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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 20 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 looks at climate scientists and carbon accountants, and is well worth reading. It reveals some new approaches and initiatives which, as Laurel states, are actually quite inspiring.

You’ll find two new additions in Online Features Chapter 05 from Xeikon and Scodix and their respective customers revealing what the technologies have done and are doing for them and their businesses and customers. There’s also a mini white paper from Asahi which addresses its more sustainable water washout developments in flexographic platemaking.

With just 8 more days to go to the big one opens its doors in Dusseldorf a week tomorrow, we have another 28 new articles from drupa Exhibitors, bringing the total thus far to 214; as well as four from organisers Messe Dusseldorf, two each in English and German highlighting the drupa innovation park; and the city of Dusseldorf as it becomes drupacity, bringing their total to 61.

We then have the ninth article in the drupa ante portas series of interviews and articles from Andreas Weber in Mainz. This latest focuses firmly on packaging, asmore than half of all packaging volume worldwide is attributed to printed packaging, and the trend is rising. Lastly, there are ten Expert Articles – each with a specific focus – from ten of the world’s leading graphic arts editors and journalists – all in our own drupa Newsroom, if you care to pay a visit and scroll down through the combined total of 294 articles to date. You do need to scroll down though, in order to reach each of the Chapters or Sections.

News leaders this week not related to drupa began with KP Services on Monday, with its official opening in Jersey in the Channel Islands, as Kodak and the Guiton Group launched the world’s newest inkjet printing plant, creating a new digital approach in newspaper printing. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we had Muller Martini, X-Rite, and Kodak respectively, which were all drupa-related and also appear in the drupa Newsroom. On Friday, the KBA Group reported on its AGM held in Wurzburg last Thursday, with its shareholders well satisfied with the company’s development and the positive results achieved through the Group’s Fit@All programme. Also from KBA, news that Mittelrhein-Verlag in Koblenz has ordered an additional 6/2 KBA Commander CT web press for its flagship Rhein-Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest regional titles.

Other sales and installation successes this week began on Monday with Fujifilm and a UK first at Emmerson Press, as its new sheetfed Jet Press 720S began production. From Heidelberg UK at Dataprint with its first Linoprint CV digital press; this was followed by Delta Packaging as it targets growth in Central Europe with an investment in a high spec large-format KBA Rapida 145 six-colour press with double coater for its Gliwice plant in Poland. Lastly from Manroland Web and The Times of India as they announce the expansion and upgrade of the Manroland Regioman web press systems in both Chennai and Pune.

Tuesday saw eDOC in the U.S. add a new Suprasetter 106 DCL for its recently installed Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 X-Package press. Wednesday saw Eversfrank with Xeikon; then Moo Print in London adding its second Polar cutter in 18 months; and Manroland Web with a Uniset refit at the Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado, in the U.S.; while on Thursday, Brailsford Printers in Rotherham, UK, added two Horizon collators and a Horizon perfect binder to its already substantial Horizon lineup, to create efficient end-to-end processing; while Donitz in Germany chose to add an Esko Kongsberg XN22 cutter for prototypes and small-series production.

On Friday, we’ve already mentioned the KBA web press order above. This was followed by Pondres as it partners with Ricoh to boost production inkjet quality with a new Ricoh Pro VC60000 continuous feed inkjet platform. Kingsbury Press is adding a Linoprint CV from Heidelberg at its Doncaster plant this month; Sealed Air has embraced Esko Equinox in Europe; and lastly, Italy’s Palladio Group has added a Manroland 700 HiPrint six-colour press to its plant in Serbia;

That’s all until next time, which will only 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 

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Canon covers all drupa 2016 High-light Topics: 3D Printing, Print, Green Printing, Functional Printing, Multichannel and Packaging.

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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 16 May…   
KP Services opens in Jersey, Channel Islands
Kodak and Guiton Group launch the world’s newest inkjet printing plant, creating a new digital approach in newspaper printing…

UPM launches ‘New Future’ brand of office papers
UPM has launched its first Responsible Fibre Trademark product: The New Future office paper range…

First sheets roll off the UK’s first Fujifilm Jet Press 720
Last week saw the inaugural print run of Emmerson Press’s new Jet Press 720S after a seamless installation process…

Screen appoints MCA PRO in Austria for Truepress Jet
Company to provide sales and service support for full range of inkjet web, label and wide-format printers and PlateRite CTP devices…

Dataprint looks to offer digital print with a difference
Dataprint in Alton identifies the fightback by litho as the key reason for buying a Linoprint CV from Heidelberg…

Delta to add drupa spec Rapida 145 6-colour with coater
Delta Packaging targets growth in Central Europe with investment in high spec KBA Rapida 145 6 LTTL for Gliwice plant in Poland…

Reconfiguration of Regiomans at Times of India
Times of India invests in the reconfiguration and expansion of its Regioman web press systems in Chennai and Pune…

Tue 17 May…   
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 at drupa 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…

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

BPIF appoints new Public Affairs Consultant
The BPIF announces the appointment of Carys Davis as Public Affairs Advisor following Andrew Brown’s retirement…

Edale AIIR: Transforming print accuracy
Edale launches AIIR system controlled by AVT, to take flexographic print automation to new heights…

Platinum opts for Technotrans peripherals
Platinum Print adds temperature control and ink.line cartridge system to its Komori LS 529 five-colour B2 press…

eDOC Communications adds CD 102 and Suprasetter 106
eDOC extends successful strategic partnership with Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 X-Package and Suprasetter 106 DCL…

Wed 18 May…   
X-Rite announces IntelliTrax2 in drupa line-up
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 be books, photo books, covers or mailings using toner or inkjet printing, UPM’s product portfolio has the perfect solution…

Meet the OE-A and 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 Software invites visitors to run live jobs
Hybrid to prove confidence it has in its products by inviting visitors to bring live production jobs to its stand to run on its software…

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

Moo Print adds second Polar 92 N Plus in 18 months
The London Web to print producer concentrates its cutting on to Polar equipment with second buy in 18 months…

Manroland Web Systems Uniset controls retrofit
of Control System and upgrades makes The Pueblo Chieftain’s Uniset press Fit for The Future…

Thu 19 May…   
Kodak Prosper 6000: 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…

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…

Inca forms sales division for new SpyderX hybrid UV
Company to build global reseller network for 3.2m wide, UV flat-bed and roll-fed SpyderX printer it manufactures in Cambridge, UK…

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; on show at drupa…

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

Brailsford re-evaluates production with Horizon
Horizon SPF-200/FC-200A and Horizon BQ-270V create efficient end-to-end process for Brailsford Printers in Rotherham…

Dönitz chooses Esko to boost quality for displays
Benefits from efficiency, flexibility of Kongsberg XN22 cutter system for prototypes and small-series production…

Fri 20 May…   
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…

Pondres invests in Ricoh Pro VC60000 production inkjet
Pondres partners with Ricoh to boost production inkjet quality with a Ricoh Pro VC60000 continuous feed inkjet platform…

Kingsbury Press makes its debut in digital with Linoprint
Kingsbury Press is ‘putting a toe in the water’ with digital printing, with a Linoprint CV from Heidelberg at its Doncaster plant this month…

Sealed Air embraces Esko Equinox to improve efficiencies
Fixed colour palette production and ink optimisation deliver cost-effective quality results to speciality packaging…

Palladio Group adds Roland 700 HiPrint in Serbia
Thorough research leads Palladio East right back to Manroland…

Siegwerk presents new range of sustainable flexo inks
Ink meets wood: As Siegwerk unveils a new ink range, incorporating renewable, forest bio-mass for water-based flexo inks…

Last lead articles from previous update…  

Last Friday’s leads…
BPIF Printing Outlook Report for 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…

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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

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…

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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

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…

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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

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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

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

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

The ninth in this series from Andreas Weber in Mainz, Germany on the lead-up to drupa…

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…

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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

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

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…

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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…

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

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…

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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

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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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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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.

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By Andreas Weber

Note: This market trend analysis by Andreas Weber appeared in modified form in the drupa run-up special by VDI-nachrichten dated May 13, 2016. VDI-nachrichten addresses a premium reader target group of more than 310,000 technical and innovation experts in German industry.  

More than half of all packaging volume worldwide is attributed to printed packaging – and the trend is rising. Packaging printing is thus becoming the most important market of the future for the printing press. This is reflected at the upcoming world’s leading trade fair of the industry, drupa (Dusseldorf, May 31-June 10, 2016). The packaging industry has been booming for years. In 2012, proceeds worldwide were around €600 billion, in 2018 it should be a rich €758 billion. At least, that is what the British market research company Smithers Pira predicts.

The reasons for this are first, the increasing need for packaging in the developing and emerging countries due to rising prosperity and growing populations. China is at the top. Secondly, the packaging sector in the western industrial countries is benefiting from increasing variety and more competition in trade. And thirdly, the volume itself of packaging is growing, as noted here in Germany by the consumer consultancy of North Rhine-Westphalia. For 40% of the packaging contained air.

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Boom-market packaging unleashes new printing techniques 

That makes it clear why the printing and paper branches are heavily banking on innovation owing to the eye-catching differentiation of packaging. To date, these have been mostly unusual finishing options such as varnish or metallic colours and non-standard configurations of machines and media specially designed for packaging printing.

Up to now, packaging has primarily been printed and finished using flexo, offset, gravure and screen printing processes. These are able to accommodate the high volume as well as quality and cost demands. Together, flexo and offset printing currently cover around two-thirds of the world market for packaging printing. According to Smithers Pira, it had a volume of $415 billion in 2015.

At less than 10%, the proportion of digital printing is still relatively small and thus presents room for growth. This should change though in the midterm with progress being made in digital print technology, because even in packaging the numbers are sinking. And then there is the trend to customisation.

Printed and varnished cardboard and metal sheets should remain the domain of sheet-fed offset printing for the time being. Yet, digital printing is gradually feeling its way into this market. For flexible packaging, flexo printing is dominant in Europe and America; in Asia, it is gravure. The latter is losing ground, however, due to its expense.

For corrugated board and labels, flexo printing is likewise the process most used, although in labels, digital printing is gaining strength. Screen printing was previously used mostly for signs, displays and hollow articles. There, too, digital inkjet printing is gaining importance. Experts assume that the corrugated board wrapping commonly used in e-commerce today will become increasingly more colourful.

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Photo: Gundlach Group

 

German printing press manufacturers are searching for cooperation partners in digital printing

In particular, the German printing press manufacturers Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen have been focussing on packaging printing for years. Now it is industrial digital printing that should benefit from global collaborations: KBA cooperated with HP Inc. to harness inkjet printing for itself through HP’s own PageWide printing technology.

Heidelberg and Japanese Fujifilm with its expertise in inkjet printing technology jointly developed a new technology platform within 15 months. The first machine based on this, called Primefire, targets premium quality packaging printing with the inkjet printing of sheets in large format (70cm x 100cm).

Event tip: During drupa 2016, a trade day devoted to packaging and printed electronics will take place on June 2 in the drupa cube in Hall 5. Register at www.drupa.de.

Many new players who have developed additional processes are entering the game owing to the trend to packaging printing, particularly from Israel. These include new digital printing technologies such as the one from Landa Nanography. Scodix has developed digital finishing machines and Highcon relies on laser-based high-speed presses for folding carton. Pure digital printing technology experts such as Canon and Xerox also want to leverage the potential of print applications in packaging including label printing. In printed electronics this includes the integration of Near Field Communication (NFC) that can be processed in inkjet printing.

KBA boss Claus Bolza-Schünemann, in his position as president of the world’s leading trade fair drupa, strikes a blow for packaging printing. For its content, printed packaging serves a protective, preservative, promotional and increasingly also a communicative function. Here the topic of consumer protection comes to mind with respective notices on packaging. What’s more, packaging cannot be replaced by flat screens or smartphones. Unlike with printed newspapers or catalogues, it is not affected by changing media behaviour, but rather benefits from it. More single households with a preference for convenience foods and the booming online mail-order trade are likewise growth drivers.

What can be easily overlooked in the classic printing sector is the interplay of multichannel solutions in marketing, “augmented reality” and personalised advertising. This combination can make any type of packaging become the starting point of new contact and dialogue opportunities with the buyer through “augmented reality” and therefore represents enormous potential for brand-name companies.

To realise this, digital printing is vital. Only with it can the printed image be varied ad hoc. New multichannel software solutions such as those from Xerox subsidiary XMPie enable packaging to be personalised and thus become a part of a measurable marketing campaign.

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Photo: Heideldruck

 

Multi-coloured muesli containers are the market of the future

But there are also some obstacles: Fogra, the Munich-based graphic technology research association has found out that the print image quality of inkjet printing can easily result in a very “ragged” print image. This cannot be seen with the naked eye, but causes problems particularly with barcodes. The highly sensitive barcode readers then generate error messages. Any printer that has produced high print-runs with poorly printed barcodes that then cause reader errors has a huge problem.

One of the most exciting packaging printing projects was realised by Heidelberg in tandem with online start-up mymuesli.com at the beginning of the year. Mymuesli.com is a mail-order company for customised muesli. After initial success, the online company opened shops and online print expert Bernd Zipper came up with the idea that people buying muesli on-site could print their own muesli packaging – and not just a label – using an iPad.

That was made possible thanks to a printing technology from Heidelberg called 4D in which the object to be printed is fixed inside the cabin of the printing press and is then printed by movable inkjet print heads. The online editing and process management stems from Longo, Augsburg. The result is a muesli container with personalised text, self-designed and produced in real-time. The customers love it and it is now to go into production.

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Photo: KBA

 

ValuePublishing Facts:
drupa president Bolza-Schünemann listed the following reasons for the strong, sustained growth of packaging:

  1. Printed packaging serves a protective, preservative, and advertising function for its contents and, increasingly, a communication function, too. Just think of consumer protection with appropriate references on the packaging.
  2. Packaging cannot be replaced by flatscreens or smartphones. Unlike printed newspapers or catalogs, it remains unaffected by the changed media behavior and actually tends to benefit from this.
  3. The global population is rising and international prosperity is increasing. The middle class with disposable income is growing in emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil. Growing prosperity goes hand in hand with higher consumption and that in turn means more packaging and printing, all the more since shopping malls are springing up everywhere in emerging markets, too.
  4. Packaging is becoming increasingly classy and sophisticated – the only way to attract the necessary attention at the point of sale. This trend results in greater added value for the printing industry and machines with more elaborate configurations for the supply industry.
  5. More single-person households with a preference for ready meals and the booming online mail-order business are also driving growth.

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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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 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:
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drupa cube 2016: With full programme PDF to download
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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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Heideldruck 4.0: First Jetmaster inkjet system prints consumer packages on-site in a mymuesli store in Heidelberg, Germany. Photo: Heidelberg.

Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 6 December 2015 

Welcome to another week of news highlights, feature articles, the very latest drupa 2016 and FESPA news and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 04 December, as Laurel invites you to spend December in Paris, suitably attired in her little black dress for the occasion.

From Messe Düsseldorf and drupa 2016 we have the second Global Insights Report Executive Summary, which is now available for you below, and also as a free download in up to seven languages from the drupa Website. You will find a fully-illustrated PDF of the Summary in our own drupa Newsroom version of the article. Independent consulting and market research companies Printfuture, UK, and Wissler & Partner, Switzerland, were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct the two-report series. This second part is entitled: ‘Touch the future – Applications that can create growth’. The full report is now available to purchase on the drupa 2016 Website and is based on a survey conducted in Spring 2015 in which over 750 participants took part globally, with all regions well represented.

The news this week contains some stunning announcements, not least of which from Heidelberg on Monday where Hofmann Druck in Nürnberg sets new standards with its latest long perfector: Europe’s first eight-colour Speedmaster 106 with LED. Tuesday comes from China, while on Wednesday, Manroland Web Systems has announced a successful turn in 2015 with sales, order intake and EBT noticeably increased. The company, now a member of the Lübeck-based Possehl Group, also announced the appointment of a second managing director. Thursday was led by Messe Düsseldorf for the Executive Summary already mentioned above. While on Friday, Heidelberg used its internationally-attended Packaging Days event in November, held at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site, to showcase new products from its partnership with Masterwork for the packaging sector.

HP Inc and KBA jointly provided the truly exciting news of the week late on Friday out of their joint two-day unveiling event held in Wurzburg on Thursday and Friday, where DS Smith Packaging revealed that it is to install the very first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S. Combining pre-print and digital printing in one machine, the gigantic inkjet web press with a web width of 2.80m was developed in under two years by HP and KBA-Digital & Web Solutions working in close co-operation. It opens up new opportunities in terms of the flexible production of corrugated packaging in various formats and run sizes with digital pre-print liners. You’ll find it in Online Features Chapter 08, and also with a link leading the news on Monday of next week.

Software releases came from Axaio and CHILI Publisher; a new cutter from Rotoflex on Tuesday; while new orders and installations were announced by Xeikon, MPS, and Rotocon. Epson announced a new concept world first office papermaking system on Thursday called PaperLab, which the company claims, promises to revolutionise office recycling by securely turning documents into new office paper. An interesting concept, perhaps?

To round off the week, both Agfa Graphics and Hubergroup have announced the 2016 Calendars, to remind us that the festive season is upon us once again and the New Year is really not all that far away. In fact, POLAR also reminded us of this on Thursday, as it details its training courses for 2016 to take place in Hofheim.

The tailender is devoted to Xerox, asCDP, an international environmental organisation names Xerox as a leader in providing reliable information about carbon emissions and energy use. This comes as COP21, the United Nations climate change conference in Paris gets underway. That’s the same event that Laurel talks about in her  Blog.

That’s it until next time.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Milestone: HP and KBA released the very first common printing system HP PageWide Web Press T1100S

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Belgian Supply Chain Award for Agfa Graphics
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Masterwork marks milestone 20th anniversary
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High-speed PDF export with MadeToPrint
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Xeikon CX3 digital label press for Topasa

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6th All in Print is on the right track
All in Print China 2016: Connecting the World with Printing…

Stability meets progress in CHILI publisher 4.5s
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Carton Edge wins Epson SureColor large-format printer
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W&R Etiketten signs for its sixth MPS flexo press

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Rotoflex releases HSI horizontal slitter rewinder
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Global Graphics and Software Imaging co-operation

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Xerox recognised for Climate Change Transparency
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Epson SureColor SC-F2000 at Heimtextil 2016

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Xeikon CX3 digital label press helps Codex expand brands
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POLAR operator training courses in 2016
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10th FESPA Digital for speciality printers in 2016
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Epson develops world’s first office papermaking system
PaperLab promises to revolutionise office recycling by securely turning documents into new office paper…

Alegro Perfect Binder: Perfect investment for a digital future
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Fri 04 December…   Heidelberg Packaging Days in Wiesloch-Walldorf
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Quark Software named to EContent 100 for Content Automation
Annual list from EContent Magazine names Top 100 Companies that matter most in the digital content industry…

Print meets digital in Agfa Graphics 2016 Calendar
‘A Year of Tempting Plates’: True to tradition, Agfa Graphics has created a state-of-the-art calendar for VIP clients…

Hubergroup Calendar 2016 depicts markets around the world

The latest traditional wall calendar from the world-renowned printing-ink manufacturer depicts traditional markets….

Vareo Perfect Binder for DATEV in Nuremberg
The ideal perfect binder from Muller Martini for digitally printed ultra-short runs with variable thicknesses…

Lead articles from Friday 27 November in previous update… 

International Forum on Print Efficiency and Quality
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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.

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Nov/Dec 2015 Chapter 08

HP and KBA present world’s most productive inkjet web press
DS Smith Packaging to install first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S: Pre-print and digital printing in one machine…

Heidelberg Packaging Days in Wiesloch-Walldorf
Heidelberg uses Packaging Days to showcase new products from partnership with Masterwork for packaging sector…

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Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

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December in Paris
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drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
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RECENT MUST READ…    Out soon: 2nd drupa Global Insights Report
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth…

2. drupa Global Insights Report erscheint in Kürze
Touch the future – Anwendungen mit Wachstumspotenzial…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series
Can be accessed via our Drupa Newsroom, in the Index on the Home page.

NEW…    Sustainability and the Printing Industry
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 5 by Laurel Brunner, who has worked exclusively in the prepress and publishing industries, with a particular specialisation in digital prepress, digital production and digital printing…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
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At drupa 2016, Finishing 4.0 will underline the major importance of intelligent connectivity and an end-to-end touchless workflow…

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

10th FESPA Digital for speciality printers in 2016

The tenth anniversary edition of FESPA Digital will reflect the astonishing development and diversification of digital print in the intervening decade…

Previous…    FESPA Eurasia 2015: The final countdown
The region’s leading showcase for innovation shows 29 per cent growth of floor space and exhibitors over two years since launch…

FESPA supports the future of print in Eurasia
‘Profit for Purpose’ funds vocational print education in Turkey, addressing sector skills deficit…

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The first results of the 2nd drupa Global Insights Report “Touch the future – Applications that can create growth” are out now. Implementing new print applications is for many the best way to regain growth in the demand for print.

Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 16 November 2015

Welcome to another week of news highlights with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 13 November, which examines an ongoing European initiative linked to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) directive which could perhaps spell the end of gravure printing in Europe. For the full article, please visit our Verdigris environmental section. The link appears below, or via the index on our Website.

The week’s news began with Durst at ITMA, where the company launched a new series of super high-performance multi-pass inkjet printers for digital textile production and a new pigmented ink; while Goss International’s new owners have announced the appointment of a new president and chief executive officer. Tuesday saw KBA publish its third quarter 2015 figures, having achieved a pre-tax profit with a turnaround in earnings and with continued solid order intake. It really is beginning to look good.

On Wednesday, Messe Düsseldorf led the headlines as it announced that its Second Global Insights Report is nearing completion and will be available soon in English (and in 7 languages overall). The detailed announcement appears in both English and German in our drupa Newsroom, Please don’t miss it. Bobst also in the headlines with a Gold Award at FEFCO 2015 in Barcelona, for its advanced digital inkjet corrugated press which uses Kodak’s high-speed Stream Inkjet technology.

On Thursday, Sappi Limited published its results for the fourth quarter and full 2015 financial year and is also looking good, with a strong performance and with full year earnings per share excluding special items up 55% for the financial year ended 30 September. FESPA announced its call for entries for the 2016 Awards, marking the start of its search for pioneering and innovative projects in the industry.

Friday’s headlines began with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen revealing that it is on course after the first half of financial year 2015/2016, with sales and result up on the previous year. The second half was also boosted by the sale of the company’s central-Heidelberg headquarters which was posted as income.

You will find quite a number of show-related articles again this week, led by EFI Reggiani on Tuesday, as it showcased new innovations in textile technology at ITMA 2015, including the debut of the new ReNOIR NEXT system. Then we have Mimaki with new inks. Also DuPont and EFI Reggiani on Wednesday, with new inks. Then we have ColorGATE at InPrint in Munich. You will also find an announcement from Baumer on Friday with the world première of a new Tesla family of innovative, high-performance application heads for hot melt adhesives, out of the recent FachPack show in Nuremberg.

A selection of sales and installations successes began with numerous sales from Duplo on Monday out of its recent and successful London Calling event. There’s also a separate announcement from Rapidity with Duplo. On Wednesday Goss International announced that Sandhills Publishing has invested in a new eight-unit Sunday 2000 web press and Pacesetter high-speed saddlestitcher; while EDS Group chose Manroland Web Systems for its latest Lithoman relocation and a Lithoman upgrade. On Thursday Heidelberg UK announced that a Speedmaster XL 75-5+L will be delivered to Thomson Print & Packaging in Edinburgh, Scotland early next year; and the first all-in-one design and print shop in Cape Town’s exclusive Atlantic seaboard suburb of Sea Point, All@OneStop, has added a Xerox press from Bytes.

On Friday, Altacel Flexible Packaging in Weesp, The Netherlands, announced that it has recently fired up a gearless 10-colour KBA-Flexotecnica EVO XG flexo press. This article also appears in Online Features to enable additional photographs to be included, so please don’t miss it. It’s stunning!  Also on this day, independently-owned South African print and design store Wizardz has added a new Xerox Colour C70 printer in TygerValley, Cape Town; while also in South Africa, JMB Labels has invested in a second MPS flexo press and first EB machine in Africa for its Amalgam, Johannesburg plant.

If you work down the list carefully, you will also find other key announcements this week from Xeikon, Gandy, Ricoh Europe with Elsevier, UPM at the CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum 2015 in Helsinki, and from Imaging Solutions and Taopix, among others.

Until next time. My best regards,

Mike Hilton

Fespa Awards 2016

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 27,000 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 09 November…    Durst to launch new Alpha series inkjet printers at ITMA 2015
New generation of super high-performance multi-pass inkjet printers for digital textile production and a new pigmented ink…

Goss International Corporation appoints new CEO
Goss International has announced the appointment of Mohit Uberoi as its new president and chief executive officer…

Xeikon expands DecoFlex partnership in Southern Africa
Digital print specialist to target growth in South Africa and Southern Africa with additional expert representation…

Gandy Digital announces new EMEA facility in Zaventem
New Facility in Zaventem, Belgium, close to Brussels airport to boost EMEA customer service and business growth…

007 Theme helps Bonding for Duplo’s London Calling

Duplo’s London Calling has been hailed yet another success, with deals signed at the show worth almost £750,000…

Rapidity chooses Duplo iSaddle to ramp up A4 landscape work
Rapidity has embarked on a new wave of investment for its modern Ricoh-equipped digital print hub in Central London…

Tue 10 November…   Third quarter 2015 report for Koenig & Bauer (KBA)
KBA has achieved a pre-tax profit with the turnaround in earnings announced, and with continued solid order intake…

Duplo announces new PFI brand for growth drive
Duplo International to introduce new PFI-branding to open up global market opportunities with wider product range…

EFI Reggiani to debut new printer at ITMA 2015
EFI Reggiani to showcase new innovations in textile technology at ITMA 2015, including debut of the new ReNOIR NEXT system…

Mimaki to demo new neon and flourescent inks at ITMA
New Neon Yellow and Pink Fluorescent inks ideal for low-volume high-quality use in fashion, sportswear, swimwear and shoes…

ColorGATE solutions for industrial printing at InPrint 2015
Extensive solutions portfolio includes new Industrial Productionserver, Colorrizer, Rapid Spectro Cube, and PrintProcessLab…

Wed 11 November…  Out soon: 2nd drupa Global Insights Report
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth…

Gold for Bobst at FEFCO 2015 in Barcelona
The Bobst digital printing press for corrugated with Kodak Stream Inkjet technology won the Gold Award for Innovation…

DuPont Artistri inks for EFI Reggiani at ITMA 2015
DuPont Digital Printing collaborates with EFI Reggiani to deliver new Artistri digital textile pigment inks…

Goss Sunday 2000 and Pacesetter 2200 for Sandhills
Sandhills Publishing invests with Goss again for efficiency and sustainability with new eight-unit web and saddlestitcher…

EDS opts for Manroland Web for its Lithoman support

Long-term partnership success as EDS Group chooses Manroland Web Systems for new Lithoman relocation and a Lithoman upgrade…

Thu 12 November…   Sappi Limited Results for 2015 and fourth quarter
Strong performance with full year earnings per share excluding special items up 55% for year ended 30 September…

Ricoh Pro VC60000 wins Elsevier print quality approval
Following extensive testing, the Ricoh Pro VC60000 gains validation to Elsevier’s list of High Quality inkjet print engines…

FESPA Awards 2016 now open for entries
FESPA’s call for entries for its 2016 Awards, marks the start of its search for pioneering and innovative projects in the printing industry…

UPM showcases its biodiversity initiatives in Helsinki

UPM participates in the CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum 2015, held on 11 and 12 November in Helsinki, Finland…

Thomson Print & Packaging to add a B2 facility
A Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75-5+L will be delivered to the Edinburgh print and packaging producer early next year…

Xerox first for All @ One Stop in Sea Point, Cape Town
The first all-in-one design and print shop in Cape Town South Africa’s exclusive Atlantic seaboard suburb of Sea Point…

Fri 13 November…   Heidelberg results for Q2 and first half 2015/2016
Heidelberg on course after the first half of financial year 2015/2016 with sales and result up on previous year…

Imaging Solutions and Taopix announce new partnership
Co-operation to provide a front end design and ordering platform and a back end range of lay-flat bookbinding solutions…

Baumer moves the hot melt market at FachPack in Nuremberg
The world première of the new Tesla family of innovative, high- performance application heads from Baumer hhs…

Altacel invests in ‘the difference’ from KBA-Flexotecnica
Altacel Flexible Packaging fires up a KBA-Flexotecnica EVO XG flexo press. Said CEO Alec Frijlink: ‘Our company is a racetrack’…

Wizardz Tyger Valley in Cape Town makes magic with Xerox
The independently-owned South African print and design store has added a new Xerox Colour C70 printer…

MPS EB label press from Rotocon for JMB Labels in Amalgam
JMB Labels invests in second MPS flexo press and the first EB machine in Africa for its Amalgam, Johannesburg, South Africa plant…

Lead articles from Friday 06 November and previous update… 

Previous…   InPrint 2015 Show and Conference starts Tuesday 10 November
Industrial Speciality, screen, digital, inkjet and 3D technologies for functional, decorative, packaging printing…

Fujifilm announces series of global Corrugated Summits
Fujifilm is launching a series of one-day Corrugated Summits to be held in November and December at its Broadstairs, UK facility…

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Electronics For Imaging  (EFI) is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for the commercial printing market. Its portfolio of integrated solutions span production and superwide format printing, graphic arts, advanced professional printing software, and industrial inkjet systems. Its technologies increase productivity by automating print and business processes To find out more visit the EFI Website.

Kodak Commercial Imaging  (Kodak) is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital and hybrid print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market,  Kodak features technologies, products and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimise efficiencies, broaden services, and grow businesses. To find out more, visit the Kodak Graphics Website.

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 – 2015
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.

Downloads in 2015 Chapter 01

Previous…    Alpha version of Paper Guide launched for industry comment
The best practice guide, ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ will shortly be released in an Alpha version for open industry comment. You can also take part!…

Technology-related 2015 Chapter 02

Previous…    Heidelberg launches LED drying technology in Europe, too
A full range of UV applications from full UV, to LE UV, and LED from Heidelberg drive productivity up and energy costs down…

Nov/Dec 2015 Chapter 08

Altacel invests in ‘the difference’ from KBA-Flexotecnica
Altacel Flexible Packaging in Weesp fires up a EVO XG flexo press from KBA-Flexotecnica a few weeks ago. CEO Alec Frijlink: ‘Our company is a racetrack’…

Previous…    Ricoh Europe research warns businesses are unprepared
A massive 92 per cent of European businesses admit they aren’t ready for the Digital Single Market due to come into force in 2016…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Chemical Reactions
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 13 November

Previous…    Fresh Air Thinking
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 06 November

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.

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Out soon: 2nd drupa Global Insights Report

Touch the future – Applications that can create growth…

2. drupa Global Insights Report erscheint in Kürze
Touch the future – Anwendungen mit Wachstumspotenzial…

Previous…    Packaging Touchpoint at drupa 2016:
The packaging of tomorrow – experience the future, now…

Touchpoint packaging zur drupa 2016:
Verpackungen von morgen – schon heute zum Anfassen…

3D fab+print Touchpoint for drupa 2016
3D printing up close: Innovation, Vision and Best Practices.

Touchpoint 3D fab+print zur drupa 2016

3D-Druck zum Anfassen: Innovationen, Visionen und Best-Practices…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series
Can be accessed via our Drupa Newsroom, in the Index on the Home page.

Most recent…    Crossing the finish line – a Cinderella story
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 4, by Cary Sherburne, well-known author, journalist and marketing consultant focused on marketing communications for the printing and publishing industries…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors

Previous…    Entries are open for the third Lenstar Lenticular Print Awards
Drupa venue announced for 2016 Lenstar Lenticular Print Awards to be held in the drupa innovation park on 2 June 2016…

Ricoh to showcase innovative new ways to transform business at drupa 2016
Ricoh will bring a range of products and services to drupa 2016 that will enable Print Service Providers to step ahead on their paths of transformation…

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

FESPA Awards 2016 now open for entries

FESPA’s call for entries for its 2016 Awards, marks the start of its search for pioneering and innovative projects in the printing industry…

Previous…    FESPA Asia returns to Bangkok in 2017
FESPA is delighted to announce FESPA Asia will take place in February 2017 at the BITEC exhibition centre, Bangkok, Thailand…

FESPA Global Summit returns for 2015
FESPA offers growth planning insights to leading printers at its Global Summit, from 1 – 2 December 2015, at the Andaz Hotel in Amsterdam…

Textile print heroes converge at FESPA Textile 2016
FESPA Fabric rebrands to reflect fast-expanding, multi-application textile sector…

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 2 November 2015

Welcome to another week of news highlights with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 30 October, which this week takes another look at recycling of digital prints. One of the biggest threats to the spread of digital printing methods is concern for the print’s recyclability. In part this is due to scaremongering by vested interests, but printed matter must be deinked if it is to be recycled and some digital printing methods produce prints that are hard to deink. Hard but not impossible. Read the full article in our Verdigris section. We also have Gallus, post-Labelexpo, in Online Features Chapter 07.

The leaders on Monday and Tuesday report on Kodak’s third quarter results, and provide UPM-Kymmene’s interim results for their respective 2015 financial year; while on Wednesday, UPM Kymi reported that its Eur 160 million pulp mill expansion and major upgrade has now proceeded to final finishing work, which will enable annual production capacity at the Kymi mill to increase by 170,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes.

Wednesday’s lead went to Heidelberg, as customers Baier & Schneider is soon to start running a Speedmaster SX 52 Anicolor that incorporates the 40,000th printing unit in the SM 52/SX 52 series and is destined for the Group’s Heilbronn, Germany plant. On Thursday, Kodak took the lead again as it announced settlement of the long-outstanding dispute with Collins Inkjet, regarding Kodak Versamark inks with both companies agreeing on-going co-operation for the future.

On Friday, FESPA announced that its Global Summit is to return this year and will be held from 1 – 2 December, at the Andaz Hotel in Amsterdam.

With InPrint in Munich taking place from 10 – 12 November in Munich, Inca Digital will debut its new service: ‘Inca Genius’. A dedicated technology and applications arm, Inca Genius is designed to serve the needs of organisations looking for an established partner to help develop innovative inkjet production solutions for a wide range of industrial applications. You’ll find more about this in the article among Friday’s headlines.

The past week has seen some stunning sales and installations starting with Brydian Cards on Monday with a KBA Genius 52-UV five-colour press. >From Epson at SixTeeSix in the UK; and KBA at Amway in North America with a Rapida 106 6-colour UV press, on Tuesday; and again from KBA on Wednesday with an eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector with LED-UV at Oberdruck in Austria. Scodix also announced a first in Europe for the new Scodix Foil system for the Scodix Ultra Pro at OFT in Neuss, Germany. On Thursday, MPS announced that GM Graphix in Alberton announced that it has installed the first flexo press in South Africa to use LED UV drying. It is the company’s third MPS pr ess. BCQ Group in Buckingham, has added a Promatrix 106 die-cutter from HeidelbergUK, along with a Stitchmaster ST500; while Signbox UK has enhanced its production with a new cutting-edge Durst Rho P10 160 UV inkjet printer.

On Friday, Heidelberg USA announced that it is soon to install the world’s first XL 106 long-perfector with X4 delivery, complete with full UV, LE UV and LED UV; and Watkiss announced that AB Print Group has chosen a nearline configuration of the Watkiss PowerSquare as the optimum solution for finishing from the firm’s assortment of litho and digital presses.

If you check out the headlines carefully, you will also find new software and upgrades from Esko, Enfocus and Muller Martini on Monday, Thursday and Friday respectively.

The tailender goes to FESPA Fabric, as it rebrands at FESPA Textile 2016 to reflect the fast-expanding, multi-application textile sector for Amsterdam show at the RAI next March (in the FESPA Newsroom and also among the headlines on Tuesday.

That’s all from me until next time,

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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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 27,000 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 26 October…    Kodak reports Q3 2015 financial results
Kodak’s Third Quarter on track to achieve revenue and earnings goals for 2015, despite revenue decline says CEO Jeff Clarke…

Antalis UK to sell Stratasys Idea and MakerBot Pro Plus
Antalis UK enters 3D print market with Art Systems’ reseller agreement for Stratasys Idea and MakerBot Professional Plus…

Esko announces important update for ArtiosCAD
ArtiosCAD helps designers create and produce multi-part displays or packages faster by eliminating wasteful steps…

Brydian Cards signals intent with Genius buy
Trade specialist targets £5m turnover following £850,000 investment programme and KBA Genius 52UV 5-colour anilox press…

Kiian Digital at SGIA 2015 in Atlanta 4 – 6 November
Company to launch new ink portfolio for industrial printers…

Tue 27 October…   UPM-Kymmene Corporation Interim Report for Q3 2015
Momentum for improvement continues: UPM shows improved Q3 earnings, cash flow and balance sheet…

Xerox shines at International Print & Pack Expo in Kenya
The third International Print & Pack Expo at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre drew large crowds to the Xerox stand…

Textile print heroes to converge at FESPA Textile 2016
FESPA Fabric rebrands to reflect fast-expanding, multi-application textile sector for Amsterdam show at the RAI next March…

SixTeeSix expands t-shirt printing business with Epson
Direct-to-garment printer invests with Epson to expand its service offering to print t-shirts while-you-wait…

New KBA Rapida 106 adds unique capabilities at Amway
Amway adds unique printing capabilities for its wide-ranging work from commercial applications to folding cartons…

Wed 28 October…  Speedmaster SX 52 Anicolor with 40,000th unit for Brunnen
Successful manufacturer of branded goods Baier & Schneider invests in sheetfed offset and digital presses from Heidelberg…

UPM Kymi pulp mill expansion well on schedule
Successful ramp-up of the expansion in the UPM Kymi pulp mill has now proceeded to final finishing work…

Eight-colour Rapida 106 with LED-UV in Austria
Oberdruck, the local supplier for print media, recently invested in an eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector with LED-UV kit…

Gallus presented an explosion of innovations in Brussels

At Labelexpo Europe 2015 earlier this month, Gallus once again offered an impressive demonstration of its ability to innovate…

First Scodix Foil System installed in Europe at OFT

The new inline module for the Scodix Ultra Pro was introduced last month at Graph Expo 15 in Chicago and IGAS in Tokyo…

Thu 29 October…   Kodak and Collins settle Versamark Inks dispute
Kodak and Collins Inkjet announce settlement of dispute regarding Kodak Versamark inks and agree on-going co-operation…

GM Graphix purchases its third MPS press
And the first flexo press in South Africa to use LED UV drying…

Promatrix 106 die-cutter and last ST 500 for BCQ

BCQ Group in Buckingham is blown away by Promatrix die-cutter productivity and Postpress Manager efficiency…

Signbox boosts production with new Durst Rho upgrade
Signbox has enhanced its in-house production facilities with a new cutting-edge Durst Rho P10 160 UV inkjet printer…

Enfocus announces PitStop 13 update 1
Features let sign & display, packaging & label, and digital and commercial printers better control PDF workflows…

Fri 30 October…   FESPA Global Summit returns for 2015
FESPA offers growth planning insights to leading printers at its Global Summit from 1 – 2 December, at the Andaz Hotel, Amsterdam…

Heidelberg world first Speedmaster with 3 types of UV drying
Heidelberg USA to install world’s first XL 106 long-perfector with X4 delivery, complete with full UV, LE UV and LED UV…

Inca showcases new ‘Inca Genius’ at InPrint 2015

Technical, application and manufacturing resources to help organisations develop innovative industrial inkjet solutions…

Felix Schoeller at Xeikon Café event in Lier in October
Felix Schoeller Digital Media and Xeikon launched their new product portfolio for Xeikon printing presses…

AB Print Group reinvests in new Watkiss PowerSquare

Nearline configuration chosen as optimum solution for finishing from an assortment of litho and digital presses…

Muller Martini’s new Connex.Mailroom management system
Connex.Mailroom process management system brings maximum reliability and even greater functionality to the mailroom…

Lead articles from last Friday in the previous update… 

Previous…   Park Communications chooses KBA to enhance its offering
Leading London print house continues major investment programme with 6-colour B1 Rapida 106 with integral coating…

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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.

Electronics For Imaging  (EFI) is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for the commercial printing market. Its portfolio of integrated solutions span production and superwide format printing, graphic arts, advanced professional printing software, and industrial inkjet systems. Its technologies increase productivity by automating print and business processes To find out more visit the EFI Website.

Kodak Commercial Imaging  (Kodak) is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital and hybrid print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market,  Kodak features technologies, products and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimise efficiencies, broaden services, and grow businesses. To find out more, visit the Kodak Graphics Website.

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 – 2015
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.

Downloads in 2015 Chapter 01

Alpha version of Paper Guide launched for industry comment
The best practice guide, ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ will shortly be released in an Alpha version for open industry comment. You can also take part!…

Technology-related 2015 Chapter 02

Previous…    Heidelberg launches LED drying technology in Europe, too
A full range of UV applications from full UV, to LE UV, and LED from Heidelberg drive productivity up and energy costs down…

Sep/Oct 2015 Chapter 07

Gallus presented an explosion of innovations in Brussels
At Labelexpo Europe 2015 earlier this month, Gallus once again offered an impressive demonstration of its ability to innovate…

Previous…    HR-UV at Druckerei Vogl with the KBA Rapida 106
The new, cutting-edge headquarters in Zorneding, houses renowned Bavarian specialist for luxury uncoated stock printing…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Recycling Digital Prints
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 30 October

Previous…    Environmental Awards for Printers
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 23 October

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.

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

3D fab+print touchpoint for drupa 2016

3D printing up close: Innovation, Vision and Best Practices.

Touchpoint 3D fab+print zur drupa 2016

3D-Druck zum Anfassen: Innovationen, Visionen und Best-Practices…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series
Can be accessed via our Drupa Newsroom, in the Index on the Home page.

Crossing the finish line – a Cinderella story
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 4, by Cary Sherburne, well-known author, journalist and marketing consultant focused on marketing communications for the printing and publishing industries…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors

Previous…    Ricoh to showcase innovative new ways to transform business at drupa 2016
Ricoh will bring a range of products and services to drupa 2016 that will enable Print Service Providers to step ahead on their paths of transformation…

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

FESPA Global Summit returns for 2015
FESPA offers growth planning insights to leading printers at its Global Summit, from 1 – 2 December 2015, at the Andaz Hotel in Amsterdam…

Textile print heroes converge at FESPA Textile 2016
FESPA Fabric rebrands to reflect fast-expanding, multi-application textile sector…

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About ValuePublishing.001

In eigener Sache: Unser neues Angebot — Teil 1: “Was? Wie? Warum!”

Gemäß den Erkenntnissen aus ihrem “Gipfeltreffen” in Mainz haben Michael Seidl und Andreas Weber ein neues Angebot entwickelt: ValuePublishing — Die nachhaltige Inszenierung von Fachkommunikation für Print, Publishing, visuelle Kommunikation und Multichannel. — InterMedial + InterKultuell + InterkreAktiv!

 „Wir müssen verstärkt über alle Medienkanäle hinweg unsere unterschiedlichen Expertisen, Meinungen und relevante Botschaften zusammenführen. Print profitiert dabei von Online/Social. Und umgekehrt.“ —Michael Seidl

„Unser Ziel ist es nicht nur hohe Reichweiten aufzubauen, sondern Interaktionen herbeizuführen. Dies beflügelt den Kommunikationsmix sowie das Lesererlebnis gleichermaßen und führen SOFORT zum Erfolg.“ —Andreas Weber

Ob Technologieentwickler, Papierhersteller, Dienstleistungsbetrieb oder Kommunikationstreibender: Alle sitzen in einem Boot bei stürmischer See. 

Das Tempo wird höher, der Umgang mit Innovationen wird immer komplexer. Um im Bild zu bleiben: Unternehmen haben zusehends Probleme, den Kommunikations-Kurs zu halten und den sicheren Hafen (sprich die Kunden) zu erreichen. 

Die bangen Fragen: 

  1. Wer bringt Licht ins Dunkel?
  2. Wer filtert das Wichtige und Relevante heraus?
  3. Wer bringt alle Beteiligten zusammen?
  4. Wer stellt den Kontext her zwischen technisch Machbarem und veränderten Anforderungen im Markt?

Gute Fragen. — Beste Antwort:
WIR! 

Wir, dass sind Michael Seidl, EMG/Wien, und Andreas Weber, Value Communication/Mainz, ausgewiesene und renommierte Experten für Fachkommunikation. Mit der Spezialisierung auf Print, Publishing, Visuelle Kommunikation und Multichannel.

About ValuePublishing.016

„Wir wissen wie man Fachkommunikation nachhaltig inszeniert!“

Unser Rat an unsere Kunden und Partner (vor allem mit Blick auf die drupa 2016):

  • Gehen Sie MIT UNS neue, höchst wirkungsstarke Wege.
  • Entdecken Sie, wie man im Team mit uns zeitgemäß und nachhaltig IHRE relevanten Fachthemen medial inszeniert, um von IHREN Innovationstechnologien und Lösungsangeboten bestmöglich zu profitieren!

Ihre Erfolgsfaktoren — unsere Leistungen:

  1. Smartes Storytelling: Wir entwickeln für Sie packende, emotionalisierende, bestens in Szene gesetzte Geschichten — auf allen relevanten Medienkanälen erlebbar.
  2. Conversation Management: Interaktion und Dialoge statt Push-Kommunikation!
  3. Dynamisches Networking: Klasse statt Masse, die Marktsicht kennenlernen und gestalten.

Interessenten wird ein individuelles, für sie passendes Angebot erstellt.
Anregungen dafür enthalten die in den Charts aufgeführten aktuellen Fallbeispiele.

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KONTAKT FÜR WEITERES

Michael Seidl, EMG, Wien
https://at.linkedin.com/pub/michael-seidl/1/836/68a/de

Andreas Weber, Value Communication, Mainz
https://de.linkedin.com/in/andreasweber/de

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We proudly present:
Value
Publishing — InterMedial + InterKultuell + InterkreAktiv!
Die Charts inkl. aktuellen Fallbeispielen u.a. mit den Firmen Canon, Zünd sowie der XUG und für den Golden Pixel Award:

Siehe auch Teil 2: “Darum! Stärken und Besonderheiten”:
“ValuePublishing führt Technologie-Innovationen direkt ins Ziel!”

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