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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

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

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

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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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Interview by Tiago Keese, Journalist, São Paulo, Brazil

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

Note: Click to access the interview in português language.

 


At a glance

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

 

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

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

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

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

  • Is the internet an ally of printing?

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • What are the main topics of your speech?

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

In my Keynote the attendees will learn:

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

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

 

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

 

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By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (#Heideldruck for short) is in the ascendancy, growing sustainably and profitably while other companies such as HP, Xerox, Ricoh, and Canon are being forced to restructure and/or consolidate. This appears to be nothing out of the ordinary looking back on over 150 years of a company steeped in tradition, but look more closely and it’s a different story. Heideldruck claims it was the only printing press company to record a significant improvement in incoming orders over the past financial year in the period during and after drupa. But it certainly won’t be resting on its laurels – quite the opposite, in fact. Entirely new growth segments for the sector are being identified and approached proactively, with Heideldruck mutating into an “agile” company.

“Over the next five years, Heidelberg will once again become a leading light in the sector, enjoying strong growth and profits. We’ve defined the relevant success factors and have already introduced initial measures. This marks the start of a new era of growth for Heidelberg,” said the company’s CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer.

 


ValueCheck by Andreas Weber with Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

 


 

Hundsdörfer also had the following to say: “The Heidelberg Digital Technology (HDT) and Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) sectors were established on April 1, 2017 to prepare for the company’s digital future. HDT combines sheetfed offset, label printing, and postpress operations and is responsible for developing, producing, and marketing the appropriate technologies and products for new business models. HDB, meanwhile, is where Heidelberg manages its operations relating to services, consumables, remarketed equipment, digital printing technology, and solutions throughout the value-added chain.”

This was possible thanks to the economic recovery of Heidelberg and the profitable growth it is now once again experiencing. The most important observations regarding the new strategy and the KPIs from the latest balance sheet are as follows:

  • Strategic focus on technology leadership, digital transformation, and operational excellence
  • Group targets for 2022 defined and underpinned with specific measures
  • Targeted increase in sales to around €3 billion, in EBITDA to €250-300 million, and in net profit after taxes to over €100 million
  • Initial strategic measures already implemented – two acquisitions (DOCUFY/Fujifilm coatings & printing chemicals in EMEA) and enhanced efficiency
  • Presentation of annual financial statement for 2016/2017 confirms targets achieved

 

 

Worth noting: 
Digital doesn’t “only” mean digital printing at Heideldruck

Digital printing is naturally a fundamental part of the new, comprehensive “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy. The new Primefire platform for digital packaging printing sets the bar extremely high here. But the digital transformation of the print business demands more than simply building good digital presses. Heideldruck has now gained a significant edge in this respect by finding a holistic approach that actually enables print shops to master the digital transformation. At the Annual Accounts Press Conference on June 8, 2017 in Frankfurt, CFO Dirk Kaliebe pointed out that it was now virtually impossible to distinguish between the high level of digitization in offset printing and that in digital printing. “The term ‘digital printing’ is actually misleading,” remarks Hundsdörfer. “Non-impact printing would be more accurate, that is to say a contactless printing method. Ultimately, however, printing takes place and an analog product is produced,” he explains. Hundsdörfer believes a mechanical engineer’s skill lies in combining all possible methods that serve to manufacture marketable print products of all kinds that are suitable for production in an efficient and automated process.

Is Heidelberg the print world’s Amazon?

As was already stressed at drupa 2016, the Push to Stop method enables autonomous printing. This is similar to Google helping to develop autonomous driving. The aim of the Heidelberg Cloud and assistant solutions is for the company to become the Amazon of the printing industry. “Heidelberg goes digital” is therefore linked to far more than a new way of building printing presses. As I see it, this is comparable to the success story of Tesla. At first glance, Tesla manufactures a premium electric car. A closer look reveals highly sophisticated data exchange between the driver/his preferences and the vehicle’s maximum coordination with specific needs and an optimum driving experience. In spring 2017, Tesla succeeded in overtaking automotive pioneer Ford in terms of market capitalization and sold more luxury vehicles in the United States than Porsche, VW/Audi, and BMW put together. Heidelberg could enjoy similar success. That’s why Hundsdörfer is promoting his vision of the “agile” company – a company that in my view is characterized by thinking and acting autonomously! 

 

Screenshots of the Heideldruck Annual Report, which has a die-cut folding carton on the cover that can be removed and turned into a “digital” box. This can be downloaded via Heidelberg.com.

 

As an experienced mechanical engineering insider, Hundsdörfer knows the importance of “operational excellence” (with the focus on permanent optimization of the solution portfolio and production processes). He is also aware of the two biggest assets of Heideldruck – know-how and experience regarding the best way to run a print business, under the premise of automating what can be automated – in production, in procurement, in real-time analysis of production resources in the field, in dialog between Heidelberg customers and their customers, and much more besides. Heideldruck is already a long way ahead of many other mechanical engineering companies in this respect. And it is marketing its know-how with start-ups, the go-to market, production companies (e.g. in 3D printing), and also other sectors (no doubt including the automotive sector in the future), where production processes continuously need to be converted and adapted. And not over a period of many months, but in just a few days.

 

 

There was good reason for the following question being raised at the Annual Accounts Press Conference: “Given everything you’ve told us, is it still appropriate for you to be called Heidelberger Druckmaschinen [= Heidelberg printing presses]?” The answer was that the brand has long been called “Heidelberg” and that’s all that counts. According to Hundsdörfer, building presses is vital for Heideldruck because the machines and their operation are linked to numerous additional and value-added services offered by the company. This is also the reason for the recent acquisitions of DOCUFY and, above all, the consumables sector of Fujifilm. Accordingly, Hundsdörfer wants Heideldruck to become a system solution provider, rather like a kind of platform operator for the global printing sector and its customers. Transformation is not simply a means to an end here, but the core business enabling profitable growth like that of the GAFA companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple – see our ValueWebinar on value analysis “Transformation – Beam me up, Scotty”).

 

 

Conclusion

The new “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy clearly won people over at the Annual Accounts Press Conference, with the share price immediately soaring to its highest level all year. Despite the significant complexity, the Heideldruck CEO and CFO were able to set out their perspective and arguments both concisely and transparently. The Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) division has a key role to play, because this is where new business models/business model philosophies need to be developed for Heideldruck and also for customers and partners. — See as well our  ValueDialog with Management Board member and Chief Digital Officer Dr. Ulrich Hermann.

 


 

Extracts from the presentation charts used at the Heideldruck press conference on June 8, 2017 in Frankfurt

 

 


 

Further information is available in the multimedia ValuePublishing report on Storify

Please click the link for a ValuePublishing real-time report with texts, videos/voiceover, photos and opinions from the business press:

https://storify.com/zeitenwende007/valuecheck-wie-meistert-heideldruck-die-digitale-t

 

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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  English Version

Im Aufwind: Während andere wie HP, Xerox, Ricoh oder Canon sich notgedrungen re-strukturieren und/oder konsolidieren, baut Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (kurz: #Heideldruck) sein Wachstum nachhaltig und profitabel aus. Eigentlich in Anbetracht der über 150-jährigen Geschichte eines Traditionsunternehmens kein außergewöhnlicher Vorgang. Wohl aber doch, wenn man genau hinschaut. Denn Fakt ist: Heideldruck verzeichnete nach eigenen Angaben derzeit als einziges Druckmaschinen-Unternehmen im abgelaufenen Geschäftsjahr in der drupa-Phase und danach ein deutliches Plus im Auftragseingang. Und will sich auf diesen Lorbeeren keinesfalls ausruhen. Im Gegenteil: Es werden für die Branche ganz neue Wachstumssegment identifiziert und pro-aktiv angegangen. Heidelberg mutiert damit zum „agilen Unternehmen“.

„Heidelberg wird in den nächsten fünf Jahren wieder der wachstumsstarke und profitable Leuchtturm unserer Branche werden“, sagte Rainer Hundsdörfer, Vorstandsvorsitzender des Unternehmens. „Wir haben die Erfolgsfaktoren hierfür definiert und bereits die ersten Maßnahmen eingeleitet. Damit beginnt für Heidelberg eine neue Wachstumsära.“

 


ValueCheck von Andreas Weber mit Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

 


 

Hundsdörfer ließ weiterhin verlautbaren: „Um den Konzern für die digitale Zukunft des Unternehmens fit zu machen wurden bereits zum 1. April 2017 die Segmente Heidelberg Digital Technology (HDT) und Heidelberg Digital Business und Services (HDB) etabliert. Bei HDT sind das Sheetfed-Offset-Geschäft, der Etikettendruck und die Druckweiterverarbeitung zusammengefasst; hier werden die passenden Technologien und Produkte auch für neue Geschäftsmodelle entwickelt, produziert und vermarktet. Bei HDB steuert Heidelberg seine Geschäfte mit Services und Verbrauchsmaterialien, Gebrauchtmaschinen sowie die digitalen Drucktechniken und Lösungen entlang der Wertschöpfungskette.“

Möglich wurde dies, da Heidelberg wirtschaftlich wieder obenauf ist und profitabel wächst. Hier die wichtigsten Anmerkungen zur neuen Strategie und Eckdaten aus der aktuellen Bilanz:

  • Strategischer Fokus auf Technologieführerschaft, digitaler Transformation und operativer Exzellenz
  • Konzernziele für 2022 definiert und mit Einzelmaßnahmen hinterlegt
  • Umsatz soll auf rund 3 Mrd. €, das EBITDA auf 250–300 Mio. € und Nachsteuergewinn auf mehr als 100 Mio. € steigen
  • Erste strategische Maßnahmen: zwei Akquisitionen (DOCUY / Fujifilm Lacke & Druckchemikalien in EMEA) und Effizienzverbesserung bereits umgesetzt
  • Vorlage des Jahresabschlusses 2016/17 bestätigt Zielerreichung

 

 

Bemerkenswert: 
Digital heisst bei Heideldruck nicht automatisch „nur“ Digitaldruck

Elementarer Teil der neuen, umfassenden “Heidelberg goes Digital”-Strategie ist natürlich der Digitaldruck. Hier setzt insbesondere die neue Primefire-Plattform für den digitalen Verpackungsdruck die Messlatte enorm hoch. Doch die digitale Transformation des Print-Geschäfts verlangt mehr, als nur gute Digitaldruck-Maschinen zu bauen. Hier hat sich Heideldruck inzwischen einen deutlichen Vorsprung erarbeitet, indem ein ganzheitlicher Ansatz gefunden wurde, dass Druckereien die digitale Transformation auch tatsächlich bewältigen können. Finanzvorstand Dirk Kaliebe verwies bei der Bilanzpressekonferenz am 8. Juni 2017 in Frankfurt am Main darauf, dass es kaum noch möglich sei, den hohen Grad der Digitalisierung im Offsetdruck von dem im Digitaldruck zu unterscheiden. „Eigentlich ist der Begriff ‚Digitaldruck‘ irreführend“, merkt CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer an. „Man sollte besser von Non-Impact-Druck sprechen, also einem berührungslosen Druckverfahren. Am Ende wird aber auch gedruckt und ein analoges Produkt hergestellt.“ Die Kunst seitens eines Maschinenbauers bestehe darin, alle möglichen Verfahren einzubinden, die dazu dienen, marktgerecht und produktionstauglich Drucksachen aller Art effizient und automatisiert herzustellen.

Heidelberg als Amazon im Print?

Schon auf der drupa 2016 wurde betont: Durch Push-to-stop-Methodik ermögliche man autonomes Drucken ähnlich wie Google das autonome Autofahren befeuert. Und durch die Heidelberg Cloud und -Assistent-Lösungen wolle man zum Amazon der Print-Branche werden. Mit „Heidelberg goes digital“ ist also wesentlich mehr verbunden, als nur eine neue Art und Weise, Druckmaschinen zu bauen. Aus meiner Sicht ist das mit der Erfolgs-Story von Tesla zu vergleichen: Auf den ersten Blick baut Tesla ein elektrogetriebenes Premium-Auto. Auf den zweiten Blick geht es um den qualifizierten Datenaustausch zwischen Fahrer / seinen Präferenzen und dem Maximum an Abstimmung des Fahrzeugs an konkrete Bedürfnisse und optimales Fahrerleben. Tesla gelang es im Frühjahr 2017, den Auto-Pionier Ford bei der Marktkapitalisierung zu überrunden und in den USA mehr Luxusfahrzeuge zu verkaufen als Porsche, VW/Audi und BMW zusammen. — Heidelberg könnte ähnliches gelingen. Darum propagiert CEO Hundsdörfer seine Vision des „agilen“ Unternehmens; ein Unternehmen, das sich aus meiner Sicht durch „autonomes Denken und Handeln“ auszeichnet! 

 

Screenshots vom Heideldruck-Geschäftsbericht, der im Deckblatt eine gestanzte Faltschachtel enthält, die herausgenommen werden kann und zur “digitalen” Box wird. — Download via Heidelberg.com

 

Hundsdörfer setzt als erfahrener Maschinenbau-Insider auf „Operative Exzellenz“ (mit Fokus auf permanente Optimierung des Lösungsangebotes und der Fabrikationsprozesse) sowie die beiden wichtigsten Assets von Heideldruck: Know-how und Erfahrung, wie man das Print-Geschäft bestmöglich betreibt. Und das unter der Prämisse, zu automatisieren, was zu automatisieren geht: bei der Produktion, in der Beschaffung, in der Echtzeitanalyse der Produktionsmittel im Feld, im Dialog des Heidelberg-Kunden mit seinen Kunden und vieles mehr. Hier ist Heideldruck bereits vielen anderen Maschinenbauern weit voraus. Und vermarktet sein Know-how sowohl bei Start-ups beim Go-to-Market und der Produktion (z. B. im 3D-Druck) wie auch in anderen Branchen (wie wohl künftig dem Automobilsektor), wo Fertigungsprozesse permanent umgestellt und angepasst werden müssen. Und das nicht in vielen Monaten, sondern in wenigen Tagen.

 

 

Nicht ohne Grund tauchte bei der Bilanzpressekonferenz die Frage auf: „Bei all dem, was Sie uns darlegen: Stimmt dann noch der Firmenname ‚Heidelberger Druckmaschinen‘?“Die Antwort: Der Brand heisst schon lange „Heidelberg“. Und nur das zählt. Und Druckmaschinen zu bauen, ist laut CEO Hundsdörfer für Heideldruck unabdingbar, da durch die Maschinen und ihren Betrieb viele Zusatz- und Mehrwertleistungen aggregiert werden, die Heideldruck anbietet; darum auch die jüngsten Akquisitionen von Docufy sowie v. a. für den Verbauchsmaterialsektor von Fujifilm.

Entsprechend möchte Hundsdörfer Heideldruck zum Systemlösungsanbieter werden lassen, quasi als eine Art Plattform-Betreiber für die globale Print-Branche und ihre Kunden. Dabei bildet Transformation nicht nur Mittel zum Zweck, sondern ist Kern des Geschäfts, um profitabel Wachsen zu können. Ganz so, wie es die GAFA-Firmen vormachen. (GAFA steht für Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple; siehe dazu unser ValueWebinar-Angebot zur die Value Analyse „Transformation — Beam me up, Scotty”).

 

 

Fazit

Die neue Strategie „Heidelberg goes digital“ hat bei der Bilanzpressekonferenz eindeutig überzeugt — was sogleich einen Kurssprung auf ein Jahreshoch bewirkte. Der Heideldruck-Vorstandsvorsitzende und der Finanzvorstand konnten — trotz aller Komplexität — ihre Sichtweise und Argumente schlüssig und verständlich dargelegt. Dem Vorstandsbereich „Heidelberg Digital Business und Services (HDB)“ kommt eine Schlüsselrolle zu, da hier für Heideldruck wie auch für Kunden und Partner neue Geschäftsmodelle resp. Geschäftsmodell-Philosophien entwickelt werden müssen.

Wir konnten dies per ValueDialog in August 2017 mit Vorstand Dr. Ulrich Hermann besprechen.

 


 

Auszüge aus den Präsentationscharts zur Heideldruck-Bilanz-Pressekonferenz vom 8. Juni 2017 in Frankfurt am Main

 

 


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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 02 June 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 20 news items for you. It hasn’t been a spectacular week for news due to last week’s holiday interruptions and with more this past weekend and on Monday 5 June for Whitsun in some European countries, but there’s still a reasonable selection for you to go through which I shall not bother to highlight this week, as well as some superb installations.

Don’t miss Gareth Ward at Springfield Solutions on Wednesday, at the unveiling of its latest expansion, making it the largest all-digital labels business in the UK, together with its third Screen Truepress Jet L350 inkjet label press with an online Digicon 3 line, as well as an offline Digicon 3, to handle shorter production runs from the other presses.

Other successes this week include KBA Sheetfed in the UK; Esko Kongsberg in Madrid; KBA at B&K Offsetdruck in Ottersweier, as its new C16 web press came on stream right on schedule on 1 June; Technotrans in the UK; EFI in Finland; then Heidelberg and KBA in North America, and finally Esko and Kongsberg in Belgium.

There’s a new addition in our drupa Newsroom, as the drupa Prize for 2017 goes to Anne Sokoll for her doctoral thesis, chosen by the Faculty of Philosophy of Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Also among Thursday’s headlines.

That’s all until next time. With best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


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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 29 May – date published also appears in article footline

Monday
Beatus invests in highly specified KBA Rapida 106
Beatus Cartons will be the first company in the UK to have a Rapida 106 with KBA’s QualiTronic PDF system…

Zünd RM-L Routing System wins EDP Award
Zünd’s new routing system RM-L won the EDP 2017 Award for ‘Best digital cutting system’ during FESPA in Hamburg…

MadeToPrint available for QuarkXPress 2017
Axaio Software announces availability of its print and export Xtension, MadeToPrint, for Quark XPress 2017…

Tuesday
Successful China Print for Heidelberg in Beijing
Heidelberg at China Print 2017: Simply Smart, paves the way for the future of the Chinese print media industry…

Visitor registration open for Labelexpo Europe 2017
Online visitor registration is now open as Labelexpo Europe 2017 gears up for its biggest edition to date at Brussels Expo…

THQ FlexoCloud Technology the pride of Bobst Lyon
Bobst unveils THQ FlexoCloud technology: a major leap forward in post-print flexo for corrugated board…

Wednesday
Springfield opens #Printworks digital labels showcase
Springfield doubles production space in £1.3 million investment to give it the largest all-digital labels business in the UK. By Gareth Ward…

TRESU at Dscoop EMEA 2017 in Lyon next week
TRESU to exhibit comprehensive inline coating solutions with HP Indigo digital presses for cartons and synthetics…

Master Rótulo Madrid invests in Kongsberg C64 table
Esko helps Master Rótulo expand production capabilities with new Kongsberg digital cutting table to support business growth…

Thursday 01 June
drupa Prize 2017 awarded to Anne Sokoll
The drupa Prize 2017 goes to scholar of German, who convinced with Doctoral Thesis on the Writers’ Movement in the GDR…

FINAT European Label Forum heads to Berlin
New directions, new destinations at this ‘must attend’ event for participants at all levels of the label value chain…

KBA C16 comes on stream at B&K Offsetdruck
Success story continues between B&K Offsetdruck in Ottersweier and KBA as C16 came on stream right on schedule…

Ink.lines prevent waste on LED-UV press at Northend
Technotrans installs Ink.line systems onto a Ryobi 925 LED-UV press at Northend Creative Print Solutions…

Lönnberg Finland opts for EFI workflow with Pace
Lönnberg implements Midmarket Print Suite for superwide-format and commercial print production management…

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…

Esko dominates FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards
Esko CDI imagers produce plates for five of the six Best of Show 2017 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards…

Mele Printing returns to Heidelberg for XL 75
Mele Printing expects to increase annual sales by $3 million with addition of Speedmaster XL 75 with Inpress Control…

Esko brings increased throughput to Visix in Belgium
Esko Automation Engine and Kongsberg C64 cutting table key to improved profitability and productivity…

New Rapida 106 LED UV press at Cedar Graphics
This ‘first impression’ printer again chooses KBA to maintain its high quality reputation and double productivity…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

Vista Color adds Push to Stop Speedmaster XL 106
Heidelberg’s latest XL 106 with AutoPlate Pro, Inspection Control 2 and Prinect Color Services help Vista score big with GMI…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017
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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

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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

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News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

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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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 03 March 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with another 35 of the best received during this past week, along with Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog on Thai Forest Certification, gleaned during FESPA Asia, held in Bangkok, Thailand in February.

The past week has seen such a mixed bag of news, I think it is perhaps easier if I simply highlight some of the key articles that have appeared each day and leave you to work your way down the list and to select those that appeal specifically to you. Here are just a few pointers:

  • Monday’s lead saw FESPA announce that the European show will now become an annual event, claiming that FESPA Digital’s success has driven demand for a yearly event embracing all technologies and applications. I thought that most major manufacturers were desperately trying to reduce expense and participation in shows, and not wanting to feel arm-twisted into to increasing spend in order to attend a broader spectrum more often. Or have I missed something?
  • Tuesday saw UPM’s Annual Report made available online, or to order in print. Wednesday led with Industrie Forum (iF) 2017 Design Awards to Heidelberg for its B1 Primefire 106 industrial digital press debuted at drupa last year; and for its new generation Prinect Press Center XL 2; followed by Sappi Europe receiving a WorldStar 2017 Award for its unique Algro Guard OHG high-barrier paper packaging solution. To round off the week on Friday, Esko led the headlines as it announced it has developed a strategy to help packaging customers meet the burgeoning and ever-increasing demand for compliance with regulations on nutritional packaging and labeling.
  • Thursday’s headlines were led by the OE-A, which has published a new brochure with integrated NFC tag to be available at LOPEC 2017 in Munich, Germany later this month. You will also find other show and conference-related news for Xeikon Café on both Monday and Thursday; for PrintWeekLive! and Interpack 2017 on Tuesday; and for Sign&Digital UK and ICE Europe 2017 on Friday, along with FINAT’s Global Young Managers Congress in Lisbon from 22 – 24 March.

 


 

As usual, we have a selection of recent orders and installations, new kit for conventional and digital production, as well as new software, cloud services, upgraded packaging boards and a lot more besides, if you spend just a few minutes scrolling through the headlines carefully.

 

My tailender goes to another update on Friday for the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open, taking place in Cape Town in May, as Port Elizabeth’s Shaun Bakker announces he will be back in SA to take part in this year’s event.

 

That’s it until next time. There’s more for you below.

My 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 27 February – date published appears in article footline

Monday

Flagship European FESPA to become annual event

FESPA Digital’s success drives demand for yearly event embracing all technologies and applications…

Meech invested in global expansion throughout FY 2015/2016

2016 was a year of global expansion for Meech International, as the company increased its production capability…

Hucais invests in Muller Martini for digital books

Partnership agreement at Hunkeler Innovationdays for Muller Martini and Hucais Printing to shape the digital future together…

Powder Horn moves to Heidelberg’s Versafire CP

Massachusetts-based Powder Horn Press has replaced two competitive digital machines with Heidelberg’s Versafire CP…

Agfa spotlight on brand reputation at Xeikon Café

High-end anti-counterfeiting software solutions for the most sensitive areas of digital printing in Lier next month…

Diamond Photofoil at Xeikon Café next month

Photofoil digital thermal transfers that revolutionise printing of plastic products to be shown at the event…

Lake Image Systems at the Xeikon Café event in Lier

Premium inspection and data verification solutions will be featured during the 4-day exhibition and conference event…

Tuesday

UPM Annual Report 2016 now available online as PDF

UPM’s Annual Report 2016 has been published online today in English and Finnish as a PDF on the corporate website…

Duplo sets out to inspire at PrintWeekLive!

Inspiration and innovation will be at the heart of Duplo UK’s activity at the inaugural PrintWeekLive! in Coventry, 8 – 9 March…

Domino at Interpack 2017 Messe Düsseldorf in May

Domino Printing Sciences set to rewrite the rules of coding and marking at Interpack 2017 from 4 – 10 May…

Siegwerk ‘Focused on your needs’ at Components 2017

Siegwerk to showcase its packaging expertise at Interpack’s special trade fair ‘Components 2017’ in Düsseldorf…

Upgraded Ensocoat board to debut at Interpack 2017

Stora Enso is upgrading its flagship Ensocoat carton board to provide the market’s best visual appearance…

TRESU introduces Flexo Kit metallic ink unit

A compact flexo printing unit designed for high-speed HP Indigo digital folding carton printing lines…

pdfaPilot also available in the cloud or as Web service

Actino Software releases Document Processing Services for automated PDF editing with integrated Callas pdfaPilot…

Wednesday

Heidelberg receives Industrie Forum Design accolades

Primefire 106 digital printing system and Prinect Press Center XL 2 control station win iF Design Award 2017…

Sappi a winner of distinguished WorldStar 2017 Award

Sappi Algro Guard OHG high-barrier paper packaging solution impressed WPO judges in the food category…

Gallus Ferd. Rüesch committed to climate protection

Committed to protecting the climate: Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG helps lower CO2 emissions by signing up to EnAW programme…

Flexible production is enhanced with latest Horizon buy

Following its move to new premises, Belle Design & Print has chosen a Horizon SPF/FC-200A stitch/fold/trim line from IFS…

Gomer upgrades digital printing with Heidelberg

Gomer Press in Wales is replacing a five year old machine with a Versafire CP press with Prinect Digital Front End…

Jaakkoo-Taara Oy adopts Xeikon digital workflow

Truly digital Folding Carton Suite adopted to support serialised pharmaceutical packaging in Finland…

Five additional MPS presses for Reflex Labels UK

The new presses contribute to sustainability as a key goal…

Thursday

Interactively discover printed electronics at LOPEC 2017

OE-A has published a new brochure with integrated NFC tag to be available at LOPEC 2017 in Munich, Germany later this month…

FESPA launches its second global Print Census

FESPA refreshes market insight with second global Print Census completed at FESPA Asia in Bangkok in February…

Siegwerk acquires UK-based Hi-Tech Products

With the acquisition of Hi-Tech Products Ltd, Siegwerk is further expanding its water-based ink business…

Cerm at Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017

Cerm streamlines digital workflow in live applications of wet glue labelling and paper cups at the Xeikon Café…

Michelman brings in-mould labelling to Xeikon Café

Effectiveness of the DigiPrime 4453 digital press primer will be shown on live applications with Xeikon presses…

Amberley Labels UK adds 8-colour Edale FL3

The new FL3 includes AiiR Print Automation, Advanced Register, Semi-Rotary Die-Cutting and a Peel & Reveal modules…

Baumer’s new Inverto non-contact gluer for corrugated

‘Inverto’ – the innovative FFG adhesive application system for simple switching from top-down to bottom-up gluing…

Friday

Esko announces strategy to help with regulatory compliance

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

Sign & Digital UK announces a new show feature

Sign & Digital UK has announced a new show feature dedicated to the sign industry: the Sign Trade Services Pavilion…

FINAT Global Young Managers Club Congress, Lisbon

A pathway to success: Young label industry managers can explore the route in Lisbon, Portugal from 22 – 24 March…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Port Elizabeth’s Shaun Bakker back in SA in May for this year’s Canon South African Disabled Golf Open…

Bobst at ICE Europe 2017 from 21 – 23 March

As a dedicated converting event, Bobst will be attending the ICE exhibition in Munich, Germany later this month…

BST Eltromat at ICE Europe 2017 in Munich

An extensive portfolio for the converting industry BST Eltromat International and subsidiary BST ProControl…

March delivery set for Cowan Print’s new Stahlfolder

Cowan Print wanted a more automated folder and one that would provide an enhanced range of quality folds at speed…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Muller Martini demonstrates the epitome of Finishing 4.0

At Hunkeler Innovationdays Muller Martini’s stand proved highly popular during the four-day trade fair in Lucerne this week…

Ace orders Renz UK first at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Ace Binding trade finisher orders the UK’s first Renz Inline 500 Compact at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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Thai Forest Certification Scheme

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No 22 Basics of Colour Management for Wide Format Projects

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

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

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

Interview: Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German version

 

Presented to hundreds of thousands of trade visitors at drupa 2016 and on the market since January 2017 with the start of the pilot phase: the Primefire 106 – as the first industrial premium digital printing production system in B1 format it is performing successfully in the pilot phase and has proven itself at ‘MPS Multi Packaging Solutions’. An important core element of the new Heidelberg digital strategy has thus been achieved — and now is the perfect time for an exclusive interview by Andreas Weber with Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Head of Digital Sales and Digital Sheetfed General Manager at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (#Heideldruck) on the subject of the market launch of the Heidelberg Primefire 106.

You joined Heidelberg just before drupa 2016. Did you expect that the traditional company would be able to develop into the pioneer of premium level industrial digital printing so rapidly?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: I have to admit that I’m extremely positively surprised. Even my high expectations were exceeded. During my career, I’ve gained a great deal of experience with the transformation of particular market segments on the basis of digital printing. But up to that point I wasn’t very familiar with the world of offset printing as a core area of expertise of Heidelberg. Now, as Heidelberg is merging both together, I’m sure that we can meet the present and future needs of print shops and their customers in the best possible way.

What makes you so optimistic?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: At drupa 2016, I saw the Primefire 106 in operation as a prototype for the first time, where it produced top quality inkjet print samples. Afterwards, I watched as this was implemented quickly and highly professionally in Research and Development, as well as in Engineering, within just a few weeks. After all, what is important is not only complying with ambitious machine specifications but also being able to produce at industrial level with the aid of technical innovations, in line with actual working situations. And that was achieved in an extremely short time. The engineers were open-minded, new ideas from the team and suggestions were taken into account immediately and implemented technically. Also the cooperation with our co development partner Fujifilm went very well for both sides. To be perfectly honest, I’d not experienced anything like it before. They were real highlights for me and they still have an effect today.

The pilot phase for the Primefire 106 began in January 2017. What is so special about it?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: For a successful pilot phase in which the machine runs under production conditions at customers, two requirements must be met. 1. The technology must be complete, i.e. fully developed. 2. Innovations must meet or exceed the needs of the customer. In the context of the print shop business, this means that new printing technologies must be successful from the word go – they must work reliably from a technical and from a commercial point of view. The largest burden for print shops is winning new print job orders, which is very hard work. Once they have a job, they must be able to produce it reliably and without problems on an industrial scale. This means with top quality and speed, extremely good reproducibility characteristics and a very high level of machine availability coupled with minimum makeready times. Ensuring that this can be achieved is the core element of our job.

 

 

Aren’t high quality and an excellent uptime already standard in digital printing?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Unfortunately not. And this is the most important strength and USP of the Primefire 106 in comparison to other solutions on the market that either offer one or the other. With a lot of solutions, this means that the up time may be reduced to as low as 40 % if maximum quality is required. And vice versa – if you concentrate on maximum productivity, high quality standards cannot be achieved. With the Primefire 106, we have proven that we can offer both at once, as demonstrated in the pilot phase. With this machine, we set high standards in terms of dependable high quality performance, which is an indispensable requirement in our target markets of packaging and converting.

The first customer in the Primefire pilot phase is the globally operating MPS Multi Packaging Solutions, with its headquarters in New York City and its production site in Obersulm near Stuttgart. What was the key reason for this collaboration?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: The excellent product specifications as well as outstanding features and, above all, our performance pledge were convincing factors, as everything meets the wishes and stringent requirements at MPS exactly. Furthermore, the two companies have worked together for many years, as Heidelberg is the main supplier for offset printing technology and several pilot projects have already been implemented successfully in the area of offset printing. My colleagues have done a brilliant job, which has resulted in a high degree of mutual trust being built up at many levels over a number of years. And this situation is now being transferred seamlessly to digital printing, with the additional major plus point that, with Fujifilm, we not only have a premium supplier of inkjet printheads, but Fujifilm is a development partner who actively contributes know-how and manpower in this context in order to get the best out of its technology with our machine and production concept. And that’s unique. Another factor is our industry-wide, leading service network with teams who can help out quickly if needed, either remotely or on site. And all these points were appreciated and acknowledged by more than 40 companies at our Primefire customer event at the end of January, 2017.

 

World premiere of Heidelberg Primefire 106 at drupa 2016. Video: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

 

In the context of the Primefire 106, the fact that the go-to-market and new business models will be key success factors was highlighted at drupa 2016. What must be borne in mind or what are potential new challenges?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Heidelberg is renowned for its excellent customer relationships and loyalty — and this is even acknowledged by its competitors. Good customer loyalty is developed when Sales as well as Service identify with the customer as much as possible, have a continual presence and are integrated into the customers’ everyday work. As this has been the case for a very long time, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel with the go-to-market activities for the Primefire. We use tried and tested elements and well-established structures in account management that are valued by our customers…

… and what is the situation as far as business models are concerned?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: In the context of business models we need to rethink, as with industrial printing using inkjet technology one thing is of key importance – our customers must know exactly what they are paying for at all times. The click charge billing models that are commonly used for digital printing work for numerous applications that are made up of a large number of individual jobs, often with small print runs. The click costs comprise a fixed charge plus variable costs and should only amount to a maximum of 20% of the total production costs, otherwise it becomes unprofitable…

… and what exactly does this mean with respect to the Primefire 106?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: With high-volume production with the Primefire 106 in multi-shift mode under industrial production conditions, a different approach is definitely needed, especially for packaging printing. The costs must be completely transparent before the job is started — across all process steps. We call this the “pay for what you consume” model and we have developed new types of contracts which cover all aspects related to the maintenance of the inkjet printheads and other inkjet printing production factors, such as ink, for each contract, in addition to the purchase prices of the machines. We therefore offer an economically relevant model, tailored specifically to packaging print shops, that is an important part of our performance pledge and that, in my opinion, no other manufacturer can offer at the moment.

 

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Best-in-class technology needs a great design as well: Primefire 106 celebrated its World Premiere at drupa 2016. Photos: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

 

What impact does this new business model approach have in actual situations? After all, the Primefire concept also changes the way that Heidelberg customers can go about their business.

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: That’s right, digitization in the printing industry changes the way business is done in many areas. Print shops must consider whether it is better to integrate Primefire systems into their existing operation or to separate them off into their own department/company. There is a wide variety of options for how companies want to structure and organize their digital business. From the application-related, technical side or the process workflows, we can offer comprehensive, flexible support.

Have you already received feedback from your customers’ customers – i.e. brands that use packaging?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Since drupa 2016, we have received feedback from companies who order packaging via our customers. The most important feedback is that digital printing solutions must be 100% reliable as the requirements are extremely high. Brand owners or print buyers who find out about the Primefire technology actively approach our customers immediately in order to be able to take advantage of the benefits themselves as soon as possible. In particular, this applies to the time to market speed at the point of sale which enables sophisticated products to be sold more easily and quickly.

What’s more, our customers are also given the chance to not only produce jobs in line with customer specifications but also to actively approach their customers/interested parties with their new ideas on the basis of the new opportunities provided by the Primefire.  This new form of creativity is expressly welcomed in order to design marketing activities that are more relevant or to address new target groups more effectively. — Incidentally, this situation has meant that our Primefire pilot customer MPS has been producing actual runs for brand customers from the cosmetics industry since the beginning of February 2017 – and not only test jobs for inspecting samples for new applications. This rapid adaptation of new printing technologies is accelerating the transformation dramatically.

As it looks today, does the success of the pilot phase meet your expectations?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Definitely. Without mentioning any concrete figures, we have received an enormous amount of inquiries. This is mainly because the Primefire 106 is designed as a platform that can be upgraded and therefore is expected to offer a production life of up to ten years.

To finish, can you give us a forecast of how this platform approach will develop with the Primefire 106?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing. In the next few years, there will be hardly any need to modify our Primefire technology in terms of quality, printhead technology and print image resolution. However, it is conceivable that throughput will be increased for more printed sheets per hour. New areas of application will certainly arise in the next few years. Specific solutions, for the pharmaceuticals area for example, will also be planned. This includes new opportunities in the context of digital finishing, e.g. with inline processing. And it is very important to make it clear that enhancements to the Primefire systems will be possible for existing installations for the foreseeable future due to our platform concept. Investments are therefore secured in the long term.

Thank you very much for this informative interview. It seems to me that Heidelberg has played an important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing

 


 

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Photo: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG 

About Montserrat Peidro-Insa:

Montserrat Peidro-Insa is the new force in the Heidelberg digital team. She joined Heidelberg in the spring of 2016, just in time before drupa. The former HP manager has gained many years of experience in launching professional digital printing systems, and Heidelberg would also like to benefit from this expertise. She is therefore a welcome addition to Jason Oliver’s team and is now Head of Digital Sales and Digital Sheetfed General Manager at Heidelberg. Together with her staff, she will be responsible for the market launch of the Heidelberg Primefire 106.

 


 

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Fotos: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Bildcollage: Andreas Weber, Mainz.

„Wir halten, was wir versprechen: die nachhaltig industrielle Fertigung mit Digitaldruck auf Premiumniveau!“ —Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Interview: Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English version

Auf der drupa 2016 hunderttausenden Fachbesuchern vorgestellt und seit Januar 2017 Beginn der Pilotphase im Markt: Primefire 106 als erstes industrielles Digitaldruck-Premium-Produktionssystem im B1 Format meistert die Pilot-Phase und bewährt sich bei ‚MPS Multi Packaging Solutions‘. Damit ist ein wichtiger Kernpunkt der neuen Digitalstrategie bei Heidelberg erfüllt — und ein perfekter Zeitpunkt für ein Exklusivinterview von Andreas Weber zur Markteinführung der Heidelberg Primefire 106 mit Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Head of Digital Sales and General Manager Digital Sheetfed  bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (#Heideldruck).

Sie kamen zur drupa 2016 zu Heidelberg. Hatten Sie erwartet, dass das Traditionsunternehmen so rasend schnell zum Vorreiter im industriellen Digitaldruck auf Premiumniveau werden konnte?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Ich muss zugeben, dass ich äußerst positiv überrascht bin. Meine hohen Erwartungen wurden noch übertroffen. Ich habe in meiner Laufbahn reichhaltige Erfahrungen bei der Transformation bestimmter Marktsegmente durch Digitaldruck erworben. Mit der Offsetdruckwelt als Kernkompetenz von Heidelberg war ich aber bis dato nicht näher vertraut. Jetzt, wo  Heidelberg beides zusammenführt, bin ich überzeugt, dass wir heutige und künftige Bedürfnisse von Druckereien und deren Kunden bestmöglich erfüllen können.

Was macht Sie so optimistisch?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Zur drupa 2016 sah ich erstmals die Primefire 106 als Prototyp in Betrieb, um hochwertigste Druckmuster im Inkjet-Druck zu erzeugen. Im Nachgang erlebte ich innerhalb weniger Wochen, wie rasch und hochprofessionell die Implementierung bei Forschung und Entwicklung sowie Engineering ablief. Schließlich gilt es, nicht nur ambitionierte Maschinenspezifikationen zu erfüllen, sondern mithilfe von Technikinnovationen praxisgerecht auf industriellem Niveau produzieren zu können. Und das klappte in kürzester Zeit. Die Ingenieure waren offen im Denken, neue Ideen der Teams und Anregungen wurden sofort aufgegriffen und technisch umgesetzt. Und die Zusammenarbeit mit unserem Entwicklungspartner FujiFilm war fruchtbar für beide Seiten. Ganz ehrlich: So etwas hatte ich bis dahin noch nicht erlebt. Das waren echte Highlights für mich, die immer noch nachwirken.

Im Januar 2017 startete die Pilot-Phase für Primefire 106. Was ist das besondere daran?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Für eine erfolgreiche Pilot-Phase, in der bei Kunden unter Produktionsbedingungen gearbeitet wird, müssen zwei Voraussetzungen erfüllt sein. 1. Die Technologie muss fertig, sprich ausgereift, sein. 2. Innovationen müssen den Bedarf der Kunden (über)treffen. Auf das Druckereigeschäft bezogen, heisst das, neue Drucktechnologien müssen sich aus dem Stand heraus bewähren, also nicht nur technisch, sondern auch kaufmännisch solide funktionieren. Die Hauptlast ist doch, Druckaufträge zu akquirieren, das ist für Druckereien harte Arbeit. Liegt der Auftrag vor, muss reibungslos und zuverlässig industriell produziert werden können. Das heisst mit maximaler Qualität und  Geschwindigkeit, extrem guter Wiederholbarkeit und höchster Maschinenverfügbarkeit bei minimalen Rüstzeiten. Die Voraussetzungen dafür zu schaffen, ist im Kern unser Job.

Sind hohe Qualität und beste ‚Up-time‘ im Digitaldruck nicht schon Standard?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Leider nein. Und das ist die große Stärke und Alleinstellung von Primefire 106 im Unterschied zu sonstigen Angeboten im Markt, die entweder das eine oder das andere bieten. Was bei vielen dazu führt, dass, wenn man maximale Qualität realisieren will, die Up-time auf bis zu 40 % runtergeht. Und umgekehrt: Setzt man auf maximale Produktivität, lassen sich hohe Qualitätsstufen nicht erreichen. Mit Primefire 106 bieten wir nachweislich beides in einem, wie es sich nachweislich in der Pilot-Phase beweist. Wir setzen damit hohe Maßstäbe für dependable  high quality performance, die in unseren Zielmärkten Packaging und Converting erforderlich und unabdingbar ist.

Der erste Kunde für die Primefire-Pilot-Phase ist der global agierende Konzern MPS Multi Packaging Solutions, mit Headquarter in New York City und seinem Produktionsstandort in Obersulm bei Stuttgart. Was gab den Ausschlag zur Zusammenarbeit?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Die exzellenten Produktspezifikationen sowie exzellente Features und v. a. unser Leistungsversprechen überzeugten, da alles die Vorstellungen und hohen Anforderungen bei MPS exakt trifft. Zudem verbindet beide Unternehmen eine langjährige Zusammenarbeit, da Heidelberg Hauptlieferant bei Offsetdrucktechnik ist und für den Offsetdruck bereits einige Pilot-Projekte erfolgreich durchgeführt wurden. Meine Kollegen haben einen brillanten Job gemacht, was über Jahre hohes gegenseitiges Vertrauen auf vielen Ebenen aufgebaut hat. Das überträgt sich jetzt nahtlos auf den Digitaldruck, mit dem großen Zusatzplus, das wir mit Fujifilm nicht nur einen Premium-Lieferanten für Inkjet-Druckköpfe haben, sondern Fujifilm sich als Entwicklungspartner mit Know-how und Manpower aktiv einbringt, um das Beste aus ihrer Technologie im Kontext mit unserem Maschinen- und Produktionskonzept rauszuholen. Das ist einzigartig. Hinzukommt unser Industrie-weit führendes Service-Netzwerk, mit Teams, die im Bedarfsfall schnell ‚remote‘ oder vor Ort helfen. Alle diese Punkte wurden übrigens bei unserem Primefire-Kundenevent Ende Januar 2017 von über 40 Firmen geschätzt und anerkannt.

Premiere der Heidelberg Primefire 106 als Highlight im Digitaldruck auf der drupa 2016. — Life-Video: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, Juni 2016.

Im Kontext mit Primefire 106  wurde auf der drupa 2016 betont, dass für den Erfolg das Go-to-Market und neue Geschäftsmodelle entscheidend sein werden. Was ist zu beachten respektive was sind ggf. neue Herausforderungen?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Heidelberg ist — das wird auch vom Wettbewerb anerkannt — renommiert für seine exzellente Kundenbeziehungen und -treue. Eine gute Kundenbindung entsteht, wenn sich der Vertrieb wie auch der Service bestmöglich mit dem Kunden identifizieren, stets Präsenz zeigen und in den Kundenalltag integriert werden. Da dies seit langem der Fall ist, müssen wir beim Go-to-Market für Primefire das Rad nicht erst neu erfinden. Wir greifen auf Bewährtes und fest etablierte Strukturen im Account-Management zurück, die von unseren Kunden geschätzt werden…

… und wie verhält sich das bei Geschäftsmodellen?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Bei Geschäftsmodellen müssen wir umdenken, denn im industriellen Druck mit Inkjet-Technologie ist entscheidend wichtig: Unser Kunde muss jederzeit genau wissen, wofür er zahlt. Die im Digitaldruck gängigen ‚Clickcharge‘-Abrechnungmodelle funktionieren bei einer Vielzahl von Anwendungen, die sich aus der Summe vieler Einzeljobs oft mit kleinen Auflagen generieren. Die Klickkosten bestehen aus einem Fixum plus variablen Kosten und dürfen dabei maximal 20 % der Gesamt-Produktionskosten ausmachen, sonst wird es unrentabel…

… und das heisst konkret bezogen auf Primefire 106?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Bei hochvolumigen Produktionen mit Primefire 106 im Mehrschichtenmodus unter industriellen Fertigungsbedingungen braucht es in jedem Fall einen anderen Ansatz, gerade im Verpackungsdruck. Es muss vor Auftragsbeginn eine umfassende Kostentransparenz bestehen — über sämtliche Prozessschritte hinweg. Wir nennen das „Pay for what you consume“-Modell und haben neue Vertragsformen entwickelt, die neben Maschinen-Kaufpreisen per Vertrag alle Aspekte der Instandhaltung der Inkjet-Druckköpfe und sonstiger Inkjet-Druck-Produktionsfaktoren wie die Tinte umfasst. Damit bieten wir ein ökonomisch relevantes, für Verpackungsdruckereien zugeschnittenes Modell, das ein wichtiger Teil unseres Leistungsversprechens darstellt und das aus meiner Sicht zur Zeit kein anderer Hersteller bieten kann.

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Funktionsbereiche der Primefire 106: 1. Anleger 2. Conditioning-Werk 3. Jetring-Werk 4. Trocknersystem 5. Lackierwerk 6. Prinect Digital Center Inline mit Perfect Stack-Technologie. Foto: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

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Nicht nur technisch, sondern auch ästhetisch ein Glanzstück. — Foto: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Wie wirkt sich dieser neue Geschäftsmodellansatz in der Praxis aus? Das Primefire-Konzept verändert ja auch die Art und Weise, wie Heidelberg-Kunden ihr Geschäft angehen können.

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: In der Tat, die Digitalisierung im Print ändert die Art und Weise des Geschäfts über viele Bereiche hinweg. Druckereien müssen abwägen, ob sie Primefire-Systeme in den bestehenden Betrieb integrieren oder in eine eigene Abteilung/Firma ausgliedern. Es gibt ganz verschiedene Möglichkeiten, wie man sein ‚Digital Business‘ ausrichten und organisieren möchte. Von der anwendungsbezogenen, technischen Seite oder den Prozessabläufen können wir alles flexibel unterstützen.

Haben Sie schon Feedback von Seiten der Kunden Ihrer Kunden, also Marken, die Verpackungen einsetzen?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Seit der drupa 2016 bekommen wir Feedback seitens der Auftraggeber für Verpackungen über unsere Kunden. Das Wichtigste ist, dass Digitaldruck-Lösungen hundertprozentig verlässlich sein müssen, da die Anforderungen extrem hoch sind. Markeninhaber respektive Print Buyer, die von der Primefire Technologie Kenntnis erhalten, gehen sofort aktiv auf unsere Kunden zu, um die Vorteil möglichst schnell für sich nutzen zu können. Dies ist insbesondere das Time-to-Market-Momentum am Point-of-Sale, um anspruchsvolle Produkte einfacher und schneller verkaufen zu können.

Und: Unsere Kunden erhalten zudem die Chance, nicht nur gemäß Kundenvorgaben Aufträge zu produzieren, sondern auf Basis der neuen Möglichkeiten der Primefire mit ihren Ideen aktiv auf ihre Kunden/Interessenten zuzugehen. Diese neue Form der Kreativität ist ausdrücklich erwünscht, um Marketingaktivitäten relevanter zu gestalten bzw. neue Zielgruppen besser zu erreichen! — Nebenbei, dieser Umstand hat dazu geführt, das unser Primefire-Pilotkunde MPS bereits seit Anfang Februar 2017 für Markenkunden aus dem Beauty-Bereich  echte Produktionen fährt – und nicht nur Testjobs quasi zur Bemusterung neuer Anwendungen. Diese schnelle Adaption neuer Print-Techniken beschleunigt die Transformation ganz erheblich.

Aus jetziger Sicht: Trifft der Erfolg der Pilot-Phase ihre Erwartungen?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Definitiv. Ohne dass ich konkret Zahlen nennen darf, die Anfragen sind enorm. Vor allem auch, weil Primefire 106 als Plattform ausgelegt ist, die Upgrade-fähig ist und daher in der Vorausschau bis zu zehn Jahre Produktionseinsatz bieten kann.

Können Sie zum Abschluss einen Ausblick geben, wie sich dieser Plattform-Ansatz mit Primefire 106 entwickeln wird?

Montserrat Peidro-Insa: Wir halten, was wir versprechen: Die nachhaltig industrielle Fertigung mit Digitaldruck auf Premiumniveau! An unserer Primefire Technologie wird in den nächsten Jahren kaum ein Änderungsbedarf entstehen, was Qualität, Druckkopftechnik und Druckbildauflösung angeht. Denkbar ist aber, den Durchsatz zu steigern, mit mehr Druckbogen pro Stunde. In den nächsten Jahren werden sicher neue Anwendungsbereiche hinzukommen. Zudem geplant werden spezifische Lösungen, wie z. B. für den Pharma-Bereich. Hierzu gehören auch neue Möglichkeiten im sog. Digital Finishing, z. B. mit Inline-Verarbeitung. Ganz wichtig ist aber festzuhalten: Erweiterungen der Primefire-Systeme können aufgrund unserer Plattform-Konzeption bei bestehenden Installationen auf absehbare Zeit vorgenommen werden. Damit sind Investitionen sicher und nachhaltig wirksam.

Besten Dank für das informative Gespräch. Mir scheint: Heidelberg hat dem industriellen Digitaldruck zum Durchbruch verholfen!


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Montserrat Peidro-Insa ist die neue Powerfrau im Digitalteam von Heidelberg. — Foto: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Zur Person

Montserrat Peidro-Insa ist die neue Powerfrau im Digitalteam von Heidelberg. Sie kam in Frühjahr 2016 gerade noch rechtzeitig vor der drupa zu Heidelberg. Die ehemalige HP Managerin hat viele Jahre Erfahrung in der Markteinführung von professionellen Digitaldrucksystemen. Davon möchte auch Heidelberg profitieren. Sie ergänzt daher das Team von Jason Oliver und ist jetzt Leiterin Digital Sales und General Manager Digital Sheetfed bei Heidelberg. Sie wird sich zusammen mit ihren Mitarbeitern um die Markteinführung der Heidelberg Primefire 106 kümmern.


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Offizielle Einweihung der Deutschland-Zentrale von Canon (von links): Rokus van Iperen, President & CEO Canon EMEA, Frank Meyer, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Krefeld, und Rainer Führes, Geschäftsführer Canon Deutschland. Fotos: Canon

 

Das ist mehr als konsequent: Nach der imposanten Canon Expo in Paris sowie der drupa 2016 stellt Canon erneut unter Beweis, wie sich das Leben und Arbeiten durch Technologie umfassend beeinflussen und vor allem verbessern lässt. Aus funktionellen Räumen einer Geschäftszentrale wird ein kommunikativer Erlebnisraum, der Menschen und Technik eine gemeinsame Verständnisgrundlage liefern soll. Kompliment. Großartig!—Andreas Weber, Head of Value

 

Canon weiht nach Umbau neue Deutschland-Zentrale in Krefeld ein

„Fast auf den Tag genau zehn Monate lang wurde intern umgezogen, umgebaut und eingerichtet – jetzt ist das neue Living Office der Canon Deutschland GmbH in Krefeld fertig.“ Das verkündete aktuell Canon Deutschland GmbH. Das ist nicht nur für die Region in und um Krefeld  wichtig: Neben Frank Meyer, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Krefeld, kam Rokus van Iperen, President & CEO Canon EMEA. Gemeinsam mit Rainer Führes, Geschäftsführer Canon Deutschland, haben alle Drei im Europark Fichtenhain das Eröffnungsband durchschnitten und die neue Deutschland-Zentrale von Canon offiziell eingeweiht. 

Statement der Geschäftsführung

Rainer Führes: „Canon ist ein modernes und digitales Unternehmen, bei dem die Themen Arbeitsplatz 4.0 und digitale Transformation eine bedeutende Rolle einnehmen. Das auf die Zukunft ausgerichtete Konzept unserer neuen Deutschland-Zentrale unterstützt die Canon Mitarbeiter in ihrer täglichen Arbeit, fördert flexibles Arbeiten und soll gleichzeitig junge Talente für das Unternehmen gewinnen. Außerdem ist unser Office ein Showcase für viele der Lösungen, die wir unseren Privat- und Geschäftskunden anbieten können. Ich freue mich, dass wir unser neues Headquarter eröffnen können, und bedanke mich bei allen Beteiligten – Planern, Entscheidern, Gewerken und Mitarbeitern –, die uns hierbei unterstützt haben.“

Das Konzept

Die Gebäudefläche von 12.000 Quadratmetern ist neuer Arbeitsplatz für 600 der insgesamt 2.400 Canon Deutschland Mitarbeiter. Auf großzügigen, lichtdurchfluteten Flächen mit 50 Prozent flexiblen Arbeitsplätzen herrscht ein dynamisches Miteinander, das den Austausch von Wissen und Ideen fördert. Digitale Workflows, die auf Canon Know-how, Produkten und Solutions basieren, finden hier in der täglichen Arbeit zueinander. Kleine Meetingzonen bis hin zu großen Meetingräumen verbessern die Kommunikation und Zusammenarbeit und ermöglichen Besprechungen jeder Art. Eine Kaffeebar im Empfangsbereich lädt nicht nur in den Pausen zum Verweilen ein, sondern dient auch Brainstormings und informellen Meetings als inspirierender Treffpunkt.

Zahlen, Daten, Fakten

  • 782 Brandschutzmelder wurden installiert
  • 1.637 Umzugseinheiten wurden abgewickelt
  • Rund 85.000 Arbeitsstunden
  • 12.000 m² Teppichfliesen
  • 35.000 Deckenplatten
  • 2.200 m³ Schutt und Abfall
  • 100 neue Parkplätze
  • 100.000 Pflastersteine für die neuen Parkflächen wurden verlegt
  • 2.000 neue Arbeitsplatz-Möbel (ohne Meetingzonen)
  • 500 alte Büromöbel für die Flüchtlingsarbeit in Krefeld

 

Highlight: Canon Customer Experience Center

Im Erdgeschoss befindet sich auch ein weiteres Highlight: das Customer Experience Center. Auf knapp 500 Quadratmetern lädt das Unternehmen Besucher und Kunden auf eine Reise durch die Canon Welt ein. Unter den Überschriften Explore, Inspire und Innovate lernen sie das Unternehmen und die neuesten Canon Technologien kennen. Sie sehen, in welchen Bereichen des täglichen Lebens sie mit Canon Produkten in Kontakt kommen – von der Aufnahme eines Fotos über das Speichern und Teilen bis hin zum Ausdruck, aber auch bei Rechnungen, personalisierter Werbung oder Büchern, die auf Canon Drucksystemen produziert wurden. Geschäftskunden erfahren darüber hinaus, wie sie ihr Unternehmen im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung durch Produkte, Services und Software fit für die Zukunft machen können. Das Experience Center bietet ebenfalls viel Platz für Kundengespräche und Workshops.

Bonus und Novität

Eine weitere Neuigkeit ist das Convention Center. Damit bietet Canon für Krefeld ein 450 Quadratmeter großes Veranstaltungscenter mit modernster Ausstattung und Technik. Das Convention Center wird für Events von Canon genutzt, kann aber auch für externe Veranstaltungen angemietet werden. Insgesamt bietet es Platz für über 250 Personen.

 

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