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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 22 July 2016

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 30 selected news articles for the week, plus five new additions to our drupa Newsroom from Elitron, KBA-Flexotecnica, Manroland Sheetfed, and SEI Laser; as well as a new entry in Online Features Downloads from Two Sides, as it publishes the findings of its Global Reach Survey 2016, where you will find the introductory article complete with link to download the complete 15-page findings and report as a PDF.


There will no Verdigris environmental Blog for the next couple of weeks as Laurel Brunner is taking a short break. She will be back during the second half of August. I shall also take a break as news is in very short supply due to the main holiday season in Europe and it has been difficult this past week or so to put together a reasonable selection of good newsworthy stuff each day. As with last week’s key news announcements (Xaar on Monday and Screen Europe on Tuesday) I have drawn on the assistance of Gareth Ward at Print Business UK for two key articles again this week, for the Anton Group and Kodak Inkjet announcement on Wednesday; and then for Xerox and RR Donnelley on Friday, in order to bring you up to date with that.


Other news leaders this week came from HP on Monday, with its plans for Photokina 2016 in Cologne in September. Tuesday was led by Canon Europe as it ships Goloseo children’s books produced at drupa 2016 to South Africa to support the Room to Read Literacy Programme. On Thursday, Two Sides took the lead as it announces availability of its Global Research Survey 2016 in PDF format; and while consumers still value print and paper, there are numerous environmental misunderstandings that persist due to a serious lack of awareness, says Two Sides. Please don’t skip it. The 15-page Report is well worth studying for anyone involved with publishing, print and paper wherever you are.

On Friday, management board chairman and CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Dr. Gerold Linzbach, announced that he will not renew his contract which runs until August 2017. Following a successful turnaround of the company, he will not seek to extend his contract and aims at pursuing new professional challenges and will continue to serve the company until the end of his contractual term, to enable the Supervisory Board time to find a replacement.


You will find some new sales and installations announcements below from Andi Druk in the Netherlands, as it invests in the first Canon Océ and Müller Martini integrated continuous feed inkjet and digital finishing lines for magazine and book production; and also for Manroland Sheetfed in Brazil with another Roland 700 – both on Monday. On Tuesday, Witherbys in London increases automation and output with a new Speedmaster XL 75-6 and automated Stahlfolder CH 56; Inci.Flex in Italy becomes the first to automate its flexo platemaking process with Esko’s new CDI Crystal 5080 XPS flexo platemaker, debuted at drupa. We also have Toppan Forms, which is now the biggest Kodak Prosper Inkjet customer in the world, as it adds a fifth Prosper Stream Inkjet press – a Prosper 6000C; while German commercial printer Nino-Druck made its first steps into the personalised photo market with Taopix at drupa.

On Wednesday we announced that Anton Group UK will be the first in the world to work with the new Kodak Ultrastream printhead shown in tests at drupa. This was followed by corrugated packaging printer Grupondunova in Catalonia, which becomes the first Spanish company to invest in the Inca Onset X large-format inkjet flatbed press, complete with ClinchTech Robotics. Then we had Park Communications in the UK, which has added a four-clamp Horizon BQ470 PUR perfect binder to deliver cost effective fast turnarounds. Thursday saw IBW Industrial Binding in Belgium increase its investment in Muller Martini kit with a new Diamant MC 60 bookline, and an Alegro perfect binder with extremely short changeover times, to use with the new hard-cover line.

On Friday, to round off the week, we included Xerox with early adopters at drupa 2016 snapping up no less than 120 Xerox Production Inkjet presses, including continuous feed and more. Then we have Seaway Printing in the U.S., which expects a 50 per cent increase in productivity with its new Speedmaster XL 106-4+L from Heidelberg USA. You will find lots of new kit this week if you check out the news announcements carefully. These include Canon SA on Monday as it launches its new imageRUNNER Advance C5500 series, intelligent multifunctional devices aimed at today’s modern working environment. Xitron on Tuesday. KBA-Flexotecnica on Wednesday, as well as SEI Laser. On Thursday, EFI released Packaging Suite 4.0 debuted and shown at drupa; and then we have KBA with the Varijet B1 Xerox-powered digital press (also from Gareth Ward, Print Business); and then Elitron with three new digital cutting machines which were shown at drupa.

On Friday we have Fujifilm with its new processless plate, the Superia ZD, which is UV-compatible and designed for longer runs. Lastly, from Ricoh South Africa with new wide-format multifunction printer which it is aimed at the CAD/GIS and graphics markets in EMEA.

The tailender for this week: On Monday, Manroland Web Systems opened the doors of its new digital web STORE. So, now you have a 24-hour, fast shopping ability on-line.

That’s all 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 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 18 July…   
HP’s new business growth opportunities at Photokina 2016
Photo finishers and professional Photo labs will experience the new HP Indigo 12000 and new applications from the HP Latex 570…

Sun Chemical at GlassTec 2016 in Düsseldorf
Sun Chemical to present its latest SunVetro offerings at GlassTec 2016, taking place at Messe Düsseldorf, from 20 – 23 September…

The new Manroland web STORE opens its digital doors
The time has come: Having been announced over the past two months and having been greeted enthusiastically…

Fully automated digital inkjet for Andi Druk Netherlands
Andi Druk invests in first Canon Océ and Müller Martini integrated continuous feed inkjet for magazine and book production…

Brazilian book publisher achieves goals with Roland 700
Multi Marcas Editoriais Ltda (Editora Construir) promotes education and literacy through innovative books…

Canon’s new imageRUNNER Advance C5500 series
Canon SA launches new flagship, intelligent multifunctional devices for today’s modern working environment…

Tue 19 July…   
Canon Europe and Goloseo support Room to Read
Canon to ship Goloseo children’s books produced at drupa 2016 to South Africa for the Room to Read Literacy Programme…

Xitron begins shipments of USB/SCSI Interface
Replaces obsolete SCSI cards in Trendsetter CTP installations with an economical alternative and provide an extended ROI…

Witherbys invests in Heidelberg automation and productivity
Witherbys in London increases automation and output with new Speedmaster XL 75-6 and automated Stahlfolder CH 56…

Inci.Flex first with Esko’s CDI Crystal 5080 XPS
Gravure quality with flexo plates coming from an integrated unit that simplifies and automates flexo platemaking…

Japan’s first Kodak Prosper 6000C Press for Toppan Forms
Toppan Forms is now the biggest Kodak Prosper customer in the world with a fifth Prosper Stream Inkjet press…

Nino-Druck targets personalised print with Taopix
The German commercial printer made its first steps into the personalised photo market with Taopix at drupa…

Wed 20 July
Anton to become world’s first with new Kodak printhead
Anton Group UK will be the first in the world to work with the new Kodak Ultrastream printhead shown in tests at drupa…

Ricoh SA appoints head of Production Print Business Group
Ricoh South Africa has appointed Frank de Afonseca to head up its Production Printing Business Group…

The new KBA-Flexotecnica NEO XD LR ‘Hybrid’
First fully hybrid extremely innovative machine for all popular flexo technologies drew the crowds at drupa…

SEI Laser: Digital die-cutting and creasing a reality
SEI Laser impressed the industry with the models PaperOne 5000, 3500 and with Packmaster OEM WD at drupa…

Inca Onset X1 with ClinchTech Robotics for Grupondunova
Corrugated packaging pioneer Grupondunova becomes the first Spanish company to invest in the Onset X…

Park further invests in digital department with Horizon buy
Park Communications adds a four-clamp Horizon BQ470 PUR perfect binder to deliver cost effective fast turnarounds…

Thu 21 July…   
Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016 available
Consumers still value print & paper, but numerous environmental misunderstandings persist due to a serious lack of awareness…

EFI releases Packaging Suite 4.0
EFI Packaging Suite 4.0, shown at drupa, offers new value for label, folding carton and flexible packaging converters…

KBA takes the modular approach to inkjet
The Varijet was not shown at Drupa, but is KBA’s pitch for the B1 digital press market has its eyes focused on carton printing…

Elitron’s drupa hat-trick with a focus on automation
Elitron has significantly increased its product range, and chose the drupa stage to launch three new digital cutting solutions…

IBW enters Hardcover Segment with Diamant MC bookline
IBW Industrial Binding in Belgium increases its investment in Muller Martini kit with a new bookline, and a perfect binder…

Drytac Europe announces enhanced Emerytex
An improved textured anti-slip laminating film for indoor and outdoor applications, including floor graphics…

Fri 22 July…   
Dr. Gerold Linzbach to leave Heidelberg in 2017
Management board chairman and CEO, Dr. Gerold Linzbach will not renew his contract which runs until August 2017…

Deal too far as Xerox rebuffs Donnelley’s approach
RR Donnelley believed there was potential in combining with Xerox’s technology, but Xerox found it an offer they could refuse…

Xerox at drupa: More than 120 initial sales successes
Early adopters at drupa 2016 snapped up Xerox Production Inkjet presses, including continuous feed and more…

Seaway adds Speedmaster XL 106 with Inpress Control
Seaway Printing in the U.S., expects a 50 per cent increase in productivity with Speedmaster XL 106-4+L from Heidelberg…

Fujifilm releases the Superia ZD processless plate
Fujifilm announces the addition of new processless plate – Superia ZD – compatible with UV and for longer runs…

Ricoh’s new A1 production printer for CAD/GIS
Ricoh’s new wide-format multifunction production printer aimed at the CAD/GIS and graphic markets in EMEA…

Last lead article from Friday in previous update…  

Last issue’s Friday lead article…
Sappi sustainable packaging solutions at FachPack 2016
Latest innovative sustainable products are designed to minimise the use of fossil-based plastic packaging…

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

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

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

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

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016
Consumers still value print & paper, but environmental misunderstandings persist due to serious lack of awareness…

Technology-related Chapter 02

Previous…   
e-Commerce, automation and cloud for print
The Internet and World Wide Web have opened up new opportunities for printing, but new challenges too. By Simon Eccles…

Online Features Jul/Aug Chapter 06

Previous…   
L’Imprimerie looks back at its waterless printing strategy
The French daily newspaper Le Figaro has grown its business, thanks to waterless printing and the switch to Toray MX10 plates…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Most recent…   
Green fashion
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 15 July

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016

Wild Format Technology Is All About You
This is the first in a new series of articles explaining how you can use wide-format digital printing technology to produce…

Into the Great Wide Open
Harvesting the powers of modern wide-format digital printing, it is possible to elicit a nod and a smile from even the most…

Industrial Revolution
Printing has always been an industrial process. Done right, productivity continues to rise and costs to fall. But…

Why ink matters for Wide-Format Digital Printing
Choosing the ink and pigments to use in printing has always been a crucial decision, one that is very much related…

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

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FESPA Mexico 2016 content-rich educational programme
FESPA Mexico educational programme ‘Seek New Horizons in Print’ set to inspire printers from Mexico and Central America..

FESPA to host Digital Textile Conference in Milan
Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

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

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

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

drupa daily issue No 2 on 1 June 2016
Includes Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke talking to Darryl Danielli about the business’s evolution and how it’s getting back to its roots…

drupa daily issue No 3 on 2 June 2016
Includes Canon EMEA president and chief executive Rokus van Iperen’s talk with Darryl Danielli about the importance of merging cultures…

drupa daily issue No 4 on 3 June 2016
Includes Landa Digital Printing founder and chairman Benny Landa as he tells Darryl Danielli how he has been retired for 50-plus years…

drupa daily issue No 5 on 4 June 2016
Includes Enrique Lores, HP president of Imaging and Printing talking to Darryl Danielli about growth…

drupa daily issue No 6 on 5 June 2016
Includes Olaf Lorenz, GM of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, as he discusses the KM-C with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 7 on 6 June 2016
Includes Jean-Pascal Bobst, chief executive of Swiss manufacturer
Bobst talking to Darryl Danielli about the importance of family…

drupa daily issue No 8 on 7 June 2016
Includes Eijiro Hori, president of post-press kit manufacturer Horizon sharing his thoughts on the importance of partnerships with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 9 on 8 June 2016
Includes Massivit chief executive Avner Israeli emphasises to Darryl Danielli that printers should embrace the 3D opportunity sooner rather than later…

drupa daily issue No 10 on 9 June 2016
Includes Marabu chief executive York Boeder talking with Thomas Fasold about digitisation in printing and the strengths of screen printing…

drupa daily issue No 11 on 10 June 2016
Includes Wolfgang Kroplunik, head of business development & Western Europe, Uncoated Fine Paper at Mondi, talking with Thomas Fasold about paper and changing requirements in the digital transformation…

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

Elitron’s drupa hat-trick with a focus on automation
Elitron has significantly increased its product range, and chose the drupa stage to launch three new digital cutting solutions…

KBA-Flexotecnica’s new NEO XD LR ‘Hybrid’
First fully hybrid extremely innovative machine for all popular flexo technologies drew the crowds at drupa…

Manroland Sheetfed ‘The Evolution of Print’ at drupa
‘The Evolution of Print’ at the heart of Manroland Sheetfed’s drupa showcase and encapsulating its vision…

They are print: Manroland Sheetfed at drupa
A whole new world of inline print finishes met visitors to the Manroland Sheetfed GmbH stand in Hall 14 at drupa 2016…

SEI Laser digital die-cutting and creasing at drupa
SEI Laser impressed the industry with the models PaperOne 5000, 3500 and with Packmaster OEM WD at drupa…

Previous…   
Agfa Graphics shone with breaking new technologies at drupa
With its strong showcase of offset and wide-format inkjet solutions, Agfa Graphics underlined its commitment to the print industry at drupa 2016…

KAMA: Efficient short run finishing success at drupa
KAMA successfully launched world’s first folder-gluer for short-run folding cartons at drupa 2016…

Manroland Web Systems’ Digital Workflows at drupa
Continuous improvement in performance with perfectly integrated hardware and software is convincing customers worldwide…

Sun and BASF: ‘Packaging for a more sustainable world’
Sun Chemical and BASF present the potential of their latest solvent-free ink solutions to deliver more sustainable flexible packaging…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors (now in alphabetical order)
The series of over 240 articles can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom in alphabetical order.

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

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

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

drupa 2016 Expert Articles – and more
Includes the eleventh and final article in this series from Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and drupa president 2016…

Previous…   
E-commerce, automation and cloud for print
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 9 by Simon Eccles, who over the years he has been editor of eight industry publications. Today he writes white papers and technical reports and contributes regular technical features to many publications…

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

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

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 08 July 2016

 

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 32 selected news articles for the week, plus eleven more in our own drupa Newsroom from Conti, Tresu, Xaar with Ricoh, Xeikon, HP Inc, EyeC, and Contiweb, which now brings the total to 416. You’ll also find two new entries in our FESPA Newsroom for the upcoming Digital Textile Conference in Milan, Italy on 30 September; and also for FESPA Mexico, highlighting its educational programme for the show which takes places from 18 – 20 August.

We have three new additions to Online Features Chapter 06 this week, from KBA with Interprint in Germany with the RotaJET VL; Highcon with Israel’s Eco Concrete; and Permapack in Switzerland with Esko.

This week sees the start of a brand new Digital Dots Wild Format Technology Guides series, which will continue over the coming 12 months. Sponsors which have made this new series possible include Agfa, EFI, Esko, Fujifilm, HP and Mimaki. The authors are Sonja Angerer, Laurel Brunner, Nessan Cleary, Paul Lindström and Sophie Matthews-Paul. We have included an introductory article leading the news on Thursday, with links to each of the first four articles which can be downloaded as illustrated PDFs from the Technology Guides section on our Website. If you haven’t noticed this section before, you’ll find it in the Index on our Home Page. I do hope you will find the new series useful and also enjoy it.

News leaders this week came from UPM on Monday, as it invests in the Kymi pulp mill in Finland to strengthen its position in the global pulp market as a supplier of bleached chemical pulp. Tuesday saw Sappi announce that its recently completed R100-million strategic investment has ensured a smooth relocation and improved production process – and improved quality – of its legendary Typek brand. On Wednesday, KBA confirmed finalisation of its takeover of die-cutter manufacturer Iberica in Barcelona, Spain, as the press manufacturer expands its portfolio into the growing packaging market.

Thursday was led by Wild Format and Digital Dots, covered above; while on Friday, we led with FESPA’s programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations for the 2016 Digital Textile Conference in Milan, which we also said above, takes place on 30 September.

Other events in the news this week also include the BPIF on Wednesday, as the British Coatings Federation joins with BPIF Cartons and the Stationers’ Company to present an exciting programme for a major food packaging Supply Chain Summit in London in September. On Thursday, interest for inkjet has pushed new players to join TheIJC 2016 (The Inkjet Conference) taking place at Swissôtel Düsseldorf / Neuss from 4 – 6 October. This will be the third event in the ongoing series.

If you haven’t downloaded them already, please don’t miss the superb series of eleven drupa daily magazines which were produced for each day of the show. They really do contain an amazing collection of interviews and articles, features and snippets which should definitely not be missed. You can use the Adobe button in each introduction in our drupa Newsroom below, to download the PDFs.

The tailender for this week draws attention to Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (on Tuesday), which saw Heidelberg receive awards for its digitisation strategy, in both the IDG Business Media Awards, as well as Dimension Data Deutschland’s Digital Leader Awards 2016.

That’s all from me for another week. You’ll find lots more of interest if you scroll down carefully.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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

Headline News

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

Mon 04 July…  

UPM invests to further strengthen global pulp position

UPM invests in the Kymi pulp mill in Finland to strengthen its position in the global pulp market as a supplier of bleached chemical pulp…

HP Inc. hails drupa 2016 as the best ever

Company surpasses drupa 2012 results by 25 per cent and helps establish digital printing as mainstream…

X-Rite and Esko show extended gamut for converters

Digital colour communication, measurement and workflow tools that enable fixed palette printing at drupa…

EyeC providing assured quality for luxury folding cartons

Providing a flexible and innovative answer to the quality control needs of folding carton manufacturers…

Jones doubles speed with Heidelberg Stahlfolder TH 82

Jones Printing cuts makeready times, increases productivity and improves quality with latest Stahlfolder buy…

First investment in unique Xeikon Fusion configuration

Xeikon Fusion technology persuades Dejonghe Printing Company to invest in digital printing…

Tue 05 July…  

Sappi Typek Stanger move leads to improved product

A R100-million strategic investment has ensured a smooth relocation and improved production process for Typek…

Heidelberg wins awards for digitisation strategy

Heidelberg success in IDG Business Media and Dimension Data Deutschland’s Digital Leader Award 2016…

Xaar and Ricoh in strategic thin film partnership

Partnership aims to maximise each company’s considerable expertise in Thin Film piezo printhead development…

TRESU’s new iCut digital flexo plate cutter

The speedy imaging of post-print spot-coating plates simplifies the digital folding carton printing workflow…

Route One adds Speedmaster XL 75 LE-UV long perfector

Route One Print to focus on 24-hour booklet work with new B2 Heidelberg Speedmaster long perfector with CutStar…

Route One Print adds Technotrans bulk ink system

Route One focuses on increasing output with bulk ink solution from Technotrans for its two B2 presses…

Label Products Belgium invests in Xeikon 3300

New digital label press agreement at drupa extends production possibilities for the Waregem-based Belgium label specialist…

Wed 06 July…    

KBA takes over Spanish Iberica AG S.A.

Press manufacturer expands portfolio for growing packaging market with die-cutter manufacturer based in Barcelona…

Major Food Packaging Supply Chain September Summit

The British Coatings Federation joins with BPIF Cartons and the Stationers’ Company to present an exciting programme…

New Xeikon 9600 combines quality and productivity

The new Xeikon 9600 is the ultimate dedicated solution for a wide range of document printing applications…

Fujifilm enjoyed a hugely successful drupa 2016

Fujifilm showcased industry-leading inkjet technologies and gave a glimpse of the future of automation in print…

Parkinsons orders two Speedmaster CX 102 series at drupa

Indian packaging printer invests in productivity and automation solutions from Heidelberg for further growth…

Potts Print UK makes £230,000 finishing investment

Horizon SPF-FC/200L and a Perfecta 132 TS Flowline guillotine join Potts’ bindery solutions…

Thu 07 July…  

Wild Format Technology Is All About You!

A brand new 2016 – 2017 series of Digital Dots Technology Guides for Wild Format Digital Printing starts now…

ESMA announces TheIJC 2016 in Düsseldorf / Neuss

Interest for inkjet pushes new players to join TheIJC 2016 to at Swissôtel Düsseldorf / Neuss from 4 – 6 October…

Fujifilm’s new XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble

Fujifilm launched two additions to its workflow portfolio at drupa: XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble…

Conti-Air: A new range of blankets debuted at drupa

New Conti-Air printing blankets for UV Inks, for energy-efficient printing, and for direct drives debuted at drupa last month…

ContiTech drupa launch for new Phoenix Xtra Blankets

Phoenix Xtra Blankets: New products primarily for growing market for UV printing and high-end products…

Colour Monster opts for Suprasetter A75 CTP and Prinect

Guernsey company anticipates delivery of CTP with Prinect Prepress Manager workflow from Heidelberg UK…

Fri 08 July…  

FESPA to host 2016 Digital Textile Conference in Milan

Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

Value creation and innovation: European Label Forum

FINAT’S fast track to the future for the label industry took place from 16 – 18 June in Amsterdam, The Netherlands…

KBA presented a first in laminate flooring at drupa

At drupa 2016, KBA demonstrated how its RotaJET VL inkjet web press can produce a unique laminate floor product…

Permapack chooses Esko for seamless process management

Swiss firm achieves security, speed and flexibility in its overall workflow with Automation Engine and WebCenter…

Scodix secures largest customer deal in its history

Agreement includes purchase of 10 Scodix Ultra Pro presses to be placed in Avery Dennison RBIS facilities around the world…

TelloGruppen Sweden adds LED UV to Roland 700 HiPrint

TelloGruppen AB adopts latest LED UV drying technology for its eight-colour Roland 700 HiPrint sheetfed press…

Telford Repro turns to Duplo to unblock bottleneck

Digital printing company Telford Repro has extended its range of Duplo finishing equipment…

Last lead article from Friday in previous update…  

Last issue’s Friday lead articles…   

drupa 2016 expands the power of the Enfocus Community

Enfocus has a long record of actively collaborating with its users and partners, and this year’s drupa was no exception…

High-volume KBA inkjet web press certified by INGEDE

KBA’s RotaJET L-Series passes the International Association of the Deinking Industry deinking tests with flying colours…

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

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

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

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016

There were again well over 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).

Online Features Jul/Aug Chapter 06

KBA presented a first in laminate flooring at drupa 2016

At drupa, KBA demonstrated how its RotaJET VL inkjet web press can produce a unique laminate floor product…

Design Meets Technology – for Taipei Design Expo exhibit

Highcon and Eco Concrete in Israel achieve the impossible in contemporary design, using Highcon’s 3D modeling technology…

Permapack teams with Esko for seamless process management

Swiss firm achieves security, speed and flexibility in its overall workflow with Automation Engine and WebCenter…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Previous…    

Waterwash flexo plates

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 01 July

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016

Wild Format Technology Is All About You

This is the first in a new series of articles explaining how you can use wide-format digital printing technology to produce…

Into the Great Wide Open

Harvesting the powers of modern wide-format digital printing, it is possible to elicit a nod and a smile from even the most…

Industrial Revolution

Printing has always been an industrial process. Done right, productivity continues to rise and costs to fall. But…

Why ink matters for Wide-Format Digital Printing

Choosing the ink and pigments to use in printing has always been a crucial decision, one that is very much related…

FESPA Newsroom

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

FESPA Mexico 2016 content-rich educational programme

FESPA Mexico educational programme ‘Seek New Horizons in Print’ set to inspire printers from Mexico and Central America..

FESPA to host Digital Textile Conference in Milan

Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

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Largest FESPA Mexico to date now sold out

Central America’s largest event dedicated to wide-format printing and textile decoration, 18 – 20 August 2016…

Drupa Newsroom

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

drupa daily to download as PDFs

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

drupa daily issue No 1 on 31 May 2016

Includes drupa President and Koenig & Bauer chief executive Claus Bolza-Schünemann’s Red Sofa chat with Thomas Fasold…

drupa daily issue No 2 on 1 June 2016

Includes Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke talking to Darryl Danielli about the business’s evolution and how it’s getting back to its roots…

drupa daily issue No 3 on 2 June 2016

Includes Canon EMEA president and chief executive Rokus van Iperen’s talk with Darryl Danielli about the importance of merging cultures…

drupa daily issue No 4 on 3 June 2016

Includes Landa Digital Printing founder and chairman Benny Landa as he tells Darryl Danielli how he has been retired for 50-plus years…

drupa daily issue No 5 on 4 June 2016

Includes Enrique Lores, HP president of Imaging and Printing talking to Darryl Danielli about growth…

drupa daily issue No 6 on 5 June 2016

Includes Olaf Lorenz, GM of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, as he discusses the KM-C with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 7 on 6 June 2016

Includes Jean-Pascal Bobst, chief executive of Swiss manufacturer

Bobst talking to Darryl Danielli about the importance of family…

drupa daily issue No 8 on 7 June 2016

Includes Eijiro Hori, president of post-press kit manufacturer Horizon sharing his thoughts on the importance of partnerships with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 9 on 8 June 2016

Includes Massivit chief executive Avner Israeli emphasises to Darryl Danielli that printers should embrace the 3D opportunity sooner rather than later…

drupa daily issue No 10 on 9 June 2016

Includes Marabu chief executive York Boeder talking with Thomas Fasold about digitisation in printing and the strengths of screen printing…

drupa daily issue No 11 on 10 June 2016

Includes Wolfgang Kroplunik, head of business development & Western Europe, Uncoated Fine Paper at Mondi, talking with Thomas Fasold about paper and changing requirements in the digital transformation…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ show + post-show News

Latest additions – and counting – can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

Conti-Air: A new range of blankets debuted at drupa

New Conti-Air printing blankets for UV Inks, for energy-efficient printing, and for direct drives debuted at drupa…

Continental and Henkel announce cooperation agreement

Henkel and ContiTech will work more closely together in the fields of functional printing and printed electronics…

ContiTech introduced new Phoenix Xtra Blankets at drupa

Phoenix Xtra Blankets: New products primarily for growing market for UV printing and high-end products…

Fujifilm’s new XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble

Fujifilm launched two additions to its workflow portfolio at drupa: XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble…

TRESU’s new iCut digital flexo plate cutter debuted at drupa

The speedy imaging of spot-coating plates simplifies the digital folding carton printing workflow…

Xaar and Ricoh in strategic thin film partnership

Partnership aims to maximise each company’s considerable expertise in Thin Film piezo printhead development…

Xeikon’s new 9600 combines quality and productivity

The 9600 is the ultimate dedicated solution for a wide range of document printing applications…

HP Inc. hails drupa 2016 the best ever

Company surpasses drupa 2012 results by 25 per cent and helps establish digital printing as mainstream…

EyeC: Assured quality for luxury folding cartons

Providing a flexible and innovative answer to the quality control needs of folding carton manufacturers…

Fujifilm enjoyed a hugely successful drupa 2016

Fujifilm used drupa 2016 to showcase its industry-leading inkjet technologies and gives a glimpse of the future of automation in print…

Xeikon: First investment in unique Fusion configuration

Xeikon Fusion technology persuades Dejonghe Printing Company 

to invest in digital printing…

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Contiweb’s new Fluid Applicator offers significant cost benefits

Goss Contiweb announces latest innovation to optimise efficiency and provide significant cost savings in print drying…

drupa 2016 was a success for POLAR

The fair demonstrated that the offset printing sector is very lively and digital printing continues to grow…

Hugo Beck film packaging and onserting robotic automation

Hugo Beck put on a convincing display at drupa with its high speed robotic automation system for post-print processing…

Leibinger numbering machine innovations put on a show at drupa

Electronically controlled random numbering system with double monitoring prevents waste in security printing…

Mimaki inspires with new inks and applications at drupa

drupa 2016 was a benchmark show for Mimaki, where it presented 3D printing, robotics and the Mimaki ‘Internet of Things’, and its range of inkjet printers…

MPS had a rewarding 5-day Open House during drupa

MPS opened its headquarters in Arnhem, The Netherlands during drupa 2016 and reports a rewarding, well-attended event…

The InPEQ Forum from the Balkan States at drupa 2016

The eleventh meeting of Eastern European printers took place in Düsseldorf at the world’s largest printing trade fair…

DataLase inline for multi-billion pound projects post-drupa

Drupa 2016 delivered for the inline digital printing company, generating a multi-billion pound opportunity pipeline for its revolutionary solutions…

DataLase personalisation with Ricoh at drupa

DataLase high-speed inline digital printing solutions demonstrated at the Ricoh stand with DataLase…

drupa 2016 a major success for Hunkeler AG

drupa 2016 was a success for Hunkeler. The Swiss company signed purchase agreements with customers from across the globe…

drupa 2016 proved a major triumph for Highcon

 delivers on the promise of mainstream digital finishing with 2016 a resounding success…

drupa 2016 saw Scodix sales soar to new heights

With over 100 new customers from 21 countries added to its books, resulting in biggest sales days in company’s history…

QuadTech industry first ColorTrack with InkControl

Simplified colour management workflow provides direct connection from customer input to ink recipe creation to press-side correction…

QuadTech introduces highly economical MultiCam TRIM

New tiered colour-to-colour advanced register control option offers a streamlined set of features, ease-of-use, high quality print…

QuadTech’s 100% inspection ‘reimagined from the ground up’

QuadTech’s modernised Inspection System sets a new standard for fast, easy detection of print defects…

QuadTech’s new affordable DeltaCam inline spectral measurement

Addition to product portfolio brings fast, accurate spectrophotometer technology to individual packaging print houses…

Watkiss expands booklet making solutions at drupa

Watkiss showed its expanded range of booklet making solutions, with a new addition to the Watkiss PowerSquare range…

WEKO’s latest DigiCon for digital print a hit at drupa

Much enthusiastic interest in WEKO’s latest DigiCon remoistening system for digital printing at drupa 2016…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors (now in alphabetical order)

The series of 242 articles can now be accessed in our drupa Newsroom in alphabetical order.

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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Decisive impulses for the global print industry at drupa

drupa 2016 was a resounding success with excellent business deals concluded in an outstanding investment climate…

drupa to stick to its proven 4-year cycle

The No. 1 trade fair for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Düsseldorf again from 23 June to 3 July 2020…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016

Includes the tenth and final article in this series from Andreas Weber in Mainz, Germany…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles – and more

Includes the tenth and final article in this series from Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and drupa president 2016

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

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

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@ 2016 Foto/Collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main

Kritische und bewusst streng gehaltene, selektive Analyse von Andreas Weber, Head of Value, im Rückblick auf die famose #drupa2016 — Lesezeit: 10 Minuten. Halbwertzeit min. bis zur #drupa2020 — Die Themengliederung im Überblick:


Vorbemerkung

Andreas Weber ist Gründer und CEO der Value Communication AG sowie des DigitaldruckForum mit Sitz in der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz. Seine Spezialität: Brainware&Solutions sowie per ValueTrendRadar.com-Blog klare Analysen zur Zukunft von Print im Kommunikationsmix, die er kontinuierlich mit über 100.000 Fachleuen in über 100 Ländern teilt. Auf der #drupa2016 gründete er mit Christian Kopocz die Expertenplattform MUCHcomm.

Im Fokus dieses umfassenden #drupa2016 Review stehen drei wesentliche Überlegungen als Leitlinie, die sich durch meine umfassenden Vor-drupa-2016-Analysen bereits abzeichneten:

  • Was bringt die Branche und den Markt tatsächlich voran?
  • Wie ordnet sich Print in der Big Data-Welt ein?
  • Welche Player/Hidden Champs sind wichtig?

Da sich dieser Sachverhalt nicht trivial erschließen lässt, indem man einfach eine Vielzahl an Neuheiten und Pressemeldungen auflistet, nachfolgend mein Bericht in drei Teilen, der das #drupa2016-Messegeschehen bewertet, plausibel in den Kontext stellt, Hintergründe erläutert und am Beispiel des für mich gelungensten Messeauftritts detailliert erklärt, welche Lösungsansätze Sinn machen. — Stichwort: #unleashprint!

Hinweis: Wer sich für alles bis ins feinste Detail informieren möchte, kann dies im ValueBlog in besonderer Form tun. Unter dem Suchwort: „Mike Hilton’s Global News“ finden sich über 600 Pressemeldungen zu allen relevanten drupa-2016-Neuheiten. — Siehe auch den Vortrag mit dem kompakten #drupa2016 Review auf dem Swiss Publishing Day 2016 in Winterthur vom 30. Juni 2016 via YouTube (Live-Video-Doku) oder via Slideshare (42 Min.-Video plus alle Charts).

 


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Teil 1 — Die #drupa2016 als Prüfstein für die Kommunikationsfähigkeit der Printbranche

Vorbemerkung

Frage: Warum ist das Thema Kommunikationsfähigkeit wichtig?
Antwort: Weil es in der Printbranche (bei Druckereien wie auch bei deren Lieferanten) riesige Defizite gibt.
Begründung: In der Printbranche ist es üblich, die Geschäfts- wie auch die Fachkommunikation auf die Darstellung dessen, was man tun kann und wie man Produktionsaufgaben löst, hinzuweisen. Und dies zumeist dadurch, dass man das direkte Gespräch sucht. Sinnvoller ist es aber, Kompetenzen, Kundennutzen und -vorteile medial und damit effektiv in den Fokus zu rücken, um Unterscheidungsmerkmale erkennbar und öffentlich zugänglich zu machen. Bedenke: Das Geschäft mit Print ist schon längst kein Produktions-, sondern ein Dienstleistungsgeschäft, das pro-aktiv kommuniziert werden muss, um Dialoge über relevante Fachthemen zu beflügeln! Erfolg bringt, was in der medialen Kommunikation Markt- und Kundenanforderungen ins Zentrum stellt und nicht das eigene Tun!


In medias res

Die #drupa2016 war famos. Ich weiss, wovon ich rede. Es war meine ZEHNTE drupa! Noch nie zuvor konnte man so gut vorbereitet sein (wenn man sich die Zeit nahm), um im Prinzip alles Wesentliche wissen zu können, bevor die #drupa2016 ihre Pforten öffnete. Doch das Detail hat es in sich. In der Rückschau gab es noch nie eine drupa bei der so viele Experten „lost in details“ gingen! Während und vor allem nach der #drupa2016, die von Top-Experten einengend als die „Ink-Jet 2.0“-drupa bezeichnet wurde, stellte sich nämlich heraus, dass entsprechend dem klugen Messe-Konzept von Sabine Geldermann und ihrem drupa-Team alles Mögliche im Fokus stand, aber nicht mehr die Nabelschau der Technik quasi als Maschinen-Bullenprämierung!

„Touch the future“. So lautete das Messe-Motto. Endlich, wirklich endlich war die #drupa2016 thematisch und konzeptionell Meilensteine nach vorne gerückt, um sich der normativen Kraft des Faktischen zu beugen: Am Ende zählen nicht Technik oder die Anwendung (brav in Druck-Muster-Sammlungen präsentiert), sondern der Nutzen daraus. Die Liste der drupa 2016-Highlight-Themen, die Innovationen und neue Wachstumssegmente fokussierten, machte dies im Vorfeld mehr als deutlich: Dem Kernthema „Druck und Papier“ waren die Sektionen Multichannel, 3D Printing, Functional Printing, Packaging und Green Printing als Themengruppen beiseite gestellt. Offenkundig sollte und musste über den Tellerrand geblickt werden. Und das war gut so, um den maximal hohen Erwartungen der Besucher und der Aussteller gerecht werden zu können.

Wie nun aber die #drupa2016 in den Griff bekommen? Man war chancenlos, alle 1.800+ Aussteller in 17 (resp. eigentlich 19) Messehallen zu besuchen. Der Ausweg: Wie noch nie zuvor boten sich durch Google und Social Media (hier besonders: Twitter) eine grandiose Informations-Rundumversorgung! Davon machten leider die Wenigsten auf der drupa 2016 richtig Gebrauch. Am allerwenigsten die über 1.900 Fachjournalisten, darunter einige wichtige Industry Analysts, die aus 74 Ländern angereist waren. Hektisch und fast konfus rannten viele ihren unzähligen Terminen nach, um so viel wie möglich PERSÖNLICH in Augenschein zu nehmen, um anschließend beliebige Aussteller-News zu kolportieren. Dialoge mit Lesern finden über Fachmedien so gut wie nicht statt. Entsprechend lesen sich im Nachgang deren Reports. So manches, was längst vor der drupa 2016 publik war resp. während der drupa Online in Echtzeit Diskussionen prägte — wurde im Nachgang als Entdeckung, Überraschung und/oder bahnbrechende Premiere tituliert. — Puh! — TOTALLY LOST IN DETAILS ?!?

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Kurios und mit leichter Verzögerung von fast 1 Woche: Print folgt Twitter! Foto-Collage: Andreas Weber

Man kann nicht wissen, was man nicht weiss!

Aber auch via Online/Social Media wurde es uns allen nicht leicht gemacht. Viele drupa-Aussteller nutzten Twitter gar nicht — oder wenn doch, dann reichlich unprofessionell als weiteren, notwendigen Push-Kanal zur Selbstdarstellung. Das ist für Social Media aber kontraproduktiv. Gerade über Twitter in aller Kürze und z. B. über LinkedIn für mehr Ausführlichkeit können Dialoge in Gang gesetzt werden. Die Folge, wenn dies wie bei der #drupa2016 zumeist unterbleibt: Die Reichweiten blieben trotz allem Bemühen niedrig. Und der Interaktionsgrad war lausig. Erstrecht erzielt man so nicht die Einbindung neuer Zielgruppen, die per Twitter erreichbar und einzubinden wären, selbst wenn sie gar nicht zur drupa gekommen sind. — Die meisten aus der Printbranche denken wohl: Nun ja, Schuster, bleib bei deinen Leisten… Und warum sollten Print-Fachleute auf einmal werthaltig kommunizieren? Es gehe doch ums Drucken und Technik, so hört man land(a)auf, land(a)ab.

Wollte man dieser drupa 2016 Herr werden, musste man Twitter richtig nutzen — d. h. strategisch klar, zielführend und stringent vorgehen — und sich fast im Sekundentakt informiert halten. Wie gesagt, die Messe Düsseldorf hatte mit ihrem Neu-Konzept exzellente Vorarbeit geleistet. Und Social Media via Twitter war das Top-Kommunikationswerkzeug für die Messe Düsseldorf. Ergänzend kommt v. a. die Idee hinzu,die einzelnen Highlight-Themen durch über die Messehallen verteilte Touchpoints zu präsentieren. Dort konnte man aus erster Hand, Aussteller-übergreifend von Experten das Wichtigste zu den wichtigsten Themen erfahren. Die drupa-Social-Media- sowie drupa daily-Teams machten einen guten Job, um die Messebesucher aktuell zu informieren. Alleine die drupa-Apps waren nicht sehr hilfreich. Die hätte man einfach weglassen können.

Bye Bye „Push-PR“ — Twitter kann es besser!

Nur ganz wenige Pressekonferenzen auf der #drupa2016 waren lohnenswert. Vor allem diejenigen, die von Ausstellern ohne PR-Agenturhilfe gestaltet wurden, lieferten gute Inhalte, die für Social Media-Kommunikation tauglich waren! — Twitter entpuppte sich als unverzichtbare Top-Plattform: Und zwar

  • a) als beste Nachrichten- und Interaktionsquelle — zur Erinnerung: auf Twitter tummeln sich die engagierten, kompetenten Fachleute, die an Innovation und qualitativen News/Facts & Meinungen/Kommentierungen in Echtzeit interessiert sind;
  • und b) als hervorragende Analyseplattform. Denn wer als Besucher wie auch als Aussteller auf Zack war, konnte durch Twitter Seismografie-ähnlich erfahren, was gerade die wichtigen Gespächsthemen war, wie Neuheiten ankamen und bewertet wurden, was sich lohnt und was eben nicht. Zugleich kann man im Nachgang bis auf Einzelne runter brechen, wer sich für was interessiert bzw. wer was honorierte. Denn Tweets mit Hashtags sind sozusagen „for ever“ und können außerhalb von Twitter von allen per Google gefunden werden.

Grosse Bedeutung und Wirkung haben sog. Twitterlisten, die sich nach relevanten Hashtags ausrichten und von Twitternutzern geführt werden. Und Analysetools wie z. B. Keyhole sind hilfreich, da sie die wichtigsten Hashtags, Tweets, User/Influencer, geographische Lokalisierungen, Nutzungs-/Device-Ergebnisse sowie Word-Clouds in Echtzeit erfassen und Mehrwerte liefern. So entstand, wenn man weiss wie es geht, zum ersten Mal auf einer drupa mit und durch Twitter ein iterativer Informations-, Bewertungs- und Erkenntnisprozess. Mit dem erstaunlichem Ergebnis: Das, was Fachleute, Journalisten und Analysten zumeist als Top-Themen im Nachgang kolportieren, spielte eigentlich auf Twitter kaum keine Rolle — und wenn, dann eine untergeordnete. (Hinweis: Im Fall meiner Aktivitäten war von besonderem Vorteil, in deutsch und englisch zu kommunizieren sowie den ValueBlog und ValueStorifys einbinden zu können.)

Analysiert man die per Analyse-Tool generierte Word-Cloud zum Hashtag #drupa2016 im Nachgang (bewusst gewählte Post-drupa Stichtag-Zeitpunkte: 18. Juni 2016 bis 20. Juni 2016), so erscheinen als Echo folgende Begriffe als maßgeblich — nachfolgend in Form einer Top-Ten gelistet:

  1. #drupa2016
  2. #BigData
  3. #Print
  4. #Innovation
  5. #Storify (zur Doku/Visualisierung von relevanten Tweets)
  6. #unleashprint (das Canon-Motto)
  7. #cloud
  8. #mail
  9. #digitalcutting
  10. #drupa (viele hatten dies als Hashtag genutzt, statt sinnvollerweise #drupa2016)

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Zwei drupa-Aussteller tauchen im Umfeld der Top-Ten namentlich auf: Heideldruck
(der Börsenkurz-Name der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG) sowie Canon — wie gesagt als einziger Aussteller durch sein Twitter-konformes drupa-Motto #unleashprint herausragend, somit exzellent gewählt und positioniert (mehr dazu in Teil 3).

Von „Insidern“ benutzte Hype-Begriffe wie Inkjet/Inkjet-Druck, Workflow, Print 4.0, Digitalisierung u.a.m. tauchen im Top-Ten-Ranking ebenso wenig im öffentlichen Social-Media-Interesse auf, wie z. B. der „größte“ Aussteller, HP, oder der mit den angeblich meisten Besuchern, Landa. Erstaunlicherweise fehlt auch Xerox, obgleich Xerox über das wohl engagierteste und kundigste Social-Media-Team auf der #drupa2016 verfügte. Und mit XMPie verfügt Xerox über eine Weltklasse-Multichannel-Kommunikationslösung, die von Xerox zur #drupa2016 erst gar nicht eingesetzt wurde. Das könnte daran liegen, dass Xerox für die eigene Marketing-Kommunikation den nutzen von XMPie völlig verkennt und/oder mit seiner Corporate-Social-Strategie bis dato  zwar große Reichweite, aber zu wenig Interaktion erzielt.

Viele andere, gleichrangig hoch frequentierte Hashtag-Begriffe zeigen das weite Spektrum, an dem man sich orientieren muss, wenn man das Thema Print künftig weiter entwickeln und bei Kunden populär machen und im Gespräch halten möchte:

  • virtual, strategy, automation, client, multichannel, success, review, geospital sowie gis, interactivevideo, marketing, iIoT (als das industrielle Internet-of-Things) sowie communications, 3d printing und youtube.
  • Als einziger Produktname taucht „clarity“ auf, der die neue, wegweisende Cloud-Lösung von Pitney Bowes bezeichnet. Nebenbei: Als mir bis dato einzig bekannter drupa-Aussteller setzt Pitney Bowes Twitter global als wesentliche Säule des Business Development ein.

Fazit Teil 1

Kommunikation über Print ist wahrhaft eine Kunst. Wer sich auch nach der #drupa2016 über Print adäquat informieren will, muss maximale Online-/Twitter-Kompetenz besitzen. Sonst landet man im Nirwana des Lost in details“-Syndroms und holt aus seinem hohen Messe-Investment viel zu wenig raus! — Übrigens ist es anders als über Twitter/Posten kaum möglich, in Echtzeit das Wichtigste auf den Punkt zu bringen und multimedial durch Text, Foto, Video in einer digitalen und globalen Welt erlebbar zu machen! Dies gelingt vor allem durch ValueStorifys. Siehe: #drupa2016 review — All about the role of print in the communications mix sowie #drupa mc — print re-invented!


Fortsetzung folgt mit Teil 2:
Worauf kam es bei der #drupa2016 wirklich an?


Some insights

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Die drupa ist stets ein Ort der Top-Gespräche und einzigartigen Momente, wie mit Didier Gombert (großes Foto am Stand von Objectif Lune). Foto/Collage: Andreas Weber

 

Kritische und bewusst streng gehaltene, selektive Analyse von Andreas Weber, Head of Value, im Rückblick auf die famose #drupa2016 — Lesezeit: 10 Minuten. Halbwertzeit min. bis zur #drupa2020 — Die Themengliederung aller drei Berichte im Überblick:


Fazit Teil 1

Kommunikation über Print ist wahrhaft eine Kunst. Wer sich auch nach der #drupa2016 über Print adäquat informieren will, muss maximale Online-/Twitter-Kompetenz besitzen. Sonst landet man im Nirwana des Lost in details“-Syndroms und holt aus seinem hohen Messe-Investment viel zu wenig raus! — Übrigens ist es anders als über Twitter/Posten kaum möglich, in Echtzeit das Wichtigste auf den Punkt zu bringen und multimedial durch Text, Foto, Video in einer digitalen und globalen Welt erlebbar zu machen! Dies gelingt vor allem durch ValueStorifys. Siehe: #drupa2016 review — All about the role of print in the communications mix sowie #drupa mc — print re-invented!


 

Frage: Ist es möglich, das Angebot einer drupa als globale Leitmesse komplett zu erfassen?
Antwort: Nein! Das ist auch gar nicht nötig. Das beste Prinzip lautet: Reduktion auf das maximal Wichtige. Daher nachfolgend eine analytisch-subjektive Selektion dessen, was aus ValuePublishing-Sicht relevant war!


Vorspiel: Wo bleibt der Bezug zu dem, was die Printbranche voranbringt?

„Rund 260.000 Besucher (2012: 314.248 Besucher) aus 188 Ländern und rund 1.900 Journalisten aus 74 Ländern sind nach Düsseldorf gereist, um sich über technologische Innovationen, Weiterentwicklungen und neue Geschäftsfelder zu informieren,“ verlautbarte die Messe Düsseldorf am 10. Juni 2016 stolz. Und mit 76 Prozent lag die Quote der internationalen Besucher um 16 Prozentpunkte höher als im Jahr 2012. Deutschland markiert damit einen riesigen Besucherrückgang! Quelle: drupa/Messe Düsseldorf

Ob die Zahl der Besucher den Ausschlag für nachhaltigen Erfolg gibt, sei dahingestellt. Aber eine Schrumpfung um fast 55.000 Besucher im Vergleich zur drupa 2012 ist in jedem Fall bedenkenswert. Zu behaupten, das sei OK, weil die Messedauer ja verkürzt worden sei, erscheint ungefähr so „logisch“ wie das Argument, gutes Essen schmecke umso besser, je mehr man davon mengenmässig verspeist.

Fakt ist vielmehr: Der allseits herausgestellte Dreiklang der modernen Druckindustrie — Digitalisierung, Automatisierung und Flexibilisierung, kurz mit Print 4.0 in Anspielung an Industrie 4.0 charakterisiert – hat zur Folge, dass immer weniger Betriebe mit immer weniger Personal ein inzwischen wieder dynamisches Produktionsvolumen stemmen. Ergo: Weniger ist mehr! ABER: Für die #drupa2016 hätte die beste Voraussetzung bestanden, neue Zielgruppen zu motivieren und zu mobilisieren, um die ambitionierte globale Leitmesse zu besuchen. Das hat aber (wie schon 2012) nur marginal/punktuell geklappt, aber nicht breitenwirksam. Denn neue Besuchergruppen sind durch „Wir können Print 4.0“-Rufe und „Wie toll, was wir da machen-Selbstdarstellungen von Ausstellern nicht zu mobilisieren. Aus meiner Sicht ist eine riesige Chance vergeben worden. Viele Marktteilnehmer werden sich dadurch unnötig schwer tun, um das zu kompensieren. 

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Der kompakte Vortrag mit dem #drupa2016 Review von Andreas Weber kam sehr gut an auf dem Swiss Publishing Day 2016 am 30. Juni 2016 in Winterthur. — Doku via YouTube (Live-Video-Doku) oder via Slideshare (42 Min.-Video plus alle Charts).

Zu vielen Ausstellern muss es wohl egal sein, was die Kunden ihrer Kunden denken. Einige Hersteller betonten, das Wichtigste sei, dass sie weit über ihre Erwartungen hinaus Verkaufsabschlüsse tätigten.

  • Beispiel: Landa verkaufte nach eigenem Bekunden für über 450 Millionen EURO Nano-Druckmaschinen, die (allerdings) immer noch nicht lieferfähig sind. — Siehe dazu meine Traumgeschichte „Danke Benny. Touch the future again and again…”
  • Seriöser resp. sinnvoller aus meiner Sicht: Heideldruck erwähnte bei seiner Annual Analyst Conference am 8. Juni 2016 über 1.000 Kaufverträge über lieferfähige Produkte und Lösungen, um Kunden zu ermöglichen, ihr Kerngeschäft Offsetdruck zu stärken und/oder gleichzeitig sich der Herausforderung „Digitaldruck auf industriellem Fertigungsniveau“ anzunehmen; mehr als 5.500 Heideldruck-Kunden meldeten sich für den neuen Heidelberg eShop an.
  • HP Inc. rühmte sich, mit der kompletten Halle 17 im Gepäck, der größte Aussteller der drupa 2016 gewesen zu sein, und lobt sich selbst: „HP experienced its best attended drupa ever with sales far exceeding expectations, achieving 150 percent of our sales goal,” urteilte laut Branchendienst WhatTheyThink.com Francois Martin, Global Marketing Lead Graphics Solutions Business HP Inc. Fast schon pingelig wird aufgezählt, wieviel Maschinen man verkauft habe, um zu dokumentieren, dass man die eigenen Lösungen zur Marktführerschaft gebracht habe. — Nur mit dem von HP vielgelobten PrintOS, dem neuen und ultimativen Betriebssystem fürs Drucken, kam man laut divergierenden Medienmitteilungen mit 200 resp. 500 Subskribenten, in jedem Falle also weniger als 5% aller Kunden, nicht so weit. — Damit ist HP entgegen der eigenen Einschätzung vom Mainstream weit entfernt und  immer noch nicht vollständig im Print 4.0-Zeitalter der durchgängigen Digitalisierung, Automatisierung und Flexibilisierung angekommen.

Die Umsätze bei Heidelberg wie auch bei KBA, Canon, Xerox, Ricoh und KonicaMinolta liegen allesamt höher als beim „größten“ Aussteller der #drupa2016, der zudem deutlich höhere Stand- und Werbekosten zu verzeichnen hat. (Kann man so etwas einen Pyrrhussieg nennen?). Allein drei Aussteller als Newcomer aus Israel konnten in Summe HP’s Umsätze weit übertreffen resp. eine sehr viel bessere Relation zwischen Invest und Return-on-Invest erzielt haben; neben Landa sind dies Highcon und Scodix, wie der israelische Wirtschaftsdienst Globes vermeldet hat. — Learning: Wer wie HP darauf setzt, sich Erfolg erkaufen zu wollen, muss nicht automatisch erfolgreicher sein als andere. Zumal, wenn wie im Falle HP zur #drupa2016 eigentlich nur Optimierungen der bestehenden HP-Lösungen geboten wurden. Tatsächlich Neues und für die Print-Branche im Sinne des „Touch the future“ insgesamt Relevantes hat sich für mich bei HP auf der #drupa2016 nicht erschlossen. Schon gar nicht durch HP’s mediale Kommunikationsarbeit!

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Petra Lüftner kommentierte am 4. Juli 2016 per XING als Reaktion auf mein Traum-Erlebnis — Danke, Benny! Touch the future again and again… — wie folgt: „Ich war total traumatisiert von so viel Zukunftsvisionen und der ernsthaften Frage, für WEN und welchen MARKT all dieses dort stattgefunden hat. Die Realität sieht meines Erachtens heute und auch in den kommenden Jahren ganz anders aus. Verkaufen, nur um des Verkaufens Willen, ohne fachliche und zeitnahe Analyse der Marktes? Wie oft schon wurde in der Vergangenheit der Hype um neue Technologien zum Untergangsszenario mancher Firma 🙁  Denn nicht die ‚Technology’ ist es, was wir zuerst überdenken müssen, vielmehr die Wertschöpfungskette und die Anwendbarkeit des vorhandenen Instrumentariums.  Ein erfolgreiches Unternehmen zeichnet sich durch einen realistischen Bezug zum Markt und die darauf optimierten Prozesse und Produkte, nicht durch blinkende Displays aus.  So stellte sich am Ende meines Traums die Frage, ist alles was glänzt Gold oder sollte man doch den guten alten Fadenzähler zur genaueren Betrachtung des Ganzen nutzen? Herzliche Grüße in die Stadt des URSPRUNGS, die Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz“.

In medias res: Willkommen im digitalen Printmedienkosmos

Wichtiger erscheint mir, der Nabelschau einiger Top-Aussteller nicht zum Opfer zu fallen, sondern stattdessen konkret aufzuzeigen, welchen Einfluss tatsächlich innovative Technologien-Angebote auf der #drupa2016 für die Branchenentwicklung haben. Denn, wie und ob Print gewinnt, hängt nicht von Boxen-Verkäufen, sondern von Lösungskompetenz und drei zentralen Faktoren ab:

  1. Welche Rolle spielt Print im Kommunikationsmix? Gerade mit Blick auf BigData, Cloud, Social Media und IoT.
  2. Wie und warum definiert Inkjet-Druck die industrielle Herstellung von Printmedien neu?
  3. Wer als Aussteller hat auf der #drupa2016 die Messe-Leitidee „Touch the future“ tatsächlich am besten verkörpert und nach vorne gebracht?

Zeit also für eine an der Realität orientierte Bestandsaufnahme, die alle (kaum noch zu überblickenden) Neuheiten der #drupa2016 zusammenfasst, plausibel bewertet und in den Kontext mit den gewachsenen Anforderungen im Digitalzeitalter stellt.

Das Prinzip der Digitalisierung im Kontext mit Print erklärte Heideldruck-CEO Dr. Gerold Linzbach im Vorfeld der drupa 2016 ganz exzellent (Siehe „drupa ante portas: Automatisierung, Flexibilisierung, Digitalisierung machen Print zum Top-Wachstumsmarkt!“). Auf der drupa präsentierten Dr. Linzbach und sein Vorstandsteam am 8. Juni 2016 souverän vor hochrangigen Finanzanalysten, was Heidelbergs Comeback ausmacht  — übrigens von der drupa-Community kaum bemerkt, führte die gelungene Konferenz für #Heideldruck zu einem Kurssprung nach oben, inklusive Kaufempfehlung der Analysten:

  1. Ein radikales Umdenken und Umschwenken Richtung Print 4.0
  2. Maximale Markt- und Kundenorientierung mit Fokus auf ‚Customer Journey‘ (im Sonne von: Welchen Weg wird mein Kunde gehen, wenn er neue Lösungen einsetzen möchte?)
  3. Neupositionierung Richtung autonomes Drucken sowie das „Amazon-für-Printherstellung“ durch eine integrierte Heideldruck eShop-Lösung

07-drupa2016 ValuePublishing Storify on HeideldruckWeitere Informationen zum Comeback von Heideldruck: ValueStorify „drupa 2016 — #Heideldruck: Back to profitable growth!“ mit Live-Texten, -Fotos, -Videos.

Heideldruck sieht für sich gute Chancen, die „alte“ Welt des Offset-Druckens mit der neuen Welt des „digitalen“ Druckens zu vereinen. Das wird belohnt: Wie Mike Hilton in seinem Global News Review dokumentiert, erhielt Heideldruck in mehreren Kategorien den IDG Business Media and Dimension Data Deutschland’s Digital Leader Award 2016.

Daran anknüpfend ist zu beachten, dass der Umgang mit dem Phänomen „Big Data“ in der Printproduktion mehrere Dimensionen und eine dynamisch stärker werdende Priorität aufweist:

  • Aus dem Web resp. der Social Media-Welt und via Cloud-Services explodiert die Datenmenge dessen, was aus der virtuellen Welt ins Print überführt wird;
  • Inhalte können dabei automatisiert auf Basis von intelligenten Algorithmen zusammengestellt werden für massenhaft individuelle, bedarfsgerechte Druckprodukte.
  • Zum anderen müssen riesige Datenströme beim Produktionsmanagement intelligent gehandhabt werden, um effizient, qualitätvoll, ohne Medienbrüche und möglichst schnell, das heisst in Tagesfrist fertigen und liefern zu können.

Dies geschieht auf verschiedenen Ebenen, wobei im Web verstärkt Systemarchitekturen zur freien Verfügung stehen, die nahtlos Druckdaten automatisiert erzeugen und per Internet an selektiertere Dienstleister/Drucksysteme transferieren können. Die einfachste Form sind Drucke beliebiger Daten via Smartphone oder Tablet. Apple mit AirPrint oder Google mit CloudPrint waren die Pioniere der Generation X; Drucksystemhersteller wie Canon oder HP folgten mit eigenen ePrint-Lösungen. Zum Anderen werden Daten aus Wiki—Plattformen zum Beispiel per PediaPress-Technologie in Bücher verwandelt, auf Basis der vom Internetnutzer online selektierten Wikipedia-Artikel. Weiterhin können Social-Media-Nutzer per Knopfdruck ihre Chroniken auf Twitter, Instagram oder Facebook in Publikationen verwandeln, um gedruckte Poster z.B. der Facebook—/Instagram-Freunde, Leinwanddrucke  oder Tagebuch-Chroniken in Buchform aus Twitter und Facebook automatisiert zu erstellen (siehe mySocialBook, Twenty20 oder boomf mit Druck von Instagram-Fotos auf essbare Marshmellows).

Diese Services werden von Konsumenten ebenso genutzt wie von Unternehmen für Werbezwecke, die solche Projekte in ihre digitalen Marketingkonzepte einbinden (Siehe den ValuePublishing drupa-Vorbericht zum Highlight-Thema Multichannel). Bei den reinen Unternehmensanwendungen werden Marketing- und IT-Daten automatisiert ohne Medienbruch zusammengefügt und daraus Cross-Media-Kundenkampagnen erstellt, die Unternehmensangebote wie zum Beispiel Vertragsverlängerungen bei Versicherungen koppeln mit den Feedbacks von zehntausenden Kunden, die dann an die Unternehmens-IT und deren CRM-Systeme zurückgespielt werden, um die Kundenprofile aktuell zu halten und sogar einzelne Transaktionen zu dokumentieren. Alle Unterlagen sind dann sowohl digital als auch gedruckt verfügbar. Der Kunde entscheidet, welche Form er bevorzugt.

 Als Lesetipp empfehle ich die brillanten Kommentare von Christian Kopocz auf LinkedIn, der als Entrepreneur und Finanz-, Marketing-, Digitaldruck- und Multichannel-Profi exzellent twittern sowie bloggen kann und sein #drupa2016-Erleben aus Sicht des kundigen Fachbesuchers schildert:

Druckers Dilemma: „Herrje! Was habe ich denn mit Social Media und Big Data zu tun? — Eigentlich will ich doch einfach nur drucken!“

Naturgemäß stellen Big Data resp. Social Media die Welt der Druckereiunternehmer auf den Kopf. Das Denken und die Technik-Ausstattung in Druckereien sind darauf ausgerichtet, dass der Kunde/Drucksachenbesteller die Pre-Media-Arbeit selbst erledigt. Und der Druckerei druckbare PDF-Dateien übergibt. Man bedient einen Nachfragemarkt. Denn bis dato folgen Printproduktionsprozesse einem starren, linearen Ablaufschema: Daten werden digital editiert, mit Expertenwerkzeugen formatiert und dann unveränderlich für den Druck aufbereitet und an Druckereien übergeben. Der Mensch diktiert sozusagen der Maschine, was sie tun muss. Die Druckerei lebt vom Bereithalten von Produktionsmitteln und -kapazitäten — mit dem Vorsatz bzw. der Verpflichtung, Bedürfnisse der Kunden bestmöglich zu erfüllen. Damit sind Drucker wie ihre Lieferant glücklich. Aber: Tatsächlich haben beide Fraktionen im Drucksektor die Kontrolle über den Markt längst abgeben. Und wer kennt schon durch Innovationen hervorgerufene Bedürfnisse, die sich erst noch entwickeln können, wenn das neue auch bekannt ist? Wie gesagt, die Kunden der Druckerei waren kaum auf der #drupa2016 zugegen und können sich auch nicht über klassische Fachmedien oder durch bloggende Marktforscher  informieren, weil die sich in Details verlieren…


 Zwischenruf: Anders agieren!

Kai Büntemeyer„Den schlimmsten Fehler, den man machen kann, ist auf der drupa einfach eine Maschine zu kaufen, ohne vor- und nachgelagerte Prozesse zu bedenken!“ — Kai Büntemeyer, Vorsitzender VDMA Druck- und Papiertechnik sowie Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter von Kolbus GmbH & Co KG auf der pre-drupa-Pressekonferenz des VDMA am 4. April 2016.


Der einzig mögliche Innovationsansatz ist daher, den starren Prozess aufzulösen, indem Daten von verschiedener Seite stationär und mobil bearbeitet werden, also von Analog zu Digital und umgekehrt als iterativer Prozess nahtlos automatisiert transformiert, inhaltlich angereichert sowie individuell und „on-demand“ per Digitaldruck ausgegeben werden können. Workflow-technisch gesehen, wird ein Pipeline-Prozess in ein vernetztes, interaktives, individuell auszugestaltendes  Plattform-Konzept überführt, das neue Formen der Konnektivität bietet.

Ganz nah an Big Data: Print 4.0 braucht Communication 4.0

Auf der drupa 2016 konnte man darüber mit Pionieren und Unternehmern wie Didier Gombert, einer der Gründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender des Technologie-Entwicklers Objectif Lune (OL), bestens und auf hohem Niveau diskutieren. Gombert hatte vor einiger Zeit schon den technischen Umbau aller seiner Software-Lösungen vorgenommen. HTML, CSS und JavaScript bilden nunmehr den Ausgangspunkt. Der Fokus liegt auf digitalem Business Communication Management (kurz: ccm). Print kann sich dort stets nahtlos „andocken“ und wird Teil digitaler Kommunikations- und Geschäftsprozesse.

„In der Auseinandersetzung mit der Digitalisierung hat sich die Printmedienbranche lange auf die Steigerung der Herstellungseffizienz fokussiert. Entsprechend folgt jede Art Printmedienherstellung stets digitalen Prozessen. Das ist gut so. Aber: Die Effektivität von Print als vernetzbarem Medium im Digitalzeitalter kam zu kurz und hat jetzt höchste Priorität“, stellt Gombert fest. Der visionäre Unternehmer gilt seit über 20 Jahren als Vorreiter einer neuen „digitalen“ Philosophie, die Printmedien zeitgemäß im Kommunikationsmix einbindet. Grundlage bildet für Gombert das „Connect“-Prinzip. Aus einem „digitalen“ Baukasten verschiedenster Lösungen entwickelte sich ein skalierbares Lösungsszenario, das Einsteigern wie Profis hilft, Print in der Geschäfts-/Kundenkommunikation optimal einzusetzen und stets mit digitalen Kommunikationsprozessen einfach und kostengünstig zu vernetzen. Themenhighlights zur drupa 2016 sind für Gombert sozusagen „beyond technology“ neue Kommunikationsaufgaben wie „Customer Experience“ und „Customer Journey“. Darunter wird verstanden, hundertprozentig markt- und kundenorientiert Produkte und Lösungen im Dialog mit Kunden (weiter) zu entwicklen. Im Fokus: Optimale Schnittstellen zwischen Mensch-Maschine — Maschine-Maschine — Maschine-Mensch. Kein Wunder, dass Gombert auf der drupa 2016 mit allen seinen wichtigen Kunden und Partnern zusammentraf, um den Ball weiter zu spielen. Dazu gehören Konzerne wie Canon, Konica Minolta Pitney Bowes und Ricoh.

ValuePublishing Big Data Visuals.001Ganz nah an Big Data ist auch der Titel eines Reports, den Andreas Weber für das #drupa2016-Print-Special der führenden Technik&Innovations-Zeitung VDI nachrichten verfasste. — Erweiterte Fassung des Reports als Trendanalyse (in englischer Sprache).


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Print als Medientechnologie spielt nicht mehr eine Sonderolle quasi als Analog-Relikt in einer digitalen Welt. Print ist und bleibt die tragende Säule der Geschäfts- und Kommunikationswelt und kann nahtlos in digitale Geschäfts- und Kommunikationsprozesse eingliedert werden! Um in der neuen Welt des Print bestehen zu können, erfordert es seitens der Druckereien den Neustart-Knopf zu drücken. Mit Technik-Käufen oder dem Versuch, durch Technik-Einsatz gar neue Geschäftsmodelle zu entwicklen, kommt keiner weiter. Alle sind aufgefordert, das Zusammenspiel von Brainware, Software und Hardware neu zu definieren und daraus Markt-konforme Lösungsangebote im Dialog mit Kunden zu entwickeln.


Fortsetzung folgt mit Teil 3 — Des Pudels Kern: #unleashprint („entfessele Print“)


Hinweis

Im Fokus dieses umfassenden #drupa2016 Review stehen drei wesentliche Überlegungen als Leitlinie, die sich durch meine umfassenden Vor-drupa-2016-Analysen bereits abzeichneten:

  • Was bringt die Branche und den Markt tatsächlich voran?
  • Wie ordnet sich Print in der Big Data-Welt ein?
  • Welche Player/hidden Champs sind wichtig?

Da sich dieser Sachverhalt nicht trivial erschließen lässt, indem man einfach eine Vielzahl an Neuheiten und Presemeldungen auflistet, nachfolgend mein Bericht in drei Teilen, der das #drupa2016-Messegeschehen bewertet, plausibel in den Kontext stellt, Hintergründe erläutert und am Beispiel des für mich gelungensten Messeauftritts detailliert erklärt, welche Lösungsansätze Sinn machen. — Stichwort: #unleashprint!

Wer sich für alles bis ins feinste Detail informieren möchte, kann dies im ValueBlog in besonderer Form tun. Unter dem Suchwort: „Mike Hilton’s Global News“ finden sich über 600 Pressemeldungen zu allen relevanten drupa-2016-Neuheiten. — Siehe auch den Vortrag mit dem kompakten #drupa2016 Review auf dem Swiss Publishing Day 2016 in Winterthur vom 30. Juni 2016 via YouTube (Live-Video-Doku) oder via Slideshare (42 Min.-Video plus alle Charts).

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Great work. Great tweets. Great results. And a lot of fun beyond technology by LOVRA’s amazing chill-out sessions. Last but not least: Many THANKS to the Xerox Social Media team members Stefan, Bill, Jenna.

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Dear friends of drupa!

Please read and share our unique series of #drupa2016 reports. We are proud to enable a real multimedia and multichannel experience. And we are happy to interact with a huge global audience covering 120+ countries.

Kick-off: splendid #drupa2016

Our ValuePUBLISHING TRILOGY — a quite critical, selective analysis looking back at the splendid #drupa2016 (in german language)

Topics Outline Overview:
• Part 1 – Proof of concept: Does the printing community communicates properly?
• Part 2 – Crucial: Reduce to the max — don’t get lost in details!
• Part 3 – The crux of the matter: #unleashprint 

 


Back to the future: Some fun

#drupa2050 — TX to Benny: Touch the future again and again…
#drupa2050 — Danke, Benny! Touch the future again and again…


Enjoy ValuePUBLISHING’s #Storify stories the most valuable way to catch up all major topics of #drupa2016 in a smart multimedia format. Convenient to navigate, wonderful to explore and easy to share. Our guideline: Less is more — so reduce to the max!

 

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

 

 

GENERAL OVERVIEW

drupa2016 REVIEW — ValuePublishing Storify:
All about the role of print in the communications mix

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Pre-drupa media conference March 2016

 

 

 

IN MEDIAS RES

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Ready for #unleashprint? YES WE CAN(on)

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Heideldruck back to profitable growth

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PitneyBowes reinvented mail (live at drupa may/June 2016)

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Objectif Lune put business communications to the next level

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Das Geheimnis der #drupa2016 in 23 Sekunden — Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value.

 


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Heidelberg’s Stephan Plenz presented the first result of the new Primefire 106 Inkjet press dedicated to the packaging market.

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 19 February 2016

Welcome to another week of news highlights which has seen 39 news items and articles go online since last Monday, with five new additions to our FESPA Newsroom led by Durst, as it plans to unveil its new water-based printing systems and UV automation for LFP and dye-sublimation areas of application in Amsterdam next month; and then five in our drupa Newsroom led by Muller Martini with plans to show finishing for variable data printing live at the upcoming major event at the end of May and early June in Düsseldorf. We also have Konica Minolta, Ryobi and MHI, or RMGTas it is now known, planning to debut its newly designed range of presses, including hybrid digital; Global Graphics and Hybrid Software; and lastly CGS, as it announces the inaugural ‘ORIS Flex Pack Awards 2016’ with results to be shown at drupa.

In Online Features the BPIF’s Printing Outlook for the First Quarter of 2016 introduction is highlighted; while Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog on Friday of last week looks at the successful recycling of paper cups by James Cropper Paper in the United Kingdom.

The week’s news began on a positive note on Monday from Manroland Web Systems, as managing director Jörn Gossécomments on the company’s positive 2015 financial year, which saw both an increase in profit and a boost in the company’s market share.

A major subject this week is that of labels and labelling, where on Friday the International label association FINAT previews 2016, as the industry is constantly challenged to provide much more for brand owners and consumers. The world of labelling is unquestionably one of the most dynamic and innovative industry sectors today. Thomas Hagmaier, current president of FINAT and CEO of Hagmaier Etiketten in southern Germany, offers an informed summary of the current status in 2016: Says Hagmaier, ‘Delivering a fine piece of label design and print that sells the product on the retail shelf is still essential, but today our industry is challenged to provide so much more, for the brand owner and the consumer. To meet an ever-growing raft of brand owner demands, the label supply chain has to meet challenges posed not only by industry innovation, but also by new packaging and labelling choices, online retailing, incredible refinements in imaging technologies, the need fo r sustainable solutions and, of course, international regulations.’ Don’t miss the article!

Also on Friday, you will also find Domino with UV textures for labels; Rotoflex with new security label inspection options; and then MPS, Screen with its Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press, Mathom and AVT, all preparing to join Rotocon at ProPack Africa in March in Johannesburg. Then we had Xaar on Monday, with an expanded product range for UV, which is ideal for printing UV spot varnish for labels, packaging and graphics applications.

As for new sales and installations as the new year gets under way, we had Stroma on Monday with its latest digital purchase from Heidelberg UK . Thursday saw BCQ with EFI Vutek; and on Friday, we had Positive ID Labelling Systems in the UK, which is growing its digital print service offering with the company’s second EFI Jetrion label press – this time a Jetrion 4900 model. Cape Town’s original fabric label printing company, Julius Solomon Specialist Labels, has added Xerox speciality silver and gold dry inks for packaging and swing tickets; and lastly,  Liverpool, UK-based Rayross has invested in Duplo to offer PUR perfect binding to its own customers, as well as  as trade service to commercial printers, design agencies and more.

Exciting new kit this week was led by Duplo on Monday, as it unveiled its new iSaddle PRO Digital System targeted at near-line high-end saddle stitching production. Canon on Tuesday with new entry-level MFP printers; and on Wednesday, Stora Enso as it introduces a new CKB Carrier board grade to be shown at the NEC Birmingham at the Packaging Innovations show on 24 – 25 February 2016.

There’s much more if you scroll down carefully, including as this week’s tailender, the new alliance for South Africa’s DigitalView and Mellow Colour among Wednesday’s headlines. Mellow Colour’s founder and director, Alan Dresch, is already known to many in South Africa from his earlier days with Linotype, as well as more recently with Mellow Colour. DigitalView is also in the drupa Newsroom with CGS, announcing the inaugural ‘ORIS Flex Pack Awards 2016’ which we mentioned earlier.

That’s about it until next time.
My best regards,

Mike Hilton 

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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 pagesMon 15 Feb…   Manroland Web Systems boosts 2015 profit and market share
Following a positive 2015 financial year, the Augsburg-based press manufacturer starts drupa year 2016 on a positive note…

Xaar expands product range for UV applications

Ideal for printing UV spot varnish for labels, packaging and graphics, as well as adding textured effects to wood laminate…

It’s two in a row from EFI for CMYUK !
The leading UK specialist wide-format inkjet supplier announced as EFI’s European Sales Partner of the Year for 2015…

Duplo UK launches the iSaddle PRO Digital System
Duplo UK has today unveiled its new iSaddle PRO Digital System targeted at near-line high-end saddle stitching production…

Stroma turns to Heidelberg for its latest digital investment
Specialist digital printing house Stroma has turned to Heidelberg UK for its latest digital purchase – a Linoprint CP digital press…

Tue 16 Feb…    Durst to debut new extra-wide system at FESPA Digital 2016
Durst to unveil its new water-based printing systems and UV automation for LFP and dye-sub areas of application in Amsterdam…

Voting open for FESPA People’s Choice Award
Entries to FESPA Awards 2016 surpasses previous years…

Heidelberg USA hosts three UV open events to meet demand

Unbelievable customer response to Heidelberg UV open houses at its new Print Media Centre in Atlanta in December…

Latest ISO and FOGRA standards supported by GMG
GMG supports M+E Druckhaus and Peter Becker for reliable production in line with the latest offset standards…

Canon adds two new entry-level multi-function printers

Canon launches imagePROGRAF iPF770 MFP L36 and iPF670 MFP L24 to bring streamlined functionality…

Wed 17 Feb…   Global Graphics and Hybrid Software strategic alliance
Alliance to provide digital press manufacturers with ‘unbeatable’ RIPs and workflow package for drupa 2016 launchpad…

Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology to exhibit at drupa 2016
Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology will introduce to the world its new logo, corporate message and new lineup of printing equipment…

DigitalView appointed Mellow Colour partner for South Africa
DigitalView was recently appointed as distributor of Mellow Colour products & services for the South African market….

Heidelberg UK forms new Prinect workflow team

Heidelberg UK brings together a strong team, headed by Paul Chamberlain, to spearhead workflow expansion…

Stora Enso to debut new CKB board at Packaging Innovations
Stora Enso introduces new CKB Carrier board grade to be shown at the NEC in Birmingham on 24 – 25 February 2016…

Thu 18 Feb…   
Finishing variable print products live at drupa 2016
Muller Martini Finishing 4.0: Variable products call for highly variable and modular print finishing systems. See them live at drupa…

Rotocon label printing technology at Propak Africa

Leading printing solutions from MPS, Screen’s Truepress Jet L350UV, Matho and AVT will be available in three Rotocon’s stands…

FESPA Digital plays host to a number of new exhibitors
First speciality print event of 2016 is the perfect venue for new exhibitors and exciting global product launches…

More technology, applications and exhibitors than ever
FESPA Textile 2016, the largest digital textile event to date, to showcase new exhibitors and product launches in Amsterdam…

BCQ’s JollyBig division expands with Vutek QS2000
JollyBig aims to get even bigger and meet increasing demand with investment in superwide-format Vutek QS2000 from CMYUK…

Fri 19 Feb…  The place of a label in a changing world
International label association FINAT previews 2016, as the industry is challenged to provide more for brand owners and consumers…

‘Textures by Domino’ to debut at Label & Print 2016

Textures by Domino features standout effects for high-end labels and packaging at the NEC Birmingham, from 24 – 25 February…

Rotoflex releases new label inspection Security Series
Security Series modules can now be be fully integrated into the Rotoflex VSI, HSI and VLI product lines as new, or retrofits…

MPS joins Rotocon at Propak Africa 2016

MPS is set to join its South African agent Rotocon at the upcoming Propak Africa from 15 – 18 March in Johannesburg…

Positive ID adds second larger EFI Jetrion digital label press
Positive ID Labelling Systems, UK grows its digital print service offering with EFI Jetrion 4900 digital press…

Julius Solomon Specialist Labels adds digital metallic inks
Cape Town’s original fabric label printing company adds Xerox speciality silver and gold dry inks for packaging and swing tickets…

Rayross Print Factory opens up new markets with Duplo
Liverpool-based Rayross invests in Duplo to offer PUR perfect binding to commercial printers, design agencies and more…

Lead article from Friday in last week’s update…

Last Friday’s lead…   Antalis Packaging launches new customer-centric Website
Antalis has unveiled a new information-packed Website to support customers in the packaging and logistics markets…

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

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

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

Online Feature articles 2014 – 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.

Technology-related 2016 Chapter 02
You will find 20 current feature articles in this Chapter, with the most recent from Heidelberg.

Previous…   TCL Packaging adopts Water Washable Asahi Plates
TCL Packaging teams with Creation Reprographics and Asahi Photoproducts to deliver premium performance and to challenge gravure…

Online Features 2016 Jan/Feb  Chapter 03

BPIF’s Printing Outlook for the First Quarter 2016
Output and orders exceeded expectations in Q4 – positive forecast for Q1 as some confidence returns…

EXCLUSIVE Report…   EFI Connect 2016: Welcome to the Future of Printing
At EFI Connect 2016, EFI revealed its clear and focused picture of the future of printing, and how the company plans to respond to market changes…

Major order for Heidelberg from Atta.45 in Sweden
Swedish print shop invests Euro 13 million: Biggest part is comprehensive product, service and consumables package….

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Recycling Paper Cups
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 Feb

Previous…    Stepping Back to Step Forward
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 12 Feb

Environmental Laws
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 08 Feb

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…

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

LATEST…   Large Format and Wide Format inkjet printing
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 7 by international independent consultant Sophie Matthews-Paul who has been involved at the start of wide-format developments following their evolution into the devices they are today…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

LATEST…   drupa cube: The Medici Group to spur out-of-the-box thinking
Best selling author Frans Johansson and other thought leaders to deliver keynotes in the cube during drupa 2016…

drupa cube: Die Medici Group ist Innovationspartner der drupa

Bestseller-Autor Frans Johannsson und zwei weitere Vordenker halten die Keynotes im cube während der drupa 2016…

Attractive offers for travel and accommodation
Use Print@home and free transport to drupa by bus and train. The online ticket shop opened on 2 January, 2016…

Passende Angebote für Anreise und Unterkunft

Print@home und kostenlos zur drupa mit Bus und Bahn. Online-Ticketshop geöffnet am 2. Januar 2016…

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

Muller Martini: Finishing variable print products live at drupa 2016
Muller Martini Finishing 4.0: Variable products call for highly variable and modular print finishing systems. See them live at drupa…

Konica Minolta aims to drive future growth at drupa 2016
KM to demonstrate real-value business opportunities in several business zones on its massive 2400 sq/m stand in Hall 8B 2…

Global Graphics and Hybrid Software strategic alliance
Alliance to provide digital press manufacturers with ‘unbeatable’ RIPs and workflow package for drupa 2016 debut…

RMGT to exhibit at drupa 2016
Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology will introduce to the world its new logo, corporate message and new lineup of printing equipment…

CGS’ call for entries: Show us what you can do!
CGS announces inaugural ‘ORIS Flex Pack Awards 2016’ with results to be shown during drupa 2016…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016

Last time…    drupa ante portas – Top topic for 2016: Print in the communications mix!
This is a new series of extraordinary conversations with leading multichannel experts. We invite you to read the introduction and the first four discussions / blogs: By Andreas Weber

Highlight topic Multichannel: ‘Individual solutions are in demand’
This is the fifth in this new series of conversations with leading multichannel experts. We also invite you to read the introduction and the first four discussion blogs (above): By Andreas Weber

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

FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam

Durst to debut new extra-wide system at FESPA Digital 2016:
Durst to unveil its new water-based printing systems and UV automation for LFP and dye-sub areas of application…

Nazdar to launch a number of new inks at FESPA Digital
Nazdar Ink Technologies to debut next-generation inks at FESPA Digital 2016 from 8 and 11 March, Amsterdam…

Last week…   Esko to feature efficient workflow at FESPA 2016
End-to-end integration aids profitable production for sign, display and wide-format businesses…

FESPA Federation News in 2016

FESPA Digital plays host to a number of new exhibitors

First speciality print event of 2016 is the perfect venue for new exhibitors and exciting global product launches…

More technology, applications and exhibitors than ever before

FESPA Textile 2016, the largest digital textile event to date, to showcase new exhibitors and product launches in Amsterdam…

Voting open for 2016 People’s Choice Award
Entries to FESPA Awards 2016 surpasses previous years…

Previous…   FESPA Awards gala dinner to showcase incredible talent
Book now for the glittering ceremony which will take place at Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam on Wednesday 9 March 2016…

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 14 December 2015 
Welcome to another week of news highlights and to Online Features where we have a super little article from ‘mymuesli’ in Passau, Germany lauding the opportunities that Heideberg’s 4D digital inkjet press has provided this rather unique startup company. We have Bobst‘s 125th Anniversary plans, and then HP and KBA with the world’s most productive inkjet web press. You’ll find the latest from drupa 2016, with the second Global Insights Report (in the drupa Newsroom) and from FESPA with Printeriors, the interior design showcase and dedicated conference, which will present a new concept for 2016 dubbed ‘The Print Hotel’, as the show returns to Amsterdam in March.

Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for last Friday, 11 December, includes mention of COP21 in Paris and ends with a caution that the graphics industry needs its associations to keep their members informed and aware, of where the green debate is heading and about how to participate in the conversation.

The news headlines this week contain some really important developments, not least of which appeared on Monday to begin the week on a high note, as HP and KBA debuted the world’s first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S to a couple of hundred key international packaging printers at KBA’s headquarters in Würzburg over a two-day event. This press also features in Friday’s leader to round-off the week, as DS Smith Packaging confirms that it has chosen to become the first packaging specialist to install the world’s first T1100S 2.8 metre wide inkjet web press from HP and KBA, in a sector where digital printing is the fastest growing segment in packaging, with a projected annual growth rate of 17 per cent in a market expected to be worth $19 billion by 2019.

Sappi led the news on Tuesday as it highlighted RLC Packaging and its recent success in the 2015 Red Dot Design Awards, using Sappi’s bright white carton material Algro Design for an exclusive hosiery and shapewear brand range packaging designed by Leo Burnett. You will also find a couple of other Awards mentions: from KBA on Tuesday; then EFI which is one of eight businesses to be honoured this year with the prestigious American Chamber of Commerce in Italy Award. Then we have Xeikon on Wednesday, as Dubai customer Kimoha celebrates a first as digital gains narrow web sector recognition at the recently held 35th FINAT Label Awards.

On Wednesday Heidelberg leads with the first of its drupa 2016 announcements, and reveals that it will exhibit the digitised future of the print media industry under the motto ‘Simply Smart’ and the biggest event in 2016; and then on Thursday it follows through with the second announcement on its plans to showcase ‘Smart Integration”, described as the next stage in automated print media production at next year’s event.

Although there are only 25 news articles again this week, you will find several really good and important announcements if you work your way through them carefully, including the Xaar Plc on Friday, as it reveals that Chris Morgan, the former key and very senior HP executive with a strong background in global marketing and general management and impressive track record, is to join the Xaar Board from January 2016. As with CEO Doug Edwards, Chris should be a great addition who is set to make his mark in Xaar’s future and the world of inkjet.

The tailender serves to remind you that the Festive Season and Christmas is drawing ever-closer and the major holiday season closures and exodus in the Southern Hemisphere, so there will only be one more e-News update before I also take a well-earned break until mid-January, when the industry should once again be under way following all the various interruptions and closures. If you are closing and disappearing during the week ahead, then I wish you Seasons’ Greetings wherever you are, and a very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year in 2016.

That’s it until next week.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Smart applications by Heidelberg: mymuesli.com presents 121 packaging printing on-site.

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 07 December…   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…

Sun Chemical creates new Advanced Materials Division

Sun Chemical forms a new Advanced Materials division with expanded portfolio of technologies from Sun Chemical and DIC…

Heidelberg’s Full Service Plus programme

Full Service Plus ramps up production month by month…

Xaar announces new family of Printheads
Xaar announces new family of Printheads for coding and marking applications with a 17mm print swathe…

Corelio automates with EFI Technique MIS Software
Publishing efficiency soars with 85 per cent of production running ‘hands free’ and a 10 per cent overall labour savings…

Tue 08 December…   
Good enough to touch: Enhancing the POS experience
In both visual and tactile terms, the packaging makes an instant impression, conveying the qualities of the product inside…

EFI to receive the AmCham Italy Transatlantic Award
EFI is one of eight businesses to be honoured this year with the prestigious American Chamber of Commerce in Italy Award…

European Sign Expo 2016 doubles in size
Expansion into another hall makes this the largest ever show, and destined to be the most successful edition to date…

Alphaset starts new chapter in binding with IFS

Horizon BQ270 PUR expected to achieve ROI in under a year…

Hub Folding Box receives Family Business Award 2015

KBA congratulates Hub Folding Box as the 2015 Massachusetts family business Award Winner…

Wed 09 December…   Heidelberg at drupa 2016: ‘Simply Smart’
drupa 2016: Heidelberg to exhibit the digitised future of the print media industry under the motto ‘Simply Smart’…

Printeriors 2016 presents ‘The Print Hotel’
Interior design showcase and dedicated conference return with new concept for 2016, from 8 – 11 March in Amsterdam…

Hot Foil Stamping Days held at the Bobst Centre in Mex

Bobst Large Format Hot Foil Stamping Days showcase new technology for size VI added value finishing at Bobst Competence Centre…

Large-format KBA Rapida 164 goes to Romania
Eurobusiness receives country’s first jumbo Rapida 64 with six printing units, coater + extended delivery from KBA-Sheetfed Solutions…

Xeikon helps Dubai customer scoop FINAT award

Kimoha celebrates a first as digital gains narrow web sector recognition at the 35th FINAT Label Awards…

Thu 10 December…   Ricoh’s European Customer Experience Centre expands
As demand grows Ricoh Europe announces plans for a new executive reception and briefing centre for production printing.

Heidelberg is enabling Smart Integration for drupa 2016
Heidelberg to showcase the next stage in automated print media production at drupa 2016…

Callas pdfaPilot expands Levigo Jadice server
Callas’ pdfaPilot expands the functionality of Levigo Solutions’ document conversion tool for high-quality PDF/A…

Muller Martini’s Presto II Digital saddle stitching system

The Presto II Digital saddle stitching system is considered to be the ideal solution for both offset and digital small to mid-sized runs…

Mercia’s Foliant completes business vision

Lamination solution is the final piece in production jigsaw…

Fri 11 December…   DS Smith Packaging to install first HP PageWide Web Press
HP Inc. reinvents corrugated packaging printing in collaboration with KBA, with the world’s first T1100S 2.8 metre width press…

Xaar appoints Chris Morgan as non-executive director

Chris Morgan brings with him a wealth of expertise in managing complex international technology businesses with HP…

Canon launches the Océ ColorWave 810 and 910
Canon launches the Océ ColorWave 810 and 910 – the fastest digital wide-format colour printers on the market…

mymuesli – your print and your customised muesli

The German start-up has been building a reputation for customised, healthy, and organic cereal and fruit-based products…

Creation Reprographics chooses Esko’s WebCenter
Streamlined communications, paperless operation and localisation increase capacity, facilitate growth, generate 30% savings…

Lead article from Friday 04 December in previous update… 

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

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

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

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
There are currently three downloads available for you in this Chapter , where you can download the PDF.

Technology-related 2015 Chapter 02
You will find 18 current feature articles in this Chapter, with the most recent from Heidelberg.

Nov/Dec 2015 Chapter 08

mymuesli – your print and your customised muesli
For eight years, the Passau-based German start-up ‘mymuesli’ has been building a reputation for customised, healthy, and organic cereal and fruit-based products…

Previous…    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…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Mark to Market
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 11 Dec

Previous…    December in Paris
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 04 December

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…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth. Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (Switzerland) were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct these two report series…

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

Heidelberg to enable Smart Integration for drupa 2016
Heidelberg to showcase the next stage in automated print media production at drupa 2016…

Heidelberg at drupa 2016: ‘Simply Smart’
drupa 2016: Heidelberg to exhibit the digitised future of the print media industry under the motto ‘Simply Smart’…

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…

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

Printeriors 2016 presents ‘The Print Hotel’
Interior design showcase and dedicated conference return with new concept for 2016…

Previous…    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…

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Antalis South Africa, Canon SA, Dainippon Screen,  Drupa 2016,  EFI and EFI Vutek, Esko,  Epson Europe BV,  FESPA. Goss International Inc,  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic Solutions,  Kodak,  Koenig + Bauer AG,  Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Krause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Muller Martini AG,  POLAR-Mohr, QuadTech Inc,  Quark Inc,  Ricoh Europe,  Sappi LimitedThunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

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@ 2015 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany. Composing: Andreas Weber. Photo Oliver Zünd: Zünd Systemtechnik AG.

It’s a truly impressive success story. Zünd Systemtechnik AG, a family-owned business with operations worldwide, specializes in developing and manufacturing digital cutting systems. The Zünd name represents Swiss Quality and is synonymous with precision, performance, and reliability.

The company description states: “Since 1984 Zünd has been developing, manufacturing, and marketing modular cutting systems and is globally recognized as market leader. The Zünd customer base consists of manufacturers and suppliers in many different industries, including graphics, packaging, garment and leather, as well as technical textile and composites. Zünd maintains headquarters in Altstätten, Switzerland, where the company’s R&D, marketing, and production facilities are located. Besides Zünd’s own sales and service organizations in Hong Kong (China), India, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States, Zünd relies on a worldwide network of long-standing, independent distribution & service partners.”

In a recent Value CEO Interview, Andreas Weber asked Oliver Zünd to explain some of the reasons for his company’s success.


Why has the history of Zünd Systemtechnik AG become such a success story?

Oliver Zünd: What really distinguishes us — our true forte — is “thinking forward”, that is, focusing on long-term strategies rather than short-term, quarterly goals. This gives us a great deal more flexibility and is something we, as a family business established in 1984, are in a position to do. Of great importance to us are the close relationships we have established with our customers and our many regional ties. 80 percent of all Zünd machine components originate within a 30-kilometer radius of our factory. We are also very focused. We know exactly what our strengths are and have specialized in developing a solid, modular cutting platform that serves vertical and highly specialized markets. The advantages are twofold: 1. Better risk management on our part. 2. Customers benefit in their ability to upgrade and expand their systems as needed.

What are your sources of inspiration for further company expansion and product development?

Oliver Zünd: We rely on a very well-educated workforce and have an R&D staff of more than 40 employees. For a company of our size, this represents an unusually high ratio. Our strategy is to stay in close contact to our markets so we can react as nimbly as possible to any changes. This means that our business has to involve direct customer contact wherever possible, which is why we serve the D-A-CH (Germany-Austria-Switzerland) region directly from our headquarters in Altstätten, Switzerland. This allows us to remain very close to end-users. Our steady involvement in numerous industry tradeshows also helps us stay on top of different markets and developing trends.

Can you cite an example?

Oliver Zünd: A good example is Fespa , which took place in May 2015 in Cologne, Germany. We were able to present to an international audience a variety of brand-new automation solutions. We introduced a state-of-the-art picking robot, which will be available in Q4. In addition, we showed the new Automatic Router Bit Changer – ARC. This feature automatically selects the correct router bit based on the material at hand, which significantly decreases setup time and reduces the potential for operator error. Our main focus at these tradeshows is the direct contact and dialog with our end-users.

How do you gauge the relevance of your products and solutions, particularly in terms of innovation and customer/market value?

Oliver Zünd: When it comes to new product developments, we try to work wherever possible with beta customers in close proximity. This is how we test features, such as the picking robot, and optimize them as necessary for real-life production environments. For customers at greater distances – by now more than 6,000 in 113 countries — we make sure they have continuous support throughout the product life-cycle. We continually gather and evaluate customer feedback, so that in principal, we are able to capture and implement relevant suggestions in max. 12 months.

What is your take on the general state of printing in the digital age, as it pertains to your customers?

Oliver Zünd: In our view, digital printing continues to have a great deal of potential; however, competition among production houses will no doubt continue to rise as printing volumes get redistributed. Because of the continued trend towards digital, the structure of print jobs changes, especially in terms of volume per job, which is steadily decreasing as orders become more customized. This benefits us as well as our customers, of course, since it fuels the need for digital cutting, particularly in conjunction with increased print customization. From our standpoint, the best PSPs know how to find new customers for digital printing and can thereby establish new markets, especially through the use of new materials. They manage to distinguish themselves from the crowd through new applications and the use of our high-performance cutting systems.

What would you be doing if you weren’t involved in digital cutting?

Oliver Zünd: Something completely different, most likely related to some kind of sport that would take me around the world. I’m very happy with the way things are though, since no sport allows you to grow old.

This interview was conducted by Andreas Weber via Skype on June 10, 2015. Our gratitude to Daniel Bischof, Zünd Systemtechnik AG, for his assistance.

 

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SOME IMPRESSIONS VIA FESPA 2015

Our interviewee:

Oliver Zünd (39) became head of sales and marketing at his father’s company after completing his studies in economics at the Hochschule Chur. In 2004 he transferred to the United States where he oversaw the establishment and initial development of Zünd America in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2006 Oliver Zünd returned to Zünd Systemtechnik AG management in Altstätten, Switzerland, and became COO in 2011. He is currently pursuing an Executive MBA in business engineering at the University of St. Gallen.

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Thursday 17 April

 

Welcome to another roundup of news for the past week, together with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog.

Rather a short week this week, due to the Easter long weekend in most countries, and another short week ahead, too. Therefore, I shall also try keep it brief this time.

Lots of good pre-FESPA news for this year’s Digital and Fabric events which take place in Munich from 20 to 23 May; as well as from Xeikon for its planned Xeikon Cafe on Packaging Innovations to be held at its premises in Lier, Belgium, at the same time – from 20 to 22 May. Then there’s Sign & Digital UK which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 29 April until 1 May; Metpack in Essen, Germany from 6 to 10 May; and the really big one which many have been waiting for will be Interpack in Düsseldorf, Germany from 8 to 14 May. Don’t miss KBA and the Frog King leading the headlines on Wednesday! On the other side of the pond, International Sign Expo will also take place in Orlando from 23 to 23 April.

In addition to the above, on Thursday, Muller Martini issued an invitation to attend its 50th anniversary Open House at its new web printing Print Technology Centre in Maulburg, Germany, on 6 and 7 May, so we have a very busy month ahead of us to look forward to in the Merry month of May!. And although it is a little more than two years away, you will find the latest article relating to drupa 2016 from Andreas Weber in our drupa 2016 Newsroom, featuring an exclusive talk with Sabine Geldermann, drupa’s new director at Messe Düsseldorf.

Breaking news this week from EFI on Thursday, when the company revealed its latest financial results and a record first quarter, followed by its latest acquisition, in Europe for a change. On Tuesday, KBA subsidiary KBA-MePrint AG, announced the appointment of Sven Michael as its new CEO, and an internal promotion, which is always nice to hear. On Thursday, Sappi Europe SA announced the appointment of Stephen Blyth as its new Chief Financial Officer from 1 July 2014, and once again, a promotion from within.

Another major announcement this week came from Kodak and Manroland Web Systems as they inked an Authorised Reseller Agreement for integrated high-speed Kodak Prosper S-Series inkjet systems, whereby Manroland Web Systems now offers inkjet upgrades and makes variable printing even more attractive and accessible for the newspaper market. Kodak Prosper S30 heads with Stream inkjet technology run at full web offset production speeds. You’ll find links to another four related articles in the announcements made on Thursday.

As for the most recent sales and installations this week, don’t miss Screen on Monday with a Truepress Jet W1632UV in The Netherlands at Aelen & van Leeuwen; Screen again on Tuesday with a Truepress Jet 520 at Baumer AG in Switzerland; and then UKP Worldwide in the UK, with a Ricoh Pro C751 digital press. On Wednesday, Nela disclosed several recent installations for automated plate production systems for newspapers in Germany, Switzerland and Norway; and TG Print & Design in Woolwich Arsenal, London pushes into the ultra-high quality market with a LumeJet S200 inkless digital printing system. Newcastle, Australia print company WHO, has installed a new Heidelberg SX52 press; and Danish company Skanket has expanded its capacity with a second MPS EF UV flexo press. On Thursday to complete the week on a high note, Liverpool-based company S Barber is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with the installation of a Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 74-5.

In Online Features, you will also discover Pim Print in The Netherlands, which has successfully adopted the Callas pdfToolbox Server, the workflow package that some consider to be only suitable for larger companies.

The tailender this week goes to Antalis South Africa (Monday), as the company scooped two awards from Kodak. The Outstanding Performance of Workflow Sales, and the Outstanding Performance Processless Plate Sales in the EAMER Region. The awards were presented to Ronnie Louw, Antalis’ regional manager Western Cape in Istanbul, Turkey. At the same event, Kodak also named Korozo as its first Certified Partner in Turkey, Middle East and Africa for Kodak Flexcel NX Plates.

I think that’s about it for this week, so until next time.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

Our e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative from Digital Dots. Our Ipex, 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
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Monday 14 April – Thursday 17 April

Mon 14 April…   Esko European debut of Kongsberg C Series at FESPA
Esko to show next-generation prepress, workflow and superwide digital finishing solutions at FESPA Digital 2014…

Fujifilm steams ahead in UV inkjet ink development
Variety of new UV inkjet inks to be launched at this year’s FESPA Digital 2014, set to take place in Munich from 20 – 23 May…

Zünd cutting systems at FESPA Digital in Munich

FESPA Digital 2014 provides perfect stage for Zünd to demonstrate time-saving features and supercharged productivity…

Xeikon Café on Packaging Innovations 20 – 22 May
To highlight potential of digital folding carton production; hosted in collaboration with Xeikon’s Aura Partners…

Antalis South Africa gains two Kodak EAMER accolades
Kodak Awards symbolic of environmental and cost considerations, as Antalis SA scoops two Outstanding Performance awards…

Aelen & van Leeuwen accelerates drive for better quality
The Screen Truepress Jet W1632UV at wide-format digital and screen printing company prints products not possible before…

Heidelberg USA introduces new Flexibleservice
Heidelberg Systemservice helps companies manage costs of incidental service with custom-designed service programmes…

Epson announces first dye sub transfer paper for textiles
DS Transfer Production Paper complements SureColor printers and UltraChrome DS inks for fashion and soft signage…

Tue 15 April…   New CEO appointed at KBA-MePrint AG
Sven Michael takes over the helm as Axel Thien leaves the company in Veitshöchheim, near Würzburg at his own request…

Baumer AG invests in colour Screen Truepress Jet 520
New Screen continuous inkjet press meets colour quality, productivity and ROI criteria for Swiss print services firm…

Heidelberg’s XL 75 Anicolor launch exceeds expectations
Heidelberg North America threw a hotly anticipated coming-out party for its groundbreaking XL 75 Anicolor digital offset press…

Korozo becomes first Kodak Certified Partner in Turkey
Kodak names Korozo as the first Certified Partner in Turkey, Middle East and Africa for Kodak Flexcel NX Plates…

ContiTech to debut new blanket at Metpack in Essen
Self-adhesive printing blankets for metal packaging…

Sun Chemical Metal Packaging Inks at Metpack 2014
Sun Chemical will demonstrate its expertise in metal decorating to brand owners, can makers and printers at Metpack in Essen…

Ricoh Pro C 751 delivers first class benefits to UKP

UKP Worldwide, a specialist in international distribution, is seeing the benefits of investing in a Ricoh Pro C751 digital press…

Wed 16 April…   KBA Group at Interpack 2014 in Düsseldorf
Tailor-made print solutions for many types of packaging from the KBA Group under the visual banner of the ‘Frog King’…

Top product launches and prizes at Sign & Digital UK
From 29 April to 1 May 2014 in Hall 2 at the NEC, Birmingham…

FESPA China 2014 from 19 – 21 November
Transforming business with print innovation; Global companies line up for second exhibition in Guangzhou Poly World Trade Centre…

Excellent first quarter of 2014 for Nela
Several automation projects signed as trend towards automated plate production in the industry set to continue in 2014…

TG Print & Design opts for LumeJet S200 printer
City printers TG Print & Design in Woolwich Arsenal, pushes into ultra-high quality market with LumeJet S200…

WHO Printing adds new Speedmaster in record time
Newcastle print company installs new Heidelberg SX52 press…

Scanket adds second MPS press for self-adhesive labels
The Birkerod-based Danish company has expanded its capacity with a second MPS EF UV flexo press to meet production growth…

Thu 17 April…   EFI Record First Quarter of $189m, up 10 per cent
Recurring Revenue up 16% Driven by 25 per cent growth in UV ink volume and continued strength in software bookings…

EFI acquires Group Rhapso in Les Ulis, France
EFI adds to growing MIS/ERP portfolio with acquisition of Group Rhapso corrugated printing and packaging solutions in Europe…

Varied opportunities with web offset from Muller Martini
Muller Martini invites you to its 50th anniversary Open House at its new Print Technology Centre in Maulburg, Germany on 6 and 7 May…

Kodak and Manroland Web in Prosper Inkjet agreement
Kodak and Manroland Web sign Authorised Reseller agreement for integrated high-speed Kodak Prosper S-Series inkjet systems…

Manroland Web and Kodak: Reseller inkjet co-operation
Manroland Web Systems now offers inkjet upgrades and makes variable printing even more attractive for the newspaper market…

New CFO confirmed for Sappi Europe SA
Sappi Europe SA announces the appointment of Stephen Blyth as its new Chief Financial Officer from 1 July 2014…

S Barber celebrates its Centenary with a new press
The Liverpool-based company is celebrating its 100th anniversary with the installation of a Speedmaster SX 74-5…

Cutting straight to the savings with Esko
Hardware and Software solutions that cut costs and boost profitability to be showcased by Esko at Sign and Digital UK 2014…

KBA remote maintenance is secure!
KBA remote maintenance is not affected by ‘Heartbleed’ bug…

Auraia granted digitally modulated screening patents
Hamillroad Software’s Auraia DM Screening granted first Two US Patents for ground breaking imaging technology…

The Friday lead article from last week’s update…

First short-grain 64-page Lithoman for Germany
Manroland Web Systems introduces new commercial configuration in gravure printing dimensions for a German customer…

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

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

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.

Goss International Corporation  (Goss) is a global leader in web offset printing solutions, with a complete product range of newspaper, commercial and packaging press systems, as well as mailroom and postpress equipment. With quality accredited global design and manufacturing, Goss offers the widest range of web offset press systems, enhancements and lifetime service capabilities.  To find out more visit the Goss International 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.

Online Feature articles 2014
There have been eleven so far this year. There were 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 available Chapter 01

Turbo Charge your Variable Print Productivity
The free guide, edited by Martin Bailey, CTO for Global Graphics and the primary UK expert on the ISO committees, shows how to ‘Do PDF/VT Right’ to maximise productivity and minimise turnaround in the variable data world…

March/April Chapter 04

Pim Print automates workflow with Callas pdfToolbox Server
The Callas pdfToolbox Server, isn’t that the workflow package that is especially suitable for larger companies?.

Previous…   The first KBA Rapida 164 with double coater in Europe
A big step at Holbox in Echt in The Netherlands, to celebrate its new highly-automated four-colour large-format KBA Rapida 164…

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

KBA Group at Interpack 2014
Tailor-made print solutions for many types of packaging from the KBA Group under the banner ‘The Right One’ and with the visual banner of the ‘Frog King’…

Previous…   The Label Says it All
Security logistics labels from Schreiner ProTech showcase the label industry’s expertise in product authentication…

Heidelberg invests in the digital future
Heidelberg is offering its customers the opportunity to run offset, digital, and inkjet technologies in parallel…

Heidelberg extends its digital inkjet and software portfolio
Heidelberg Digital: Focusing on market requirements today, tomorrow, and in the future with inkjet and toner-based systems… 


Verdigris – Environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.
 

Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris Blogs

More than a Lottery Win
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Thu 17 April

Previous…   100th Blog & Counting
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 11 April

FESPA Newsroom
Can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Digital 2014

FESPA Digital marks European debut of Kongsberg C Series
Esko Sign & Display companies next-generation prepress, workflow and digital finishing solutions at FESPA Digital…

Agfa’s latest UV-curable wide-format inkjet at FESPA
Agfa Graphics to present next generation UV-curable wide-format printers, workflow and inks, at FESPA Digital 2014…

MTEX set to Wow at FESPA Digital next month

The Portuguese-based manufacturer, as a market leader in direct-to-textile digital printing plans new product launches for the show…

Brett Martin at FESPA Digital in Munich
Brett Martin to inspire printers to make a change at FESPA with diverse range of high definition wide-format applications…

Hotronix Dual Air Fusion to debut at FESPA Digital

Stahls’ Hotronix to debut and demonstrate this latest addition to the Hotronix heat press line-up for direct-to-garment printers…

Onyx Graphics at FESPA Digital 2014
Onyx Graphics to deliver powerful colour management advice and latest solutions at FESPA Digital in Munich…

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

Drupa 2016 Specialist Feature Articles

What’s up, drupa?
Value Talk with Sabine Geldermann, director at Messe Düsseldorf who is responsible for drupa trade fairs, by Andreas Weber, Value Communications AG…

Drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Previous…   drupa Global Trends Report: now published
Global investment in the print industry will be stronger in the next 12 months as confidence returns…

drupa Globaler Trend Bericht: jetzt veröffentlicht
Druckdienstleister wollen in diesem Jahr in Technologien und die Schaffung neuer Services investieren…  


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