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„Wir gestalten für Heidelberg die Kundenschnittstellen neu und bauen ein nahtloses digitales Ökosystem für Heidelberg-Kunden.“ Rainer Wiedmann, Leiter Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU) und Chief Marketing Officer der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

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Neues digitales Ökosystem für die Printmedien-Industrie

Die Mitte 2017 von Vorstandschef Rainer Hundsdörfer in Aussicht gestellte neue ‚Leuchtturm-Funktion’ von Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG nimmt in ungebrochen-dynamischer Form weiter Gestalt an. „Heidelberg baut mit neuer Digital Unit E-Commerce-Geschäft, Internetpräsenz und digitale Marketingkompetenz aus“, wurde jüngst durch Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Vorstandsmitglied und Chef Digital Officer, verlautbart.

Was verbirgt sich dahinter? Darüber gibt Rainer Wiedmann per ValueDialog erstmals öffentlich Auskunft. Wiedmann ist ein erfolgreicher Digital-Pionier und seit 1. April 2018 Leiter des Start-ups Heidelberg Digital Unit (kurz: HDU); gleichzeitig fungiert er als Chef Marketing Officer des Heidelberg-Konzerns. — Das Gespräch führte Andreas Weber, Head of Value.

 

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Fakten zur neuen Heidelberg Digital Unit GmbH (HDU)

Website: https://hdu.heidelberg.com

Standort: Wiesloch-Walldorf, Dependancen in China, USA und Asien

Mitarbeiterzahl zum Start am 1. April 2018: 50

Zielsetzung: Als dynamisch wachsendes Unternehmen ein führendes digitales Ökosystem der Print-Branche etablieren

Partner ist der Internetspezialist iQ!


Dr. Ulrich Hermann treibt als CDO auf Vorstandseben die digitale Transformation von Heidelberg dynamisch voran. 


Aufgabenstellungen für HDU

  • Bündelung globales Marketing und E-Commerce unter dem Dach der HDU.
  • Die unterschiedlichen Vertriebskanäle von Heidelberg in einem Kanal (Omnichannel) zu bündeln, zu harmonisieren und aufeinander abzustimmen.
  • Zusammenfassung aller Marketingaktivitäten mit dem Schwerpunkt auf den Ausbau und die Gestaltung des digitalen Kundenerlebnisses bei der Anbahnung von Geschäft sowie im laufenden Kundenkontakt.
  • Dem Kunden über alle Fachfunktionen bei Heidelberg konsistente Betreuung bieten, um produktübergreifend und entsprechend seines individuellen Bedarfs zu beraten.
  • Über den Ausbau der eCommerce Plattform profitiert Heidelberg im Gegenzug von Effizienz-Gewinnen bei der Lieferung von Verbrauchsmaterialen und Dienstleistungen.

 

Digitale Geschäftsmodelle beflügeln die Customer Journey

Herr Wiedmann, Sie gehörten bereits vor über 20 Jahren — damals mit der Neugründung der vom Start weg erfolgreichen Multimedia-Agenturgruppe Argonauten – zu den Pionieren im Digital-Sektor. Was hat sich seitdem geändert?

Rainer Wiedmann: Ich habe mich damals schon intensiv mit der Gestaltung der Schnittstellen zum Kunden beschäftigt. Der Ansatz führte über die Innovation im Marketing hin zu E-Commerce. Heute stehen ganzheitliche digitale Geschäftsmodelle im Fokus. Durch IoT (Internet-of-Things), Machine-Learning, Sprachsteuerung usw. ist erstmals eine vollständige digitale Customer Journey möglich, nicht nur Marketing & Vertrieb, sondern viele weitere Teile der Wertschöpfungskette werden digitalisiert. 

Sie sehen also eine linear-dynamische Entwicklung?

Rainer Wiedmann: Ich sehe eine äußerst starke Dynamik. Entscheidend ist heute nicht mehr die bloße Präsenz im Internet. Der Zugang zu Kunden und die Interaktion mit den Kunden haben die höchste Relevanz. Das neue Dogma lautet: Nur wer die optimale Schnittstelle zum Kunden bietet, kann über Digitalisierung einen Wert generieren. 

Was reizt Sie daran, ausgerechnet im Maschinenbau-Sektor mit der HDU Neuland zu beschreiten?

Rainer Wiedmann: Ich bin selbst von Hause aus Ingenieur und habe nach dem Studium am St. Galler Technologie-Management-Institut wichtige Erfahrungen mit zahlreichen Industriekunden gesammelt. Durch neue Formen der ‚Connectivity‘ ändert sich der Maschinenbau rasant. Heidelberg hat in diesem Szenario eine herausragende Position. 

Wieso?

Rainer Wiedmann: Unsere Maschinen sind lange schon vernetzt, Vertrieb und Service werden global in Eigenregie geführt, neben Hard- und Software ergänzen Verbrauchsmaterialien das Portfolio. 

Zudem verfügt Heidelberg über ein Top-Management, das Transformation durch Digitalisierung exakt versteht, wie man u. a. am Beispiel des in der Branche neuen Subscriptions-Modells sehen kann. Für mich sind das in Summe die allerbesten Voraussetzungen!  

In Medias Res: Was HDU ausmacht

Wie positioniert sich in diesem Kontext die Neugründung HDU?

Rainer Wiedmann: Wir gestalten für Heidelberg die Kundenschnittstellen mit dem Ziel,  ein nahtloses digitales Ökosystem für Heidelberg-Kunden aufzubauen.

Was sind die Kernwerte von HDU?

Rainer Wiedmann: HDU definiert sich durch da Stiften von Mehrwert geprägt durch Permanenz, Konsistenz und Relevanz. Der Wert von HDU besteht vor allem darin, möglichst viele Kunden und Interessenten mit wöchentlicher, sondern besser noch täglicher Nutzung einzubinden. Entscheidend dabei ist, eben nicht nur viele Nutzer im System zu registrieren — quasi als Karteileichen –, sondern möglichst viele „Active Users“ zu haben. Content, Funktion, Reichweite plus Interaktion sind aus meiner Sicht der Schlüssel zum Erfolg.

Trifft Ihr neuer Ansatz mit HDU die Kultur bei Heidelberg?

Rainer Wiedmann: Ich erlebe die Menschen bei Heidelberg einerseits als offen und  innovativ. Andererseits handelt man gerne nach exakten Regeln.. Im Kontext mit digitaler Transformation gilt aber aus meiner Sicht: Man muss die Mitarbeiter stärker über Ziele führen…

… und was bringt das?

Rainer Wiedmann: Ein Vorteil von HDU, der sich auf Heidelberg übertragen lässt, ist es, dass wir zum Erreichen vorgegebener Ziele bzw. der optimalen Zielerreichung an der Struktur der Regeln im Team arbeiten, um konstant Anpassungen vornehmen zu können, sobald dies nötig wird.

Die technische Innovationsfähigkeit bei Heidelberg ist unbestritten. Wie sieht es aus Ihrer Sicht bei den Heidelberg-Kunden aus? Gibt es Vorbehalte gegenüber der Digitalisierung?

Rainer Wiedmann: Die Digitalisierung bei unseren Kunden ist weit vorangeschritten, denn digitale Daten sind schon lange die Basis für Print-Produktionen aller Art. Auch E-Commerce ist kein Neuland. Durch Online-Print via Internet ist ein riesiger neuer Wachstums-Markt entstanden. Unser Ansatz, mit den Kunden intensiv zu arbeiten, um quasi ein digitales ‚Rund-um-sorglos-Paket‘ anzubieten, wird darum sehr gut aufgenommen. Wenn man weiss, was zu tun ist, die Ziele klar sind, wird Digitalisierung im Print durchweg als Chance gesehen.

Digitale Prozesse in der Druckerei sind das eine. Das Go-to-Market im Digitalzeitalter das andere. Hier hapert es aus meiner Sicht. Oder?

Rainer Wiedmann: Für mich ist es wichtig, dass der Kunde im Dialog mit uns durch Heidelberg bestmöglich erleben kann, wie sich Digitalisierung positiv auswirkt. Erst durch persönliches Erleben entsteht der umfassende Eindruck, wie Druckereien dies auch für ihre Kundenbeziehungen wirkungsvoll nutzen können.


 

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Screenshots von der neuen Website der Heidelberg Digital Unit 


HDU-Mission-Statements

Wir entwickeln innovative digitale Vertriebs-, Marketing- und Servicelösungen entlang der Customer Journey und schaffen messbare Ergebnisse mit einem funktionsübergreifenden Team und erfolgsorientierten externen Partnern.“

„Wir tragen zur operativen Exzellenz aller Heidelberg-Einheiten bei, indem wir ein digitales, state-of-the-art Ökosystem bieten, das in diesem Bereich Maßstäbe setzt.“

„Wir scheuen kein Risiko. Wir verlassen uns auf unser Unternehmertum und treffen unerwartete und disruptive Entscheidungen, die uns beim Kunden nach vorne bringen.“

„Wir lassen uns nicht davon abhalten, unsere Ziele und Träume zu verwirklichen. Durch kontinuierliches Streben und Messen kommen wir zum Erfolg.“

„Wir leben digital. Wir arbeiten gerne mit Menschen zusammen, die happy das Büro verlassen, weil jeder sein Bestes geben konnte und stolz ist, Teil des Ganzen zu sein.“


Das Credo: Klare Ziele und messbare Erfolge

Sie sind bei HDU mit 50 Mitarbeitern gestartet und wollen rasch wachsen. Welche Talente brauchen Sie?

Rainer Wiedmann: Rund 80 Prozent unserer Startmannschaft sind sehr erfahren und äußerst kundig im Print-Markt. Das ergänzen wir durch neue Leute, die Erfahrung haben im E-Commerce, im Digitalen Marketing, mit Social Media und so weiter. 

Was zeichnet ihr Team aus?

Rainer Wiedmann: Der richtige Mix! Gegenseitiger Respekt und die gemeinsamen Ziele machen uns als „gemischtes“ Team besonders schlagkräftig. Die herausragende Marktposition von Heidelberg und unsere räumliche Nähe zum Unternehmen ist da sehr hilfreich und motiviert uns alle. Das drückt unser unverrückbares Bekenntnis ‚Born in Heidelberg’ bestens aus. Und macht uns über Branchengrenzen hinaus attraktiv als Arbeitgeber.

Wie wird die Arbeit von HDU in den Heidelberg-Konzern-Alltag integriert? Wie funktioniert das Zusammenspiel?

Rainer Wiedmann: Die Startphase verläuft schon einmal vielversprechend, da wir aktiv auf die Kollegen zugehen und umfassend informieren und zuhören. Wir haben Ansprechpartner für die einzelnen Business-Units von Heidelberg und Zugang zu allen Vertriebseinheiten. Unsere weltweite „Growth Hacking Tour“ wurde bereits gestartet. Hier machen wir uns mit unserem Angebot vor Ort in den Schlüsselmärkten bekannt und bieten Schulungen für unsere neuen Tools-/Software-Lösungen und stellen E-Commerce-Initiativen vor, die wir entwickelt haben.

 

HDU Growth Hacking Tour 2018

Roadmap der globalen Growth Hacking Tour in der Startphase der HDU. (Foto: Screenshot von der HDU-Website)


 

Im Fokus: Maximale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Marktrelevanz

Das heisst, Sie bieten durch HDU praktisch Beratungs- und Agentur-Dienstleistungen intern bei Heidelberg an? 

Rainer Wiedmann: Ja, wir pflegen aber kein reines Dienstleistungsverhältnis. Wir unterstützen mit maßgeschneiderten Tools, effizienten Kampagnen und profundem Know-how. Wir treffen dazu klare Zielvereinbarungen. Unser Auftrag besteht darin, messbare Ergebnisse zu schaffen und den Umsatz im E-Commerce zu steigern. Wir sind extrem zahlengesteuert, um erfolgreich sein zu können. Ergebnisse erzielen wir im Team, wenn wir Leads und Umsatz generieren. 

Wie kommt die Growth Hacking Tour an? 

Rainer Wiedmann: Die Leute merken sofort: Oh, man kommt auf uns zu, liefert uns Mehrwert für die tägliche Arbeit und denkt gemeinschaftlich! Als Tochterunternehmen haben wir einen klaren Vorteil: Wir schaffen aus dem Stand heraus ein vertrauliches Miteinander für gemeinsamen Erfolg.

Ein Blick über den Tellerrand: Mitstreiter im Markt für Digitaldruck proklamieren ebenfalls für sich, digitale Plattformen als Ökosysteme für Print bereitzustellen. Was können, was wollen Sie anders oder sogar besser machen?

Rainer Wiedmann: Klar, andere Platzhirsche gibt es. Gleichwohl haben wir in unserem Segment, bei den Commercial und Packaging Printers, die höchsten Marktanteile mit der bei weitem größten installierten Basis. Und bereits seit über 10 Jahren pflegen wir die weltweit größte Datenbasis bei Druckmaschinen… 

… und das bedeutet?

Rainer Wiedmann: Das befähigt uns, noch bessere Angebote an Funktionen zu bieten und optimale Zugänge zu unserem gesamten Portfolio zu schaffen — bei detaillierter, stets aktueller Kenntnis der spezifischen Kundenbelange. Unser extrem starker Service hilft dabei, das nun auf der Betriebsseite wieder auszubauen.

Das heißt doch: Das HDU-Ökosystem muss ermöglichen, auf Basis der Heidelberg-Plattform die Performance in all ihren Dimensionen signifikant zu steigern?

Rainer Wiedmann: Wir wollen nicht nur, dass es bei Druckereien  in der Produktion rund läuft. Letztlich stärken wir die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Marktrelevanz unserer Kunden nicht nur punktuell, sondern möglichst auf allen Ebenen. 

Hand aufs Herz: Was sagen sie als Digital-Experte einem Druckereichef, der von seinem Kunden zu hören bekommt: ‚Print ist Alte Welt. Wir drucken nicht mehr!‘?

Rainer Wiedmann: Der Druck, Print als Medium, wird nie verschwinden! Gerade etwa bei Verpackungen, Labels oder durch Mass Customization entsteht Wachstum. Sicher gibt es v. a. im Marketing von Unternehmen Verlagerungen von analog zu digital. Aber es werden sich stets neue Anwendungsbereiche auftun. Dieses neue Potential zu erschließen und Kunden zu ermöglichen, im Wandel der Zeit flexibel, pro-aktiv und zukunftssicher agieren können, darin sehe ich langfristig die Kernaufgabe von HDU.

Wie lautet Ihre persönliche Einschätzung für HDU kurz-, mittel- und langfristig?

Rainer Wiedmann: Ich bin mehr als zuversichtlich. Wir halten uns an das, was wir als Vision und Mission für HDU formuliert haben. Und wir messen, was wir tun. Und reagieren dann sofort.

—Besten Dank für das Gespräch. 


 

My Take: Das Ei des Kolumbus!

Kommentar von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Es erscheint atemberaubend. Heidelberg gibt bei hohem Tempo auf der Zielgeraden nochmal ordentlich Gas, katapultiert sich quasi mit einem neuen Cockpit, der Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU), nach vorne und verweist die Konkurrenz in Sachen digitale Transformation sehr deutlich auf die Plätze. 

Damit steht fest: Ein Traditionsunternehmen hat sich definitiv komplett neu erfunden. In Rekordzeit. Mit Mut zum Risiko basierend auf umfassender Kompetenz im Print und im ‚Digitalen‘.

Und zwar in der Form, dass nicht etwa Vieles, was war, über Bord geworfen wird, sondern indem das Bestehende genutzt und optimiert wird, um es durch Neues anzureichern. Ein wichtiger Zusatzaspekt: Bei Heidelberg hat man erkannt, dass es im Digitalzeitalter nicht mehr ausreicht, allein durch Best-in-class-Produktneuheiten reüssieren zu wollen.

Die HDU in dieser Form an den Markt zu bringen, erscheint mir geradezu als ein Geniestreich: Eine als Start-up konzipierte Tochterfirma (schnell, flexibel, bestens vernetzt und solide verankert), die neue, nutzerorientierte ‚digitale’ Dienstleistungen für den Konzern erbringt und gleichzeitig mit messbaren Ergebnissen zum Schrittmacher und Taktgeber wird, um Vertrieb, Marketing und Serviceleistungen auf globaler Ebene dauerhaft fit fürs Digitalzeitalter zu machen.

Für mich bezeichnet das den optimalen Weg, hoch innovative Produkte und Lösungen nachhaltig im Markt zu verankern.

Die größten Profiteure sind Heidelberg-Kunden und der Markt insgesamt, da erstmals auf ein durchdacht-funktionierendes Ökosystem als exponentiell angelegte Plattform zugegriffen werden kann, um die industrielle Produktion von Print im Digitalzeitalter auf ein neues Level zu heben und zukunftssicher ausrichten zu können.

In Summe ein echtes WIN-WIN, gerade auch für die Heidelberg-Mitarbeiter, die Aktionäre und viele neue Partner. Damit sollte sich die von mir per #ValueCheck ausgemachte „Krux mit der ‚digitalen‘ Transformation“ bald beseitigen lassen!

 


Zur Person

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Der aus Stuttgart stammende Dipl.-Ing. Rainer Wiedmann gehört zu den ‚Digital’-Pionieren in Deutschland. Nach dem Studium an den Universitäten Stuttgart und  St. Gallen, Hochschule für Wirtschafts-, Rechts- und Sozialwissenschaften, sowie ersten Berufsjahren gründete er 1996 die argonauten-Gruppe (350 Mitarbeiter an 11 internationalen Standorten), 2005 die aquarius-Gruppe (100 Mitarbeiter an Standorten München, Hong Kong, Shanghai) und 2014 die  iq!-Gruppe (Standorte in München, Palo Alto).

Die iq!-Gruppe ist eng verzahnt mit der neuen, seit 1. April 2018 mit 50 Mitarbeitern gestarteten Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU).

HDU ist ein Startup und Tochtergesellschaft der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, bei der Wiedmann in Doppelfunktion sowohl als Leiter HDU als auch als Chief Marketing Officer fungiert. 

1999 bis 2003 war Wiedmann Präsident des Deutschen Multimedia Verbands e.V. (jetzt: BVDW e.V.), Düsseldorf. Von 2003 bis 2004 gehörte er dem Vorstand Gesamtverband Kommunikationsagenturen GWA e.V., Frankfurt am Main, an.

 


 

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 140 Ländern der Welt.

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


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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


 

What is it all about?

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

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

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

What are the important features of a subscription?

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

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

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

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

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

… can you give a few examples?

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

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

 

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

 


 

The key to success

How can the focus be switched to customer benefits?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 


 

How it works

What is the concept behind Heidelberg Subscription?

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

How did you go about answering these key questions?

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

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

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

What is an ‘impression charge’? 

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

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

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

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

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

 

An introductory explanation on Heidelberg Subscription.

 


 

What are the benefits?

What does industrial production do differently to craftsmen?

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

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

What does results-based payment entail?

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

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

What criteria apply for the subscription?  

Heidelberg Subscription is based on the following considerations/criteria:

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

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

How do potential customers react to this new approach?

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

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

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

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

 

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


 

Invoicing method

How do you determine the costs with a subscription contract?

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

Is the subscription tailored to the customer?

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

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

Why should customers tie themselves exclusively to Heidelberg?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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How go-to-market is changing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


 

Final conclusions

How would you summarize this development?

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

…and what does that ultimately mean?

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

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

 


 

#ValueCheck – Heidelberg Subscription as a new economic system

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

STATUS QUO

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

MEASURES

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

EFFECTS

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

 


 

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Photo: Heidelberg

 

 

About Dr. Ulrich Hermann

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


 

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

Von Andreas Weber

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

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

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


Innovationsansatz

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

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

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


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

 


Innovationspotenzial

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

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

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

 


 

 

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


 

Innovationsvorteile

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

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


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Fazit

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


Ausblick

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

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

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

 


 

 

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

 

Kurz-Übersicht zu Projekt & Team der Universität zu Köln

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


 

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

 


 

 

 

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Photos: Lufthansa

 

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German Version

Note: As a teenager, I made my first flight experience with Lufthansa. That was great! Over the next 45 years, I have had some ‘Ups & Downs’ with the Kranich Airline (also a few years as a premium customer with Lufthansa Senator status). — I watch relevant news as an analyst always highly interested.

With a big bang, millions in advertising revenue and full of fervor, Lufthansa is re-branding itself. At the heart of this is an elaborate re-design – above all the crane as its symbol – which according to estimates has taken at least seven years to be fully implemented.

According to Group CEO Carsten Spohr, the new brand world is the icing on the cake of modernization, he says with pride and joy. It works. Experts are not tired of holding forth about all the design aspects of the new brand identity. [The newspaper HORIZONT provides an overview].

However, the news channel n-tv rightly noted, with the help of media expert Thomas Koch, that whether the redesign will actually bring in new customers and give the business wings is debatable. According to Koch, it’s the customer who decides on the performance [quality] of the offer. A redesigned logo as a trademark is more incidental. 

Lufthansa’s head of marketing, Alexander Schlaubitz, emphasizes that it is about more than that [or even about everything!] As his Group CEO has said, Lufthansa needs modernizing. For corporate marketing, this means doing away with anything which cannot be optimally digitized in order to do justice to the digital transformation and mobile communication, right down to the last pixel. [See interview by Fabian Wurm].

 


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Photo: The Lufthansa logo since 1990.


 

This was actually something that the godfather of the design, Otl Aicher, had his eye on at the start of the 1960s when he created the crane as the trademark as part of a comprehensive CI. But his demand for clarity, conciseness and simplicity ruffled a few feathers at the time, and compromises had to be made in the tradition. Surprisingly, now, almost 60 years later, the results that have been reached hark back to Aicher’s original intentions. [Note: I became aware of this first-hand because I personally spent a few years working closely with Aicher on his Rotis typeface project and he often spoke of Lufthansa and other clients.]

NOTE: A great review of Lufthansa’s design was already published February 8th, 2018: Feeling Blue.


Much ado about nothing?

As is often the case, the customer’s experience of the brand is very different to how marketing assumed it would be. Lufthansa simultaneously sent out an email (presumably to all customer program members, in modified form also used as a manifesto by advertising motif), which is thought-provoking as it overdoes it with self-praise while in many staccato sentence fragments manage to forget possible customer benefits.

  • The introductory sentence starts with “We” (in terms of “We at Lufthansa” and not “We as a community”).
  • From the outset, the customer is stylized, to put it bluntly, as the “flight attendant”.
  • It is assumed that customers must follow the Lufthansa claim.
  • The advertised claim, in modern hashtag dexterity, #SayYesToTheWorld is laughably banal and implies that Lufthansa customers can best take off by being a yes-person.
  • Last but not least, the key visual in the email shows the tail fin of a plane, as if the person in question had just missed his flight…
  • And last but not least: It’s not personal! An option or even an active request for the email recipient to give immediate feedback to the modernized Lufthansa “outfit” by return is not included. What a shame. Or is it? Because this goes against the values that the digital world stands for in the social media age.
  • Note: It should be assumed that many hundreds of thousands of customers have received the email, in any case presumably significantly more than had received it at the time of the email being sent by re-branding via the media customers.

In my view, the “crassly modern” digital electronic mail-shot back-fired because it does nothing for the customers – instead it wants to create a good impression. This brings to mind unsettling experiences which, as a long-standing senator of Lufthansa, I was continually subjected to.

 


Better late than never: reverse the communication course!

If it really is about the Lufthansa brand (its self-image as being a “premium” brand) being brought into the digital age, Lufthansa’s thinking and mode of communication needs be changed radically.

In my view, these aspects should be considered:

  1. It is crucial that the innovation and technology mechanisms be made use of so that dialog or conversations with customers take place in real time, to serve the optimization of services and products so that they are aligned with the individual needs of the customer.
  2. The brand itself is no longer at the center, instead it becomes a kind of mutual vehicle for companies and customers. Mass marketing becomes customized mass marketing. If, like the majority of established brand companies, the focus is placed on brand experience, to impress customers using the hopefully strong charisma of the brand through mass penetration and thus motivate the customer to make a purchase, in the best case, costs can be covered but it is barely possible to make profit from organic growth or to achieve profit margins in double-figures.
  3. The reality is unavoidable Customers are increasingly disappointed when brands have clearly lost personal contact with them.

 


 

My take

Sometimes the stork appears like a swallow which has not yet brought the summer with it. To avoid dissatisfaction and loss of loyalty from customers, in my opinion, what is needed is not necessarily a change in brand identity but first of all a change in the mission and a change in thinking by those in charge. By acknowledging globalization, cosmopolitanism and curiosity”, a start has been made. – But at least, put the customer first! – This is all the more important since Lufthansa, according to its own statement, is starting the largest investment in advertising in the history of the company” – after the company had the best financial year in its history in 2017, with 130 million customers recorded.

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As of June 5, 2018 Lufthansa does not come from the negative headlines. An embarrassing mishap at a football World Cup spot for Russia as well as constant improvements in the redesign are already more than amazing. Sounds like intended, but not skillful. — By the way, who, as I recently observed a Lufthansa jet in the new look at the start, notes that even at low altitudes above the city with the naked eye does not recognize that its a Lufthansa airplane … It just lacks the yellow! Ouch!

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Lufthansa recently had to change the blue of its new livery because it was too dark (Photo: Lufthansa)

 


 

About the author

Andreas Weber has been working as an internationally renowned business communication analyst, coach, influencer and transformer for over 25 years. His activities focus on ‘Transformation for the Digital Age’ with lectures, management briefings, workshops, analyses & reports and strategic advice.

In his current ‘Think Paper’, Andreas Weber presents provocative thoughts on ‘Brand Experience vs. Customer Experience’. With the key questions: “What does a brand mean to a consumer? What does a consumer mean to a brand?”.

In case of interest, please send an email to receive the above-mentioned think paper: zeitenwende007{at}gmail.com

 

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


Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 24 November 2017

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

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

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


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


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

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

My best regards

Mike Hilton



e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and our drupa Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides an overview of the week’s news each weekend.

Headline News
Almost 30,000 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 pages

Week beginning Mon 20 November – the published date appears in article footline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The lead article from a week last Friday…

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


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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.

ValueDialog 2017

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

Online Features Nov/Dec Chapter 08

Previous…      BPIF Printing Outlook for Q4 2017 available now
Pick-up in output and orders despite a fluctuating Q3 – cost pressures and uncertainty shakes confidence for Q4…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Recycling Paper Getting Complicated
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 20 Nov

Previous…      New Standard supporting the environmental impact of print
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 13 Nov

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

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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.

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

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

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

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

 


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Prelude

A real world premiere commented by Andreas Weber.


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

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In medias res

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

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


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

 

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

 


Focus on technology

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

 

 


At a glance via Value@Twitter Moments

 


 

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

 

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Mark Schaefer (left) and Andreas Weber at #xug17orlando. Photo: Jeroen van Druenen, Amsterdam, NL.

 

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 

Amazing success: #xug17orlando wasn‘t just a best-in-class conference on #multichannel #print #transformation. — Via #InfluenceB2B it became a BLOCKBUSTER attracting experts around the globe. — Read as well the summary of all relevant content topics via my Storify multimedia report: ValueCheck at #xug17orlando — Be. More. Human. All you can learn regarding #Transformation #Print #Multichannel #Masscustomization

So far (10/29 to 11/04) we got for a very special topic like ’multichannel‘ a giant reach on Twitter of more than 1.2 Million and on LinkedIn of more than 110k via my own accounts. And even after the conference ended there is still interaction. Seems that my #influenceB2B Programme works properly! It includes a smart mix of real-time messaging and storytelling including a bunch of live videos, photos, comments, re-tweets a.s.o.. Very special: round about a number of 20 ’silly talks‘ — unplugged live video interviews with attendees, speakers, sponsors and organizers. (Special thanks to Christian Kopocz for doing the perfect camera work). All of them were shown on screen directly to the audience during the sessions, a part was shared via Social Media and Vimeo. So it’s not by chance to got those great stats and amazing feedback.

Can‘t wait to see the stats by others who contributed as well like XUG – The XMPie Users Group Inc., XMPie, Christian Kopocz, Jeroen van Druenen and others. Additional effects were created by Mark Schaefer and Mandy Edwards as leading Social Minds giving presentations and sharing our Tweets.

 

Christian Kopocz reported in the meantime interesting figures covering the total reach by Real Time Tracker checking the hashtag #xug17orlando as well. I made it already part of my chart. 

 

#InfluenceB2B success factors at #xug17orlando

  • At least it was all about having a great and seamless conversation driven by competency, trust and for sure a lot of fun!
  • No briefings and storyboards were needed. All activities happened spontaneously.
  • Almost all conference attendees got involved and became part of the game (so not only as usual the hosts, sponsors and speakers).
  • The intense Social Media work helped to get straight to the point and to showcase in real-time what happened and what was really relevant to the audience.
  • Even the main Round-table was on-the-fly re-organized to adopt the #InfuenceB2B Programme rules. Any single participant got the chance to share the individual expertise and opinions to answer the key question: How to make money with XMPie? The result was a rich collection of Hashtags representing a short&sweet practical guide.

 


Some comments of attendees and supporters

Brian Euclide, President TEC Mailing Solutions LLC, Madison, Wisconsin

— NOT OFTEN — do I leave a conference or a user group meeting with a positive attitude or an optimistic outlook. However, recently I attended the #XMPie User group meeting #XUG17Orlando for the first time and I feel personally compelled to highlight not only this group but the people in attendance. From the very first minutes upon arrival until the last minute at the bar before an early morning flight… I had the opportunity to engage with people like Andreas Weber Helene Blanchette Lori Wisz and of course Inbar Keren Yudasin. I have never left a conference wanting to stay another day! I left so inspired and yearning to go back. Thank you to Jeroen van Druenen & Christian Kopocz for having the #CloudMailingGuys! #Xerox #TECMailing

Mark W. Schaefer, Keynote Speaker, Executive Director Schaefer Marketing Solutions

Agree! This was a first-class event. Very impressive group of attendees. I really enjoyed meeting everyone and hope you’ll have me back some day soon!

Inbar Keren Yudasin, Production Systems Analyst at Fuji Xerox Australia, Sydney

I really liked your Live Videos [my Silly Talks] done in a charming and unplugged mode. It‘s so authentic. And quite important for a better understanding how to benefit from other expert minds to gain a better knowledge

 


Sample for a ’Silly Talk’-live video by Andreas Weber with one of the sponsors, PunchOut2Go. They liked it that much that they published it immedately on their own Twitter account. — Plus the charming talk with lovely guests from France! And the most interesting conversation with Adobe. TX to Mike Zahorik!

 

 

 

 

 


Contact

Andreas Weber could be reached at anytime via LinkedIn!

About

Andreas Weber is an international very well reputated analyst and as well an educator, speaker, influencer and transformer. Since more than 25 years he deals with all major technology inventors like Apple, Adobe, Canon, Google, HP, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, Xerox and many others. He is also in touch with many start-ups and innovative graphic communication service providers around the globe.

Since the very beginning he is a digital communication savvy and online community organizer.

His business activities are dedicated to the ‘Transformation for the Digital Age’ via presentations, management briefings, coachings, workshops, analysis&reports, strategic advice.

 

 


 

 

 


 

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

Vielen Dank für das Gespräch.


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Mark Lawn beim Pressebriefing in Poing. Video: Andreas Weber




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A milestone in the history of #Heideldruck: the new vision, mission and strategy presented by Rainer Hundsdörfer and Dirk Kaliebe at the Annual Press Conference heckle in Frankfurt am Main/Germany on 8 June 2017. Photo: Andreas Weber.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 09 June 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 23 news items for you, plus Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog which looks at ‘Waste and guilt’, providing food for thought. In Online Features, we have a rather special article on 200 Years Koenig & Bauer, which has travelled an innovation-lined road from the very first cylinder press to today’s digital print and more, and is now set to celebrate its 200th Anniversary in Würzburg in August.

Heidelberg dominated the lead headlines on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; then on Wednesday, we had Komori from Gareth Ward, featuring pharmaceutical carton printer and packager, Chester Medical Solutions, which has capped an investment programme with the UK’s first of Komori’s new B2 presses for carton work; then on Friday, KBA’s 200th Anniversary.

 


”The new strategy ’Heidelberg goes digital’ clearly convinced at the press conference — which at the same time caused a jump in the course of one year. Despite the complexity, the Heideldruck CEO Hundsdörfer and the Chief Financial Officer Kaliebe were able to present their views and arguments in a convincing and comprehensible manner. The Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) Board of Management is playing a key role, as new business models philosophies are being created for Heideldruck as well as for customers and partners. —Andreas Weber, Head of Value. Source: ValueCheck on Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


 

Of particular importance this week is Heidelberg’s new growth strategy until 2022, presented at its Annual Press Conference held on Wednesday, along with the release of its Annual Report for 2016/2017, plus two acquisitions announcements. The first of which actually led Tuesday’s headlines with the takeover of technical documentation software provider DOCUFY, and set to strengthen Heidelberg’s Digital Platforms division; with the second on Thursday, as Heidelberg confirms it has taken over Fujifilm‘s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region, situated in Kruibeke in Belgium, and Reutlingen in Germany.

Key sales and installations this week came from Heidelberg UK at 4-Print with a Versafire CP digital press and Suprasetter CTP system, Durst at Image Data in the UK with superwide-format for fabrics (also from Gareth Ward); and Xerox at Inkfish in Cape Town on Monday; Inca Digital in Scandinavia on Tuesday; Komori in the UK on Wednesday (mentioned above); and Ryobi in the UK at Northend Creative on Thursday; then Hybrid Software in Italy, IFS in the UK with Horizon, and Manroland Web at Quad/Graphics in North America on Friday.

You’ll also find software upgrades and new kit this week from Agfa and Xaar on Monday; new cobalt-free Inks from Huber on Tuesday; and productivity boosts for Highcon Euclid on Friday.

The tailender this week goes to Ricoh on Wednesday as the Ghent Workgroup announces that Ricoh has successfully achieved GWG PDF Preflight Certification.

That’s all until next time. You find more not mentioned below if you scroll down carefully, particularly for Labelexpo Europe taking place in Brussels from 25 – 28 September.

With best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 



 

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Headline News

Almost 29,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news page

Week beginning Mon 05 Jun – published date also appears in article footline

Monday

4-Print adds Versafire CP digital press from Heidelberg

4-Print in West Molesey, UK invests in digital and Suprasetter A75 CTP to meet new customer demand…

Image Data adds Durst to meet demand for fabrics

Yorkshire print group expands fabric print capability as retailers swing to backlit screens and stretch fabrics. By Gareth Ward…

Inkfish improves production quality with Xerox in Cape

Cape Town Digital print and signage company improves digital print and production with new Xerox Versant 80…

Agfa Graphics unveils new upgrades to Arziro

Agfa has released new versions of two elements within its Arziro ecosystem for the general security printing market…

Xaar strengthens aqueous portfolio with new 5501 heads

Xaar announces new addition to aqueous printheads portfolio…

Tuesday

Heidelberg expanding its Industry 4.0 offering

Takeover of technical documentation software provider DOCUFY strengthens Heidelberg’s Digital Platforms division…

Strong industry support for quality print apprenticeships

Trailblazer Consortium continues to press for an appropriate approach to the new Print Apprenticeship Standards…

Cobalt-free inks enable eco-label certification

Hubergroup sets all sheetfed offset printing inks to cobalt-free formulations to strengthen sustainability…

Spandex launches 3M Materials Product Guide

New 3M Materials Product Guide from Spandex aims to help customers deliver high value applications…

Billes Tryckeri AB lauds its Inca Onset X2

Scandinavia’s first Onset X delivers productivity gains of 30 per cent in wide-format production in just five months…

Wednesday

Chester Medical leads with carton-specified GL29 Komori

Pharmaceutical carton printer and packager Chester Medical Solutions has capped an investment programme with the UK’s first of Komori’s new B2 presses for carton work. By Gareth Ward…

Enhance your Competitive Edge at Dscoop with Scodix

Live demos of Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Enhancement Press with Foil Station at Dscoop EMEA 6 in Lyon this week…

Ricoh achieves GWG PDF Preflight Certification

The Ghent Workgroup has announced that Ricoh has successfully achieved GWG PDF preflight certification…

Thursday

Heidelberg presents its new growth strategy to 2022

Heidelberg’s growth strategy reveals significant improvement in sales and result targeted in period to 2022 at annual conference…

Heidelberg expands consumables with Fujifilm acquisition

Heidelberg takes over Fujifilm’s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region…

Labelexpo Europe 2017 announces new expo feature

Labelexpo Europe heralds fourth industrial revolution with bold feature area at Brussels Expo from 25 – 28 September…

Meech at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels

Meech to display static control and web cleaning solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2017 taking place in Brussels in September…

Northend Creative in Sheffield adds Ryobi LED-UV

Northend Creative Print Solutions has become the latest to invest in RMGT’s Ryobi LED-UV, plus Cron platesetter…

Friday

200 years of Koenig & Bauer in Würzburg

Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print, as KBA in Würzburg celebrates its 200th Anniversary…

Highcon Euclid speed boost announced at Dscoop EMEA

Dscoop EMEA conference in Lyon chosen to launch productivity boosts for Highcon Euclid B1 and B2 machines…

Hybrid celebrates sale of 100th PACKZ in Italy

Hybrid Software has announced the 100th sale in Italy of its professional editing software PACKZ…

UK Bookbinders enters digital chapter with Horizon

IFS-supplied BQ-470 PUR perfect binder and HT-30 three-side trimmer chosen to support new business division…

Quad/Graphics adds 64-page Lithoman in Versailles

Leading North American printer selects Lithoman press from Manroland Web Systems for its Kentucky facility…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

‘Pledge for Print’ BPIF appeal for Government backing

In a bid to boost the Government’s support for the printing industry, the BPIF is asking all parliamentary election candidates…

Print on the Brain – Sign up for a free copy now

Latest issue of Print Power magazine ‘ALL IN THE MIND’ looks at the remarkable neurological benefits of reading in print…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialogue – exclusive Interview series

Most recent…    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 May/Jun Chapter 05

200 years Koenig & Bauer

Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print, as KBA in Würzburg to celebrate its 200th Anniversary in August…

Previous…    K+D´s Swiss passion for precision leads to Equinox

For the benefit of the pharma customer, K+D´s passion and Esko´s Equinox ensure a perfect colour match…

Schumacher Packaging turns to Durst single-pass technology

Durst is now field-testing its flagship system, the Delta SPC 130, as Schumacher Packaging becomes its field test partner…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Waste and guilt

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 07 Jun

Previous…    Printing Plates Progress

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 May

Fespa & Green

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 17 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

No 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?

Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…    drupa Prize 2017 awarded to Anne Sokoll

Scholar of German convinces with her Doctoral Thesis on the Writers’ Movement in the GDR…

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world

Kick-off for no. 1 printing technologies event / Highlight topics showcase the industry’s innovative force / New key visual ’embrace the future’…

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