thursday
World premiere of Heidelberg Primefire 106 at MPS
Heidelberg celebrates the world premiere of the Primefire 106 with packaging printers from all over Europe at MPS-WestRock in Obersulm near Heilbronn, Germany at the beginning of November…

Scodix E106 press available from December 2017
Scodix starts commercial roll-out of its E106 Digital Enhancement Press at an Open House from 4 – 6 December at Gundlach Packaging Group’s facility in Oerlinghausen, Germany…

Sign & Digital UK to return to the NEC in 2018
Sign & Digital UK announces increase in exhibitor presence for the 2018event, from 24 – 26 April 2018

Friday   
Third InPrint in Germany ended with positive results
InPrint is now firmly established as the premier exhibition for print applications in industrial production…

The lead article from a week last Friday…

Easymatrix 106 die-cutter #100 to ship in December
The Easymatrix 106 die-cutter allows value-added products to be brought in house at Salzland Druck in Staßfurt…


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Recycling Paper Getting Complicated
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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

 

 

 


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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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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 20 October 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s roundup of 25 news items (actually 36 if you count the InPrint collection of 12 on Wednesday all rolled into one). You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog titled Eco-nomy’, which this week looks at how the marriage of ecology and economics is becoming increasingly obvious and necessary for business. As a result, developers are constantly moving to offer technologies that reduce product life cycle footprints, as well as perform more efficiently for their customers. Then we have Andreas Weber back in Online Features with his latest piece: #InfluenceB2B — Transformation for the Digital Age. Please don’t miss them.

Good news this week has been rather difficult to come by at times, after last week’s multiple events which gave it a welcome boost. However, there have been some interesting announcements and developments. Heidelberg led the headlines on Monday as it successfully recertified all of its worldwide locations to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management; while Xeikon has discontinued development of its Trillium liquid toner programme announced at drupa last year. On Tuesday, Ricoh South Africa took the lead with digitalisation in the fore at its new demo facility in Johannesburg; and on Wednesday, InPrint news took the first three spots for a dozen of its exhibitors, including Heidelberg with personalisation as a megatrend, as it prepares to showcase its digital 4D printing solutions for the automotive industry; and then we h ad Sun Chemical on Friday, which also announced its IPEX offerings the day prior.

On Thursday, Smithers Pira brought Heidelberg back into the lead, following its most recent report on leading makes of second-hand presses, which reveals that Heidelberg presses are the most productive in the industry – up to a staggering 66% more productive – producing the lowest cost per sheet. The report is available to download from a link in the article, so you can see for yourself. And to round off the week on Friday, Canon Europe has achieved Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for its Océ Arizona UV inks and Océ Colorado UVgel inks.

You’ll find quite a mixed bag of news in addition to the above if you check out the headlines carefully, including more post-Labelexpo successes from Mouvent, and MPS; as well as post World Publishing Expo from Kodak, which debuted new News CTP offerings, improved newspaper plates and its high-speed inkjet additions for newspaper presses.

Sales and installations this week include Ultragraph with Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK; while Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, has chosen a Goss Sunday 5000. On Tuesday, Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio has increased productivity by 30% with a new Stahlfolder TH 82-P with pallet feeder; and Dome in Sacramento, California has undertaken a multimillion-dollar investment in a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 and Rapida 205; while six months on from its Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press in the UK confirms its progress. On Wednesday, Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues its modernisation with a new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer. Thursday saw LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany invest in a FlexLiner inserting system from Muller Martini; and on Friday MP S celebrates the double sale of its hybrid EF Symjet press at Labelexpo in Brussels; and last but not least, Rengel Printing in St Cloud, Minnesota has more than doubled output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater.

What else? New kit from Duplo UK on Tuesday as it adds Esper direct mail solutions to its other brands portfolio; and a tailender from Manroland Web Systems on Thursday, as its introduced MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet at WPE in Berlin.

That’s all until next time.
My best regards

Mike Hilton

 


 

 


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Monday
Heidelberg locations worldwide recertified to ISO

Heidelberg successfully recertified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management… 

Xeikon terminates Trillium liquid toner programme
First demonstrated at drupa 2016, the technology has encountered several challenges in bringing it to market commercially… 

Sign & Digital UK back at the NEC next year
New visitor research inspires growth for Sign & Digital UK, returning to the NEC, Birmingham 24 to 26 April 2018… 

Ultragraph opens up new business with a Versafire CP
Ultragraph has replaced a HP Indigo 5600 with a Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK and is winning new business… 

Sunday 5000 press scheduled for Gotha Druck in 2018
Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, chooses Goss Sunday 5000 to expand portfolio… 

Tuesday
Ricoh SA offers a window into the digitalised future

Ricoh SA has created a new demo facility at its Linbro Business Park offices in Johannesburg, South Africa to provide a window into the digitalised office of the future… 

Hopkins increases productivity with Stahlfolder TH 82-P
Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio increases productivity by 30% with new Stahlfolder TH 82-P pallet feeder… 

Dome Sacramento chooses two Koenig & Bauer presses
Multimillion-dollar investment in Rapida 106 and Rapida 205 sends strong message of momentous growth strategy… 

Kingfisher Press’s Jet Press 720S provides growth
Six months on from Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press adds new customers and boosts revenue… 

Duplo expands direct mail solutions portfolio
Duplo expands direct mail portfolio with Esper DM-230V Pro Collator and the DM Mini Collation system…

Wednesday
InPrint 2017 Exhibitors’ top stories
Announcements for InPrint in Munich from Bochonow Maschinenbau Polar UV, ColorGATE. Fujifilm UK, Gardner Denver Thomas, GEW, Heidelberg, Dr. Hönle, Hymmen, Memcon, Ushio Europe, Wemhöner Surface Technologies, and EPS with Xaar… 

Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry… 

Tonejet direct-to-can at InPrint Munich 2017
Tonejet brings direct-to-can electro-static drop-on-demand digital printing to InPrint Munich, from 14 – 16 November… 

Game changing Mouvent impresses at Labelexpo 2017
Mouvent enjoys sensational debut at Labelexpo 2017 with its groundbreaking digital print innovations… 

Rapida 106 8-colour for Bialostockie Zaklady Graficzne
Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues modernisation with new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer… 

Thursday
Heidelberg up to 66% more productive: Smithers Pira
New report from Smithers Pira reveals Heidelberg presses are most productive in the industry and produce lowest cost per sheet… 

Kodak’s extended News CTP portfolio and more at WPE
Kodak helps newspapers achieve more productivity, cost benefits and sustainability at IFRA World Publishing Expo 2017… 

The Manroland Web Systems’ MainPad
Manroland Web Maintellisense takes the next step, with MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet… 

Sun Chemical offers brighter ideas for low-energy printing
At IPEX 2017, Sun Chemical to present latest innovations for sheetfed commercial and packaging and narrow web label markets… 

A leap ahead with the Muller Martini FlexLiner
LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany, has invested in a cost-cutting FlexLiner inserting system… 

Friday    
Canon Achieves UL Greenguard Gold Certification
Canon Europe achieves Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for Océ Arizona UV and Colorado UVgel inks… 

#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value… 

MPS reports highly successful Labelexpo Europe
MPS launches real-time ‘talk to me’ connectivity platform and celebrates double sale of its hybrid EF SYMJET at Labelexpo 2017… 

Sun Chemical’s unique product range at InPrint 2017
Sun Chemical demonstrates the breadth of its capability in Industrial print applications at InPrint 2017 in Munich… 

Rengel adds new Speedmaster SX 52 with Prinect
Rengel Printing more than doubles output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater… 

The lead articles from a week last Friday…

Muller Martini at the WAN Ifra WPE in Berlin

Exciting look into the mailroom with a pair of VR glasses… 

The success of the Manroland e:line family continues
Styria Media Group and Vorländer have decided for a series of the new Manroland Web Systems newspaper printing class… 

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Online Feature articles 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 in 2015, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

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#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value…

Previous…      ValueDialog: Transformation hits Print Technology + Innovation
Heidelberg verified at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, #IAA2017 what Dr. Ulrich Hermann pointed out in the ValueDialog:…

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Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017 Munich
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry…

Previous…      Every second counts at FLYERALARM
Rapida 145: Complete job changes in just two minutes…

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Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

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The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 16 Oct

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All in Print China to be staged at the new International Expo Center in Shanghai from 24 to 28 October 2018…

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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Canon Europa hat zu einer neuen Organisationsstruktur gefunden, die bestmögliche Kunden- und Marktorientierung ermöglichen soll. Interessenten und Kunden haben es nunmehr mit einem zentralen Ansprechpartner zu tun, der seinerseits die Koordination mit unterschiedlichen Canon-Experten steuert. Das Customer Experience Center von Canon in Poing bei München repräsentiert als echter Hotspot eine Erster-Klasse-Anlaufstelle für Print-Innovationen. — Am 20. September 2017 wurde zu den Production Printing Days 2017 nach Poing eingeladen. Das dargebotene komplette Leistungsspektrum an Hard- und Software trumpfte mit einer Vielzahl an Anwendungslösungen auf, die von Expertenteams erläutert wurden, damit die Besucher sich durch den wahren Dschungel an Neuheiten durchfinden konnten. Ein guter Zeitpunkt für einen ValueDialog, der Canons „Transformation Journey“ verdeutlichen soll. Mark Lawn, Canon Europe, Director of Graphic & Communications Group, stand Rede und Antwort.

Warum unterscheidet Canon zwischen ‚Commercial Printing‘ und ‚Graphic & Communications‘?

Mark Lawn: Diese Differenzierung bezeichnet unseren Weg, eine Art Profil unseres Auditoriums in einem dynamischen Umfeld zu finden. Viele neue Applikationen finden nicht mehr nur in klassischen Marktsegmenten statt. Nehmen Sie als Beispiel eine Firma wie Amazon, die nicht mehr nur mit Büchern handelt, sondern diese auch selbst druckt und damit zum ‚Graphic Communications Provider‘ geworden ist. Hier müssen wir als Technologie- und Lösungs-Lieferant anders agieren können.

Das heißt, Canon stellt sich darauf ein, mit unterschiedlichen Firmentypen zu tun zu haben, die einerseits eine Geschichte in der Herstellung von Drucksachen haben und im Digitaldruck weiterkommen wollen sowie andererseits Quer- oder Neueinsteiger, die mit Hilfe von Print-Innovationen neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten erschließen?



Inspirierend: Canon zeigte anhand einer eigens kreierten, fiktiven Marke auf, wie per Omnichannel Markenkommunikation funktioniert. Fotos: Canon Europe (oben), Andreas Weber


Mark Lawn: Ganz genau. Es gibt ausserhalb der klassischen Druckbranche, die sich auf industrielle Fertigung von Drucksachen fokussiert, eine Vielzahl dynamischer Anbieter, die ein breites, crossmediales Lösungsangebot entwickeln für eine Vielzahl an Kunden. Unsere Organisationsstruktur muss sicherstellen, hier jeweils einen zentralen Ansprechpartner zu bieten, der Wissen und Ressourcen bündelt, um individuelle Anforderungen präzise zu erfüllen. Im Bereich Graphic & Communications ist es entscheidend, sich in der Wertschöpfungskette nach vorne bewegen zu können, um zu einem möglichst frühen Zeitpunkt Einfluss auf Kommunikationsprojekte nehmen zu können und Print ins Spiel zu bringen. Also nicht nur mit denjenigen zu agieren, die Druckaufträge vergeben. Hier können gerade kleinere Dienstleister ihre hohe Flexibilität unter Beweis stellen. Das wollen wir aktiv unterstützen.

Dynamik bedeutet Veränderung. Womit müssen wir mittelfristig rechnen? Die drupa 2020 steht schon fast vor der Tür…

Mark Lawn: Pragmatisch gesehen, stellt sich die Frage: Womit beschäftigen wir uns heute? Aus meiner Sicht mit der Darstellung des Möglichen mit Hilfe von Print-Innovationen; es muss die Kluft geschlossen werden zwischen dem Stand der Technik und den Anforderung der Marken/Werbungtreibenden mit ihrer ‚digitalen’ Ausrichtung im Marketing. Hier wissen die wenigsten um den Nutzen von Print in einer vernetzten Welt. Die Print-Branche insgesamt muss sich in der Verantwortung sehen, das rasch zu ändern — vor allem auch mit Hilfe von Experten wie Ihnen als Influencer, im Social Media wie auch in Vorträgen.

Auf die Zukunft projiziert, heisst das, es findet ein Wandel statt vom Print Service Provider hin zum Business Solution Provider? Mit dem Focus auf ein neues ‚Ecosystem‘?

Mark Lawn: Da stimme ich voll zu. Das wird zwingend notwendig sein. Dazu müssen wir aber unser Silo-Denken in der Print-Branche aufgeben. Momentan ignorieren wir noch zu oft den Wandel, den ein Nachfrage-getriebenes Supply-Chain-Management provoziert. Neue Marktpotentiale werden so gut wie gar nicht zur Kenntnis genommen. Und: Wir erreichen mit unseren Botschaften noch nicht das richtige Publikum, um durch passende, neue Leistungsversprechen die tatsächlichen Innovations-Möglichkeiten, die sich mit Print, wie wir bei Canon es verstehen, überzeugend darzulegen. Denn nur so können neue Ideen durch konkrete Anwendungen in wertschöpfende Maßnahmen verwandelt werden. Die Branche muss sich zum ‚Problemlöser‘ transformieren, um jede Art von neuer Herausforderung nachhaltig mit zielführende Lösungen zu bedienen.

Vielen Dank für das Gespräch.


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Mark Lawn beim Pressebriefing in Poing. Video: Andreas Weber




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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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