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

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 17 February 2017

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

 


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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

 


 

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


 

 

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

Headline News

Over 28,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news page

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

Monday

Heidelberg celebrates 1000th VLF printing unit install

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

UPM Digi papers at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017

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

Asset Print opens new doors in Rondebosch with Xerox

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

In Print expansion features Horizon StitchLiner 6000

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

Pureprint Group picks Renz systems to expand its services

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

Tuesday

A record year for Langley Holdings

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

Manroland Sheetfed happy as a profit making press manufacturer

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

Muller Martini at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne

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

Fujifilm Jet Press 720S momentum continues to build

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

Duplo gets top marks for energy efficiency programme

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

Wednesday

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

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

Ricoh Europe announces the Ricoh Pro VC40000

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

We’ll Japan enters new market segment with Muller Martini

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

New press brings new opportunities for Omnipack

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

Qualvis Print & Packaging opts for latest Suprasetter 106

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

Thursday

drupa 2020 dates brought forward by one week

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

Duplo heading to Hunkeler Innovationdays next week

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

Sun Chemical at LOPEC 2017 in Munich in March

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

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

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

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

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

Friday

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital print

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

‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ Guide

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

Kodak introduces Prinergy Cloud analytics-enabled platform

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

SPGPrints at Label&Print 2017 at the NEC next month

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

Stephens & George has added two Stahlfolder TH 82-Ps

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

Leycol Print switches to Fujifilm Superia plates

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

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Strengthening Sappi Europe’s competitive advantage

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

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

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

GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

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

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

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialog exclusive Interview series

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

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

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

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

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

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

PaperLab Arrives!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Sat 18 Feb

Previous…  

Prizes for best behaviour

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 10 Feb

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

No 21 Hitting the 3rd Dimension

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

No 20 – Inks and their variations

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

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017

drupa 2020 dates brought forward by one week

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

Previous…  

Messe Düsseldorf to reconstruct Southern Section

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Website urls are:

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

Headline News
Over 28,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

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

GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

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

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

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

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

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

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

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

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

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

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2016 – 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Website urls are:

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

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

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 20 January 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of 20 of the best received during the past seven days, as well as the latest Verdigris Environmental Blog from Laurel Brunner, and the two very latest Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, bringing the total in this new series to 19.
You’ll find a number of superb sales and recent intallations among this week’s posts for leading technology from Ricoh in the UK; Heidelberg in North America; from Fujifilm with Inca Digital in Johannesburg, South Africa; KBA in the United States; EFI in both Spain and Israel; IFS with Foliant in the UK; Edale in Thailand; and MPS with its first Domino-powered Hybrid narrow web press in North America.
Event news this week came from this year’s sell-out EFI Connect customer event in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; with upcoming event news from Heidelberg for its participation in PrintWeekLive! In the UK which takes place from 8 – 9 March; and from Ricoh Europe on Friday, with its plans for Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne next month.
New kit this week from Intec, Zund and Drytac on Monday; from Canon with three new MFP devices on Wednesday; and from Komori on Thursday with its very latest Lithrone press, which it describes as the ultimate one-pass double-sided printing press to meet the most demanding requirements.
The tailender is from Sappi and Felix Schoeller, who jointly announced on Thursday they are to develop sustainable packaging solutions by combining their unique core competencies.

That’s it until next time.

My best regards,
Mike Hilton
 

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EFI Connect was a big success. Read more.

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

Headline News
Over 28,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news page

Week beginning Mon 16 January – actual date published also appears in article footline

Monday
New Intec CS3000 model launched today
Intec enhances ColorSplash digital imaging range with new CS3000 with affordability in mind for lower volume users…

Hubergroup develops MGA Natura sheetfed ink series
The fast-setting ink series is ideal for high-volume printing of food packaging and fast post-print processing…

Zünd adds more powerful, versatile, automated router
With the high-powered RM-L router option, Zünd brings to market a robust new 3.6kW routing solution…

Drytac announces new Polar Carpet film for graphics
Create ‘Slip Certified’ slip resistant short-term graphics for short pile carpets with Drytac’s Polar Carpet film…

Tuesday
Advantage Ricoh in digital colour printing stakes
ADP has swopped Xerox for Ricoh and it is thumbs up for the C9110 from the Dorchester UK printer. By Gareth Ward…

Classic Open House for Heidelberg’s classic X-Press
Open House at Classic Litho + Design, Inc. showcases cost-effective benefits of high-spec Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102…

Pureprint has fast turnaround work covered with Foliant
IFS-supplied Foliant Taurus Laminator supports demand for 24-hour delivery at Pureprint Group in the UK…

Edale eight-colour press for EVA in Thailand
EVA Enterprise in Bangkok, Thailand, returns to Edale to invest in full UV FL3 eight-colour label printing press…

Wednesday
Fujifilm and USS Graphics: A South African success story
Full-service South African commercial printer strengthens its Fujifilm partnership with second Inca Digital Onset in two years…

Heidelberg digital and litho live at PrintWeekLive!
Under the banner Simply Smart there will be a Press Center XL 2 and Versafire CV five-colour B3 digital press; with Anthony Thirlby representing Heidelberg on the discussion panel…

EFI Connect once again reached sell-out capacity
Global EFI customers from 37 nations jumpstart their business opportunities in 2017 at sold-out Connect conference…

Canon announces three new imageRunner Advance MFPs
New Canon multi-function printer series designed to meet the demands of today’s modern office environments…

Thursday
Sappi Europe and Felix Schoeller Group to collaborate
Sappi and Felix Schoeller to jointly develop sustainable packaging solutions by combining their unique core competencies…

Komori announces Lithrone GX44RP debut
Komori has developed the ultimate one-pass double-sided printing press to meet the most demanding requirements…

First EFI Nozomi C18000 for Hinojosa in Spain
Hinojosa selected for first worldwide installation of EFI’s Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated board press…

MPS EF SYMJET hybrid press first for North America
Meyers is first in North America to purchase the MPS EF SYMJET digital UV inkjet label press powered by Domino…

Friday
Ricoh at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017 in Lucerne
Ricoh to focus on end-to-end workflow with Ricoh Pro VC60000; and Pro C9100 at Hunkeler Innovationdays in February…

Premier boosts productivity with Promatrix 106 CS
Premier Folding Carton in Cincinnati reaping the benefits of Heidelberg’s Promatrix 106 CS die-cutting machine…

El Paso Paper Box adds KBA Rapida 106 seven-colour
Texas firm differentiates itself with perfecting, full inline UV, upgraded quality controls, and faster productivity…

Campus Digital Imaging adds EFI Vutek 3r LED printer
Newly launched roll-to-roll model replaces three printers, improving throughput and enabling same-day delivery for Israeli firm…

A couple of the key articles from last week… 

Xaar signs piezo inkjet printhead partnership with Xerox
Xaar has signed an agreement with Xerox Corporation to partner for bulk piezo inkjet printhead production…

Ricoh achieves BPIF ISO 12647 certification
Ricoh UK Products Ltd achieves world’s first UKAS accredited ISO 12647 certification for a digital press manufacturer…

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

Online Features Nov/Dec Chapter 08

Previous…   
Improving colour across suppliers
Colour is an integral part of every product we see and touch, and it elicits an emotional response. By Shoshana Burgett, director of corporate strategy for X-Rite Pantone…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

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

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Packaging Technology Cuts Emissions
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 13 Jan

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

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

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

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News from Messe Düsseldorf 2016 – 2017

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

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Highly attractive for startup companies such as PastBook in Amsterdam – print combined with social media provides access to new customer groups worldwide. Image collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main.

Executive summary of analysis by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Also see the analysis commentary.

 

Print is becoming increasingly relevant – not only on the stock markets, but also and in particular with professional investors.

However, a closer look throws up a great many questions and even contradictions for (industry) outsiders. It is virtually impossible to obtain an overview of the position of “print as a business” from the current situation. This is because print is big – with an annual turnover of some US$898 billion (approx. €830 billion) in 2015.

In order to be able to evaluate print correctly, three different aspects need to be examined and assessed:

  1. (Global) economic importance of print
  2. (Unexpected) growth drivers in the print business
  3. Positioning and strategies of technology suppliers

 

 

1. (Global) economic importance of print

  • The print market is extremely important, rivaling automotive engineering, the financial sector, and advertising. This is actually nothing new and has been the case for generations!
  • One key trend in the print shop market is that print shops are becoming leaner, but added value needs to increase despite shrinking production volumes. Print shops must therefore continue investing so as to improve production efficiency and unlock new growth markets.
  • drupa 2016 made it clear on a global level that print media have by no means had their day and can be put to more effective use than ever. It is therefore wrong to paint a gloomy picture. The prospects are excellent!
  • The only way to add more value with print, though, is to stimulate the demand for modern-day print products on a sustained basis. Print doesn’t sell itself!
  • New kinds of striking concepts that are geared to market requirements and adopt an integrative approach to the professional manufacture, distribution, and use of print media hold the key to the future of print.
  • In order to be successful in the printing industry, it is vital not to rely solely on vertical positioning in individual applications, but to cater specifically to customer and market needs and ensure continuous innovation leadership.

 

CIMPRESS, the world market leader in online print, has turned its new headquarters on the east coast of the United States into a creative temple for the art of printing that attracts talented “digital natives” to its workforce. Photo: Screenshots from Margulies Perruzzi Architects video. 

 

2. (Unexpected) growth drivers in the print business

A) Strong growth impetus for print thanks to digital pioneers

B) Online print – the most dynamic growth segment at present

  • More than any other part of the printing industry, the online print sector is a pacesetter that is already seeing strong sales, with significantly higher double-digit growth and maximum profitability thanks to standardization and automation.
  • Relevant technical innovations are identified extremely quickly and implemented in a way that immediately helps add value. 
  • The boom in mass customization in print will accelerate this development.

C) Trendsetting 4D printing opens up new dimensions

  • The 4D graphic printing process is one of the world’s most important emerging technologies (Gartner) and is only just getting started on the market. It’s still too early to provide valid market data/KPIs, but a look at the dynamic growth of 3D printing as a whole enables parallels to be drawn and evaluated.
  • The considerable importance and excellent prospects of 4D printing are in any case clear. Not only print shops and versatile online print businesses are involved, but also all kinds of other companies, including manufacturers of consumer goods, the commercial sector, and even online startups.

D) Packaging – core competence enjoying extremely strong growth worldwide

  • Almost half of global print sales are generated by packaging and label printing and the total will have reached around €472 billion by 2018 (approx. €390 billion in 2015).
  • The packaging and label printing market is currently expanding by some €25 billion each year and will soon account for over 50 percent of the global print volume. Online trade and multichannel applications including communication at the point of sale are key growth drivers.
  • Offset and flexographic printing are by far the most important processes and will still have to handle the bulk of production in 10 years’ time. Digital printing technologies (especially inkjet printing) are growing at an above-average rate – in particular thanks to manufacturers working together – but still remain at a low level in terms of market share.
  • Those print shops that offer integrated solutions geared to customers, a high level of automation/standardization, and digital process expertise are one step ahead of the rest. 

 


 

3. Positioning and strategies of technology suppliers – from compartmentalized thinking to a customer-focused holistic approach

  • There are thousands of print and paper technology suppliers. Printing industry customers are confronted with a multitude of identical or similar offers.
  • Despite everything – and probably also due to the ever-present digital print manufacturers who like nothing better than to predict the demise of print if the industry fails to invest in digital printing – manufacturers using traditional offset, gravure, and flexographic technologies appeared to be falling behind.
  • However, despite having to face serious crises that threatened their very existence, the long-established groups Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heideldruck) and Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) have maintained their strong position and been completely revitalized.
  • The world of offset printing, which was left for dead, has been successfully resuscitated and proactively integrated into the world of digital printing. Digital printing technology, on the other hand, remains compartmentalized with its standalone solutions and relies on displacing existing solutions through substitution.
  • Investors and the stock exchange acknowledged the renaissance of German companies KBA and Heideldruck at drupa 2016. The sales and earnings of both have improved as a result – with confident forecasts of upward share price movement.
  • For companies focusing uniquely on digital printing technology, on the other hand, big ambitions and significant research outlay have not had a positive impact on their share price to date.
  • The two German printing press manufacturers KBA and Heideldruck – the industry frontrunners – are successfully defending their leading positions and once again enjoying profitable growth. As things stand at present, Heideldruck has the best chance of building on its dominant market position in the digital era thanks to its holistic and expedient digitization strategy focusing on print.
  • Consequently, Heideldruck has become the pacesetter in the digital transformation of the global printing industry. In addition to different printing technologies, the entire print shop management process – including digital administrative/process control and cloud-based services – is being incorporated for optimum networking. The benchmark here is to ensure the best possible customer focus.

 

 


 

CONTACT / Further information and advisory:

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Printing is one of the world’s largest and most sustainable industries. Gartner’s market researchers consider innovations such as 4D printing to be a key driving force among 2016’s emerging technologies. Image collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main.

A commentary by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

See also summary of results. — Plus the complete report in three parts (in german).

The ValueTrendRadar Analysis entitled “Prospects for adding value with print” is now available and will, for the first time, provide a comprehensive, holistic view of the global print situation. There is good reason for focusing in particular on Germany, because this is where the modern-day printing industry originated, while the global perspective is not neglected either.

Quite clearly, print is an economic heavyweight. As one of the world’s largest and thus most sustainable industries, it is indispensable. The (partially unexpected) growth drivers of online trade, online print, and 4D printing combined with the core competence of packaging and label printing are creating lucrative incentives for many.

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This is resulting in a huge outlay for technology, innovation, and investment. The positioning of technology suppliers is separating the wheat from the chaff. Manufacturers focusing solely on digital printing technology see themselves as the “reformers” of print. Their substitution/ displacement strategy is not having the predicted success, though, because even after 25 years they have failed to win high market shares. Despite a high growth rate, their share of the market remains at an extremely low level. The bulk of print volumes comes from conventional technologies in a modernized form.

Germany’s long-established mechanical engineering companies (with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG at the forefront) have reinvented themselves, successfully integrating digital printing into the world of offset printing and taking on the role of pacesetters in the repositioning of print. The goal is to bring about the digital transformation of industrial printing with the focus on growth markets and versatile high-profile customers. Autonomous printing, automation, and standardization of all process steps – from online print to eCommerce – is possible but requires more than just technology innovation options. Above all, in-depth knowledge is needed for integrated monitoring and control throughout the print production value-added chain – also in the context of the paradigms of digitization. This extends from “digital” business management to new, cloud-based services and offerings that require an innovative go-to-market approach and sales communication geared to interaction.

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A sound basis provides room for maneuver. The only way to add more value with print is to stimulate the demand for modern-day print products on a sustained basis. Print doesn’t sell itself because, as already explained, new kinds of striking concepts that are geared to market requirements and adopt an integrative approach to the professional manufacture, distribution, and use of print media hold the key to the future of print. In order to be successful in the printing industry, it is vital not to rely solely on vertical positioning in individual applications, but to cater specifically to customer and market needs and ensure continuous innovation leadership that will maintain print’s role as an attractive part of the communication mix, even after over 500 years.

 


CONTACT / Further information and advisory:

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Print is Big: Impressionen vom neuen Headqarter der größten Online-Druckerei der Welt, CIMPRESS/Vistaprint. 

ValueTrendAnalysis:
Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print (Teil 1)

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Durch ValueTrendRadar-Analyse „Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print“ liegt erstmals eine umfassende, ganzheitliche Betrachtung des globalen Print-Geschehens vor. Aus gutem Grund liegt ein besonderer Fokus auf Deutschland, da hier die moderne Druckbranche ihren Ursprung fand. Aber auch die globale Sicht kommt nicht zu kurz.

Zum Autor: Seit mehr als 20 Jahren erhält Andreas Weber als Print- und Innovations-Analyst zahlreiche Anfragen zu Print-Themen — nicht „nur“ von international aktiven Investoren, sondern von Wirtschaftsanalysten, aus dem Bankenbereich und von Marktforschern. Zumeist geht es um Produktinnovationen resp. Technikanbieter, neue Verfahrenstechniken sowie die Lage der Druckereien im Allgemeinen. In über 20 international stark beachteten Einzelanalysen hat sich Andreas Weber vor, während und nach der globalen Print-Leitmesse drupa 2016 mit den aktuellen Print-Technik- und Markttrends beschäftigt. — Siehe auch die Zusammenfassung der wichtigsten Ergebnisse der nachfolgenden Analyse..


Vorbemerkung

Anfang September 2016. Das Handy klingelt. Der Anrufer fragt unvermittelt: „Würden Sie ins Geschäft mit Print einsteigen?“ — Meine Antwort: „Ja klar!“ Aus meiner wohl überraschend-spontanen Antwort ergab sich ein intensives, fast einstündiges Gespräch, dessen Ergebnisse hier von mir zu einem umfassenden Einblick zu Print zusammengefasst werden. Angerufen hatte der Chef eines Venture Capital Fonds, mit dem Ziel einen aktuellen, objektiven und umfassenden Eindruck zu Print gewinnen zu können. — Here we are!

Ad 1: Nicht nur an den Börsen, sondern v. a. bei professionellen Investoren ist Print ein zunehmend relevantes Thema. Nicht zuletzt durch Groß-Investitionen bei Print-Technik-Herstellern (HP Inc. übernimmt Druckersparte von Samsung) und (Online-)Druckereien (CIMPRESS übernimmt wir-machen-druck.de ; Bregal übernimmt Mehrheit bei Onlineprinters GmbH / diedruckerei.de).

Last but not least: Die Print-Technik-Traditionskonzerne wie Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) und Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG verzeichnen in 2016 wieder bessere Aussichten an der Börse, während fast alle auf Digitaldruck-Technik fokussierten Konzerne bei sinkender Marktkapitalisierung über die letzten fünf Jahre hinweg Kursrückgänge oder -stagnation verzeichnen. Und: Digitaldrucktechnik-Pioniere wie Hewlett-Packard und auch Xerox mussten sich aufspalten, um in neuer Konfiguration einer Rückbesinnung auf Printtechnik im Digitalzeitalter folgen zu können.

Ad 2: Die Herausforderungen, um im Print und mit Print-Technik zu reüssieren, sind enorm hoch: Das Printgeschäft ist nicht leicht zu verstehen, weil es hoch-komplex und kaum ganzheitlich im Blick zu halten ist. Für Aussenstehende resp. Branchenfremde tun sich im Detail viele Fragen und sogar Widersprüche auf; es ist fast unmöglich, sich aus dem Stand einen Überblick über die Lage von „Print als Business“ zu verschaffen. Der Grund: „Print is big“ — wie ein fundiert angelegtes Projekt aus den USA anschaulich macht, das nicht nur auf den US-Markt, sondern global ausgelegt ist. (Quelle: http://printisbig.com, herausgegeben vom Print-E-Commerce-Spezialisten Aleyant Systems).

Um Print richtig einschätzen zu können, müssen m. E. drei Betrachtungsebenen untersucht und bewertet werden:

  1. Print in seiner (globalen) wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung
  2. (Unvermutete) Wachstumstreiber im Print-Geschäft
  3. Positionierung und Strategien der Techniklieferanten

1. Print in seiner wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung

Wichtige globale Kennzahlen aus dem Jahr 2015

Globaler Umsatz mit Printmedienproduktionen:
898 Milliarden US-$, wobei ‚on-top’ rund 3.500 Milliarden US-$ an Zusatzumsätzen für „related services“ aggregiert wurden. Darin sind Content-Creation, Design, IT, Logistics etc. eingeschlossen.

Zum Vergleich:

  • 133 Milliarden US-$ für Online-Werbung
  • 102 Milliarden US-$ für Video Games
  • 15 Milliarden US-$ für Musikindustrie

(Quelle: http://printisbig.com auf Basis zahlreicher Studien und validierter Marktforschungsergebnissen).

Der Print-Markt ist hoch bedeutend und braucht sich kaum hinter dem Automobilbau, dem Finanzsektor oder der Werbebranche zu verstecken. Dies ist eigentlich kein Novum, sondern seit Generationen so!

Wandeln durch Handeln!

Die genannte ‚Print is Big‘-Analyse bezieht alle Print-Anwendungen ein, auch solche, die sich ausserhalb der hierzulande eng eingegrenzten Kernbranche „Druckindustrie“ abspielen, die sich allzuoft mit „hausgemachten“ Problemen beschäftigt, wie Unternehmensberater betonen. (Siehe das aktuelle Interview mit Michael Apenberger, Hamburg, von Anfang September 2016). Die Folge: Mehr und mehr Innovationen spielen sich ausserhalb der Vorstellungswelt der Kern-Branche ab resp. es gibt eine wachsende Anzahl von Innovatoren, die etablierte Druckereien unter Druck setzen (mehr dazu unter Punkt 2).

Der wichtigste Aspekt aus meiner Sicht lautet: Wie kann eine Branche — die seit hunderten von Jahren fest etabliert auf Innovation setzt, sich also permanent technisch erneuert und dadurch für nahezu jeden Menschen und alle Organisationen, Institutionen, Regierungen/Behörden, Universitäten, Firmen aller Art und sogar für Start-ups unverzichtbar wurde — wie kann eine solche Branche seit vielen Jahren ihre eigene hohe Bedeutung nicht adäquat einschätzen resp. Dritten darstellen? — Zur Erinnerung, mit Blick auf Deutschland und den Kernmarkt Druckbranche, ein paar Fakten:

  • Die Zahl der Druckereibetriebe und der Beschäftigten in Deutschland schrumpft erheblich (von über 20.000 Druckereien in den 1990er Jahren werden bis 2020 rund 7.500 aktiv im Geschäft bleiben);
  • die Produktion stagniert und geht in Teilmärkten zurück;
  • die Kapazitätsauslastung sinkt resp. schwankt im Schnitt bei 80%;
  • die durchschnittliche Entwicklung der Verkaufspreise sinkt seit 15 Jahren konstant;
  • kurios: Seit Jahren sind die Erwartungen der deutschen Druckereiunternehmer konstant schlechter als die tatsächliche derzeitige Lage ihrer Unternehmen.
  • ABER: Die Investitionen in Technologie steigen bei Betrieben ab 50 Mitarbeitern wieder seit 2014, mit leichter Delle in 2015, aber mit einem deutlichem Zuwachs für das Jahr 2016 (alleine in Deutschland geschätzt um 7,3 Prozent auf 644 Mio. Euro, was ca. 8 bis 10 Prozent des Weltmarktes ausmacht).

Quellen (Auswahl):


Ähnlich wie in Deutschland sind übrigens die Entwicklungen in allen industrialisierten Ländern gelagert, wobei deutsche Druckereien vom Vorteil profitieren, dass sie von einer nach wie vor hohen Exportquote von über 15 % profitieren und somit nicht nur vom Binnenmarkt abhängig sind.

Ein wichtiger Trend im Druckereimarkt leitet sich daraus ab: Druckereien verschlanken sich; dennoch muss selbst bei sinkenden Produktionsvolumen die Wertschöpfung steigen. Druckereien müssen daher nach wie vor investieren, um effizienter produzieren oder neue Wachstumsfelder erschließen zu können. 

Als wichtigste Aufgabe kommt hinzu, das „Go-to-Market“ für Druckereien und ihre Kunden zu verbessern, da große Wissensdefizite hinsichtlich der Möglichkeiten von Print bestehen:

  • die Kommunikation zeitgemäß stärken, um mit Kunden medial im Dialog zu stehen und v. a. um Marktentwicklungen pro-aktiv zu beeinflussen;
  • Erstellung und Bestellungen von Drucksachen vereinfachen — Lieferzeiten verkürzen;
  • neue Anwendungen (auch in Nischen) erschließen;
  • und grundlegend überdenken, wie sich Print im Kommunikationsmix nachhaltig positionieren kann.
  • Letztlich: Die Wertschöpfung mit Print wächst nur dann, wenn die Nachfrage nach zeitgemäßen Print-Produkten nachhaltig stimuliert wird. Print ist kein Selbstläufer!

Lichtblick: Überaus positive Signale, mit weltweit höchst positiver Resonanz, setzte die globale Leitmesse drupa 2016 vom Mai/Juni in Düsseldorf. Denn wie nie zuvor wurde das breite Anwendungsspektrum von Print im Digitalzeitalter aufgezeigt: 3D Printing, Multichannel, Functional Printing resp. Printed Electronics öffneten Horizonte. (Siehe die Auflistung der entsprechenden ValuePublishing-Analysen zur drupa 2016, in deutsch und englisch). — Gleichzeitig wurden Quantensprünge erkennbar in den Bereichen Workflow/Automatisierung/Business Management, Verpackung (Packaging) und eben nicht nur im Digitaldruck, sondern vor allem auch im Offsetdruck. Und das alles im Kontext mit zeitgemäßen Hype-Begriffen wie #Cloud, #BigData, #IoT (Internet-of-Things) etc. (Siehe z.B. die Analysen zu Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG sowie zur drupa-2016-Pressekonferenz des VDMA).

Ein weiteres Novum: Erstmals setzte sich durch die drupa 2016 Social Media-Kommunikation bei aktuellen Print-Themen an die Spitze. Vor allem über Twitter beschäftigten sich weltweit und in Echtzeit einige Millionen Fachleute mit den neuesten Print-Themen im Kontext mit den aktuellen Entwicklungen im Digitalzeitalter. Allerdings erfolgen diese Reaktionen und Interaktionen kaum durch Insider-Begriffe der Print-Technik-Welt, wird die nachfolgende Grafik zeigt.

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Analyse via Twitter: ValuePublishing Wordcloud zu #drupa0216. Grafik/Collage: Andreas Weber

Es wurde durch die drupa 2016 auf globaler Ebene klar, dass Printmedien keinesfalls aus der Zeit geraten sind, sondern wirkungsvoller denn je eingesetzt werden können. Schwarzmalererei ist also falsch. Die Aussichten sind bestens! (Siehe ValuePublishing, April 2016, „drupa ante portas: Automatisierung, Flexibilisierung, Digitalisierung machen Print zum Top-Wachstumsmarkt!“)

Lesetipp: Bernd Zipper, Projekt „Print lebt 2013“ – und wie ist es heute um den Druck bestellt? — Mit dem Resümee: „Die Attraktivität und der Nutzen von Printprodukten sind ungebrochen. Zumeist ist die Angst vor der Substitution durch andere Medien unbegründet. Und auch für die Gegenwart und die Zukunft hält Print noch einiges bereit. (…) Print lebt. Und auch wenn in verschiedenen Bereichen Auflagen zurückgehen, so wird – der ‚Krise‘ von Print zum Trotz – weiter gedruckt. Mehr als je zuvor.“

Der Beitrag wird wie folgt fortgesetzt: 


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Hochattraktiv für Start-Ups wie PastBook, Amsterdam: Print in Kombination mit Social Media erschließt weltweit neue Kundengruppen. Bildcollage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main

Executive Summary der Analyse von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Siehe auch den Kommentar zur Analyse!  |  English Version

 

Nicht nur an den Börsen, sondern v. a. bei professionellen Investoren ist Print ein zunehmend relevantes Thema. 

Aber: Für Aussenstehende resp. Branchenfremde tun sich im Detail viele Fragen und sogar Widersprüche auf; es ist fast unmöglich, sich aus dem Stand einen Überblick über die Lage von „Print als Business“ zu verschaffen. Der Grund: „Print is big“ – mit rund 898 Milliarden US-Dollar Jahresumsatz in 2015 (ca. 830 Milliarden Euro).

Um Print richtig einschätzen zu können, müssen drei Betrachtungsebenen untersucht und bewertet werden:

  1. Print in seiner (globalen) wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung
  2. (Unvermutete) Wachstumstreiber im Print-Geschäft
  3. Positionierung und Strategien der Techniklieferanten

 


1. Print in seiner (globalen) wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung

  • Der Print-Markt ist hoch bedeutend und braucht sich kaum hinter dem Automobilbau, dem Finanzsektor oder der Werbebranche verstecken. Dies ist eigentlich kein Novum, sondern seit Generationen so!
  • Ein wichtiger Trend im Druckereimarkt: Druckereien verschlanken sich; dennoch muss selbst bei sinkenden Produktionsvolumen die Wertschöpfung steigen. Druckereien müssen daher nach wie vor investieren, um effizienter produzieren oder neue Wachstumsfelder erschließen zu können.
  • Es wurde durch die drupa 2016 auf globaler Ebene klar, dass Printmedien keinesfalls aus der Zeit geraten sind, sondern wirkungsvoller denn je eingesetzt werden können. Schwarzmalererei ist also falsch. Die Aussichten sind bestens!
  • Aber: Die Wertschöpfung mit Print wächst nur dann, wenn die Nachfrage nach zeitgemäßen Print-Produkten nachhaltig stimuliert wird. Print ist kein Selbstläufer!
  • Die Zukunft von Print wird getragen durch fulminante, marktkonforme, neuartige Konzeptionen, die die professionelle Herstellung, Distribution und Nutzung von Printmedien integrativ angeht.
  • Erfolgskritisch ist, sich im Print nicht nur vertikal in einzelnen Anwendungsbereichen zu positionieren, sondern spezifisch auf Kunden- und Marktbedürfnisse einzugehen und dauerhaft eine Innovationsführerschaft zu übernehmen.

Der Weltmarktführer bei Online Print, CIMPRESS, hat mit seinem neuen Headquarter an der US-Ostküste einen kreativen Tempel für die Kunst des Druckens geschaffen, der talentierte Digital Natives als Mitarbeiter anzieht. Fotos: Screenshots aus Architektur-Video vom mp-architects. 


2. (Unvermutete) Wachstumstreiber im Print-Geschäft

A) Starke Wachstumsimpulse für Print durch Digital-Pioniere

B) Online Print — das derzeit dynamischste Wachstumssegment

  • Als Schrittmacher und auf bereits starkem Umsatz-Niveau verzeichnet der Online-Print-Sektor mehr als alle anderen Bereiche der Druckbranche ein zweistelliges und damit deutlich höheres Wachstum sowie maximale Profitabilität durch Standardisierung und Automatisierung.
  • Relevante technische Innovationen werden äußerst schnell identifiziert und so umgesetzt, dass sie sofort zur Wertschöpfung beitragen. 
  • Der Boom bei der Mass Customization im Print wird die Entwicklung beschleunigen.

C) Zukunftsweisend: 4D Printing eröffnet neue Dimensionen

  • Das druckgrafische 4D Printing-Verfahren zählt zu den global wichtigsten „Emerging Technologies“ (Gartner) und startet erst im Markt. Noch ist es zu früh, um mit validen Marktdaten/Kennziffern aufzuwarten. Schaut man aber auf das dynamische Wachstum von 3D Printing insgesamt, lassen sich Parallelen erkennen und bewerten.
  • Die hohe Bedeutung und exzellente Perspektive von 4D Printing ist in jedem Fall klar: Es werden nicht nur Druckereien resp. agile Online Print-Betriebe eingebunden, sondern auch Unternehmen aller Art, Konsumgüterhersteller, der Handel und sogar Online-Start-ups.

D) Packaging: Königsdisziplin mit weltweitem stärkstem Wachstum

  • Fast die Hälfte des globalen Umsatzes mit Print entsteht durch „Packaging“, den Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck: Bis 2018 werden es rund 472 Milliarden Euro sein (2015: rund 390 Milliarden Euro).
  • Der Markt für Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck expandiert derzeit um rund 25 Milliarden Euro pro Jahr und wird bald über 50 Prozent des globalen Druckvolumen ausmachen. Der Online-Handel sowie Multichannel-Anwendungen mit Kommunikation am Point-of-Sales sind zentrale Wachstumstreiber.
  • Als wichtigste Verfahrenstechniken dominieren der Offset- und Flexodruck äußert stark und werden auch in 10 Jahren noch das Gros der Produktionen bewältigen müssen. Digitaldruck-Techniken (speziell Inkjet-Druck) wachsen überdurchschnittlich, v. a. durch Kooperationen von Herstellern, aber auf niedrigem Niveau.
  • Die Nase vorn haben diejenigen Druckereien, die integrierte Lösungen kundenorientiert und mit hoher Automatisierung/Standardisierung sowie digitaler Prozesskompetenz anbieten.

 


3. Positionierung und Strategien der Techniklieferanten – Vom Silo-Denken zur kundenorientierten Ganzheitlichkeit

  • Die Zahl der Techniklieferanten für Druck- und Papiertechnik geht in die Tausende. Kunden aus der Druckindustrie sind mit einer Vielzahl von Angeboten konfrontiert, die sich mehrfach überlagern respektive deckungsgleich sind.
  • Trotz allem und wohl auch durch die Omnipräsenz der Digitaldruckhersteller, die allzu gerne den Untergang von Print prophezeiten, falls nicht in Digitaldruck investiert werde, gerieten die traditionellen Hersteller von Offset-, Tief-, Flexodruck-Technologien scheinbar ins Hintertreffen.
  • Aber: Die Traditionskonzerne Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heideldruck) und Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) mussten zwar heftige, existenzbedrohende Krisen durchlaufen, haben aber ihre starke Position behauptet und sich komplett erneuert.
  • Die (totgeglaubte) Offsetdruck-Welt hat einen Neustart erfolgreich vollzogen und die Digitaldruck-Welt pro-aktiv integriert. Wohingegen die Digitaldrucktechnik-Welt mehrheitlich mit ihren (Stand-alone-)Eigen-Lösungen in Silos verhaftet bleibt und auf Verdrängung durch Substitution setzt.
  • Anleger und die Börse haben den Neustart der deutschen Maschinenbauer KBA und Heideldruck zur drupa 2016 honoriert. Entsprechend entwickelten sich die Umsatz- und Ertragslage der beiden Firmen positiv — mit zuversichtlichen Prognosen für eine steigende Kursentwicklung.
  • Demgegenüber haben sich die Ambitionen und der hohe Forschungsaufwand auf die Börsenkurse der reinen Digitaldrucktechnik-Firmen bis dato nicht positiv ausgewirkt.
  • Die beiden deutschen Druckmaschinenhersteller KBA und Heideldruck, als Branchenprimus, verteidigen erfolgreich ihre Führungspositionen und wachsen wieder profitabel; wobei Heideldruck aus heutiger Sicht durch seine ganzheitlich durchdachte und zielführende Strategie zur Digitalisierung mit Fokus auf Print die besten Perspektiven bietet, um seine dominante Markposition auch im Digitalzeitalter weiter auszubauen.
  • Im Ergebnis ist Heideldruck zum Schrittmacher der digitalen Transformation der globalen Druckbranche geworden. Denn es werden nicht nur unterschiedliche Printtechniken, sondern das gesamte Druckerei-Management inklusive der digitalen Administrations- und Prozessteuerung sowie Cloud-basierte Services zur optimalen Vernetzung einbezogen. Die Maßgabe ist dabei die bestmögliche Kundenorientierung.

 

 


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