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Highly attractive for startup companies such as PastBook in Amsterdam – print combined with social media provides access to new customer groups worldwide. Image collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main.

Executive summary of analysis by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Also see the analysis commentary.

 

Print is becoming increasingly relevant – not only on the stock markets, but also and in particular with professional investors.

However, a closer look throws up a great many questions and even contradictions for (industry) outsiders. It is virtually impossible to obtain an overview of the position of “print as a business” from the current situation. This is because print is big – with an annual turnover of some US$898 billion (approx. €830 billion) in 2015.

In order to be able to evaluate print correctly, three different aspects need to be examined and assessed:

  1. (Global) economic importance of print
  2. (Unexpected) growth drivers in the print business
  3. Positioning and strategies of technology suppliers

 

 

1. (Global) economic importance of print

  • The print market is extremely important, rivaling automotive engineering, the financial sector, and advertising. This is actually nothing new and has been the case for generations!
  • One key trend in the print shop market is that print shops are becoming leaner, but added value needs to increase despite shrinking production volumes. Print shops must therefore continue investing so as to improve production efficiency and unlock new growth markets.
  • drupa 2016 made it clear on a global level that print media have by no means had their day and can be put to more effective use than ever. It is therefore wrong to paint a gloomy picture. The prospects are excellent!
  • The only way to add more value with print, though, is to stimulate the demand for modern-day print products on a sustained basis. Print doesn’t sell itself!
  • New kinds of striking concepts that are geared to market requirements and adopt an integrative approach to the professional manufacture, distribution, and use of print media hold the key to the future of print.
  • In order to be successful in the printing industry, it is vital not to rely solely on vertical positioning in individual applications, but to cater specifically to customer and market needs and ensure continuous innovation leadership.

 

CIMPRESS, the world market leader in online print, has turned its new headquarters on the east coast of the United States into a creative temple for the art of printing that attracts talented “digital natives” to its workforce. Photo: Screenshots from Margulies Perruzzi Architects video. 

 

2. (Unexpected) growth drivers in the print business

A) Strong growth impetus for print thanks to digital pioneers

B) Online print – the most dynamic growth segment at present

  • More than any other part of the printing industry, the online print sector is a pacesetter that is already seeing strong sales, with significantly higher double-digit growth and maximum profitability thanks to standardization and automation.
  • Relevant technical innovations are identified extremely quickly and implemented in a way that immediately helps add value. 
  • The boom in mass customization in print will accelerate this development.

C) Trendsetting 4D printing opens up new dimensions

  • The 4D graphic printing process is one of the world’s most important emerging technologies (Gartner) and is only just getting started on the market. It’s still too early to provide valid market data/KPIs, but a look at the dynamic growth of 3D printing as a whole enables parallels to be drawn and evaluated.
  • The considerable importance and excellent prospects of 4D printing are in any case clear. Not only print shops and versatile online print businesses are involved, but also all kinds of other companies, including manufacturers of consumer goods, the commercial sector, and even online startups.

D) Packaging – core competence enjoying extremely strong growth worldwide

  • Almost half of global print sales are generated by packaging and label printing and the total will have reached around €472 billion by 2018 (approx. €390 billion in 2015).
  • The packaging and label printing market is currently expanding by some €25 billion each year and will soon account for over 50 percent of the global print volume. Online trade and multichannel applications including communication at the point of sale are key growth drivers.
  • Offset and flexographic printing are by far the most important processes and will still have to handle the bulk of production in 10 years’ time. Digital printing technologies (especially inkjet printing) are growing at an above-average rate – in particular thanks to manufacturers working together – but still remain at a low level in terms of market share.
  • Those print shops that offer integrated solutions geared to customers, a high level of automation/standardization, and digital process expertise are one step ahead of the rest. 

 


 

3. Positioning and strategies of technology suppliers – from compartmentalized thinking to a customer-focused holistic approach

  • There are thousands of print and paper technology suppliers. Printing industry customers are confronted with a multitude of identical or similar offers.
  • Despite everything – and probably also due to the ever-present digital print manufacturers who like nothing better than to predict the demise of print if the industry fails to invest in digital printing – manufacturers using traditional offset, gravure, and flexographic technologies appeared to be falling behind.
  • However, despite having to face serious crises that threatened their very existence, the long-established groups Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heideldruck) and Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) have maintained their strong position and been completely revitalized.
  • The world of offset printing, which was left for dead, has been successfully resuscitated and proactively integrated into the world of digital printing. Digital printing technology, on the other hand, remains compartmentalized with its standalone solutions and relies on displacing existing solutions through substitution.
  • Investors and the stock exchange acknowledged the renaissance of German companies KBA and Heideldruck at drupa 2016. The sales and earnings of both have improved as a result – with confident forecasts of upward share price movement.
  • For companies focusing uniquely on digital printing technology, on the other hand, big ambitions and significant research outlay have not had a positive impact on their share price to date.
  • The two German printing press manufacturers KBA and Heideldruck – the industry frontrunners – are successfully defending their leading positions and once again enjoying profitable growth. As things stand at present, Heideldruck has the best chance of building on its dominant market position in the digital era thanks to its holistic and expedient digitization strategy focusing on print.
  • Consequently, Heideldruck has become the pacesetter in the digital transformation of the global printing industry. In addition to different printing technologies, the entire print shop management process – including digital administrative/process control and cloud-based services – is being incorporated for optimum networking. The benchmark here is to ensure the best possible customer focus.

 

 


 

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Graphic Repro On-line News Update to Friday 25 April

Welcome to another roundup of news for the past week, together with Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris environmental Blog, and a couple of nice new additions in Online Features: from Heidelberg with Hartmann in Spain, as they celebrate 50 years of co-operation with increasing success as the Spanish market as investment in new kit picks up once more. From Pim Print in The Netherlands with Callas Software; and from Muller Martini in Leipzig, where the Mönch bookbindery now stitches thread-sewn books with shorter signatures using the Ventura MC sewing machine with the Tween option, instead of by hand, for which it was renowned for many years. As to be expected, you will also find half-a-dozen of the latest FESPA Digital-related announcements in our FESPA Newsroom, including the latest product launches from Screen and Xeikon.

Although it was a short week again this week due to the Easter long weekend, there have been a number of important announcements, both locally and elsewhere.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Interpack 2014, which takes place from 8 – 14 May in Düsseldorf, took the lead with major announcements from Esko with packaging preproduction to address today’s brand needs; and HP Indigo with digital printing solutions for folding carton, flexible packaging, labels and corrugated packaging applications. On Wednesday and Friday you will also find the latest relating to the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations event in Lier, Belgium, taking place from Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 May. On Wednesday, KBA announced that experienced restructuring expert, Dr Andreas Plesske, has been appointed to its management board with responsibility for the group’s realignment programme.

Thursday’s headlines were led by Screen, which has appointed Ipex Machinery in Johannesburg as its Southern Africa reseller for the complete range of Screen Truepress Jet digital inkjet presses and printers. This is a superb fit in the Ipex Machinery portfolio, which already includes Hunkeler among many others, and which are complementary to Screen’s high-speed inkjet presses. It will also equip Ipex to address the growing large-format flatbed, high-quality UV inkjet market as well with the Inca-manufactured Screen printer range.

On Friday, Kodak announced a further major investment in a new and additional plate line for its Sonora process-free plates at its plant in Columbus, Georgia, in the United States. This follows the announcement in early March of similar investments in both Osterode, Germany, and at its Xiamen, China plant. Also on Friday, UPM Raflatac announced a EUR 13 million investment in new production capacity for filmic labelstock, and a restructure of its sheet labelstock production in Europe.

A whole selection of nice sales and installations again this week: on Tuesday from EFI, and from Heidelberg with Linoprint digital; also from KBA with an eight-colour Rapida 105. On Wednesday from Heidelberg UK with a Speedmaster CX 102 five-colour press with coater; from Epson with its first digital inkjet label press for Scotland; and Callas Software with pdfToolbox Server. On Thursday, from Heidelberg UK again, with a thermal CTP Suprasetter; and then Polar, as an Austrian bookbindery extends its cutting capacity with a high-speed Polar N 137 Plus cutter. On Friday, we have Muller Martini with the world’s first FlexLiner state-of-the-art inserting technology in Germany, to finish the week nicely.

There’s a lot of new inkjet kit this week, particularly out of ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando, from EFI, Durst and HP, all with new or greatly enhanced inkjet printers, and also from SAi, all in the news on Friday, as well as from Epson on Thursday with debuts lined-up for Sign & Digital UK this coming week. Agfa Graphics will show its latest UV-curable wide-format inkjet printers at FESPA Digital; while Screen will debut the higher speed version of its Truepress Jet UV flatbed inkjet printer for the first time at FESPA in Munich next month.

There’s more if you scroll down carefully, including an award for Ricoh on Thursday.

The tailender this week goes to So-opak and a very enterprising lady by the name of Carol Jiang, who is the first ever to put her short-run offset printing packaging firm online, and which dazzled attendees at the SIAL Canada 2014 show held in Montreal earlier this month. You’ll find it in the news on Tuesday, with some stunning examples of what they are doing!

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

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

 

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Tuesday 22 April – Friday 25 April
Tuesday 22 April…   Esko at Interpack 2014: 8 – 14 May in Düsseldorf
Packaging preproduction addressing today’s brand needs with colour accuracy, faster time to market and regulatory compliance…

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…

What’s up, drupa?

Value Talk with Sabine Geldermann, director at Messe Düsseldorf responsible for drupa trade fairs, by Andreas Weber…

So-opak first to put folding carton business online
So-opak, new online short-run offset printing packaging firm, dazzled attendees at SIAL Canada 2014 earlier this month…

Clarkeprint adds EFI OPS (Online Print Solutions)
EFI’s Web2Print brings the full power of e-Commerce to Clarkeprint; full campaign management augments print services…

Advantage Linoprint: with Prinect Digital Press Manager
Prinect Digital Print Manager locks in quality and lowers costs and more for Heidelberg’s growing Linoprint digital press users…

Leading packaging printer adds third KBA Rapida 105
Spring arrival in southern California for new KBA Rapida 105 eight-colour 41-inch press at K-1 Packaging Group…

 

Wed 23 April…   HP to show game-changing solutions at Interpack 2014
HP digital printing solutions for folding carton, flexible packaging, labels and corrugated packaging applications to be on show…

Dr Andreas Plesske to implement KBA restructure
KBA appoints experienced restructuring expert to management board with responsibility for ‘Fit@All’ realignment programme…

Xeikon Café on Packaging Innovations 20 – 22 May
Spotlight on self-adhesive labels as programme completed with Kohlpharma to inform on benefits of digital label production…

ThermoFlexX to also take part in Xeikon Café
ThermoFlexX will be a key player at the forthcoming Xeikon Café event in Lier, from Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 May…

UPM decreases work-related accidents by 60% in two years
Focus on improving workplace safety produces great results…

G&H switches to Speedmaster CX102 technology
G&H Printing adds B1 Speedmaster CX 102-5+LX five-colour press with coater, with further investment plans later this year…

Label Tec invests in an Epson SurePress L-4033A
First digital inkjet label press for Scottish firm ticks all the boxes for high quality, consistent colour and affordability…

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?…
Thu 24 April…   Screen appoints Ipex Machinery for Truepress press range
Screen appoints Ipex Machinery as Southern Africa reseller for its range of Truepress Jet digital presses and printers…

Screen launches Truepress Jet 3200UV HS flat-bed
Higher speed version of the acclaimed UV flatbed inkjet printer to be shown for the first time at FESPA Digital in Munich…

International Data Corporation accolade for Ricoh
IDC names Ricoh top high-speed inkjet placement vendor six years running in the continuous feed market…

Epson to debut SureColor wide-format at Sign & Digital
Versatile, high-speed 4-colour wide-format printer range features nine models offering choice of widths…

Esko to sport a racing theme at FESPA Digital
Esko Sign & Display companies next-generation prepress, workflow and digital finishing solutions at FESPA Digital in Munich…

More from Mimaki Europe for FESPA Digital 2014
Theme of ‘Together We Create’ expresses Mimaki Europe’s approach to the sign and display graphics business in Munich…

FESPA Digital 2014’s educational programme

Dives deeper into digital print; New keynote plus expanded line-up of topics and speakers announced for Digital Hub…

Douglas moves to thermal with a Suprasetter A75
The Bishops Stortford company is switching from visible light to thermal CTP to improve handling and environmental impact…

Bookbindery Immerl trusts once more in Polar
Austrian bookbindery Immerl extends its cutting capacity with another high-speed Polar N 137 PLUS cutter…

Fri 25 April…   Kodak to add new Sonora plate line in Columbus, Georgia
Increased Sonora process-free plate sales continue to drive targeted regional manufacturing strategy for Kodak…

Heidelberg and Hartmann: Over 50 years together in Spain
The Spanish market is on the road to recovery, where print shops are modernising their machine parks with Heidelberg…

UPM Raflatac to restructure production in Europe
UPM Raflatac to invest EUR 13 million in new production capacity in filmic labelstock and restructure sheet labelstock…

SKN Druck in Emden: A world first from Muller Martini
When the world’s first FlexLiner state-of-the-art technology meets with premium products at SKN in Emden, Germany…

EFI debuts new ‘green’ entry-level LED printer at ISA
EFI propels print business competitiveness with new inkjet and workflow innovations at the ISA International Sign Expo…

Durst launches two new machines at ISA in Orlando
Durst Phototechnik launches new Rho P10 HS high-speed series and Durst Rho 312R roll-to-roll printer at International Sign Expo…

HP enabling wide-format customers to break boundaries
New HP Latex 300 Printer series and HP Designjet Z-series production printers debut at ISA to help customers grow businesses…

SAi FlexiPRINT bundled with new HP Latex Printers
SAi FlexiPRINT signmaking software bundled with new HP Latex 300 series, enables fast, effective RIPping…

Xeikon Café to show digital heat transfer labelling
Xeikon Café on Packaging Innovations to showcase digital heat transfer label production with UK partner Diamond Photofoil…

Hybrid Software shows digital press links at Xeikon Café
As an Aura Partner of Xeikon, Hybrid will demonstrate its Packz and Cloudflow suite at the forthcoming Xeikon Café…
The Thursday lead articles from last week’s update…

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…

GraphicRepro.Net e-News  (ISSN 1814-2923) is sponsored and made possible by:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG  (Heidelberg), The world’s largest printing press manufacturer for the industry worldwide. Heidelberg customers enjoy the most comprehensive and extensive sales and service network in the industry for JDF compliant workflow, computer-to-plate, sheetfed offset, Web-to-print, digital printing, digital inkjet for labels and packaging, packaging and finishing, all with complementary consumables. Heidelberg has offices in around 170 countries. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

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

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

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

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

Downloads available Chapter 01

Turbo Charge your Variable Print Productivity
The free guide, edited by Martin Bailey, CTO for Global Graphics and the primary UK expert on the ISO committees, shows how to ‘Do PDF/VT Right’ to maximise productivity and minimise turnaround in the variable data world…
March/April Chapter 04

Heidelberg and Hartmann: Over half a century of success in Spain

The Spanish market is once again on the road to recovery: Print shops are modernising their machine parks with Heidelberg and Hartmann…

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?..
Technology-related articles Chapter 02

Mönch in Leipzig: A pioneer in shorter signatures
The Mönch bookbindery now stitches thread-sewn books with shorter signatures using the Muller Martini Ventura MC with the Tween option…

Previous…    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’…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative
Access via our Home Page Index.

Laurel Brunner’s latest weekly Verdigris Blogs

Getting Energy Levels Down
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 25 April

Previous…    More than a Lottery Win
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Thu 17 April
FESPA Newsroom
Can be found in the Index on our Home Page.

FESPA Digital 2014

Xeikon to show innovative wall-coverings at FESPA Digital
Digital ultra-high quality wall-coverings which open up new possibilities and opportunities to be shown at FESPA in Munich next month…

World Wrap Masters for FESPA Digital 2014
Adrenalin fuelled feature speeds back with new format…

Screen launches Truepress Jet 3200UV HS flatbed
Higher speed version of the acclaimed UV flatbed inkjet printer to be shown for the first time at FESPA Digital in Munich…

Nazdar Ink Technologies’ lineup for FESPA Digital
Nazdar announces plans for FESPA Digital 2014, including launch of new 202 Series inks for Roland XF, XR, and VSi printers…

FESPA Digital 2014’s educational programme
Dives deeper into digital print: New keynote plus expanded line-up of topics and speakers announced for the Digital Hub…

More from Mimaki Europe at FESPA Digital 2014
Theme of ‘Together We Create’ expresses Mimaki Europe’s approach to the sign and display graphics business in Munich…

Previous…    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…
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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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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