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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 20 January 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of 20 of the best received during the past seven days, as well as the latest Verdigris Environmental Blog from Laurel Brunner, and the two very latest Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, bringing the total in this new series to 19.
You’ll find a number of superb sales and recent intallations among this week’s posts for leading technology from Ricoh in the UK; Heidelberg in North America; from Fujifilm with Inca Digital in Johannesburg, South Africa; KBA in the United States; EFI in both Spain and Israel; IFS with Foliant in the UK; Edale in Thailand; and MPS with its first Domino-powered Hybrid narrow web press in North America.
Event news this week came from this year’s sell-out EFI Connect customer event in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; with upcoming event news from Heidelberg for its participation in PrintWeekLive! In the UK which takes place from 8 – 9 March; and from Ricoh Europe on Friday, with its plans for Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne next month.
New kit this week from Intec, Zund and Drytac on Monday; from Canon with three new MFP devices on Wednesday; and from Komori on Thursday with its very latest Lithrone press, which it describes as the ultimate one-pass double-sided printing press to meet the most demanding requirements.
The tailender is from Sappi and Felix Schoeller, who jointly announced on Thursday they are to develop sustainable packaging solutions by combining their unique core competencies.

That’s it until next time.

My best regards,
Mike Hilton
 

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EFI Connect was a big success. Read more.

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 16 January – actual date published also appears in article footline

Monday
New Intec CS3000 model launched today
Intec enhances ColorSplash digital imaging range with new CS3000 with affordability in mind for lower volume users…

Hubergroup develops MGA Natura sheetfed ink series
The fast-setting ink series is ideal for high-volume printing of food packaging and fast post-print processing…

Zünd adds more powerful, versatile, automated router
With the high-powered RM-L router option, Zünd brings to market a robust new 3.6kW routing solution…

Drytac announces new Polar Carpet film for graphics
Create ‘Slip Certified’ slip resistant short-term graphics for short pile carpets with Drytac’s Polar Carpet film…

Tuesday
Advantage Ricoh in digital colour printing stakes
ADP has swopped Xerox for Ricoh and it is thumbs up for the C9110 from the Dorchester UK printer. By Gareth Ward…

Classic Open House for Heidelberg’s classic X-Press
Open House at Classic Litho + Design, Inc. showcases cost-effective benefits of high-spec Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102…

Pureprint has fast turnaround work covered with Foliant
IFS-supplied Foliant Taurus Laminator supports demand for 24-hour delivery at Pureprint Group in the UK…

Edale eight-colour press for EVA in Thailand
EVA Enterprise in Bangkok, Thailand, returns to Edale to invest in full UV FL3 eight-colour label printing press…

Wednesday
Fujifilm and USS Graphics: A South African success story
Full-service South African commercial printer strengthens its Fujifilm partnership with second Inca Digital Onset in two years…

Heidelberg digital and litho live at PrintWeekLive!
Under the banner Simply Smart there will be a Press Center XL 2 and Versafire CV five-colour B3 digital press; with Anthony Thirlby representing Heidelberg on the discussion panel…

EFI Connect once again reached sell-out capacity
Global EFI customers from 37 nations jumpstart their business opportunities in 2017 at sold-out Connect conference…

Canon announces three new imageRunner Advance MFPs
New Canon multi-function printer series designed to meet the demands of today’s modern office environments…

Thursday
Sappi Europe and Felix Schoeller Group to collaborate
Sappi and Felix Schoeller to jointly develop sustainable packaging solutions by combining their unique core competencies…

Komori announces Lithrone GX44RP debut
Komori has developed the ultimate one-pass double-sided printing press to meet the most demanding requirements…

First EFI Nozomi C18000 for Hinojosa in Spain
Hinojosa selected for first worldwide installation of EFI’s Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated board press…

MPS EF SYMJET hybrid press first for North America
Meyers is first in North America to purchase the MPS EF SYMJET digital UV inkjet label press powered by Domino…

Friday
Ricoh at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017 in Lucerne
Ricoh to focus on end-to-end workflow with Ricoh Pro VC60000; and Pro C9100 at Hunkeler Innovationdays in February…

Premier boosts productivity with Promatrix 106 CS
Premier Folding Carton in Cincinnati reaping the benefits of Heidelberg’s Promatrix 106 CS die-cutting machine…

El Paso Paper Box adds KBA Rapida 106 seven-colour
Texas firm differentiates itself with perfecting, full inline UV, upgraded quality controls, and faster productivity…

Campus Digital Imaging adds EFI Vutek 3r LED printer
Newly launched roll-to-roll model replaces three printers, improving throughput and enabling same-day delivery for Israeli firm…

A couple of the key articles from last week… 

Xaar signs piezo inkjet printhead partnership with Xerox
Xaar has signed an agreement with Xerox Corporation to partner for bulk piezo inkjet printhead production…

Ricoh achieves BPIF ISO 12647 certification
Ricoh UK Products Ltd achieves world’s first UKAS accredited ISO 12647 certification for a digital press manufacturer…

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.

Online Features Nov/Dec Chapter 08

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Improving colour across suppliers
Colour is an integral part of every product we see and touch, and it elicits an emotional response. By Shoshana Burgett, director of corporate strategy for X-Rite Pantone…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Trumping the Paris Agreement
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 20 Jan

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Packaging Technology Cuts Emissions
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 13 Jan

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. The first 18 can now be found in this special section in the Index on our Website Home Page. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 19 – Installation Basics for Wide Format Projects
Have you ever heard that print is dead? Well, if you have, I’m sure you disagree, especially when we look at the development of digitally printed options. By Paul Lindström

No 18 – Machine Head
Investing in the right wide format equipment is paramount for any digital print provider. With options more diversified than ever, just how do you find out which machine will really rock your shop? By Sonja Angerer…

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 2016 – 2017

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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: 

Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Leonhard 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.

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

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drupa 2016 highlights ENG

By Andreas Weber | Click to access german version

 

Seldom has the run-up to drupa as a global trade fair for printing and paper technology been so exciting. Seldom have we been able to conduct so many interesting talks prior to drupa as now. There is hardly any exhibitor who can still afford to have a silo mentality (“My Innovations — My World”). It is rather more a question of “How do we align ourselves in an interlinked world marked by digitalisation?” 

 

Industry leader Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG was one of the first exhibitors to express this when it revealed its new drupa motto “Simply Smart” at its year-end press conference held at the beginning of December 2015. Smart means: Making interlinked, relevant, consistent and interactive new solutions possible for the communication of printed matter at various levels. (See my commentary and real-time report “Heideldruck 4.0: Zurück in die Zukunft | Back to the future”.)

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The smartly chosen highlight themes of drupa 2016 point the way ahead. And emphasise a greatly expanded range of products to be exhibited: In addition to the “standards” Print and Packaging as well as Green Printing, there are now 3D Printing, Functional Printing and Multichannel.

If you thoroughly reflect on these themes, you will come to the realisation that they do not introduce a new silo mentality. On the contrary. Multichannel pervades all the themes of drupa 2016, since it is what defines the basic principle of how innovations need to be staged. Packaging, 3D Printing and Functional Printing open up completely new business opportunities that make the drupa this year more attractive than ever for new target groups. The novelty: The new opportunities call for a new type of cooperation among technology providers, their users and their customers (brand companies/commercial enterprises, organisations, etc.).

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“Time for a Change: Touch the Future NOW!”

Our focus in the coverage and commentary will be oriented to the above-mentioned new understanding of drupa 2016. First, with a 100% multichannel approach in trade communication through ValuePublishing. Second, through addressing new target groups in the culture and creative industries — with annual revenues of €146 billion — as the key innovation drivers for the economy as a whole.

We will be providing highly topical content in real time on all the drupa highlight themes. As for the technology trends in print and packaging, the latest digital printing applications will receive our full attention. Finishing and innovative solutions in paper technology are also relevant when it comes to the success of print in the communications mix.

We are having an exciting time analysing the types of themes and activities that certain exhibitors will be able to muster up. There are bound to be some surprises in this area. That HP with its Graphic Solution Business division, for instance, may end up for the first time being the biggest exhibitor. Or that, if we consider our analyses from the Canon Expo 2015, imaging specialist Canon may very well be the only exhibitor to cover all six drupa highlight themes!

It will also be extremely revealing to know what impact the split of the Xerox Corporation into two companies will have and how its claim to leadership will be represented. In any case, with its subsidiary XMPie, Xerox is the trendsetter in multichannel innovations.

We already published a series of extraordinary conversations with leading multichannel experts. Please click and read:

  1. ValueDialog with Jacob Aizikowitz, XMPie President:
    Multichannel leads to sustainable business success in the digital age! 
  2. ValueDialog with Christian Kopocz, Multichannel Entrepreneur und Executive Director XMPie User Group (XUG)Multichannel ensures relevance!
  3. ValueDialog with Patrick Donner, TraffiC Print Online Solutions GmbH:
    New take on multichannel communications: “There is no either/or!”
  4. ValueDialog with Renato Vögeli, Vögeli AG Medienproduktion & Druck:
    Multichannel turns communication into a personal experience!

More and up-to-the-minute news coming soon. The excitement is growing – and we’re excited, too, because: drupa ante portas!

 

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Our pre-drupa coverage highlights are as follows:

  • Daily tweets/posts on LinkedIn, XING (German Section Digital Printing Forum) Facebook, Google Plus as well as Twitter via @ValueCommAG and @zeitenwende007.
  • Weekly overview of global innovations in print and publishing, in association with our ValuePublishing partner Mike Hilton, Editor-in-Chief, Graphic Repro On-Line via the ValueBlog. See:
  • A series of dozens of exclusive interviews with top-class drupa exhibitors. (See sample, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Harald Weimer, Member of the Management Board).
  • Expert commentary and talks on trends and prospects from the trade fair visitors’ point of view.
  • Live reports from selected exhibitor press conferences as well as from the drupa media week, March 1 and 2, 2016 in Dusseldorf.
  • Commentary on current market data of the VDMA, Printing and Paper Technology Section, on April 4, 2016 at an exclusive meeting of experts in Frankfurt am Main.

 

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Von Andreas Weber | Click to access english version

Selten war es so spannend im Vorfeld einer drupa als globaler Leitmesse für Print- und Papiertechnik. Selten konnte man vor drupa-Beginn so viele attraktive Gespräche führen wie zur Zeit. Kaum einer der Aussteller kann noch in Silos denken („Meine Innovationen — Meine Welt“). Vielmehr geht es um die Frage „Wie ordnen wir uns in einer durch die Digitalisierung geprägten, vernetzten Welt ein?“.

Weitere Lesetipp:
drupa ante portas — Highlight Topic Multichannel: „Individuelle Lösungen sind gefragt!“

drupa ante portas: Ist Print (wieder) auf der Überholspur? JAEIN. — Kommentar zur drupa media conference (29. Februar bis 2. März 2016)

Branchenprimus Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG brachte dies als erster Aussteller Anfang Dezember 2015 mit seinem neuen drupa-Motto „Simply Smart“ auf seiner Jahresendpressekonferenz zum Ausdruck. Smart bedeutet: Vernetzt, relevant, durchgängig und interaktiv neue Lösungen für die Kommunikation mit Drucksachen auf unterschiedlichsten Ebenen ermöglichen. (Siehe meinen Kommentar und Echtzeitbericht „Heideldruck 4.0: Zurück in die Zukunft | Back to the future“).

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Die klug gewählten Highlight-Themen der drupa 2016 weisen den Weg. Und betonen ein stark erweitertes Spektrum des Ausstellerangebots: Neben den „Standards“ Print und Packaging sowie Green Printing erscheinen 3D Printing, Functional Printing und Multichannel.

Reflektiert man diese Themen gründlich, kommt man zur Erkenntnis, dass diese keine neuen Silos eröffnen. Im Gegenteil. So ragt Multichannel in alle Themenfelder der drupa 2016 hinein, da es das Grundprinzip definiert, wie Innovationen inszeniert werden müssen. So eröffnen Packaging, 3D Printing und Functional Printing ganz neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten, was die drupa im Jahr 2016 attraktiver für neue Zielgruppen macht denn je. Das Novum: Die neuen Möglichkeiten erfordern auch ein neues Miteinander von Technikanbieter, ihren Anwendern sowie deren Auftraggebern (Marken/Wirtschaftsunternehmen, Organisationen etc.).

 

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„Time for a Change: Touch the Future NOW!“

Unser Fokus in der Berichterstattung und Kommentierung wird sich am o. g. neuen Verständnis der drupa 2016 orientieren. Erstens durch eine hundertprozentige Multichannel-Ausrichtung bei der Fachkommunikation per ValuePublishing. Zweitens durch die Adressierung neuer Zielgruppen aus der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft — mit ihren 146 Mrd. Euro hohem Jahresumsatz — als dem wichtigsten Innovationstreiber für die Gesamtwirschaft.

Inhaltlich begleiten wir hochaktuell und in Echtzeit alle drupa Highlight-Themen. Bei Print und Packaging finden gemäß den Technik-Trends die neuesten Digitaldruck-Anwendungen unsere volle Aufmerksamkeit. Aber auch die Weiterverarbeitung sowie innovative Lösungen aus Papiertechnik sind relevant, wenn es um den Erfolg von Print im Kommunikationsmix geht.

Spannend ist für uns zudem zu analysieren, welche Aussteller welche Bandbreite an Themen und Aktivitäten aufbieten können. Hier wird es einige Überraschungen geben. Zum Beispiel, dass HP mit seinem Graphic Solution Business-Bereich wohl erstmals der größte drupa-Aussteller sein wird. Oder, wenn wir unsere Analysen via Canon Expo 2015 betrachten, dass der Imaging-Konzern Canon wohl als einziger Aussteller alle sechs drupa Highlight-Themen abdecken wird!

Höchst aufschlussreich wird auch sein, wie sich die Aufspaltung des Xerox-Konzerns auswirken wird und wie sich dessen Führungsanspruch darstellt. Mit seiner Tochterfirma XMPie ist Xerox in jedem Fall der Trendsetter bei Multichannel-Innovationen. Wir haben dazu bereits eine Reihe von Expertengespräche geführt:

  1. ValueDialog mit Jacob Aizikowitz, XMPie President  — Multichannel führt im Digitalzeitalter zu nachhaltigem Geschäftserfolg! 
  2. ValueDialog mit Christian Kopocz, Multichannel Entrepreneur und Executive Director XMPie User Group (XUG): „Multichannel sorgt für Relevanz!”
  3. ValueDialog mit Patrick Donner, TraffiC Print Online Solutions GmbH Neuer Blick auf Multichannel: „Es gibt kein Entweder — Oder!“
  4. ValueDialog mit Renato Vögeli, Vögeli AG Medienproduktion & Druck: Multichannel macht Kommunikation zum persönlichen Erlebnis!

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Unsere Schwerpunkte in der Vor-drupa-Berichterstattung gestalten sich wie folgt:

  • Tägliche Tweets/Posts über LinkedIn, XING (Gruppe DigitaldruckForm), Facebook, Google Plus sowie Twitter via @ValueCommAG und @zeitenwende007.
  • Wöchentlicher Überblick über die globalen Neuheiten bei Print und Publishing im Team mit unserem ValuePublishing-Partner Mike Hilton, Chefredakteur Graphic Repro On-Line via ValueBlog.
  • Serie von dutzenden Exklusivinterviews mit hochkarätigen drupa-Ausstellern. Siehe Interview mit Heidelberg-Vorstand Harald Weimer, drupa ante portas: Print ist SMART!
  • Expertenkommentare und Gespräche zu Trends und Erwartungen aus Sicht von Messebesuchern.
  • Live-Berichterstattungen von ausgewählten Aussteller-Pressekonferenzen sowie von der drupa media week am 1. und 2. März 2016 in Düsseldorf.
  • Kommentierung der aktuellen Marktdaten des VDMA, Sektion Druck- und Papiertechnik, am 4. April 2016 bei einem exklusiven Expertenmeeting in Frankfurt am Main.

 

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Weiteres und hoch Aktuelles in Kürze. Die Spannung steigt. Wir freuen uns. Denn: drupa ante portas!

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