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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 20 October 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s roundup of 25 news items (actually 36 if you count the InPrint collection of 12 on Wednesday all rolled into one). You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog titled Eco-nomy’, which this week looks at how the marriage of ecology and economics is becoming increasingly obvious and necessary for business. As a result, developers are constantly moving to offer technologies that reduce product life cycle footprints, as well as perform more efficiently for their customers. Then we have Andreas Weber back in Online Features with his latest piece: #InfluenceB2B — Transformation for the Digital Age. Please don’t miss them.

Good news this week has been rather difficult to come by at times, after last week’s multiple events which gave it a welcome boost. However, there have been some interesting announcements and developments. Heidelberg led the headlines on Monday as it successfully recertified all of its worldwide locations to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management; while Xeikon has discontinued development of its Trillium liquid toner programme announced at drupa last year. On Tuesday, Ricoh South Africa took the lead with digitalisation in the fore at its new demo facility in Johannesburg; and on Wednesday, InPrint news took the first three spots for a dozen of its exhibitors, including Heidelberg with personalisation as a megatrend, as it prepares to showcase its digital 4D printing solutions for the automotive industry; and then we h ad Sun Chemical on Friday, which also announced its IPEX offerings the day prior.

On Thursday, Smithers Pira brought Heidelberg back into the lead, following its most recent report on leading makes of second-hand presses, which reveals that Heidelberg presses are the most productive in the industry – up to a staggering 66% more productive – producing the lowest cost per sheet. The report is available to download from a link in the article, so you can see for yourself. And to round off the week on Friday, Canon Europe has achieved Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for its Océ Arizona UV inks and Océ Colorado UVgel inks.

You’ll find quite a mixed bag of news in addition to the above if you check out the headlines carefully, including more post-Labelexpo successes from Mouvent, and MPS; as well as post World Publishing Expo from Kodak, which debuted new News CTP offerings, improved newspaper plates and its high-speed inkjet additions for newspaper presses.

Sales and installations this week include Ultragraph with Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK; while Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, has chosen a Goss Sunday 5000. On Tuesday, Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio has increased productivity by 30% with a new Stahlfolder TH 82-P with pallet feeder; and Dome in Sacramento, California has undertaken a multimillion-dollar investment in a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 and Rapida 205; while six months on from its Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press in the UK confirms its progress. On Wednesday, Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues its modernisation with a new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer. Thursday saw LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany invest in a FlexLiner inserting system from Muller Martini; and on Friday MP S celebrates the double sale of its hybrid EF Symjet press at Labelexpo in Brussels; and last but not least, Rengel Printing in St Cloud, Minnesota has more than doubled output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater.

What else? New kit from Duplo UK on Tuesday as it adds Esper direct mail solutions to its other brands portfolio; and a tailender from Manroland Web Systems on Thursday, as its introduced MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet at WPE in Berlin.

That’s all until next time.
My best regards

Mike Hilton

 


 

 


e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and our drupa Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides an overview of the week’s news each weekend. 


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Week beginning Mon 16 October – the published date appears in article footline

Monday
Heidelberg locations worldwide recertified to ISO

Heidelberg successfully recertified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management… 

Xeikon terminates Trillium liquid toner programme
First demonstrated at drupa 2016, the technology has encountered several challenges in bringing it to market commercially… 

Sign & Digital UK back at the NEC next year
New visitor research inspires growth for Sign & Digital UK, returning to the NEC, Birmingham 24 to 26 April 2018… 

Ultragraph opens up new business with a Versafire CP
Ultragraph has replaced a HP Indigo 5600 with a Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK and is winning new business… 

Sunday 5000 press scheduled for Gotha Druck in 2018
Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, chooses Goss Sunday 5000 to expand portfolio… 

Tuesday
Ricoh SA offers a window into the digitalised future

Ricoh SA has created a new demo facility at its Linbro Business Park offices in Johannesburg, South Africa to provide a window into the digitalised office of the future… 

Hopkins increases productivity with Stahlfolder TH 82-P
Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio increases productivity by 30% with new Stahlfolder TH 82-P pallet feeder… 

Dome Sacramento chooses two Koenig & Bauer presses
Multimillion-dollar investment in Rapida 106 and Rapida 205 sends strong message of momentous growth strategy… 

Kingfisher Press’s Jet Press 720S provides growth
Six months on from Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press adds new customers and boosts revenue… 

Duplo expands direct mail solutions portfolio
Duplo expands direct mail portfolio with Esper DM-230V Pro Collator and the DM Mini Collation system…

Wednesday
InPrint 2017 Exhibitors’ top stories
Announcements for InPrint in Munich from Bochonow Maschinenbau Polar UV, ColorGATE. Fujifilm UK, Gardner Denver Thomas, GEW, Heidelberg, Dr. Hönle, Hymmen, Memcon, Ushio Europe, Wemhöner Surface Technologies, and EPS with Xaar… 

Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry… 

Tonejet direct-to-can at InPrint Munich 2017
Tonejet brings direct-to-can electro-static drop-on-demand digital printing to InPrint Munich, from 14 – 16 November… 

Game changing Mouvent impresses at Labelexpo 2017
Mouvent enjoys sensational debut at Labelexpo 2017 with its groundbreaking digital print innovations… 

Rapida 106 8-colour for Bialostockie Zaklady Graficzne
Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues modernisation with new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer… 

Thursday
Heidelberg up to 66% more productive: Smithers Pira
New report from Smithers Pira reveals Heidelberg presses are most productive in the industry and produce lowest cost per sheet… 

Kodak’s extended News CTP portfolio and more at WPE
Kodak helps newspapers achieve more productivity, cost benefits and sustainability at IFRA World Publishing Expo 2017… 

The Manroland Web Systems’ MainPad
Manroland Web Maintellisense takes the next step, with MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet… 

Sun Chemical offers brighter ideas for low-energy printing
At IPEX 2017, Sun Chemical to present latest innovations for sheetfed commercial and packaging and narrow web label markets… 

A leap ahead with the Muller Martini FlexLiner
LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany, has invested in a cost-cutting FlexLiner inserting system… 

Friday    
Canon Achieves UL Greenguard Gold Certification
Canon Europe achieves Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for Océ Arizona UV and Colorado UVgel inks… 

#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value… 

MPS reports highly successful Labelexpo Europe
MPS launches real-time ‘talk to me’ connectivity platform and celebrates double sale of its hybrid EF SYMJET at Labelexpo 2017… 

Sun Chemical’s unique product range at InPrint 2017
Sun Chemical demonstrates the breadth of its capability in Industrial print applications at InPrint 2017 in Munich… 

Rengel adds new Speedmaster SX 52 with Prinect
Rengel Printing more than doubles output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater… 

The lead articles from a week last Friday…

Muller Martini at the WAN Ifra WPE in Berlin

Exciting look into the mailroom with a pair of VR glasses… 

The success of the Manroland e:line family continues
Styria Media Group and Vorländer have decided for a series of the new Manroland Web Systems newspaper printing class… 

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Online Feature articles 2017
Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 in 2015, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

VaueDialogue 2017

#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value…

Previous…      ValueDialog: Transformation hits Print Technology + Innovation
Heidelberg verified at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, #IAA2017 what Dr. Ulrich Hermann pointed out in the ValueDialog:…

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017 Munich
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry…

Previous…      Every second counts at FLYERALARM
Rapida 145: Complete job changes in just two minutes…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Eco-nomy
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 16 Oct

Previous…      LED Fever
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 09 Sep

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017 and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into Chapters for your convenience… just scroll down to view each Chapter

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…   
  Intelligent Printing in Focus
All in Print China to be staged at the new International Expo Center in Shanghai from 24 to 28 October 2018…

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

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

The Graphic Repro On-line is supported and sponsored by: 
Drupa 2020,  
 Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, and Kemtek Imaging Systems

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 13 October 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of 28 news items. You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog on ‘LED Fever’, which looks at the steady increase in the switch to LED curing in digital printing. Then we have our second ValueDialog in Online Features, with an Andreas Weber exclusive interview with Heidelberg’s Chief Digital Officer, Dr Ulrich Hermann, at the International Motor Show #IAA2017 in Frankfurt not so long ago. Also in Online Features, Chapter 07, we have FLYERALARM, one of Germany’s largest online printers, with a another new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 large-format press, equipped with a new plate changer, enabling complete job changes in just two minutes, and full spectrum of other automation modules.

With both WAN Ifra’s WPE in Berlin, as well as The Print Show in Telford, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and Viscom Italia, you’ll find lots of interest. There are also several post-Labelexpo reports worth reading, as Labelexpo Europe 2017 culminated in its biggest-ever edition with record-breaking exhibitor and visitor figures this year, not to mention the debut of numerous machines and serious updates to label-related technology. You’ll also find a couple of pre-IPEX announcements, led by KAMA on Monday, for this much smaller and different kind of event, and a far cry from the hugely supported, well-attended international show it once became in its heyday at the NEC.

Tuesday saw Heidelberg lead the headlines with its ‘Heidelberg Industry’ premiere in Stuttgart with ‘Electric power for all’ as Heidelberg now offers its high-performance Wallbox for electric cars, debuted at the EVS30 show on Monday in southern Germany; while on Thursday, Heidelberg and the PIA took the lead, as the PIA announces two new White Papers which underscore Heidelberg’s approach with technology and automation to produce industry-leading productivity levels, thereby maximising profits for printers. Both are available to download from the PIA link in the article.

 

 

As usual, we have a good selection of recent sales and installations, kicked-off by HP at GI Solutions from Gareth Ward on Monday, as GI adds another HP T230 web press. This was followed by Muller Martini with a Pantera at Grafica Metelliana; along with Hybrid Software’s first order in Ireland on Monday. Tuesday saw Classic Graphics in North Carolina expand its operation with a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 Hybrid UV press. On Wednesday, Financial Data Management added a five-colour Versafire digital press from Heidelberg UK. Thursday saw a new Koenig & Bauer Commander CL mark the 50th anniversary of Druck-und Pressehaus Naumann in Gelnhausen; while a third Muller Martini ProLiner inserting system was recently installed at Oppermann in Germany; and IFS with a Horizon and a three-side trimmer at Ashford Colour Press in Gos port.

On Friday, both Styria Media Group in Austria, and the Vorländer printing house in Germany, have opted for new Manroland Web e:line newspaper Colorman e:line and Geoman e:line systems; and last but not least, Koenig & Bauer with the latest and third Rapida 145 high-speed large-format sheetfed press at FLYERALARM in Gruessenheim, with a link to the main article in Online Features to accommodate more photographs.

The tailender on Friday gos to FFEI as it celebrates its 70th Anniversary. ‘We are very proud to be celebrating 70 years since the formation of Crosfield and 11 years since our MBO,’ said FFEI managing director Andy Cook, who also recently celebrated 30 years with FFEI. John Crosfield founded the original company in 1947.

That’s it from me until next time,
My best regards

Mike Hilton


 

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e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and our drupa Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides an overview of the week’s news each weekend. 


Headline News

Almost 30,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation pages

Week beginning Mon 09 October – the published date appears in article footline

Monday
Upgrade for KAMA all-rounder plus IPEX showing

Booming demand for KAMA’s ProFold 74: IPEX will see the universal folder gluer with new systems… 

Kodak releases Substrate Expansion Kit for NexPress
The Substrate Expansion Kit expands the types of paperboard and synthetic substrates NexPress presses can run… 

GI adds extra HP T230 to Kettering line up in the UK
Six months after buying Eclipse Group, GI Solutions Group has installed the inkjet web press that 4DM has needed. By Gareth Ward… 

Big leap ahead with the Muller Martini Pantera
Grafica Metelliana has streamlined its softcover processes and positioned itself for further growth… 

Hybrid Software wins first order in Ireland
The order is significant, with two seats of Packz, as well as Cloudflow workflow, Proofscope and Packzflow… 

Tuesday
Heidelberg ‘Industry’ premiere at EVS30 in Stuttgart

Electric power for all: Heidelberg offers high-performance Wallbox for electric cars at EVS30 from 9 – 11 October… 

Fujifilm’s new Superia solutions for newspapers
Fujifilm uses the WAN-IFRA World Publishing Expo 2017 to unveil new CTP, workflow and cleaning solutions… 

Bobst’s most successful ever Labelexpo Europe to date
Having begun with a whisper, Bobst ended Labelexpo Europe 2017 with a roar, huge visitor numbers and multiple sales… 

Labelexpo Europe records all-time high attendance
Labelexpo Europe 2017 culminated in its biggest-ever edition with record-breaking exhibitor and visitor figures… 

Tremendous opportunity within retail signage market
Classic Graphics in North Carolina expands operation with new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 Hybrid UV press… 

Wednesday
Telford stands ready for print invasion (today)
The Print Show has moved to Telford but is expecting to increase its audience beyond those at the NEC last year. By Gareth Ward… 

Koenig & Bauer in new livery at WPE 2017
Fewer new presses – more upgrades and online services… 

Financial Data Management adds five-colour Versafire
Heidelberg offers fifth colour Versafire digital options of high opacity white, varnish, neon yellow and neon pink… 

Mimaki’s new CF22-1225 flatbed cutting plotter
Turnkey solution launched at Viscom Italia makes delivery of short-run signs & displays and samples faster, easier and more profitable, in combination with JFX200-2513 flatbed printer and ArtiosCAD… 

Third Party Retrofits from Manroland Web Systems
Manroland Web Systems has expanded its service portfolio to include competitor presses – with success… 

Thursday
Two PIA White Papers underscore Heidelberg’s approach
Heidelberg technology and automation produces industry-leading productivity levels, maximising profits for printers… 

Successful event for Gallus in growing labelling market
Great deal of customer interest in Gallus label solutions at Labelexpo 2017, with numerous machines sold… 

Koenig & Bauer Commander CL goes live at Naumann
The modern Commander CL marks the 50th anniversary of Druck-und Pressehaus Naumann in Gelnhausen… 

Oppermann replaces two SLS3000 lines with ProLiner
This third Muller Martini ProLiner inserting system will allow 1.25 billion inserts a year to be processed… 

Ricoh and Orséry partner for books on demand
The Ricoh and Orsery solution can be seen on Orsery’s stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair from 11 – 15 October… 

Ashford trims turnaround times with Horizon
IFS-supplied HT-30 three-side trimmer chosen to streamline production for Ashford Colour Press in Gosport… 

Friday    
Muller Martini at the IFRA WPE in Berlin
Exciting look into the mailroom with a pair of VR glasses… 

The success of the Manroland e:line family continues
Styria Media Group and Vorländer have decided for a series of the new Manroland Web Systems newspaper printing class… 

ValueDialog: Transformation hits Print Technology + Innovation
Heidelberg verified at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, #IAA2017 what Dr. Ulrich Hermann pointed out in this ValueDialog interview:…

Every second counts at FLYERALARM
Rapida 145: Complete job changes in just two minutes… 

FFEI celebrates its 70th Anniversary!
‘We are very proud to be celebrating 70 years since the formation of Crosfield and 11 years since our MBO,’ says MD Andy Cook… 

Ricoh’s successful Interact Europe to be held annually
Ricoh’s first ever ‘Interact Europe’ held at Ricoh’s European Customer Experience Centre in Telford, UK…

The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC) to go to America
TheIJC announces the inaugural US edition destined to take place on 12 – 13 April 2018 in Chicago… 

The lead article from a week last Friday…

Exhibitors show commitment to FESPA Eurasia 2017

FESPA Eurasia 2017 will take place at CNR Expo, Istanbul, from 7 – 10 December and continues to demonstrate its importance… 

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

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drupa 2020 
(drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You can also visit blog.drupa.comfor the latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2017
Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 in 2015, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

VaueDialogue 2017

ValueDialog: Transformation hits Print Technology + Innovation
Heidelberg verified at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, #IAA2017 what Dr. Ulrich Hermann pointed out in the ValueDialog:…

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

Every second counts at FLYERALARM
Rapida 145: Complete job changes in just two minutes…

Previous…   
   Koenig & Bauer: Successful anniversary week on 200th birthday
Former German Federal President Horst Köhler and three key industry CEOs as speakers at the Open Day, when 650 guests from all over the world attended the official ceremony…

200 years Koenig & Bauer: The future needs an origin
With clear strategy and new market appearance Koening & Bauer enters into its third Century, as it looks back to the future, with confidence…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

LED Fever
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 09 Sep

Previous…      Sustainability reporting on the rise
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 02 Oct

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017 and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into Chapters for your convenience… just scroll down to view each Chapter

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…   
  Intelligent Printing in Focus
All in Print China to be staged at the new International Expo Center in Shanghai from 24 to 28 October 2018…

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

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

The Graphic Repro On-line is supported and sponsored by: 
Drupa 2020,  
 Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  Kemtek Imaging Systems

If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

Our Website urls are:

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za
http://www.graphicrepro.net

GraphicRepro.Net e-News (ISSN 1814-2923)  provides weekly updates from the Graphic Repro On-line Website and is  compiled and published by Mike Hilton, graphicrepro.netPO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

 


 

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A new design for CI and products: KBA celebrates 200 years of success. Photos: KBA.com

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 06 October 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 25 news items. You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog titled ‘Sustainability reporting on the rise’, which this week takes a look at the increase in the number of companies making a serious effort to report their sustainability credentials. You will also find two lavishly illustrated Online Features – a little belatedly – from Koenig & Bauer on its new corporate identity, which looks back for the future and also on its 200 years celebrations held with customers and special guests in Würzburg last month.

The week’s news comprises a very mixed bag with lots of interest in so many different areas, please explore for yourself and choose whatever takes your fancy. Of particular note, leading the headlines on Tuesday, is Two Sides with the release of its international survey ‘Print and Paper in a Digital World’ available for download from the TwoSides Website.

On Thursday, leading the headlines is Gareth Ward’s article titled, ‘Labelexpo underlines claim to lead industry development’, as the label industry once again convened in Brussels last week with plenty to confirm the health of the sector by way of innovation and business. There are also a couple of extremely positive post-show reports from Hybrid Software and GSE. You’ll find pre-event news for Viscom Italy from Ricoh with the launch of its first large-format UV flatbed press; FESPA Eurasia in Istanbul, IPEX at the NEC in the UK, the World Publishing Expo in Berlin; the Frankfurt Book Fair; and TheIJC 2017 in Neuss.

Successful sales and installations this week came from Heidelberg USA with two Versafires at Simpsons in Dakota; X-Rite at Coveris UK; from Esko at Permapack, following Hybrid Press Support within Esko’s Automation Engine workflow. Then Muller Martini with the world’s first Diamant MC Digital Book of One bookline at NBD Biblion in The Netherlands; and lastly from Core Image in East Kilbride, as it takes its first Stahlfolder from Heidelberg UK.

My tailender this week goes to Ricoh, as it opens its new Briefing Centre and invites clients, partners and organisations to co-create at its Telford facility in the UK.

That’s it from me until next time,

My best regards

Mike Hilton


 


 

e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and our drupa Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides an overview of the week’s news each weekend. 

 

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Headline News

Almost 30,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation pages

Week beginning Mon 02 October – the published date appears in article footline

Monday

Koenig & Bauer at WPE 2017 in Berlin

With a new corporate design and extended service portfolio… 

Frey Plus in Ulm holds direct marketing open house

Open house at Frey Plus: lower costs and healthy sleep thanks to ‘Hilde’ and ‘Hektor’ Muller Martini MailLiners… 

Horizon FoldLiner joins IFS portfolio

New solution streamlines saddle stitched production… 

Simpsons chooses Versafires in digital press update

Simpsons Printing continues 10 years of expansion with a move to new Heidelberg Versafire digital presses… 

Coveris UK adopts X-Rite ColorCert and eXact Scan

Company to extend closed-loop colour management to its UK flexible packaging plants as label manufacturing standard… 

Tuesday

Print and Paper Packs a Punch in a Digital World

The results of an international survey by Two Sides provides unique insight into how print and paper is viewed, preferred and trusted by consumers around the globe… 

EFI acquires Escada Systems in UK and US

EFI extends offering for the corrugated packaging market… 

Ricoh’s first UV large-format flatbed printer

Ricoh enters industrial market with Ricoh Pro T7210 large-format UV flatbed launch at Viscom Italia 12 to 14 October… 

Creative Edge iC3D v5.0 breaks new ground realism

Latest release from Creative Edge Software adds greater luxury factor at Luxe Pack Monaco 2017… 

Nazdar Ink Technologies at TheIJC 2017

Nazdar to present latest developments and future innovations of inkjet at TheIJC 2017 in October… 

Wednesday

Mondi at the Frankfurt Book Fair 11 – 15 October

Mondi to exhibit its wide range of professional paper solutions for book printing from 11 to 15 October in Frankfurt… 

Tolerans to debut stitching solutions at WPE in Berlin

New Tolerans FLOWLINER revolutionary in-line stitcher for quarter-folded products now in operation in Sweden… 

BPIF to provide free support advice at IPEX

Print industry experts BPIF to provide advice and support free of charge to IPEX 2017 attendees at the NEC… 

Duplo DuSense sensory coater launch set for IPEX

The DuSense DDC-810 sensory coater to be launched at IPEX at the NEC Birmingham, from 31 October to 3 November…  

IFS to host Taurus 520 SF 4×4 launch at IPEX

Sophisticated double-sided laminator ideal for high volumes…  

Thursday

Labelexpo underlines claim to lead industry development

The label industry once again convened in Brussels last week with plenty to confirm the health of the sector by way of innovation and business. By Gareth Ward… 

GSE enjoyed a successful Labelexpo

GSE achieves seven ink dispensing machine sales and acclaim for Ink manager software at Labelexpo Europe… 

Ricoh opens briefing centre at Telford facility

Clients, partners and organisations are all invited to co-create at Ricoh’s new briefing centre in the UK… 

Esko makes hybrid printing a piece of cake

Permapack experiences faster and more secure print workflow with Hybrid Press Support within Automation Engine… 

Muller Martini Diamant MC enhances book conversion

The world’s first Diamant MC Digital Book of One bookline at NBD Biblion enhances its service for libraries… 

Friday    

Exhibitors show commitment to FESPA Eurasia 2017

FESPA Eurasia 2017 will take place at CNR Expo, Istanbul, from 7 – 10 December and continues to demonstrate its importance… 

Future Skills programme at IPEX 2017 later this month

IPEX announces its ‘Future Skills’ programme, providing a platform to discuss the print industries skills agenda… 

Three Compacta 818 web presses for the EDS Group

Leading print provider Euro-Druckservice invests in Koenig & Bauer technology for Vác/Hungary and Poznan/Poland… 

Hybrid Software had record week at Labelexpo

Hybrid Software’s commitment to innovation was validated strongly at Labelexpo 2017 with ?1.2 million sales… 

Core Image takes its first Stahlfolder from Heidelberg UK

East Kilbride printer says the arrival of a Stahlfolder Ti52 completes a relentless period of investment… 

The lead articles from a week last Friday…

Canon SA captivates at FESPA Africa 2017

Canon was the star of the show at the African region’s largest dedicated print and signage exhibition… 

Lightning Printers speeds up production with Xerox

The Port Shepstone-based South African company has advanced its digital printing capabilities with a Xerox Versant 80… 

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Online Feature articles 2017 

Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 in 2015, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

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Koenig & Bauer: Successful anniversary week on 200th birthday

Former German Federal President Horst Köhler and three key industry CEOs as speakers at the Open Day, when 650 guests from all over the world attended the official ceremony… 

200 years Koenig & Bauer: The future needs an origin

With clear strategy and new market appearance Koening & Bauer enters into its third Century, as it looks back to the future, with confidence…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Sustainability reporting on the rise

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All in Print China to be staged at the new International Expo Center in Shanghai from 24 to 28 October 2018…

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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 29 September 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of 33 news items, obviously boosted by Labelexpo Europe in Brussels. You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog which this week explains why UL Greenguard Certification is Important. Please don’t miss it. You’ll find it in our Verdigris environmental section, along with another 34 Bogs from this year alone.

Labelexpo News has obviously dominated this week, as the largest specialist event to date opened its doors from Monday to Thursday in Brussels. New kit abounds and sales successes have made the headlines every single day, including a number of world-firsts and country-firsts, so I shall leave you to work your way through the announcements, as Bobst and also Bobst with Mouvent, BST Eltromat, Gallus, Screen, and Screen with Prati, Xeikon, Domino, EFI, Esko, Fujifilm, Toray, UPM, X-Rite and Xeikon all made the headlines – some of them on multiple occasions.

There are also a couple of noteworthy non-Labelexpo sales from Heidelberg UK to Spectrum in Wales on Thursday for a Speedmaster CX 75; and Xerox with Bytes in South Africa to Lightning Printers in Port Shepstone on Friday with a new Versant 80.

Canon South Africa took the lead on Friday, following its successful showing at FESPA Africa, coupled with an award for its stand at the event.

This week’s tailender goes to Epson, as it announced its new flagship dye-sublimation inkjet textile printer – among the headlines on Tuesday.

That’s it from me until next time,

My best regards

Mike Hilton

 


 

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Heidelberg created an impressive show case as an industry partner of Daimler/Smart at #IAA2017, the International Motor Show in Francfort, Germany. Read our ValueCheck!

 


 

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Week beginning Mon 25 September – the published date appears in article footline

Monday
New Gallus Labelmaster Advanced debuts in Brussels
Gallus unveils the Labelmaster Advanced line with multiweb feature at Labelexpo Europe 2017 which opened today…

Screen announces collaboration with Prati at Labelexpo
Screen and Prati to develop interface for Truepress Jet and Prati Digifast One modular digital converting line…

Domino’s new 7-colour ink set for N-Series press
Domino launches new 7-colour ink set for the N-Series Digital Label Press at Labelexpo Europe 2017…

Fujifilm’s latest flexo inks debut at Labelexpo today
Fujifilm’s new ink, Flexo JDR, offers flexo printers greater quality, faster curing and improved ease of use…

Toray has strong showing at Labelexpo Europe
Expanded line of waterless printing plates, new total solutions are Toray highlights at this week’s show…

X-Rite Colour Management supports G7 and PSO metric
At Labelexpo, X-Rite showcases new versions of eXact and ColorCert Suite with one-click guides to help operators determine if they G7 or PSO guideline compliant…

Tuesday
Xeikon introduces four new digital label presses
Dry toner Cheetah Series and UV inkjet Panther Series make Xeikon’s digital label printing portfolio the broadest in the industry…

Esko showcases end-to-end simplified label workflow
Faster lead times help label converters to respond to brand owners demand for higher market responsiveness…

EFI shows latest Workflow and Jetrion in Brussels
EFI shows ERP workflow innovations and Jetrion label inkjet production at Labelexpo Europe taking place in Brussels this week…

Mouvent and Bobst’ joint venture at Labelexpo
Labelexpo 2017 sees trade show debut for Mouvent – a new company focused on pioneering digital print technology…

UPM Specialty Papers strengthens presence in digital media
UPM Specialty Papers has strengthened its digital presence by launching http://www.upmspecialtypapers.com today…

Epson’s new flagship dye-sublimation textile printer
SureColor SC-F9300 further enhances productivity, image quality and reliability for high-volume textile printing…

Wednesday
JH Labels adds world’s first Truepress Jet L350UV+
World’s first Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+ goes to James Hamilton Group’s JH Label Solutions in Northern Ireland…

Esko takes Packaging Simplified to a new level
Turnkey workflow solutions for fast start-up, increased automation and enhanced collaboration…

Automation has never been easier to implement
Esko leverages best practice for out-of-the-box label workflow automation with its QuickStart solutions…

Xeikon’s new Xeikon CX500 debuts at Labelexpo
Xeikon launches new Industry 4.0-ready Xeikon CX500 Cheetah digital label press at Labelexpo Europe…

New Xeikon PX2000 UV inkjet digital label press
Panther Series introduced, expanding Xeikon’s offering and application reach for the self-adhesive label market…

Why Mouvent can be labelled a game-changer
New joint venture from Bobst and Radex reveals groundbreaking digital label print technology at Labelexpo…

BST Eltromat International at Labelexpo Europe
Preparation of quality assurance tasks in prepress: COE and BST Eltromat have extended their cooperation…

Thursday
Labelexpo 2017 highlights the uniqueness of Bobst
As a solution partner to the label and packaging industry…

Belgian Val-Dieu beers go down a treat at Labelexpo
Unique removable self-adhesive labels digitally produced by Label’Or on Xeikon presses for Abbey Brewery Val-Dieu…

Domino shows disruptive shrink sleeve capability
Domino N610i: the first hybrid inkjet press with new UV-curable ink set to print onto shrink sleeves?…

Screen’s new LM Truepress Jet for Springfield expansion
Springfield Solutions, UK, purchases the world’s first Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+LM at Labelexpo Europe 2017…

Spectrum to be first in Wales with Speedmaster CX 75
Latest Heidelberg’s flexible B2 press bound for Cardiff…

Domino N610i inkjet label press for Germark Barcelona
Germark in Spain invests in Domino’s ink jet technology to provide a better service to their clients…

Friday   
Canon SA captivates at FESPA Africa 2017
Canon was the star of the show at the African region’s largest dedicated print and signage exhibition…

Lightning Printers speeds up production with Xerox
The Port Shepstone-based South African company has advanced its digital printing capabilities with a Xerox Versant 80…

Insignis first to add Gallus Labelfire 340 in Austria
Insignis Etiketten in Vienna goes inkjet digital printing as it strives to become a leader in Industry 4.0…

Pilot is first Italian company to choose Gallus Labelfire
Installation will take place shortly after Labelexpo Europe, where the system was on display at Brussels Expo…

Adhesivos Romero Garcia chooses Domino for labels
Adhesivos Romero Garcia ‘seals the deal’ at Labelexpo 2017 for Domino N610i inkjet label press…

Second Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+ heads to Spain
Docuworld, Spain introduces digital label printing with world’s second Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+…

Third Truepress Jet L350UV+ press heads to Italy
Impronta Digitale acquires world’s third Screen Truepress Jet L350UV+ to boost production capacity…

Femalabel doubles capacity with two Xeikon CX3s
High quality, stability and Xeikon X-800 front end are main drivers for Belgian company to choose Xeikon, again…

The lead articles from a week last Friday…

Bobst flexo presses to be demonstrated at Labelexpo
Bobst M1 and M5X inline flexo presses: two best-selling presses now offering even more to be shown in Brussels…

Hybrid Software’s Labelexpo 2017 line-up
Hybrid Software to take innovation to the next level at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels next week…

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Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

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UL Greenguard Certification is Important
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The Daimler Group in partnership with Heidelberg breaking new ground with a pioneering 4D Printing project for smart. Photos: Daimler AG; Andreas Weber.

 

 

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value | (German Version)

  • #IAA2017 as a serious playing field for innovative Print 4.0 applications with a combination of tablet app, augmented reality, and 4D printing.
  • The Daimler Group breaking new ground with a pioneering project for smart.
  • Heidelberg positioned as an important technology partner for the automotive industry.
  • Car buyers set to be able to custom design certain elements of their car in the future.
  • CONCLUSION: First we had ‘car2go’, now we have ‘print2go’, in other words: a new dimension is being added to print, both functionally and structurally.

It was immediately clear to anyone entering the convention hall decorated by Daimler AG at the IAA 2017 international motor show in Frankfurt am Main: the digital revolution has now also fully gripped the traditional brands in car manufacturing. Huge screens showed in real time the abundance of tweets and video messages pouring in every second. The hot topic ‘Mobility of the future’ kicked off with Daimler’s ‘car2go’ – an extensive car-sharing service based around vehicles provided by Daimler (preferably the smart fortwo model series).

 

 

 

 

 

And the future is already taking place on Level 1 in the FabLab, where the ‘Volocopter’ prototype is showcasing new forms of mobility, which will unfold in the air. ‘Future Mobility’ is explained as follows: “Our digital transformation is in full swing”, confides Daimler. “On the brink of a new age in mobility, we are going beyond our previous understanding of mobility in our experiments and ideas, and are looking for new forms of manufacturing and methods of cooperation.” The objective is to explore the start-up spirit that Daimler has been driving since the invention of the automobile in 1886.

Also presented were 3D printers, which are used in manufacturing. And a real world premiere under the heading “unleash the colour”: with a combination of a configurator app for tablets, augmented reality using 3D glasses, and 4D printing with Heidelberg Omnifire (for printing all kinds of three-dimensional objects), for the first time the car buyer is offered the opportunity to design and individualize certain trim components in the smart themselves and have them printed in real time. It should then be possible to install the parts in the already individually configurable vehicle. First we had ‘car2go’, now we have ‘print2go’, in other words: a new dimension is being added to print, both functionally and structurally. 

‘print2go’ is opening up a new dimension for print

“It is unique and pioneering that we as a print technology company are able to enter into a future-oriented partnership with a car-making giant like Daimler in order to ultimately reinforce differentiating factors and above all customer orientation/loyalty,” says Montserrat Peidro-Insa, who as Senior Vice President Digital at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is driving the digital transformation of the global print industry. The 4D printing technology perfected by Heidelberg more than three years ago offers the perfect basis for this.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Thomas Sommer-Dittrich, who is responsible for development work for the pioneer project at Daimler, for his part emphasized the strategic important of the research project, which was intentionally presented in an early stage at IAA 2017. This is because the application is based on a process that is digitized from beginning to end, but is to be put to the acid test in dialog with visitors to the motor show and experts in terms of its readiness for the market. The motto for the specific presentation is “unleash the colour — custom trims using an innovative printing process”, and it focuses on the benefit for the customer.

 



 

Daimler made the following announcement: “smart fans are creative and love variety. Even now there are barely two smarts that look exactly alike. With unleash the colour, smart offers a look at further ways of individualizing a smart. For example, at IAA 2017 smart demonstrates how digitization and new printing technologies enable individual small series or individual parts to be quickly and easily realized for the interior.”

 



 

The entire process is digitized – from the first design draft to the finished individual trim part, as the Daimler developer Martina Gayduschek competently and clearly demonstrated at IAA 2017. This is how it works: First, customers can design selected trim components for the interior (ventilation nozzles, instrument bezels, and multi-media interface trim) with their own motifs in a configurator app on the tablet. The overall design can be immediately viewed on the tablet and using 3D glasses in virtual reality (VR) to see how the design they have chosen themselves will fit into the car ambiance. Then the design is optimized for printing and printed in color as well as with tactile effects on the surfaces of the real components. The car buyer can then choose between two levels of individualization:

  • choose provides ideas for quick individualization with various design suggestions which can be viewed realistically on a tablet and with VR glasses in the virtual vehicle.
  • create takes personalization a step further: visitors can photograph a motif of their choice with the camera of the tablet. The configurator transfers the motif virtually to the trim components and visualizes it in real time as virtual reality. This enables the visitor to experience the trim components personalized with their motif in the car with the help of a tablet and VR glasses.

The Omnifire 250 digital printing system from Heidelberg was positioned right next to the smart stand in the Mercedes FabLab at the motor show, so that the visitors could see the trim components being printed live and find out about the innovative printing process and the technology behind it. The result was presented to the public in a deliberate way at the smart stand in hall 2, with visitors able to try out the application in a smart using 3D glasses, watch a video on it, and touch prototypes.

All in all, a very concrete experiment that was very well received by the public and thus weathered the acid test. How long more it will take until this is used in practice will be decided by the responsible business divisions at smart after IAA 2017. However, the first test markets for small pilot series have already been defined. What we now need is ‘mobility’ of thought and action in order to integrate technological innovations into the complex processes involved in car manufacturing and marketing.

 


 

“The possibilities of 4D printing are phenomenal.”

 

 

 

 

Statement by Peter Wilhelm Borbet at #IAA2017 (in german).

 

There were also ‘print2go’ applications using Heidelberg-Omnifire technology in other areas. Visitors to wheel specialist Borbet’s stand were able to compare the results with those of conventional pad printing and laser printing. “The Heidelberg technology offers clear advantages when it comes to color reproduction, imaging quality, and productivity,” says owner Peter Wilhelm Borbet. He feels that the future in his specialized and quality-focused business also very clearly lies in fulfilling individual customer wishes. That is why he started exploring the possibilities early on and investigating how mass customization could be integrated into the mass production of wheels with ‘print2go’.

A press release from Borbet for IAA 2017 dated 15 September 2017 stated the following: ”Pad printing, laser technology, and Omnifire 1000 digital printing are ExaPeel processes that leave nothing to be desired in the area of personalization. They enable motifs to be transferred to alloy wheels in order to produce a very personal unique piece. Pad printing and laser technology are ready for series production, Omnifire 1000 digital printing is currently in the test phase in our company. All three processes are durable and colorfast. But the Heidelberg digital printing system in particular really shines when it comes to color variation, because it can handle even complex color gradients with ease. Pad printing offers impressively fast implementation and the laser process can also be used for true-to-template visualization of lettering, embellishments, logos, and the most delicate patterns.” Conclusion: Borbet continues to evolve towards digital printing systems in order to stay one step ahead of its customers’ wishes by providing two things – quality and individualization. 

 


 

 

 

 

Statement by Thomas Wittmann, Ritz Lackiertechnik at #IAA2017 (in german)

 

IAA 2017 also provided an opportunity to meet innovative service providers that have already been working on the individualization of components in the automotive sector for some time now. Thomas Wittmann, Sales Manager at Ritzi Lackiertechnik, was on site and explained how the company has already been printing certain plastic parts for vehicles in large quantities for over two years, both for car manufacturers and for individual car buyers. He talked about a customer who wanted to have his panoramic photo of New York from the Empire State Building on the trims in the interior of his vehicle. This was no problem with digital printing. Tests are currently underway for a major manufacturer on how to use the Omnifire technology to manufacture the bezels for speedometers for special series of a cult vehicle in a sophisticated way. “For us, getting to grips with digital printing and specifically 4D printing from Heidelberg is strategically extremely important because we want to develop new application possibilities that will move our ranges of services along,” said Wittmann.

Conclusion: As well as quality, high productivity, maximum flexibility, and cost-effectiveness are crucial for Wittmann. Unlike with classic painting technology, motifs can be switched in inkjet digital printing without having to change the tools. And all in real time.

 


 

My summary: The times are changing!

IAA 2017 marked a completely new dimension for the medium of printing. We know from the past how digital printing can be used to produce advertising materials for the exhibitors at the motor show. This was therefore a linear transformation of the existing process. With “unleash the colour” by Daimler, we can now see how an exponential transformation can take place. Heidelberg is presenting itself here as a fresh company whose technologies can be integrated into any digitized manufacturing process. Real print innovations in the form of ‘print2go’ (a term that I would like to coin at this point!) are becoming immediate and the direct contact produces added value for the car fan and buyer, integrated into state-of-the-art digital scenarios via a tablet and augmented reality in combination with 4D printing.

The end customer/buyer takes the lead in designing their vehicle and initiates the printing process immediately. More was achieved with this for print than at the same time in Chicago at the leading US trade fair Print17, where, as usual in the industry, the exhibitors’ focus was on explaining and showing (so-called) innovative technologies that have been used for centuries to reproduce content. IAA 2017 now marks the milestone for the transformation of printing and transformation using printing. And ‘incidentally‘, the thesis expressed by Marc Pritchard, CMO of the biggest advertiser in the world, Procter & Gamble, at the concurrently running DEMXCO in Cologne, was brought to life at the highest level: “We are in the process of completing the first stage of the digital media transformation. The next disruption – digital 1-to-1-communication – is around the corner.” — Oops, print is demonstrably one step ahead here. ‘print2go’ has already rounded the corner. And done so in the premium segment ‘Automotive’. The question is: Will even more be possible here in the future?

 


 

Short & sweet: Check out my impressions via ValuePublishing Storify.

 

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Live-Video “Omnifire at the International Motor Show IAA2017”

 


Heidelberg’s great Omnifire video on Youtube

 

 

 


Read as well: Heidelberg’s IAA 2017 press release
(18. September 2017)

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Daimler sorgte mit 4D-Druck von Heidelberg auf der IAA 2017 für Aufsehen. Fotos: Daimler AG sowie Andreas Weber.

 

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value | (English Version)

  • #IAA2017 als seriöses Spielfeld für innovative Print-4.0-Anwendungen im Mix aus Tablet-App, Augmented Reality, 4DPrinting.
  • Der Daimler-Konzern prescht mit Pionierprojekt für Smart nach vorne.
  • Heidelberg als wichtiger Technologiepartner der Automobilindustrie gesetzt.
  • Autokäufer sollen künftig Design-Elemente an ihrem Fahrzeug individuell selbst gestalten.
  • FAZIT: Dem ‚car2go‘ folgt das #print2go’-Prinzip, sprich: Print erhält eine neue Dimension, funktional wie auch strukturell!

Wer auf der Internationalen Automobilausstellung IAA 2017 in Frankfurt am Main die von der Daimler AG ausgestaltete Kongresshalle betrat, konnte gleich im Entree erfassen, worum es geht: Die digitale Revolution hat nun auch die Traditionsmarken im Automobilbau voll erfasst. Riesige Screens zeigten in Echtzeit die Fülle an Tweets und Videonachrichten, die uns im Sekundentakt ereilen. Das Topthema ‚Mobilität der Zukunft’ startete mit Daimlers ‚car2go‘ – einem flächendeckenden Car-Sharing-Service, bei dem der Hersteller die Fahrzeuge stellt (vorzugsweise die Modellreihe Smart-for-Two).

 

 

 

Und auf der Ebene 1 im FabLab findet die Zukunft schon heute statt: Der Prototyp ‚Volocopter‘ zeigt neue Formen der Mobilität, die sich in der Luft abspielen wird. ‚Future Mobility‘ wird wie folgt erläutert: „Unsere digitale Transformation läuft auf Hochtouren“, bekennt Daimler. „An der Schwelle zu einem neuen Mobilitätszeitalter experimentieren und denken wir über das bisherige Verständnis von Mobilität hinaus, suchen nach neuen Produktionsformen und Arten der Zusammenarbeit.“ Es gilt, den Start-up-Spirit, der Daimler seit der Erfindung des Automobils im Jahr 1886 antreibt, zu erkunden.

Präsentiert wurden weiterhin 3D-Drucker, die in der Fertigung eingesetzt werden. Und eine echte Weltpremiere unter der Überschrift „Unleash the Colour“: Im Mix aus Konfigurations-App fürs Tablet, Augmented Reality mit 3D-Brille und 4D-Printing mit Heidelberg Omnifire (zum Bedrucken dreidimensionaler Objekte aller Art) wird dem Autokäufer erstmals die Möglichkeit geboten, bestimmte Zierteile im Smart selbst und hochindividuell zu gestalten und in Echtzeit drucken zu lassen. Die Teile sollen dann im ohnehin schon individuell konfigurierbaren Fahrzeug verbaut werden können. Damit folgt dem ‚car2go‘ das ‚print2go’-Prinzip, sprich: Print erhält eine neue Dimension, funktional wie auch strukturell. 

‚print2go’ eröffnet eine neue Dimension für Print

„Es ist einzigartig und wegweisend, dass wir als Print-Technologie-Unternehmen eine zukunftsorientierte Partnerschaft mit einem Automobil-Konzern wie Daimler eingehen können, um letztlich Differenzierungsmerkmale und vor allem Kundenorientierung/-bindung zu stärken“, kommentierte Montserrat Peidro-Insa, die als Senior Vice President Digital  bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG die digitale Transformation der globalen Print-Branche mit vorantreibt. Die von Heidelberg seit mehr als drei Jahren zur Perfektion gebrachte 4D-Druck -Technologie bietet dafür die geeignete Basis.

 

 

 

Dr. Thomas Sommer-Dittrich, der bei Daimler die Entwicklungsarbeit für das Pionierprojekt verantwortet, betonte seinerseits die strategische Wichtigkeit des Forschungsprojektes, das bewusst in einer frühen Phase auf der IAA 2017 vorgestellt wird. Denn die Anwendung basiert auf einem durchgehend digitalisierten Prozess., sollte aber im Dialog mit Messebesuchern und Experten im Hinblick auf die Marktreife auf Herz und Nieren geprüft werden. Das Leitmotto des spezifischen Messeauftritts lautete: „Unleash the Colour — Individuelle Zierteile dank innovativem Druckverfahren“ und stellt den Nutzen für den Kunden in den Vordergrund.

 



 

Daimler verlautbarte dazu: „Smart Fans sind kreativ und lieben die Abwechslung. Deshalb gleicht schon heute kaum ein Smart dem anderen. Mit unleash the colour gibt Smart einen Ausblick auf weitere Formen der Individualisierung. Auf der IAA ist am Beispiel des Interieurs erlebbar, wie durch Digitalisierung und neue Drucktechnologien individuelle Designs in Kleinserien oder als Einzelstücke einfach und schnell umsetzbar sind.“

 



 

Der Ablauf ist durchgängig digitalisiert — vom ersten eigenen Designentwurf bis zum fertigen individuellen Zierteil, wie die Daimler-Entwicklern Martina Gayduschek kompetent und anschaulich auf der IAA 2017 demonstrierte. Die Funktionsweise ist wie folgt: Zunächst können in einer Konfigurator-App auf dem Tablet ausgewählte Zierteile für den Innenraum (Lüftungsdüsen, Instrumenten-Cover und Multi-Media-Interface-Blende) mit eigenen Motiven gestaltet werden. Das Gesamtdesign lässt sich sofort auf dem Tablet und mit einer 3D-Brille als Virtual Reality (VR) betrachten, um zu sehen, wie sich das selbst gewählte Design in das Fahrzeug-Ambietente einfügt. Anschließend wird das Design für den Druck optimiert und farbig sowie mit haptischen Effekten auf die Oberflächen der realen Bauteile gedruckt. Der Autokäufer kann zwischen zwei Individualisierungsstufen wählen:

  • choose liefert Anregungen zur schnellen Individualisierung durch verschiedene Designvorschläge, die auf dem Tablet und mit einer VR‑Brille im virtuellen Fahrzeug realitätsnah betrachtet werden können.
  • create führt die Personalisierung noch einen Schritt weiter: Der Besucher kann ein persönliches Motiv mit der Kamera des Tablets fotografieren. Der Konfigurator überträgt das Motiv virtuell auf die Zierteile und visualisiert es in Echtzeit als Virtual Reality. So kann der Besucher mit Tablet und VR‑Brille die mit seinem Motiv personalisierten Zierteile direkt im Auto erleben.

Das Digitaldrucksystem Omnifire 250 von Heidelberg war auf der Messe in unmittelbarer Nähe zum Smart Messestand im Mercedes FabLab platziert, so dass die Besucher das Bedrucken der Zierteile live sehen und sich über das innovative Druckverfahren und seine Technologie informieren konnten. Am Smart-Stand in Halle 2 wurde das Ergebnis dem Publikum pointiert präsentiert: In einem Smart konnten Besucher den Case per 3D Brille ausprobieren, ein Video dazu sehen  und Muster in die Hand nehmen.

In Summe: Ein sehr konkretes Experiment, das beim Publikum exzellent ankam und somit seinen Härtetest gut überstanden hat. Wie lange es noch braucht, bis dies in der Praxis Anwendung findet, gestalten nach der IAA 2017 die bei smart verantwortlichen Business-Bereiche. Erste Testmärkte sind für kleine Vor-Serien jedoch bereits definiert. Jetzt ist sozusagen die ‚Mobilität‘ im Denken und Handeln gefragt, um Technologie-Innovationen in die komplexen Abläufe der Automobil-Produktion und Vermarktung zu integrieren.

 


 

„Die Möglichkeiten des 4DPrinting sind phänomenal.“

 

 

Unternehmer Peter Wilhelm Borbet im Live-Gespräch auf der IAA 2017 über das Geschäft mit Rädern und individuellen Lösungen per 4D-Druck.

Auch in anderen Bereichen gab es ‚print2go’-Anwendungen mit Heidelberg-Omnifire-Technologie zu sehen. Am Stand des Räder-Spezialisten Borbet konnte man die Ergebnisse mit denen des herkömmlichen Tampon-Drucks und des Laser-Drucks vergleichen. „Die Heidelberg-Technologie bietet klare Vorteile, bei der Farbdarstellung, der Bebilderungsqualität und Produktivität“, urteilt der Unternehmer Peter Wilhelm Borbet. Die Zukunft liege auch in seinem spezialisierten und auf maximale Qualität ausgerichteten Geschäft ganz klar im Erfüllen individueller Kundenwünsche. Darum steige man zu einem frühen Zeitpunkt ein im Ausloten der Möglichkeiten und der Überprüfung, wie Mass Customization durch ‚print2go‘ in die Mass Production der Räder-Fertigung integriert werden könne.

In einer Presseverlautbarung von Borbet zur IAA 2017 vom 15. September 2017 heißt es: „Tampon-Druck, Laser-Technologie und Omnifire 1000-Digitaldruck sind ExaPeel-Verfahren, die im Bereich Individualität keine Wünsche offen lassen. Sie ermöglichen die Übertragung von Motiven auf Leichtmetallräder, um ein ganz persönliches Einzelstück herzustellen. Tampon-Druck und Laser-Technologie sind serienreif, der Omnifire 1000-Digitaldruck befindet sich bei uns derzeit in der Erprobungsphase. Alle drei Verfahren sind langlebig und farbecht. Aber in puncto Farbvariation kann vor allem das Heidelberg Digitaldruck-System glänzen – denn auch aufwändige Farbverläufe sind für dieses kein Problem. Der Tampon-Druck überzeugt durch schnelle Umsetzbarkeit und auch mit dem Laser-Verfahren lassen sich Schriftzüge, Ornamente, Logos und filigranste Muster vorlagengetreu visualisieren.“ Fazit: Borbet entwickelt sich immer weiter in Richtung Digitaldrucksysteme, um mit beiden Komponenten – Qualität und Individualität – den Kundenwünschen einen Schritt voraus zu sein. 

 


 

 

Vertriebsleiter Thomas Wittmann erläutert auf der IAA 2017, warum für Ritzi Lackiertechnik der Digitaldruck strategisch wichtig ist, um individuelle Wünsche im Automobilmarkt zu erfüllen.

 

Auf der IAA 2017 konnte man auch innovative Dienstleister antreffen, die sich schon seit längerem mit der individuellen Gestaltungen von Komponenten im Automobilbereich beschäftigen. Thomas Wittmann, Vertriebsleiter bei Ritzi Lackiertechnik, war vor Ort und erläuterte, wie man seit über zwei Jahren bereits in großen Stückzahlen bestimmte Kunststoffteile für Fahrzeuge bedruckt, sowohl für Automobilhersteller als auch für einzelne Autofahrer. Er berichtete von einem Kunden, der seine Foto-New York-Panorama Rundumsicht vom Empire State Building an den Zierleisten im Innenraum seines Fahrzeugs aufgebracht haben wollte. Dies habe man mit Digitaldruck problemlos bewältigen können. Momentan werde gerade für einen großen Hersteller getestet, wie man mit der Omnifire-Technologie anspruchsvoll die Einfassungen von Tachometern für Sonderserien eines Kultfahrzeugs herstellen kann. „Für uns ist die Auseinandersetzung mit Digitaldruck und speziell das 4D-Printing von Heidelberg strategisch äußerst wichtig, da wir neue Anwendungsmöglichkeiten erschließen wollen, die unser Leistungsspektrum weiterführen“, sagte Wittmann.

Fazit: Neben der Qualität sind für Wittmann vor allem die hohe Produktivität sowie maximale Flexibilität und Wirtschaftlichkeit entscheidend. Motivwechsel sind im Inkjet-Digitaldruck anders als bei klassischer Lackiertechnik ohne Veränderung der Werkzeuge möglich. Und das in Echtzeit.

 


 

Auf den Punkt: Das ValuePublishing Storify zu Print in neuer Dimension auf der IAA 2017

 

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Alles in Kürze und auf einen Blick: Das ValuePublishing Storify fasst die wichtigsten Tweets zusammen (inkl. Fotos und Videos).


 

Mein Resümee: Zeitenwende — Changing Times!

Die IAA 2017 markierte für das Medium Print eine völlig neue Dimension. Bis dato kannten wir aus der Vergangenheit, wie per Digitaldruck Werbemittel der IAA-Aussteller hergestellt werden können. Somit fand also eine lineare Transformation des Bestehenden statt. Nunmehr, wie am Beispiel „unleash the colour“ von Daimler, zeigt sich, wie exponentielle Transformation stattfinden kann. Heidelberg präsentiert sich dabei als frisches Unternehmen, dessen Technologien sich praktisch in jeden digitalisierten Herstellungsprozess integrieren lassen. Echte Print-Innovationen in Form des ‚print2go‘ (ein Begriff, den ich an dieser Stelle ausdrücklich prägen möchte!) werden unmittelbar und im direkten Kontakt wird ein Mehrwert für den Autofan und -käufer erzeugt, eingebunden in modernste Digital-Szenarien via Tablet und Augmented Reality in Verbindung mit 4DPrinting.

Der Endkunde/Käufer übernimmt die Regie in der persönlichen Ausgestaltung seines Fahrzeugs und initiiert unmittelbar den Druckprozess. Damit wurde für Print mehr erreicht, als zeitgleich in Chicago auf der US-Leitmesse Print17, wo wie in der Branche üblich der Fokus der Aussteller auf der Erklärung und Darstellung von (angeblich) innovativen Technologien propagiert wurde, die wie seit Jahrhundert üblich dazu dienen, Inhalte zu reproduzieren. Die IAA 2017 markiert nunmehr den Meilenstein für die Transformation von und mit Print. Und ‚nebenbei‘ wurde auf höchstem Niveau die auf der ebenfalls zeitgleichen DEMXCO in Köln geäußerte These von Marc Pritchard, CMO des größten Werbungtreibenden der Welt, Procter & Gamble, mit Leben gefüllt: „Wir sind dabei, die erste Stufe der digitalen Media-Transformation abzuschließen. Die nächste Disruption – digitale 1-zu-1-Kommunikation – steht vor der Tür.“ — Hoppla, da hat Print aber nachweisbar die Nase vorn. Die Tür wurde durch ‚print2go‘ bereits durchschritten. Und das im Premiumsegment ‚Automotive‘. Die Frage ist: Geht da künftig sogar noch mehr?

 


 

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Informationsvideo zur Heidelberg Omnifire-Technologie

 

 

Die Pressemeldung von Heidelberg im Original
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Exclusive interview with Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Chief Digital Officer, Member of the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Interview: Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German Version

The current ValueDialog addresses the topic of transformation within the industry. It takes a closer look at the new ground that Heidelberg needs to break.

It is a sensation in the history of German industry: a mechanical engineering company established in the 19th century “allowing” itself a Chief Digital Officer at board level. Yet this is exactly what happened in November 2016 at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG with the appointment of Dr. Ulrich Hermann, who heads up the ‘Digital Services’ division. His challenging mission? To lend tangibility to the central idea ‘Heidelberg goes digital’ not only in the market and among customers, both operationally and in terms of content, but also to create acceptance among employees for the changes that need to be made in order to survive and enjoy profitable growth in the long term.

For starters: As well documented by the ValueTrend analyses since drupa 2016, the balance sheet at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heideldruck for short) has taken a turn for the better, signaling a return to the company’s leading position in the print industry. It is once more recording profits and growing, its range of products and services has been significantly expanded, and it has undergone a corporate restructuring. Investors and financial experts are acknowledging the turnaround and the expected growth prospects. Heideldruck shares are experiencing an upswing, with a strong buy sentiment. 

In medias res: Dr. Ulrich Hermann makes no bones about the fact that the future and in particular the future success of Heideldruck will have to be based on radically new standards. The number of printing companies is declining along with sales of printed works – the latter traditionally having been seen as the measure of all things. But Dr. Hermann sees great potential for Heideldruck and its customers in these changes, above all in the switch to ‘digital’ business and production processes. Particularly in cases where the business climate, the competitive pressure, or the investment opportunities seem limited.

 

Very briefly: What significance does ‘Heidelberg goes digital’ have for the industry? 

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: When we say “Heidelberg goes digital”, we’re talking about a digital business model, not digital printing: it’s less a question of what the product should be able to do, and more a question of what the customer actually uses it for. — Speaking ‘digitally’, our solutions – software, data, and digital technologies – are designed to help our customers master their own transformation.

Drilling down, why does it make sense for the global print community to join the ‘digital transformation journey’?

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: There is a lot of potential in the ‘digital’ world for the printing industry, potential that has not been extensively developed to date. First of all there is the adaptation of digital printing technology in industrial printing in order to respond to modern consumer behavior, for example the trend towards greater individualization and smaller print runs.

Print shops need to differentiate their portfolio and range of products in order to maintain prices and not run into the ‘commodity trap’. At an industrial level, however, productivity must also remain high. This can only be achieved by digitally linking all the components: the machines, the processes for consumables, the service, the software and ultimately data that enable systematic use in the face of increasing complexity. This provides a way of guaranteeing the highest level of productivity and quality in high-performing and innovative printing companies, while still offering total flexibility to respond to fast-changing customer requirements and demands in an intense competitive environment.

Transformation is equated with high investment. Many people are afraid of the risk. Is this how you see it too? Or is there a smart way of participating?

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: Definitely. We recommend doing it step by step. Our customers can start with a productive island that permits a combination of solution modules. Our business models allow innovative and growing customers to allocate their investment where it is most needed: at their customer interface and not mainly on the production side, as was the case in the past. By doing so we work with the customer to boost competitiveness. Heidelberg maximizes efficiency and compensates job cycles in the print shop with an autonomous digital production system. This frees up the customer to expand its customer base and invest in expanding its digital sales channel. Ultimately we share the opportunities and risks with our customers.

So what you’re saying is that Heideldruck’s role has changed, from being a seller of printing presses to a solution partner for its customers?

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: Yes, definitely. What we do first is look at our customers’ business model, their customer order structure, and then share our ideas and wealth of experience. We also analyze the status of their productivity level, and the development gains that can be made, in order to establish digitized and highly productive solutions tailored to the customer – without over-investment on the part of our customers. This step-by-step process, which Heidelberg developed, is really unique.

Provisional appraisal – there can only be one goal: to establish something radically new in the medium and long term!

At first glance, transforming a long-standing mechanical engineering company like Heideldruck into a ‘digital company’ seems similar to squaring the circle. Particularly since we’re talking about the production of printed matter, in other words an unalterably analog form of media. And yet it seems feasible. The secret is to temper expectations, and to be realistic about how quickly these expectations can be met. In this respect, what Dr. Ulrich Hermann said above and his integrated approach are important: step-by-step evolution with customers, but always in the knowledge that ultimately no stone will be left unturned. It therefore appears logical to start with linear transformation opportunities (in order to optimize existing potential) in order to build up a certain momentum before undertaking an exponential transformation with a view to establishing something radically new. [Note: See the separate series of ValueWebinars for more.]

 

What is worrying is that despite all the efforts towards innovation and the multi-billion investments, new print technologies are not even mentioned in scenarios about relevant transformation technologies. — Source: Presentation by Andreas Weber to the ABTG Congress.

 

The digital print technology protagonist Xerox Corp. shows just how difficult transformation in the print industry can be: despite many decades of innovation leadership in the print and document technology sector, the Group had to be split up. Since January 2017, the new CEO Jeff Jacobson has launched a slew of new products, as he just announced in an interview with the US magazine Fortune (see Report by Susie Gharib dated 17 August 2017). Jacobson is attempting to take Xerox ‘back to its roots’. Yet despite huge investment and acquisitions, success in industrial printing has not followed. Xerox has been almost invisible in Germany, home to the art of printing, for years. Its market share of digital printed pages in terms of overall print volume is marginal. I doubt whether this is something that will be changed with new products alone.

It is therefore about much more than just developing new digital printing presses and enticing customers to purchase them. What we need instead is a fundamentally different, extended understanding of how individual printing companies align their business models and their business strategies. Heideldruck’s biggest asset has what I think is a very important role to play here: to make the extensive expertise within the company available to third parties as a way of making print a business that is profitable, in line with the market, and sustainable, both today and tomorrow. 

This is where the wheat is separated from the chaff: most market players put barriers in their own way, because they think that singular, technical product innovations are the silver bullet to help their customers be successful. That is not the case! Print shops need to completely reconsider and redevelop their business principle. The solid successes being achieved in the online print sector by being the most digitally active in the overall print shop scene are an important interim step here. But this is still not the solution we need. The crucial thing will be how to seamlessly integrate print as a medium into the workflow of modern digital and mobile purchase and transaction scenarios. Without wasting time on making print templates and the still costly makeready process. So we have reason to be excited. I’m staying focused on this, more information will follow shortly.

 


 

ADDENDUM: At the leading motor show IAA 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Heidelberg became partner of the automotive industry via 4DPrinting. Read our ValueCheck “First car2go, now print2go”.

 

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Note: The topic of transformation will also be addressed as part of the International Congress in Sao Paulo being held by the Brazilian umbrella organization on 24 August 2017, where Andreas Weber will present and comment on the interview with Dr. Hermann during his opening speech. Click here to see a preview of the slides accompanying the speech in English.

 

 

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Exklusiv-Interview mit Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Chief Digital Officer, Mitglied im Vorstand der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Interview: Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English Version

Im ValueDialog geht es um das Thema Transformation der Branche. Es wird näher beleuchtet, welche neuen Wege Heidelberg zu beschreiten hat.

In der deutschen Industriegeschichte ist es eigentlich eine Sensation: Ein im 19. Jahrhundert gegründetes Maschinenbauunternehmen ‚gönnt‘ sich auf Vorstandsebene einen „Chief Digital Officer“. So geschehen im November 2016 bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG durch die Berufung von Dr. Ulrich Hermann, der den Unternehmensbereich ‚Digital Services‘ leitet. Seine anspruchsvolle Aufgabe: Die zentrale Leitidee ‚Heidelberg goes digital‘ inhaltlich und operativ nicht nur im Markt und bei Kunden erfahrbar zu machen, sondern auch bei Mitarbeitern Akzeptanz zu schaffen für das, was sich ändern muss, um Bestand zu haben und nachhaltig profitabel zu wachsen.

Soviel vorweg: Wie durch die ValueTrend-Analysen seit der drupa 2016 umfassend dokumentiert, hat sich das Blatt bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Kurzform: Heideldruck) zum Guten gewendet, um wieder der Leuchtturm der Printbranche sein zu können. Das Unternehmen konnte in die Gewinn- und Wachstumsphase zurückkehren. Das Produkt- und Leistungsportfolio hat sich signifikant erweitert. Die Konzernstrukturen wurden verändert. Anleger und Finanzexperten honorieren die Trendwende und die in Aussicht gestellten Wachstumsperspektiven. Die Heideldruck-Aktie ist im Aufwind und die Empfehlungen sind auf „Buy“ gesetzt. 

In medias res: Dr. Ulrich Hermann macht aber keinen Hehl daraus, dass sich die Zukunft und vor allem der künftige Erfolg von Heideldruck an radikal neuen Maßstäben orientieren müssen. Die Zahl der Druckereibetriebe ist ebenso rückläufig wie die Zahl der verkaufbaren Druckwerke bei den Druckmaschinen — letzteres bis dato stets das Maß aller Dinge. Dr. Hermann sieht aber gerade in diesen Veränderungen, v. a. in der Wende zum ‚Digitalen‘ bei den Geschäfts- wie den Produktionsprozessen großes Potential für Heideldruck und seine Kunden. Gerade auch in Fällen, wo das wirtschaftliche Umfeld, der Konkurrenzdruck oder die Investitionsmöglichkeiten anscheinend eingeschränkt sind.

In aller Kürze: Welche Bedeutung hat ’Heidelberg goes digital’ für die Branche? 

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: „Digital“ meint im Claim nicht das digitale Druckverfahren, sondern das digitale Geschäftsmodell: Wir fragen uns weniger, was das Produkt können soll, sondern vielmehr was die Kunden mit dem Produkt genau machen! — ‚Digital‘ gesprochen sollen unsere Lösungen — das sind Software, Daten und digitale Technologien — unseren Kunden helfen, ihre eigene digitale Transformation zu meistern.

Im Detail: Warum macht es Sinn für die globale Print Community sich auf die ‚digitale Transformations-Reise‘ zu begeben?

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: Die ‚digitale‘ Welt bietet ein enormes Potential für die Druckindustrie, das bislang nur wenig erschlossen ist. Da ist zuallererst die Adaption von Digitaldrucktechnik im industriellen Druck, um auf zeitgemäßes Konsumentenverhalten, beispielsweise dem Trend zu mehr Individualisierung und kleineren Auflagen, zu reagieren.

Druckereien müssen entsprechend ihr Portfolio und Produktangebot differenzieren, um Preise stabil zu halten und nicht in die ‚Commodity-Falle‘ zu stolpern. Gleichzeitig muss aber auf industriellem Niveau die Produktivität hoch bleiben. Das geht nur, indem alle Komponenten digital verlinkt werden: Die Maschinen, die Prozesse für Verbrauchsmaterialien, der Service, die Software und letztlich Daten, die eine systematische Nutzung bei steigender Komplexität ermöglichen. So kann Produktivität und Qualität in leistungsstarken und innovativen Druckereibetrieben auf höchstem Niveau gewährleistet werden, bei gleichzeitig voller Flexibilität, um den sich rasch ändernden Kundenanforderungen und Nachfragen in einem starken Wettbewerbsumfeld gerecht zu werden.

Transformation wird gleichgesetzt mit hohen Investitionen. Viele scheuen das Risiko. Sehen Sie das auch so? Oder bietet sich ein smarter Weg, um sich zu transformieren?

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: Definitiv gibt es einen smarten Weg. Wir empfehlen, Schritt für Schritt vorzugehen. Unsere Kunden können quasi mit einem produktiven Kern starten, der eine Kombination von Lösungsmodulen erlaubt. Unsere Geschäftsmodelle bieten innovativen und wachsenden Kunden die Möglichkeiten, ihre Investitionen dort zu allokieren, wo sie am wichtigsten sind: an ihrer Kundenschnittstelle und nicht wie in der Vergangenheit vorwiegend im Produktionssaal. Damit schaffen wir gemeinsam mit dem Kunden Wettbewerbsfähigkeit. Heidelberg maximiert mit einem autonomen digitalen Produktionssystem die Effizienz und kompensiert Auftragszyklen des Druckbetriebes. Der Kunde kann sich verstärkt um den Ausbau seines Kundenstammes kümmern und in den Ausbau seines digitalen Vertriebsweges investieren. Wir teilen letztendlich die Chancen und Risiken mit unseren Kunden.

Das heisst, die Rolle von Heideldruck hat sich geändert: Es geht nicht mehr um reine Druckmaschinenverkäufe, sondern um Lösungspartnerschaften von Heideldruck mit seinen Kunden?

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: Ganz genau. Wir betrachten zunächst gründlich das Geschäftsmodell unserer Kunden, die Kundenauftragsstruktur und bringen dann unsere Ideen und reichhaltige Erfahrungen ein. Daneben analysieren wir exakt den Status und die Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten des Produktivitätslevels, um kundenindividuell eine digitalisierte und hochproduktive Lösungen zu etablieren — ohne dabei über-investieren zu müssen. Dieser Schritt-für-Schritt-Prozess, den Heidelberg entwickelt hat, ist wirklich einzigartig.

Zwischenbilanz — Das Ziel kann nur sein: Mittel- und langfristig radikal Neues etablieren!

Aus einem traditionsreichen Maschinenbauunternehmen wie Heideldruck eine ‚digital company‘ zu machen, ähnelt auf den ersten Blick der Quadratur des Kreises. Zumal es um Drucksachenherstellung geht, also eine unabänderbar analoge Erscheinungsform der Medien. Und doch erscheint es machbar. Wenn man sich davon verabschiedet, zu hohe Erwartungen zu schnell erfüllt haben zu wollen. Insofern ist das oben Gesagte von Dr. Ulrich Hermann und sein ganzheitlicher Ansatz wichtig: Schritt für Schritt sich mit Kunden weiterzuentwickeln, aber stets im Bewusstsein, dass letztlich kaum ein Stein auf dem anderen bleiben wird. Es erscheint darum logisch, zunächst lineare Transformationsmöglichkeiten anzugehen (um Bestehendes zu optimieren), um ab einem gewissen Momentum exponentielle Transformationswege zu beschreiten, damit radikal Neues etabliert werden kann. [Hinweis: Sie hierzu das separate Angebot an ValueWebinars.]

Bedenklich: Trotz aller Innovations-Kraftanstrengungen und Multi-Milliardeninvestments werden neue Printtechnologien in den Szenarien relevanter Transformations-Technologien gar nicht aufgeführt. — Quelle: Vortrag beim ABTG Kongress von Andreas Weber.

 

Wie schwierig sich Transformation im Print gestaltet, zeigt gerade der Digitaldruck-Technik-Protagonist Xerox Corp.: Trotz jahrzehntelanger Innovationsführerschaft im Print- und Document-Technologiesektor musste sich der Konzern aufspalten. Seit Januar 2017 setzte der neue CEO Jeff Jacobson auf ein Feuerwerk an Produktneuheiten, wie er gerade in einem Interview mit dem US-Magazin Fortune kundtat (siehe Bericht von Susie Gharib vom 17. August 2017). Jacobson führt Xerox quasi ‚back to the roots‘. Der Erfolg im industriellen Druck bleibt aber trotz massiver Investments und Zukäufe bis dato aus. Xerox ist in Deutschland, dem Stammland der Druckkunst, seit Jahren quasi unsichtbar. Die Marktanteile mit digitalen Druckseiten am Gesamtdruckvolumen sind marginal. Ob sich das nur durch neue Produkte ändern lässt, erscheint mir zweifelhaft.

Es muss also um weitaus mehr gehen, als nur neue Maschinen im Digitaldruck zu entwicklen und Kunden zum Kauf anregen zu wollen. Es geht vielmehr um ein grundsätzliches anderes, erweitertes  Verständnis, wie industriell aufgestellte Druckbetriebe ihre Geschäftsmodelle und ihre Geschäftsstrategien ausrichten. Heideldrucks wichtigstem Asset kommt dabei eine aus meiner Sicht ganz entscheidende Rolle bei: Die unzweifelhaft im Unternehmen vorhandene umfassende Kompetenz für Dritte verfügbar zu machen, um auf industriellem Niveau mit Print heute und morgen profitabel, markt- und zukunftsgerecht Geschäft machen zu können. 

An diesem Punkt trennt sich die Spreu vom Weizen: Die meisten Marktteilnehmer errichten sich selbst Schranken, da sie meinen, ausschließlich mit singulären, technischen Produktinnovationen ein Allheilmittel zu bieten, das Kunden zum Erfolg hilft. Dem ist mitnichten so. Das Geschäftsprinzip von Druckereien muss komplett überdacht und neu entwickelt werden. Die guten Erfolge, die im Online Print-Sektor erzielt werden, weil man im Gesamtszenario der Druckereien am ‚digitalsten’ agiert, sind dabei ein wichtiger Zwischenschritt. Aber bieten noch nicht die Lösung, die gefunden werden muss. Entscheidend wird sein, wie man Print als Medium nahtlos in den ‚Workflow‘ zeitgemäßer digitaler und mobiler Kauf- und Transaktionsszenarien einbindet. Ohne mit der Druckvorlagenherstellung und dem nach wie vor aufwändigen „Make ready“ Zeit zu verschwenden. Wir dürfen also gespannt sein. Ich bleibe am Ball.

 


 

Nachtrag: Print-Innovationen auf der IAA 2017: Heidelberg wird Partner der Automobilindustrie. Dank 4DPrinting. Siehe den ValueCheck “Von car2go zu print2go”.

 

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Daimler sorgte mit 4D-Druck von Heidelberg auf der IAA 2017 für Aufsehen. Fotos: Daimler AG sowie Andreas Weber.

 


 

Hinweis: Das Thema Transformation ist auch Gegenstand des vom brasilianischen Spitzenverband ABTG am 24. August 2017 organisierten Internationalen Kongresses in Sao Paulo, bei dem Andreas Weber in seinem Eröffnungsvortrag u.a. das Gespräch mit Dr. Hermann präsentiert und kommentiert. Hier klicken zum Preview mit den Vortragscharts in englischer Sprache.

 

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Interview by Tiago Keese, Journalist, São Paulo, Brazil

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

Note: Click to access the interview in português language.

 


At a glance

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

 

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

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

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

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

  • Is the internet an ally of printing?

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • What are the main topics of your speech?

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

In my Keynote the attendees will learn:

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

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

 

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

 

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Preview on the Congress International de Tecnologia Gráfica hosted by ABTG

On 24 August 2017 the Congress International de Technologia Gráfica hosted by Associação Brasileira de Tecnologia Gráfica —ABTG will happen in São Paulo, Brazil. It’s all about cross-media / multichannel and transformation driving innovation and change in the graphic communications industries. And for sure it’s about changing market needs and the future of print.

By recommendation of Hamilton Terni Costa, a good friend and the head of AN Consulting, Andreas Weber, Head of Value, got invited by Manoel Manteigas de Oliveira, Technical Director at ABTG, the Brazilian Association of Printing Technology, to give a keynote presentation. A good opportunity for Tânia Galluzzi to set up an interview in advance for Abigraf Magazine Graphic Technology Magazine.

What are the main topics of your speech?

Andreas Weber: My key message will be: If you want to benefit from innovation to strengthen your marketing success you have to be able to understand and to handle transformation in the digital age properly. That means: Innovative printing companies need to transform their production business into a sustainable and future oriented marketing solution provider business to hit market and customer needs. And they have to understand how to support their customers to transform their marketing as well in a sustainable, profitable way. In my Keynote you will learn:

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

How important is a congress like this today?

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

Have you ever been in São Paulo?

Andreas Weber: I am happy to get back to São Paulo after 15 years. In 2002 I had the pleasure to meet Francisco Mesquita Neto, the CEO of O Estado, and Luis Fries, the CEO of Folha. We discussed at that time the disruptiv impact of the Internet and Online Communication on the newspaper and media business. I figured out that what they did in Brazil was right at the cutting edge!  — And last but not least: I admire the art & culture in São Paulo — very well known and loved by me for decades as a centre of philosophy and amazing (jazz) music.

—Thanks for the conversation. We will be happy to welcome you in Brazil.

 

 

 


 

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