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Prolog

Blicken Sie noch durch? Was ist wichtig im Digitalzeitalter, was weniger, was gar nicht? Unsere wissensbasierten Analysen, Echtzeit-Reports und Netzwerk-Tätigkeiten begeistern Menschen rund um den Globus.

 


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Die Leistungsbereiche der Value Communication AG mit Schwerpunkte im B2B

  • BRAINWARE: Rent a Brain-Service — Persönliches Coaching durch CEO Andreas Weber als Ratgeber für nachhaltig-gedeihlichen Transformations-Erfolg auf Basis der Smart Communication-Methodik
  • SOLUTIONS: Projektarbeiten auf Basis von Netzwerk– und Influencer-Arbeiten (rund um den Globus!) für eine ‚nahtlose‘ Konversation — Fokus: Smart Communication Solutions in Kombination aus Wissen und Erkenntnis + Content Telling (and Sharing)  + Messaging + Presentation + Medialization + Interaction
  • MENTORING: Leitgedanke ist, die Kraft der Transformation dauerhaft nutzen zu können, um Menschen im Innersten zu berühren. 

 

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Erfolgsfaktoren (beyond consulting) 

#B2BInfluencer-Programmatik: Wir stellen sicher, das richtige Publikum nahtlos einzubinden, das (disruptive) Innovationen verstehen und nutzen kann. Mit dem Effekt, die Themen unserer Kunden in den richtigen Kontext zu bringen.

#ValuePublishing: Unsere wirkungsstarke, mediale, interaktive Kommunikations-Architektur ist einzigartig. Alles wissenswerte rund um Transformation fürs Digitalzeitalter mit Bezug auf die Werthaltigkeit von Kommunikation — angetrieben von Social Media im Team mit Print!

Referenzen

Wir sind stolz, über 500 Innovationsprojekte erfolgreich zum Ziel geführt zu haben. Wir erreichen die Elite der Innovatoren aus der Kultur- und Kreativ-Wirtschaft. — Unser Kunden kommen aus wichtigen Bereichen der Wirtschaft: Automobil, Handel, Finanzen, Technologie, Maschinenbau, Transport/Logistik, Kultur, Messen, Medien, Werbung, Marketing, Print-Dienstleistung.

Lesetipp

#ValueCheck: Die Krux mit der ‚digitalen‘ Transformation — Analyse zur besonderen Lage in der Print-Branche


Statement unseres Gründers und CEO, Andreas Weber

Transformation fürs Digitalzeitalter bedeutet für mich: Auf mehr Menschlichkeit achten. Wir behandeln Kunden stets wie gute Freunde: smart, vertrauensvoll, persönlich-individuell und wirkungsvoll!“


Hier auch das Video

 


 

Kontakt

Value Communication AG
Andreas Weber, Head of Value
Simsonstr, 6
60385 Frankfurt am Main
zeitenwende(at)me.com

 


 

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HEUREKA! At least I spent some time to re-think my analyst work results based on my 35+ years of business experience. — Conclusion: it shows the beauty of my smart business offerings via Value Communication AG partnering with amazing customers and biz partners around the globe! Happy to get your feedback! Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 

Preliminary Note

Do you still have the right perspective? What is important in the digital age, what less, what not? — Our knowledge-based analyzes, real-time reports and network activities inspire decision-makers around the globe.

Main areas of our smart and highly effective B2B approach by Value Communication AG

  1. BRAINWARE: Rent a Brain — Personal Advisory & Coaching by our CEO Andreas Weber for sustainable smart communication success to master transformation at its best
  2. SOLUTIONS: Project & Community & Influencer Work (around the globe!) — Focus: Smart Communication as a combination of Knowledge + Content Telling (and Sharing) + Messaging + Presentation + Medialization + Interaction to reach a seamless conversation
  3. MENTORING: Use the power of transformation to hit human needs


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Key for success (beyond consulting) 

  • Our #B2BInfluencer program guarantees to reach a great audience for any (even disruptive) innovation approach. At least customers could benefit from our unique method to put their topics in the right context.
  • Providing value adding services & solutions via #ValuePublishing: All about the transformation for the digital age with a deep focus on the real value of communication driven by Social Media + Print

Credentials

We are proud to have successfully implemented more than 500+ innovation projects to date. Our clients come from many important sectors of the economy: automotive, retail/commercial, financial, technology invention, trade shows, publishing, advertising/marketing, printing. — At least we support the cultural & creative industry as the key driver for innovation and transformation in total.

Personal statement

We work beyond the McKinsey’s, Agency Groups and Technology suppliers around the globe. We treat customers as friends — smart, intimate, personal and very effective!

 

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CONTACT

Value Communication AG 

Andreas Weber

 


 

Watch the video as well!

 


 

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Was bringt dem Kunden eine Marke?
Was fordert eine Marke dem Kunden ab?

Überlegungen von Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English Version

 

Marken schwärmen: „Wir schaffen Erlebniswelten für unsere Kunden.“ 

Die Frage, die sich mir stellt, lautet: Treffen Marken noch das Momentum, was Kundenbedürfnisse, oder besser: die Kundenbefindlichkeit, tatsächlich ausmacht? Oder führt eine zunehmend forcierte Brand Experience-Attitüde nicht am Ziel vorbei — schafft mehr Frust als Lust?

Vorbemerkung: Von den Besten lernen! — Bevor sich die Eingangsfragen beantworten lassen, tut ein Blick zurück nach vorne gut (’Back to the Future’). Apple ist ein Paradebeispiel, von dem wir lernen können. Mitte der 1990er Jahre im Dauertief, fast nahe der Pleite, gelang der Turnaround. Heute ist Apple seit Jahren die wertvollste Marke der Welt. Wie konnte das gelingen? — „Communication first“ war ein zentrales Statement des legendären Steve Jobs beim ‚Apple confidential meeting‘ am 23. September 1997. 

Mit der kurz darauf gestarteten, unendlich erfolgreichen „Think Different“-Kampagne leitete er einen gewaltigen Umbruch in der Industriegeschichte ein, um mit dem iPhone 10 Jahre später die Schallmauer zu durchbrechen. Apple macht seitdem einen höheren Pro-Kopf-Gewinn als die meisten Unternehmen Pro-Kopf-Umsatz. 

Jobs betonte, dass Produkte, Marketing und Distribution wichtig seien, stellte aber die ‚Smart Communication‘ über alles und machte sie zur Chefsache. Mit seiner iPhone-Präsentation am 9. Januar 2007 erzielte er ad-hoc einen Zugewinn von rund 1 Milliarde US-Dollar (Media-Coverage, Aktienkurszuwachs) ohne das Produkt schon verkaufen zu können. Der Kniff: Jobs führte das neue Gerät bis ins Detail persönlich vor und hat sich damit mit seinen Kunden und ihren neuen Erlebnismöglichkeiten identifizierbar gemacht. 

Das Credo: Smart Communication rückt die Customer Experience ins Zentrum und machte den Vorreiter Apple bis dato zur Premium-Marke Nummer 1. Als iCEO war Jobs zugleich auch ein engagierter Chief Communication Officer, um seine Vorstellungen Teil der DNA von Apple, seiner Partner und v. a. seiner Kunden werden zu lassen. Ein Prinzip, dem andere Unternehmen wie z. B. Berkshire Hathaway durch Warren Buffett oder Virgin durch Richard Branson vermutlich ebenfalls ihren Erfolg verdanken. 

 

 

Apple hat sich aus meiner Sicht mit Abstand als fähigstes Smart Communication-Unternehmen profiliert. Mit maximaler Loyalität bei Kunden rund um den Globus. 

 


Persönliche Anmerkung: Die Erfahrung kann jeder machen, der ein Apple Produkt kauft — so wie ich gerade den neuen iMac 27’’ mit Retina 5K Display und MagicTrackpad: Von der (Online-)Beschaffung inkl. Leasing bis zur Lieferung frei Haus, der kinderleichten Inbetriebnahme (allein das Auspacken des iMac ist ein Designerlebnis!), bis zu der iCloud-Anmeldung unmittelbar folgenden Welcome-Email von Apple — die Profi-Support anbot, der sogleich aufs Beste erfolgte — wurde in kürzester Zeit der neue Computer Teil meiner persönlichen Erlebnis- und Arbeitswelt. Mit wunderbaren Überraschungen dank zahlreicher Technik-Innovationen und Qualitätsmerkmalen auf höchstem Niveau. In Summe: Benchmark!


Fragen wir uns also:
Was unterscheidet Customer Experience von Brand Experience?

Von den besten lernen: Schaut man genau hin, verfolgen neben Apple auch andere der wertvollsten Marken der Welt ein ähnliches Prinzip: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Uber und Airbnb — alles überaus erfolgreiche Unternehmen der neueren Zeit, die das Customer Experience-Prinzip verinnerlicht haben und praktizieren. Von Experten wird gerne angeführt, der Erfolg liege am überlegenen innovativen Plattform-Geschäftsmodell. 

Aus meiner Sicht stimmt das zwar, weil exponentielles Wachstum möglich wird: man ist in der Lage, Millionen und Milliarden von Kunden direkt anzusprechen; aber Geschäftsmodell-Innovationen wie auch neue Digital-Technologien sind ‚nur’ Mittel zum Zweck — und per se keine Erfolgsgaranten.

Wir müssen also das Andere denken — Think different!

 

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Überlegung 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. Smart Communication stellt das sicher!

Überlegung 2

Die Marke selbst steht nicht mehr im Zentrum, sie wird quasi zum gemeinsamen Vehikel von Unternehmen und Kunden. Aus Mass Marketing wird Mass Customized 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 noch Kosten decken, aber kaum noch profitabel organisch wachsen oder zweistellige Margen erzielen.

Überlegung 3

Die Realität ist zwangsläufig: Kunden fühlen sich mehr und mehr enttäuscht, wenn Marken offensichtlich den persönlichen Kontakt zu Ihnen verloren haben. 

 



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hat in seiner aktuellen Studie „Reinventing Loyalty: The New Loyalty Experience“ (Herbst 2017) herausgefunden, dass 75 Prozent der CMO’s zugeben, dass bei Kunden-bindung/Kundenzufriedenheit Verbesserungsbedarf besteht bzw. dass sie gar nicht wissen, was ihre Kunden eigentlich beschäftigt. „This clearly demonstrates that CMOs feel that there is huge room for improvement when it comes to implementing the new loyalty dimensions.“


Die neuen ‚Loyalty Dimensions’ fußen meines Erachten auf ‚alten‘ gemeinsamen Wertvorstellungen, geprägt durch Vertrauen, Zufriedenheit, Verbundenheit (relatedness), die auch den Kern von Smart Communication ausmachen. 

In diesem Kontext zu beachten: Die üblichen ‚digitalen‘ Transformations-Bestrebungen führen am Ziel vorbei, da nicht Customer Experience, sondern die Optimierung unternehmensinterner Prozesse erfolgt, die dem Unternehmen Aufwand und Kosten sparen, den Aufwand beim Kunden aber drastisch erhöhen. Persönliche Rückfrage-Möglichkeiten von Mensch zu Mensch sind dann allzuoft kaum noch möglich.

 

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Überlegung 4

Um Unzufriedenheit und Loyalitätsverlust bei Kunden zu vermeiden, bedarf es aus meiner Sicht nicht unbedingt einer veränderten Qualifikation, sondern der Änderung des Auftrags der Marketing-Verantwortlichen. 

Warum?

  • Brand Experience legt den Fokus auf „buying“ und benutzt überwiegend kostspielige Medien und Kreativ-Leistungen Dritter (wobei wie Nielsen in Deutschland als Premiummarkt in Europa für das Jahr 2017 vermeldet, die Brutto-Werbeausgaben zum Teil rückläufig sind, trotz hohem Wachstum bei Mobile-Advertising). Die entsprechenden Strategien und Maßnahmen zielen darauf ab, Kunden ständig, fast wie auf einer Treibjagd, mit Werbebotschaften zu befeuern, anywhere, anytime. Sog. Bonusprogramm dynamisieren die Hetze erheblich.
  • Aber: Customer Experience setzt dagegen auf „serving & satisfying“ v. a. durch Direktkontakte und Dialoge. Customer Experience folgt dem Prinzip des ‚Listen & Learn‘. Die Echtzeit-Erfassung der Kundenerlebnisse wird genutzt, um Produkte und Services stetig zu verbessern. Kommunikation und Transaktion werden dabei so eng wie möglich, am besten nahtlos, verzahnt. — Credo: It’s all about interaction and relatedness by smart communication.

Überlegung 5

Das Brand Experience Prinzip führt nicht mehr weiter. Mit einer individuell zugeschnittenen Smart Communication-Architektur, die Customer Experience-fokussiert ausgestaltet wird, lassen sich Kundenbefindlichkeiten und Erwartungen am besten decken. Im Fokus: Great Conversations!

Wenn man die für Apple so erfolgreiche Smart Communication-Strategie systemisch strukturiert, aufs eigene Unternehmen adaptiert sowie im Detail das Wesen der Smart Communication exakt versteht, wird man extrem rasch auf individuelle Kundenbefindlichkeiten eingehen können. Es bleibt nämlich gar keine andere Wahl! ‚Communication first‘ geht dann einher mit ‚Customer benefits first‘.

 


 

Handlungsanweisungen 

  1. Think different! Stelle Deine aktuelle Branding- und Customer Experience-Strategie auf den Prüfstand und diskutiere Deine Erkenntnisse mit anderen.
  2. Überdenke und hinterfrage kritisch den Wert der gegenwärtigen Kommunikationspraxis in Deinem Unternehmen (gerne mithilfe des ValueCheck Fragenkatalogs).
  3. Listen & Learn: Verstehe und nutze die Insights, die mein White Paper zu „Smart Communication“ bietet, inkl. konkreten Handlungsanleitungen und Organisation-Modellen.
  4. Gerne stehe ich mit meinem reichen Erfahrungswissen für weitere Erläuterungen und Unterstützung zur Verfügung.

 


 

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. — Mit seinem Blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspiriert er Leser aus über 130 Ländern der Welt.

 


 

 


 

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Anna Grau: Lilith.10 (work in progress), March 2018.

 

By Anna Grau, Berlin | German Version

 

“This exclusion of the outsider runs through the whole history of our culture. Exclusion of a fear-inducing feminine element is always present.“ (Christa Wolf, author, from an interview to ‘Medea. Stimmen’).

“Above all, this includes the figure of Lilith, Adam’s first wife, who is virtually excluded from the biblical tradition as she was not only equal to Adam, but superior, yet she played an important role in the ancient Sumerian and Jewish traditions.“ (Quoted from Andreas Weber, “Fairy spot: Medea – A look back to the front!”, Laudation)

 

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Anna Grau: Lilith 8, 2017. 120×120 cm, oil/canvas.

 

The idea for the “Unleash Lilith!” cycle originated in desire to rethink and visualise in symbolic and contemporary terms the “fear-inducing feminine element” found in a woman.

I believe it is women who carry  this fear-inducing feminine element, and it is epitomised in the image of protohistorical Lilith. She resonates being the originator of unrest, a woman who is a disobedient, provocative, dissenting, emancipated, androgynous outcast, repulsive yet appealing at the same time.

My goal is to create a series of emotionally expressive women’s portrayals. In one aspect they present a new, marginalised, provocative expression of femininity, revealing women in all their beauty and otherness, while their other aspect is manifested through numerous symbolic elements. These include those found in nature, such as wolf, spider, and flowers, as well as somewhat pagan sounding inscriptions on skin, like “God does not exist” written in Russian on Lilith.3; a female slug of a dominatrix which looks oversized in perspective is a symbolic representation of an ’uberwoman’; long hair of Lilith.9 are reminiscent of tree roots or snakes.

 

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Anna Grau: Lilith.3 (God doesn’t exist). 160×100 cm, oil/canvas.

 

This symbiosis between a female body and symbols reveals a new dimension to interpret meanings that are almost mystical. Nature in its origin is seen deeply interwoven with the feminine element. A woman is the origin of everything and she is nature herself, the mother of all things living, or perhaps a witch.

My intent as a painter to raise these deeply philosophical questions through the dubious interplay between the good and evil taking place on the female body. I play up this contrast on canvas and the resulting tension appears to reach deep into the subconscious. Every painting is a symbiotically connected antithesis of the first mother and a witch, beauty and ugliness, irritation and admiration, good and evil, light and shadow.

I present women in an emotionally exaggerated way and save them in a fixed visual form.

 

 

The “Unleash Lilith!” cycle is a study of nature which is specifically female, and at least a part of it relates to a modern woman. I aim to revive the archaic sacral element of life’s origins found in every woman. In this context she is more reminiscent of a pagan goddess than of Madonna with the Child, and this unorthodox vision is expressed it in a new, contemporary form.

Every painting is enhanced by profoundly powerful symbolic elements and is meant to reveal a deep connection to nature and to show a woman the stage of life herself, the symbol of origins of all things living.

 

 


 

NOTE

The “Unleash Lilith!” cycle is not yet completed. Some of the paintings were already shown and very well received at art exhibitiosn like NordArt, Germany. — In partnership with Andreas Weber, Frankfurt/Main, Anna Grau will create an unique exhibition & roadshow concept including publications.

 

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Anna Grau: Lilith.10, March 2018  (work in progress).

 


 

By Andreas Weber, Internationale Senefelder-Stiftung ISS Advisory Board (inspired by the #Kolloquium)

What makes me excited about #Print? What is annoying?

+ Without the ‘old’ the present and the future would not be possible! The course for the information age was already set around 1800 (from print to chip / via Photolithography).

+ The unbroken fascination and the inexhaustible transformation potential.

+ The passion and creativity of those who understand how to create and thrive on print.

– The widespread failure to adequately depict and make public the print in public consciousness.

– The unimaginative and ignorant, blatant rigor of many manufacturers that supposedly offer innovation.

– A blatant lack of communication expertise that hinders thinking outside the box.


#ValueCheck: Bücher als Skulpturen — dazu der Schriftsteller Christoph Ransmayr: „Anselm Kiefer hat ein leidenschaftliches Verhältnis zu Büchern, besonders zur Literatur, und einige seiner beeindruckendsten Arbeiten etwa mit Ingeborg Bachmann oder Paul Celan verbunden. Seine bleierne Bibliothek schlägt wie nur wenige Werke der bildenden Kunst eine Brücke zu jenem Medium Buch, das uns auf fast magische Weise erlaubt, über Jahrhunderte oder Jahrtausende hinweg in einer Art Gespräch miteinander verbunden zu bleiben.“ #Transformation


#Freitagsgedanken: Was begeistert mich an #Print? Was macht verdrießlich?

+ Ohne das ‚Alte‘ wäre das Heutige und Künftige gar nicht möglich! Die Weichen fürs Informationszeitalter wurden bereits um 1800 gestellt (vom Druck zum Chip).

+ Die ungebrochene Faszination und v. a. das unerschöpfliche Transformationspotential.

+ Die Leidenschaft und Kreativität derer, die Print gedeihlich zu gestalten verstehen und dadurch begeistern können.

– Das breite Versagen, Print im öffentlichen Bewusstsein adäquat darzustellen und erfahrbar zu machen.

– Die Fantasielosigkeit und ignorante, blasierte Rigorosität vieler Hersteller, die angeblich Innovationen bieten.

– Ein eklatanter Mangel an Kommunikations-Fachwissen, der behindert, über den Tellerrand zu blicken.

#Transformation

Es gibt wunderbare Momente. So wie gerade eben, als mich unvermittelt eine zauberhafte schriftliche Nachricht von Annett erreichte. Ich bin verzückt! Und will dies sogleich teilen. Viel Spaß, Andreas Weber, Head of Value.


 

Lieber Andreas,

manchmal kommen auch private Aufträge bzw. Aufträge von privaten Menschen, die etwas beschriftet haben möchten.

Da war z. B. ein Pärchen, dass ihrem Sohn zur Hochzeit einen Text aus der Bibel geschenkt hat. Oder eine Dame, die in ihrem Garten Bienenvölker beherbergt und deren Honig in beschrifteten Tüten und anderen Papieren verschenkt …

Eine andere Dame lud ihre Gäste mit originalbeschrifteten DIN A4-Karten zum Geburtstag ein …

Arbeiten, die so richtig Freude bereiten, und sicherlich gewertschätzt werden.

Es gibt viele Anlässe, Handschrift einzusetzen; abgesehen von Grußkarten und Dekoren. Vielleicht magst Du diese Beispiele? — NOCTURNE ist auch aufgeführt ;o))

Herzliche Grüße von Annett

 


Kontakt

Annett Wurm, Gestalterin

Yorckstraße 50

D-52351 Düren

Mobil +49 (0) 171. 30 700 71

Telefon +49 (0) 2421. 22 59 771

mail@annettwurm.de

www.annettwurm.de



Wo nehme ich nur die #ZEIT her?

Gedanken von Andreas Weber, Head of Value, Gründer Das Kommunikationsparadies

Das Thema Zeit ist immer mit unserer eigenen Existenz verbunden.

Der allzu „Geschäftige“ wird verlieren, weil er sich als unsterblich empfindet. Ein schlimmer Irrtum.

Nur derjenige, der mit Muße und Umsicht agiert, ist Herr über sein Schicksal und agiert selbstbestimmt.

Muße findet, wer in Ruhe nachdenkt, kundig im Vergangenen ist und dadurch stressfrei seine Zukunft gestalten kann.

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A new design for CI and products: KBA celebrates 200 years of success. Photos: KBA.com

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 06 October 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 25 news items. You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog titled ‘Sustainability reporting on the rise’, which this week takes a look at the increase in the number of companies making a serious effort to report their sustainability credentials. You will also find two lavishly illustrated Online Features – a little belatedly – from Koenig & Bauer on its new corporate identity, which looks back for the future and also on its 200 years celebrations held with customers and special guests in Würzburg last month.

The week’s news comprises a very mixed bag with lots of interest in so many different areas, please explore for yourself and choose whatever takes your fancy. Of particular note, leading the headlines on Tuesday, is Two Sides with the release of its international survey ‘Print and Paper in a Digital World’ available for download from the TwoSides Website.

On Thursday, leading the headlines is Gareth Ward’s article titled, ‘Labelexpo underlines claim to lead industry development’, as the label industry once again convened in Brussels last week with plenty to confirm the health of the sector by way of innovation and business. There are also a couple of extremely positive post-show reports from Hybrid Software and GSE. You’ll find pre-event news for Viscom Italy from Ricoh with the launch of its first large-format UV flatbed press; FESPA Eurasia in Istanbul, IPEX at the NEC in the UK, the World Publishing Expo in Berlin; the Frankfurt Book Fair; and TheIJC 2017 in Neuss.

Successful sales and installations this week came from Heidelberg USA with two Versafires at Simpsons in Dakota; X-Rite at Coveris UK; from Esko at Permapack, following Hybrid Press Support within Esko’s Automation Engine workflow. Then Muller Martini with the world’s first Diamant MC Digital Book of One bookline at NBD Biblion in The Netherlands; and lastly from Core Image in East Kilbride, as it takes its first Stahlfolder from Heidelberg UK.

My tailender this week goes to Ricoh, as it opens its new Briefing Centre and invites clients, partners and organisations to co-create at its Telford facility in the UK.

That’s it from me until next time,

My best regards

Mike Hilton


 


 

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Week beginning Mon 02 October – the published date appears in article footline

Monday

Koenig & Bauer at WPE 2017 in Berlin

With a new corporate design and extended service portfolio… 

Frey Plus in Ulm holds direct marketing open house

Open house at Frey Plus: lower costs and healthy sleep thanks to ‘Hilde’ and ‘Hektor’ Muller Martini MailLiners… 

Horizon FoldLiner joins IFS portfolio

New solution streamlines saddle stitched production… 

Simpsons chooses Versafires in digital press update

Simpsons Printing continues 10 years of expansion with a move to new Heidelberg Versafire digital presses… 

Coveris UK adopts X-Rite ColorCert and eXact Scan

Company to extend closed-loop colour management to its UK flexible packaging plants as label manufacturing standard… 

Tuesday

Print and Paper Packs a Punch in a Digital World

The results of an international survey by Two Sides provides unique insight into how print and paper is viewed, preferred and trusted by consumers around the globe… 

EFI acquires Escada Systems in UK and US

EFI extends offering for the corrugated packaging market… 

Ricoh’s first UV large-format flatbed printer

Ricoh enters industrial market with Ricoh Pro T7210 large-format UV flatbed launch at Viscom Italia 12 to 14 October… 

Creative Edge iC3D v5.0 breaks new ground realism

Latest release from Creative Edge Software adds greater luxury factor at Luxe Pack Monaco 2017… 

Nazdar Ink Technologies at TheIJC 2017

Nazdar to present latest developments and future innovations of inkjet at TheIJC 2017 in October… 

Wednesday

Mondi at the Frankfurt Book Fair 11 – 15 October

Mondi to exhibit its wide range of professional paper solutions for book printing from 11 to 15 October in Frankfurt… 

Tolerans to debut stitching solutions at WPE in Berlin

New Tolerans FLOWLINER revolutionary in-line stitcher for quarter-folded products now in operation in Sweden… 

BPIF to provide free support advice at IPEX

Print industry experts BPIF to provide advice and support free of charge to IPEX 2017 attendees at the NEC… 

Duplo DuSense sensory coater launch set for IPEX

The DuSense DDC-810 sensory coater to be launched at IPEX at the NEC Birmingham, from 31 October to 3 November…  

IFS to host Taurus 520 SF 4×4 launch at IPEX

Sophisticated double-sided laminator ideal for high volumes…  

Thursday

Labelexpo underlines claim to lead industry development

The label industry once again convened in Brussels last week with plenty to confirm the health of the sector by way of innovation and business. By Gareth Ward… 

GSE enjoyed a successful Labelexpo

GSE achieves seven ink dispensing machine sales and acclaim for Ink manager software at Labelexpo Europe… 

Ricoh opens briefing centre at Telford facility

Clients, partners and organisations are all invited to co-create at Ricoh’s new briefing centre in the UK… 

Esko makes hybrid printing a piece of cake

Permapack experiences faster and more secure print workflow with Hybrid Press Support within Automation Engine… 

Muller Martini Diamant MC enhances book conversion

The world’s first Diamant MC Digital Book of One bookline at NBD Biblion enhances its service for libraries… 

Friday    

Exhibitors show commitment to FESPA Eurasia 2017

FESPA Eurasia 2017 will take place at CNR Expo, Istanbul, from 7 – 10 December and continues to demonstrate its importance… 

Future Skills programme at IPEX 2017 later this month

IPEX announces its ‘Future Skills’ programme, providing a platform to discuss the print industries skills agenda… 

Three Compacta 818 web presses for the EDS Group

Leading print provider Euro-Druckservice invests in Koenig & Bauer technology for Vác/Hungary and Poznan/Poland… 

Hybrid Software had record week at Labelexpo

Hybrid Software’s commitment to innovation was validated strongly at Labelexpo 2017 with ?1.2 million sales… 

Core Image takes its first Stahlfolder from Heidelberg UK

East Kilbride printer says the arrival of a Stahlfolder Ti52 completes a relentless period of investment… 

The lead articles from a week last Friday…

Canon SA captivates at FESPA Africa 2017

Canon was the star of the show at the African region’s largest dedicated print and signage exhibition… 

Lightning Printers speeds up production with Xerox

The Port Shepstone-based South African company has advanced its digital printing capabilities with a Xerox Versant 80… 

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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.

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

Koenig & Bauer: Successful anniversary week on 200th birthday

Former German Federal President Horst Köhler and three key industry CEOs as speakers at the Open Day, when 650 guests from all over the world attended the official ceremony… 

200 years Koenig & Bauer: The future needs an origin

With clear strategy and new market appearance Koening & Bauer enters into its third Century, as it looks back to the future, with confidence…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Sustainability reporting on the rise

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 02 Oct

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Drupa Newsroom

Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017 and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into Chapters for your convenience… just scroll down to view each Chapter

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…     Intelligent Printing in Focus

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

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

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

 


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Shirley Shen running a workshop in Shanghai.

 

We proudly present the extraordinary art collection of Shirley Shen from Shanghai. Supported and presented in Germany by Fang Biefang and Andreas Weber. The idea: To share information and to find partners for workshops and exhibitions in Germany.

 

Shen, Wei Yuan was born in 1972 in a little village close to Ning Bo on the east coast of China. As a daughter of an antique dealer she grew up with the treasures preserved during the Cultural Revolution which were mainly folk art. When she was 20 years old she moved with her father to Shanghai where he opened a small antique shop in the heart of Shanghai. Wei Yuan was interested in her new environment and exposed to the international way of living. She started to attend an evening school to study English and also take computer classes.

At age 24 Wei Yuan took a western name, Shirley, like many Chinese people do. At that time she started her own antique store but her focus was different from most. Shirley was interested in the cultural heritage of China and started dealing and collecting: Chinese emperor robes, ancestor paintings, bound feet shoes and king fish feather jewelry. Her big, international, success came with the internet in 1999. Now she had, as one of the first Chinese antique dealers, a window to the outside world which did not go unnoticed.

With western magazines interest in her collection but even more her life story, Shirley became a small icon. As she grew in knowledge and ‘fame’ so did her collection. Wei Yuan uses her extensive collection of robes, shoes and jewelry to educate and show the beauty of the Chinese history.

Unknown to the western society and forgotten and misunderstood by Chinese Shirley Shen wants to bring back awareness of the Chinese cultural heritage.

 

Ancestor portraits

Ancestor portraits, also called genealogy paintings, were used for worshiping ancestors during the Chinese Spring Festival and were passed through generations. Characters on the paintings should wear court robes and ornamentations. Official titles and ranks were also required on the paintings.

Ancestor portraits were in elaborate style and were mounted on central scrolls (Zhongtang). At ordinary times, they were treasured in ancestral halls.

 

Qing Dynasty Costumes

Qing Dynasty costumes can be divided into two categoriescourt robes and folk costumes. Styles of court robes are fixed with different patterns to distinguish official positions. With their styles, textures and patterns different from court robes, folk costumes are more enriched and diversified in their forms.

With an endless variety of embroidery techniques and with textures representing implied meanings and connotations, Qing Dynasty costumes have become one of the best fabrics that have artistic and ornamental values.

 

Kingfisher Feather Art

“Cui” in ” Dian Cui” (also known as kingfisher feather art) means the feather of kingfisher. Kingfisher feather art is a perfect combination of Chinese traditional metal art and feather art.

Kingfisher feather accessories give an expression to a beauty with a perfect balance between resplendence and plainness, representing the uniqueness of oriental accessories in their details and implicit beauty as well as delicacy of their techniques.

 

The Three-Inch Golden Lotus Shoes

It’s a unique custom in China. Women in old times started foot binding from childhood, making their feet as small as the bud of lotus. When the foot size is within three inch, it’s called golden lotus, within four inch silver lotus and bigger than four inch iron lotus. The shape and size of women’s feet were regarded as an important standard of women’s beauty.

 


 

Shirley Shen explains the secrets of her art collection

 

 


 

Contact

Andreas Weber and Fang Biefang via email:
zeitenwende007(at)gmail.com

 

For our German speaking audience: watch the lovely conversation of Fang Biefang and Andreas Weber.

 

 

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Interview by Tiago Keese, Journalist, São Paulo, Brazil

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

Note: Click to access the interview in português language.

 


At a glance

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

 

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

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

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

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

  • Is the internet an ally of printing?

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • What are the main topics of your speech?

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

In my Keynote the attendees will learn:

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

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

 

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

 

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