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A milestone in the history of #Heideldruck: the new vision, mission and strategy presented by Rainer Hundsdörfer and Dirk Kaliebe at the Annual Press Conference heckle in Frankfurt am Main/Germany on 8 June 2017. Photo: Andreas Weber.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 09 June 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 23 news items for you, plus Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog which looks at ‘Waste and guilt’, providing food for thought. In Online Features, we have a rather special article on 200 Years Koenig & Bauer, which has travelled an innovation-lined road from the very first cylinder press to today’s digital print and more, and is now set to celebrate its 200th Anniversary in Würzburg in August.

Heidelberg dominated the lead headlines on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; then on Wednesday, we had Komori from Gareth Ward, featuring pharmaceutical carton printer and packager, Chester Medical Solutions, which has capped an investment programme with the UK’s first of Komori’s new B2 presses for carton work; then on Friday, KBA’s 200th Anniversary.

 


”The new strategy ’Heidelberg goes digital’ clearly convinced at the press conference — which at the same time caused a jump in the course of one year. Despite the complexity, the Heideldruck CEO Hundsdörfer and the Chief Financial Officer Kaliebe were able to present their views and arguments in a convincing and comprehensible manner. The Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) Board of Management is playing a key role, as new business models philosophies are being created for Heideldruck as well as for customers and partners. —Andreas Weber, Head of Value. Source: ValueCheck on Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


 

Of particular importance this week is Heidelberg’s new growth strategy until 2022, presented at its Annual Press Conference held on Wednesday, along with the release of its Annual Report for 2016/2017, plus two acquisitions announcements. The first of which actually led Tuesday’s headlines with the takeover of technical documentation software provider DOCUFY, and set to strengthen Heidelberg’s Digital Platforms division; with the second on Thursday, as Heidelberg confirms it has taken over Fujifilm‘s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region, situated in Kruibeke in Belgium, and Reutlingen in Germany.

Key sales and installations this week came from Heidelberg UK at 4-Print with a Versafire CP digital press and Suprasetter CTP system, Durst at Image Data in the UK with superwide-format for fabrics (also from Gareth Ward); and Xerox at Inkfish in Cape Town on Monday; Inca Digital in Scandinavia on Tuesday; Komori in the UK on Wednesday (mentioned above); and Ryobi in the UK at Northend Creative on Thursday; then Hybrid Software in Italy, IFS in the UK with Horizon, and Manroland Web at Quad/Graphics in North America on Friday.

You’ll also find software upgrades and new kit this week from Agfa and Xaar on Monday; new cobalt-free Inks from Huber on Tuesday; and productivity boosts for Highcon Euclid on Friday.

The tailender this week goes to Ricoh on Wednesday as the Ghent Workgroup announces that Ricoh has successfully achieved GWG PDF Preflight Certification.

That’s all until next time. You find more not mentioned below if you scroll down carefully, particularly for Labelexpo Europe taking place in Brussels from 25 – 28 September.

With best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 



 

e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, 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 a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site in the prior week. 

 

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Headline News

Almost 29,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news page

Week beginning Mon 05 Jun – published date also appears in article footline

Monday

4-Print adds Versafire CP digital press from Heidelberg

4-Print in West Molesey, UK invests in digital and Suprasetter A75 CTP to meet new customer demand…

Image Data adds Durst to meet demand for fabrics

Yorkshire print group expands fabric print capability as retailers swing to backlit screens and stretch fabrics. By Gareth Ward…

Inkfish improves production quality with Xerox in Cape

Cape Town Digital print and signage company improves digital print and production with new Xerox Versant 80…

Agfa Graphics unveils new upgrades to Arziro

Agfa has released new versions of two elements within its Arziro ecosystem for the general security printing market…

Xaar strengthens aqueous portfolio with new 5501 heads

Xaar announces new addition to aqueous printheads portfolio…

Tuesday

Heidelberg expanding its Industry 4.0 offering

Takeover of technical documentation software provider DOCUFY strengthens Heidelberg’s Digital Platforms division…

Strong industry support for quality print apprenticeships

Trailblazer Consortium continues to press for an appropriate approach to the new Print Apprenticeship Standards…

Cobalt-free inks enable eco-label certification

Hubergroup sets all sheetfed offset printing inks to cobalt-free formulations to strengthen sustainability…

Spandex launches 3M Materials Product Guide

New 3M Materials Product Guide from Spandex aims to help customers deliver high value applications…

Billes Tryckeri AB lauds its Inca Onset X2

Scandinavia’s first Onset X delivers productivity gains of 30 per cent in wide-format production in just five months…

Wednesday

Chester Medical leads with carton-specified GL29 Komori

Pharmaceutical carton printer and packager Chester Medical Solutions has capped an investment programme with the UK’s first of Komori’s new B2 presses for carton work. By Gareth Ward…

Enhance your Competitive Edge at Dscoop with Scodix

Live demos of Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Enhancement Press with Foil Station at Dscoop EMEA 6 in Lyon this week…

Ricoh achieves GWG PDF Preflight Certification

The Ghent Workgroup has announced that Ricoh has successfully achieved GWG PDF preflight certification…

Thursday

Heidelberg presents its new growth strategy to 2022

Heidelberg’s growth strategy reveals significant improvement in sales and result targeted in period to 2022 at annual conference…

Heidelberg expands consumables with Fujifilm acquisition

Heidelberg takes over Fujifilm’s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region…

Labelexpo Europe 2017 announces new expo feature

Labelexpo Europe heralds fourth industrial revolution with bold feature area at Brussels Expo from 25 – 28 September…

Meech at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels

Meech to display static control and web cleaning solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2017 taking place in Brussels in September…

Northend Creative in Sheffield adds Ryobi LED-UV

Northend Creative Print Solutions has become the latest to invest in RMGT’s Ryobi LED-UV, plus Cron platesetter…

Friday

200 years of Koenig & Bauer in Würzburg

Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print, as KBA in Würzburg celebrates its 200th Anniversary…

Highcon Euclid speed boost announced at Dscoop EMEA

Dscoop EMEA conference in Lyon chosen to launch productivity boosts for Highcon Euclid B1 and B2 machines…

Hybrid celebrates sale of 100th PACKZ in Italy

Hybrid Software has announced the 100th sale in Italy of its professional editing software PACKZ…

UK Bookbinders enters digital chapter with Horizon

IFS-supplied BQ-470 PUR perfect binder and HT-30 three-side trimmer chosen to support new business division…

Quad/Graphics adds 64-page Lithoman in Versailles

Leading North American printer selects Lithoman press from Manroland Web Systems for its Kentucky facility…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

‘Pledge for Print’ BPIF appeal for Government backing

In a bid to boost the Government’s support for the printing industry, the BPIF is asking all parliamentary election candidates…

Print on the Brain – Sign up for a free copy now

Latest issue of Print Power magazine ‘ALL IN THE MIND’ looks at the remarkable neurological benefits of reading in print…

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

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

 

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 2014 – 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 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Value Dialogue – exclusive Interview series

Most recent…    An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

200 years Koenig & Bauer

Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print, as KBA in Würzburg to celebrate its 200th Anniversary in August…

Previous…    K+D´s Swiss passion for precision leads to Equinox

For the benefit of the pharma customer, K+D´s passion and Esko´s Equinox ensure a perfect colour match…

Schumacher Packaging turns to Durst single-pass technology

Durst is now field-testing its flagship system, the Delta SPC 130, as Schumacher Packaging becomes its field test partner…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Waste and guilt

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 07 Jun

Previous…    Printing Plates Progress

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 May

Fespa & Green

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 17 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?

Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

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… but you must scroll down to view each Chapter and its content when you visit the Newsroom

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…    drupa Prize 2017 awarded to Anne Sokoll

Scholar of German convinces with her Doctoral Thesis on the Writers’ Movement in the GDR…

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world

Kick-off for no. 1 printing technologies event / Highlight topics showcase the industry’s innovative force / New key visual ’embrace the future’…

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 Website is supported and sponsored by: 

Canon SA,   Drupa 2020,  Esko,&n bsp;  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung,  Ricoh Europe, and Sappi Limited 

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.net, PO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

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Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG (on right) and Christoph Müller, CEO of KBA-Digital & Web and KBA-Flexotecnica, making sure the new demo facilities in Wuerzburg will be on time for the 200th Anniversary opening and celebrations in September by pitching in and helping with the construction during their lunch breaks and at weekends… in exchange for a discount on the contract!

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 24 March 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with another 30 articles from the past week, Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog, explaining the international standard for assessing the potential deinkability of print; and news from Messe Düsseldorf advising that the 4th Global Trends Report 2017 is now available to order, with a free Executive Summary you can download in a choice of seven languages. If you go to the news leader on Wednesday, or to our drupa Newsroom, you can read drupa director Sabine Geldermann’s introduction by following the link to the drupa Website where you can then register to download the Executive Summary for FREE. You can also purchase the full report from Messe Düsseldorf’s Online Shop in English or German for a nominal fee.

 


 

A key news highlight appeared on Wednesday, as KBA released its Annual Report for 2016, recording the highest profit margin in the company’s history, coupled with a healthy double-digit increase in revenue, market share gains in packaging and digital printing, a solid order intake with a high order backlog as the company prepares to celebrate its 200th Anniversary later this year. You can also find more about KBA-Flexotecnica’s successful start to 2017 in Friday’s headlines.

 


 

The lead article on Tuesday, by Gareth Ward, featured Canon, as it looks to establish its Oce Colorado UV Gel inkjet as a third way between solvent and latex in roll to roll print.

 


 

You’ll find a lot of pre-show and pre-event news again this week, beginning with Esko’s European Prepress Innovation Tour on Monday; then Xeikon Café which takes place this coming week, on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday Sign & Digital UK announced its lineup ahead of its 30th Anniversary show which also takes place this coming week at the NEC, Birmingham; and then a FESPA 2017 mention, set to take place in Hamburg in May.

On Thursday, Heidelberg and Gallus took the lead as they announced their lineup for Interpack 2017 taking place from 4 – 10 May in Dusseldorf, and on Friday, we have FINAT with the annual European Label Forum, set to take place from 7 – 9 June in Berlin; and lastly another early mention for InPrint 2017, set to take place in Munich in November, and once again co-located with Productronica. ICE Europe, which took place this week in Munich had mentions on both Thursday and Friday; and lastly, Lopec 2017, which takes place in Munich this coming week, is among Friday’s headlines.

Friday’s news was led by Manroland Web Systems as managing director Alexander Wassermann provides a brief background and facts about the new and innovative web offset and gravure hybrid Varioman press for flexible packaging printing, which is due to commence production at an international packaging printer early next year.

Key sales and installations successes this week came from Heidelberg USA at Adams Lithographing, and Renz UK in Leeds on Monday; from Heidelberg UK at A3 Design & Print in Surrey with a digital Versafire CP; then Essex-based trade finisher Filmdie with a new Horizon perfect binder and three-side trimmer from IFS; followed by Contiweb/DG with a Thallo press for identity and security print at De La Rue in Malta; and lastly Edale with a 7-colour press in Devon – all on Tuesday.  On Thursday, Cape Town-based Creative Brands in South Africa announced that it has added a Xerox X1000 Digital Colour Press from Oxbow and Bytes to boost productivity. This was followed by Polar in Portugal with a fourth new cutter equipped for labels at Calipolense in Vila Viçosa.

Our tailender once again serves to remind you of the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open taking place in Cape Town in May, with Ireland’s Cian Arthurs joining players from France, England, the United States and South Africa for this popular event – in Thursday’s headlines.

That’s it until next time. You will find more if you scroll down carefully.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


Download for FREE the Executive Summary of the 4th drupa Global Trends report 2017.

 


 

e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa and Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site in the prior week. 

Headline News

Almost 29,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news page

Week beginning Mon 20 March – date published also appears in article footline

Monday

Esko announces Prepress Innovation European Tour ’17

Following success in DACH, Esko is expanding its roadshow to other parts of Europe and America…

Scodix at Xeikon Café, from 28 to 31 March 2017

Scodix to illustrate a competitive edge for printers through digital enhancement at Xeikon Café 2017 next week…

Total cost to manufacture pushes publishers to inkjet

Many modern inkjet presses do so much more than just print. They also fold, collate, glue blocks for covers and trim books…

Speedmaster CD 102-X increases Adams’ capacity by 50%

Adams Lithographing also expects to add 30% more overall volume with Speedmaster CD 102-Xs added efficiency…

Renz buy helps Leeds Die Cutting secure profitability

Leeds Trade finisher completes the transformation of its wire binding production with its third Renz-supplied solution…

Tuesday

Canon creates extra-large format category with UV Gel technology

Canon looks to establish Colorado UV Gel inkjet as a third way between solvent and latex in roll to roll print. By Gareth Ward…

A3 Design & Print adds Heidelberg Versafire CP

A3 Design & Print opts for digital Versafire CP to its suite of Heidelberg equipment, replacing two older KM machines…

Filmdie expands trade binding services with Horizon

Operation is 50% faster with IFS-supplied Horizon BQ-470 perfect binder and Horizon HT-30 three-side trimmer…

De La Rue opts for Contiweb/DG Thallo web press

De La Rue concludes Thallo deal for Centre of Excellence for identity and security print in Malta…

Tamar Packaging purchases Edale FL5 for cartons

UK packaging company Tamar has invested in a 7-colour FL5-510 Carton with combination drying…

Wednesday

4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

The report, tracking key economic and market developments in the global print industry is available now!…

Koenig & Bauer on a growth and profitability trajectory

Annual Report 2016: Backed by a significant increase in revenue and profit, the KBA group achieved or exceeded targets set in 2015…

Sign & Digital UK’s 30th Anniversary final lineup

Sign & Digital UK announces latest exhibitor news ahead of the 2017 show, from 28 to 30 March at the NEC, Birmingham…

Drytac at Sign & Digital UK 2017, 28 – 30 March

Introducing bacteria’s worst new enemy: Protac Anti-Bacterial film from Drytac at next week’s Sign & Digital at the NEC…

SMAG Digital Galaxie finishing solution at Xeikon

High-end digital finishing of wine, spirit & perfume applications presented by SMAG at the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations…

Nazdar latest ink innovations at FESPA 2017

Nazdar Ink Technologies to exhibit new and established digital inkjet and screen-printing inks and special effects…

Thursday

Heidelberg and Gallus at Interpack 2017 from 4 to 10 May

Pioneer in digitisation for growth market of packaging printing with ‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ motto…

BST Eltromat and Kampf at ICE Europe in Munich this week

Industry 4.0: BST Eltromat and Kampf show practical examples at ICE Europe at the Munich Trade Fair Centre from 21 – 23 March…

Color-Logic certifies Ricoh L4100 Series in latex first

Ricoh’s Pro L4100 Series is first latex system to achieve global Color-Logic certification, to be shown at FESPA 2017…

Iggesund’s premium paperboard at Xeikon Café next week

Live print demonstrations will show high-quality effects of Invercote and Incada paperboard grades in digital luxury packaging…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Ireland’s Cian Arthur a tough contender in the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town in May…

Creative Brands creates competitive edge with Xerox

Cape Town-based Creative Brands adds Xerox X1000 Digital Colour Press from Oxbow and Bytes to boost productivity…

Calipolense adds its fourth label cutter from Polar

The Portuguese label printer in Vila Viçosa recently purchased a Polar N 115 AT HD equipped with label options…

Friday

Packaging Printing Redefined at Manroland Web Systems

The Manroland Varioman: Background and facts about the innovative web offset Varioman press for flexible packaging printing…

KBA-Flexotecnica hails successful start to 2017

And closer co-operation with KBA-Digital & Web with new shared demo centre for digital and flexo in Würzburg…

ICE Europe 2017 provided the ideal setting for Meech

ICE Europe was the ideal setting for Meech to address converting industry’s static control and web cleaning needs…

FINAT European Label Forum: A brief for the label industry

Familiarly known as ‘ELF’ the annual European Label Forum is set to take place this year in Berlin from 7 – 9 June…

SPGPrints at LOPEC 2017 in Munich 28 – 29 March

SPGPrints to highlight reliability of non-woven nickel RotaMesh and PlanoMesh screens for printed electronics…

Label Traxx workflow optimisation at Xeikon Café

Label Traxx automated print management software will show attendees streamlined and automated digital label workflow…

InPrint 2017 in Munich from 14 – 16 November

Leading technology providers showcasing amongst exhibitors at InPrint 2017, again co-located with Productronica…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Xeikon Café announces final conference programmes

Xeikon Café conference programmes and the live production scheme of innovative digital print applications. From 28 – 31 March…

Mimaki Europe bigger than ever at FESPA 2017

Mimaki Europe has two stands: one dedicated to textiles, the other to Sign & Display, Industrial Print and 3D…

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

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

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

Only 49 articles for 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.

Value Dialogueexclusive Interview series

Previous…  

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features Mar/Apr Chapter 04

Previous…  

Elegant printed products in waterless coldset at RBD

Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei invests in a further varnishing unit for the waterless KBA Cortina in Düsseldorf…

De Groot’s new KBA Rapida 106 replaces two machines

An eight-colour KBA Rapida 106 with simultaneous plate changing joins the production facility in Goudriaan, the Netherlands…

KBA large-format for new DS Smith facility in Erlensee

A new high-speed 17,000sph six-colour Rapida 145 with inline coating unit for display and consumer packaging…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Case Getting Louder for ISO 21331

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 Mar

Previous…  

Digital Printing for Packaging

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 17 Mar

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 24  Calibration & Device Profiling – Intro

While a surprising number of prepress operators and designers still spend a huge amount of time and materials ‘trying to get the colours right’, this should really be a quite straight forward process today. By Paul Lindström…

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf

4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

The Report, tracking key economic and market developments in the global print industry is available now!…

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 Website is supported and sponsored by: 

Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  and  UPM-Kymmene

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.net, PO Box 10 Peterburgskoe Shosse 13/1, 196605 Pushkin 5, St. Petersburg, Russia.  e-mail graphicrepro.za@gmail.com

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Digital makes PRINT great again. Collage by Andreas Weber, Head of Value, Mainz/Germany

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 17 February 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of 26 of the best received over the past seven days, along with Laurel Brunner’s most recent Verdigris Blog; the latest Wild Format Technology Guide from Sonja Angerer and number 21 in this series; and in Online Features – The BPIFs Printing Outlook for Q1 2017; and a brand new series from Andreas Weber beginning with an exclusive interview with head of digital sales and general manager of Digital Sheetfed at Heidelberg, Montserrat Peidro-Insa. In our drupa Newsroom, as well as leading Friday’s headlines, the world’s most important trade fair for printing technologies has been pulled forward by a week and will now be held from 16 to 26 June 2020 to avoid European holiday clashes for exhibitors and visitors alike.

 


“We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.” Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


 

The week’s news began with Heidelberg on Monday as it installed the 1000th VLF printing unit as part of a new press for Green Bay packaging in Wisconsin. On Tuesday Tony Langley took the lead: firstly with the extremely positive Annual Report and 2016 ahievements by his Group; and then secondly with an article by Gareth Ward which highlights Manroland Sheetfed being happy as a successful profit-making press manufacturer, five years on since Langley Holdings rescued Manroland’s global sheetfed press business from administration.

New kit this week announced by Ricoh with a new high-speed inkjet web appears on Wednesday; and Kodak with its new Prinergy Cloud analytics service offering appears on Friday.

Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017, taking place in Lucerne from 20 – 23 February made the headlines on Monday with UPM; on Tuesday from Muller Martini and Hunkeler with a planned world premiere to showcase an Integrated Finishing 4.0 Workflow. While on Thursday, Duplo announced that it will be showcasing its latest innovations at the Lucerne event next week.

Other show-related news this week came from Sun Chemical at LOPEC 2017 on Thursday; and from SPGPrints for Label&Print at the NEC on Friday. Both events take place in March.

Major orders and installations (in addition to Heidelberg mentioned above) include Bytes with Xerox and Cape Office Machines in Cape Town, at Asset print on Monday as it opens a new branch in Rondebosch with a new Xerox press; IFS with Horizon at In Print UK; and PurePrint Group UK with five Renz solutions – all on Monday. On Tuesday, Kingfisher Press in the UK has added a Fujifilm Jet Press 720S digital inket sheetfed press for quality short-run work. On Wednesday, We’ll Corporation in Ishikawa gets a new Muller Martini Finishing 4.0 solution for the production of teaching materials; while Spanish packaging printer Omnipack has invested in an eight-colour Roland 700 PLV 8/0-4/4 HiPrint press; and in the UK, Qualvis Print & Packaging returns to Heidelberg for a new platesetter to double output over an older model. Thursday saw Direct Printing Impressions in West Caldwell, NJ boost productivity by 40 per cent with its new Speedmaster CD 102-X. To round of the week on Friday, Stephens & George Print Group in Wales has returned to Heidelberg for two high-speed high-productivity Stahlfolders launched at drupa last year. Lastly, London-based Leycol Print looks to boost business with Fujifilm‘s Superia LH-PJE plates.

The tailender goes to the ‘Oupa’ of South African disabled golf, Christo de Jager, as he marks a decade of Opens at the 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Gold Open in Cape Town in May.

That’s it until next time. Do have a good week ahead. You’ll find a lot more below.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

 


 

valuepublishing-heideldruck-montserrat-peidro-insa-001”It seems to me that Heidelberg has played an important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing.“ —Andreas Weber, Head of Value. Click for access to the full story.


 

 

e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa and Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site in the prior week. 

Headline News

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

Week beginning Mon 13 February – date published appears in article footline

Monday

Heidelberg celebrates 1000th VLF printing unit install

Green Bay Packaging in Wisconsin, USA, has installed the 1000th Very Large Format printing unit from Heidelberg…

UPM Digi papers at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017

UPM will share its paper selection for digital printing at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017, in Lucerne from 20 – 23 February…

Asset Print opens new doors in Rondebosch with Xerox

Asset Print, one of Cape Town’s established full-service print shops opens second premises in suburb of Rondebosch…

In Print expansion features Horizon StitchLiner 6000

Horizon bookletmaker from IFS plays central role in £500,000 investment to streamline production…

Pureprint Group picks Renz systems to expand its services

Pureprint enhances in-house capabilities and expands global Web-to-print business with five Renz-supplied solutions…

Tuesday

A record year for Langley Holdings

The engineering and industrial group, has published its IFRS Annual Report & Accounts for year ended 31 December, 2016…

Manroland Sheetfed happy as a profit making press manufacturer

It is now five years on, since Langley Holdings rescued Manroland’s sheetfed presses business from administration…

Muller Martini at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne

World Premiere 20 to 23 February: Muller Martini and Hunkeler to showcase an Integrated Finishing 4.0 Workflow…

Fujifilm Jet Press 720S momentum continues to build

This latest UK investment will significantly boost Kingfisher Press’s ability to take on quality short-run work…

Duplo gets top marks for energy efficiency programme

Duplo comes top of the class with Total Gas and Power for energy efficiency from renewable resources…

Wednesday

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

Print Industry optimism prevailed in Q4 as forecast is surpassed; Q1 is set to hold positive course…

Ricoh Europe announces the Ricoh Pro VC40000

Ricoh broadens award-winning inkjet portfolio; bolstering capabilities for transactional and direct mail users…

We’ll Japan enters new market segment with Muller Martini

We’ll Corporation in Ishikawa gets a new Muller Martini Finishing 4.0 solution for the production of teaching materials…

New press brings new opportunities for Omnipack

Spanish packaging printer Omnipack has invested in an eight-colour Roland 700 PLV 8/0-4/4 HiPrint press…

Qualvis Print & Packaging opts for latest Suprasetter 106

Qualvis Print & Packaging returns to Heidelberg for a new platesetter to double output over the older model…

Thursday

drupa 2020 dates brought forward by one week

World’s most important trade fair for printing technologies will now be held from 16 to 26 June 2020 to avoid holiday clashes…

Duplo heading to Hunkeler Innovationdays next week

Duplo will be showcasing latest innovations at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017 in Lucerne, from 20 – 23 February…

Sun Chemical at LOPEC 2017 in Munich in March

Sun to exhibit latest offerings for printed electronics, printed circuit boards and electronics manufacturing…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

‘Oupa’ of South African disabled golf marks decade of Opens…

DPI updates with Speedmaster CD 102-6+L with X-Package

Direct Printing Impressions in West Caldwell, NJ boosts productivity by 40 per cent with new Speedmaster CD 102-X…

Friday

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital print

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ Guide

A reminder the international best practice guide ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ is available and to download…

Kodak introduces Prinergy Cloud analytics-enabled platform

Innovative cloud analytics service aims to deliver new solutions to control cost, minimise risk and drive growth…

SPGPrints at Label&Print 2017 at the NEC next month

SPGPrints’ rotary screen solutions for value-added label and packaging feature at Label&Print 2017, from 1 – 2 March…

Stephens & George has added two Stahlfolder TH 82-Ps

Stephens & George Print Group returns to Heidelberg for two high-speed high-productivity folders after a short break…

Leycol Print switches to Fujifilm Superia plates

London-based commercial printer looks to boost business with investment in Fujifilm’s Superia LH-PJE plates…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Strengthening Sappi Europe’s competitive advantage

Sappi has announced range of projects in Europe and the United States to support its growth strategy and 2020Vision…

MPS invests in the world’s first 18-unit packaging press

The press will be installed during March at MPS East Kilbride, Scotland and be fully commissioned by mid-year…

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

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

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

Only 49 articles for 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.

Value Dialog exclusive Interview series

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

Print Industry optimism prevailed in Q4 as forecast is surpassed; Q1 is set to hold positive course…

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Blömeke lauds first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany

Blömeke opens up new areas of business with the first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany with a matching service package…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

PaperLab Arrives!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Sat 18 Feb

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Prizes for best behaviour

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 10 Feb

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 21 Hitting the 3rd Dimension

Printing is no longer limited to flat surfaces. With the help of 3D printers, impressive objects can be manufactured from a digital file, unveiling a whole new world of opportunities. By Sonja Angerer…

No 20 – Inks and their variations

Normally the key to the success of every print job, whether analogue or digital, depends on the correct mix of media and ink… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017

drupa 2020 dates brought forward by one week

World’s most important trade fair for printing technologies will now be held from 16 to 26 June 2020 to avoid holiday clashes…

Previous…  

Messe Düsseldorf to reconstruct Southern Section

Plans for the reconstruction of the South Entrance and Halls 1 + 2 in a EUR 140m investment approved for completion in 2019…

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 Website is supported and sponsored by: 

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Consumers associate printed newspapers with waste, but correcting this impression doesn’t seem to be a priority for the newspaper industry.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 07 October 2016

Welcome to another roundup with 28 news articles posted during the past week, plus Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog added on Friday, entitled Newspapers and Change. In her opening paragraph Laurel states: ‘Newspaper publishers should be doing much more to counter perception that print is bad for the environment. Consumers associate printed newspapers with waste, but correcting this impression doesn’t seem to be a priority for the newspaper industry. This has to change, even though publishers may have other things on their minds like the precipitous decline in print sales.’ You can read the rest of the article by using the link in the Verdigris section below.

The latest and No 10 in the series of Wild Format Technology Guides by Sonja Angerer was added this week. Entitled The Art and Science of Very Fine Drops, it explains why Inkjet is unique amongst printing technologies, where there is no other option to print on such a wide varieties of substrates with such efficiency and ease. Enjoy it. You can download an illustrated PDF from the link in the article below.

Upcoming events that feature prominently this week include The Print Show 2016, which opens its doors at the NEC in Birmingham tomorrow. You’ll find news from several exhibitors, including Sawgrass on Tuesday, and Intec on both Thursday and Friday, with the lead article on Friday taken from Gareth Ward at the Print Business, devoted to his take on the show, now in its second year and with an increase in demand for space this time around. It’s on until Thursday 13 October and has some nice offerings.

Domino Digital Printing Solutions will showcase a range of technologies at All4pack 2016 in Paris from 14 to 17 November. The show was previously known as Emballage. On Tuesday, Martin Bailey at Global Graphics led the news, as Global announced it is to chair a new ISO task force for a new PDF production workflow standard that will make it possible to describe what a final printed piece is supposed to look like. Leading the news on Thursday: KBA Report 49 is now available either as a printed version or to download online in multiple languages from KBA using the link in the article. The theme is ‘Print is on the up once more’, as this latest issue takes a closer look at some of innovations unveiled at drupa 2016.

There’s so much more for you is you scroll down, including some nice orders and installations including Ricoh in multiple European countries including France, The Netherlands and Finland; Muller Martini in Ghana; Highcon in Germany; Heidelberg UK, Xeikon with ThermoFlexX also in the UK; IFS with Foliant in the UK, Heidelberg USA, Taopix in Germany for an online platform; and MPS in The Netherlands.

As my tailender this week is Wednesday’s lead article as UPM Raflatac partners on the reforestation project of Jaguari River in Brazil to help protect this vital ecosystem; with a stunning pic to go with it.

My main MacBook’s screen decided to pack up this morning which is rather hampering the way I usually work, so that’s all until next time. Until then. My best regards,

Mike Hilton


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

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

Mon 03 October…   
Sun Chemical in Flint Group European Ink acquisition
Sun Chemical has announced its intention to acquire Flint Group’s European Publication Gravure Ink Business…

Author Mural runs through Hachette’s Carmelite House
The new mural is a bold ‘river of authors’ representation of the River Thames that runs by
Hachette UK’s new home…

Ricoh’s continuous feed VC60000 makes its mark with IDC
High-end digital press helps Ricoh secure second spot for worldwide unit shipments in IDC’s Tracker…

MCTdigital and Blackman & White awarded at SGIA
New VersaTech2 ‘All in One’ digital cutter wins SGIA Product of the Year Award for finishing-routers/cutters…

Domino awarded in PPMA Group Industry Awards 2016
Domino’s SerialTrac named ‘Most Innovative Processing or Packaging Machine’ at the PPMA 2016 Awards…

WAEC Ghana boosts in-house finishing with Muller Martini
The West African Examinations Council invests in its first Muller Martini Primera saddle stitcher for its plant in Ghana…

Tue 04 October…   
Global Graphics chairs new ISO task force for PDF workflow
New PDF production workflow standard will make it possible to describe what a final printed piece is supposed to look like…

Xeikon X-800 5.0 with enhanced production capabilities
Xeikon has unveiled X-800 5.0 software to support faster, more effective production and colour reproduction…

Sawgrass set for a colourful Print Show UK 2016
Sawgrass to show the possibilities bright and vibrant 8-colour inks can offer at the NEC, 11 – 13 October…

Sun Chemical to debut SunTex Encore at Heimtextil 2017
Sun Chemical to present its portfolio of SunTex textile inkjet inks at Heimtextil in Frankfurt, 10 – 13 January 2017…

Sign & Digital UK from 28 – 30 March 2017
Sign & Digital UK to celebrate 30th anniversary with brand new Website and show focus for 2017 event…

Wed 05 October…   
UPM Raflatac supports Brazil Reforestation Project
UPM Raflatac partners on the reforestation project of Jaguari River in Brazil to help protect this vital ecosystem…

Gelato leads with print on location model
Print on demand is about to be joined by print on location as new businesses emerge to exploit these possibilities…

The Inkjet Revolution
This article relating to continuous feed inkjet is by Benoit Chatelard, vice president, Production Printing, Ricoh Europe…

Digital technology turns Label’Or into a winner
The Xeikon CX3 is the third Xeikon press in operation at Belgium-based label manufacturer Label’Or…

Highcon digital cutting and creasing for Colordruck
Baiersbronn in Germany says yes to digital cutting and creasing up to B1-size with a Highcon Beam order…

Thu 06 October…  
KBA Report No. 49: drupa review and practice reports
Print is on the up once more. Issue 49 of KBA Report takes a closer look at some of innovations unveiled at drupa 2016…

Domino at All4pack 2016 in Paris (previously Emballage)
Domino Digital Printing Solutions to showcase range of technologies at All4pack 2016 from 14 to 17 November…

Intec adds ‘Flare’ at The Print Show 2016 at the NEC
Intec continues its worldwide launch of finishing equipment to add premium decorative effects to digitally printed media…

Brightsea Print Group breaks through the 10m mark
Brightsea achieves over 10 million impressions in the last three months on the Speedmaster XL 75 installed this year…

Reproflex3 expands with ThermoFlexX 80-D imager
Installation of the UK’s second dual-head ThermoFlexX 80-D digital flexo plate imager expands Reproflex3′ plate services…

Agfa Fortuna 10 at Security Printers Conference in Seville
Agfa Graphics has announced the new version of Fortuna design and assembly software for high-security printing…

Fri 07 October…   
The Print Show 2016 prepares a tasty buffet
The main course may be missing from regional and national shows, says Gareth Ward, but there are plenty of morsels to sharpen any appetite for manageable investment…

Intec to unveil ColorCut 500 at The Print Show
Intec Printing Solutions to debut of the ColorCut digital die-cutter for sheet labels and packaging at the NEC next week…

Heidelberg hosts Open House at SunDance Marketing Orlando
Open House for X-Package and Prinect at SunDance showcased doubled productivity with Heidelberg’s Speedmaster CD 102…

Work win prompts Ruddocks’ Foliant laminator buy
Winning new worked prompted Lincoln, UK printer to invest in an IFS-supplied Foliant Vega 530 SF laminator…

Klartext Göttingen goes online with Taopix platform
German crossmedia directprint24.de brand has invested in a new photo commerce platform from Taopix UK…

Geostick Group adds two MPS EXL-Packaging presses
Two EXL-Packaging presses sold to Geostick B.V. in Uithoorn and Clever Labels & Flexibles in The Hague in The Netherlands…

Lead article from Friday in previous update… 

UPM Paper Asia to be renamed UPM Specialty Papers
New name highlights the business area’s strategic focus on specialty papers and global operations…

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

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

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’, and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2020 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
Only 35 so far this year, with well over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years in our Archives.

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

Technology-related Chapter 02

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

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Model Zagreb’s robot-assisted Bobst case maker
Model Zagreb in Croatia has installed a highly automated Bobst FFG 618 – a case maker known for its shelf-ready capabilities…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Newspapers and Change
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 07 Oct

Most recent…   
Data Basis
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 23 Sep

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017 of new guides. The first ten can now be found in this special section in the Index on the Home Page of our Website. All have illustrated PDFs for downloading.

NEW this week and No 10… The Art and Science of Very Fine Drops
Inkjet is unique amongst printing technologies, there is no other option to print on such a wide varieties of substrates with such efficiency and ease. By Sonja Angerer

9… The basics of printheads
In many respects the printhead is the heart of an inkjet printer, directly responsible for placing each individual drop of ink on the substrate. By Nessan Cleary

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

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10th Anniversary FESPA Mexico in September 2017
Visitors and exhibitors hail FESPA Mexico 2016 as a resounding success, with 10th Anniversary event announced for next year…

FESPA and ARED gearing up for FESPA Eurasia in December
FESPA and its Turkish Member Association ARED show commitment to the Eurasian region through local initiatives…

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

drupa daily to download as PDFs
These eleven jam-packed drupa daily news issues are ready to read now. They contain hundreds of superb articles, interviews, features and news. You can download each one complete as a PDF…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ at show + post-show News
Latest additions of 86 in total are now in alphabetical order can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

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

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

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

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

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

Antalis South Africa, Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,  FESPA.  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic So lutions, Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Krause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Muller Martini AG,  Ricoh Europe,  Sappi LimitedThunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

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

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


Vorbemerkung

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

Vorbemerkung

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


In medias res

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

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

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

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

Man kann nicht wissen, was man nicht weiss!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fazit Teil 1

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


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


Some insights

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

 

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


Fazit Teil 1

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


 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In medias res: Willkommen im digitalen Printmedienkosmos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 Zwischenruf: Anders agieren!

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


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

Ganz nah an Big Data: Print 4.0 braucht Communication 4.0

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

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

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


Fazit Teil 2

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


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


Hinweis

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

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

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

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

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drupa2016 ValuePublshing Review Social Media Heroes.001

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

#drupa2016 Review: Print wins! If…

Dear friends of drupa!

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

Kick-off: splendid #drupa2016

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

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

 


Back to the future: Some fun

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


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

 

Note: We are proud of the fact that around the globe hundreds of thousands of unique viewers follow us already and interact with our content — shared via Twitter (@ValueCommAG plus @zeitenwende007), Facebook, LinkedIn, XING and Google+. — More than 70 % of our viewers are leading innovators dedicated to all kind of graphic communications applications. 

 

 

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

 

 

GENERAL OVERVIEW

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

drupa2016 — ValuePublishing Storify:
Pre-drupa media conference March 2016

 

 

 

IN MEDIAS RES

drupa2016 — ValuePublishing Storify:
Ready for #unleashprint? YES WE CAN(on)

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Heideldruck back to profitable growth

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Heideldruck Press Conference Feb 2016

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

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Objectif Lune put business communications to the next level

drupa2016 — ValuePublishing Storify:
Automated Digital Cutting made by Zünd Systemtechnik

 

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

 


In addition for extended reading check out our focused trend reports via ValueBlog posts by Andreas Weber

Note: Almost all Blog posts are available in english and german.

 

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As well you can find a whole series of ValueDialog stories:

ValueDialog — Christian Kopocz: “Multichannel ensures relevance!”

To get access to more ValueDialog stories use our Blog search tool.

 

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Monday 02 June
Welcome to another roundup of news for the past few days, together with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blogs from Friday of last week and the week before, and a new article in Online Features from Druckteam Berlin and Heidelberg. You’ll also find 18 new articles in our FESPA Newsroom, bringing to the total for FESPA Digital to 73, and for FESPA News to 11, following what turned out to be a fantastic event in Munich, and a reminder of how proper trade shows really should be after the rather uninspiring and sharp contrast of Ipex in London a couple of months ago. On the very first evening of FESPA, Durst certainly set the tone and the standard with a magnificent event for the international trade press at BMW Welt near Munich. EFI followed the next day with an excellent networking press lunch for which it is becoming renowned at major exhibitions, where such events provide invaluable time-out and are appreciated. A sincere thank you to both Durst and EFI.FESPA this year not only looked and felt like a real trade show should (and used to do), as it had all the right exhibitors, new innovations, lots of new kit, new software and materials or substrates, visitors in both quality and numbers, the right buzz, the essential vibe, the enthusiasm, the networking, the sales and quality leads, and to top all of that, the sun came out to provide glorious weather for the duration of the event.The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the tiresome trek on the U-Bahn to and from Messe Munich to the city, which like Munich’s airport, is an awful long way from the city centre. In fact, you can fly to Düsseldorf in the same time that it takes to get to the Hauptbahnhof on the train from either the Messe or the Airport, so next year’s event in Cologne (also Germany, which is a big plus-factor for those travelling from the rest of Europe and even further afield) should enable FESPA to again break this year’s all-time records, within an even more compact and visitor-friendly infrastructure from 18 – 22 May 2015, when the weather should also be ideal.Next stop, of course, is FESPA Africa 2014 at the Gallagher Convention and Exhibition Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg, from 2 – 4 July, incorporating both the Sign Africa and Visual Communications Africa events.

As there aren’t that many news items for you to go through due to serious MacBook-related problems during my extended trip, I shall leave you to browse through them without prompts from me, apart from drawing attention to the new appointments announced on Wednesday from KBA, Kodak and EFI, and QuadTech’s new partnership with Muller Martini for its web presses. But there’s much more if you take your time when browsing through the headlines.including Screen’s appointment of Rotocon as Southern Africa reseller for the Truepress Jet digital label press. This follows Ipex Machinery’s appointment to handle both Screen wide-format and Screen high-speed digital inkjet web presses in the region. Kemtek retains Screen prepress and computer-to-plate.

The tailender this week goes to HP on Friday, as it expands production inkjet possibilities with a new HP Priming Solution, and the HP T260 660mm-wide Mono Inkjet Web Press for book production; and in today’s headlines you will find a complete Muller Martini SigmaLine with HP T300 Web Press and inline Acoro A5 perfect binder: a world premiere in this form at Rodona in Pamplona, Spain for soft cover book production.

Until next time, my best regards,

Mike Hilton

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

Headline News
Over 24,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages Note: ‘next page’ and ‘previous page’ links appear at the top of each News continuation page.
Tuesday 27 May – Monday 2 June
Tue 27 May…    Screen appoints Rotocon for Truepress Jet label press
Screen partners with Rotocon as Southern Africa reseller for the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press…Enfocus releases Connect 12
Connect 12 family ups the ante to make the creation, sending and receiving of Certified PDFs seamless and consistent…Color-Logic partners with Domino
Technology partnership with Domino Printing Sciences for metallic label printing on the new N610i inkjet label press…

Full-colour inkjet with Kodak Prosper S10 at Kyburz
Druckerei Kyburz AG: Kodak Prosper S10 inkjet for mailshots on Manroland web presses, and on high-speed finishing lines…

Saxoprint, Stahlfolder and Stitchmaster in perfect harmony
Online print shop Saxoprint in Dresden relies on highly efficient postpress machines from Heidelberg…

HP Latex 360 for Graham & Brown in the UK
International wall decoration specialist Graham & Brown buys HP Latex 360 from City and West End Solutions…

Xeikon 3500 in ‘world first’ In-Mold production
Dutch printer and label specialist aL Printing uses the Xeikon 3500 digital press to produce in-mould labels – an industry first…

Wed 28 May…   Koenig & Bauer AG’s 89th AGM in Würzburg
KBA Group presses ahead with Fit@All realignment programme between now and the end of 2015…Management board change at Koenig & Bauer
Dr Mathias Dähn to take over as CFO from Dr Axel Kaufmann at the beginning of June…John McMullen named Kodak Chief Financial Officer
John N McMullen has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kodak, effective 15 June, 2014…

EFI appoints Gabriel Matsliach to senior role

EFI has appointed veteran software executive to lead its Productivity Software Business Unit…

Kodak, Agfa and Heidelberg attack Patent Trolls

Joint Kodak, Agfa and Heidelberg statement on patent trolls…QuadTech announces partnership with Muller Martini
Inline, automatic control of colour on web presses for film and paper enables significant time, waste and money savings…

Grapho Metronic and Manroland Web strengthen initiative
Grapho Metronic and Manroland Web Systems: a successful partnership for retrofits that can be measured…

Polar very satisfied with PACE Days 2014

A total of 185 visitors used Polar PACE Days to get the latest information about automating options in cutting…

Successful Interpack 2014 for the KBA Group
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts…

Thu 29 May…    FESPA bucks all trends, showing market geared for growth
Sun shines on world of wide-format at record-breaking FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich with 30% increase over Hamburg in 2011…EFI LED curing shows energy savings of 82 per cent!
Fogra testing proves 82 per cent energy savings, boosting green benefits of EFI’s Vutek wide-format LED printers…Screen appoints wide-format distributor in Italy
Screen appoints E-Servizi as distributor for wide-format Truepress Jet W3200UV and 2500UV digital printers…

Manroland Web production start at Fairfax Media
Major Printservices project in Australia successfully realised…

FESPA launches global wide-format Print Census
Broadest and largest global research initiative ever (12-month data gathering project) to map wide-format print community…

EFI expands innovation with UltraDrop 7 greyscale technology
Widens range of LED curing printers and launches new Fiery proServer for faster, higher-quality inkjet imaging…

Druckteam Berlin impresses with Speedmaster XL 106
Druckteam Berlin boosts its productivity by up to 30 per cent with a new Speedmaster XL 106 from Heidelberg…

Prestige makes its digital debut with Heidelberg
Prestige Sheldon in Birmingham has made its debut in digital printing with a Linoprint C751 press from HeidelbergUK…

Polar presents a global innovation – the EasyLoad

At its recently held PACE Days in Hofheim, Polar presented the newly-developed innovative EasyLoad 7S loading aid…

Fri 30 May…   New HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Press and HP Priming Solution
HP expands production inkjet possibilities with new HP Priming Solution, and HP T260 Mono Inkjet Web Press…Epson SurePress digital label press sales hit 100 milestone
Positive customer evaluations worldwide drive steady increases in market share since SurePress L-4033A launched in late 2010…Escher & Theiss signs for EFI Vutek LED printer at FESPA
First European installation of LED curing printer with revolutionary UltraDrop greyscale 7pL technology…

Kodak Sonora XP Process Free Plates for Graficasette
Kodak Sonora XP plates deliver quality, productivity and sustainability to a company committed to reducing its environmental impact…

Ratcliff & Roper invests in Speedmaster SX74-5+L
Ratcliff & Roper has just completed its biggest investment since the company was founded in 1946 and boosts capacity…

Three Agfa Graphics products rewarded in EDP Awards
European Digital Press Association awards Asanti workflow for Sign & Display; Jeti Titan HS wide-format; and Altamira LM Pack inks…

Epson doubles up in the 2014 EDP Awards
SureColor F-2000 T-shirt printer and Japanese Kozo Paper Thin win EDP Awards announced at FESPA Digital last week…

Esko Kongsberg cuts through competition to win EDP Award
Esko’s Kongsberg C digital finishing platform awarded as Best Large Format Finishing System by Euro Digital Press Association…

Ricoh’s Clickable Paper wins EDP Award for Innovation
Ricoh Clickable Paper has been awarded the accolade of Best Valuable Innovation by the European Digital Press Association…

Screen Truepress digital label press wins EDP Award

The Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press awarded ‘Best Label Printing Solution’ in the 2014 Awards…

Mon 2 June…    Is Greenwashing returning? Asks Two Sides
Are Banks reneging on promises to move away from misleading environmental marketing? There are some recent disturbing signs…Two Sides launches engaging new Website
Bold, bright, and easy-to-navigate, the newly redesigned Two Sides Website makes it easier for site visitors…QuadTech: New structure in Brazil for sales and support
Printers will benefit from the convenience of local sales and technical support, local language, currency, and fast response…

Rodona world premiere for HP T300 with SigmaLine and Acoro
A complete Muller Martini SigmaLine with HP T300 Web Press and inline Acoro A5 perfect binder: a world premiere in this form…

Agfa: Automation and payment options for Asanti Storefront
Aimed at print service providers that want to use Web-to-print to extend their offering and reach new markets…

First EFI DFEs on new Fiery FS150 Pro platform
New EFI Fiery Servers for Canon ImagePRESS C800 series are first to feature FS150 Pro technology platform…

Esko extends finishing product line with Kongsberg V series
Entry-level digital cutting system offers the reliability, precision and ease of use Kongsberg tables are recognised for…

Full array of Esko Software Solutions at FESPA Digital
Esko software solutions that drive productivity and performance for sign & display businesses shown at FESPA in Munich…

X-Rite announces availability of eXact Scan
Market leading X-Rite eXact Spectrophotometer Platform has been extended with new scan capability option…

The Monday lead articles from the previous update… 

drupa launches new marketing campaign for 2016
Kick-off at interpack last week. Consortium from Düsseldorf wins pitch; Integrated multichannel campaign impressed the panel…Re-launch and structural realignment of drupa 2016
Focus on future technologies. Definition of topical highlight issues. New key signifier for drupa. Relaunch of drupa at interpack…Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf
Messe Düsseldorf’s president and CEO addressed the drupa 2016 relaunch press conference on Monday 12 May, during interpack…GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:

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

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

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

 

Online Feature articles 2014
There have been eleven so far this year. There were 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.Downloads available Chapter 01

Most recent…    Kodak issues a call to action to the industry
With sustainability white paper authored by Laurel Brunner, managing director of Digital Dots Limited…Turbo Charge your Variable Print Productivity
The free guide, edited by Martin Bailey, CTO for Global Graphics and the primary UK expert on the ISO committees, shows how to ‘Do PDF/VT Right’ to maximise productivity and minimise turnaround in the variable data world…May/June Chapter 05

Druckteam Berlin impresses with Speedmaster XL 106
Druckteam Berlin boosts its productivity by up to 30 per cent with a new Speedmaster XL 106 from Heidelberg…

Most recent…    Saxoprint, Stahlfolder and Stitchmaster in perfect harmony
Online print shop Saxoprint in Dresden relies on highly efficient postpress machines from Heidelberg…

Forlabels chooses Xeikon 3500 to grow production
Xeikon digital label press will allow Greek label and packaging printer to achieve the highest flexibility and productivity…

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Most recent…    Heidelberg introduces its new-generation CombiStar
New-generation CombiStar from Heidelberg boosts energy efficiency by up to a massive 50 per cent and with reduced CO2…
Verdigris – Environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris BlogsDigital Printers & Energy Efficiency
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 30 MayThe Politics of Green
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 23 May

Previous…    Environmental Performance Index
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 16 May

 

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

FESPA Digital 2014

FESPA Digital bucks all trends, showing market geared for grow

Sun shines on world of wide-format at record-breaking FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich with 30 per cent increase over Hamburg in 2011…

FESPA 2014 Awards winners announced
The 2014 Awards revealed on the penultimate night of FESPA Digital 2014, reflect FESPA’s global reach…Awards winners announced at Inca Digital event
Inca Digital Excellence Awards 2014 during FESPA in Munich, showcase print creativity with inspiring applications…EFI expands innovation with UltraDrop 7 greyscale technology
FESPA debut as EFI widens range of LED curing printers and launches new Fiery proServer for faster, higher-quality inkjet imaging…

Fujifilm announces high-performance Acuity F flatbed printer
The new Acuity F Series has been designed for volume sign & display PSPs who have a high demand for rigid media…Agfa Graphics has three products rewarded in EDP Awards
European Digital Press Association awards Asanti workflow for Sign & Display; Jeti Titan HS wide-format printer; and Altamira LM Pack inks…

Epson doubles up in 2014 EDP Awards
SureColor F-2000 T-shirt printer and Japanese Kozo Paper Thin win EDP Awards announced at FESPA Digital last week…

Esko’s Kongsberg C cuts through competition to win EDP Award
Esko’s Kongsberg C digital finishing platform awarded as Best Large Format Finishing System by European Digital Press Association…

Mimaki honoured with two EDP Awards at FESPA Digital
Awards for Best Flatbed/Hybrid Printer op to ?200K and best Multi-Purpose Object Printer presented during FESPA Digital 2014…

Ricoh’s Clickable Paper wins EDP Award for Innovation
Ricoh Clickable Paper has been awarded the accolade of Best Valuable Innovation by the European Digital Press Association…

Screen Truepress digital label press wins EDP Award
The Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press awarded ‘Best Label Printing Solution’ in the 2014 Awards…

Esko extends finishing product line with Kongsberg V series
Entry-level digital cutting system offers the reliability, precision and ease of use Kongsberg tables are recognised for…

Full array of Esko Software Solutions at FESPA Digital 2014
Esko software solutions that drive productivity and performance for sign & display businesses shown at FESPA…

World’s first Inca Onset R40i UV flatbed to imageData
imageData Group invests in world’s first Inca Onset R40i UV flatbed printer at FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich…

Caravan Industries orders second Inca Onset at FESPA
Caravan Industries to double production output with another Inca Onset investment from Fujifilm…

Epson innovative ‘Design to Final Garment’ in Munich
Epson partnered with leading garment software and hardware specialists to show streamlined fashion and sportswear production…

Visitors descend on Munich to Dive Deeper into Digital Print
At FESPA Digital 2014 last week in Munich, three shows under one roof delivered FESPA’s largest digital focused event…

FESPA News 2014

FESPA launches Print Census
Broadest and largest global research initiative ever (12-month data gathering project) to map wide-format print community…

Previous…    FESPA Africa from 2 to 4 July in Johannesburg
FESPA Africa invites the sub-Saharan African print community to ‘explore’ technologies and market opportunities…

The largest FESPA Mexico to date
Nearly four months out from the event, taking place 21 – 23 August 2014, 30 per cent of exhibitors are international brands, up 10 per cent on last year..
Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index on our Home Page.Drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf (in Englisch und Deutsch)

Most recent…    drupa launches new marketing campaign for 2016:
Kick-off at interpack in May. Consortium from Düsseldorf wins pitch / Integrated multichannel campaign impressed the panel…drupa launcht neue Marketing-Kampagne für 2016:
Der Startschuss fällt auf der interpack im Mai. Düsseldorfer Konsortium setzt sich im Pitch durch / integrierte Multichannelkampagne überzeugt…

Re-launch and structural realignment of drupa 2016:

Focus on future technologies. Definition of topical highlight issues. New key signifier for drupa. Relaunch of drupa at interpack 2014. Invitations have been sent out…Neupositionierung und strategische Ausrichtung der drupa 2016:
Zukunftstechnologien verstärkt im Fokus. Aktuelle Highlight-Themen definiert / neues Key Visual für die drupa / Relaunch der drupa zur interpack 2014 / Ausstellereinladungen sind verschickt…

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO Messe Düsseldorf

At the drupa 2016 relaunch press conference held on Monday 12 May, 2014 in Düsseldorf,,,

Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung Messe Düsseldorf

Anlässlich der drupa 2016 relaunch pressekonferenz am Montag 12. Mai 2014 in Düsseldorf…

The heart of printing and paper technology beats in Europe
Despite shifts in the global market, Europe remains the most important market for innovative printing and paper technology. The PRINT 2030 initiative of the VDMA develops a positive statement for the printing and paper technology manufacturing industry…

Das Herz der Druck- und Papiertechnik schlägt in Europa
Europa bleibt trotz globaler Marktverschiebung wichtigster Absatzmarkt für innovative Druck- und Papiertechnik. VDMA-Initiative PRINT 2030 entwickelt positives Leitbild für den Druck- und Papiermaschinenbau…

Drupa 2016 Specialist Feature Articles

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

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Thursday 17 April

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Monday 14 April – Thursday 17 April

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

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

Zünd cutting systems at FESPA Digital in Munich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ricoh Pro C 751 delivers first class benefits to UKP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Friday lead article from last week’s update…

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

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

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

Online Feature articles 2014
There have been eleven so far this year. There were 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

Downloads available Chapter 01

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

March/April Chapter 04

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

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

Technology-related articles Chapter 02

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

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

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

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


Verdigris – Environmental Initiative
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Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris Blogs

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

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

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

FESPA Digital 2014

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

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

MTEX set to Wow at FESPA Digital next month

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

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

Hotronix Dual Air Fusion to debut at FESPA Digital

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

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

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

Drupa 2016 Specialist Feature Articles

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

Drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

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


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Mike Hilton, Publisher of Graphic Repro Online, published a great comment on the future of trade shows. Please read. And comment yourself.

 

 

Dear Andreas,

Backtracking slightly, but also show-related is the announcement leading Tuesday’s news from Informa Exhibitions, organisers of Ipex 2014 which I mentioned last week, following the withdrawal of HP, Heidelberg, Agfa and Kolbus. I have tried to consider carefully what Informa is now planning, in the form of an investment of one million pounds in a Hosted Buyer Programme. It would appear to be a bit of a knee-jerk reaction and again, I think they have misread and misunderstood what perhaps needs to be done. The way our major manufacturers need to do business successfully is changing and has changed dramatically in recent years, and to provide a freebie trip to equipment buyers is not an answer.

 

They would go anyway, so I really do think it’s a waste of money which could be better spent in getting the exhibitors’ customers’ customers to the event – the print buyers and the creatives and the marketing people from the corporates and the leading brand owners, who drive the ever changing demands made upon printers, in order to better inform them and to better educate them and to get them to better understand what the machinery manufacturers and software developers really have to offer printers today to boost print production and quality and to bring down turnaround times – from which they ultimately benefit. At the end of the day, this will then result in machinery sales, surely?

 

Hardly anyone these days actually goes to a show to buy a machine unless it’s been pre-arranged to provide show news. The process tends to be much more involved and take a lot longer over an extended period of time, unlike shopping in a supermarket. The initial thrust and attraction has to be beyond the traditional printer or print service provider – however large or small – and to get away from all the hype and to boost print on paper, board and other substrates and to then show how this can be extended further to multi-media… but it obviously has to start with or be centred around print!

 

A post-drupa article from Andreas Weber also highlighted this need after drupa in May, entitled: ‘Oops! Where have all the clients for print production gone?’  If you read the article (in our drupa Newsroom) and then combine Andreas’ analysis with what I have briefly tried to say in the paragraph above – then perhaps you will understand what I am driving at… and why I am critical. I just think that the show’s organisers are a little off-track and still do not understand what needs to be done – not just by them – but by all show organisers. I also don’t profess to know all the answers either, but it should not start with providing freebie trips for buyers! It’s been done before by many of the major machinery manufacturers and their distributors and has failed rather dismally at times.There’s a lot of other good news again this week covering a host of subjects from sales successes and installations to the latest developments and upgrades in software and inks, and much more for you to check out.

 

That’s it again from me until next week.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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