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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 17 June 2016

Welcome to this first post-drupa news roundup, with over 50 news items for you in the headlines since last Monday, plus late additions to the pre-drupa News in our own dedicated Newsroom from Asahi, Fujifilm and Agfa Graphics, and another important initial 20 ‘at-show and post-show’ announcements… from Heidelberg, Koenig & Bauer, Kodak, EFI, Muller Martini, Leonhard Kurz, Manroland Web Systems, and Fujifilm with Heidelberg; and especially from drupa 2016 show organiser Messe Düsseldorf with its end-of-show closing announcement, following what has been described as ‘the best drupa since 2000’. This drupa article also contains 21 endorsements and personal comments from key exhibitors, such as Guy Gecht, EFI; Benny Landa; Gerold Linzbach, Heidelberg; Jean-Pascal Bobst; Francois Martin, HP; John Blyth, Ricoh Europe; and 15 others. All of the above articles and announcements do not include the mass of at-show sales successes which appeared in our daily news columns throughout the week – with masses still to come, and with more still arriving on a daily basis.

What is the secret of #drupa2016 in 20 sec. — Summary by Andreas Weber, Head of Value.

Then we have a really exciting new addition for you in our drupa Newsroom. If you weren’t at the show, or even if you were at this year’s event in Düsseldorf, you can now get your hands on all nine daily issues of the drupa daily show magazine, with complete PDFs of each issue to download. These are jam-packed with news and highlights and a daily ‘Red Sofa’ interview with key exhibitors’ starting with drupa President and Koenig & Bauer chief executive Claus Bolza-Schünemann; followed by Canon EMEA president and chief executive Rokus van Iperen; Benny Landa; Enrique Lores, HP president of Imaging and Printing; Konica Minolta’s Olaf Lorenz general manager Business Solutions Europe; Jean-Pascal Bobst; Eijiro Hori, president of post-press kit manufacturer Horizon; Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke, and lastly, Marabu chief exec utive York Boeder, talking to two of Europe’s top trade press editors: Thomas Fasold of Druck&Medien, Germany; and Daryl Danielli, of PrintWeek UK. 

The drupa daily also includes some of the hottest show technology, sales and products that were the buzz words at drupa 2016, sourced, curated and produced by a team of the industry’s leading journalists throughout the show. Comments and rumours, photos and all that made it ten fantastic days at drupa and in drupacity Düsseldorf.
The world’s biggest and most important trade fair for print and cross-media solutions also announced that it is to stick to its proven four-year cycle and drupa will be held again in Düsseldorf from Tuesday, 23 June, to Friday, 3 July 2020. 
Please scroll down very carefully this week. You will also find three Verdigris Blogs from Laurel Brunner, all published since our last update. There is a message from Laurel in her most recent Blog for the drupa organisers, who missed a great opportunity in not taking a sustainability lead at this year’s event, and hopes the environment will be in sharper focus in 2020.
I hope you enjoy this week’s selection.
Until next time, when I shall strive to bring you lots more.
My best regards,
 
Mike Hilton

Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative from Digital Dots. Our Drupa and FESPA Newsrooms can be accessed from the Index on our Home Page, as well as News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site. 



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

Mon 13 June…   
Decisive impulses for the global print industry at drupa 2016
drupa 2016 was a resounding success with excellent business deals concluded in an outstanding investment climate…

Novus Holdings South Africa adds Kodak Prosper S-Series
Kodak and Novus Holdings South Africa celebrate biggest Kodak Prosper Installation in Southern Hemisphere at drupa 2016…

Caxton and CTP in African first with Kodak Prosper Inkjet
Kodak and Thunderbolt Solutions to Change the Face of Leading South African Newspapers with Prosper S-Series variable inkjet…

NXP Europe invests in new DM-Liner from Leonhard Kurz
British digital printing company NXP Europe is first worldwide to invest in B2 format Digital Metal technology from Leonhard Kurz…

Ricoh SA dedicates June as Eco Action Month
Ricoh puts the green muscle of over 100 000 employees globally, behind World Environment Day on Sunday 5 June…

EDP Awards Heidelberg Omnifire 250 for colour 4D printing
The European Digital Press Association selected the Omnifire 250 4D printing system for ‘Technical Committee Award’ 2016…

New super-fast Epson SureColor printer wins EDP Award
Epson’s new SureColor SC-P20000 won ‘Best Photographic Printer’ at the European Digital Press Association Awards…

Rotometrics European Open House in September 2016
BPIF Labels to partner this key biennial event in the label calendar since 2012, with additional 40% space for this year…

The next InPrint in Munich, Germany in 2017
From 14 to 16 November, InPrint offers exhibitors a platform for showing cutting-edge printing technology…

drupa to stick to its proven 4-year cycle
The No. 1 trade fair for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Düsseldorf again from 23 June to 3 July 2020…

Tue 14 June…   
Sappi continues move to biomaterials and bio-energy
Sappi to construct a second-generation renewable sugar extraction demonstration plant at its Ngodwana Mill in South Africa…

Print makes strong comeback at the ‘Best drupa since 2000’
Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer and drupa president 2016, announced a positive closing verdict…

Heidelberg on course for growth
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG set the course for growth and sustained profitability in the financial year 2015/2016…

CTP Printers Cape Town launches new Lithoman IV
Special 24 hour print event in May at CTP Printers Cape Town introduced the latest Manroland Lithoman IV web press…

Kodak demonstrates leadership through innovation at drupa
Kodak generates significant industry buzz at the largest print show on earth with outstanding results 181% of target…

BHS Corrugated and Screen announce partnership
Screen and BHS to develop high-volume inline industrial digital printing solution for the corrugated board industry…

Adare SEC to add two full-colour Ricoh Pro VC60000s
UK-based Adare SEC makes multi-million pound commitment to colour personalisation with two Ricoh Pro VC60000s at drupa 2016…

EDC Expert first to invest in Ricoh Pro VC60000
EDC Expert (former Emerson DC) invests in Eastern Europe’s first Ricoh Pro VC60000 continuous feed inkjet platform…

Antalis Packaging offers free audits in UK
Free comprehensive packaging auditing services now available through latest Antalis Packaging investment…

Tipografic signs drupa order for Christmas delivery
Label producer Tipografic signs with Heidelberg UK for latest Speedmaster XL 106-7+L, Polar 115 Autotrim, and Bander…

Wed 15 June…   
Muller Martini’s drupa leaves a convincing impression
Muller Martini CEO, Bruno Müller, looks back at the company’s successful participation at drupa 2016 and Finishing 4.0…

Springfield buys third Screen Truepress digital label press
Springfield Solutions, UK, invests in third Truepress Jet L350UV press at drupa to keep pace with steady growth…

Heidelberg grows with digital as 1000th Versafire sold
Heidelberg has sold its 1000th Versafire digital printing system worldwide (formerly named Linoprint prior to drupa)…

Ricoh SA has chosen to focus on the Western Cape
Ricoh SA Western Cape assembles top industry teams for services-led operations in document imaging and production print…

Mimaki hat-trick at European Digital Press Awards
Accolades for Mimaki UJV55-320, Mimaki UJF-7151 plus and Mimaki TX300P-1800 at the EDP Awards presented at drupa 2016…

Agfa Graphics Jeti Mira recognised in EDP Awards
European Digital Press Association rewards Agfa Jeti Mira as ‘Best wide-format flatbed printer up to 250 sq/m hour’…

SPGPrints PIKE digital textile printer wins EDP Award
SPGPrints’s PIKE digital textile printer has won the European Digital Press Award for ‘Best Industrial Textile Solution’…

Canon South Africa makes moves to become carbon neutral
Canon SA is steadfast in its commitment to optimise resource efficiency and contribute to environmental sustainability…

EFI and Esko to bring combined workflow solution to market
EFI and Esko announced a LOI at drupa for workflow collaboration in the high-growth packaging segment…

Ricoh partners with EFI Vutek for large-format inkjet
Ricoh partners with EFI Vutek to offer market-leading large-format flatbed printing solutions…

Thu 16 June…   
HP’s largest customer deal in HP Indigo history
Shutterfly signs for 25 HP Indigo 12000 Digital Presses to capture 2016 holiday peak season production demands…

UPM: Students need fluent reading skills
The Finnish Reading Centre to organise 100 literacy workshops for technical studies students with UPM’s support…

EDP Awards with three product wins for HP Inc. at drupa
HP SmartStream Mosaic, HP PrintOS and HP DesignJet T830 were each named the best product in their category…

Exclusive carbon-neutral Eco-Range boxes from Antalis
Antalis Packaging in the UK has launched its Eco-Range of single wall corrugated box products…

LED-UV and perfecting from KBA bound for Glasgow
Two Rapida 106s for J Thomson Colour Printers in a two-press deal signed at drupa: a six colour and a ten-colour…

World’s first Book of One Bookline for NBD Biblion
The world’s first Muller Martini Diamant MC Digital Book of One Bookline goes to NBD Biblion in The Netherlands…

CEWE adds three Versafire CPs from Heidelberg
Europe’s biggest photo service provider CEWE chooses Versafire CP digital printing systems from Heidelberg…

Vale Press unveils B2 expansion with drupa purchase
Huge success following its move into B2 two years ago has led Vale Press back to Heidelberg…

Two iconic newspapers now printed in Turenki, Finland
Hansaprint prints Financial Times and International New York Times on the World’s First Ricoh Pro VC60000…

Crossprint adds perfect binding to support new business
Isle of Wight commercial printer adds Horizon perfect binder and three-side trimmer to expand in-house services…

Fri 17 June…   
Manroland Web: Strong drupa performance with great prospects
The fully networked production for the future: Manroland Web Systems is very satisfied with its showing at drupa 2016…

EFI acquires Optitex and its 3D design technology
EFI acquires emerging and fast-growing Optitex to extend its leadership in the digital transformation of the textile industry…

Konica Minolta wins two cut-sheet EDP Awards
Konica Minolta’s new AccurioJet KM-1 sheetfed B2+ UV inkjet digital press and bizhub PRESS C71hc awarded…

From web to corrugated with Highcon Axis at LxBxH
Beta site LxBxH Verpackung, has gone live with its online customisable corrugated box ordering system…

World’s first LED-UV on high speed web offset press
The Goss M-600 press surpasses expectations with first installation of LED UV drying and VITS Sheeter…

Walsh snaps up Heidelberg’s new high output Stahlfolder
First Irish company to purchase the new Stahlfolder TH 82-P that was launched by Heidelberg at drupa…

CFI Technologies orders second Ricoh Pro VC60000
Galiote Prenant Group has ordered a second line just months after becoming first in France with a Ricoh Pro VC60000…

IME by Estimprim orders KBA Rapida 105 PRO
Eight-colour KBA B1 perfector for French book specialist…

KMS Litho seeks digital expansion with Versafire CV
KMS Litho undertook extensive research into digital options and came down in favour of the Heidelberg Versafire CV…

Micropress orders Primera MC saddle stitcher at drupa
The new Muller Martini Primera MC will boost Micropress UK’s productivity…

Last lead article from previous update…  

Last issue’s lead article…

UPM is changing its corporate structure in Finland
UPM-Kymmene Corporation is proceeding with the plan announced last December, to change its corporate structure in Finland…

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drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’, and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
There were again well over 70 last year, 90 in 2014, and 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2).

Technology-related Chapter 02

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Asahi mini-white paper: Water- vs Solvent-washable
Making flexographic printing more sustainable and efficient with water-washable flexo plates as compared to conventional solvent-washable plates…

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

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Canon SA a sponsor for South African Disabled Golf Open
Canon SA was proudly part of the 2016 Nedbank South African SA Disabled Golf Open at Zwartkop Country Club in Pretoria from 2 to 4 May 2016…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Preparing for drupa 2020
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 17 Jun

Paperlab Update
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 10 Jun

Energising
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Sun 05 Jun

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

drupa daily to download as PDFs
These jam-packed drupa daily news issues are ready to read now. You can download each one complete as a PDF…

drupa daily issue No 1 on 31 May 2016
Includes drupa President and Koenig & Bauer chief executive Claus Bolza-Schünemann’s Red Sofa chat with Thomas Fasold…

drupa daily issue No 2 on 2 June 2016
Includes Canon EMEA president and chief executive Rokus van Iperen’s talk with Darryl Danielli about the importance of merging cultures…

drupa daily issue No 3 on 3 June 2016
Includes Landa Digital Printing founder and chairman Benny Landam as he tells Darryl Danielli how he has been retired for 50-plus years…

drupa daily issue No 4 on 4 June 2016
Includes Enrique Lores, HP president of Imaging and Printing talking to Darryl Danielli about growth…

drupa daily issue No 5 on 5 June 2016
Includes Olaf Lorenz, GM of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, as he discusses the KM-C with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 6 on 6 June 2016
Includes Jean-Pascal Bobst, chief executive of Swiss manufacturer
Bobst talking to Darryl Danielli about the importance of family…

drupa daily issue No 7 on 7 June 2016
Includes Eijiro Hori, president of post-press kit manufacturer Horizon sharing his thoughts on the importance of partnerships with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 8 on 8 June 2016
Includes Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke talking to Darryl Danielli about the business’s evolution and how it’s getting back to its roots…

drupa daily issue No 9 on 9 June 2016
Includes Marabu chief executive York Boeder talking with Thomas Fasold about digitisation in printing and the strengths of screen printing…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ show + post-show News
Latest additions can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

Fujifilm and Heidelberg target growth potential of the industry
Successful partnership between Fujifilm and Heidelberg confirmed as CEOs agree to target growth potential of the industry…

Manroland: Strong drupa performance with great prospects
The fully networked production for the future: Manroland Web Systems is very satisfied with drupa 2016…

Muller Martini’s drupa leaves a convincing impression
Muller Martini CEO, Bruno Müller, looks back at the company’s successful participation at drupa 2016…

Print makes strong comeback at the ‘Best drupa’ since 2000
Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and drupa president 2016, announced a decidedly positive closing verdict…

Kodak demonstrates leadership through innovation at drupa
Kodak generates significant industry buzz at the largest print show on earth with outstanding results at 181% of target…

Decisive impulses for the global print industry at drupa 2016
drupa 2016 was a resounding success with excellent business deals concluded in an outstanding investment climate…

drupa to stick to its proven 4-year cycle
The No. 1 trade fair for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Düsseldorf again from 23 June to 3 July 2020…

Agfa Graphic’s next generation thermal plate system
Always innovating, Agfa Graphics announced its new generation thermal plates solution at drupa 2016…

EFI adds new, scalable blade-based Fiery DFEs
Power the latest generation of ultra high-speed inkjet presses supporting packaging and transactional applications…

EFI launches new, cloud-based Fiery Navigator software
A new cloud-based product that gives digital print service providers insight into their production data…

EFI newest Midmarket Print Suite European debut at drupa
The updated Productivity Suite, with EFI Pace as the core MIS and a rich collection of print specific components, delivers certified, end-to-end business and production workflows…

EFI’s advanced portfolio showcased in Hall 9 at drupa
Fueling Customer Success: EFI’s Breakthrough New Digital Print Platforms at drupa spark New ‘Imaging of Things’ opportunities for Print Providers…

EFI’s Groundbreaking LED inkjet single-pass platform for corrugated
EFI launches revolutionary single-pass inkjet press for high-speed corrugated board production…

Heidelberg’s ‘Simply Smart’ motto for drupa 2016
drupa 2016: Heidelberg continues growth course – new market opportunities in the digital age…

Heidelberg Cloud forms the basis for future-oriented services
Smart Collaboration: Heidelberg Cloud, Heidelberg Assistant, and Heidelberg eShop are setting new standards in customer/supplier relationships…

Heidelberg’s Primefire 106: World premiere for industrial inkjet
drupa 2016: With the Primefire 106 Heidelberg presented a world premiere for industrial inkjet printing in 700 x 1000 format…

HP unleashes industry-leading digital printing portfolio
At drupa, HP reimagines possibilities of printing with new Pagewide, Indigo, HP JetFusion 3D printing solutions and more…

NXP Europe invests in new DM-Liner from Leonhard Kurz
British digital printing company NXP Europe is first worldwide to invest in B2 format Digital Metal technology from Leonhard Kurz…

Push to Stop – Heidelberg makes autonomous printing a reality
The new generation Speedmaster ushered in a paradigm shift in industrial print production with its new ‘Push to Stop’ operating philosophy…

World premiere of the new drupa-generation Speedmaster XL 106
Peak performance redefined: drupa-generation Speedmaster XL 106 revolutionises industrial print production…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016
The tenth and final article in this series from Andreas Weber in Mainz, Germany…

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drupa ante portas: Big Data Up Close
Digital technologies impact the entire cosmos of print media and complete workflow, too. By Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors (now in alphabetical order)
Latest additions can now be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

Asahi: Gearing Up for drupa 2016
At Asahi Photoproducts, we are busy getting ready for drupa. We hope we will see you there; we’ll be located in Hall 11, stand A60, at the show, and we have some great technologies to share!…

Fujifilm ‘5D Printing Strategy’ at drupa 2016
Fujifilm to unveil its 5D Printing Strategy at drupa 2016 in partnership with EPAC Technologies…

Agfa to demo new Arkitex Production at drupa
Agfa Graphics announces latest Arkitex Production newspaper prepress workflow to be demonstrated at drupa in Hall 8a…

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Decisive impulses for the global print industry at drupa
drupa 2016 was a resounding success with excellent business deals concluded in an outstanding investment climate…

drupa to stick to its proven 4-year cycle
The No. 1 trade fair for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Düsseldorf again from 23 June to 3 July 2020…

FESPA Newsroom
The dedicated FESPA Newsroom can be found via the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Federation News in 2016

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Antalis South Africa, Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2016,  Esko,  FESPA.  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic So lutions, Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Krause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Muller Martini AG,  Ricoh Europe,  Sappi LimitedThunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 27 May 2016

Welcome to another roundup of 38 news highlights for the past week together with another 24 new articles pre-drupa articles from Exhibitors, bringing the total so far to around 238; plus a further 61 from Messe Dusseldorf, along with 10 Expert Articles from ten of the world’s leading graphic arts-related editors and journalists, and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in Mainz.

I wasn’t going to send another e-News before drupa, which opens its doors next Tuesday, with now less than four days to go to the world’s biggest event this year, but so many really excellent news articles and important announcements came in, I just had to. Hence my reason for sending it today, as I shall already be in drupacity Düsseldorf on Monday, preparing for the pre-show press conferences. As one of drupa’s Media Partners for this year’s event, we will obviously try to bring you as much post-show news as possible – but only after the show finishes.

Key news leaders this week include KBA on Monday, as it announced plans to takeover die-cutter manufacturer Iberica AG S.A. in Barcelona. Spain. A second article from KBA announced its surprise partnership with Xerox, which will see a first-of-Its-kind 1060mm sheetfed press – that’s digital – using Impika inkjet on a Rapida platform, debuted at drupa next week.

On Tuesday Leonhard Kurz led with its plans to add a transfer unit with inkjet technology to its product line for digital print finishing; the DM Liner UV, and to be debuted at drupa in three Halls. On Wednesday we had Heidelberg and Masterwork announce the new Masterwork postpress products for packaging and commercial printers to be launched at drupa 2016 in Hall 1.

Thursday saw Manroland Web Systems lead, as it prepares to welcome customers and other visitors to its stand in Hall 14. While on Friday (today) UPM-Kymmene Corporation announced that it is proceeding with its plan announced last December, to change its corporate structure in Finland; but there’s lots more if you check them out carefully as you scroll down.

Some magnificent sales and installations this week included KBA on Thursday, as B&K Offsetdruck in Germany orders a further Compacta C16 16pp commercial web press; while Precision Printing in the UK has upgraded its Horizon StitchLiner to a new 5500 system. On Friday, German web-to-print giant, PosterXXL became the first in Europe to invest in two Jet Press 720S B2 digital inkjet presses from Fujifilm; while Garvey Group West in the United States has added its third Rapida 205 large-format six-colour press at its Los Angeles facility. Packaging printer Cartotecnica Jesina in Ancona Province in Italy, has added its second six-colour large-format Roland 900 from Manroland Sheetfed; while TRESU has received an order from WestRock in the US for an eight-colour hybrid Flexo Innovator press to be installed later this year.

Please check out the rest carefully as there really are some good articles and announcements this week, including my choice of tailender (Tuesday), which goes to the House of Besserat de Bellefon, which has chosen Sappi’s ultra-bright white Algro Design carton board to showcase its iconic Champagne.

That’s all until next time, which will definitely be after drupa when things will eventually get back to normal again. I hope you find more of interest among the links below.
With my best regards, 
Mike Hilton 

 

Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative from Digital Dots. Our Drupa and FESPA Newsrooms can be accessed from the Index on our Home Page, as well as News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site.



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

Mon 23 May…   
KBA plans takeover of die-cutter manufacturer Iberica
Portfolio expansion in growth market packaging with the takeover of Iberica AG S.A. in Barcelona. Spain…

KBA Rapida platform integrated with Xerox Impika inkjet
KBA and Xerox partnership to target folding carton market with first-of-Its-kind 1060mm sheetfed press – that’s digital…

Heidelberg announces successful collaboration with PTC
Heidelberg invests in PTC cloud-based service solutions to take its digitisation to the next level…

drupa ante portas: Focus Packaging – Selling is everything!
More than half of all packaging volume worldwide is attributed to printed packaging – and the trend is rising. By Andreas Weber…

Enfocus at drupa: Disruptive solutions that ensure success
At drupa 2016, Enfocus will showcase solutions that transform how business gets done, to ensure success for users globally…

Drupa collaboration between Duplo International and HP
Duplo International will be present on the HP stand at drupa in Hall 17, showcasing connectivity between print and finishing…

Taopix announces HP PrintOS collaboration
UK software developer Taopix has announced its commitment to the HP PrintOS cloud-based operating system…

Tue 24 May…   
Kurz: New DM-Liner UV Inkjet for digital metallisation
Leonhard Kurz adds a transfer unit with inkjet technology to its product line for digital print finishing; to be debuted at drupa in 3 Halls…

EFI to provide Fiery DFEs for Riso inkjet printers
EFI and Riso Kagaku partner to bring Fiery digital front ends to Riso ComColor inkjet technology printers…

drupa ante portas: Big Data Up Close
Digital technologies impact the entire cosmos of print media and complete workflow, too. By Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany…

KBA-Metronic and DataLase in strategic partnership
KBA-Metronic and DataLase partnership aims to further the development of high-speed inline digital printing solutions…

Esko at the core of a broad packaging print ecosystem
Collaboration with packaging print ecosystem partners and engagement in numerous drupa 2016 events underlines Esko as a preferred supplier in packaging, label, signage and display production…

Heidelberg’s new generation Stahlfolder TH/KH 82-P at drupa
New users of the new Stahlfolder TH 82-P folding machine report higher productivity and better process planning…

Agfa Anapurna i air-cooled LED UV to debut at drupa
Anapurna i-series LED wide-format inkjet printers from Agfa Graphics to be launched at drupa 2016 in Hall 8a..

A toast to Sappi’s ultra-bright white Algro Design
House of Besserat de Bellefon has chosen Sappi’s carton board to showcase its iconic Champagne…

Wed 25 May…   
Heidelberg and Masterwork postpress at drupa
Heidelberg and Masterwork showcasing new postpress products for packaging and commercial printers at drupa 2016…

Thinking at the leading edge with FINAT
Strategic insights characterise FINAT 2016 European Label Forum taking place in Amsterdam, 16 – 18 June…

Canon SA a sponsor for South African Disabled Golf Open
Canon SA was proudly part of the 2016 Nedbank South African SA Disabled Golf Open at Zwartkop Country Club in Pretoria…

Agfa launches version 10 of the Apogee print hub
The latest version of this workflow software brings extra features, quality improvements and performance enhancements…

QuarkXPress 2016 Offers Built-in HTML5 Publishing
Designers Just a Click Away from Creating and Delivering Interactive, App-like Web Experiences…

HP adds Chromatic Red Ink to new DesignJet Z-series
Extended colour gamut makes an impact for high-impact PostScript printers for graphics and technical applications…

Ink Zone Control: Retrofit upgrade that quickly pays off
With Muller Martini’s ink zone control system, corrections are transferred to the substrate in a split second…

Thu 26 May…   
Innovations and highlights: Manroland Web Systems at drupa
From 31 May to 10 June Manroland Web Systems welcomes customers and other visitors to drupa 2016 to its stand in Hall 14…

Ghent Workgroup releases new PDF Processing Steps spec
Standardised way to identify production processing information enables increased interoperability and automation…

Further KBA C16 for B&K Offsetdruck in Ottersweier
Continuation of a successful partnership as B&K orders a further 16pp commercial web press from KBA-Digital & Web Solutions…

Agfa Graphics announces new Avalon platesetters at drupa
The new Avalon N8-90 model for the 8-up or B1 market comes in three different speed options; plus an entry-level B8 version…

MadeToPrint for QuarkXPress 2016 available immediately
Axaio export Xtension MadeToPrint for XPress 2016, for an even faster and more reliable output workflow…

Going digital inkjet with Tolerans and stitching in-line
In order to fulfil current needs, Tolerans has taken in-line stitching into digital inkjet presses with the Manroland Web FoldLine…

Flint Group is first ink licensee of Variprint
Flint Group to become first licensee of ground-breaking DataLase Variprint Inline Digital Printing technology…

Precision Printing chooses Horizon StitchLiner 5500
Integration with Precision’s One-Flow will ensure automated data transfer resulting in a streamlined throughput for web to print…

Fri 27 May…   
UPM is changing its corporate structure in Finland
UPM-Kymmene Corporation is proceeding with the plan announced last December, to change its corporate structure in Finland…

Marabu Inks to sell the Inca SpyderXi in Germany
Inca Digital appoints Marabu to distribute SpyderXi dual flatbed / roll-to- roll printer into industrial markets in combination with its inks…

Heidelberg Performance Services boost productivity over 40%
Heidelberg continues to enhance its SystemService portfolio with services that improve production processes…

Customised inkjet solutions: Siegwerk goes into digital inks
The global printing ink manufacturer is set to offer inkjet inks for labels, and later for packaging applications…

PosterXXL invests in two B2 Jet Press 720S presses
German web-to-print giant first in Europe to invest in two Jet Press 720S B2 digital inkjet presses from Fujifilm…

Third KBA Rapida 205 for Garvey Group West
A triple play with the first in North America to operate three of the world’s largest sheetfed offset presses…

Cartotecnica Jesina adds six-colour Roland 900 6B1
Shorter makereadies give Cartotecnica Jesina an edge with Simultaneous Plate Loading (SPL) technology a key factor…

TRESU eight-colour hybrid Flexo Innovator for WestRock
TRESU announces the sale of Flexo Innovator hybrid printing line to WestRock of Norcross, Georgia…

Last lead articles from previous update…  

Last issue’s leads…
Koenig & Bauer AG’s 91st AGM held in Würzburg
Shareholders satisfied with company’s development following the positive results achieved through the Fit@All programme…

Rhein-Zeitung to receive further compact KBA web press
Commitment to the printed newspaper: Mittelrhein-Verlag in Koblenz orders an additional 6/2 KBA Commander CT web press…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
There were again well over 70 last year, 90 in 2014, and 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2).

Technology-related Chapter 02

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Asahi mini-white paper: Water- vs Solvent-washable
Making flexographic printing more sustainable and efficient with water-washable flexo plates as compared to conventional solvent-washable plates…

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

Canon SA a sponsor for South African Disabled Golf Open
Canon SA was proudly part of the 2016 Nedbank South African SA Disabled Golf Open at Zwartkop Country Club in Pretoria from 2 to 4 May 2016…

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Eversfrank and Xeikon explore new avenues in customer communications
Emphasis on one-to-one marketing with customised, long run printed communications: Xeikon plays a key role in the successful concept…

Micro Lynx adds Scodix Foil Station to its workflow
Micro Lynx in Rennes, France democratises high-end finishing with its latest Scodix Foil investment…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

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Climate scientists and carbon accountants
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 20 May

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

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016

The tenth and final article in this series from Andreas Weber in Mainz, Germany prior to drupa…

drupa ante portas: Big Data Up Close
Digital technologies impact the entire cosmos of print media and complete workflow, too. By Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany…

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Focus Packaging: Selling is everything!
drupa ante portas: More than half of all packaging volume worldwide is attributed to printed packaging – and the trend is rising. By Andreas Weber, Mainz/German…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

Enfocus and Esko bring power of preflight to packaging industry
Companies are the first to use new industry standard to improve the packaging production process: They can both be found in Hall 8b at drupa…

Agfa set for dialogue at drupa’s touchpoint packaging
Agfa set to impress with smart advanced packaging security technologies at drupa’s Touchpoint Packaging in Hall 12…

Flint Group launches VIVO Colour Solutions at drupa
Flint Group is set to revolutionise print colour management with VIVO Colour Solutions, launched to the global market at drupa 2016…

Manroland Web Systems’ Innovations and Highlights at drupa
From 31 May to 10 June, Manroland Web Systems welcomes customers, media representatives and other visitors to drupa 2016 and its stand in Hall 14…

CHILI publish ups the heat at drupa 2016
Attendees will find solutions powered by CHILI publish being demonstrated throughout the show in eight different locations in six Halls…

CP Bourg world premiere with Canon and Polar-Mohr
CP Bourg to demonstrate for the first time ever its in-line perfect binding solution integrated with a Canon digital printing system and Mohr trimmer at drupa 2016…

ColorGATE 10 is just everywhere at drupa
More flexibility and performance with Version 10 on the ColorGATE stand in Hall 6, also in Halls 3, 5, 8a, 8b, 9 and 17…

Heidelberg and Masterwork postpress at drupa
Heidelberg and Masterwork showcasing new postpress products for packaging and commercial printers at drupa…

Kurz: Adds new DM-Liner UV Inkjet for digital metallisation
Leonhard Kurz adds a transfer unit with inkjet technology to its product line for digital print finishing…

HP adds Chromatic Red Ink to new DesignJet Z-series printers
Extended colour gamut of high-impact PostScript graphics printers makes an impact for graphics and technical applications…

Enfocus PitStop 13 update 2 expands preflight possibilities
The latest release of PitStop includes customer-driven features that expand the preflight possibilities to detect and correct errors in the most complex PDFs…

Epson debut for DJet 10000 imposed print system at drupa
Integrates two new Epson SC-P10000 aqueous printers for high-quality, double-sided B1 proofing, display graphics, brochures and bespoke photobook applications…

Heidelberg’s new generation Stahlfolder TH/KH 82-P at drupa
New users of the new Stahlfolder TH 82-P folding machine report higher productivity and better process planning…

Agfa Graphics announces new Avalon platesetters at drupa
The new Avalon N8-90 model for the 8-up or B1 market comes in three different speed options; plus an entry-level B8 version…

Esko solutions at the core of a broad packaging print ecosystem
Collaboration with packaging print ecosystem partners and engagement in several drupa events ensures Esko is a preferred supplier in packaging, label, signage and display production…

Domino to debut N610i 7-colour inkjet digital label press
Make your labels Stand Out from the crowd with Domino Digital Printing Solutions at drupa 2016 in Hall 5…

KBA Rapida platform integrated with Xerox Impika inkjet technology
KBA and Xerox partnership to target folding carton market with first-of-Its-kind 1060mm sheetfed press – that’s digital…

Agfa Graphics launches version 10 of the Apogee print hub
The latest version of this workflow software brings extra features, quality improvements and performance enhancements…

Esko increases cutting table output by up to 80 per cent
Breakthrough automation equipment brings productivity to a completely new level by eliminating idle time and reducing human interaction, to be shown at drupa…

Duplo International and HP collaborate at drupa
Duplo International will be on the HP stand at drupa 2016 in Hall 17, showcasing connectivity between print and finishing devices…

Taopix announces HP PrintOS collaboration
UK software developer Taopix has announced its commitment to the HP PrintOS cloud-based operating system…

Lake Image Systems powered solutions at drupa
Lake Image Systems will be in Hall 11 with 4 zones on its stand, with additional representation on partner stands in Halls 5, 8a, 14 and 16…

Agfa Anapurna i air-cooled LED UV to debut at drupa
Anapurna i-series LED wide-format inkjet printers from Agfa Graphics to be launched at drupa 2016 in Hall 8a..

Enfocus at drupa: Disruptive solutions that ensure success
At drupa 2016, Enfocus will showcase solutions that transform how business gets done, to ensure success for Enfocus users around the globe…

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Heidelberg’s Service portfolio at drupa 2016
Smart Services: Both in its entirety and in combination, Heidelberg’s portfolio of ‘Technical Services’ and ‘Performance Services’ is unique in the industry…

Gandy Digital large-format inkjet live at drupa
Gandy Digital to provide first live demonstrations of its latest high resolution five-metre UV roll-to-roll Fascin8tor printer at drupa… 

drupa innovation park 2016:
Smart Business Models in Focus: As around 130 exhibitors will be presenting their innovations in six theme parks…

European football programme will be produced at the show
Screen showing personalised publication printing with on-stand demonstrations at drupa 2016…

Global Graphics to unveil Inkjet ‘Fundamentals’ at drupa
A new software and engineering services package for inkjet press manufacturers that will help them get to market quicker…

Muller Martini at drupa: The Future Is Now
Using nine fully connected systems, Muller Martini will showcase the key topic of Finishing 4.0 live at its stand in Hall 2…

Kurz: Allrounders and specialists for any case
Leonhard Kurz to present its latest stamping foil developments at drupa in Hall 3, at the dip in Hall 7, and for packaging in Hall 12…

Kodak: Inkjet Book Printing at drupa 2016
Kodak to usher in next adopters of inkjet for book printing at drupa 2016, at the Kodak Quarter in Hall 5..

X-Rite announces InkFormulation Software Version 6.3
Provides a more robust ink formulation data exchange across the workflow, faster run-up to colour on press; to be demonstrated at drupa…

Industry first: Eagle Systems Cold Foil on uncoated paper
Sheetfed Cold Foiling is an industry first due to the complex characteristics of uncoated stocks, and made possible by the sophistication of Eagle’s system…

Meet the OE-A and the Printed Electronics Industry at drupa
Attend OE-A’s sessions on printed electronics and visit its stand in the dip in Hall 7 and seminars in the drupa cube…

Hybrid invites visitors to run live jobs at drupa 2016
Hybrid Software to prove the complete confidence it has in its products by inviting drupa visitors to bring live production jobs to its stand to be run on its software…

DuPont to launch Cyrel FAST 2000TD
DuPont Advanced Printing introduces next generation plate processor Cyrel FAST 2000TD offering improved plate quality and machine performance…

Techkon’s new products on show in Hall 9
Techkon continues its success with the SpectroDens and SpectroDrive devices, with new generation models set to debut at drupa…

Leibinger: Double monitoring during numbering at drupa
Paul Leibinger to feature numbering machines, camera verification systems and industrial inkjet printers at drupa in Hall 3…

X-Rite announces IntelliTrax2 in drupa lineup
Automated Color Management provides printers and converters with M1 measurement support for optically brightened substrates…

UPM Digi papers, there’s always a perfect match
Whether it’s books, photo books, covers or mailings using toner or inkjet printing, UPM’s product portfolio has the perfect solution…

Agfa Eversify complements print publishing strategy
Agfa Graphics’ Eversify mobile publishing solution demos can be scheduled in advance at stand B62, in Hall 8a…

GMG: Consistent colours for packaging professionals
At drupa, the software company is emphasising what really counts: reliable partners and real know-how – even faster…

Domino: A new B2 digital sheetfed printing solution
Domino partners with Gremser to launch new B2 sheetfed inkjet digital printing solution at drupa 2016 in Hall 5…

Caldera celebrates its quarter-century at drupa
No half-measures for Caldera at drupa 2016 in Hall 6, stand C23,
with partnerships and previews…

DuPont Advanced Printing announces new Artistri inks
New DuPont Artistri inks feature improved performance to meet growing needs of the textile industry…

Flint Group Flexographic Products showcases at drupa
Visitors can catch up on comprehensive product and new service offerings and solutions in Hall 08b, stand D/12…

System Brunner Colour Control at drupa 2016
System Brunner, the No.1 in colour control technology, will show its new or enhanced system solutions on its own stand in Hall 16…

Packaging without a Barcode – See it at drupa!
The European Article Number (EAN) symbol has served the packaging industry well since 1977 when it was first used commercially. But times have changed…

Delphax elan 500 adopts BDT’s Deep Pile Feeder
The BDT TPF-550 Feeder extends media range and improves of the Delphax elan 500 digital colour printer, to be demonstrated at drupa in Hall 5…

Trelleborg announces major launches at drupa 2016
Trelleborg’s printing solutions operation will use drupa 2016 to launch several offset blankets and digital products…

Onyx Graphics at drupa in Hall 5, Hall 8a and Hall 17
Onyx Graphics showcasing the power of its large-format workflow software in premier partner stands at drupa…

drupa 2016 Expert Article Series and more
Can be found in our Drupa Newsroom via the Index on the Home Page.

Final article in the series…   
Digital versus traditional packaging print
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 8 by Michael Seidl, publisher and editor-in-chief of various specialist publications in Central and Eastern Europe including Print & Publishing, Packaging and Visual Communication….

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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drupa innovation park 2016:
Smart Business Models in Focus: Around 130 exhibitors will be presenting their innovations in six theme parks…

drupa innovation park 2016:
Smarte Geschäftsmodelle stehen im Fokus: Rund 130 Aussteller präsentieren im drupa innovation park in sechs Themenparks…

Düsseldorf becomes drupacity:
Numerous Activities Bring drupa Highlights to the City…

Düsseldorf wird zur drupacity:
Zahlreiche Aktionen bringen die drupa-Highlights in die Stadt…

FESPA Newsroom
The dedicated FESPA Newsroom can be found via the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Federation News in 2016

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Seek new horizons in print at FESPA Mexico 2016
Event to be the largest dedicated Mexico show to date for digital and screen wide-format, garments decoration and signage…

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Digital technologies impact the entire cosmos of print media and complete workflow, too.

By Andreas Weber

 

Note: The latest market trend analysis by Andreas Weber is the extended version of an article which will be published by the leading technology newspaper VDI-nachrichten. VDI-nachrichten addresses a premium reader target group of more than 310,000 technical and innovation experts in German industry.  — See as well market trend analysis “Focus Packaging”.

 

The internet is the enemy of print. That had long been the perception in the print media branch. A blind eye was turned to the fact that technologically for decades, digital high-performance networks and data transfer have been indispensable for print technology development. 

This occurs on various levels, whereby online, a system architecture is freely available that automatically generates print data and transfers it by internet to selected service providers / printing systems. The simplest form is prints of any data via smartphone or tablet. The first were Apple with AirPrint and Google with CloudPrint; print system manufacturers such as Canon and HP followed with proprietary e-print solutions. On the other hand, data from Wiki platforms such as PediaPress technologies, are transformed into books based on Wikipedia articles selected by the user online. Furthermore, social media users can transform their chronicles on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook into publications at the push of a button to automatically create, for instance, printed posters of Facebook/Instagram friends, canvas prints or diary chronicles in book form from Twitter and Facebook (see mySocialBook, Twenty20 or boomf with the printing of Instagram photos on edible marshmallows).

 

A few samples how Social Media became already the source for new print applications (driven by innovative suppliers).

 

These services are used for promotional purposes by both consumers and companies who include such projects in their digital marketing concepts. For pure business applications, marketing and IT data are automatically merged without media disruption to create cross-media customer campaigns that couple a company offer such as an insurance contract extension with feedback from tens of thousands customers, which is then exported to the company’s IT and CRM systems for keeping customer profiles up-to-date and even documenting individual transactions. All documents are then available in both digital and printed form. The customer chooses which form he prefers.

Background
The internet protocol TCP/IP got its breakthrough by enabling large amounts of data to be transferred quickly and reliably, especially for publishing and print applications. The user interface/mouse and particularly PostScript as a page description language revolutionised the generation of print data and print media production already in the 1980s. The sheer unlimited and ubiquitously available storage options through the internet for large amounts of data stemming from all areas of life and industry gave rise to the big data “phenomenon” — with the lure of evaluating unstructured or semi-structured data in relational databases for analyses of any type. 

 

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Digitalisation sets the pace

Two aspects were the logical result for the print media branch: 

  • first, all production workflow has to be “digitally” optimised;
  • and secondly, much more data is easily available through the internet that can be printed without media disruption.

The Internet becomes tool and marketplace in one. Accordingly, the online printing sector has grown dynamically: new specialised firms led by CIMPRESS/Vistaprint, Flyeralarm, Onlineprinters/diedruckerei.de or United Printers have accounted since 2009 in Germany alone for a trebling of volume that will most likely surpass the 3+ billion Euro mark in 2016. Popular applications/products are photo books, posters, flyers/mailings, brochures and more.

Key to success for online printing are the principles that characterise the 2016 motto “Touch the future” of drupa, the world’s leading print trade fair: automation, flexibilisation, digitalisation form the basis of “Print 4.0” — a new term borrowed from “Industry 4.0”, the highly commended industry standard from the Hannover Messe 2016. The rudiments of “4.0” have already been established in the printing branch for more than 10 years. The basis: JDF. The digital “Job Definition Format” allows made-to-order production to be taken care of automatically. Added to that is the complete cross-linking of production workflow and production machines including online remote services.

 

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The print technology manufacturers have readied themselves for that. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen has developed a new digital strategy integrating all print technologies and is going one step further at drupa 2016: The “Heidelberg Cloud” moves into focus with its smart print-shop concept. That is a new, extended approach that cross-links fully automated production with business aspects for the transparent and efficient operation of a printing business — incl. engagement with the customers/print buyers who are informed of the status of their orders online or per mobile. Even the automatic ordering of consumables and printing paper is integrated. In the digital printing sector, HP is doing likewise with its “PrintOS” platform that is to be launched at the end of May 2016 and cross-links the proprietary HP systems/technologies used by its customers.

 

Background:

HP PrintOS wants to enable the processing as simply as possible of any number of print orders from order acceptance to mailing, to work efficiently with partners and colleagues and exploit new growth potential. On a cloud-based, and according to HP open and absolutely secure platform, users have access at any time – no matter where they happen to be. However, PrintOS can only be used by those who have HP printing solutions (HP Indigo digital presses, HP PageWide web presses, HP Scitex presses and HP Latex printers). https://youtu.be/Rd2x2hRnikE

 

Internet as tool and marketplace in one

The internet, including the online and mobile worlds, is thus becoming an integral part of any type of print media production. Even imaging specialist Canon, the only exhibitor that can cover all drupa highlight themes, backs digital cross-linked transformation and synchronisation of all production, communication and business processes. The social media-conforming Canon motto #UnleashPrint particularly substantiates the drupa 2016 aspiration.

From 3D applications to printing products “cross-linked” through augmented reality, application scenarios that pool all of Canon’s expertise will be shown at drupa 2016. The driver in the “background” is Canon’s solutions skill for accelerating digital transformation through customised software and the merging of proprietary and third-party (such as Microsoft, Oracle, etc.) solutions. Canon gave a taste of what was to come at its future show “Canon Expo” in October 2015 in Paris: It was demonstrated live and explained in presentations how a (fictive) brand of mountain bikes can be staged in media and communications right from the start, from the photo shoot to marketing materials up to e-commerce with a web shop. Everything cast from the same mould, everything seamlessly interwoven. And this, too, at the point-of-sales, for example, where the quality of digitally printed packaging is determining the way forward. Equally impressive was the “creative” zone which showed what a consumer experience is like when everything that one imagines can become reality: From the perception of the world “out there” to one’s own home — everything is supported by Canon in multimedia, by image/photo, video, printed photo book, iPad app, etc.

 

The Art of Print – Rembrandts revival!

Causing a sensation worldwide recently was “The Next Rembrandt” project: On the initiative of art experts at the Het Rembrandthuis Museum in Amsterdam and scientists from the Delft University of Technology with the support of technology partner Microsoft, all available data and information left behind by Rembrandt was evaluated – some 15 terabytes of data in total. “The Next Rembrandt” was to be made up of 168,263 Rembrandt painting components derived from 3D scans that resulted from a laborious, digital 3D composition in a synthesised new painting. However, no 3D printer was used as reported by the media, but a digital printing system. It is not public yet what kind of digital printing system they used. But: Mid of March 2016 at the Canon Business Days in Venlo, The Netherlands a printed copy of the „The Next Rembrandt“ was shown. It could be produced by advanced Océ VariaDot Imaging-Technologies which are already used to reproduce image motifs in relief, based preferably on 3D scans, such as for the reproduction of old fabric wall coverings formerly created by artists. [See the exclusive ValuePublishing story „Rembrandt verleiht Print postum eine ganz neue Bedeutung“ (in german language)]. 

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Print 4.0 needs Communication 4.0

“In dealing with digitalisation, the print media branch focussed a long time on increasing production efficiency. Accordingly, any type of print media product always followed digital processes. That is a good thing. But, the effectiveness of print as a cross-linkable medium in the digital age was given short shrift and now has top priority,” stated Didier Gombert, founder and CEO of technology developer Objectif Lune (OL). For more than 20 years, the visionary entrepreneur has been a pioneer of a new “digital” philosophy that integrates print media topically in the communications mix.

For Gombert, the foundation is the “connect” principle. From one “digital” building block of various solutions, a scalable solution scenario develops that helps both beginners and pros to optimally use print in business and customer communications and always cross-links easily and affordably with digital communication processes. His success proves him right: With 240 employees and 3 development centres in North America, Europe and Australia, OL serves more than 20,000 companies around the world and is supported by a network of qualified partners. For Gombert, theme highlights at drupa 2016 are new communications tasks that are “beyond technology” so to say, such as “customer experience” and “customer journey”. This is understood to (further) develop 100% market and customer-oriented products and solutions in a dialogue with the customer. In focus: optimal interfaces between man-machine — machine-machine — machine-man.

 

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From Pipelines to Platforms

Up to now, print production processes have followed a rigid, linear workflow scenario: Data are edited digitally, formatted with expert tools and then prepared unalterably for print. People tell the machine, so to say, what to do. An innovative approach, therefore, is to dissolve this rigid process, whereby data from various sources can be processed online or offline, from analogue to digital and vice-versa — quasi as an iterative process – seamlessly transformed and automatically enriched with customised and “on-demand” output per digital printing. Seen from a technical workflow angle, a pipeline process is transferred to a cross-linked interactive platform concept that offers new forms of connectivity.

Interesting stimuli are also coming in this context from post-press processing and paper technology. For automation, paper technology specialist BW Papersystems banks on a new type of online remote service such as its ExpertOnline. Originally conceived as a technical services support, it soon became apparent that masses of machine data from giant paper production plants could be exported and intelligently analysed. From this, production workflows and techniques could be optimised.

On the other hand, BW Papersystems is the first specialised technology manufacturer to rely on dialogue throughout the entire value chain in print production – that is, from pre-media, print, paper and processing technology and application specialists – to enable continuous, fully-automated processes. No continuity in print production can be ensured otherwise. This type of automation is important, especially for online printing and particularly for the latest digital print productions as print production facilities become more efficient in their output and vast amounts of data are accrued. At Onlineprinters/diedruckerei.de, for example, 500,000 customers are served, with up to 4,000 orders carried out per day on an annual average and 1.25 million deliveries per annum.

 

Conclusion

The handling of “big data” in print production has several dimensions: From the web and social media world or via cloud services, the amount of data is exploding that is being transferred from the virtual world to print; content can be automatically compiled on the basis of intelligent algorithms for masses of customised, needs-oriented print products. On the other hand, huge data streams have to be handled intelligently in production management to be able to produce and deliver efficiently, with quality, without media disruption and as quickly as possible, that is, within the deadline of a day.

 

Tip for drupa visit

  1. Exhibitors such as Objectif Lune in Hall 7a/E23 and BW Papersystems, Hall 10/D20 on automation through digitalisation from pre-media to post-press processing

  2. In the drupa innovation parc, Hall 7, new digital innovative solutions are grouped, which are also explained in technical presentations

  3. Different to all other drupa exhibitors Canon covers all drupa high-light topics in once. The motto #UnleashPrint comes to life. Hall 8a/B50.

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 13 May 2016

Welcome to another roundup of 29 news highlights for the past week together with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog on Friday, which this week discusses the World Economic Forum and its Project Mainstream’s most recent white paper, which deals with paper.

We also have three new additions in Online Features Chapter 05, highlighting UPM Biofore in Beijing with a unique project which has little to do with printing or paper, but is just too beautiful and stunning to ignore; then we have the BPIF’s Printing Outlook for Q2; and then SF Taylor in the UK with its new KBA Rapida 75.

You will also find a new drupa ante portas Blog article featuring Objectif Lune, by Andreas Weber, as well as another 14 new additions in our drupa Newsroom from Exhibitors. These are led by KBA Digital, Hybrid Software, Heidelberg Workflow, Heidelberg CTP, Durst Inkjet, Tecnau, Agfa Graphics CTP, Leonhard KURZ with a new foil; Chili Publish, Domino with high-speed Inkjet; Fujifilm wide-format Inkjet, Alwan Color Expertise, and Techawa, and these latest additions now bring the total of pre-show announcements to 188, with just two weeks to go before the show opens its doors a fortnight tomorrow on Tuesday 31 May.

Major news leads with week came from Sappi on Monday with its Q2 and half-year 2016 results which were excellent; then on Tuesday from Heidelberg with its preliminary figures for 2015/2016 and also very positive and correspond to a Euro 100 million turnaround. On Wednesday, KBA announced its new Website for the Group; and on Thursday we had KBA’s interim Q1 report for 2016. Friday saw the BPIF’s Printing Outlook for Q2 take the lead.

This week has seen a few nice sales and installations successes, and also some new kit which is non-drupa related, specifically from Agfa Graphics with PrintSphere, a cloud-based data exchange service for PSPs, and from Quark on Friday. You’ll also find a couple of software upgrades.

Recent sales and installations kicked off on Monday with IFS and Horizon at Windsor Print; Tuesday saw Bertelsmann Printing Group’s direct mail and document solutions division, Campaign, opts for Screen’s Truepress Jet 520ZZ inkjet system for direct marketing; also ProImage with OnColor in the USA. On Wednesday, Muller Martini highlighted 13 Presto and Presto Digital saddle stitcher installations in the UK and Ireland over the past year, this was followed by Xeikon at DOCUsystem in Frankfurt, Germany. Thursday saw Portuguese fashion printer Blur extend its direct-to-garment business with Kornit Digital‘s Allegro and a Zund cut solution. To round off the week on Friday, Cheadle, UK-based Cestrian Imaging announced a UK first with its EFI Reggiani PRO 340 digital textile inkjet printer purchase; and lastly Manroland Sheetfed highlighted its latest eight-colour Roland 700 press installation in China.

The tailender this week goes to the Ghent Workgroup, which welcomed two new members on board: Ricoh and CHILI Publish, in the headlines on Wednesday. 

That’s it until next time. I hope you find more of interest among the links below.
With my best regards, 
Mike Hilton 

 

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Mon 09 May…   
Sappi Second Quarter and Half Year Results 2016
Sappi profits double for second quarter and half-year ended March 2016, with repositioning well on track…

Hybrid Software and Cerm create new partnership
provides significant opportunities for label printers to improve efficiency and profitability…

Alwan to showcase complete CxF/X-4 solution at drupa
Alwan to showcase CxF/X-4 solution for brand owners and designers to accurately define, predict and reproduce their spot colours…

Alwan to demonstrate inline profiling at drupa in Hall 7
Alwan enables printers to automatically calibrate and profile print devices without any dedicated resources or print sessions…

Windsor Print creates new finishing production landscape
Horizon bookletmaker and Foliant spend with IFS brings greater control, cuts costs and reduces outsourcing…

Tue 10 May…   
Heidelberg announces preliminary figures for 2015/2016
Heidelberg grows and records significant annual net profit for FY 2015 / 2016 that corresponds to a Euro 100 million turnaround…

Campaign chooses Screen Truepress Jet520ZZ for Gütersloh
Bertelsmann Printing Group’s direct mail and document solutions division opts for Screen inkjet for direct marketing…

Goss and DG press announce partnership for packaging
Goss International acquires the Thallo press system as part of the agreement, enhancing Goss’ portfolio of packaging solutions…

Kurz: Print finishing that will make people look twice
The new stamping foil changes colour at different viewing angles. KURZ will be at drupa 2016 in Hall 3, in dip in Hall 7, and in Hall 12…

Fujifilm to debut new Acuity LED 3200R at drupa
Fujifilm announces new wide-format Acuity LED 3200R UV inkjet printer at drupa 2016 in Hall 8b…

OnColor ECO Ink Optimization for The Sun Chronicle
The Sun Chronicle taps into ProImage OnColor ECO Ink Optimization Software to reduce ink consumption and cost…

Wed 11 May…   
New Internet Website for the KBA Group
Printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG has completely redesigned and modernised its Internet Website…

Durst single-pass inkjet for corrugated and labels at drupa
Durst to unveil new corrugated packaging & display printing segment with single-pass and multi-pass technologies, and more…

Agfa to launch Advantage N Essentials CTP series at drupa
Agfa Graphics now offers a series of low-cost engines that take CTP technology for newspaper prepress back to its essence…

Ricoh and CHILI Publish join the Ghent Workgroup
The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) is pleased to welcome two new members on board: Ricoh and CHILI Publish…

Muller Martini Presto: 817 job changes in nine days
In one year, 13 UK and Ireland companies have invested in a Presto II or Presto II Digital Saddle Stitcher from Muller Martini…

Xeikon helps DOCUsystem open new market opportunities
Flyers, invoices, photo wallpapers and more: Rödermark-based DOCUsystem leverages the Xeikon 8500 for expansion…

Thu 12 May…   
Koenig & Bauer Group interim Q1 report for 2016
A positive start for the KBA Group with revenue in the first quarter up 46 per cent and EBT up ?18m year-on-year…

Hybrid Software to debut PACKZ RoundTrip at drupa
Hybrid Software provides missing link between package design in Adobe Illustrator format and production…

CHILI publish to highlight Asian expansion at drupa 2016
Move supports increased demand for the production of personalised, shorter runs of marketing materials in the APAC region…

The Smart Print Shop for everyone: thanks to Prinect
With the new Prinect Production Manager, print shops of all sizes can completely automate their production processes…

GMG announces release of OpenColor 2.0.4
OpenColor 2.0.4 offers separation profiles for GMG ColorServer, packaging editors, and Adobe Photoshop…

New Kornit Allegro joins Barcelos-based Blur’s press fleet
Portuguese fashion printer Blur, extends direct-to-garment business with Kornit Digital’s Allegro and Zund Cut solution…

Fri 13 May…   
BPIF Printing Outlook Report Q2 2016
UK printing industry has a case of the wobbles in Q1 – confidence and trade expected to recover in Q2…

Agfa Graphics launches PrintSphere in the cloud
Agfa Graphics launches PrintSphere, a cloud-based data exchange service for print service providers…

QuarkXPress 2016 to ship on 24 May
Limited time left to take advantage of special offers on upgrades and pre-order promotions…

Heidelberg non-stop plate production at drupa 2016
Smart print shop: Heidelberg to showcase a fully automatic production line for CTP plate imaging at drupa…

Cestrian first in UK with EFI Reggiani PRO 340 for textiles
Cheadle, UK-based Cestrian Imaging drives growth with EFI Reggiani PRO 340 digital textile inkjet printer…

Ruicheng Yang Sen Packaging adds first Roland 700
Pharmaceutical packaging printer Shanxi Ruicheng Yang Sen Packaging: a professional service all round…

Last lead articles from previous update…  

Last Friday’s leads…
KURZ: Innovative die technologies for hot stamping
Hinderer + Mühlich presenting novel die designs and setup aids at drupa as a co-exhibitor with the stamping foil manufacturer…

Industrial Inkjet on customer-finding mission at drupa 2016
IIJ targeting 200 new OEM customers for Konica Minolta at drupa on Konica Minolta’s stand in Hall 8b…

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drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’, and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
There were again well over 70 last year, 90 in 2014, and 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2).

Technology-related Chapter 02

Previous…   
Sappi extends an invitation to innovate flexible packaging
With integrated barriers and heat sealing properties this new Sappi paper is suitable for flexible packaging applications…

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

NEW…   
The Biofore Tea House at ‘Moi Helsinki’ event in Beijing, China
UPM and Tongji University combine Chinese tea culture with innovative biomaterials for the Biofore Tea House, from 13 – 15 May…

BPIF’s Printing Outlook for the Second Quarter 2016
The UK printing industry has a case of the wobbles in Q1 – confidence and trade expected to recover in Q2…

SF Taylor improves efficiencies and reduces waste with KBA
The Stockport, UK company has doubled its press output by investing in a KBA Rapida 75 4-colour with perfecting…

Online Features Mar/Apr Chapter 04

Previous…   
Traderplus South Africa expands with further IIJ investment
Traderplus South Africa secures a major advantage with additional Industrial Inkjet (IIJ) technology, to be added in July…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Paper Chains
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 13 May

Previous…   
Sustainable by Design
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 06 May

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use… but you must scroll down to view each Chapter when you visit the Newsroom

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016

Objectif Lune: Innovative solutions for interactive communications
drupa ante portas: Simply clever – OL turns data into personalised cross-media solutions! By Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany

Previous…   
BW Papersystems’ strong brands at drupa 2016
drupa ante portas: Interview with BW Papersystems’ Patrick Walczak, who relies completely on customer orientation and individual solutions! By Andreas Weber…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

KBA at drupa: A strong focus on packaging producers
The press manufacturer is the market leader in several packaging segments and generates 70% of its revenue in the packaging market…

Hybrid Software to debut PACKZ RoundTrip
Hybrid Software provides missing link between package design in Adobe Illustrator format and production…

The Smart Print Shop for everyone: thanks to Prinect
With the new Prinect Production Manager, print shops of all sizes can completely automate their production processes precisely in line with requirements…

Heidelberg non-stop printing plate production at drupa
Smart print shop: Heidelberg showcasing a fully automatic production line for CTP plate imaging at drupa…

Durst to unveil single-pass inkjet for corrugated and labels
Durst to unveil its new corrugated packaging & display printing segment with single-pass and multi-pass technologies, along with its successful Tau 330 portfolio for label production…

Tecnau show debut for the Libra 800 at drupa
Tecnau to exhibit the Libra 800 automated and variable book finishing line for first time at an industry event at drupa 2016…

Agfa launches Advantage N Essentials CTP series @drupa
Agfa Graphics now offers a series of low-cost engines that take CTP technology for newspaper prepress back to its essence…

Kurz: Print finishing that will make people look twice
New Kurz stamping foil changes colour at different viewing angles…

CHILI publish highlights Asian expansion at drupa
Move supports increased demand for the production of personalized, shorter runs of marketing materials in the APAC region…

Domino to showcase its K630i high-speed inkjet in Hall 5
Domino to launch a high speed variable-pagination digital booklet printing solution with Kern and IBIS at drupa 2016…

Fujifilm to debut new Acuity LED 3200R at drupa
Fujifilm announces new wide-format Acuity LED 3200R UV inkjet printer at drupa 2016 in Hall 8b…

Alwan to showcase ccmplete CxF/X-4 solution at drupa in Hall 7
Alwan to showcase its complete CxF/X-4 solution for brand owners and designers to accurately define, predict and reproduce their spot colours…

Alwan to demonstrate inline profiling at drupa in Hall 7
Alwan Color Expertise enables printers to automatically calibrate and profile their print devices without any dedicated resources or print sessions…

Tichawa Vision CIS innovation at drupa in Hall 3
100% print inspection: Tichawa to present a multicolor Contact Image Sensor (CIS) offering adaptable resolution with minimum space requirements…

Previous…   
Kurz: Innovative die technologies for hot stamping
Hinderer + Mühlich is presenting novel die designs and setup aids at drupa as a co-exhibitor with the stamping foil manufacturer Leonhard Kurz…

Industrial Inkjet on customer-finding mission at drupa
IIJ targeting 200 new OEM customers for Konica Minolta at drupa on Konica Minolta’s stand in Hall 8b…

Masterwork’s extensive postpress for packaging at drupa
At drupa, Masterwork will debut automatic sheet inspection machines, die-cutting and embossing, and folder gluers…

CRON brings major diversification to its drupa campaign
Six new products illustrate company’s dedication to improve value chain from plate to printed product…

MGI to showcase the Future of Print at drupa
MGI Digital Technology announces exclusive world premieres of new products for digital and offset applications…

Adphos Digital Printing at drupa in Hall 6
adphosNIR – drying, curing and other thermal processes at the speed of light at drupa 2016…

Feldmuehle at drupa 2016 in Hall 4
With a focus on VivaCard and MediaLiner high-white, matt materials for holistic packaging design…

The touchpoint 3D fab + print: at drupa
Visionary ideas, best cases and hands-on state of the art…

HP introduces three wide-format Latex Printers for drupa debut
HP Inc. propels print service providers’ profitability with new latex printers as company’s third-generation Latex portfolio delivers new levels of productivity and affordability…

The next step in colour communication at dip on 2 and 8 June
Colour management specialist Erik Koldenhof on stage at the drupa innovation park: ‘Embrace open standards for print quality communication’…

Steinemann at drupa in Hall 1 with new dmax systems
New narrow-format dmax digital varnishing machines attracting great interest. The dmax 106 will be shown live at drupa…

Leonhard Kurz named a HP SmartStream Solutions Partner
The Kurz DM-Liner for creating glossy, metalised surfaces with digital print, to be presented on HP’s stand at drupa in Hall 17…

Kodak’s latest version of Insite Creative Workflow in Hall 5
Kodak Insite Creative Workflow improves collaboration and security with HTML5 will be demonstrated at drupa…

Duplo products to raise the bar in Hall 6 at drupa
Duplo International will be using Hall 6 at drupa as the launch pad for a raft of new, faster, smarter, better, state-of-the-art products…

CP Bourg at drupa in Hall 6 and in Hall 17 with HP Indigo
CP Bourg announces advanced integration with the new HP Indigo 7900 Digital Press and HP Indigo Direct-to-Finish to be debuted in Hall 17…

Unilux to introduce two LED strobes at drupa
Lightweight stroboscopes deliver brighter light, more even coverage, enhanced ability to inspect UV-visible inks, security elements or coatings…

drupa 2016 Expert Article Series and more
Can be found in our Drupa Newsroom via the Index on the Home Page.

Final article in the series…   
Digital versus traditional packaging print
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 8 by Michael Seidl, publisher and editor-in-chief of various specialist publications in Central and Eastern Europe including Print & Publishing, Packaging and Visual Communication….

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Previous…   
touchpoint 3D fab + print:
Visionary ideas, best cases and hands-on state of the art…

touchpoint 3D fab + print:
Visionäre Ideen, Best Cases & State-of-the-Art zum Anfassen…

drupa cube 2016: With full programme PDF to download
Inspiration and innovation in some 60 keynotes, panel discussions and presentations from international experts…

drupa cube 2016: Mit komplette Programm PDF zum download
Inspiration und Innovation in rund 60 Keynotes, Panel-Discussions und Präsentationen internationaler Experten…

FESPA Newsroom
The dedicated FESPA Newsroom can be found via the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Most recent…   
FESPA’s Regional events in 2016
FESPA’S worldwide regional events reinforce the central Profit For Purpose philosophy which drives FESPA…

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Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper Asia giving a speech at the Grand Opening at Changsha mill.  

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 15 April 2016

Welcome to another roundup of news highlights for the past week which has seen 30 news articles added to our Home Page, as well as a further 25 to our drupa Newsroom, two new Online Features from Esko and Zund; two Verdigris Blogs from Laurel Brunner – one on Monday and the second on Friday; and finally one from FESPA detailing its Regional Events for 2016.

Of particular note this week are Tuesday’s leader, where UPM announced an important milestone for the development of UPM in China, with the official inauguration of its new PM3, which will further increase production capacity; and Thursday, where Komori and Screen announced their strategic business and sales agreement for Europe. This follows a similar agreement in North America towards the end of last year. In Monday’s lead article Leonhard Kurz announced new varieties of holographic designs to be debuted at drupa; and on Wednesday KBA announced its new half-format Rapida 75 Pro, to be launched at drupa.

The very latest plans from exhibitors for drupa 2016 include KBA on Friday – also leading the News; along with Stora Enso, Kolbus, QuadTech with new products and a comprehensive Speaker Series, Flint Group, Watkiss Automation with a new mid-volume booklet maker for digital printers, Goss International, Cron, Tecnau (for HP Indigo), Leonhard Kurz, Scodix, Highcon, Konica Minolta, FFEI, GMG, GSE Dispensing, Zünd, Vits International, Asahi, MPS and Dalim Software.

In addition to all the new kit contained within most of the drupa announcements, Masterwork USA announced a new large-format die-cutter with full stripping and blanking on Monday; while on Thursday, X-Rite introduced a new spectrophotometer to help packaging converters accurately and consistently measure and better control colour on flexible film materials.

Not too many sales and installations successes this week, but what we did receive are significant, with Duplo on Monday at Just Digital; also Manroland Sheetfed with a six-colour Roland 700 at Yuanda Color. On Tuesday, Heidelberg UK announced that Geoff Neal Group UK is the first company to place an order for the Drupa version the Speedmaster XL 106; and Brazilian FTD Educação has inaugurated the first Manroland Web Systems FormerLine in the Americas, in combination with a RIMA book block Collator for its new HP T400 Color Inkjet Web Press bookline. Also on Tuesday, Bytes announced that Silver Banana, one of Cape Town’s best known digital printers has upgraded with a Xerox Versant 80 press from Cape Office.

On Wednesday, ANY Security Printing in Hungary has added a six-colour Roland 500 with UV; and Boehringer announced that it now relies on the XML solution from Quark to create and manage its legally compliant pharmaceutical documents. On Friday, Dorset Digital Print has taken delivery of a Polar 66 ECO from Heidelberg UK; and lastly, Oberndorfer Druckerei’s new Muller Martini Corona C15 is enabling a 15 higher net output with 25% time saving per finished job at its Salzburg, Austria plant.

As the tailender for this week: The BPIF is calling for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2016, with deadline for entries 30 June.

That’s it until next time. I hope you find lots of interest.
With my best regards,
Mike Hilton 

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

Mon 11 April…   Kurz: New varieties of holographic designs at drupa
Intentional colour minimisation and innovative light refraction pat-terns create surprising effects, to be highlighted at drupa 2016…

New 1450mm fully automatic die-cutter from Masterwork
Masterwork USA introduces new large-format MK1450ERS die-cutting with full stripping and blanking…

CRON announces its new and expanded Website
CRON launches new Website to reflect broader influence on offset productivity and profitability…

Creative Edge to sponsor Pentawards
New association recognises growing momentum of iC3D application in the FMCG and luxury packaging sectors…

Duplo brings more time-critical quality to Just Digital
Fast-expanding Just Digital has invested in new finishing systems from Duplo in the wake of a move to new premises…

Yuanda Color Printing marching with the times
A six-colour Roland 700 with coating module 3B plus format press brings extra power to Jinan, China, printer…

Tue 12 Apr…   UPM’s PM3 officially inaugurated in Changshu, China
As an important milestone for the development of UPM in China, PM3 will further increase production capacity…

Geoff Neal Group first for Drupa spec Speedmaster XL 106
Geoff Neal Group UK is the first company to place an order for the Drupa version Speedmaster XL 106…

FTD Educação inaugurates first FormerLine in the Americas
Brazilian FTD Educação introduced the new Manroland Web Systems FormerLine to its customers at an open house…

Silver Banana goes to town with new Xerox press
One of Cape Town’s best known digital printers has upgraded with a Xerox Versant 80 press from Cape Office…

Scodix to introduce new technologies at Dscoop
Scodix to exhibit record nine different digital enhancement applications at the 2016 DSCOOP Annual Conference 14 – 16 April…

SAi announces free Version 12 upgrade download
SAi announces major new feature enhancements to its FlexiPRINT HP Latex Editions with free upgrade…

Wed 13 Apr…   KBA expands half-format with new Rapida 75 PRO
Premiere at drupa of the Rapida 75 PRO as a five-colour press with coater and LED-UV curing in Hall 16…

Watkiss adds new PowerSquare 160 booklet maker
Watkiss Automation targets mid-volume digital printers with new PowerSquare 160 booklet maker to debut at drupa in Hall 6…

Goss to highlight the value of partnerships at drupa
Goss will demonstrate its visionary approach to partnerships at drupa 2016 under the theme ‘Achieving more together’ in Hall 15…

FESPA announces its regional events in 2016
FESPA’S worldwide regional events reinforce ‘Profit for Purpose’ philosophy which drives FESPA…

Hungary-based ANY Security adds Roland 500 UV
A matter of trust: ANY Security Printing knows six-colour Roland 500 with UV system is ideal for the job…

Boehringer Ingelheim relies on XML from Quark
Boehringer relies on XML solution from Quark to create and manage legally compliant pharmaceutical documents…

Thu 14 Apr…   Komori and Screen strategic business agreement for Europe
This expands the cooperative relationship introduced by the companies in the North American market in late 2015…

Sign & Digital UK launches new Digital Signage Theatre
Sign & Digital UK returns to the NEC Birmingham next week from 19 to 21 April with full Theatre and Workshop programmes…

KBA RotaJET L and RotaJET VL for CPA presentation
KBA introduces RotaJET L and VL Digital Press to Composite Panel Association Show from 17 – 20 April…

Canon demonstrates strength in print with eight BLI awards
Canon has won the prestigious ‘A3 MFP Line of the Year’ award, along with seven other Buyers Laboratory awards…

New X-Rite eXact Xp spectrophotometer for flexible films
Helps packaging converters accurately and consistently measure and better control colour on flexible film materials…

Flint laser ablative dry films gain in popularity
Time and cost savings with the LADF 0175 laser ablative dry film jointly developed by Flint Group and Folex…

Fri 15 Apr,,,   ‘Add more KBA to your day’ at drupa
Innovations in digital, flexo, offset and new services with KBA 4.0. at drupa 2016 in Hall 16 from 31 May to 10 June…

QuadTech new products and Speaker Series at drupa
QuadTech to unveil four new products and host ‘all-star’ Print Performance Speaker Series with industry experts throughout drupe…

British Book Design and Production Awards call for entries
The BPIF is calling for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2016, with deadline for entries 30 June…

Antalis Packaging adds three air cushioning products
Antalis Packaging partners with FP International to expand its range of ‘on demand’ cushioning products…

Polar replaces an EBA guillotine at Poole company
Dorset Digital Print last week took delivery of a Polar 66 ECO to replace an EBA machine…

New Muller Martini Corona C15: Impressive time savings
Oberndorfer’s new Corona C15 enables 15% higher net output with 25% time saving per finished job…

Last lead article from previous update…

Last Friday’s lead…   VDMA pre-drupa 2016: Welcome to the ‘Haus des Buches’
drupa ante portas – automation, flexibilization, and digitization make print a top growth market! Frankfurt 04 April. By Andreas Weber…

Silhouet Digital invests in Screen Truepress Jet520HD
Growing demand for books in colour drives upgrade by book print specialist, Silhouet Digital Print in Maldegem, Belgium…

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

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

drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’, and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

Online Features 2016 Mar/Apr Chapter 04

Esko features Green Ox Pallet Technology efficiencies
New modelling capabilities featured in Esko’s Cape Pack and Cape Truckfill Software for Green Ox Pallets…

Zund introduces: Room for New Ideas
Flexible, foldable, sturdy, affordable, and recyclable; these innovative standing desks from New Zealand are garnering a growing fan base…

Previous…   Xerox – TRESU: Cost-effective small-run digital folding cartons
The Alexir Partnership breaks into niche, small-run folding carton markets with Xerox – TRESU inline digital print and coating workflow, and KAMA / Kongsberg finishing…

Enfocus – driving innovation for today and the future
Enfocus is known around the world as a provider of end-to-end automation solutions that help customers run more efficient operations…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Sustainability at drupa
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 15 Apr

Colour Me Rainbow
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 11 Apr

Previous…    Gathering Carbon Footprint Data
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 01 Apr

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use… but you do have to scroll down to view each of the Chapters

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016

NEW…   VDMA pre-drupa 2016: Welcome to the ‘Haus des Buches’
drupa ante portas – automation, flexibilization, and digitization make print a top growth market! Frankfurt 4 April, in preparation for drupa 2016…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

‘Add more KBA to your day’ at drupa
Innovations in digital, flexo, offset and new services with KBA 4.0. at drupa 2016 in Hall 16 from 31 May to 10 June…

Stora Enso at drupa 2016: What a tree can do
The renewable materials company Stora Enso will participate in drupa with the company stand in Hall 1…

Kolbus: What’s new at drupa?
Once again, Kolbus will host one of the biggest exhibits at this show, with a 1,400 square metre stand packed with innovations for industrial scale finishing…

QuadTech new products and Speaker Series at drupa
QuadTech to unveil four new products and host ‘all-star’ Print Performance Speaker Series with industry experts to speak on print quality and colour science topics…

Flint Group: ‘Let’s colour the world together’
Flint Group to mark its position as global leader in print consumables at drupa 2016…

KBA expands half-format with new Rapida 75 PRO
Premiere at drupa as a five-colour press with coater and LED-UV curing…

Watkiss adds new PowerSquare 160 booklet maker
Watkiss Automation targets mid-volume digital printers with new PowerSquare 160 booklet maker to debut at drupa in Hall 6…

Goss to highlight the value of partnerships
Goss will demonstrate its visionary approach to partnerships at drupa 2016 under the theme ‘Achieving more together’…

CRON launches high-value flexo CTP solutions
High performance flexo CTP will take centre stage on the CRON stand in Hall 5 at drupe…

Tecnau at drupa 2016 in Hall 8a
Tecnau to exhibit new finishing solutions for books and commercial print at drupe…

Kurz: New varieties of holographic designs at drupa
Intentional colour minimisation and innovative light refraction pat-terns create surprising effects, to be highlighted at drupa 2016…

Tecnau CutReady for HP Indigo heads for drupa
Tecnau exhibits cost-effective CutReady solution at HP Indigo Dscoop event is Israel, before heading for drupa 2016…

Scodix press for folding carton market to debut at drupa
Scodix unlocks new enhancement and profit-generating opportunities for the folding carton market with Scodix E106 press launch…

Highcon to launch new product portfolio at drupa
Highcon to launch a new dimension in finishing with a portfolio of products at drupa this year…

Konica Minolta aims to drive future growth at drupa
KM to demonstrate real-value business opportunities in several business zones on its massive 2400 sq/m stand in Hall 8B…

FFEI to showcase digital inkjet integration
Expanding the application of digital inkjet technology end-to-end digital inkjet consultancy services at drupa in Hall 10…

GMG to share colour management expertise
GMG will showcase its latest software, a clever Photoshop plug-in, new proofing media, and its extended range of services…

GSE Dispensing to exhibit ink logistics solutions at drupa
GSE Dispensing’s integrated ink logistics provides ‘roadmap’ for waste-free, safe, package-print workflows and colour perfection at drupa 2016…

Zünd to launch ultra high-performance cutting system
High-performance digital cutting solutions and intelligent automation will be the focus of Zünd’s exhibit at drupa 2016…

VITS International at drupa 2016
VITS International to run two web near line at drupa, intermixing inkjet and web offset in Hall 16 D59…

Asahi: Blending proven solutions with innovative new options
Asahi Photoproducts set to bring extreme quality to fexo printing at drupa 2016…

CRON increases stand space in Hall 5 at drupa 2016
CRON to show several new products with live demonstrations as it continues to expand its portfolio from its original CTP-centric foundations…

Scodix’ new print enhancement technology at drupa
Scodix to demonstrate its comprehensive product portfolio, including a new digital enhancement platform and additional applications, at drupa 2016…

MPS to host Open House during drupa
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Photos: Heideldruck

At the beginning of December 2015, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (Heideldruck for short) was the first company in the sector to announce its plans for drupa 2016. Both the new corporate strategy and the newly developed products and solutions sound promising. Following the interview with board member Harald Weimer about services, we are putting some more in-depth questions to Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment, who caused a global stir in February 2016 when he unveiled the new Primefire 106 system technology for industrial inkjet printing.

Heideldruck Smart Printshop

Introduction

Gone are the days when the printing industry was regarded as a respected, venerable and noble trade. Printers are now no longer measured in terms of their survival skills during their ceremonial inauguration into the trade, but on the speed, efficiency, and intelligence and thus the profitably of their printing business. Heidelberg is keen to help today’s printing specialists gear this business to the digitized world and has come up with a number of ideas driven by its own transformation process. 

Michael Seidl, ValuePublishing Partner, EMGroup, Vienna, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Print & Publishing, interviews Stephan Plenz | German version available

Heidelberg has a number of exciting developments to coincide with drupa. Could you give us an idea of your activities and plans?

Stephan Plenz: “Simply Smart” is the motto for our presentation of the print media industry’s digitized future at drupa. Essentially, it’s a case of integrating all processes into a coherent value creation system for print shops. That’s exactly what we mean by smart services, the smart print shop, and smart collaboration. It’s our way of combining everything we need to provide our customers with straightforward solutions that work. Market requirements remain complex and we can’t do anything about that. What we can do, though, is offer our customers a workflow that makes life easier. That’s the basic idea we’ve been developing for years and it’s the subject of much discussion in the context of Industry 4.0. It requires equipment that can make things easier and that can both understand and supply the pertinent information. It requires a workflow that is capable of processing and managing everything. And it requires people to describe, create, and further develop the relevant processes.

… And how does that work?

Stephan Plenz: Everyone in the various sections needs to be up to the mark for it to work. We’re very well placed in terms of equipment with our new user interface, because it will also help ensure things go smoothly. And we’re leading the way with our new digital press and the other solutions on show with the Speedmaster XL at drupa 2016. I’m talking about the machine concept and the existing workflow, which will be further augmented with web functions such as the Prinect Media Manager, giving our customers the potential to manage data – i.e. media – even though it is no longer simply output in printed form. All services derived from the data will subsequently be incorporated and will help make many processes more efficient.

 

Prinect Media Manager

 

In your presentation, you said that we should not only write about the new Heidelberg presses, but focus more on a company that sees itself as a system partner. Could you expand a little on that and explain what exactly you understand by industrialization?

Stephan Plenz: The slogan “More than machines” doesn’t mean that machines will cease to be important, but rather that a smart machine is needed that optimizes its performance when networked with other equipment. In other words, I first need a machine that is capable of this. The link is the key to automating processes through industrialization. It involves prepress operations that use the system for automated communication with the press rather than simply sending JDFs. The full scope of communication is vital, simplifying the job queue and ensuring the correct job sequence so as to minimize setup times. The sensors in the machines must also understand what is being communicated and apply it accordingly.

One-button operation has been the goal for some time now. How close are you to achieving this?

Stephan Plenz: That’s right, we have indeed been pursuing this goal for some time. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be where we are now. The aim is to get the process running in as few steps as possible. It goes without saying that it’s important for operators to perform these steps correctly. And the fewer steps are needed, the more efficient the system will be.

If you look at the big online print shops now, their level of industrialization is already very high, isn’t it?

Stephan Plenz: What we’ll be exhibiting at drupa 2016 will take this a significant step further. That applies above all to the data evaluation applications we’re pursuing in collaboration with our customers. Questions in this connection include “How can we improve maintenance?”, “What form can preventive maintenance take?” and “How can we use the data for automated ordering, call-off, and supply of consumables so that the entire print shop process runs far more efficiently?”. We know that the number of jobs will increase, but not print shops’ sales. That means the administrative costs for each job need to be reduced as effectively as possible. Otherwise, the large number of jobs generating less revenue will ultimately put print shops under pressure.

 

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It is true that this applies not only to large print shops but also to SMEs?

Stephan Plenz: Yes, that’s right. Large companies aren’t the only ones affected. We’re discussing these issues with customers from companies of all sizes. We offer them different solution packages of course, but the requirements are the same.

It sounds very much like the future scenario will involve working with as few people as possible. Is that the case?

Stephan Plenz: Systems need to help people make as few mistakes as possible and concentrate on what’s really important, such as quality control and checking waste is minimized. At the end of the day, the operator needs to stand at the press and monitor the process – not simply apply the ink and certainly not wander around with plates. That doesn’t create value. In highly productive businesses, one faulty job is now all it takes to mess up an entire shift.

Are digital systems now intended to complement conventional offset presses?

Stephan Plenz: Yes, we’ve now taken things to the next level. We’ve optimized and automated the processes further still and made things far more transparent for operators and print shop management. The key questions in this respect include “What’s happening right now?”, “What do I need to look out for?” “What should I do if I can see from the job queue that plates are required?”, “What materials do I need?”, “Which inks, which coatings, which paper, etc.?”. All the answers are required before the job arrives. Essentially, we know everything we need to while the job is still being processed in the prepress department. Take the example of a job that needs to be ready by noon the next day. The system identifies a coating is needed that isn’t in stock.

 

 

How has this been dealt with to date?

Stephan Plenz: What happens all too often at present is that we wait till things go wrong! It’s only a partial fix for the system to say the coating needs to be ordered. It may actually be ordered, but it could also be forgotten or overlooked. So why doesn’t the system automatically place an order itself via our e-commerce platform? The buyer then gets a message that this has been done, that the coating arrived on time, and that it was called off at the negotiated prices. Why should someone adopt a process of this kind in the future? That’s the world we need to create.

Digital printing is now all about implementing concepts of this kind. Isn’t it a little late for Heidelberg to be looking to get involved? 

Stephan Plenz: Not as I see it. There’s still room for us. We re-entered the market for digital printing systems in 2011 with the Linoprint systems [collaboration with Ricoh, ed. note], which we recently renamed Heidelberg Versafire. These have enjoyed great market success, especially over the past year in conjunction with our DFE – our digital front end. The positive market feedback the Gallus Labelfire 340 is getting makes us very optimistic. And our new B1 inkjet system technology – the Heidelberg Primefire 106 – might well be one of the highlights of drupa. We’re not looking to be the number one for everything, but we want to lead the way in implementing effective industrial, digital solutions. For us, it’s not about putting on a big show or getting lots of people in the hall. It’s about offering an effective industrial solution for digital printers. We’ve kept to our product roadmap statements in developing the new digital presses and nothing should change in that respect. The Primefire will undergo field tests this year and series production will start next year.

There was an interesting Q&A session during the Heideldruck press event on 19 February 2016. Video by Andreas Weber va iPad. — See as well our ValuePublishing real-time report via Storify.


Presumably, you won’t be revealing how much has been invested in developing the Primefire 106?

Stephan Plenz: We aren’t publicizing that. A good half of our R&D budget is currently going into digital applications. Don’t forget that we’ve developed a machine concept in record time that has everything the industry expects and demands of such a system, but then we did have the best possible starting point. We have a paper transfer system that is tried and tested in industry, our Prinect workflow, and Fujifilm – the strongest imaginable inkjet partner. Despite all these positives, it remains a challenge to create a press that ultimately meets customers’ needs.

Talking of Fujifilm, there’s clearly great chemistry between the two companies, isn’t there?

Stephan Plenz: Definitely, we’ve got excellent chemistry. We need to deal with the different cultures of a German and a Japanese company. There are always issues to be resolved and we approach these very openly with Fuji. Fujifilm and Heidelberg had a unique opportunity, because both companies needed to build a press to satisfy the industrial market and its needs. Each partner has some knowledge and expertise that the other doesn’t. Nonetheless, it’s a Herculean task to put everything together and produce a press that works. But we were starting from the ideal position. What’s more, there are good reasons why Fujifilm decided to work with Heidelberg even though it’s pressing ahead with its own JetPress development in a different format and could also have built a press in B1 format. In our case, though, we wanted to get the best of both worlds and have created a partnership of equals.

Will Fujifilm be marketing the press itself on the Asian markets?

Stephan Plenz: It’s too soon to make a definite statement about that. Both Fujifilm and Heidelberg are planning sales and marketing activities for the new system. What is certain is that we’ll be selling the Primefire on all markets on which Heidelberg is represented. We developed the press jointly, so Fujifilm will also be offering it to its own customers.

Something else I’d be interested to know in the “smart and cool” context is do you feel this new way of thinking at Heidelberg has been fully taken on board?

Stephan Plenz: Being smart has nothing to do with being cool. A company must have the ability to keep reinventing itself in a changed environment. Heidelberg was a completely different company in the 1980s and 1990s than in the new Millennium, certainly up till 2010. The changes we’ve initiated with strategies such as partnerships and the adjustments the changes in this industry have forced us to make – which admittedly weren’t always easy – have taken us another step forward. We’ve realigned and rebranded Heidelberg. 

 

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In your opinion, what are the most important aspects of this realignment?

Stephan Plenz: The things we’ve begun to change in recent years are now becoming apparent, starting with the logo, the rebranding, and the products. We’ve been in the process of building up a digital portfolio since 2010. That requires a clear strategy, stamina, and patience. It’s difficult to say whether that’s already been taken on board throughout the company. I believe we’ve made good use of the post-crisis period, geared our activities to the future, and regained the strength required to show the outside world what we’ve achieved. This isn’t the result of a process with four weeks of workshops and a new logo. It’s a reflection of something different, something new – and the result of the change we’re striving for with this company. It was a case of keeping the positive things about Heidelberg, leaving behind the less positive things, and setting about repositioning the company. 

Do you have a target sales figure in mind for digital printing business at Heidelberg?

Stephan Plenz: We’ve said that in the medium term we’re looking to generate sales of over 200 million euros and we’ll definitely achieve that, maybe even a little more.

What are your expectations for drupa 2016 in terms of sales and visitor numbers? 

Stephan Plenz: They’re very high for our new developments. The drupa trade show in Düsseldorf gives us the opportunity to present the company, the repositioning, and naturally new products, solutions, and innovations to our customers. To coincide with Düsseldorf, however, we’ll also be exhibiting our entire existing portfolio at our Wiesloch-Walldorf site. We’re delighted with the level of interest and expect to generate a significant number of orders. I think we can be very proud that we really do have something significant to show people.

So drupa 2016 has come at the right time, then?

Stephan Plenz: You could say that, yes, and such opportunities are vital. But in truth it’s not a case of whether 250,000 or 200,000 people pass through the drupa turnstiles. The important thing for us is that we attract the relevant customers. They have to be there and we’ll grasp the opportunity to get talking to them and answer their questions. We’re well prepared.

In contrast to previous drupa trade shows, partnerships will play a very big role at the Heidelberg stand, won’t they?

Stephan Plenz: That’s right. And our approach is also different and new. There are no longer individual companies in the hall simply exhibiting their own products. We have a coherent concept that we’re all presenting jointly.

Thank you for this interview.

 

About Stephan Plenz

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The graduate engineer born in 1965 joined Heideldruck in 1986 and has worked in areas such as production technology, quality management, assembly & logistics, and many more besides. In 2010, he was appointed Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment. In 2014, he significantly expanded the product portfolio and took it to the next level with Ricoh and Fujifilm as partners. 

Further information via heidelberg.com

Charts with all the details from the presentation on February 19, 2016 (in English):

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© 2016: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany

 

Comment on #drupamc by Andreas Weber | German version available

Everyone did a super job at the drupa media conference (abbr: #drupamc) from February 29 to March 2, 2016: The Messe Dusseldorf, particularly the drupa2016 team; the 15 exhibitors with their presentations; AD Communications as the organising agency and last, but not least, the approximately 100 trade journalists in attendance from around the globe, with happily many newcomers among them. That’s a good thing. The branch is in need of some new momentum. And some new thinking, followed by the right doings. drupa 2016 supposedly stands for: Touch the future, the motto proclaimed by drupa director Sabine Geldermann. That’s great! — Still: Getting customers of print companies as crucial innovation decision-makers on board remains relatively unnoticed. In this respect: Print is making rapid technological advancements, but the industry itself is applying the brakes!

At a glance:

  • #drupamc was a big success.
  • HP wants to take over the leading role in print (but unfortunately, commits real communication blunders!).
  • Heideldruck is the secret star (thanks to partners Fujifilm and Ricoh).
  • Kodak appears to have gone “retro” and Xerox is struggling a bit despite new products.
  • Canon is the most convincing with #UnleashPrint.
  • Before drupa 2016 begins, there is a lot to do to iron out communication deficits, place focus on portraying the benefits (beyond technology) and to finally mobilise customers of print companies.

Indisputable: Optimism and confidence in the future are back (see also: 3rd drupa Insights Report). That was shown by the technology providers in almost all the presentations, particularly those of the “smaller” and highly specialised exhibitors such as Kolbus, Bobst, Hybrid, Global Graphics, Datalase and especially Pitney Bowes, a global player that will be a stranger to most drupa visitors (see summary of all company presentations in the ValuePublishing real-time reports on Storify).

#drupamc already promised to be very exciting in the run-up: Industry leader Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (Heideldruck) dashed ahead with its drupa slogan “Simply Smart” and a disruptive new strategy. Success in print is not primarily about the presses, but about new types of integrated solutions that live up to the digital age and the changes in media usage behaviour. New terms become correspondingly relevant: internet-of-things, Industry 4.0, cloud, big data, apps, automation, 3D, 4D, as well as customer centricity and others. And, of course, new technologies: at the core, cloud services as well as a new generation of industrial inkjet production systems (see Bernd Zipper’s analysis and evaluation on beyondprint.de).

Heideldruck did not give a presentation at #drupamc —they focussed on their own press conference beforehand, which can prove to be a clever move. Despite everything, Heidelberg was omnipresent. Particularly because Heideldruck partners such as Ricoh and Fujifilm referred explicitly to Heidelberg’s expertise as their main support. After all, with Heideldruck one leads in everything required for managing a printing business. This is precisely where HP and its Graphic Solution Business (GSB) wishes to be positioned in order to dethrone Heideldruck.  After relying on HP for “heavy metal” for almost 12 years, HT’s core competency as an IT company was pulled out of the hat at #drupamc: “PrintOS” is the magic word with which HP – now the exhibitor with the largest stand at drupa – hopes to win over print companies. 

 

 

Will HP’s PrintOS be the turning point?

The announcement was full of promise: “HP Inc. inspires print providers to reinvent their possibilities at drupa 2016 with HP PrintOS, a cloud-based mobile platform that simplifies and automates print production management”. It is about “new advancements enabling print service providers to reinvent their possibilities”. HP big boss Rob Le Bras-Brown, Global Head of Print Marketing, said, “HP is bringing the full power of our vast portfolio (…) to drupa 2016. With today’s introduction of HP PrintOS and more pre-drupa announcements to come, HP is following through on its promise to ‘keep reinventing’. That means that we will be showing advancements across the various segments of the printing industry that will enable our customers to reinvent their possibilities.” And François Martin, HP GSB Worldwide Marketing Director, used some clever words to emphasise the fact that the print business is primarily about the perfect synchronisation of the analogue and digital worlds.

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Photo: Andreas Weber

 

PrintOS Senior Manager at HP, Simon Lewis, delivered a convincing presentation. His voice almost cracked during the presentation, and especially during the questions from the trade journalists. The specs sound promising and according to HP are to include the following apps:

  1. Box, a tool that simplifies the onboarding of print jobs from non-automated sources such as e-mail and file transfer services. According to HP, a disproportionate amount of time and effort are often invested in handling jobs prior to production. Box standardises many processes, thereby reducing this overhead. Users thus have a tool in hand to increase capacity and improve profitability.
  2. Site Flow, a tool that combines automatic job submission, pre-press and shop floor management all in one. The app is suitable for print service providers in both the business-to-business and business-to-business-to-consumer sectors. Site Flow makes it possible for print service providers to offer their clients more attractive prices. Furthermore, it can help improve service and produce more easily hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of individual personalised print orders every day, including shipment to the end customers.

 

Live-Video: Andreas Weber via iPad.

 

Users of HP Indigo and HP PageWide Web Press should be able to avail of PrintOS as of May 31, 2016; users of HP Latex and Scitex have to wait most likely until 2017. Many apps will be available free of charge to existing HP customers with a service contract. Certain apps will be subject to monthly user charges. — So much for the announcements that really sounded full of promise.

 

Interjection: You cannot not communicate!

Whoa! Are communication glitches at HP the exception? Or is HP still lacking a healthy mix of IT skills and willingness to communicate? — HP Inc. has put a lot of marketing effort into promoting its drupa innovations and particularly, the PrintOS to printing companies. The budget for the trade show presence is huge. But the impact is rather marred by a lack of multichannel communication talent. HP set up its own section on Flickr. As of March 12, 2016, the eight photos that had been posted had been called up only 16 times to date. In general, HP’s social media engagement seems half-hearted: It is present almost everywhere, without actually achieving any interaction. Views on YouTube of elaborately produced HP videos, for example, are probably mostly generated by its own staff. Google searches on HP topics are not easy.

Serious are the technical mistakes: The press release dated February 29, 2016, sent at 4:01pm by PR agency F&H Porter Novelli, Munich—words of praise on PrintOS providing a link that as of March 12, 2016, at 3:44pm, still led to nothing. “Oops. We can’t find that page for you” is bluntly displayed. EMBARRASSING. And it is not the first time that such a thing has happened on an HP website.

And last, but not least: Press queries that go beyond the content of the press releases often come up against a lack of understanding or are barely answered, as many colleagues from various countries have complained; if you do not know an HP GSB manager personally and/or have direct access, you are on your own.

Bottom line: If HP GSB wishes to make its aspiration of leadership in print credible, then it needs to communicate once and for all about its innovations in a professional, market-oriented and innovative way! 

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Another missed opportunity? — Describing the benefits for customers of print companies was not a topic!

What is truly important, however, gets short shrift: What benefits does HP give customers of print companies? Nothing was mentioned about that. And that, to me, seems criminal. Just zeroing in on the fact that print companies can do their work more easily and cheaply using PrintOS will hardly make print stronger in the communications mix. Precisely herein lies drupa 2016’s reason for being. Touch the future refers not only to printing companies that will spend billions on technology at drupa 2016 to be fit for the future. Rather ‘Touch the future’ is a message to all, who have to drive innovation in communication in order to do profitable business.

Apropos profit and growth: Whether intended or not, with PrintOS, HP is tremendously boosting the topic of e-business print and the online printing sector, which in Germany alone already brings in 2.5 billion in revenues annually (source: EPOS Study, https://www.epos-studie.de). This is important to realise since e-business print and online printing do not appear in the trade fair programme as primary, eminently important generic terms for the future of the printing industry.

Still: HP Inc. dared come out from under cover, which cannot be said of other top dogs such as Kodak or Xerox. The Kodak presentation was like stepping back into the 20th Century. Nothing innovative, just improvements of existing products and an affirmation that they continue to faithfully serve the analogue world of print. Similar to Xerox: New inkjet printing systems were presented. And at the same time the assurance was given that despite the company split announced in February 2016, everything would remain the same. Whoa! Is that good news or bad?

From a German point of view, Xerox has practically almost disappeared from the professional print market. It is only being kept alive by a couple of committed and competent business and computer companies. Viewed corporate-wide, it was only just 2 years ago that Xerox lost one-third of its sales in print technology. But the major impetus has to come from Xerox itself, for instance, by thinking beyond print and placing proprietary solutions such as XMPie better in the spotlight, since XMPIe perfectly closes the gap between print and online communication in multichannel scenarios.

 

Impressions of the #drupamc, incl. the new drupa music presented by EFI CEO Guy Gecht! Video animation: Andreas Weber.

 

All the more impressive was seeing how some of Xerox’s tough competitors such as Konica Minolta and Ricoh are excellently positioned. Likewise, Fujifilm and Epson, who made virtually modest presentations, offering a number of surprises for many colleagues in the trade. In addition to the Fujifilm/Heideldruck inkjet cooperation project “Primefire 106”, mention must be made of the Epson PaperLab, a compact machine for DIY recycled papermaking in DIN A4/A3 sizes. (Whereby the Epson PaperLab has been known about since the beginning of 2015 and was as such nothing new for #drupamc). Even EFI, the speciality vendor-turned-conglomerate, demonstrated the point more rousingly and far-sightedly than Xerox. In his famous, notoriously funny style of presentation, EFI CEO Guy Gecht used the Hollywood dream factory to enthusiastically demonstrate the future of print as a dynamic growth market. At the end, Guy Gecht presented a special version of Billy Joel’s song “We didn’t Start the Fire” with new lyrics he created for drupa and the global printing industry. MAGNIFICENT!

 

Mark Lawn and Peter Wolff, Canon Europe, explaining the new #UnleashPrint communications approach of the imaging corporation.


#UnleashPrint — Canon trumps and makes a lasting impression!

Canon led the way, making a brilliant appearance. The leading multinational imaging corporation delivered a convincing affirmation to print and to the market for professional printing at the industrial level. Those who had the opportunity to visit the Canon Expo in New York City, Paris, Shanghai or Tokyo in October 2015 would have been prepared. It was evident that Canon indeed has the widest range of applications: Canon is the only drupa exhibitor to cover all six drupa highlight themes: Print, Packaging, Green Printing, Functional Printing and 3D-Printing as well as Multichannel. That is important in this sense specifically for drupa 2016 and in general for the print industry, since Canon as a brand has the greatest charisma in B2B as well as in B2C!

Of course, Canon also showed innovative technologies, just like other exhibitors. But everything was in the context of solutions accessible to print companies and their customers alike, showing the respective, clear benefits. The Canon stand will reflect the areas of application, so that all visitors can easily find the solutions that are of most interest to them. Individually, those are:

  • commercial print
  • business communications, including transactional and direct mail
  • publishing, including books, magazines and newspapers
  • advertising and creative, including display graphics
  • functional/industrial, including 3D printing
  • packaging
  • photographic products

This is truly the full spectrum of what can satisfy current and future market demands! By its own admission, Canon relies on a combination of market-leading technologies, expertise and continuous dialogue with customers to help print service providers implement customer-centric business models that unleash the full potential of their business.

For this to be understood and communicated ubiquitously, Canon is the only exhibitor to date to employ new contemporary communications channels: As part of a multichannel communications campaign on relevant platforms, the hashtag #UnleashPrint is to address not only print service providers, but also innovation decision-makers, interested in print in the communications mix as well as the corresponding technologies and services.

 

Live-Video: Andreas Weber in a 1 min. interview with Canon’s Mark Lawn via iPad.

 

Mark Lawn of Canon Europe explained the unusual approach with #UnleashPrint as follows:  In every area of the stand, Canon will bring to life its new campaign to #UnleashPrint. This communicates Canon’s passion for print as a unique and powerful medium, celebrates the value of print and sets out to unlock its still untapped potential. Central to this is to show how the implementation of intelligent new business models can follow for realising the potential of print in the digital age to better fulfil constantly changing customer needs.

In its corresponding press release, Canon further says: “Every zone of the Canon stand will feature exceptional creative print applications, with the aim of inspiring visitors to extend their product portfolio and push the boundaries of print. As part of the customer journey through the endless variety of print, Canon will also show trade visitors how they can increase print’s effectiveness through integration with digital platforms to deliver seamless multichannel communications that simplify customer experiences, stimulate response and make print as measurable as any other tool in the communications mix.”

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Print wins, only if it stands the test in the communications mix!

That sums up what it is all about. And corresponds to our ValuePublishing analyses, made in the run-up to #drupamc, personally discussed with customers of print companies, agencies and publishing houses. (See the analysis “Print wins!” by Andreas Weber on slideshare.com)

The key messages derived from it carry forward the exciting results in the trade of the #drupamc and are as follows:

  1. The goal is attainable: Print wins! And considers itself to be the key pillar in all contemporary marketing and communications scenarios.
  2. For more than a thousand years, print has been one of the most important cultural tools globally for allowing innovations to become reality! Why should things be any different today?
  3. BUT: The market has changed radically! Instead of quantity, quality is increasingly in demand. The trend: Exploit added value through more attention to and greater efficacy of printed material in the communications mix!
  4. The dilemma: Everyone driving communications is searching for digital strategies to push content (unanimously) everywhere. Dealing with print innovations that lead to dialogue through interaction is often overlooked. Only multichannel can do that in combination with print! And that needs to be communicated better and more clearly via drupa 2016.
  5. Print will become the key pillar, thanks to completely new types of software and cloud solutions and e-business models, particularly in personalisation. It is no longer a question of reach, but of “one conversation”!
  6. Multichannel innovations that include print do not make analogue media superfluous, but integrate them seamlessly.
  7. Print sustainably increases business success through interaction, through dialogue with the audience (customers, partners, interested parties); supported by personal, timely relevance — through touchpoints covering the whole media spectrum from print to digital.
  8. Print teamed up with multichannel and e-business is a new, rapidly growing service sector. Focus: driving innovation forward! New print technologies such as inkjet are important, but “just” a means to the end.
  9. Everyone needs to learn what it’s all about: In communication, more reach is not the measure of all things, relevant dialogue and ongoing conversation are.
  10. It is proven that print wins and its importance is strengthened through the IoT, cloud, big data and multichannel services because it makes communication powerful, relevant and humane.

 

Summary

As I have said, it was an extremely successful and insightful #drupamc. But there is still a lot to do before drupa 2016 opens its doors on May 31, 2016. The tried-and-true motto, in my view: “Get rid of silo thinking! Touch the future now! Take the communication offensive!” — Exhibitor communication should not be just a blunt promotion of new technologies for printing companies, presented in the conventional print trade press. A lot more needs to happen using innovative communication, through social media, through mobile, in order to put the focus on the benefits. Only so can the business in general and especially the decision-makers involved in innovation projects in the industry, in trade, and in the brand-name companies be reached to show print in a new way that can be experienced and understood. Canon is the only exhibitor to date who convincingly shows how it should be done and thus sets the bar: #UnleashPrint!

 

Note: With our real-time reports on ValuePublishing, we were able to make #drupamc rated tops. In just 72 hours, we reached more than 750,000 viewers who were able to experience live what was happening in Dusseldorf through the short reports and commentary. 

 

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Fotos: Heideldruck

 

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (kurz. Heideldruck) ging branchenweit als erstes Unternehmen bereits zu Anfang Dezember 2015 für die drupa 2016 an die Öffentlichkeit. Die neue Unternehmensstrategie sowie die Produkt- und Lösungsneuheiten klingen vielversprechend. Nach dem Interview mit Vorstand Harald Weimer zum Thema Services vertiefen wir unsere Nachfragen im Gespräch mit Stephan Plenz, Vorstand Equipment, der im Februar 2016 mit der Vorstellung der neuen Primefire-106-Systemtechnologie für industriellen Inkjet-Druck weltweit Aufsehen erregte.

Prolog

Die Zeiten, in denen die Druckindustrie ein respektiertes, ehrwürdiges und edles Handwerk repräsentierte, sind vorbei. Die Jünger der Schwarzen Kunst werden nicht mehr an deren Überlebensstrategie beim Fall in ein Gautschfaß gemessen, sondern daran, wie schnell, effizient clever und damit profitabel sie heute ihr Druckgeschäft betreiben. Heidelberg möchte den heutigen Drucker-Nerds dabei helfen, dieses Geschäft auf die digitalisierte Welt auszurichten und hat sich dafür einiges, getrieben vom eigenen Veränderungsprozess, einfallen lassen. 

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Interview mit Stephan Plenz von unsrem ValuePublishing Partner Michael Seidl, EMGroup, Wien, Chefredakteur und Verleger Print & Publishing |
English version available

Heidelberg hat einige spannende Themen zur drupa hin erarbeitet. Könnten Sie uns bitte Ihre Aktivitäten und Pläne skizzieren?

Stephan Plenz: Wir stellen zur drupa unter dem Motto „Simply Smart“ die digitalisierte Zukunft der Printmedien-Industrie vor. Im Kern geht es um die Integration aller Prozesse in ein zusammenhängendes System zur Wertschöpfung in Druckereien. Das ist genau das, was wir konkret unter Smart Services, Smart Print Shop und Smart Collaboration verstehen. Wir verbinden auf diese Weise alles, um unseren Kunden einfache und funktionierende Lösungen zu geben. Die Marktanforderungen sind ja nach wie vor komplex, und wir können Sie nicht vereinfachen. Was wir aber tun können, ist unseren Kunden einen Workflow anzubieten, der ihr Arbeitsleben vereinfacht. Das ist die Grundidee, die wir über Jahre hinweg entwickelt haben und man ausgiebig heute mit dem Begriff Industrie 4.0 diskutiert. Dazu braucht es Maschinen, die das können und die richtigen Informationen verstehen als auch liefern. Dazu braucht es einen Workflow, der das bearbeiten und managen kann. Und es braucht Menschen, die diese Prozesse beschreiben, aufbauen und nach vorne treiben.

… und wie funktioniert das?

Stephan Plenz: Damit das funktioniert, muss man in allen Bereichen fit sein. Maschinenseitig sind wir mit unserem neuen User Interface sehr gut aufgestellt, denn es wird dazu beitragen, dass dies auch reibungslos umgesetzt werden kann. Und mit unserer neuen Digitaldruckmaschine und dem, was mit der Speedmaster XL auf der drupa 2016 noch gezeigt wird, sind wir ganz vorne dabei. Das betrifft das Maschinenkonzept, den Workflow, den wir schon dazu haben und der um Funktionen rund um das WEB weiter ausgebaut sein wird, wie z. B. den Prinect Media Manager, mit dem unsere Kunden das Potenzial haben, Daten (Medien) zu managen, auch wenn es nicht mehr nur um die Ausgabe in gedruckter Form geht. Dazu gehören dann in weiterer Folge alles Services, die wir aus den Daten ableiten und helfen viele Abläufe effizienter zu gestalten.

 

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In Ihrer Präsentation sagten Sie, dass wir nicht ausschließlich über Heidelbergs neue Druckmaschinen schreiben sollen, sondern mehr über ein Unternehmen, das sich als Systempartner versteht. Könnten Sie das noch etwas ausführen und dazu erklären, was genau Sie unter Industrialisierung verstehen?

Stephan Plenz: Der Slogan „More than machines“ sagt nicht, dass die Maschine unwichtig wird, sondern dass man eine intelligente Maschine benötigt, die dann in der Vernetzung mit anderen Maschinen ihre Aufgaben optimal löst. Das bedeutet, ich brauche zuerst einmal eine Maschine, die das kann. Die Verknüpfung ist der Schlüssel dazu, die Industrialisierung auf die Beine zu stellen und damit eine Automatisierung der Prozesse zu bewirken. Dazu gehört eine Vorstufe, die über das System automatisiert mit der Maschine kommuniziert und nicht nur JDF schickt. Sondern es muss eine Kommunikation in vollem Umfang stattfinden, die die Jobqueue vereinfacht und in der richtigen Reihenfolge läuft, sodass wenig Rüstzeit anfällt und dass in der Maschinen auch die Sensoren das verstehen und entsprechend umsetzen.

Das „Press one button“ Ziel gibt es ja seit längerer Zeit. Wie nahe sind Sie nun dran?

Stephan Plenz: Ja, das ist richtig, und dass wir dieses Ziel schon lange verfolgen, steht außer Frage, sonst wären nicht da, wo wir heute sind. Wir sagen, man muss es schaffen mit möglichst wenig Eingriffen den Prozess zum Laufen zu bringen. Wichtig ist natürlich, dass der Mensch diese Eingriffe auch richtig macht. Und je weniger diese Eingriffe notwendig sind, desto effizienter wird das System sein.

Wenn man sich heute die großen Online-Druckereien ansieht, dann ist der Industrialisierungsfaktor dort schon sehr hoch. Oder?

Stephan Plenz: Was wir dazu auf der drupa 2016 zeigen werden, wird noch mal einen deutlichen Schritt darüber hinaus gehen. Vor allem die Anwendungen, die wir gemeinsam mit unseren Kunden in punkto Datenauswertung anstreben, gehen weiter. Dazu gehören Fragen wie „Wie können wir die Maintenance verbessern?“, „Wie kann vorbeugende Wartung betrieben werden?“, „Wie können wir aus den Daten heraus automatisiert Verbrauchsmaterialien bestellen, abrufen oder liefern, sodass der Gesamtprozess in einer Druckerei wesentlich effizienter abläuft?“. — Wir wissen, dass sich die Menge der Aufträge erhöhen wird, aber nicht die Umsätze der Druckereien. Das heißt, die Administrationskosten pro Auftrag müssen bestmöglich reduziert werden, sonst bringen die vielen Aufträge mit weniger Erträgen die Druckereien letztendlich unter Druck.

 

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Dieses Thema betrifft nicht nur die großen Druckereien, sondern auch Klein- und Mittelbetriebe?

Stephan Plenz: Ja, das ist richtig. Es betrifft nicht nur die großen Unternehmen, sondern wir diskutieren diese Themen mit Kunden aller Unternehmensgrößen. Natürlich mit unterschiedlichen Lösungspaketen, aber die Anforderungen sind die gleichen.

Das Szenario klingt sehr danach, in Zukunft möglichst wenig Menschen arbeiten zu lassen?

Stephan Plenz: Wir müssen dazu kommen, dass Systeme den Menschen unterstützen, möglichst wenig Fehler zu machen und dieser sich auf das, was wirklich wichtig ist, konzentrieren kann. Das wäre zum Beispiel die Qualität kontrollieren, den optimalen Ausschuss überprüfen etc. Der Drucker soll an der Maschine stehen und den Prozess überwachen, das ist letztlich das Entscheidende. Er soll nicht nur die Farbe spachteln und schon gar nicht mit Platten in der Gegend herum laufen. Das ist nicht wertschöpfend. Bei hochproduktiven Betrieben genügt heute ein fehlerhafter Auftrag, um das Ergebnis einer Schicht komplett zu verschlechtern.

Neben den klassischen Offsetdruckmaschinen sollen nun die digitalen Systeme das Bild abrunden?

Stephan Plenz: Ja, wir sind nun den nächsten Schritt gegangen. Wir haben die Prozesse noch mehr optimiert, automatisiert und haben die Transparenz für Bediener und Druckereileitung wesentlich gesteigert. Dazu gehören Themen wie „Was passiert denn eigentlich gerade?“, „Worauf muss ich achten?“ „Wenn man in der Auftragsschleife sieht, dass Platten benötigt werden, was muss getan werden?“, „Welches Material benötige ich?“, „Welche Farben, welche Lacke, welches Papier etc.?“ — Das alles muss geklärt sein, bevor der Auftrag da ist. Das wissen wir im Grunde schon alles, während der Auftrag in der Prepress-Abteilung bearbeitet wird. Nehmen wir als Beispiel einen Auftrag, der anderntags um 12 Uhr fertig sein soll. Das System erkennt, dass dazu ein Lack benötigt wird, der nicht auf Lager ist.

 

 

Wie geht man bis dato damit um?

Stephan Plenz: Was heute all zu oft passiert, ist, wir warten, bis es schief geht! Die leidlich gute Lösung ist, das System sagt, man sollte Lack bestellen. Dann kann es vergessen oder übersehen werden bzw. der Lack wird wirklich bestellt. Aber warum bestellt das System nicht von selbst automatisch über unsere E-Commerce Plattform? Der Einkäufer bekommt die Meldung, dass dies geschehen ist, dass der Lack zu dem Termin da ist und dass er zu den Preisen abgerufen wurde, die ausverhandelt sind. Warum soll ein derartiger Prozess in Zukunft noch von jemandem in die Hand genommen werden? Das ist die Welt, die wir gestalten müssen.

Der Digitaldruck gehört heute zur Umsetzung derartiger Konzepte dazu. Ist es nicht etwas spät für Heidelberg, hier mitmischen zu wollen?

Stephan Plenz: Es sieht nicht danach aus, würde ich sagen. Es ist noch Platz genug. Wir sind 2011 mit der Linoprint [Zusammenarbeit mit Ricoh, Anmerk. d. Red.] erneut in den Markt für Digitaldrucksysteme eingestiegen. Gerade haben wir die Systeme in Heidelberg Versafire umbenannt. Damit sind wir extrem erfolgreich am Markt – besonders im vergangenen Jahr in Verbindung mit unserem Digital Front End DFE. Wenn man sieht, welche positiven Rückmeldungen vom Markt wir für die Gallus Labelfire 340 bekommen, so stimmt uns das sehr positiv. Und ich denke, dass ich nicht ganz falsch liege, wenn ich meine, dass unsere neue B1-Inkjet-Systemtechnologie, die Heidelberg Primefire 106, eines der drupa Highlights sein wird. Es geht uns nicht darum, überall der Erste sein zu wollen, aber wir wollen ganz vorne dabei sein, wenn es um die Realisierung von funktionierenden, industriellen, digitalen Lösungen geht. Es geht uns nicht um Show-Effekte, es geht uns nicht um viele Leute in der Halle. Uns geht es um eine funktionierende industrielle Lösung für Digitaldruck-Anwender. Wir haben in der Entwicklung der neuen Digitaldruckmaschinen unsere Aussagen zur Produkt-Roadmap eingehalten; und daran soll sich auch nichts ändern. Mit der Primefire werden wir in diesem Jahr in den Feldtest und im nächsten Jahr in Serie gehen.

 

Bei der Heideldruck-Pressekonferenz am 19. Februar 2016 gab es eine spannende Frage-Antwort-Runde mit den Fachjournalisten. Im Fokus: Der neu-konstruierte Heidelberg Zylinder für die Primefire 106 … — Mehr Infos und Live-Interviews in unserem ValuePublishing Storify.

 

Es ist vermutlich ein Geheimnis, wie viel in die Entwicklung der Primefire 106 investiert wurde?

Stephan Plenz: Darüber sprechen wir nicht in der Öffentlichkeit. Es fließt heute gut die Hälfte unseres F&E-Budgets in das Thema Digital. Sie dürfen nicht vergessen, wir haben hier ein Maschinenkonzept in Rekordzeit entwickelt, das alles hat, was die Industrie von solch einem System fordert bzw. erwartet, aber wir hatten auch die Besten Voraussetzungen dafür. Wir haben einen industrie-bewährten Papiertransport, wir haben einen Workflow mit Prinect und wir haben mit Fujifilm den stärksten Partner zum Thema Inkjet, den man sich nur vorstellen kann. Trotz aller positiven Vorzeichen muss man eine Maschine erschaffen, die letztendlich den Anforderungen der Kunden entspricht.

Apropos Fujifilm: Die Chemie stimmt offensichtlich zwischen den beiden Unternehmen?

Stephan Plenz: Ein ganz klares Ja, die Chemie stimmt zwischen uns. Ein deutsches und ein japanisches Unternehmen haben unterschiedliche Kulturen, damit muss man umgehen können. Aufgaben gibt es dabei immer, die zu lösen sind, und das gehen wir gemeinsam mit Fuji sehr offen an. — Was Fujifilm und Heidelberg betrifft, gab es eine einmalige Chance, da beide Unternehmen das Bedürfnis hatten, eine Maschine zu bauen, die den industriellem Markt und dessen Anforderungen abdeckt. Beide Partner haben einen Teil des Wissens und der Kompetenz, die nicht überlappen. Das alles zusammen zu bekommen, zu einer funktionierenden Maschine, ist trotzdem eine Herkulesaufgabe. Aber wir hatten gute Voraussetzungen, als wir an den Start gingen. Es gibt zudem gute Gründe dafür, dass Fujifilm gesagt hat, wir gehen mit Heidelberg zusammen, obwohl sie mit der JetPress in einem anderen Format eine eigene Entwicklung vorantreiben und ebenso eine B1 Maschine hätten bauen können. Aber in unserem Fall wollte man aus beiden Welten heraus das Beste entwickeln und wir haben daraus eine Partnerschaft auf Augenhöhe entwickelt.

Wird Fujifilm die Maschine in den asiatischen Märkten selbst vertreiben?

Stephan Plenz: Zurzeit ist es noch zu früh, darüber eine klare Aussage zu treffen. Sowohl Fujifilm als auch Heidelberg planen die Vermarktung und den Vertrieb des neuen Systems. Fest steht, dass wir die Primefire auf allen Märkten, wo Heidelberg vertreten ist, vertreiben werden. Wir haben die Maschine gemeinsam entwickelt, somit wird auch Fujifilm sie ihren Kunden anbieten.

Was mich im Zusammenhang mit „smart und cool“ noch interessieren würde: Würden Sie meinen, dass dieses neue Denken bei Heidelberg komplett angekommen ist?

Stephan Plenz: Also, smart hat ja mit cool nichts zu tun. Ein Unternehmen muss in der Lage sein, sich in einem veränderten Umfeld immer neu zu erfinden. Heidelberg war in den 80er und 90er Jahren ein ganz anderes Unternehmen als in den 2000er Jahren, auf jeden Fall bis 2010. Und mit den Veränderungen, die wir etwa mit Partnerschaften begonnen haben, mit den Anpassungen, die wir aufgrund der Veränderungen in dieser Industrie anstoßen mussten, die auch zugegebener Weise nicht immer einfach waren, sind wir wieder einen Schritt weitergegangen. Wir haben Heidelberg neu ausgerichtet und einen neuen Auftritt gegeben. 

 

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Stephan Plenz beim Vortrag auf der Pressekonferenz am 19. Februar 2016. Foto: Heideldruck

 

Was sind aus Ihrer Sicht die wichtigsten Aspekte der Neuausrichtung von Heidelberg?

Stephan Plenz: Das, was wir in den letzten Jahren begonnen haben zu verändern, wird jetzt sichtbar, angefangen beim Logo, beim neuen Auftritt und bei den Produkten. Seit 2010 sind wir unterwegs, ein Digitalportfolio aufzubauen. Dazu braucht es eine klare Strategie, einen langen Atem und Geduld. Ob das überall im Unternehmen schon verhaftet ist, ist immer schwer zu sagen. Ich glaube, dass wir es geschafft haben, die Zeit nach der Krise zu nutzen und Dinge zu tun, die zukunftsorientiert sind und wir jetzt auch wieder stark genug sind, diese nach außen zu tragen.  — Das Ergebnis kommt nicht aus einem Prozess mit vier Wochen Workshop und einem neuen Logo, sondern ist die Begleiterscheinung des Anderen, des Neuen und ist das Ergebnis der Veränderung, die wir mit diesem Unternehmen anstreben. Die positiven Dinge von Heidelberg galt es zu erhalten, und die weniger Guten zu lassen plus die Neupositionierung anzugehen. 

Was den Umsatz von Heidelberg betrifft, gibt es eine Wunschzahl dafür, was das Digitaldruckgeschäft bringen soll?

Stephan Plenz: Wir haben gesagt, dass wir mittelfristig über 200 Millionen Euro umsetzen wollen, das werden wir sicher erreichen, vielleicht geht ja auch etwas mehr.

Was sind Ihre Erwartungen für die drupa 2016 in Bezug auf Umsatz und Besucher? 

Stephan Plenz: Die sind sehr hoch, was unsere neuen Themen betrifft. Die drupa in Düsseldorf ist eine Messe, auf der man seinen Kunden das Unternehmen, die Neuaufstellung und natürlich neue Produkte/Lösungen und Innovationen präsentieren kann. Gleichzeitig zu Düsseldorf zeigen wir aber auch an unserem Standort Wiesloch-Walldorf unser komplettes und bereits verfügbares Portfolio. Die Anmelderaten dazu sind erfreulich hoch und wir gehen davon aus, eine nennenswerte Zahl von Aufträgen zu generieren. Ich denke, dass wir durchaus stolz darauf sein können, da wir wirklich etwas Bedeutendes zu zeigen haben.

So gesehen kommt die drupa 2016 also zum richtigen Zeitpunkt?

Stephan Plenz: Das ist grundsätzlich richtig und es braucht solche Momente. Aber in Wirklichkeit kommt es nicht darauf an, ob 250.000 Besucher durch die drupa-Drehkreuze gehen oder 200.000. Wichtig für uns ist, dass die für uns relevanten Kunden zu uns kommen. Die müssen da sein und wir werden die Chance nutzen, uns mit ihnen zu beschäftigen und ihre Fragen zu beantworten. Darauf sind wir gut vorbereitet.

Das Thema Partnerschaften spielt anders als früher auf dem Heidelberg-drupa Messestand eine sehr große Rolle, oder?

Stephan Plenz: Ja, das richtig. Und die Art und Weise, wie wir damit umgehen, ist anders und neu. Es stehen keine Firmen mehr in der Halle und jeder zeigt sein Produkte, wir haben ein durchgehendes Konzept, wie wir uns alle gemeinsam präsentieren.

Vielen Dank für das Gespräch.

 

Zur Person von Stephan Plenz

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Der 1965 geborene Diplom-Ingenieur (BA) ist seit 1986 bei Heideldruck tätig. Produktionstechnik, Qualitätsmanagement, Montage & Logistik-Themen u.a.m. haben ihn beschäftigt. Seit 2010 ist er im Vorstand für Heidelberg Equipment verantwortlich. Er hat so seit 2014 maßgeblich das Produkt-Portfolio erweitert und mit den Partner Ricoh und Fujifilm vorangebracht.

Link zur Kurzbiografie

Charts mit allen Details der Präsentation vom 19. Februar 2016 (in englischer Sprache)

 

 

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@ 2016 Großes Foto: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann. Kleines Foto und Bildcollage: Andreas Weber, Mainz.

 

Kommentar zur #drupamc von Andreas Weber | Englisch version available

Alle haben zur drupa media conference (kurz: #drupamc) vom 29. Februar bis 2. März 2016 einen super Job gemacht: Die Messe Düsseldorf, insbesondere das drupa2016-Team, die 15 Aussteller mit ihren Vorträgen, AD Communications als Organisationsagentur und zu guter Letzt die rund 100 anwesenden Fachjournalisten aus aller Welt, davon erfreulich viele Neulinge. Das ist gut so. Die Branche braucht neuen Schwung. Und ein neues Denken, dem die richtigen Taten folgen. Dafür soll die drupa 2016 stehen: Touch the Future, lautet das Motto, das drupa-Direktorin Sabine Geldermann ausrufen lässt. Gut so! — Aber: Nahezu unbeachtet bleibt weiterhin, die Kunden der Druckereien als maßgebliche Innovationsentscheider ins Boot zu holen. Insofern: Print kommt technologisch rasant voran, aber die Branche bremst sich selbst!

Auf einen Blick:

  • #drupamc war ein voller Erfolg.
  • HP will die Leitfunktion im Print übernehmen (begeht aber kommunikativ leider echte Patzer!).
  • Heideldruck ist der heimliche Star (dank der Partner Fujifilm und Ricoh).
  • Kodak wirkt „retro“ und Xerox tut sich ziemlich schwer trotz Produktneuheiten.
  • Canon überzeugt am stärksten mit #Unleashprint.
  • Bis zur drupa 2016 bleibt viel zu tun, um Kommunikationsdefizite auszugleichen, die Nutzendarstellung in den Fokus zu stellen (beyond technology) und endlich die Kunden der Druckereien zu mobilisieren.

Unbestreitbar: Aufbruchsstimmung und Zukunfts-Zuversicht sind wieder da (siehe auch: 3. drupa Insights Report). Das zeigten seitens der Technikanbieter fast alle Präsentationen, vor allem auch diejenigen von „kleineren“ und hochspezialisierten Ausstellern wie Kolbus, Bobst, Hybrid, Global Graphics, Datalase und v. a. von Pitney Bowes, einem Global Player, der den meisten drupa-Besucher noch unbekannt sein wird (siehe Zusammenfassung aller Firmenvorträge im ValuePublishing-Echtzeit-Report per Storify).

Schon im Vorfeld versprach die #drupamc hochspannend zu werden: Der Branchenprimus Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (Heideldruck) war mit seinem drupa-Slogan „Simply Smart“ und einer disruptiv neuer Strategie voran geprescht. Es geht beim Erfolg mit Print nicht mehr primär um Maschinen, sondern um neuartige, integrierte Lösungen, die dem Digitalzeitalter und dem veränderten Medien-Nutzungsverhalten gerecht werden. Entsprechend sind neue Begriffe relevant: Internet-of-Things, Industrie 4.0, Cloud, Big Data, Apps, Automation, 3D, 4D, aber auch Customer Centricity u. a. m. Und natürlich neue Technologien, im Kern Cloud-Services sowie eine neue Generation von industriellen Inkjet-Produktionssystemen (siehe die Analyse und Bewertung von Bernd Zipper auf beyondprint.de).

Heideldruck war zwar nicht mit Vorträgen auf der #drupamc vertreten — man setzte auf eigene Pressekonferenzen im Vorfeld, was sich als kluger Schachzug erweisen kann. Trotz allem war Heidelberg omnipräsent. Vor allem, weil Heideldruck-Partner wie Ricoh und Fujifilm sich expressis verbis auf die Kompetenz von Heidelberg als wichtigste Stütze bezogen. Schließlich ist man bei Heideldruck führend in allen Belangen, die es braucht, um ein Druckerei-Geschäft erfolgreich managen zu können. Genau an der Stelle will HP mit seinem Graphic Solution Business (GSB) ansetzen, um Heideldruck den Rang abzulaufen. Nachdem man bei HP rund 12 Jahre auf „Heavy Metal“ gesetzt hat, wurde zur #drupamc die Kernkompetenz von HP als IT-Konzern aus dem Hut gezaubert: „PrintOS“ heisst das Zauberwort, mit dem HP nunmehr als flächenmäßig größter drupa-Aussteller Druckereien für sich gewinnen will. 

 

 

Bringt HP’s PrintOS die Wende?

In der Ankündigung heisst es vielversprechend: „HP Inc. eröffnet Druckanbietern auf der drupa 2016 neue Möglichkeiten — Cloud-basierte mobile Plattform HP PrintOS vereinfacht und automatisiert das Management der Druckproduktion“. Es gehe um „Neuentwicklungen, mit denen Druckdienstleister neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten entdecken können“. HP Top-Manager Rob Le Bras-Brown, Global Head of Print Marketing, äußert sich medial wie folgt: „HP zeigt auf der drupa 2016 die ganze Leistungsfähigkeit seines umfassenden Portfolios (…) Mit der heutigen Präsentation von HP PrintOS und weiteren Ankündigungen, die wir noch vor der drupa machen werden, folgt HP seinem Motto ‚Keep reinventing‘. Dies bedeutet, dass wir über die verschiedenen Bereiche der Druckbranche hinweg Neuentwicklungen vorstellen werden, mit denen unsere Kunden neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten erschließen können.“ Und François Martin, HP GSB Worldwide Marketing Director, fand smarte Worte, um zu betonen, dass es im Print-Business vor allem darum gehe, die analoge und digitale Welt perfekt aufeinander abzustimmen.

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Der PrintOS-Senior Manager bei HP, Simon Lewis, lieferte eine überzeugende Präsentation. Seine Stimme überschlug sich fast beim Vortragen, gerade auch bei den Nachfragen der Fachjournalisten. Die Spezifikationen klingen vielversprechend und sollen laut HP unter anderem folgende Anwendungen umfassen:

  1. Box, ein Tool, das die Erstellung von Druckaufträgen aus nichtautomatisierten Quellen, wie E-Mail und File-Transfer-Services, vereinfacht. Häufig erfordert laut HP die Auftragsabwicklung im Vorfeld der Produktion einen unverhältnismäßig großen Zeit- und Arbeitsaufwand. Box standardisiert viele Prozesse und reduziert damit diesen Mehraufwand. Damit haben Anwender ein Werkzeug in der Hand, um ihre Auftragskapazität zu steigern und die Wirtschaftlichkeit zu verbessern.
  2. Site Flow, ein Tool, das automatische Auftragserteilung, die Druckvorstufe und Shopfloor Management in sich vereint. Die Anwendung soll für Druckdienstleister in den Bereichen Business-to-Business und Business-to-Business-to-Consumer gleichermaßen geeignet sein. Site Flow ermögliche es Druckdienstleistern, ihren Kunden attraktivere Preise zu bieten. Zudem könnten sie damit ihren Service verbessern und noch einfacher täglich hunderte, tausende oder zehntausende individueller personalisierter Druckaufträge produzieren und bis zum Endkunden liefern.

 

Live-Video: Andreas Weber via iPad.

 

Nutzer von HP Indigo und HP PageWide Web Press sollen die PrintOS ab dem 31. Mai 2016 nutzen, Nutzer von HP Latex und Scitex voraussichtlich ab 2017. Viele Anwendungen sollen dem HP-Kunden mit bestehenden Serviceverträgen ohne zusätzliche Kosten zur Verfügung. Für bestimmte Anwendungen seien monatliche Nutzungsgebühren fällig. — Soweit die Ankündigungen, die wirklich vielversprechend klingen.

Zwischenruf: Man kann nicht nicht kommunizieren!

HOPPLA: Sind Kommunikations-Pannen bei HP die Ausnahme? Oder fehlt bei HP noch ein gesunder Mix aus  IT-Kompetenz und Kommunikationsbereitschaft? — Der Marketing-Aufwand, mit dem HP Inc. seine drupa-Neuheiten und vor allem PrintOS bei Druckereien promotet, ist gross. Die Budgets für Messeauftritte riesig. Die Wirkung wird durch mangelndes mediales Kommunikationstalent aber ziemlich beeinträchtigt. Auf Flickr hat HP eine eigene Sektion eingerichtet. Per 12. März 2016 haben die bis dato acht eingestellten Fotos aber nur 16 Aufrufe generiert. Überhaupt: Das Social-Media-Engagement von HP wirkt halbherzig: Man ist fast überall dabei, ohne aber tatsächlich Interaktionen zu erreichen. Views auf YouTube mit aufwendig produzierten HP-Videos z. B. werden zumeist wohl durch eigene Mitarbeiter generiert. Google-Suchen gestalten sich bei HP-Themen als schwierig. 

Gravierend sind handwerkliche Fehler: Der in der Pressemeldung vom 29.02.2016, 16:01 Uhr, von der PR-Agentur über F&H Porter Novelli, München, verschickte PR—Lobpreisungstext zu PrintOS bietet einen Link an, der noch am 12. März 2016, 15:44 Uhr, ins Nichts führte. „Oops. We can’t find that page for you“, wird lapidar angezeigt. PEINLICH. Denn es ist nicht das erste Mal, dass einem auf der HP-Website solches widerfährt.

Und last but not least: Presseanfragen, die über den Inhalt von Pressemeldungen hinausführen, stoßen of auf Unverständnis oder werden kaum beantwortet, wie auch zahlreiche Kollegen aus verschiedenen Ländern monieren; wer nicht einen HP-GSB-Manager persönlich kennt und/oder direkten Zugang hat, wird alleine gelassen.

Fazit: Will HP GSB seine angestrebte Leadership in Print glaubhaft machen, muss endlich professionell, marktorientiert und innovativ über Innovationen kommuniziert werden! 

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Chance abermals vertan? — Die Nutzendarstellung für Kunden der Druckereien wurde nicht thematisiert!

Zu kurz kommt allerdings das wirklich Wichtige: Welche Vorteile bringt HP damit dem Kunden der Druckereien? Hierzu wurde nichts verlautbart. Und das scheint mir sträflich. Denn nur darauf abzuzielen, dass Druckereien durch PrintOS einfacher und kostengünstiger ihrer Arbeit nachgehen, wird Print im Kommunikationsmix kaum stärken. Genau hierin liegt aber das, wofür die drupa 2016 stehen muss. Touch the future bezieht sich ja nicht nur auf Druckereien, die auf der drupa 2016 wiederum Milliardensummen für Technologien ausgeben sollen, um fit für die Zukunft zu werden. Sondern Touch the future ist eine Botschaft an alle, die die Innovation der Kommunikation vorantreiben müssen, um profitables Geschäft zu machen.

Apropos Profit und Wachstum: Ob gewollt oder ungewollt, HP stärkt mit PrintOS das Thema E-Business Print und den Online-Printing-Sektor ungemein, der alleine in Deutschland schon 2,5 Milliarden Jahresumsatz bringt (Quelle: EPOs Studie, https://www.epos-studie.de). Dies ist wichtig zu erkennen, weil E-Business Print und Online-Printing im Messeangebot als übergeordnete, eminent wichtige Gattungsbegriffe für die Zukunft der Printbranche nicht vorkommen.

Immerhin: HP Inc. hat sich aus der Deckung gewagt, was man von anderen Platzhirschen wie Kodak oder Xerox nicht sagen kann. Die Kodak-Präsentation wirkte wie ein Schritt zurück ins 20. Jahrhundert. Nichts innovatives, eigentlich nur Verbesserungen des bestehenden Angebotes und ein Bekenntnis, dass man auch die analoge Welt des Druckens brav bedient. Ähnlich bei Xerox: Neue Inkjet-Drucksysteme wurden vorgestellt. Und zugleich wurde versichert, dass trotz des im Februar 2016 angekündigten Firmen-Splits alles beim Alten bleiben wird. Hoppla: Ist das eine gute gute oder eine schlechte Nachricht?

Aus deutscher Sicht ist Xerox im Profi-Druckmarkt nahezu diffundiert. Und wird bei Professional Print nur noch über ein paar engagierte und kompetente Handels- und Systemhäuser am Leben gehalten. Konzern-weit gesehen, gingen bei Xerox vor knapp 2 Jahren ein Drittel der Umsätze mit Printtechnik verloren. Wesentliche Impulse muss Xerox aber aus sich selbst heraus schöpfen, zum Beispiel, indem Xerox „beyond Print“ denkt und eigene Lösungen wie XMPie besser in den Fokus rückt, da per XMPIe die Kluft zwischen Print- und Online-Kommunikation per Multichannel-Szenarien perfekt geschlossen wird.

 

Impressionen von der #drupamc, inkl. der von EFI CEO Guy Gecht vorgestellten neuen drupa-Musik! Video-Anmination: Andreas Weber.

 

Um so eindrucksvoller war zu sehen, wie harte Xerox Wettbewerber wie Konica Minolta oder auch Ricoh exzellent aufgestellt sind. Ebenso Fujifilm und Epson, die fast bescheiden auftraten und für viele Fachkollegen zahlreiche Überraschungen aufboten. Zu nennen ist neben dem Fujifilm/Heideldruck Inkjet-Kooperationsprojekt „Primefire 106“ vor allem das Epson PaperLab, eine kompakte Maschine, mit der man selbst DIN A4/A3-Recycling-Papiere herstellen kann. (Wobei das Epson PaperLab seit Anfang Dezember 2015 bekannt ist, also keine Neuheit zur #drupamc war). Sogar der sich zum Mischkonzern entwickelnde Spezialitätenanbieter EFI präsentierte mitreissender und weitsichtiger als Xerox, worauf es ankommt. EFI CEO Guy Gecht nutzte in seiner berühmt-berüchtigt-humorvollen Darbietungsweise die Traumfabrik Hollywood, um die Zukunft von Print begeisternd als dynamischen Wachstumsmarkt darzulegen. Zum Abschluss präsentierte Guy Gecht einen eigens neu vorgetragenen Song, der Billy Joel’s „We didn’t Start the Fire“ mit einem für die drupa und die globale Print-Branche neu geschaffenen Text versieht. GROSSARTIG!

 

Mark Lawn and Peter Wolff, Canon Europe, erläuterten den neuen #UnleashPrint-Kommunikationsansatz des Imaging-Konzerns.


#UnleashPrint — Canon trumpft auf und beeindruckt nachhaltig!

Allen voran trat Canon fulminant auf. Der global führende Imaging-Konzern lieferte ein überzeugendes Bekenntnis zu Print und zum Markt für professionelles Drucken auf industriellem Niveau. Wer die Gelegenheit hatte, im Oktober 2015 bereits in New York City, Paris, Shanghai oder Tokio die Canon Expo zu besuchen, konnte gewappnet sein. Dabei war ersichtlich, dass Canon tatsächlich über das breiteste Anwendungsspektrum verfügt: Als einziger drupa-Aussteller deckt Canon alle sechs drupa Highlight-Themen ab: Print, Packaging, Green Printing, Functional Printing und 3D-Printing sowie Multichannel. Das ist insofern spezifisch für die drupa 2016 und generell für die Print-Branche wichtig, da Canon als Marke die größte Strahlkraft hat, im B2B wie im B2C!

Natürlich zeigt Canon wie andere Aussteller auch innovative Technik. Aber alles im Kontext mit Lösungen, die Druckereien wie auch deren Kunden zugänglich sind respektive klare Vorteile bringt. Entsprechend wird der Canon Messestands Anwendungsbereiche widerspiegeln, damit alle Besucher die für sie interessantesten Lösungen auf Anhieb finden können. Im Einzelnen sind das:

  • Akzidenzduck
  • Geschäftskommunikation, einschließlich Transaktions- und Direct Mail Druck
  • Publishing, einschließlich Büchern, Zeitschriften und Zeitungen
  • Werbe- und Kreativbereich, einschließlich Display-Grafiken
  • Funktions-/Industriedruck einschließlich 3D-Druck
  • Verpackungsdruck
  • Fotografie-Produkte

Wahrlich, das ist das volle Spektrum dessen, was heutige und künftige Marktanforderungen erfüllen kann! Canon setzt dabei nach eigenem Bekunden auf die Kombination von marktführender Technologie, Know-how und kontinuierlichem Kundendialog, um Druckdienstleister bei der Implementierung von kundenorientierten digitalen Geschäftsmodellen zu unterstützen, die ihr gesamtes Geschäftspotenzial freisetzen.

Damit dies verständlich und auch ubiquitär kommunizierbar wird, geht Canon bis dato als einziger Aussteller zeitgemäß-neue Kommunikationswege: Der Hashtag #UnleashPrint (zu deutsch: „entfessele Print“) soll im Rahmen einer Multichannel-Kommunikationskampagne auf den relevanten Plattformen nicht nur Print-Dienstleister ansprechen, sondern auch Innovations-Entscheider, die sich für Print im Kommunikationsmix und damit verbundene Technologien wie auch Dienstleistungen interessieren.

 

Live-Video: Andreas Weber in a 1 min. interview with Canon’s Mark Lawn via iPad.

 

Mark Lawn von Canon Europe erläuterte den ungewöhnlichen Ansatz mit #UnleashPrint wie folgt: Jeder Bereich des Canon-Messestands werde #UnleashPrint mit Leben erfüllen, um Canons Leidenschaft für Print als einzigartiges, leistungsstarkes Medium zu verdeutlichen. Der Wert von Print solle zelebriert werden und sein noch ungenutztes Potenzial freisetzen. Zentral sei zudem, aufzuzeigen wie die Implementierung intelligenter neuer Geschäftsmodelle erfolgen kann, um das Potenzial von Print im Digitalzeitalter zur besseren Erfüllung der sich ständig ändernden Kundenanforderungen zu veranschaulichen.

In der entsprechenden Presseverlautbarung von Canon heisst es weiterhin: „In jedem Bereich des Canon-Stands werden außergewöhnliche und kreative Druckanwendungen zu sehen sein, die die Besucher dazu animieren sollen, ihr Produktportfolio zu erweitern und die Grenzen von Print auszureizen. Auf der Entdeckungsreise durch die unendliche Print-Vielfalt wird Canon den Fachbesuchern auch zeigen, wie sie die Effektivität von Print durch die Integration in digitale Plattformen zur Schaffung von Multichannel-Kommunikationskampagnen steigern können, die eine bessere Kundenerfahrung bieten, zum Dialog anregen und Print zu einem weiteren messbaren Tool im Kommunikationsmix machen.“

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Print gewinnt nur, wenn es sich im Kommunikationsmix bewährt!

Das ist auf den Punkt gebracht, worum es geht. Und deckt sich mit unseren ValuePublishing-Analysen, die wir im Vorfeld der #drupamc gemacht und mit Kunden der Druckereien, Agenturen und Verlagen persönlich besprochen haben. (Siehe die Analyse „Print gewinnt!“ von Andreas Weber per slideshare.com)

Die Kernthesen, die sich ableiten, führen die fachlich spannenden Ergebnisse der #drupamc weiter und lauten wie folgt:

  1. Das Ziel ist erreichbar: Print gewinnt! Und behauptet sich als wichtigste Säule in allen zeitgemäßen Marketing und Kommunikationsszenarien.
  2. Denn: Print gehört seit über Tausend Jahren zu den global wichtigsten Kulturtechniken, um Innovationen Wirklichkeit werden zu lassen! Warum sollte das heute anders sein?
  3. ABER: Der Markt hat sich radikal verändert! Statt Masse ist zunehmend Klasse gefragt. Der Trend: Mehrwerte nutzen durch mehr Sorgfalt und höhere Effektivität von Drucksachen im Kommunikationsmix!
  4. Das Dilemma: Alle Kommunikationstreibenden suchen nach Digital-Strategien, um Inhalte (unisono) überall zu pushen. Übersehen wird oft, sich mit Print-Innovationen zu beschäftigen, die durch Interaktionen zum Dialog führen. Das leistet aber nur Multichannel in Kombination mit Print! Und das muss via drupa 2016 besser und klarer kommuniziert werden.
  5. Print wird durch völlig neuartige Software- und Cloud-Lösungen und E-Business-Geschäftsmodelle v. a. im Kontext mit Individualisierung zur wichtigsten Säule. Es geht nicht mehr nur um Reichweite, sondern um ›One Conversation‹!
  6. Multichannel-Innovationen, die Print einschließen, machen analoge Medien nicht überflüßig, sondern integrieren sie nahtlos.
  7. Print steigert so nachhaltig den Geschäftserfolg durch die Interaktion, durch Dialoge mit dem Publikum (Kunden, Partner, Interessenten); getragen von individueller, zeitlich abgestimmter Relevanz — über Berührungspunkte, die das volle Medienspektrum von Print bis Digital abdecken.
  8. Print im Team mit Multichannel und E-Business ist ein neuer, rasch wachsender Dienstleistungsbereich. Fokus: Innovationen vorantreiben! Neue Print-Techniken wie Inkjet sind dabei wichtig, aber „nur“ Mittel zum Zweck.
  9. Alle müssen lernen, worum es geht: In der Kommunikationen sind nicht mehr Reichweiten das Maß aller Dinge, sondern relevante Dialoge und durchgängige Konversationen.
  10. Print gewinnt nachweislich und wird durch IoT, Cloud, BigData und Multichannel Services in seiner Bedeutung gestärkt, weil es die Kommunikation wirkungsstark, relevant und menschengerecht macht.

 

Fazit

Wie gesagt, es war eine äußerst gelungene und erkenntnisreiche #drupamc. Bis zum drupa 2016-Beginn am 31. Mai 2016 bleibt aber noch viel zu tun. Das probate Motto aus meiner Sicht: „Weg mit dem Silo-Denken! Touch the future now! Geht in die Kommunikationsoffensive!“ — Die Kommunikation der Aussteller darf sich nicht nur einsilbig auf das Bewerben von neuer Technik für Druckereien beziehen. Und dies über klassische Print-Fachmedien darstellen wollen. Es muss per Innovationskommunikation vielmehr passieren, per Social Media, per Mobile, um die Nutzendarstellung in den Fokus zu rücken. Nur so können für die Wirtschaft insgesamt und insbesondere für die Entscheider von Innovationsprojekten in der Industrie, im Handel, bei den Markenunternehmen erreicht werden, um Print in neuer Form erfahrbar und begreifbar dazustellen. Canon macht es bis dato als einziger Aussteller überzeugend vor, wie es funktionieren muss und hat damit die Messlatte definiert: #UnleashPrint!

 

Hinweis: Per ValuePublishing konnten wir die #drupamc über unsere Echtzeit-Berichterstattung zum Quotensieger werden lassen. Über 750.000 Viewers wurden in rund 72 Stunden erreicht, die per Kurzberichte und Kommentare live erlebten, was in Düsseldorf passierte. 

 

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Interview by Andreas Weber | Click to access german version

It is always a great honor and pleasure to carry on a conversation with Jacob Aizikowitz, President XMPie, a Xerox Company. He was a pioneer in one-to-one communication solutions driven by technology innovations when he started XMPie to enable Cross Media, VDP and Web-to-Print applications. His expertise is unique because he is able to bridge his profound technical knowledge with market needs that anticipate customers’ demand. No wonder that XMPie today is one of the most advanced multichannel solution providers around the globe. Nevertheless there are a lot of news to talk about. —Note: right at the beginning of 2016 Jacob and his team sharpened what they do. They created a new Web platform to share their state-of-the-art multichannel knowledge, headed by the claim: MANY CHANNELS. ONE CONVERSATION.

At a glance:

  1. Discover: Multichannel gives the smart collaboration of print and online a new dimension.
  2. Participate: XMPie’s Cross Media 2.0 opened the door to everybody doing digital media to contribute / participate in multichannel with print using XMPie personalization technology.
  3. Crucial: to understand the business and to understand the technology.
  4. The biggest challenge: automation of the conversation.
  5. The Target: to achieve ’One Conversation’, practically with no constraints on what and how one does in the digital media.
  6. Outlook: embrace digital innovation to transform applications. Best example: packaging. Via multichannel, packages will become the starting point of a conversation between the brand and its consumers.
  7. drupa 2016: a great place to experience the power of multichannel!

 

Jacob’s key message:
”It is all about to enable creating individually relevant and timely interactive customer communications that span time and a mix of digital and print media touch points”.

 

 

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PART 1

Focus on multichannel innovation

Before we start our conversation: What is your definition of ”multichannel“?

Jacob Aizikowitz: Interacting with your audience — customers, partners, prospects — with individually relevant and timely communications across time and along touch points that span the media spectrum from print to digital. — One should say: “One Conversation”. — Without that, the communications might be technically multichannel but not appear to the audience as a continuous interactive and relevant individualized dialogue. Achieving “One Conversation” is the tough part (especially when multichannel includes print). This is exactly where technology comes in to make it possible without endless and impractical team coordination that sometimes spans different organizations (e.g., the brand, its print agency / provider, its digital agency …).

Back to the future: You started more than 15 years ago as a pioneer with a 121 approach to innovate print production and marketing services processes. Nowadays it is all about multichannel in a digital world. How does that matter?

Jacob Aizikowitz: Good question. First of all, in a digital world it is so important not to forget that Print is still important. For all of us. It would be great if more enterprises and brand owners point that out. Secondly, in founding XMPie we observed that for the marketing professionals personalization equated with Internet. And we knew that personalization is also possible in digital printing. This triggered our vision to bridge print and digital for personalization. Such a vision enabled the marketing professional to practice personalization as a strategy and not as a media choice. Such a vision enabled the evolution of Multichannel. 

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What kind of changes in mindset or improvements did you made?

Jacob Aizikowitz: Now, through the years, we evolved our direction, adding Web2Print, adding analytics, and adding campaign planning and automation (Circle). We realized that these business applications became relevant to the marketing professionals and to service providers who want to upgrade the type of services they provide. Most recently — end of 2015 — we changed dramatically our approach to cross media, introducing Open XM and Cross Media 2.0 (all with our 8.0 software release for PersonalEffect).

Read as well:
”Ten Steps to Hitting the Sweet Spot with Your Multichannel Campaign“

 

What is the benefit?

Jacob Aizikowitz: With Cross Media 2.0 we opened our solution to enable our customer to use any choice of web design / development tools, not constraining them to one specific tool that comes with the solution. This made our solution an open platform, enabling state-of-the-art digital while still using the XMPie personalization so that print and digital — while being each state-of-the-art — will be synergistic, consistent, and effective. The heart of Cross Media 2.0 is the Open XM Technology stack. It allows one to use, say, WebStorm, WordPress, just plain HTML, and also, our Dreamweaver plug-in, all interchangeably, while developing communications for digital. It also allows to develop mobile apps and responsive designs. In a way it allows the digital designer / developer to continue using their tools and their workflows while developing individualized communications that are automatically consistent and synchronized and synergistic with the individualized communications that are developed for the print media.

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… so your focus was always on technology innovation?

Jacob Aizikowitz: Yes and no. Most important was that we learned through the years what the customers of our customers wanted. Those are business people and they need business tools to manage marketing and communication campaigns properly. So we integrated responses via Web/PURLs and we established business analytics available via dash boards. Finally we learned and promoted: multichannel includes multitouch functionalities!

Sounds that you made a very interesting journey…

Jacob Aizikowitz: …indeed. But what we never changed is our original design. Our fundamental view was right and still is! From the very beginning we give a lot of value to our customers helping them find the right balance of technology and client needs. It is always important for us to understand the business as well as to understand the technology.

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In summary, what is the secret of all those technical inventions you made via XMPie? 

Jacob Aizikowitz: There are three main aspects: 1. Understanding the market and where its going. 2. Understanding how to apply technology in an innovative and elegant way in order to enable the market trends and address its emerging needs. 3. A holistic view at solutions, which was also reflected in our tag line: One to One in One.

In my understanding XMPie’s success is a result of a perfect team work. What are the top criteria to characterize that?

Jacob Aizikowitz: I agree. Team work is a must. Our top criteria are: Smart people who bring new dimensions and flavours of technologies. — Alignment which is focused on the customer. — An open culture to exchange opinions frankly and in a very creative way.

Digitalisation changes everything — all kind of biz, marketing and communication processes. IoT and Industry 4.0 make big progress to automate what we have to do. Is this a threat or a chance?

Jacob Aizikowitz: Tough question but not that difficult to answer. IoT means everything is connected. So in fact we have more data to deal with. That works well because we are already familiar in handling huge amounts of data. Industry 4.0 is driven by automation. — What I feel is that personalization and the ability to interact across time and media touch points are very much related to IoT and Industry 4.0. So, these are synergistic trends.

What is the biggest challenge?

Jacob Aizikowitz: The big challenge in my view: automation of the conversation. Therefore we made a big progress and are able to offer a special solution, named Circle which leads you from storyboarding to campaign automation.

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Note: Circle is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for managing your multichannel plus multitouch marketing campaigns. Users can track results and find out which messages are working best with which people, in which context and in which media a.s.o.

 

Circle seems to be the next big step based on a new business level for your customers? Right?

Jacob Aizikowitz: Surely. In any case XMPie is an enabler for Industry 4.0 compatible services. Automating the dialogue with the individual, while keeping it engaging, relevant, and effective is the main challenge; this is extremely challenging when the dialogue spans print and digital touch points. Many in ’Marketing Automation’ are after this — DRIP campaigns, Nurturing, etc. — but the XMPie offering is unique as it blends the automation of the individualized dialogues with the powerful media personalization — including print media (even if not printed — like PDF) and interactive capabilities. All under one roof — One to One in One.

Sounds good for your customers. So, if they follow our advice XMPie customers will become the HUB for new services?

Jacob Aizikowitz: We aim to provide our customers with technology that will allow them to stay relevant and attractive to their customers. We need our customers to have the vision and innovation; our role is to bring them technology that lets them pursue their vision. Some were influenced by our technology innovation to take the visionary view and go after their dreams.

Is that the reason why Gartner Group analyzed end of 2015: ”XMPie’s rating as a Challenger in this Magic Quadrant reflects its strong ability to execute on marketing communications.“

Jacob Aizikowitz: We are happy about being a challenger. Gartner addresses a number of other players who make technology integratable with other systems. Their focus is on customer communication management [CCM]. The notion of CCM was invented as an evolution of transpromo coming from transaction document management solutions. But with XMPie we made already a step ahead: our technology is accessible and much more open following the new paradigm of multichannel and multitouch.

 

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PART 2

Focus on drupa 2016: time for a change!

A milestone this year will be drupa 2016 end of May 2016 in Düsseldorf/Germany. Multichannel is one of the trade show high-lights. The drupa motto: Touch the future. What is your guideline and vision to create further success? Is the Graphic Arts market or the print industry community still the best target group for XMPie? 

Jacob Aizikowitz: As always drupa delivers a good context for XMPie and our customers. I recognize the fact that graphic arts and print service providers (PSP) are solid customer bases. Going after multichannel vision is now very critical for PSPs. This is because the enterprises — the brands — are shifting at light speed rates to individualization, dialogues, nurturing, automation a.s.o. Except that they have no clue how to properly blend it with multichannel that has print media in it. The PSPs must shift their business and capabilities to multichannel and automation in order to provide their customers with services that match their needs as they (the brands) shift to digital and automatic individualized marketing. Our technology is a critical enabler for these transformations that the PSPs must make; and it is our goal to continuously innovate to make sure that we stays relevant, technology-wise, for our customers!

Web2print

You mean at drupa there are still opportunities to transform established print businesses?

Jacob Aizikowitz: Certainly. The opportunities are huge especially when relating to digital printing business models beyond online printing. It is all about bridging concepts and technologies to be still relevant to new customers needs. With our recently released Cross Media 2.0 technology, we make it possibility for PSPs (and their customers) to practice multichannel with print in the mix, while having the freedom to use their tools and workflow of choice for the digital elements in that mix. This opens the door to state of the art digital solutions, to collaboration, and consistency and synergy between the digital and print media touch points in a dialogue.

This new approach for Cross Media, combined with Circle, makes the XMPie technology also directly relevant to the enterprises themselves, and it opens many possible avenues for Enterprise / PSP collaboration and business workflows. In addition for a future multichannel success all kind of brands and enterprises are relevant. We have to continue to involve and to guide them step by step to experience our drupa 2016 presentation.

Holistic View

You serve a range of premium marketing service solution providers around the globe. From your point of view, what make them unique?

Jacob Aizikowitz: Most of our customers are serving their customers in the best way to achieve a sustainable benefit from multichannel communication success. They had in an early phase clear visions to change what they did and are able to transform it into new business opportunities. Very important fact: all of our very successful customers are not afraid of all kinds of digital and/or disruptive technologies. It is all about the readiness to embrace innovation!

Last but not least: In my opinion the main challenge will be ”customer centricity” driven by high-value multichannel capabilities. Do you agree or disagree?

Jacob Aizikowitz: Of course I agree. The digital age is the age of the customer. Why? Your audience is always connected. You have to become part of their conversation and to be connected all the time. The old school marketing methods don’t fit in that scenario anymore. To create reach and awareness by mass media is no longer working in the same way as in the past. Brands are interested in a relationship, a dialogue, on-going, continuous, with their consumers or prospects. 

Overview

This is very clear from the high investments brands make in social media, seeking “likes” and leveraging these likes for marketing. One exciting avenue for such a relationship between the brand and its consumers is something most digital-centric brand marketers have not yet seen — its packaging. The package — a nicely engaging and attractive piece — is the perfect starting touch point for a dialogue with the mobile-holding individual. The ability to offer multichannel in a packaging context is hot and attractive, and we enable this.

So the best and most desirable example comes from the packaging world. Brand owners realized that a package achieved by a consumer is not the end of the story. It is the starting point of a conversation which will be managed by innovative multichannel communication processes. This is a huge opportunity for our customers to develop breathtaking new applications.

 

Ressources

Thanks for the great conversation, Jacob. What is the essence to summarize our talk?

Jacob Aizikowitz: Finally, it is all about strategy and technology. We kept our strategy pretty much consistent through the years. Main changes were adding Web2Print, adding Analytics, adding Campaign Management (Circle), and revising our approach to cross media. This last point is what we call Cross Media 2.0, and it embraces into the XMPie fold the leading methods and workflows of state of the art in digital today. It’s open and ready for collaborations. The reason this last point is important is because a service provider who wants to provide Multichannel services, must recognize that its customers most likely have capability in web design, web sites, etc. The brands most likely have a web team or a digital agency. So, for our customer to offer multichannel they cannot just dismiss the brands web team or web agency. With Cross Media 2.0 it’s now possible to collaborate and share and work together, using the full spectrum of tools and methods available for digital, while still leveraging the XMPie personalization engine — the exact same engine that will feed the print side of the multichannel endeavor.

Services

In summary: It is all about to enable creating individually relevant and timely interactive customer communications that span time and a mix of digital and print media touch points. —Jacob Aizikowitz

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Jacob Aizikowitz

About Jacob Aizikowitz, XMPie, Inc. 

Dr. Jacob Aizikowitz is the president of XMPie, which he founded in 2000 with Israel Roth and Reuven Sherwin, as a spin off from Scitex. XMPie has since grown to become the leading brand for integrated cross-media personalization solutions. In 2006, Jacob and the team led XMPie to a successful acquisition by the Xerox Corporation (XRX), where it now operates under the name, “XMPie, A Xerox Company”.

In the early 90’s, while at EFI (EFII), Jacob guided the early stages of the Fiery™ and led the development of EfiColor™ and Cachet™. These technologies, together with work by Adobe and Apple, brought user-friendly, quality-color to desktop publishing. In the late 90’s, during Jacob’s second term at Scitex, he led the early stages of the R&D of the Creo Controller. In parallel, he and his colleagues developed Scitex VPS™ which became a leading, objects-based, page description language for variable data printing.

The success of VPS, indirectly, inspired the founding of XMPie, and promoted the vision of cross media personalization and the democratization of variable data publishing.

Jacob holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Cornell University.

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