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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

Previous…   
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

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

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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Vom Saulus zum Paulus: Auf der drupa 2012 betrachtete Peter Sommer, Geschäftsführer der Elanders Germany GmbH und Mitglied des Vorstands der Elanders Group, den Inkjet-Druck noch skeptisch. Für ihn war damals absolut nicht vorhersehbar, welch gewaltigen Qualitätssprung Inkjet-Technik in den letzten Jahren machen konnte. Das hat sich in jüngster Zeit geändert. Grund genug für einen ValueTalk von Andreas Weber mit Peter Sommer.

Wie sehen Sie die Perspektiven für die Herstellung von Drucksachen?

Peter Sommer: Vieles, was per Vierfarb-Druck bis zu einer Auflagenhöhe von bis zu 3.000 Exemplaren gedruckt wird, ist zukünftig dem Inkjet vorbehalten. Das passt gut zum Trend, denn die Höhe der Auflagen sinkt, viele Aufträge werden für die Offsetdruck-Produktion uninteressant. Nach unserer erfolgreichen Erstinstallation einer HP T 230 Inkjet-Druck-Anlage in Waiblingen werden wir an unseren wichtigsten Standorten in Schweden, in England und in den USA weitere Inkjet-Anlagen installieren.

Ihre Firma lebt das Credo „Masse mit Klasse“. Können Sie das mit Inkjet-Druck durchhalten?

Peter Sommer: Klasse im Print entsteht nicht nur durch schöne Druckbilder. Kunden wollen flexibel, schnell, zuverlässig und kostenoptimiert ihre Inhalte gedruckt, verarbeitet und distribuiert haben. Wirtschaftliche Kriterien kreuzen sich dabei mit maximaler Produktivität. Der hochvolumige Inkjet-Druck schließt die Produktivitäts-Kluft zwischen Offsetdruck und High-end-Digitaldruck per HP Indigo Technologie, wie wir es bislang praktizieren. Unsere Kunden sind durchaus bereit, ihre Konzepte und Inhalte auf die Möglichkeiten des Inkjet-Drucks abzustimmen.

Es gibt demnach Verschiebungen zugunsten des Inkjet-Drucks?

Peter Sommer: Sicherlich. Wir haben unseren Offsetdruck-Maschinenpark gestrafft. Den Bogendruck-Bereich mit HP Indigo haben wir erweitert, die HP Indigo Rollendruckmaschinen reduziert. Es ist aber ein Irrglaube, dass es nur auf die Druckmaschinentechnik ankommt. Wir haben in grossem Umfang in das Workflow-Handling inklusive der Durchgängigkeit des gesamten Fertigungsgrosses investiert. Die hohen Druckvolumen, die wir per Inkjet-Druck in maximalem Tempo erzeugen können, müssen durch integrierte und automatisierte Weiterverarbeitungs-Möglichkeiten gestützt werden. Es kommen Hunkeler Anlagen für Flugfalz sowie Roboter zum Einsatz, um den Hochleistung-Klebebinder von Kolbus zu bedienen.

Das heisst, Sie haben die Produktionsarchitektur, die Sie in Waiblingen einsetzen, mit ihrem Team selbst entworfen resp. konfiguriert?

Peter Sommer: Das war unabdingbar. Druckmuster zu begutachten und Investitionen betriebswirtschaftlich zu analysieren, ist das eine. Das andere ist, neue Herausforderungen zu identifizieren und in den Griff zu bekommen. Das nimmt ihnen kein Lieferant ab. Beispiel: Wenn man in solch hoher Geschwindigkeit mit Tinte druckt, muss das Paper, um sofort verarbeitet werden zu können, besonders behandelt werden, damit es nicht wellig wird. Letztlich ist die Bedienung einer solchen Inkjet-Druck-Anlage nicht die Schwierigkeit, sondern das Handling der gesamten, hochkomplexen Produktion. Wir konnten dies durch Tests und das rasche Sammeln von neuen Erfahrungen souverän in den Griff bekommen. Darin liegt heute und morgen unser Vorsprung!

Welche Anwendungsgebiete haben Sie als ideal identifiziert? Fotobücher werden Sie im Inkjet vorerst nicht herstellen können?

Peter Sommer: Fotobücher produzieren wir auf höchstem Niveau mit den HP Indigo-Bogenmaschinen. Wir haben unsere HP Inkjet-Druck-Anlage wie angedeutet auf bedarfsgerechte Druckprodukte mit Klebebindungen ausgelegt, entweder für die Vorklebebindung von Hardcover oder in der Mehrzahl für Softcover. Denn ein für uns wichtiger Stammkunden-Bereich ist die On-Demand-Herstellung von Gebrauchsanleitungen für die Automobilindustrie. Hier sind wir führend, auch durch neue Abrechnungsmodelle, die wir bieten. Da ist der Inkjet-Druck in Verbindung mit Klebebindung hervorragend und unverzichtbar. Dies als Basis genommen, erschließen sich Anwendungen für Neukunden aus dem Katalogbereich. Hier gibt es einen deutlich höheren Bedarf, als man gemeinhin vermutet: Kataloge in verschiedenen Sprachen, mit hohen Seitenumfängen (bis zu 2000 Seiten!) und in niedriger werden Auflagenhöhen, zumeist um die 2000 Exemplare pro Ausgabe. Gleiches gilt für Bücher und den Verlagsbereich. Wir punkten hier, weil wir die Flexibilität und das „Time-to-Market“ erhöhen und die Kosten gegenüber der Offsetdruck Produktion drastisch senken, und zwar bisweilen um bis zu 50 Prozent!

Impressionen von der Installationen und Erst-Inbetriebenahme im Oktober 2014 der HP T230 bei Elanders Germany in Waiblingen:

Produktvideo zur HP Inkjet-Druck-Anlage der T200-Baureihe:

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Wir schaffen für Künstler eine umfassende, stimmige und kommunikativ-mediale Inszenierung, die ihre Kunst und ihre Persönlichkeit in den Fokus nimmt und ihnen eine außergewöhnliche Wirkungskraft verleiht: Mit hochwertigem, digital gedrucktem Exklusiv-Buch, eBook, Posterbüchern, Blogposts, Videoanimationen und professionellem Social-Media-Support via Facebook, Google+, YouTube und Twitter.

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„InSightOut — Dietmar Gross  Malerei“

Die umfassende, gleichnamige Kunstausstellung im Osthaus Museum Hagen bot beste Gelegenheit, Themen aus dem Werk des renommierten Künstlers zu selektieren, speziell zu arrangieren und kommunikativ empathisch in Szene zu setzen.

„Meine Malerei ist authentisch!“, sagt der Künstler über sich selbst. Recht hat er! — Und das haben wir als Leitmotiv seiner Inszenierung aufgegriffen und verlängern die Erlebnismöglichkeit seiner Kunst über die Ausstellungszeit hinaus.

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Weitere mediale Neuschöpfungen folgen bis zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung am 15. November 2014, 16 Uhr im Osthaus Museum Hagen.

Gäste sind herzlich willkommen und sollten sich überraschen lassen. Einladung siehe unten.

 

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By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Art&Communication Fellow
Interview: Andreas Weber, CEO, Value Communication AG

 

In one of the previous blogs regarding with the success of Elanders AB, we explained several facts about Elanders´ ongoing achievement based on useful data and the interview that took place in 2012 between Value Communication AG and the CEO of Elanders AB, Magnus Nilsson. In the end, I mentioned about my curiosity towards whether Magnus Nilsson have the same spirit and the optimistic approach for 2014 and for the future of Elanders. 

 

Magnus Nilsson responses showed that Elanders gives importance on best-in-class communication and customer satisfaction. They care about what customers expect such as quality, reliability, enhanced services and a good knowledge beyond printing. Also, they use their Twitter accounts properly and frequently for their business. And last but not least Elanders AB reached a milestone in its history because they acquired a leading supply-chain service provider, Mentor Media, in Asia at the beginning of the year 2014. Beside great synergy effects the deal just doubled the price for Elanders’ stocks.

When it comes to the data of quarterly report of 2014, it seems that Elanders still keeps its ongoing success. The Elanders Group is growing much faster than the market. For instance, in the first six months, net sales increased by 75% to MSEK 1,761 (1,005), the operating result increased to MSEK 77 (51), which is an improvement of 51% over the same period last year, the new issue was oversubscribed and generated MSEK 121 after issue costs and, a considerable improvement in profit compared to 2013 continues to be forecasted for 2014. In the second quarter, net sales increased by 78% to MSEK 910 (512). — See Elanders Q2 Report for more details.

 

Is Elanders ready for print innovation leadership?

Based on the comments made by Nilsson on quarterly report of 2014, Mentor Media’s offer is now being integrated into Elanders’ existing operations which will lead to both higher print volumes and more supply chain customers in the long run. He states that their Supply Chain and e-Commerce organizations have begun working together to produce joint and improve already existing platforms for ordering over the Internet. They are planning to offer current and new supply chain customers the best alternative on the market for this.

Elanders´global presence has a definite competitive advantage compared to most of their competitors. For instance, Elanders is winning market shares on several markets while other markets are more challenging and Elanders continues to consolidate and streamline functions and operations on those. Moreover, as in the year 2012, Elanders continues to coordinate operations in myphotobook with d|o|m / fotokasten in e-Commerce and they plan to continue this full effect as of 2015. As planned, printing volumes from myphotobook have been moved to Elanders’ production units during the second quarter.

 

Exclusive Interview

 

Value Communication’s CEO Andreas Weber was able for an exclusive interview with Magnus Nilsson on July 17th., 2014. It was about if Elanders Group is ready to become the leading and most innovative print communication service provider.

 

 

„Our new business areas which combines supply chain, 

commercial and packaging printing and e-commerce are 

compatible to all kinds of social business trends.“

 

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Magnus Nilsson, CEO of Elanders AB

 

Andreas Weber: Magnus, you stated, that printing trade shows, which always have been important for printers’s market approach and strategy, have not too much affect on Elanders´s strategy any more. You said, it was good to see them, however. So do you think that technology is not solely enough for success?

Magnus Nilsson: Elanders’ target is to make it as easy as possible for a customer to get the best benefit out of our offering and solutions. So we act as a global service company which could manufacture and deliver high print volumes for customers. The combination of supply chain, packaging, e-commerce to create solutions is very important for Elanders. The best way to develop our strategy comes from our business insights and what we learn from our customers.

 

Andreas Weber: On a global scale, which are the most relevant markets for you?

Magnus Nilsson: Our presents in markets like China, USA, and new ones in Europe made Elanders very strong. But we see that even innovative applications like Photo books are not growing so fast anymore in our established market areas. So it is more in the consideration process on a high and solide level. We are planning to invest in new markets such as Asia and South America as well. And in new application areas wherever they are needed.

 

Andreas Weber: Regarding Elanders go-to-market approach, what is special or unique?

Magnus Nilsson: The important thing is for Elanders to reach the client in an easiest way. Crucial is if people want to get their print products in a smart way and it cannot take too much time to order and get it. And therefore they don´t need too much investment. We have really great optimized tools for business and consumer markets. And our solutions are accompanied by our Solutions Expert. We made sure by new global business management operation structure that we act with one face to the customers.

 

Andreas Weber: How is Elanders success in the packaging solutions business?

Magnus Nilsson: It works very well. Specially Elanders Germany is very successful for new solutions for packaging customers. Therefore we installed last year in Waiblingen/Germany our Elanders Packaging Innovation Centre. For sure our huge digital printing capacities have a great impact to convince major brands to innovate the packaging of there products on a high quality level.

 

Andreas Weber: 2014 is more than ever the year of Social Media, driven by Facebook, founded only 10 years ago. Do you think that Social Media and Social Business will influence your business?

Magnus Nilsson: It already does in a positive way. Social Media is very important for e-commerce, our team is working for it quite successful. Till now it has more impact on consumers behavior than in the B2B sector. But for sure: Business innovation is happening via the internet. Gaining more real time insights via social media and social media communication became crucial for success. We observe that exactly. But nevertheless we are still very optimistic about the future of Elanders like before. Because our new business areas which combines supply chain, print & packaging and e-commerce solutions are compatible to all kinds of social business trends.

 

Our Take: Elanders AB creates its leadership by …

  • a unique combination of a clear business and management focus on customer needs  in valuable market segments,
  • a deep understanding of the right usage of relevant technologies
    (IT, Digital print, E-Commerce),
  • clever acquisitions (with almost a seamless integration into the group),
  • a smart communication approach to keep investors and share holders up-to-date and highly motivated,
  • and at least by a permanent approach to justify and optimize it’s go-to-market approach dedicated to customer satisfaction.

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Illustrastion: Lidia Lukianova, SF Bay Area, California

Text: Andreas Weber

It started in Mainz and in Mainz it is supposed to be continuing. New solutions and innovative tools for the publisher- and media industry promised the „media.expo 2013“. The media.expo is one of many exhibitions with mainly the same content and promises for the print and media industry in Germany. The focus lies on speeches, discussions and networking of functional content. In consideration of the current development of sales the publishing industry needs to wake-up. Even though publisher are present in the digital world via apps and websites there is no innovative progress insight. If Google wouldn‘t bring the traffic and Apple wouldn‘t have given a platform via the iPad there would be no perspective on the subject of „digital content by traditional publishers“.

Crucial: Publisher don‘t manage or develop their own intermedia communication systems. And they don‘t even use state-of-the-art communication channels in a bi-directional way to create interaction. Maybe they hate Wikipedia and the way Social Media is used by more than a billion of people? — Furthermore, they use a high proportion of their share of sales for the content creation and mostly ignore phenomenons like Twitter, Facebook or Blogs.

What is worse — publisher don‘t invest in their core business „print“ anymore. An obvious disinterest of innovative print technologies results in a slow death of „print“.

But Innovation is the key. Through innovation of the print media products new markets can be entered. Back in the day Gutenberg was aware of this fact and changed the world with print. However, the modern print-publisher is lacking vision and power for change. Though, over more then a generation ago specific solutions have been approached. Back then, on various places of the world people developed the idea to revolutionize communication with media. IT, web and print were seen as an integral part of a new communication culture. The main drivers of this development were Xerox Corporation and Hewlett-Packard. They anticipated back in the 90s what is now possible: Digital and analog media don‘t contradict but build a new intermedia hydride system.

The basic ideas and visions of that time are still valid: 

  • Through the Internet and the TCP-IP-Protocol a new infrastructure is developed, which increases the value and effectiveness of media products exponentially. Assumed printing is digital.
  • Print and online are linked and form one unit.
  • The targeted print media production is a just-in-time production.
  • Print media products are created based on automated processes.
  • Printed contents will become more relevant, if they are customized to the customer’s request.

Relevant examples for print innovation can be found from leading digital printers like  Elanders Germany. With Calvendo.de automated personalized calendar book can be manufactured and distributed via the web. Another example is Socialmemories.com where social media content from Facebook is used to generate a personalized printed book. However, partners of Elanders are not traditional publisher, but start-ups.

Conclusion: The publishing industry is lacking contemporary ideas and motivation to innovate its core business with print, which is driven by digital communication technologies. Instead, they run behind on development and focus on third parties and their communication channels, which are used by publishers as “their new media“ to advertise in the old fashioned way. Sad but true: the current revenues of the publishing industry already shows an economic imbalance.

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