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“In today’s digital age with its cutting-edge business models based on networks and platforms, everything needs to be transparent, in real time, and focused on enhancing customer benefits.” – Professor h. c. Dr. Ulrich Hermann


 

Interview and analysis by Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German version

Successful printing doesn’t just happen. It’s all down to innovative plans and putting these into action. That’s the main focus of Chief Digital Officer Professor Ulrich Hermann, member of the Management Board at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG since November 2016. In an exclusive interview, he explains the principles of the ‘subscription economy’, which is now firmly established at Heidelberg and is set to bring about success right from the get-go.

 


 

Note: In April 2018 some new reports in the news came up. Handelsblatt published via its global edition some great observations: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG begins to look less like a factory and more like an information processing hub for industrial operations.“ — MORE

And more subscription customers got on stage, like Klampfer Group in Austria.  Or Lensing Druck Group in Germany.

 


 

The subscription economy is taking Heidelberg as a market leader and its primarily industrial customers to the next level of the transformation process. For the first time, printing performance is being assessed and billed on a customized basis, thus representing a brand new development and a challenge for the print sector. Conventional billing methods, i.e. selling equipment at a fixed price in offset printing or click charge models in digital printing, are being replaced by subscription models. This has its benefits.

 


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Info box: What is the meaning behind ‘subscription economy’?

The subscription economy correlates with the fundamental transition toward customized buying and selling in the B2C, and increasingly in the B2B, sector. The focus has shifted away from acquiring and owning products toward long-term, flexible customer relationships and ongoing customer benefits. The resulting technical and organizational demands are high. Some subscription-based solutions already exist in the printing industry, such as standalone software-as-a-service agreements. Important factors include automation, scalability, complex data models, and changed accounting principles right through to analytics. A constant supply of information on customer satisfaction and, most importantly, the way products and services are used is essential to enable businesses to further customize their services. What’s more, this data also helps both the supplier and customer achieve greater growth. Studies show that in the United States – the birth place of digitization – the subscription economy is already well-developed, generating approximately 800 billion US dollars in added value in the past ten years alone.  – aw


 

What is it all about?

The subscription economy could become the main focus in our sector, too. It has already achieved great economic success in the United States but remains largely disregarded in Germany. What difference will it make?

Dr. Ulrich Hermann: Subscription models offer a new approach for generating value by consistently focusing on customer benefits. Primarily, this means the end of product-oriented business models whose added value derives from creating a product, rather than from the benefit customers gain from that product.

Companies with analog models focused on manufacturing and selling products are eager to pass on expenses incurred in development, production, sales and supply to the customer as soon as possible. Whether customers are able to recover their costs is a question that is only considered relevant when it comes to the customer making repeat purchases, in other words it only becomes relevant at some point in the future.

What are the important features of a subscription?

It all boils down to a lasting customer relationship. This undoubtedly develops for services relating to the product, but not for the value of the product itself. 

A product-centric focus was the perfect approach for the analog world and shaped the industrial era for over 100 years because it was very difficult to quantify how the product was used and the associated added value for the customer.

In today’s digital economy, however, this approach is outdated as data is available on how products are being used and new business models are shifting the focus away from the value of the product itself and towards the usage value. We now aim to adopt this approach at Heidelberg as the leading supplier on the print shop market.

What are the advantages of focusing on the benefits to the customer and the disadvantages of focusing on the product?

As I’ve said, suppliers in the digital age can use platforms to gather, profile and analyze data on all participants with the aim of continuously and sustainably increasing customer benefits and thus instilling valuable, long-lasting customer loyalty. All processes must therefore focus on this and remain transparent for all participants in real time. If companies focus on the product, they can’t work out in any great detail or very quickly what it is their customers do with the product, when and how. Incidentally, that is a trend that affects many areas of professional and personal life…

… can you give a few examples?

It starts with reading a book or magazine, or when customers switch production equipment on or off, or why they are in the car and where they’re going. Manufacturers/suppliers usually know nothing about how their products are being used. As a result, they have to carry out costly questionnaires and analyses to anticipate how the products are being used and implement laborious improvements in long cycles.

During the analog era, innovations were therefore subject to protracted innovation cycles that were often staggered due to the risks involved. This led to analog companies spending a disproportionately large amount of time on optimizing internal value creation. It is clear that during this era the price of a product did not reflect how the customer used it but rather covered material and production costs.

 

A milestone on the road to the digital transformation and finally implementing the subscription program. A YouTube video of Dr. Ulrich Hermann discussing the market launch of the Heidelberg Assistant in December 2017.

 


 

The key to success

How can the focus be switched to customer benefits?

If we consider customer benefits to be the cornerstone of a company’s business operations, we end up with completely different approaches. Companies want to know what customers are paying for when using the products they have provided. This is exactly what disruptive business models in the digital world are based on. Usage patterns serve as the measure of all things – supported by the user experience and the customer journey.

Have companies in the print industry grasped this point? After all, nearly everyone nowadays is talking about customer orientation.

Technology suppliers often do not fully grasp that customer orientation, as a prerequisite to focusing on customer benefits, itself requires a comprehensive organizational transformation. Everything changes – from the mindset and culture right through to product creation. The ability to digitally measure the usage of products and services is key to creating added value. All business activities must pursue this aim.

Analyzing valid, long-term data collected from installed machinery and systems helps develop benchmarks with reference groups, which in turn enables the derivation of target figures and reference variables for optimum usage. We have been collecting such data at Heidelberg since the introduction of Remote Service technology back in 2004 and it has formed the basis for introducing Heidelberg Subscription.

With regard to the print industry, does this mean that it is not enough to simply introduce digital processes into print product manufacturing?

Exactly. In the digital economy, competition isn’t all about the product – the main focus is on developing the relevant user experience. I like to show a picture that presents the bustling streets of Manhattan as the heart of New York City. Some ten years ago, the streets were still filled with yellow cabs. Today, it’s dark sedans.

The product in this example is the same, just black and not yellow. It is a vehicle with a driver and passenger – and from the outside it is not immediately recognizable as a digital product. The difference, however, lies in the user experience. It is much easier to order, select, pay for and travel in a taxi with Uber and to influence the quality of the business model by writing a review.

Passengers feel like they are being taken seriously – as a business partner rather than a prisoner behind a plexiglass pane, if you like. It is no longer just about the service or product portfolio, but rather the customer journey and a new, intelligent way of using the product.

What does this mean in real terms for Heidelberg and its customers?

In our line of work, the subscription economy offers the opportunity to think about how we need to fundamentally change our business not just by selling machinery and services, i.e. billing for the product value, but by developing new models that assess the usage and the resulting positive effects.

 

This film on Heidelberg Subscription shows how Heidelberg is going down new paths in marketing, too.

 


 

How it works

What is the concept behind Heidelberg Subscription?

More than a year has passed since we began the transformation. We initially asked ourselves the following questions. What offers the biggest profit potential for our customers? Cost-effective printing capacity or optimum utilization? If our customers only derive added value from maximum machine utilization – in other words from optimized utilization of a coordinated combination of numerous individual products such as printing presses, consumables, software and services – why shouldn’t they actually pay us for this added value rather than for the individual components?

How did you go about answering these key questions?

A team of people with backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines such as finance, services, product development, sales and marketing / product marketing were tasked with developing a business model in which Heidelberg would not sell individual products to the customer, but rather offer the use of an end-to-end system that has been optimized for the specific needs of that customer. As early as December 2017, we concluded our first comprehensive subscription contract with folding carton manufacturer FK Führter Kartonagen, which is part of the WEIG Group. More contracts are in place, and interest in the market is continuing to grow significantly.

Aren’t print shops skeptical? Many are still coming to terms with click-charge models, which are now used as standard in digital printing.

There is a disadvantage to the click-charge models commonly found on the market. They reflect the market prices of digital printing press suppliers and are not based on the customer’s actual cost per printed page for offset printing. There are also no benchmarks for productivity targets etc. In our model, we bill per printed page using the ‘impression charge’.

What is an ‘impression charge’? 

The price per page reflects the potential of increased utilization during the contract period. However, the customer has to have a successful business model that allows for sustainable growth. Our subscription model is quite simply a genuine performance partnership. If Heidelberg fails to boost productivity during the contract period, neither the customer or we can fully satisfy margin targets. That is the difference to click-charge models.

The normal click charges for digital printing are based on the costs incurred by the digital press manufacturer and its profit expectations, not on the comparative costs for the customer. They represent a product-based pricing that the customer, the print shop, cannot control and that does not reflect their actual cost structure. Digital printing is therefore not a digital business model.

Added to this is the fact that if utilization fluctuates or is insufficient, click charges can quickly have disastrous effects.

So what is key for developing billing models based on customer needs?

Print shops want to be able to manage their costs themselves. And with good reason, as for many centuries printing was a skilled trade with humans controlling the quality of the work. Only recently has the business started to be industrialized following the automation of production processes with the help of standards. For a craftsman, what’s important is focusing on customer proximity and creating a bespoke end product with a special touch. Accordingly, print results sometimes varied dramatically in terms of quality and price.

 

An introductory explanation on Heidelberg Subscription.

 


 

What are the benefits?

What does industrial production do differently to craftsmen?

Industrial production based on standards creates results that are largely consistent. Only the level of automation creates differences in production, and defines the print outcome and the operating result.

To stand out, print shops must therefore make substantial investments in their own, increasingly digital customer relationships. Digital marketing, an online presence and digitizing the process of ordering best-selling products are becoming very important. Investing in the pressroom may be an age-old tradition but it opens up few opportunities to stand out. It also distracts from the actual job of a printing company in the digital age – namely to attract customers. With this in mind, switching to a subscription model is an easy and entirely logical decision.

What does results-based payment entail?

Our experienced performance-focused consultants conduct a comprehensive analysis of the print shop, reviewing costs for personnel, consumables, downtimes, plate changes, waste, depreciation, and much more. Once this thorough analysis has been completed, a unit page price can be determined that is specific to the relevant customer.

What’s more, we use the performance data we have gathered from more than ten thousand networked machines to establish reference variables. Thanks to this database we can make an offer to the customer to lower this price through a subscription contract because we know how to optimize their operations.

What criteria apply for the subscription?  

Heidelberg Subscription is based on the following considerations/criteria:

  1. Customers must demonstrate growth potential in terms of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). For most customers, this averages between 30 % and 40 %.
  2. Concentrating on product innovations and customer acquisitions, customers must aim to significantly boost order volumes.

Suitable customers are offered an attractive price based on the above considerations and on a specific expected OEE increase, e.g. from 35 % to 45 %. Using this model, we sell productivity gains and help customers to achieve and exceed their goals. Heidelberg is responsible for setting up the turnkey system accordingly. We promise customers that the price premium for our optimized and more productive turnkey system will not only be worth it, but will out-do their expectations.

How do potential customers react to this new approach?

Many customers are enthusiastic as they are not dealing with a supplier that demands money up front for better quality and even charges for servicing if a machine breaks down. Instead, Heidelberg does everything it can to exceed agreed performance targets and ensure quality matches customer expectations.

Is Heidelberg taking a risk by standing as guarantor for success? 

Yes and no. Yes because with the subscription contract, it is in our own interest to ensure machinery is running, software updates are carried out, the use of consumables is optimized, and to do everything we can to increase output. No because ultimately, we take care in choosing our subscription customers. Most importantly, customers must all have one thing in common – they need to concentrate on growth and product innovation on the market, and their business model must demonstrate the potential for further growth.

Analyzing such factors has always been important for us as a manufacturer. We want to grow alongside our successful customers. In the traditional business, this took a back seat provided the customer could pay for the equipment. What we are talking about here is an excellent, new dimension to the partnership. We are no longer looking at whether our machinery, services or materials are cheaper or more expensive than rival products. Everything is defined by the mutually agreed performance targets, using the calculated price per page as a guideline.

 

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Another important aspect of the subscription model is based on autonomous printing following the Push to Stop principle presented at drupa 2016. – See our ValueCheck and case report.


 

Invoicing method

How do you determine the costs with a subscription contract?

That is tailored to the customer and their potential. For customers wishing to expand their business, for example, we might recommend our Speedmaster XL 106. Customers then make an upfront payment, which is only a small portion of the overall cost that would have been due if they had purchased the machinery. They also pay a fixed monthly charge based specifically on the price per page calculation of the agreed page volume that the customer aims to print and that is lower than their average page production. Additional impression charges are only incurred if the page volume exceeds the agreed targets.

Is the subscription tailored to the customer?

A fundamental and unique element to our offer is that we can customize the subscription in its entirety. For example, for companies unable to greatly increase productivity because excellent industrial systems already ensure a high OEE, we adjust the upfront payment and the fixed monthly charge accordingly. Alternatively, for customers with significant potential to increase performance and dynamic opportunities to increase order volume, we focus more on the variability of the payments.

With our subscription program, customers no longer need to worry about investing in their pressroom, making full use of available technology, or keeping systems up to date.

Why should customers tie themselves exclusively to Heidelberg?

If customers opt for the conventional model, they are dependent on a much bigger group of partners. Buying machinery takes up a large part of investment and often means being dependent on a bank. The supposed freedom that comes with pulling together consumables and optimizing the various features themselves comes with greater outlay, and all the separate relationships with numerous suppliers are diametrically opposed to the print shops’ profit targets…

…so that means the classic method of gathering lots of offers before purchasing brings its own problems? 

Everyone tries to pass on their costs. If we focus on the actual purpose of printing on paper, I believe all these dependencies are a much bigger issue than signing up to a long-term subscription contract with one manufacturer in which the profit interests of the manufacturer and customer are aligned for the first time. A Heidelberg Subscription contract runs for five years. We anticipate continuous OEE growth within that period. For example, if we increase page volume from 35 million pages per year to 55 million pages, this corresponds to OEE growth from approximately 35 % to 60 %. There is no need to explain what this means for the customer’s profits.

Is Heidelberg therefore financing the manufacturing costs for the production equipment?

The equipment belongs to Heidelberg and forms part of our balance sheet and/or our financing partners’ balance sheets. On the one hand, this fits in with the expectations of those customers who are undergoing digital transformation, i.e. the move toward an automated printing operation and digital customer relationships. Subscription customers always enjoy the highest possible level of automation without having to worry about technology updates, or financing new investments.

On the other hand, such customers also want to use digitization to bolster relationships with their own customers. Digital expertise helps to significantly improve go-to-market capacity across a broad spectrum.

 

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How go-to-market is changing

Does this mean the subscription model also helps improve customers’ go-to-market capacity because it frees up resources at the print shop?

Every new print shop development until now has required enormous effort to ensure the technology is sound but also to secure prices that reflect more complex and thus more effective products. Placing a unilateral focus on production and ignoring customer value in digital customer relationships will come back to haunt even extremely successful modern printing companies.

Devoting resources to further develop the customer journey offered by the print shop and not getting bogged down by technical and administrative aspects is the best way of standing out from competitors and keeping ahead of the curve.

In other words, you are shifting your customers’ business focus?

Our high-growth customers are all excellent entrepreneurs who always focus on where the money flows so as to protect their investments. Customer orientation is greatly enhanced if we no longer force them to buy and maintain capital-intensive production equipment. Focusing completely on the customer as a core concept of the digital economy is always the best way forward for a prosperous business. That applies both to us and our customers.

With the subscription model, Heidelberg takes care of the financing. Do you anticipate any new challenges as a result?

A listed company with experience in customer financing such as Heidelberg cannot help but adopt new approaches in terms of financing. We even have a banking license. What works best for our investors is always cash-stable contracts with selected customers that have good potential for growth and are highly innovative.

That’s exactly what our subscription program ensures with its guaranteed monthly payments – particularly given that we can pool contracts and also trade through a financing partner. This is a much more attractive option for investors than having to negotiate contracts with individual print shops. Risks are balanced thanks to a diversified base of carefully assessed and chosen subscribers.

Last but not least, how quickly can you and do you want to increase market share with the subscription model?

There is very strong demand. But we are taking our time and signing contracts with selected ‘early adopters’. In this financial year, we aim to conclude ten contracts to gain experience and lay a solid foundation to gradually establish the offer across the market.

 

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As early as December 2017, Heidelberg concluded its first comprehensive subscription contract with folding carton manufacturer FK Führter Kartonagen, which is part of the WEIG Group. Photo: Heidelberg


 

Final conclusions

How would you summarize this development?

We live in exciting times with completely new opportunities for both Heidelberg and its customers. The digital economy offers entirely new mindsets for these opportunities. Ensuring the transparent use of products and services in a digital business relationship enables us to concentrate on the real source of added value…

…and what does that ultimately mean?

The transparency we provide establishes fair business relationships between those involved, but also places great responsibility on all participants in the interest of preserving their freedom. This responsibility puts the spotlight on the values of the business partners. Heidelberg values have remained constant throughout our long industrial history and play a particularly important role in our digital strategy. We have reworded the responsibility assumed by Heidelberg in its role as a printing industry partner: Listen. Inspire. Deliver. Digital business models hardly get any better than that.

Thank you for agreeing to this interview and giving a detailed insight into the hidden complexities of mastering digital transformation.

 


 

#ValueCheck – Heidelberg Subscription as a new economic system

Why the subscription model from Heidelberg is not only a logical choice, but also essential for ensuring growth with innovative ideas

STATUS QUO

  • The print production volume (PPV) is stable at approximately 410 billion euros worldwide each year.
  • Despite this, the number of print shops and print units is decreasing due to improved press performance.
  • Even as print runs shrink, OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) can be increased through the automation of industrial-scale operations.
  • Today, growth rates can be more than doubled from 30 percent to 70 percent over ten years.
  • Given that the PPV cannot be doubled, there is an inevitable and considerable decrease in the number of print units that can be sold (up to 50 percent).
  • Heidelberg therefore has to generate added value elsewhere if it is to avoid becoming dependent on crowding out competitors or snatching market shares in order to survive in a shrinking machinery market.

MEASURES

  • Heidelberg is gaining attention as an “all-in system” thanks to its extensive print know-how and its servicing database, which has been established on the basis of predictive monitoring since 2004 and focuses on the continuous analysis and improvement of installed production equipment. More than 10,000 Heidelberg presses are currently subject to continuous analysis.
  • With its subscription model, Heidelberg takes care of everything to ensure maximum use is made of installed print shop technology.

EFFECTS

  • The risk associated with innovations is not only dramatically reduced, but also more widely spread.
  • Capital-intensive investments in production equipment no longer put a financial strain on print shops. Heidelberg supports customers, pooling and implementing investments with financing partners on good terms.
  • This has immediate positive effects on our industrial-scale customers, as increased flexibility and variability of usage provides immense freedom to concentrate on optimizing the marketing of enhanced performance and accelerating print shop growth.
  • The continuous increase in utilization results in improved profitability in the short, medium and long term.
  • The subscription program opens up linear and exponential growth opportunities for both Heidelberg and its customers.

 


 

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About Dr. Ulrich Hermann

Dr. Ulrich Hermann has been a member of the Management Board at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG in his role as Chief Digital Officer since November 2016. Thanks to his proven expertise in the digital transformation of businesses, Hermann was made an honorary professor at Allensbach University, Constance, Germany, in August 2017.

Born 1966 in Cologne, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at RWTH in Aachen and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology M.I.T., Cambridge, United States.

In 1996, he completed a doctorate in business economics at the University of St. Gallen, in 1998 he became the Managing Director of Bertelsmann Springer Science and Business Media Schweiz AG, and in 2002 he was appointed Managing Director of Süddeutscher Verlag Hüthig Fachinformation.

In 2005, he assumed the role of Chairman of the Management Board at Wolters Kluwer Germany Holding, later becoming a Member of the Divisional Executive Board for the Central European Region at Wolters Kluwer n.v. in 2010.

 


 

About Andreas Weber, Founder and CEO of Value Communication AG: Since more than 25 years Andreas Weber serves on an international level as a business communication analyst, influencer and transformer. His activities are dedicated to the ‘Transformation for the Digital Age’ via presentations, management briefings, coachings, workshops, analysis&reports, strategic advice.

 


 

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A milestone at FESPA 2017 for Canon: blown away by the market’s response to the Océ Colorado and how it cements Canon’s reputation for innovation in the wide-format sector. — Photos: Canon Europe and Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany.

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 26 May 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of just 21 news items. Laurel Brunner has also changed the day on which her regular Verdigris Blog is to be issued. In future it will appear on Mondays. However, since this week it is the Spring Bank Holiday in the UK, it will only arrive tomorrow, so you’ll have to wait until next week. Acsenion Day was also a holiday in some European countries last Thursday, so the news week is rather quieter than usual.

 


‘Bringing market insight, practical advice, technology innovation and examples of diverse print applications together, in our view, is the only way to truly demonstrate the myriad opportunities for PSPs to push into new application areas to support their growth. Feedback during the show suggests that our integrated beauty brand campaign, as well as the two new printed ‘Think’ guides – Think Personal and Think Décor – were extremely well received.’ — Mark Lawn, Director, Graphic & Communications Group Canon Europe


 

I shall let you explore the headlines for yourself. The daily lead items came from Canon Europe following its wide-format breakthrough at a landmark FESPA in Hamburg; Koenig & Bauer’s AGM held in Wurzburg last week; Pixartprinting and Komori Europe with a three-press LED UV deal in Italy; FESPA with the World Wrap Masters for 2017, from Sweden, Ireland and South Africa; and to round off the week, Heidelberg USA at Vista Color with the latest ‘Push to Stop’ Speedmaster XL 106 success.

You’ll find more interesting announcements if you scroll down carefully, including Duplo’s upcoming Summer Festival in the UK, set to take place on 14 and 15 June in true Glastonbury and Isle of Wight music festival style, so grab your wellies and rucsacks and head for Addlestone in Surrey.

That’s all until next time.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


 

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Canon Europe enjoyed a landmark FESPA in Hamburg
Landmark FESPA 2017 exhibition for Canon Europe confirms Océ Colorado 1640 as wide-format ‘breakthrough’…

Buoyant business at FESPA invigorates print community
Exhibitors endorse annual show cycle with 80% of FESPA 2018 Berlin space reserved for the May 2018 edition…

SPGPrints grabs ‘Best Textile Solution’ EDP Award
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Durst Tau 330E UV for Versacolor in Sao Paolo
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GMG launches proof media with improved performance
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Koenig & Bauer AG’s AGM held in Würzburg
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GlassPrint 2017 conference programme announced
The seventh GlassPrint, Europe’s only dedicated event for the decoration of glass, returns to Düsseldorf in November…

First Xerox showroom and service centre in Zambia
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Hubert opts for Screen Truepress Jet520HD for books
Hubert & Co to install first Screen Truepress Jet520HD roll-fed inkjet press with new SC inks in Germany…

Taopix announces release of Version 2017r1
UK software developer has announced the immediate availability of the latest release of its photo commerce platform…

Wednesday
Pixartprinting signs three-press deal for Komori LED UV
Italian online printer Pixartprinting has installed three of the new style, fast running, fast drying perfecting presses. By Gareth Ward…

Manroland Uniset 75 for CTP South Africa
CTP Printers in Johannesburg has ordered a Manroland Uniset 75 semi-commercial press through GWS Printing Systems…

Swiss Saint-Paul group invests in printshop workflow
Long Rapida 106 followed by Optimus Dash MIS for three locations from KBA-Sheetfed and its Swiss subsidiary Print Assist…

Duplo turns up creativity volume with Summer Festival
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Summer Festival 2017 headliners revealed
Headlining the finishing machinery manufacturer’s two-day musical celebration on 14 and 15 June is The Zufflers…

Thursday
2017 World Wrap Masters Champion crowned at FESPA
Challenging task for this year’s judges as Sweden, Ireland and South Africa were crowned as FESPA’s World Wrap Masters…

Screen Europe announces distribution agreement with REM Italy
Italian labels and packaging solutions distributor partners with Screen for Truepress Jet L350UV Label Printer…

New £6000 bursary for BPIF MSc in Management
Students looking to undertake the BPIF MSc in Management can now apply for a bursary from The Stationers’ Foundation…

Friday
Vista Color adds Push to Stop Speedmaster XL 106
Heidelberg’s latest XL 106 with AutoPlate Pro, Inspection Control 2 and Prinect Color Services help Vista score big with GMI…

Polar 78N Eco guillotine for Willow Printing
Willow Printing & Design to increase print finishing capacity this summer with new Polar guillotine from Heidelberg UK…

Impressive ROI for Think PA’s Horizon investment
Horizon BQ-270V single clamp perfect binder takes just weeks to make an impact for Chesham commercial printer…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

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…

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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

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The end of the Gutenberg Galaxy? No!  —  One of the key messages of Andreas Weber’s Webinar “Transformation in the Digital Age.” Photo/Collage: ValuePublishing

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 21 April 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 28 articles over the past four days, plus the latest Wild-Format Technology Guide from Sophie Matthews-Paul addressing direct-to-garment printing; Laurel Brunner’s 250th Verdigris environmental Blog; and a new addition in Online Features featuring the new KBA Rapida 75 PRO and new workflow package at Hansa-Druckerei in Grevenbroich, not far from Düsseldorf and Neuss in Germany.


For more than a generation, “digitalization” has had a fulminant impact (regardless of how one may interpret the term!); our living environment and real life go hand in hand with fulminant structural changes at ever shorter intervals accompanied by an enormous increase in pressure, thanks to globalization. So time for a change, specially in the print media industry! — Andreas Weber, Head of Value


Another short week but with an interesting mixed bag for you once again. Tuesday began with the latest issue of KBA Report No 50, timed to highlight the company’s 200th Anniversary a little later this year with a special anniversary supplement. Wednesday began with a focus on Ricoh from Gareth Ward, as its new CEO plans a huge shakeup of the company in order to escape decline. Thursday’s headlines were led by news of Sappi‘s first sustainable joint packaging development with Felix Schoeller: The initial results are convincing, and will feature at Interpack from 4 – 10 May in Düsseldorf. Then Heidelberg UK, which led the news to round off this short week on Friday, as Elanders Newcastle takes delivery of a Speedmaster XL 106-8-P long perfector and top-performance Stahlfolder TH 82-P.


Pre-show news this week features InPrint 2017 in Orlando, USA; Metpack 2017 in Essen, Germany; Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf; and IST METZ’ UV Days 2017 in Nürtingen, Germany. You’ll spot them all if you scroll down carefully, featuring a number of exhibitors at the various events.


A selection of recent installations appears on Tuesday with Prinect Workflow and MIS from Heidelberg USA at Geographics in Atlanta; the very latest Stahlfolder KH 82 from Heidelberg UK at Penstripe in Leeds; and Manroland Sheetfed in Hungary with a Roland 506 LV hybrid for the country’s banknote printer; then from Xitron, EFI‘s Packaging Suite workflow with Radius in Canada; and from Tecnau at Rotomail in Milan on Wednesday. On Thursday, we have Heidelberg’s Speedmaster CD 102 six-colour with coater and X-Package cutting job times in half at Brodnax Printing in Dallas; and Xaar with new printheads at Parefeuille Provence in France for high-quality tile production; and to wrap up the week Elanders Newcastle with its Speedmaster XL 106-8-P long perfector and Stahlfolder on Friday.


Our tailender once again serves to remind you of the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open due to take place in Cape Town from 15 – 17 May, with 16-year old Enrique van Wyk from Bloemfontein joining players from Canada, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other South Africans for this popular event. You’ll find this among Thursday’s headlines as usual.


That’s it until next time. You’ll find a few more if you scroll down carefully, including Ghent Workgroup with Hybrid Software; and locr with a new white paper from Infotrends, among others.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton


“Transformation in the Digital Age” — Read the summary of Andreas Weber’s latest Webinar!


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.

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 Tue 18 April – date published also appears in article footline

Tuesday

KBA Report No. 50 out now for 200th Anniversary

The 52-page magazine is packed with print in all its facets to mark the company’s 200th anniversary, plus special supplement…

Digital fatigue swings readers in favour of paper publishers

Savvy publishers increasingly opt for inkjet systems because they’re looking to the broader costs of the publishing supply chain…

‘Meeting Clients’ Needs with Geomarketing’ from LOCR

InfoTrends publishes White Paper on the value of geomarketing for print and marketing service providers…

Agfa Graphics at InPrint 2017 Orlando USA

Introducing digital print in manufacturing contributes to just-in-time delivery and personalised or variable…

Prinect Workflow + MIS is 30 – 100% more productive

Heidelberg’s Prinect Workflow expected to double productivity at Atlanta-based Geographics marketing services company…

Penstripe Leeds buys latest Stahlfolder KH 82

Penstripe has returned to Heidelberg UK for a Stahlfolder KH 82 combination folder in its latest upgrade…

Hungarian Banknote Printer primed to increase exports

A brand-new Roland 506 LV hybrid installed ahead of schedule in Pénzjegynyomda Zrt by Manroland Hungary…

Wednesday

Ricoh plans huge shake up to escape decline

The new CEO has produced his assessment of where Ricoh has been going wrong and it means a painful change. By Gareth Ward…

Ghent Workgroup welcomes Hybrid Software

As a vendor member Hybrid commits to fully supporting and incorporating GWG specs into its solution offering…

Trelleborg and partners at Metpack 2017 in Essen

Trelleborg and partners INK Maloberti and PCO Printing Chemicals offer complete metal decorating solution at Metpack 2017…

New 3M wrap film from Spandex offers faster installation

Spandex offers new and innovative 3M Print Wrap Film with Comply Adhesive with Micro Technology for superb finish…

Xitron sells 4500th Screen PT-R Interface

Allows the popular Screen PlateRite computer-to-plate device to be driven with any RIP/Workflow…

British Columbia-based firm opts for EFI Packaging Suite

Canada’s Great Little Box Co to support diversified offerings with EFI’s Packaging Suite workflow with Radius as the core…

Rotomail invests in a second Tecnau Libra 800

Rotomail Milan doubles book-of-one capacity with second Tecnau Libra 800 soft-cover book on demand binding system…

Thursday

Sappi to unveil joint development at Interpack 2017

Sappi’s first sustainable joint packaging development with Felix Schoeller: The initial results are convincing…

Hubergroup at IST METZ UV Days 2017 in Nürtingen

Low-migration and low-swelling: Hubergroup to launch new UV ink systems at UV Days 2017 from 15 – 18 May…

Trelleborg to show blanket solutions at UV Days 2017

Trelleborg and Streb to jointly exhibit at IST METZ’ UV Days 2017 in Nürtingen, Germany from 15 – 18 May…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

16 Year Old Enrique van Wyk is ready to compete at the 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town…

New CD 102 with X-Package increases capacity by 50%

Heidelberg’s Speedmaster CD 102 six-colour with coater and X-Package cuts job time in half at Brodnax Printing…

Parefeuille Provence upgrades to Xaar 1003 printheads

Xaar 1003 printhead upgrade significantly increases tile manufacturing productivity at Parefeuille Provence in France…

Version 9.2 of Callas pdfToolbox has arrived

While it is a minor update, it does pack quite a punch…

Friday

Heidelberg long perfector arrives at Elanders Newcastle

Elanders Newcastle takes delivery of a Speedmaster XL 106-8-P long perfector and top-performance Stahlfolder TH 82-P…

Xeikon to bring Folding Carton Suite to Interpack

Exhibition is part of Xeikon’s What’s Next campaign to show how digital production is fundamental in a changing world…

LasX Industries at Interpack 2017 from 4 – 10 May

LasX brings world-class laser processing packaging solutions to Interpack 2017 at Messe Düsseldorf in Hall 8b…

Ensocard Resilience by Stora Enso for Interpack

Stora Enso will introduce Ensocard Resilience board product for child-resistant packaging at Interpack 2017 next month…

Ammeraal Beltech at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf

Packaging is a moving business: ‘Belting Solutions for Process Automation’ is the theme for Interpack from 4 – 10 May…

Cosmo Films’ complete range at Interpack 2017

Cosmo Films to showcase extended range of Barrier Films…

Spandex adds SLX Cast Wrap with Flite Technology

Spandex offers fast wrap ‘single installer’ film option following launch of new SLX Cast Wrap from Arlon…

The lead article from a week last Thursday… 

Heidelberg’s Pilot site for Primefire 106 B1 inkjet press

Colordruck selects Heidelberg as its digital printing technology partner and becomes pilot customer for the Primefire 106…

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 Dialogue exclusive 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

‘The future of print lies in quality and service’

The new KBA Rapida 75 PRO and a new workflow at Hansa-Druckerei in Grevenbroich: A Steuber package geared to guarantee success…

Previous…    

Heidelberg’s Pilot site for Primefire 106 B1 inkjet press

Colordruck Baiersbronn selects Heidelberg as its digital printing technology partner and becomes pilot customer for Primefire 106…

Heidelberg’s new Speedmaster CX 75

The new Speedmaster CX 75 – space-saving Multi-Talent 500 x 700mm format for agile smart print shops…

Four years of experience printing with the KBA Rapida 76

Robstolk in Amsterdam achieves brilliant results thanks to HR-UV, as the company prepares to celebrate its 50th Anniversary…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

250th Verdigris blog!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 21 April

Previous…    

A Long Green View

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 07 Apr

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

No 25   Feel it!

Humans are very tactile-focused beings. So, would it not be great to have more touchy-feely surfaces? The good news is: Thanks to wide format printing, you can… By Sonja Angerer

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

Latest…    

Messe Düsseldorf partners with IPAP Tehran

Messe Düsseldorf extends international portfolio of trade fairs for the printing and packaging industries to Iran, powered by drupa…

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,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   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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