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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 27 May 2016

Welcome to another roundup of 38 news highlights for the past week together with another 24 new articles pre-drupa articles from Exhibitors, bringing the total so far to around 238; plus a further 61 from Messe Dusseldorf, along with 10 Expert Articles from ten of the world’s leading graphic arts-related editors and journalists, and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in Mainz.

I wasn’t going to send another e-News before drupa, which opens its doors next Tuesday, with now less than four days to go to the world’s biggest event this year, but so many really excellent news articles and important announcements came in, I just had to. Hence my reason for sending it today, as I shall already be in drupacity Düsseldorf on Monday, preparing for the pre-show press conferences. As one of drupa’s Media Partners for this year’s event, we will obviously try to bring you as much post-show news as possible – but only after the show finishes.

Key news leaders this week include KBA on Monday, as it announced plans to takeover die-cutter manufacturer Iberica AG S.A. in Barcelona. Spain. A second article from KBA announced its surprise partnership with Xerox, which will see a first-of-Its-kind 1060mm sheetfed press – that’s digital – using Impika inkjet on a Rapida platform, debuted at drupa next week.

On Tuesday Leonhard Kurz led with its plans to add a transfer unit with inkjet technology to its product line for digital print finishing; the DM Liner UV, and to be debuted at drupa in three Halls. On Wednesday we had Heidelberg and Masterwork announce the new Masterwork postpress products for packaging and commercial printers to be launched at drupa 2016 in Hall 1.

Thursday saw Manroland Web Systems lead, as it prepares to welcome customers and other visitors to its stand in Hall 14. While on Friday (today) UPM-Kymmene Corporation announced that it is proceeding with its plan announced last December, to change its corporate structure in Finland; but there’s lots more if you check them out carefully as you scroll down.

Some magnificent sales and installations this week included KBA on Thursday, as B&K Offsetdruck in Germany orders a further Compacta C16 16pp commercial web press; while Precision Printing in the UK has upgraded its Horizon StitchLiner to a new 5500 system. On Friday, German web-to-print giant, PosterXXL became the first in Europe to invest in two Jet Press 720S B2 digital inkjet presses from Fujifilm; while Garvey Group West in the United States has added its third Rapida 205 large-format six-colour press at its Los Angeles facility. Packaging printer Cartotecnica Jesina in Ancona Province in Italy, has added its second six-colour large-format Roland 900 from Manroland Sheetfed; while TRESU has received an order from WestRock in the US for an eight-colour hybrid Flexo Innovator press to be installed later this year.

Please check out the rest carefully as there really are some good articles and announcements this week, including my choice of tailender (Tuesday), which goes to the House of Besserat de Bellefon, which has chosen Sappi’s ultra-bright white Algro Design carton board to showcase its iconic Champagne.

That’s all until next time, which will definitely be after drupa when things will eventually get back to normal again. I hope you find more of interest among the links below.
With my best regards, 
Mike Hilton 

 

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



Headline News
Over 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 pages

Mon 23 May…   
KBA plans takeover of die-cutter manufacturer Iberica
Portfolio expansion in growth market packaging with the takeover of Iberica AG S.A. in Barcelona. Spain…

KBA Rapida platform integrated with Xerox Impika inkjet
KBA and Xerox partnership to target folding carton market with first-of-Its-kind 1060mm sheetfed press – that’s digital…

Heidelberg announces successful collaboration with PTC
Heidelberg invests in PTC cloud-based service solutions to take its digitisation to the next level…

drupa ante portas: Focus Packaging – Selling is everything!
More than half of all packaging volume worldwide is attributed to printed packaging – and the trend is rising. By Andreas Weber…

Enfocus at drupa: Disruptive solutions that ensure success
At drupa 2016, Enfocus will showcase solutions that transform how business gets done, to ensure success for users globally…

Drupa collaboration between Duplo International and HP
Duplo International will be present on the HP stand at drupa in Hall 17, showcasing connectivity between print and finishing…

Taopix announces HP PrintOS collaboration
UK software developer Taopix has announced its commitment to the HP PrintOS cloud-based operating system…

Tue 24 May…   
Kurz: New DM-Liner UV Inkjet for digital metallisation
Leonhard Kurz adds a transfer unit with inkjet technology to its product line for digital print finishing; to be debuted at drupa in 3 Halls…

EFI to provide Fiery DFEs for Riso inkjet printers
EFI and Riso Kagaku partner to bring Fiery digital front ends to Riso ComColor inkjet technology printers…

drupa ante portas: Big Data Up Close
Digital technologies impact the entire cosmos of print media and complete workflow, too. By Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany…

KBA-Metronic and DataLase in strategic partnership
KBA-Metronic and DataLase partnership aims to further the development of high-speed inline digital printing solutions…

Esko at the core of a broad packaging print ecosystem
Collaboration with packaging print ecosystem partners and engagement in numerous drupa 2016 events underlines Esko as a preferred supplier in packaging, label, signage and display production…

Heidelberg’s new generation Stahlfolder TH/KH 82-P at drupa
New users of the new Stahlfolder TH 82-P folding machine report higher productivity and better process planning…

Agfa Anapurna i air-cooled LED UV to debut at drupa
Anapurna i-series LED wide-format inkjet printers from Agfa Graphics to be launched at drupa 2016 in Hall 8a..

A toast to Sappi’s ultra-bright white Algro Design
House of Besserat de Bellefon has chosen Sappi’s carton board to showcase its iconic Champagne…

Wed 25 May…   
Heidelberg and Masterwork postpress at drupa
Heidelberg and Masterwork showcasing new postpress products for packaging and commercial printers at drupa 2016…

Thinking at the leading edge with FINAT
Strategic insights characterise FINAT 2016 European Label Forum taking place in Amsterdam, 16 – 18 June…

Canon SA a sponsor for South African Disabled Golf Open
Canon SA was proudly part of the 2016 Nedbank South African SA Disabled Golf Open at Zwartkop Country Club in Pretoria…

Agfa launches version 10 of the Apogee print hub
The latest version of this workflow software brings extra features, quality improvements and performance enhancements…

QuarkXPress 2016 Offers Built-in HTML5 Publishing
Designers Just a Click Away from Creating and Delivering Interactive, App-like Web Experiences…

HP adds Chromatic Red Ink to new DesignJet Z-series
Extended colour gamut makes an impact for high-impact PostScript printers for graphics and technical applications…

Ink Zone Control: Retrofit upgrade that quickly pays off
With Muller Martini’s ink zone control system, corrections are transferred to the substrate in a split second…

Thu 26 May…   
Innovations and highlights: Manroland Web Systems at drupa
From 31 May to 10 June Manroland Web Systems welcomes customers and other visitors to drupa 2016 to its stand in Hall 14…

Ghent Workgroup releases new PDF Processing Steps spec
Standardised way to identify production processing information enables increased interoperability and automation…

Further KBA C16 for B&K Offsetdruck in Ottersweier
Continuation of a successful partnership as B&K orders a further 16pp commercial web press from KBA-Digital & Web Solutions…

Agfa Graphics announces new Avalon platesetters at drupa
The new Avalon N8-90 model for the 8-up or B1 market comes in three different speed options; plus an entry-level B8 version…

MadeToPrint for QuarkXPress 2016 available immediately
Axaio export Xtension MadeToPrint for XPress 2016, for an even faster and more reliable output workflow…

Going digital inkjet with Tolerans and stitching in-line
In order to fulfil current needs, Tolerans has taken in-line stitching into digital inkjet presses with the Manroland Web FoldLine…

Flint Group is first ink licensee of Variprint
Flint Group to become first licensee of ground-breaking DataLase Variprint Inline Digital Printing technology…

Precision Printing chooses Horizon StitchLiner 5500
Integration with Precision’s One-Flow will ensure automated data transfer resulting in a streamlined throughput for web to print…

Fri 27 May…   
UPM is changing its corporate structure in Finland
UPM-Kymmene Corporation is proceeding with the plan announced last December, to change its corporate structure in Finland…

Marabu Inks to sell the Inca SpyderXi in Germany
Inca Digital appoints Marabu to distribute SpyderXi dual flatbed / roll-to- roll printer into industrial markets in combination with its inks…

Heidelberg Performance Services boost productivity over 40%
Heidelberg continues to enhance its SystemService portfolio with services that improve production processes…

Customised inkjet solutions: Siegwerk goes into digital inks
The global printing ink manufacturer is set to offer inkjet inks for labels, and later for packaging applications…

PosterXXL invests in two B2 Jet Press 720S presses
German web-to-print giant first in Europe to invest in two Jet Press 720S B2 digital inkjet presses from Fujifilm…

Third KBA Rapida 205 for Garvey Group West
A triple play with the first in North America to operate three of the world’s largest sheetfed offset presses…

Cartotecnica Jesina adds six-colour Roland 900 6B1
Shorter makereadies give Cartotecnica Jesina an edge with Simultaneous Plate Loading (SPL) technology a key factor…

TRESU eight-colour hybrid Flexo Innovator for WestRock
TRESU announces the sale of Flexo Innovator hybrid printing line to WestRock of Norcross, Georgia…

Last lead articles from previous update…  

Last issue’s leads…
Koenig & Bauer AG’s 91st AGM held in Würzburg
Shareholders satisfied with company’s development following the positive results achieved through the Fit@All programme…

Rhein-Zeitung to receive further compact KBA web press
Commitment to the printed newspaper: Mittelrhein-Verlag in Koblenz orders an additional 6/2 KBA Commander CT web press…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
There were again well over 70 last year, 90 in 2014, and 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2).

Technology-related Chapter 02

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Asahi mini-white paper: Water- vs Solvent-washable
Making flexographic printing more sustainable and efficient with water-washable flexo plates as compared to conventional solvent-washable plates…

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

Canon SA a sponsor for South African Disabled Golf Open
Canon SA was proudly part of the 2016 Nedbank South African SA Disabled Golf Open at Zwartkop Country Club in Pretoria from 2 to 4 May 2016…

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Eversfrank and Xeikon explore new avenues in customer communications
Emphasis on one-to-one marketing with customised, long run printed communications: Xeikon plays a key role in the successful concept…

Micro Lynx adds Scodix Foil Station to its workflow
Micro Lynx in Rennes, France democratises high-end finishing with its latest Scodix Foil investment…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

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Climate scientists and carbon accountants
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 20 May

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

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016

The tenth and final article in this series from Andreas Weber in Mainz, Germany prior to drupa…

drupa ante portas: Big Data Up Close
Digital technologies impact the entire cosmos of print media and complete workflow, too. By Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany…

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Focus Packaging: Selling is everything!
drupa ante portas: More than half of all packaging volume worldwide is attributed to printed packaging – and the trend is rising. By Andreas Weber, Mainz/German…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

Enfocus and Esko bring power of preflight to packaging industry
Companies are the first to use new industry standard to improve the packaging production process: They can both be found in Hall 8b at drupa…

Agfa set for dialogue at drupa’s touchpoint packaging
Agfa set to impress with smart advanced packaging security technologies at drupa’s Touchpoint Packaging in Hall 12…

Flint Group launches VIVO Colour Solutions at drupa
Flint Group is set to revolutionise print colour management with VIVO Colour Solutions, launched to the global market at drupa 2016…

Manroland Web Systems’ Innovations and Highlights at drupa
From 31 May to 10 June, Manroland Web Systems welcomes customers, media representatives and other visitors to drupa 2016 and its stand in Hall 14…

CHILI publish ups the heat at drupa 2016
Attendees will find solutions powered by CHILI publish being demonstrated throughout the show in eight different locations in six Halls…

CP Bourg world premiere with Canon and Polar-Mohr
CP Bourg to demonstrate for the first time ever its in-line perfect binding solution integrated with a Canon digital printing system and Mohr trimmer at drupa 2016…

ColorGATE 10 is just everywhere at drupa
More flexibility and performance with Version 10 on the ColorGATE stand in Hall 6, also in Halls 3, 5, 8a, 8b, 9 and 17…

Heidelberg and Masterwork postpress at drupa
Heidelberg and Masterwork showcasing new postpress products for packaging and commercial printers at drupa…

Kurz: Adds new DM-Liner UV Inkjet for digital metallisation
Leonhard Kurz adds a transfer unit with inkjet technology to its product line for digital print finishing…

HP adds Chromatic Red Ink to new DesignJet Z-series printers
Extended colour gamut of high-impact PostScript graphics printers makes an impact for graphics and technical applications…

Enfocus PitStop 13 update 2 expands preflight possibilities
The latest release of PitStop includes customer-driven features that expand the preflight possibilities to detect and correct errors in the most complex PDFs…

Epson debut for DJet 10000 imposed print system at drupa
Integrates two new Epson SC-P10000 aqueous printers for high-quality, double-sided B1 proofing, display graphics, brochures and bespoke photobook applications…

Heidelberg’s new generation Stahlfolder TH/KH 82-P at drupa
New users of the new Stahlfolder TH 82-P folding machine report higher productivity and better process planning…

Agfa Graphics announces new Avalon platesetters at drupa
The new Avalon N8-90 model for the 8-up or B1 market comes in three different speed options; plus an entry-level B8 version…

Esko solutions at the core of a broad packaging print ecosystem
Collaboration with packaging print ecosystem partners and engagement in several drupa events ensures Esko is a preferred supplier in packaging, label, signage and display production…

Domino to debut N610i 7-colour inkjet digital label press
Make your labels Stand Out from the crowd with Domino Digital Printing Solutions at drupa 2016 in Hall 5…

KBA Rapida platform integrated with Xerox Impika inkjet technology
KBA and Xerox partnership to target folding carton market with first-of-Its-kind 1060mm sheetfed press – that’s digital…

Agfa Graphics launches version 10 of the Apogee print hub
The latest version of this workflow software brings extra features, quality improvements and performance enhancements…

Esko increases cutting table output by up to 80 per cent
Breakthrough automation equipment brings productivity to a completely new level by eliminating idle time and reducing human interaction, to be shown at drupa…

Duplo International and HP collaborate at drupa
Duplo International will be on the HP stand at drupa 2016 in Hall 17, showcasing connectivity between print and finishing devices…

Taopix announces HP PrintOS collaboration
UK software developer Taopix has announced its commitment to the HP PrintOS cloud-based operating system…

Lake Image Systems powered solutions at drupa
Lake Image Systems will be in Hall 11 with 4 zones on its stand, with additional representation on partner stands in Halls 5, 8a, 14 and 16…

Agfa Anapurna i air-cooled LED UV to debut at drupa
Anapurna i-series LED wide-format inkjet printers from Agfa Graphics to be launched at drupa 2016 in Hall 8a..

Enfocus at drupa: Disruptive solutions that ensure success
At drupa 2016, Enfocus will showcase solutions that transform how business gets done, to ensure success for Enfocus users around the globe…

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Heidelberg’s Service portfolio at drupa 2016
Smart Services: Both in its entirety and in combination, Heidelberg’s portfolio of ‘Technical Services’ and ‘Performance Services’ is unique in the industry…

Gandy Digital large-format inkjet live at drupa
Gandy Digital to provide first live demonstrations of its latest high resolution five-metre UV roll-to-roll Fascin8tor printer at drupa… 

drupa innovation park 2016:
Smart Business Models in Focus: As around 130 exhibitors will be presenting their innovations in six theme parks…

European football programme will be produced at the show
Screen showing personalised publication printing with on-stand demonstrations at drupa 2016…

Global Graphics to unveil Inkjet ‘Fundamentals’ at drupa
A new software and engineering services package for inkjet press manufacturers that will help them get to market quicker…

Muller Martini at drupa: The Future Is Now
Using nine fully connected systems, Muller Martini will showcase the key topic of Finishing 4.0 live at its stand in Hall 2…

Kurz: Allrounders and specialists for any case
Leonhard Kurz to present its latest stamping foil developments at drupa in Hall 3, at the dip in Hall 7, and for packaging in Hall 12…

Kodak: Inkjet Book Printing at drupa 2016
Kodak to usher in next adopters of inkjet for book printing at drupa 2016, at the Kodak Quarter in Hall 5..

X-Rite announces InkFormulation Software Version 6.3
Provides a more robust ink formulation data exchange across the workflow, faster run-up to colour on press; to be demonstrated at drupa…

Industry first: Eagle Systems Cold Foil on uncoated paper
Sheetfed Cold Foiling is an industry first due to the complex characteristics of uncoated stocks, and made possible by the sophistication of Eagle’s system…

Meet the OE-A and the Printed Electronics Industry at drupa
Attend OE-A’s sessions on printed electronics and visit its stand in the dip in Hall 7 and seminars in the drupa cube…

Hybrid invites visitors to run live jobs at drupa 2016
Hybrid Software to prove the complete confidence it has in its products by inviting drupa visitors to bring live production jobs to its stand to be run on its software…

DuPont to launch Cyrel FAST 2000TD
DuPont Advanced Printing introduces next generation plate processor Cyrel FAST 2000TD offering improved plate quality and machine performance…

Techkon’s new products on show in Hall 9
Techkon continues its success with the SpectroDens and SpectroDrive devices, with new generation models set to debut at drupa…

Leibinger: Double monitoring during numbering at drupa
Paul Leibinger to feature numbering machines, camera verification systems and industrial inkjet printers at drupa in Hall 3…

X-Rite announces IntelliTrax2 in drupa lineup
Automated Color Management provides printers and converters with M1 measurement support for optically brightened substrates…

UPM Digi papers, there’s always a perfect match
Whether it’s books, photo books, covers or mailings using toner or inkjet printing, UPM’s product portfolio has the perfect solution…

Agfa Eversify complements print publishing strategy
Agfa Graphics’ Eversify mobile publishing solution demos can be scheduled in advance at stand B62, in Hall 8a…

GMG: Consistent colours for packaging professionals
At drupa, the software company is emphasising what really counts: reliable partners and real know-how – even faster…

Domino: A new B2 digital sheetfed printing solution
Domino partners with Gremser to launch new B2 sheetfed inkjet digital printing solution at drupa 2016 in Hall 5…

Caldera celebrates its quarter-century at drupa
No half-measures for Caldera at drupa 2016 in Hall 6, stand C23,
with partnerships and previews…

DuPont Advanced Printing announces new Artistri inks
New DuPont Artistri inks feature improved performance to meet growing needs of the textile industry…

Flint Group Flexographic Products showcases at drupa
Visitors can catch up on comprehensive product and new service offerings and solutions in Hall 08b, stand D/12…

System Brunner Colour Control at drupa 2016
System Brunner, the No.1 in colour control technology, will show its new or enhanced system solutions on its own stand in Hall 16…

Packaging without a Barcode – See it at drupa!
The European Article Number (EAN) symbol has served the packaging industry well since 1977 when it was first used commercially. But times have changed…

Delphax elan 500 adopts BDT’s Deep Pile Feeder
The BDT TPF-550 Feeder extends media range and improves of the Delphax elan 500 digital colour printer, to be demonstrated at drupa in Hall 5…

Trelleborg announces major launches at drupa 2016
Trelleborg’s printing solutions operation will use drupa 2016 to launch several offset blankets and digital products…

Onyx Graphics at drupa in Hall 5, Hall 8a and Hall 17
Onyx Graphics showcasing the power of its large-format workflow software in premier partner stands at drupa…

drupa 2016 Expert Article Series and more
Can be found in our Drupa Newsroom via the Index on the Home Page.

Final article in the series…   
Digital versus traditional packaging print
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 8 by Michael Seidl, publisher and editor-in-chief of various specialist publications in Central and Eastern Europe including Print & Publishing, Packaging and Visual Communication….

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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drupa innovation park 2016:
Smart Business Models in Focus: Around 130 exhibitors will be presenting their innovations in six theme parks…

drupa innovation park 2016:
Smarte Geschäftsmodelle stehen im Fokus: Rund 130 Aussteller präsentieren im drupa innovation park in sechs Themenparks…

Düsseldorf becomes drupacity:
Numerous Activities Bring drupa Highlights to the City…

Düsseldorf wird zur drupacity:
Zahlreiche Aktionen bringen die drupa-Highlights in die Stadt…

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

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Seek new horizons in print at FESPA Mexico 2016
Event to be the largest dedicated Mexico show to date for digital and screen wide-format, garments decoration and signage…

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Digital technologies impact the entire cosmos of print media and complete workflow, too.

By Andreas Weber

 

Note: The latest market trend analysis by Andreas Weber is the extended version of an article which will be published by the leading technology newspaper VDI-nachrichten. VDI-nachrichten addresses a premium reader target group of more than 310,000 technical and innovation experts in German industry.  — See as well market trend analysis “Focus Packaging”.

 

The internet is the enemy of print. That had long been the perception in the print media branch. A blind eye was turned to the fact that technologically for decades, digital high-performance networks and data transfer have been indispensable for print technology development. 

This occurs on various levels, whereby online, a system architecture is freely available that automatically generates print data and transfers it by internet to selected service providers / printing systems. The simplest form is prints of any data via smartphone or tablet. The first were Apple with AirPrint and Google with CloudPrint; print system manufacturers such as Canon and HP followed with proprietary e-print solutions. On the other hand, data from Wiki platforms such as PediaPress technologies, are transformed into books based on Wikipedia articles selected by the user online. Furthermore, social media users can transform their chronicles on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook into publications at the push of a button to automatically create, for instance, printed posters of Facebook/Instagram friends, canvas prints or diary chronicles in book form from Twitter and Facebook (see mySocialBook, Twenty20 or boomf with the printing of Instagram photos on edible marshmallows).

 

A few samples how Social Media became already the source for new print applications (driven by innovative suppliers).

 

These services are used for promotional purposes by both consumers and companies who include such projects in their digital marketing concepts. For pure business applications, marketing and IT data are automatically merged without media disruption to create cross-media customer campaigns that couple a company offer such as an insurance contract extension with feedback from tens of thousands customers, which is then exported to the company’s IT and CRM systems for keeping customer profiles up-to-date and even documenting individual transactions. All documents are then available in both digital and printed form. The customer chooses which form he prefers.

Background
The internet protocol TCP/IP got its breakthrough by enabling large amounts of data to be transferred quickly and reliably, especially for publishing and print applications. The user interface/mouse and particularly PostScript as a page description language revolutionised the generation of print data and print media production already in the 1980s. The sheer unlimited and ubiquitously available storage options through the internet for large amounts of data stemming from all areas of life and industry gave rise to the big data “phenomenon” — with the lure of evaluating unstructured or semi-structured data in relational databases for analyses of any type. 

 

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Digitalisation sets the pace

Two aspects were the logical result for the print media branch: 

  • first, all production workflow has to be “digitally” optimised;
  • and secondly, much more data is easily available through the internet that can be printed without media disruption.

The Internet becomes tool and marketplace in one. Accordingly, the online printing sector has grown dynamically: new specialised firms led by CIMPRESS/Vistaprint, Flyeralarm, Onlineprinters/diedruckerei.de or United Printers have accounted since 2009 in Germany alone for a trebling of volume that will most likely surpass the 3+ billion Euro mark in 2016. Popular applications/products are photo books, posters, flyers/mailings, brochures and more.

Key to success for online printing are the principles that characterise the 2016 motto “Touch the future” of drupa, the world’s leading print trade fair: automation, flexibilisation, digitalisation form the basis of “Print 4.0” — a new term borrowed from “Industry 4.0”, the highly commended industry standard from the Hannover Messe 2016. The rudiments of “4.0” have already been established in the printing branch for more than 10 years. The basis: JDF. The digital “Job Definition Format” allows made-to-order production to be taken care of automatically. Added to that is the complete cross-linking of production workflow and production machines including online remote services.

 

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The print technology manufacturers have readied themselves for that. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen has developed a new digital strategy integrating all print technologies and is going one step further at drupa 2016: The “Heidelberg Cloud” moves into focus with its smart print-shop concept. That is a new, extended approach that cross-links fully automated production with business aspects for the transparent and efficient operation of a printing business — incl. engagement with the customers/print buyers who are informed of the status of their orders online or per mobile. Even the automatic ordering of consumables and printing paper is integrated. In the digital printing sector, HP is doing likewise with its “PrintOS” platform that is to be launched at the end of May 2016 and cross-links the proprietary HP systems/technologies used by its customers.

 

Background:

HP PrintOS wants to enable the processing as simply as possible of any number of print orders from order acceptance to mailing, to work efficiently with partners and colleagues and exploit new growth potential. On a cloud-based, and according to HP open and absolutely secure platform, users have access at any time – no matter where they happen to be. However, PrintOS can only be used by those who have HP printing solutions (HP Indigo digital presses, HP PageWide web presses, HP Scitex presses and HP Latex printers). https://youtu.be/Rd2x2hRnikE

 

Internet as tool and marketplace in one

The internet, including the online and mobile worlds, is thus becoming an integral part of any type of print media production. Even imaging specialist Canon, the only exhibitor that can cover all drupa highlight themes, backs digital cross-linked transformation and synchronisation of all production, communication and business processes. The social media-conforming Canon motto #UnleashPrint particularly substantiates the drupa 2016 aspiration.

From 3D applications to printing products “cross-linked” through augmented reality, application scenarios that pool all of Canon’s expertise will be shown at drupa 2016. The driver in the “background” is Canon’s solutions skill for accelerating digital transformation through customised software and the merging of proprietary and third-party (such as Microsoft, Oracle, etc.) solutions. Canon gave a taste of what was to come at its future show “Canon Expo” in October 2015 in Paris: It was demonstrated live and explained in presentations how a (fictive) brand of mountain bikes can be staged in media and communications right from the start, from the photo shoot to marketing materials up to e-commerce with a web shop. Everything cast from the same mould, everything seamlessly interwoven. And this, too, at the point-of-sales, for example, where the quality of digitally printed packaging is determining the way forward. Equally impressive was the “creative” zone which showed what a consumer experience is like when everything that one imagines can become reality: From the perception of the world “out there” to one’s own home — everything is supported by Canon in multimedia, by image/photo, video, printed photo book, iPad app, etc.

 

The Art of Print – Rembrandts revival!

Causing a sensation worldwide recently was “The Next Rembrandt” project: On the initiative of art experts at the Het Rembrandthuis Museum in Amsterdam and scientists from the Delft University of Technology with the support of technology partner Microsoft, all available data and information left behind by Rembrandt was evaluated – some 15 terabytes of data in total. “The Next Rembrandt” was to be made up of 168,263 Rembrandt painting components derived from 3D scans that resulted from a laborious, digital 3D composition in a synthesised new painting. However, no 3D printer was used as reported by the media, but a digital printing system. It is not public yet what kind of digital printing system they used. But: Mid of March 2016 at the Canon Business Days in Venlo, The Netherlands a printed copy of the „The Next Rembrandt“ was shown. It could be produced by advanced Océ VariaDot Imaging-Technologies which are already used to reproduce image motifs in relief, based preferably on 3D scans, such as for the reproduction of old fabric wall coverings formerly created by artists. [See the exclusive ValuePublishing story „Rembrandt verleiht Print postum eine ganz neue Bedeutung“ (in german language)]. 

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Print 4.0 needs Communication 4.0

“In dealing with digitalisation, the print media branch focussed a long time on increasing production efficiency. Accordingly, any type of print media product always followed digital processes. That is a good thing. But, the effectiveness of print as a cross-linkable medium in the digital age was given short shrift and now has top priority,” stated Didier Gombert, founder and CEO of technology developer Objectif Lune (OL). For more than 20 years, the visionary entrepreneur has been a pioneer of a new “digital” philosophy that integrates print media topically in the communications mix.

For Gombert, the foundation is the “connect” principle. From one “digital” building block of various solutions, a scalable solution scenario develops that helps both beginners and pros to optimally use print in business and customer communications and always cross-links easily and affordably with digital communication processes. His success proves him right: With 240 employees and 3 development centres in North America, Europe and Australia, OL serves more than 20,000 companies around the world and is supported by a network of qualified partners. For Gombert, theme highlights at drupa 2016 are new communications tasks that are “beyond technology” so to say, such as “customer experience” and “customer journey”. This is understood to (further) develop 100% market and customer-oriented products and solutions in a dialogue with the customer. In focus: optimal interfaces between man-machine — machine-machine — machine-man.

 

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From Pipelines to Platforms

Up to now, print production processes have followed a rigid, linear workflow scenario: Data are edited digitally, formatted with expert tools and then prepared unalterably for print. People tell the machine, so to say, what to do. An innovative approach, therefore, is to dissolve this rigid process, whereby data from various sources can be processed online or offline, from analogue to digital and vice-versa — quasi as an iterative process – seamlessly transformed and automatically enriched with customised and “on-demand” output per digital printing. Seen from a technical workflow angle, a pipeline process is transferred to a cross-linked interactive platform concept that offers new forms of connectivity.

Interesting stimuli are also coming in this context from post-press processing and paper technology. For automation, paper technology specialist BW Papersystems banks on a new type of online remote service such as its ExpertOnline. Originally conceived as a technical services support, it soon became apparent that masses of machine data from giant paper production plants could be exported and intelligently analysed. From this, production workflows and techniques could be optimised.

On the other hand, BW Papersystems is the first specialised technology manufacturer to rely on dialogue throughout the entire value chain in print production – that is, from pre-media, print, paper and processing technology and application specialists – to enable continuous, fully-automated processes. No continuity in print production can be ensured otherwise. This type of automation is important, especially for online printing and particularly for the latest digital print productions as print production facilities become more efficient in their output and vast amounts of data are accrued. At Onlineprinters/diedruckerei.de, for example, 500,000 customers are served, with up to 4,000 orders carried out per day on an annual average and 1.25 million deliveries per annum.

 

Conclusion

The handling of “big data” in print production has several dimensions: From the web and social media world or via cloud services, the amount of data is exploding that is being transferred from the virtual world to print; content can be automatically compiled on the basis of intelligent algorithms for masses of customised, needs-oriented print products. On the other hand, huge data streams have to be handled intelligently in production management to be able to produce and deliver efficiently, with quality, without media disruption and as quickly as possible, that is, within the deadline of a day.

 

Tip for drupa visit

  1. Exhibitors such as Objectif Lune in Hall 7a/E23 and BW Papersystems, Hall 10/D20 on automation through digitalisation from pre-media to post-press processing

  2. In the drupa innovation parc, Hall 7, new digital innovative solutions are grouped, which are also explained in technical presentations

  3. Different to all other drupa exhibitors Canon covers all drupa high-light topics in once. The motto #UnleashPrint comes to life. Hall 8a/B50.

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By Andreas Weber

Note: This market trend analysis by Andreas Weber appeared in modified form in the drupa run-up special by VDI-nachrichten dated May 13, 2016. VDI-nachrichten addresses a premium reader target group of more than 310,000 technical and innovation experts in German industry.  

More than half of all packaging volume worldwide is attributed to printed packaging – and the trend is rising. Packaging printing is thus becoming the most important market of the future for the printing press. This is reflected at the upcoming world’s leading trade fair of the industry, drupa (Dusseldorf, May 31-June 10, 2016). The packaging industry has been booming for years. In 2012, proceeds worldwide were around €600 billion, in 2018 it should be a rich €758 billion. At least, that is what the British market research company Smithers Pira predicts.

The reasons for this are first, the increasing need for packaging in the developing and emerging countries due to rising prosperity and growing populations. China is at the top. Secondly, the packaging sector in the western industrial countries is benefiting from increasing variety and more competition in trade. And thirdly, the volume itself of packaging is growing, as noted here in Germany by the consumer consultancy of North Rhine-Westphalia. For 40% of the packaging contained air.

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Boom-market packaging unleashes new printing techniques 

That makes it clear why the printing and paper branches are heavily banking on innovation owing to the eye-catching differentiation of packaging. To date, these have been mostly unusual finishing options such as varnish or metallic colours and non-standard configurations of machines and media specially designed for packaging printing.

Up to now, packaging has primarily been printed and finished using flexo, offset, gravure and screen printing processes. These are able to accommodate the high volume as well as quality and cost demands. Together, flexo and offset printing currently cover around two-thirds of the world market for packaging printing. According to Smithers Pira, it had a volume of $415 billion in 2015.

At less than 10%, the proportion of digital printing is still relatively small and thus presents room for growth. This should change though in the midterm with progress being made in digital print technology, because even in packaging the numbers are sinking. And then there is the trend to customisation.

Printed and varnished cardboard and metal sheets should remain the domain of sheet-fed offset printing for the time being. Yet, digital printing is gradually feeling its way into this market. For flexible packaging, flexo printing is dominant in Europe and America; in Asia, it is gravure. The latter is losing ground, however, due to its expense.

For corrugated board and labels, flexo printing is likewise the process most used, although in labels, digital printing is gaining strength. Screen printing was previously used mostly for signs, displays and hollow articles. There, too, digital inkjet printing is gaining importance. Experts assume that the corrugated board wrapping commonly used in e-commerce today will become increasingly more colourful.

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Photo: Gundlach Group

 

German printing press manufacturers are searching for cooperation partners in digital printing

In particular, the German printing press manufacturers Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen have been focussing on packaging printing for years. Now it is industrial digital printing that should benefit from global collaborations: KBA cooperated with HP Inc. to harness inkjet printing for itself through HP’s own PageWide printing technology.

Heidelberg and Japanese Fujifilm with its expertise in inkjet printing technology jointly developed a new technology platform within 15 months. The first machine based on this, called Primefire, targets premium quality packaging printing with the inkjet printing of sheets in large format (70cm x 100cm).

Event tip: During drupa 2016, a trade day devoted to packaging and printed electronics will take place on June 2 in the drupa cube in Hall 5. Register at www.drupa.de.

Many new players who have developed additional processes are entering the game owing to the trend to packaging printing, particularly from Israel. These include new digital printing technologies such as the one from Landa Nanography. Scodix has developed digital finishing machines and Highcon relies on laser-based high-speed presses for folding carton. Pure digital printing technology experts such as Canon and Xerox also want to leverage the potential of print applications in packaging including label printing. In printed electronics this includes the integration of Near Field Communication (NFC) that can be processed in inkjet printing.

KBA boss Claus Bolza-Schünemann, in his position as president of the world’s leading trade fair drupa, strikes a blow for packaging printing. For its content, printed packaging serves a protective, preservative, promotional and increasingly also a communicative function. Here the topic of consumer protection comes to mind with respective notices on packaging. What’s more, packaging cannot be replaced by flat screens or smartphones. Unlike with printed newspapers or catalogues, it is not affected by changing media behaviour, but rather benefits from it. More single households with a preference for convenience foods and the booming online mail-order trade are likewise growth drivers.

What can be easily overlooked in the classic printing sector is the interplay of multichannel solutions in marketing, “augmented reality” and personalised advertising. This combination can make any type of packaging become the starting point of new contact and dialogue opportunities with the buyer through “augmented reality” and therefore represents enormous potential for brand-name companies.

To realise this, digital printing is vital. Only with it can the printed image be varied ad hoc. New multichannel software solutions such as those from Xerox subsidiary XMPie enable packaging to be personalised and thus become a part of a measurable marketing campaign.

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Photo: Heideldruck

 

Multi-coloured muesli containers are the market of the future

But there are also some obstacles: Fogra, the Munich-based graphic technology research association has found out that the print image quality of inkjet printing can easily result in a very “ragged” print image. This cannot be seen with the naked eye, but causes problems particularly with barcodes. The highly sensitive barcode readers then generate error messages. Any printer that has produced high print-runs with poorly printed barcodes that then cause reader errors has a huge problem.

One of the most exciting packaging printing projects was realised by Heidelberg in tandem with online start-up mymuesli.com at the beginning of the year. Mymuesli.com is a mail-order company for customised muesli. After initial success, the online company opened shops and online print expert Bernd Zipper came up with the idea that people buying muesli on-site could print their own muesli packaging – and not just a label – using an iPad.

That was made possible thanks to a printing technology from Heidelberg called 4D in which the object to be printed is fixed inside the cabin of the printing press and is then printed by movable inkjet print heads. The online editing and process management stems from Longo, Augsburg. The result is a muesli container with personalised text, self-designed and produced in real-time. The customers love it and it is now to go into production.

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Photo: KBA

 

ValuePublishing Facts:
drupa president Bolza-Schünemann listed the following reasons for the strong, sustained growth of packaging:

  1. Printed packaging serves a protective, preservative, and advertising function for its contents and, increasingly, a communication function, too. Just think of consumer protection with appropriate references on the packaging.
  2. Packaging cannot be replaced by flatscreens or smartphones. Unlike printed newspapers or catalogs, it remains unaffected by the changed media behavior and actually tends to benefit from this.
  3. The global population is rising and international prosperity is increasing. The middle class with disposable income is growing in emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil. Growing prosperity goes hand in hand with higher consumption and that in turn means more packaging and printing, all the more since shopping malls are springing up everywhere in emerging markets, too.
  4. Packaging is becoming increasingly classy and sophisticated – the only way to attract the necessary attention at the point of sale. This trend results in greater added value for the printing industry and machines with more elaborate configurations for the supply industry.
  5. More single-person households with a preference for ready meals and the booming online mail-order business are also driving growth.

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 13 May 2016

Welcome to another roundup of 29 news highlights for the past week together with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog on Friday, which this week discusses the World Economic Forum and its Project Mainstream’s most recent white paper, which deals with paper.

We also have three new additions in Online Features Chapter 05, highlighting UPM Biofore in Beijing with a unique project which has little to do with printing or paper, but is just too beautiful and stunning to ignore; then we have the BPIF’s Printing Outlook for Q2; and then SF Taylor in the UK with its new KBA Rapida 75.

You will also find a new drupa ante portas Blog article featuring Objectif Lune, by Andreas Weber, as well as another 14 new additions in our drupa Newsroom from Exhibitors. These are led by KBA Digital, Hybrid Software, Heidelberg Workflow, Heidelberg CTP, Durst Inkjet, Tecnau, Agfa Graphics CTP, Leonhard KURZ with a new foil; Chili Publish, Domino with high-speed Inkjet; Fujifilm wide-format Inkjet, Alwan Color Expertise, and Techawa, and these latest additions now bring the total of pre-show announcements to 188, with just two weeks to go before the show opens its doors a fortnight tomorrow on Tuesday 31 May.

Major news leads with week came from Sappi on Monday with its Q2 and half-year 2016 results which were excellent; then on Tuesday from Heidelberg with its preliminary figures for 2015/2016 and also very positive and correspond to a Euro 100 million turnaround. On Wednesday, KBA announced its new Website for the Group; and on Thursday we had KBA’s interim Q1 report for 2016. Friday saw the BPIF’s Printing Outlook for Q2 take the lead.

This week has seen a few nice sales and installations successes, and also some new kit which is non-drupa related, specifically from Agfa Graphics with PrintSphere, a cloud-based data exchange service for PSPs, and from Quark on Friday. You’ll also find a couple of software upgrades.

Recent sales and installations kicked off on Monday with IFS and Horizon at Windsor Print; Tuesday saw Bertelsmann Printing Group’s direct mail and document solutions division, Campaign, opts for Screen’s Truepress Jet 520ZZ inkjet system for direct marketing; also ProImage with OnColor in the USA. On Wednesday, Muller Martini highlighted 13 Presto and Presto Digital saddle stitcher installations in the UK and Ireland over the past year, this was followed by Xeikon at DOCUsystem in Frankfurt, Germany. Thursday saw Portuguese fashion printer Blur extend its direct-to-garment business with Kornit Digital‘s Allegro and a Zund cut solution. To round off the week on Friday, Cheadle, UK-based Cestrian Imaging announced a UK first with its EFI Reggiani PRO 340 digital textile inkjet printer purchase; and lastly Manroland Sheetfed highlighted its latest eight-colour Roland 700 press installation in China.

The tailender this week goes to the Ghent Workgroup, which welcomed two new members on board: Ricoh and CHILI Publish, in the headlines on Wednesday. 

That’s it until next time. I hope you find more of interest among the links below.
With my best regards, 
Mike Hilton 

 

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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 pages

Mon 09 May…   
Sappi Second Quarter and Half Year Results 2016
Sappi profits double for second quarter and half-year ended March 2016, with repositioning well on track…

Hybrid Software and Cerm create new partnership
provides significant opportunities for label printers to improve efficiency and profitability…

Alwan to showcase complete CxF/X-4 solution at drupa
Alwan to showcase CxF/X-4 solution for brand owners and designers to accurately define, predict and reproduce their spot colours…

Alwan to demonstrate inline profiling at drupa in Hall 7
Alwan enables printers to automatically calibrate and profile print devices without any dedicated resources or print sessions…

Windsor Print creates new finishing production landscape
Horizon bookletmaker and Foliant spend with IFS brings greater control, cuts costs and reduces outsourcing…

Tue 10 May…   
Heidelberg announces preliminary figures for 2015/2016
Heidelberg grows and records significant annual net profit for FY 2015 / 2016 that corresponds to a Euro 100 million turnaround…

Campaign chooses Screen Truepress Jet520ZZ for Gütersloh
Bertelsmann Printing Group’s direct mail and document solutions division opts for Screen inkjet for direct marketing…

Goss and DG press announce partnership for packaging
Goss International acquires the Thallo press system as part of the agreement, enhancing Goss’ portfolio of packaging solutions…

Kurz: Print finishing that will make people look twice
The new stamping foil changes colour at different viewing angles. KURZ will be at drupa 2016 in Hall 3, in dip in Hall 7, and in Hall 12…

Fujifilm to debut new Acuity LED 3200R at drupa
Fujifilm announces new wide-format Acuity LED 3200R UV inkjet printer at drupa 2016 in Hall 8b…

OnColor ECO Ink Optimization for The Sun Chronicle
The Sun Chronicle taps into ProImage OnColor ECO Ink Optimization Software to reduce ink consumption and cost…

Wed 11 May…   
New Internet Website for the KBA Group
Printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG has completely redesigned and modernised its Internet Website…

Durst single-pass inkjet for corrugated and labels at drupa
Durst to unveil new corrugated packaging & display printing segment with single-pass and multi-pass technologies, and more…

Agfa to launch Advantage N Essentials CTP series at drupa
Agfa Graphics now offers a series of low-cost engines that take CTP technology for newspaper prepress back to its essence…

Ricoh and CHILI Publish join the Ghent Workgroup
The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) is pleased to welcome two new members on board: Ricoh and CHILI Publish…

Muller Martini Presto: 817 job changes in nine days
In one year, 13 UK and Ireland companies have invested in a Presto II or Presto II Digital Saddle Stitcher from Muller Martini…

Xeikon helps DOCUsystem open new market opportunities
Flyers, invoices, photo wallpapers and more: Rödermark-based DOCUsystem leverages the Xeikon 8500 for expansion…

Thu 12 May…   
Koenig & Bauer Group interim Q1 report for 2016
A positive start for the KBA Group with revenue in the first quarter up 46 per cent and EBT up ?18m year-on-year…

Hybrid Software to debut PACKZ RoundTrip at drupa
Hybrid Software provides missing link between package design in Adobe Illustrator format and production…

CHILI publish to highlight Asian expansion at drupa 2016
Move supports increased demand for the production of personalised, shorter runs of marketing materials in the APAC region…

The Smart Print Shop for everyone: thanks to Prinect
With the new Prinect Production Manager, print shops of all sizes can completely automate their production processes…

GMG announces release of OpenColor 2.0.4
OpenColor 2.0.4 offers separation profiles for GMG ColorServer, packaging editors, and Adobe Photoshop…

New Kornit Allegro joins Barcelos-based Blur’s press fleet
Portuguese fashion printer Blur, extends direct-to-garment business with Kornit Digital’s Allegro and Zund Cut solution…

Fri 13 May…   
BPIF Printing Outlook Report Q2 2016
UK printing industry has a case of the wobbles in Q1 – confidence and trade expected to recover in Q2…

Agfa Graphics launches PrintSphere in the cloud
Agfa Graphics launches PrintSphere, a cloud-based data exchange service for print service providers…

QuarkXPress 2016 to ship on 24 May
Limited time left to take advantage of special offers on upgrades and pre-order promotions…

Heidelberg non-stop plate production at drupa 2016
Smart print shop: Heidelberg to showcase a fully automatic production line for CTP plate imaging at drupa…

Cestrian first in UK with EFI Reggiani PRO 340 for textiles
Cheadle, UK-based Cestrian Imaging drives growth with EFI Reggiani PRO 340 digital textile inkjet printer…

Ruicheng Yang Sen Packaging adds first Roland 700
Pharmaceutical packaging printer Shanxi Ruicheng Yang Sen Packaging: a professional service all round…

Last lead articles from previous update…  

Last Friday’s leads…
KURZ: Innovative die technologies for hot stamping
Hinderer + Mühlich presenting novel die designs and setup aids at drupa as a co-exhibitor with the stamping foil manufacturer…

Industrial Inkjet on customer-finding mission at drupa 2016
IIJ targeting 200 new OEM customers for Konica Minolta at drupa on Konica Minolta’s stand in Hall 8b…

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drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’, and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
There were again well over 70 last year, 90 in 2014, and 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2).

Technology-related Chapter 02

Previous…   
Sappi extends an invitation to innovate flexible packaging
With integrated barriers and heat sealing properties this new Sappi paper is suitable for flexible packaging applications…

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

NEW…   
The Biofore Tea House at ‘Moi Helsinki’ event in Beijing, China
UPM and Tongji University combine Chinese tea culture with innovative biomaterials for the Biofore Tea House, from 13 – 15 May…

BPIF’s Printing Outlook for the Second Quarter 2016
The UK printing industry has a case of the wobbles in Q1 – confidence and trade expected to recover in Q2…

SF Taylor improves efficiencies and reduces waste with KBA
The Stockport, UK company has doubled its press output by investing in a KBA Rapida 75 4-colour with perfecting…

Online Features Mar/Apr Chapter 04

Previous…   
Traderplus South Africa expands with further IIJ investment
Traderplus South Africa secures a major advantage with additional Industrial Inkjet (IIJ) technology, to be added in July…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Paper Chains
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 13 May

Previous…   
Sustainable by Design
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 06 May

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use… but you must scroll down to view each Chapter when you visit the Newsroom

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016

Objectif Lune: Innovative solutions for interactive communications
drupa ante portas: Simply clever – OL turns data into personalised cross-media solutions! By Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany

Previous…   
BW Papersystems’ strong brands at drupa 2016
drupa ante portas: Interview with BW Papersystems’ Patrick Walczak, who relies completely on customer orientation and individual solutions! By Andreas Weber…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

KBA at drupa: A strong focus on packaging producers
The press manufacturer is the market leader in several packaging segments and generates 70% of its revenue in the packaging market…

Hybrid Software to debut PACKZ RoundTrip
Hybrid Software provides missing link between package design in Adobe Illustrator format and production…

The Smart Print Shop for everyone: thanks to Prinect
With the new Prinect Production Manager, print shops of all sizes can completely automate their production processes precisely in line with requirements…

Heidelberg non-stop printing plate production at drupa
Smart print shop: Heidelberg showcasing a fully automatic production line for CTP plate imaging at drupa…

Durst to unveil single-pass inkjet for corrugated and labels
Durst to unveil its new corrugated packaging & display printing segment with single-pass and multi-pass technologies, along with its successful Tau 330 portfolio for label production…

Tecnau show debut for the Libra 800 at drupa
Tecnau to exhibit the Libra 800 automated and variable book finishing line for first time at an industry event at drupa 2016…

Agfa launches Advantage N Essentials CTP series @drupa
Agfa Graphics now offers a series of low-cost engines that take CTP technology for newspaper prepress back to its essence…

Kurz: Print finishing that will make people look twice
New Kurz stamping foil changes colour at different viewing angles…

CHILI publish highlights Asian expansion at drupa
Move supports increased demand for the production of personalized, shorter runs of marketing materials in the APAC region…

Domino to showcase its K630i high-speed inkjet in Hall 5
Domino to launch a high speed variable-pagination digital booklet printing solution with Kern and IBIS at drupa 2016…

Fujifilm to debut new Acuity LED 3200R at drupa
Fujifilm announces new wide-format Acuity LED 3200R UV inkjet printer at drupa 2016 in Hall 8b…

Alwan to showcase ccmplete CxF/X-4 solution at drupa in Hall 7
Alwan to showcase its complete CxF/X-4 solution for brand owners and designers to accurately define, predict and reproduce their spot colours…

Alwan to demonstrate inline profiling at drupa in Hall 7
Alwan Color Expertise enables printers to automatically calibrate and profile their print devices without any dedicated resources or print sessions…

Tichawa Vision CIS innovation at drupa in Hall 3
100% print inspection: Tichawa to present a multicolor Contact Image Sensor (CIS) offering adaptable resolution with minimum space requirements…

Previous…   
Kurz: Innovative die technologies for hot stamping
Hinderer + Mühlich is presenting novel die designs and setup aids at drupa as a co-exhibitor with the stamping foil manufacturer Leonhard Kurz…

Industrial Inkjet on customer-finding mission at drupa
IIJ targeting 200 new OEM customers for Konica Minolta at drupa on Konica Minolta’s stand in Hall 8b…

Masterwork’s extensive postpress for packaging at drupa
At drupa, Masterwork will debut automatic sheet inspection machines, die-cutting and embossing, and folder gluers…

CRON brings major diversification to its drupa campaign
Six new products illustrate company’s dedication to improve value chain from plate to printed product…

MGI to showcase the Future of Print at drupa
MGI Digital Technology announces exclusive world premieres of new products for digital and offset applications…

Adphos Digital Printing at drupa in Hall 6
adphosNIR – drying, curing and other thermal processes at the speed of light at drupa 2016…

Feldmuehle at drupa 2016 in Hall 4
With a focus on VivaCard and MediaLiner high-white, matt materials for holistic packaging design…

The touchpoint 3D fab + print: at drupa
Visionary ideas, best cases and hands-on state of the art…

HP introduces three wide-format Latex Printers for drupa debut
HP Inc. propels print service providers’ profitability with new latex printers as company’s third-generation Latex portfolio delivers new levels of productivity and affordability…

The next step in colour communication at dip on 2 and 8 June
Colour management specialist Erik Koldenhof on stage at the drupa innovation park: ‘Embrace open standards for print quality communication’…

Steinemann at drupa in Hall 1 with new dmax systems
New narrow-format dmax digital varnishing machines attracting great interest. The dmax 106 will be shown live at drupa…

Leonhard Kurz named a HP SmartStream Solutions Partner
The Kurz DM-Liner for creating glossy, metalised surfaces with digital print, to be presented on HP’s stand at drupa in Hall 17…

Kodak’s latest version of Insite Creative Workflow in Hall 5
Kodak Insite Creative Workflow improves collaboration and security with HTML5 will be demonstrated at drupa…

Duplo products to raise the bar in Hall 6 at drupa
Duplo International will be using Hall 6 at drupa as the launch pad for a raft of new, faster, smarter, better, state-of-the-art products…

CP Bourg at drupa in Hall 6 and in Hall 17 with HP Indigo
CP Bourg announces advanced integration with the new HP Indigo 7900 Digital Press and HP Indigo Direct-to-Finish to be debuted in Hall 17…

Unilux to introduce two LED strobes at drupa
Lightweight stroboscopes deliver brighter light, more even coverage, enhanced ability to inspect UV-visible inks, security elements or coatings…

drupa 2016 Expert Article Series and more
Can be found in our Drupa Newsroom via the Index on the Home Page.

Final article in the series…   
Digital versus traditional packaging print
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 8 by Michael Seidl, publisher and editor-in-chief of various specialist publications in Central and Eastern Europe including Print & Publishing, Packaging and Visual Communication….

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Previous…   
touchpoint 3D fab + print:
Visionary ideas, best cases and hands-on state of the art…

touchpoint 3D fab + print:
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© 2016: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany

 

Comment on #drupamc by Andreas Weber | German version available

Everyone did a super job at the drupa media conference (abbr: #drupamc) from February 29 to March 2, 2016: The Messe Dusseldorf, particularly the drupa2016 team; the 15 exhibitors with their presentations; AD Communications as the organising agency and last, but not least, the approximately 100 trade journalists in attendance from around the globe, with happily many newcomers among them. That’s a good thing. The branch is in need of some new momentum. And some new thinking, followed by the right doings. drupa 2016 supposedly stands for: Touch the future, the motto proclaimed by drupa director Sabine Geldermann. That’s great! — Still: Getting customers of print companies as crucial innovation decision-makers on board remains relatively unnoticed. In this respect: Print is making rapid technological advancements, but the industry itself is applying the brakes!

At a glance:

  • #drupamc was a big success.
  • HP wants to take over the leading role in print (but unfortunately, commits real communication blunders!).
  • Heideldruck is the secret star (thanks to partners Fujifilm and Ricoh).
  • Kodak appears to have gone “retro” and Xerox is struggling a bit despite new products.
  • Canon is the most convincing with #UnleashPrint.
  • Before drupa 2016 begins, there is a lot to do to iron out communication deficits, place focus on portraying the benefits (beyond technology) and to finally mobilise customers of print companies.

Indisputable: Optimism and confidence in the future are back (see also: 3rd drupa Insights Report). That was shown by the technology providers in almost all the presentations, particularly those of the “smaller” and highly specialised exhibitors such as Kolbus, Bobst, Hybrid, Global Graphics, Datalase and especially Pitney Bowes, a global player that will be a stranger to most drupa visitors (see summary of all company presentations in the ValuePublishing real-time reports on Storify).

#drupamc already promised to be very exciting in the run-up: Industry leader Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (Heideldruck) dashed ahead with its drupa slogan “Simply Smart” and a disruptive new strategy. Success in print is not primarily about the presses, but about new types of integrated solutions that live up to the digital age and the changes in media usage behaviour. New terms become correspondingly relevant: internet-of-things, Industry 4.0, cloud, big data, apps, automation, 3D, 4D, as well as customer centricity and others. And, of course, new technologies: at the core, cloud services as well as a new generation of industrial inkjet production systems (see Bernd Zipper’s analysis and evaluation on beyondprint.de).

Heideldruck did not give a presentation at #drupamc —they focussed on their own press conference beforehand, which can prove to be a clever move. Despite everything, Heidelberg was omnipresent. Particularly because Heideldruck partners such as Ricoh and Fujifilm referred explicitly to Heidelberg’s expertise as their main support. After all, with Heideldruck one leads in everything required for managing a printing business. This is precisely where HP and its Graphic Solution Business (GSB) wishes to be positioned in order to dethrone Heideldruck.  After relying on HP for “heavy metal” for almost 12 years, HT’s core competency as an IT company was pulled out of the hat at #drupamc: “PrintOS” is the magic word with which HP – now the exhibitor with the largest stand at drupa – hopes to win over print companies. 

 

 

Will HP’s PrintOS be the turning point?

The announcement was full of promise: “HP Inc. inspires print providers to reinvent their possibilities at drupa 2016 with HP PrintOS, a cloud-based mobile platform that simplifies and automates print production management”. It is about “new advancements enabling print service providers to reinvent their possibilities”. HP big boss Rob Le Bras-Brown, Global Head of Print Marketing, said, “HP is bringing the full power of our vast portfolio (…) to drupa 2016. With today’s introduction of HP PrintOS and more pre-drupa announcements to come, HP is following through on its promise to ‘keep reinventing’. That means that we will be showing advancements across the various segments of the printing industry that will enable our customers to reinvent their possibilities.” And François Martin, HP GSB Worldwide Marketing Director, used some clever words to emphasise the fact that the print business is primarily about the perfect synchronisation of the analogue and digital worlds.

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PrintOS Senior Manager at HP, Simon Lewis, delivered a convincing presentation. His voice almost cracked during the presentation, and especially during the questions from the trade journalists. The specs sound promising and according to HP are to include the following apps:

  1. Box, a tool that simplifies the onboarding of print jobs from non-automated sources such as e-mail and file transfer services. According to HP, a disproportionate amount of time and effort are often invested in handling jobs prior to production. Box standardises many processes, thereby reducing this overhead. Users thus have a tool in hand to increase capacity and improve profitability.
  2. Site Flow, a tool that combines automatic job submission, pre-press and shop floor management all in one. The app is suitable for print service providers in both the business-to-business and business-to-business-to-consumer sectors. Site Flow makes it possible for print service providers to offer their clients more attractive prices. Furthermore, it can help improve service and produce more easily hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of individual personalised print orders every day, including shipment to the end customers.

 

Live-Video: Andreas Weber via iPad.

 

Users of HP Indigo and HP PageWide Web Press should be able to avail of PrintOS as of May 31, 2016; users of HP Latex and Scitex have to wait most likely until 2017. Many apps will be available free of charge to existing HP customers with a service contract. Certain apps will be subject to monthly user charges. — So much for the announcements that really sounded full of promise.

 

Interjection: You cannot not communicate!

Whoa! Are communication glitches at HP the exception? Or is HP still lacking a healthy mix of IT skills and willingness to communicate? — HP Inc. has put a lot of marketing effort into promoting its drupa innovations and particularly, the PrintOS to printing companies. The budget for the trade show presence is huge. But the impact is rather marred by a lack of multichannel communication talent. HP set up its own section on Flickr. As of March 12, 2016, the eight photos that had been posted had been called up only 16 times to date. In general, HP’s social media engagement seems half-hearted: It is present almost everywhere, without actually achieving any interaction. Views on YouTube of elaborately produced HP videos, for example, are probably mostly generated by its own staff. Google searches on HP topics are not easy.

Serious are the technical mistakes: The press release dated February 29, 2016, sent at 4:01pm by PR agency F&H Porter Novelli, Munich—words of praise on PrintOS providing a link that as of March 12, 2016, at 3:44pm, still led to nothing. “Oops. We can’t find that page for you” is bluntly displayed. EMBARRASSING. And it is not the first time that such a thing has happened on an HP website.

And last, but not least: Press queries that go beyond the content of the press releases often come up against a lack of understanding or are barely answered, as many colleagues from various countries have complained; if you do not know an HP GSB manager personally and/or have direct access, you are on your own.

Bottom line: If HP GSB wishes to make its aspiration of leadership in print credible, then it needs to communicate once and for all about its innovations in a professional, market-oriented and innovative way! 

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Another missed opportunity? — Describing the benefits for customers of print companies was not a topic!

What is truly important, however, gets short shrift: What benefits does HP give customers of print companies? Nothing was mentioned about that. And that, to me, seems criminal. Just zeroing in on the fact that print companies can do their work more easily and cheaply using PrintOS will hardly make print stronger in the communications mix. Precisely herein lies drupa 2016’s reason for being. Touch the future refers not only to printing companies that will spend billions on technology at drupa 2016 to be fit for the future. Rather ‘Touch the future’ is a message to all, who have to drive innovation in communication in order to do profitable business.

Apropos profit and growth: Whether intended or not, with PrintOS, HP is tremendously boosting the topic of e-business print and the online printing sector, which in Germany alone already brings in 2.5 billion in revenues annually (source: EPOS Study, https://www.epos-studie.de). This is important to realise since e-business print and online printing do not appear in the trade fair programme as primary, eminently important generic terms for the future of the printing industry.

Still: HP Inc. dared come out from under cover, which cannot be said of other top dogs such as Kodak or Xerox. The Kodak presentation was like stepping back into the 20th Century. Nothing innovative, just improvements of existing products and an affirmation that they continue to faithfully serve the analogue world of print. Similar to Xerox: New inkjet printing systems were presented. And at the same time the assurance was given that despite the company split announced in February 2016, everything would remain the same. Whoa! Is that good news or bad?

From a German point of view, Xerox has practically almost disappeared from the professional print market. It is only being kept alive by a couple of committed and competent business and computer companies. Viewed corporate-wide, it was only just 2 years ago that Xerox lost one-third of its sales in print technology. But the major impetus has to come from Xerox itself, for instance, by thinking beyond print and placing proprietary solutions such as XMPie better in the spotlight, since XMPIe perfectly closes the gap between print and online communication in multichannel scenarios.

 

Impressions of the #drupamc, incl. the new drupa music presented by EFI CEO Guy Gecht! Video animation: Andreas Weber.

 

All the more impressive was seeing how some of Xerox’s tough competitors such as Konica Minolta and Ricoh are excellently positioned. Likewise, Fujifilm and Epson, who made virtually modest presentations, offering a number of surprises for many colleagues in the trade. In addition to the Fujifilm/Heideldruck inkjet cooperation project “Primefire 106”, mention must be made of the Epson PaperLab, a compact machine for DIY recycled papermaking in DIN A4/A3 sizes. (Whereby the Epson PaperLab has been known about since the beginning of 2015 and was as such nothing new for #drupamc). Even EFI, the speciality vendor-turned-conglomerate, demonstrated the point more rousingly and far-sightedly than Xerox. In his famous, notoriously funny style of presentation, EFI CEO Guy Gecht used the Hollywood dream factory to enthusiastically demonstrate the future of print as a dynamic growth market. At the end, Guy Gecht presented a special version of Billy Joel’s song “We didn’t Start the Fire” with new lyrics he created for drupa and the global printing industry. MAGNIFICENT!

 

Mark Lawn and Peter Wolff, Canon Europe, explaining the new #UnleashPrint communications approach of the imaging corporation.


#UnleashPrint — Canon trumps and makes a lasting impression!

Canon led the way, making a brilliant appearance. The leading multinational imaging corporation delivered a convincing affirmation to print and to the market for professional printing at the industrial level. Those who had the opportunity to visit the Canon Expo in New York City, Paris, Shanghai or Tokyo in October 2015 would have been prepared. It was evident that Canon indeed has the widest range of applications: Canon is the only drupa exhibitor to cover all six drupa highlight themes: Print, Packaging, Green Printing, Functional Printing and 3D-Printing as well as Multichannel. That is important in this sense specifically for drupa 2016 and in general for the print industry, since Canon as a brand has the greatest charisma in B2B as well as in B2C!

Of course, Canon also showed innovative technologies, just like other exhibitors. But everything was in the context of solutions accessible to print companies and their customers alike, showing the respective, clear benefits. The Canon stand will reflect the areas of application, so that all visitors can easily find the solutions that are of most interest to them. Individually, those are:

  • commercial print
  • business communications, including transactional and direct mail
  • publishing, including books, magazines and newspapers
  • advertising and creative, including display graphics
  • functional/industrial, including 3D printing
  • packaging
  • photographic products

This is truly the full spectrum of what can satisfy current and future market demands! By its own admission, Canon relies on a combination of market-leading technologies, expertise and continuous dialogue with customers to help print service providers implement customer-centric business models that unleash the full potential of their business.

For this to be understood and communicated ubiquitously, Canon is the only exhibitor to date to employ new contemporary communications channels: As part of a multichannel communications campaign on relevant platforms, the hashtag #UnleashPrint is to address not only print service providers, but also innovation decision-makers, interested in print in the communications mix as well as the corresponding technologies and services.

 

Live-Video: Andreas Weber in a 1 min. interview with Canon’s Mark Lawn via iPad.

 

Mark Lawn of Canon Europe explained the unusual approach with #UnleashPrint as follows:  In every area of the stand, Canon will bring to life its new campaign to #UnleashPrint. This communicates Canon’s passion for print as a unique and powerful medium, celebrates the value of print and sets out to unlock its still untapped potential. Central to this is to show how the implementation of intelligent new business models can follow for realising the potential of print in the digital age to better fulfil constantly changing customer needs.

In its corresponding press release, Canon further says: “Every zone of the Canon stand will feature exceptional creative print applications, with the aim of inspiring visitors to extend their product portfolio and push the boundaries of print. As part of the customer journey through the endless variety of print, Canon will also show trade visitors how they can increase print’s effectiveness through integration with digital platforms to deliver seamless multichannel communications that simplify customer experiences, stimulate response and make print as measurable as any other tool in the communications mix.”

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Print wins, only if it stands the test in the communications mix!

That sums up what it is all about. And corresponds to our ValuePublishing analyses, made in the run-up to #drupamc, personally discussed with customers of print companies, agencies and publishing houses. (See the analysis “Print wins!” by Andreas Weber on slideshare.com)

The key messages derived from it carry forward the exciting results in the trade of the #drupamc and are as follows:

  1. The goal is attainable: Print wins! And considers itself to be the key pillar in all contemporary marketing and communications scenarios.
  2. For more than a thousand years, print has been one of the most important cultural tools globally for allowing innovations to become reality! Why should things be any different today?
  3. BUT: The market has changed radically! Instead of quantity, quality is increasingly in demand. The trend: Exploit added value through more attention to and greater efficacy of printed material in the communications mix!
  4. The dilemma: Everyone driving communications is searching for digital strategies to push content (unanimously) everywhere. Dealing with print innovations that lead to dialogue through interaction is often overlooked. Only multichannel can do that in combination with print! And that needs to be communicated better and more clearly via drupa 2016.
  5. Print will become the key pillar, thanks to completely new types of software and cloud solutions and e-business models, particularly in personalisation. It is no longer a question of reach, but of “one conversation”!
  6. Multichannel innovations that include print do not make analogue media superfluous, but integrate them seamlessly.
  7. Print sustainably increases business success through interaction, through dialogue with the audience (customers, partners, interested parties); supported by personal, timely relevance — through touchpoints covering the whole media spectrum from print to digital.
  8. Print teamed up with multichannel and e-business is a new, rapidly growing service sector. Focus: driving innovation forward! New print technologies such as inkjet are important, but “just” a means to the end.
  9. Everyone needs to learn what it’s all about: In communication, more reach is not the measure of all things, relevant dialogue and ongoing conversation are.
  10. It is proven that print wins and its importance is strengthened through the IoT, cloud, big data and multichannel services because it makes communication powerful, relevant and humane.

 

Summary

As I have said, it was an extremely successful and insightful #drupamc. But there is still a lot to do before drupa 2016 opens its doors on May 31, 2016. The tried-and-true motto, in my view: “Get rid of silo thinking! Touch the future now! Take the communication offensive!” — Exhibitor communication should not be just a blunt promotion of new technologies for printing companies, presented in the conventional print trade press. A lot more needs to happen using innovative communication, through social media, through mobile, in order to put the focus on the benefits. Only so can the business in general and especially the decision-makers involved in innovation projects in the industry, in trade, and in the brand-name companies be reached to show print in a new way that can be experienced and understood. Canon is the only exhibitor to date who convincingly shows how it should be done and thus sets the bar: #UnleashPrint!

 

Note: With our real-time reports on ValuePublishing, we were able to make #drupamc rated tops. In just 72 hours, we reached more than 750,000 viewers who were able to experience live what was happening in Dusseldorf through the short reports and commentary. 

 

 

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@ 2016 Großes Foto: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann. Kleines Foto und Bildcollage: Andreas Weber, Mainz.

 

Kommentar zur #drupamc von Andreas Weber | Englisch version available

Alle haben zur drupa media conference (kurz: #drupamc) vom 29. Februar bis 2. März 2016 einen super Job gemacht: Die Messe Düsseldorf, insbesondere das drupa2016-Team, die 15 Aussteller mit ihren Vorträgen, AD Communications als Organisationsagentur und zu guter Letzt die rund 100 anwesenden Fachjournalisten aus aller Welt, davon erfreulich viele Neulinge. Das ist gut so. Die Branche braucht neuen Schwung. Und ein neues Denken, dem die richtigen Taten folgen. Dafür soll die drupa 2016 stehen: Touch the Future, lautet das Motto, das drupa-Direktorin Sabine Geldermann ausrufen lässt. Gut so! — Aber: Nahezu unbeachtet bleibt weiterhin, die Kunden der Druckereien als maßgebliche Innovationsentscheider ins Boot zu holen. Insofern: Print kommt technologisch rasant voran, aber die Branche bremst sich selbst!

Auf einen Blick:

  • #drupamc war ein voller Erfolg.
  • HP will die Leitfunktion im Print übernehmen (begeht aber kommunikativ leider echte Patzer!).
  • Heideldruck ist der heimliche Star (dank der Partner Fujifilm und Ricoh).
  • Kodak wirkt „retro“ und Xerox tut sich ziemlich schwer trotz Produktneuheiten.
  • Canon überzeugt am stärksten mit #Unleashprint.
  • Bis zur drupa 2016 bleibt viel zu tun, um Kommunikationsdefizite auszugleichen, die Nutzendarstellung in den Fokus zu stellen (beyond technology) und endlich die Kunden der Druckereien zu mobilisieren.

Unbestreitbar: Aufbruchsstimmung und Zukunfts-Zuversicht sind wieder da (siehe auch: 3. drupa Insights Report). Das zeigten seitens der Technikanbieter fast alle Präsentationen, vor allem auch diejenigen von „kleineren“ und hochspezialisierten Ausstellern wie Kolbus, Bobst, Hybrid, Global Graphics, Datalase und v. a. von Pitney Bowes, einem Global Player, der den meisten drupa-Besucher noch unbekannt sein wird (siehe Zusammenfassung aller Firmenvorträge im ValuePublishing-Echtzeit-Report per Storify).

Schon im Vorfeld versprach die #drupamc hochspannend zu werden: Der Branchenprimus Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (Heideldruck) war mit seinem drupa-Slogan „Simply Smart“ und einer disruptiv neuer Strategie voran geprescht. Es geht beim Erfolg mit Print nicht mehr primär um Maschinen, sondern um neuartige, integrierte Lösungen, die dem Digitalzeitalter und dem veränderten Medien-Nutzungsverhalten gerecht werden. Entsprechend sind neue Begriffe relevant: Internet-of-Things, Industrie 4.0, Cloud, Big Data, Apps, Automation, 3D, 4D, aber auch Customer Centricity u. a. m. Und natürlich neue Technologien, im Kern Cloud-Services sowie eine neue Generation von industriellen Inkjet-Produktionssystemen (siehe die Analyse und Bewertung von Bernd Zipper auf beyondprint.de).

Heideldruck war zwar nicht mit Vorträgen auf der #drupamc vertreten — man setzte auf eigene Pressekonferenzen im Vorfeld, was sich als kluger Schachzug erweisen kann. Trotz allem war Heidelberg omnipräsent. Vor allem, weil Heideldruck-Partner wie Ricoh und Fujifilm sich expressis verbis auf die Kompetenz von Heidelberg als wichtigste Stütze bezogen. Schließlich ist man bei Heideldruck führend in allen Belangen, die es braucht, um ein Druckerei-Geschäft erfolgreich managen zu können. Genau an der Stelle will HP mit seinem Graphic Solution Business (GSB) ansetzen, um Heideldruck den Rang abzulaufen. Nachdem man bei HP rund 12 Jahre auf „Heavy Metal“ gesetzt hat, wurde zur #drupamc die Kernkompetenz von HP als IT-Konzern aus dem Hut gezaubert: „PrintOS“ heisst das Zauberwort, mit dem HP nunmehr als flächenmäßig größter drupa-Aussteller Druckereien für sich gewinnen will. 

 

 

Bringt HP’s PrintOS die Wende?

In der Ankündigung heisst es vielversprechend: „HP Inc. eröffnet Druckanbietern auf der drupa 2016 neue Möglichkeiten — Cloud-basierte mobile Plattform HP PrintOS vereinfacht und automatisiert das Management der Druckproduktion“. Es gehe um „Neuentwicklungen, mit denen Druckdienstleister neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten entdecken können“. HP Top-Manager Rob Le Bras-Brown, Global Head of Print Marketing, äußert sich medial wie folgt: „HP zeigt auf der drupa 2016 die ganze Leistungsfähigkeit seines umfassenden Portfolios (…) Mit der heutigen Präsentation von HP PrintOS und weiteren Ankündigungen, die wir noch vor der drupa machen werden, folgt HP seinem Motto ‚Keep reinventing‘. Dies bedeutet, dass wir über die verschiedenen Bereiche der Druckbranche hinweg Neuentwicklungen vorstellen werden, mit denen unsere Kunden neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten erschließen können.“ Und François Martin, HP GSB Worldwide Marketing Director, fand smarte Worte, um zu betonen, dass es im Print-Business vor allem darum gehe, die analoge und digitale Welt perfekt aufeinander abzustimmen.

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Der PrintOS-Senior Manager bei HP, Simon Lewis, lieferte eine überzeugende Präsentation. Seine Stimme überschlug sich fast beim Vortragen, gerade auch bei den Nachfragen der Fachjournalisten. Die Spezifikationen klingen vielversprechend und sollen laut HP unter anderem folgende Anwendungen umfassen:

  1. Box, ein Tool, das die Erstellung von Druckaufträgen aus nichtautomatisierten Quellen, wie E-Mail und File-Transfer-Services, vereinfacht. Häufig erfordert laut HP die Auftragsabwicklung im Vorfeld der Produktion einen unverhältnismäßig großen Zeit- und Arbeitsaufwand. Box standardisiert viele Prozesse und reduziert damit diesen Mehraufwand. Damit haben Anwender ein Werkzeug in der Hand, um ihre Auftragskapazität zu steigern und die Wirtschaftlichkeit zu verbessern.
  2. Site Flow, ein Tool, das automatische Auftragserteilung, die Druckvorstufe und Shopfloor Management in sich vereint. Die Anwendung soll für Druckdienstleister in den Bereichen Business-to-Business und Business-to-Business-to-Consumer gleichermaßen geeignet sein. Site Flow ermögliche es Druckdienstleistern, ihren Kunden attraktivere Preise zu bieten. Zudem könnten sie damit ihren Service verbessern und noch einfacher täglich hunderte, tausende oder zehntausende individueller personalisierter Druckaufträge produzieren und bis zum Endkunden liefern.

 

Live-Video: Andreas Weber via iPad.

 

Nutzer von HP Indigo und HP PageWide Web Press sollen die PrintOS ab dem 31. Mai 2016 nutzen, Nutzer von HP Latex und Scitex voraussichtlich ab 2017. Viele Anwendungen sollen dem HP-Kunden mit bestehenden Serviceverträgen ohne zusätzliche Kosten zur Verfügung. Für bestimmte Anwendungen seien monatliche Nutzungsgebühren fällig. — Soweit die Ankündigungen, die wirklich vielversprechend klingen.

Zwischenruf: Man kann nicht nicht kommunizieren!

HOPPLA: Sind Kommunikations-Pannen bei HP die Ausnahme? Oder fehlt bei HP noch ein gesunder Mix aus  IT-Kompetenz und Kommunikationsbereitschaft? — Der Marketing-Aufwand, mit dem HP Inc. seine drupa-Neuheiten und vor allem PrintOS bei Druckereien promotet, ist gross. Die Budgets für Messeauftritte riesig. Die Wirkung wird durch mangelndes mediales Kommunikationstalent aber ziemlich beeinträchtigt. Auf Flickr hat HP eine eigene Sektion eingerichtet. Per 12. März 2016 haben die bis dato acht eingestellten Fotos aber nur 16 Aufrufe generiert. Überhaupt: Das Social-Media-Engagement von HP wirkt halbherzig: Man ist fast überall dabei, ohne aber tatsächlich Interaktionen zu erreichen. Views auf YouTube mit aufwendig produzierten HP-Videos z. B. werden zumeist wohl durch eigene Mitarbeiter generiert. Google-Suchen gestalten sich bei HP-Themen als schwierig. 

Gravierend sind handwerkliche Fehler: Der in der Pressemeldung vom 29.02.2016, 16:01 Uhr, von der PR-Agentur über F&H Porter Novelli, München, verschickte PR—Lobpreisungstext zu PrintOS bietet einen Link an, der noch am 12. März 2016, 15:44 Uhr, ins Nichts führte. „Oops. We can’t find that page for you“, wird lapidar angezeigt. PEINLICH. Denn es ist nicht das erste Mal, dass einem auf der HP-Website solches widerfährt.

Und last but not least: Presseanfragen, die über den Inhalt von Pressemeldungen hinausführen, stoßen of auf Unverständnis oder werden kaum beantwortet, wie auch zahlreiche Kollegen aus verschiedenen Ländern monieren; wer nicht einen HP-GSB-Manager persönlich kennt und/oder direkten Zugang hat, wird alleine gelassen.

Fazit: Will HP GSB seine angestrebte Leadership in Print glaubhaft machen, muss endlich professionell, marktorientiert und innovativ über Innovationen kommuniziert werden! 

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Chance abermals vertan? — Die Nutzendarstellung für Kunden der Druckereien wurde nicht thematisiert!

Zu kurz kommt allerdings das wirklich Wichtige: Welche Vorteile bringt HP damit dem Kunden der Druckereien? Hierzu wurde nichts verlautbart. Und das scheint mir sträflich. Denn nur darauf abzuzielen, dass Druckereien durch PrintOS einfacher und kostengünstiger ihrer Arbeit nachgehen, wird Print im Kommunikationsmix kaum stärken. Genau hierin liegt aber das, wofür die drupa 2016 stehen muss. Touch the future bezieht sich ja nicht nur auf Druckereien, die auf der drupa 2016 wiederum Milliardensummen für Technologien ausgeben sollen, um fit für die Zukunft zu werden. Sondern Touch the future ist eine Botschaft an alle, die die Innovation der Kommunikation vorantreiben müssen, um profitables Geschäft zu machen.

Apropos Profit und Wachstum: Ob gewollt oder ungewollt, HP stärkt mit PrintOS das Thema E-Business Print und den Online-Printing-Sektor ungemein, der alleine in Deutschland schon 2,5 Milliarden Jahresumsatz bringt (Quelle: EPOs Studie, https://www.epos-studie.de). Dies ist wichtig zu erkennen, weil E-Business Print und Online-Printing im Messeangebot als übergeordnete, eminent wichtige Gattungsbegriffe für die Zukunft der Printbranche nicht vorkommen.

Immerhin: HP Inc. hat sich aus der Deckung gewagt, was man von anderen Platzhirschen wie Kodak oder Xerox nicht sagen kann. Die Kodak-Präsentation wirkte wie ein Schritt zurück ins 20. Jahrhundert. Nichts innovatives, eigentlich nur Verbesserungen des bestehenden Angebotes und ein Bekenntnis, dass man auch die analoge Welt des Druckens brav bedient. Ähnlich bei Xerox: Neue Inkjet-Drucksysteme wurden vorgestellt. Und zugleich wurde versichert, dass trotz des im Februar 2016 angekündigten Firmen-Splits alles beim Alten bleiben wird. Hoppla: Ist das eine gute gute oder eine schlechte Nachricht?

Aus deutscher Sicht ist Xerox im Profi-Druckmarkt nahezu diffundiert. Und wird bei Professional Print nur noch über ein paar engagierte und kompetente Handels- und Systemhäuser am Leben gehalten. Konzern-weit gesehen, gingen bei Xerox vor knapp 2 Jahren ein Drittel der Umsätze mit Printtechnik verloren. Wesentliche Impulse muss Xerox aber aus sich selbst heraus schöpfen, zum Beispiel, indem Xerox „beyond Print“ denkt und eigene Lösungen wie XMPie besser in den Fokus rückt, da per XMPIe die Kluft zwischen Print- und Online-Kommunikation per Multichannel-Szenarien perfekt geschlossen wird.

 

Impressionen von der #drupamc, inkl. der von EFI CEO Guy Gecht vorgestellten neuen drupa-Musik! Video-Anmination: Andreas Weber.

 

Um so eindrucksvoller war zu sehen, wie harte Xerox Wettbewerber wie Konica Minolta oder auch Ricoh exzellent aufgestellt sind. Ebenso Fujifilm und Epson, die fast bescheiden auftraten und für viele Fachkollegen zahlreiche Überraschungen aufboten. Zu nennen ist neben dem Fujifilm/Heideldruck Inkjet-Kooperationsprojekt „Primefire 106“ vor allem das Epson PaperLab, eine kompakte Maschine, mit der man selbst DIN A4/A3-Recycling-Papiere herstellen kann. (Wobei das Epson PaperLab seit Anfang Dezember 2015 bekannt ist, also keine Neuheit zur #drupamc war). Sogar der sich zum Mischkonzern entwickelnde Spezialitätenanbieter EFI präsentierte mitreissender und weitsichtiger als Xerox, worauf es ankommt. EFI CEO Guy Gecht nutzte in seiner berühmt-berüchtigt-humorvollen Darbietungsweise die Traumfabrik Hollywood, um die Zukunft von Print begeisternd als dynamischen Wachstumsmarkt darzulegen. Zum Abschluss präsentierte Guy Gecht einen eigens neu vorgetragenen Song, der Billy Joel’s „We didn’t Start the Fire“ mit einem für die drupa und die globale Print-Branche neu geschaffenen Text versieht. GROSSARTIG!

 

Mark Lawn and Peter Wolff, Canon Europe, erläuterten den neuen #UnleashPrint-Kommunikationsansatz des Imaging-Konzerns.


#UnleashPrint — Canon trumpft auf und beeindruckt nachhaltig!

Allen voran trat Canon fulminant auf. Der global führende Imaging-Konzern lieferte ein überzeugendes Bekenntnis zu Print und zum Markt für professionelles Drucken auf industriellem Niveau. Wer die Gelegenheit hatte, im Oktober 2015 bereits in New York City, Paris, Shanghai oder Tokio die Canon Expo zu besuchen, konnte gewappnet sein. Dabei war ersichtlich, dass Canon tatsächlich über das breiteste Anwendungsspektrum verfügt: Als einziger drupa-Aussteller deckt Canon alle sechs drupa Highlight-Themen ab: Print, Packaging, Green Printing, Functional Printing und 3D-Printing sowie Multichannel. Das ist insofern spezifisch für die drupa 2016 und generell für die Print-Branche wichtig, da Canon als Marke die größte Strahlkraft hat, im B2B wie im B2C!

Natürlich zeigt Canon wie andere Aussteller auch innovative Technik. Aber alles im Kontext mit Lösungen, die Druckereien wie auch deren Kunden zugänglich sind respektive klare Vorteile bringt. Entsprechend wird der Canon Messestands Anwendungsbereiche widerspiegeln, damit alle Besucher die für sie interessantesten Lösungen auf Anhieb finden können. Im Einzelnen sind das:

  • Akzidenzduck
  • Geschäftskommunikation, einschließlich Transaktions- und Direct Mail Druck
  • Publishing, einschließlich Büchern, Zeitschriften und Zeitungen
  • Werbe- und Kreativbereich, einschließlich Display-Grafiken
  • Funktions-/Industriedruck einschließlich 3D-Druck
  • Verpackungsdruck
  • Fotografie-Produkte

Wahrlich, das ist das volle Spektrum dessen, was heutige und künftige Marktanforderungen erfüllen kann! Canon setzt dabei nach eigenem Bekunden auf die Kombination von marktführender Technologie, Know-how und kontinuierlichem Kundendialog, um Druckdienstleister bei der Implementierung von kundenorientierten digitalen Geschäftsmodellen zu unterstützen, die ihr gesamtes Geschäftspotenzial freisetzen.

Damit dies verständlich und auch ubiquitär kommunizierbar wird, geht Canon bis dato als einziger Aussteller zeitgemäß-neue Kommunikationswege: Der Hashtag #UnleashPrint (zu deutsch: „entfessele Print“) soll im Rahmen einer Multichannel-Kommunikationskampagne auf den relevanten Plattformen nicht nur Print-Dienstleister ansprechen, sondern auch Innovations-Entscheider, die sich für Print im Kommunikationsmix und damit verbundene Technologien wie auch Dienstleistungen interessieren.

 

Live-Video: Andreas Weber in a 1 min. interview with Canon’s Mark Lawn via iPad.

 

Mark Lawn von Canon Europe erläuterte den ungewöhnlichen Ansatz mit #UnleashPrint wie folgt: Jeder Bereich des Canon-Messestands werde #UnleashPrint mit Leben erfüllen, um Canons Leidenschaft für Print als einzigartiges, leistungsstarkes Medium zu verdeutlichen. Der Wert von Print solle zelebriert werden und sein noch ungenutztes Potenzial freisetzen. Zentral sei zudem, aufzuzeigen wie die Implementierung intelligenter neuer Geschäftsmodelle erfolgen kann, um das Potenzial von Print im Digitalzeitalter zur besseren Erfüllung der sich ständig ändernden Kundenanforderungen zu veranschaulichen.

In der entsprechenden Presseverlautbarung von Canon heisst es weiterhin: „In jedem Bereich des Canon-Stands werden außergewöhnliche und kreative Druckanwendungen zu sehen sein, die die Besucher dazu animieren sollen, ihr Produktportfolio zu erweitern und die Grenzen von Print auszureizen. Auf der Entdeckungsreise durch die unendliche Print-Vielfalt wird Canon den Fachbesuchern auch zeigen, wie sie die Effektivität von Print durch die Integration in digitale Plattformen zur Schaffung von Multichannel-Kommunikationskampagnen steigern können, die eine bessere Kundenerfahrung bieten, zum Dialog anregen und Print zu einem weiteren messbaren Tool im Kommunikationsmix machen.“

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Print gewinnt nur, wenn es sich im Kommunikationsmix bewährt!

Das ist auf den Punkt gebracht, worum es geht. Und deckt sich mit unseren ValuePublishing-Analysen, die wir im Vorfeld der #drupamc gemacht und mit Kunden der Druckereien, Agenturen und Verlagen persönlich besprochen haben. (Siehe die Analyse „Print gewinnt!“ von Andreas Weber per slideshare.com)

Die Kernthesen, die sich ableiten, führen die fachlich spannenden Ergebnisse der #drupamc weiter und lauten wie folgt:

  1. Das Ziel ist erreichbar: Print gewinnt! Und behauptet sich als wichtigste Säule in allen zeitgemäßen Marketing und Kommunikationsszenarien.
  2. Denn: Print gehört seit über Tausend Jahren zu den global wichtigsten Kulturtechniken, um Innovationen Wirklichkeit werden zu lassen! Warum sollte das heute anders sein?
  3. ABER: Der Markt hat sich radikal verändert! Statt Masse ist zunehmend Klasse gefragt. Der Trend: Mehrwerte nutzen durch mehr Sorgfalt und höhere Effektivität von Drucksachen im Kommunikationsmix!
  4. Das Dilemma: Alle Kommunikationstreibenden suchen nach Digital-Strategien, um Inhalte (unisono) überall zu pushen. Übersehen wird oft, sich mit Print-Innovationen zu beschäftigen, die durch Interaktionen zum Dialog führen. Das leistet aber nur Multichannel in Kombination mit Print! Und das muss via drupa 2016 besser und klarer kommuniziert werden.
  5. Print wird durch völlig neuartige Software- und Cloud-Lösungen und E-Business-Geschäftsmodelle v. a. im Kontext mit Individualisierung zur wichtigsten Säule. Es geht nicht mehr nur um Reichweite, sondern um ›One Conversation‹!
  6. Multichannel-Innovationen, die Print einschließen, machen analoge Medien nicht überflüßig, sondern integrieren sie nahtlos.
  7. Print steigert so nachhaltig den Geschäftserfolg durch die Interaktion, durch Dialoge mit dem Publikum (Kunden, Partner, Interessenten); getragen von individueller, zeitlich abgestimmter Relevanz — über Berührungspunkte, die das volle Medienspektrum von Print bis Digital abdecken.
  8. Print im Team mit Multichannel und E-Business ist ein neuer, rasch wachsender Dienstleistungsbereich. Fokus: Innovationen vorantreiben! Neue Print-Techniken wie Inkjet sind dabei wichtig, aber „nur“ Mittel zum Zweck.
  9. Alle müssen lernen, worum es geht: In der Kommunikationen sind nicht mehr Reichweiten das Maß aller Dinge, sondern relevante Dialoge und durchgängige Konversationen.
  10. Print gewinnt nachweislich und wird durch IoT, Cloud, BigData und Multichannel Services in seiner Bedeutung gestärkt, weil es die Kommunikation wirkungsstark, relevant und menschengerecht macht.

 

Fazit

Wie gesagt, es war eine äußerst gelungene und erkenntnisreiche #drupamc. Bis zum drupa 2016-Beginn am 31. Mai 2016 bleibt aber noch viel zu tun. Das probate Motto aus meiner Sicht: „Weg mit dem Silo-Denken! Touch the future now! Geht in die Kommunikationsoffensive!“ — Die Kommunikation der Aussteller darf sich nicht nur einsilbig auf das Bewerben von neuer Technik für Druckereien beziehen. Und dies über klassische Print-Fachmedien darstellen wollen. Es muss per Innovationskommunikation vielmehr passieren, per Social Media, per Mobile, um die Nutzendarstellung in den Fokus zu rücken. Nur so können für die Wirtschaft insgesamt und insbesondere für die Entscheider von Innovationsprojekten in der Industrie, im Handel, bei den Markenunternehmen erreicht werden, um Print in neuer Form erfahrbar und begreifbar dazustellen. Canon macht es bis dato als einziger Aussteller überzeugend vor, wie es funktionieren muss und hat damit die Messlatte definiert: #UnleashPrint!

 

Hinweis: Per ValuePublishing konnten wir die #drupamc über unsere Echtzeit-Berichterstattung zum Quotensieger werden lassen. Über 750.000 Viewers wurden in rund 72 Stunden erreicht, die per Kurzberichte und Kommentare live erlebten, was in Düsseldorf passierte. 

 

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Saturday 30 January 2016
Welcome to another busy week of news highlights which has seen no less than 64 articles go online since last Monday, including new additions to our FESPA and drupa Newsrooms and Online Features for 2016. You will also find the latest drupa Expert Article No 7 by Sophie Matthews-Paul, addressing large- and wide-format inkjet.

Once again I will only highlight the odd article as there are just too many and the whole update would become too cumbersome to wade through. Please scroll through them carefully, as there are so many really good articles, and many important announcements, as well as numerous excellent recent orders and installations: led by Manroland Web Systems on Monday for another new Lithoman web – this time for North America; followed on Wednesday by a very large sheetfed order for Heidelberg in Sweden. There are so many more to check out this week, from MPS, Screen, KBA, Heidelberg in the USA and UK; from both Manroland Web and Manroland Sheetfed; IFS with Horizon successes; Xeikon, Asahi, Technotrans with Komoris; Fujifilm inkjet and also Fujifilm with workflow, Bobst with a couple of world firsts, and lastly for Muller Martini in North America with no less than six Sigmaline systems.

You will also find new kit and new consumables announcements this week from Rotoflex, Ricoh, Meech with Xeikon; Onyx for Epson; Hybrid Software, and lastly from Flint Group with a new lightweight sleeve for flexo.

On Thursday, EFI announced excellent results for its fourth quarter and year ended 31 December, 2015; and then came back on Friday with its latest move in China; and also with a special report out of Connect 2016, where EFI revealed its clear and focused picture of the future of printing, and how it plans to respond to market changes.

On Saturday as a late addition, Xerox took the headlines with its Fourth Quarter and 2015 earnings… plus a surprise announcement following a comprehensive structural review, that the Company is to separate into two Public Companies by the end of 2016. You’ll also find Andreas Weber’s take on the planned split.

I’ll be back next week around the same time.

Mike Hilton

Xerox Split Illustration.001


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

Headline News
Over 27,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages

Mon 25 Jan…   European debut for four new Epson printers at FESPA Digital
At FESPA Digital, Epson will show its latest range of SureColor wide- format aqueous, solvent and dye-sublimation inkjet printers…

Finishing 4.0 from Muller Martini at drupa 2016

Muller Martini interconnects all process steps in print finishing through its Connex workflow and data management system…

Fujifilm at Packaging Innovations 2016 at the NEC

Fujifilm to showcase creative packaging applications on the Acuity LED 1600 II at Packaging Innovations next month…

FINAT’s biennial Technical Seminar in Barcelona
Facing the Future: FINAT Technical Seminar from 16 – 18 March to set label industry firmly on track…

Freeport Press selects Lithoman press for new plant
Complete array of Manroland Web Systems Autoprint technology to be installed in New Philadelphia, Ohio facility…

UPM gains another sustainability accolade
Corporate Knights ranks UPM on the 25th place in the list of 100 most sustainable corporations in the world…

Global Graphics strategic relationship with Roland DG

Global Graphics has announced a strategic business relationship with Roland DG Corporation…

Growth for Etiket results in third MPS press

MPS has confirmed the sale and recent installation of a new EF 430 flexo press at Etiket Nederland…

Rotoflex revamps Vericut for digital label finishing

Vericut3 brings a completely redesigned platform for the most advanced digital or conventional label web…

Tue 26 Jan…  
Ricoh to launch eco-friendly AR latex inks at FESPA Digital
Ricoh to launch aqueous resin latex inks for the Ricoh Pro L4100 series wide-format printers at FESPA Digital in Amsterdam…

New EFI Fiery workflow option increases SAi throughput
SAi and EFI collaborate to deliver seamless device integration for Fiery Driven print-and-cut environments…

Buy one copy of QuarkXPress 2015 and get one free
Until 15 February, 2016 everyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 2015 will receive a second license free…

Rever’s adds second Screen Truepress Jet label press
Etiquetas Adhesivas Rever doubles its digital label capacity with second Screen Truepress Jet L350UV press…

Nava Press adds Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 LE UV

New Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 LE UV with Inpress Control in production at Nava Press Milan, to increase capacity…

Grafika increases productivity with Prinect

Prinect from Heidelberg leads to drastic increases in production efficiencies for Grafika in Pennsylvania…

Crossmark opts for KBA Rapida 106 six-colour LED press
Family-owned general commercial firm Crossmark Graphics sought advanced technology and partnership with KBA….

Adam opts for Manroland Web Systems’ heatset upgrades

Manroland on top with Inline Control for Adam e-upgrade…

Route One adds perfect service from IFS

Horizon BQ470 perfect binder from IFS UK expands online operation’s production capabilities in Rotherham, UK…

Xeikon optimises digital press solutions with Meech
Xeikon partners with Meech and invests in CyClean non-contact web cleaning for Xeikon 3050 and Xeikon 3500 presses…

Wed 27 Jan…   
Major order for Heidelberg from Atta.45 in Sweden
Swedish print shop invests €13 million: Biggest part is comprehensive product, service and consumables package…

European Sign Expo 2016 announces packed programme
ESE feature content includes Seminars, Workshops and live demonstrations to take place daily in Hall 2 from 8 – 11 March…

Duplo’s Northern Lights targets success in Leeds

Duplo’s first ‘Northern Lights’ event at The Lowry in Salford in 2015: For 2016 it is moving to Leeds…

Onyx Graphics: Full support for new Epson SureColor series
Onyx to provide full software support for the new SC-S80600 / SC-S60600 / SC-S40600 series printers…

TCL Packaging adopts Water Washable Asahi Plates
TCL Packaging teams with Creation Reprographics and Asahi to deliver premium performance and to challenge gravure…

PS2 Print adds peripherals to its Komori LS 429 M
PS2 in Runcorn, UK takes control with pressroom peripherals from Technotrans for its Komori H-UV press…

Domino N610i digital inkjet label press for Charapak UK
Derbyshire-based Charapak diversifies into new markets with Domino’s N610i digital inkjet label press…

Headley Brothers takes Superia approach to success

Kent-based fourth generation family-run business, Headley Brothers, opts for Fujifilm and workflow automation…

Koliprint installs Nordic’s first Xeikon 9800

The Finnish direct marketing solutions specialist Koliprint Oy adopts cost-effective Xeikon digital production…

Flint Group launches new Rotec Lightweight Sleeve
Plate mounting sleeve for conventional plate mounting with weight savings up to 40 per cent is now available from Flint Group…

Thu 28 Jan…   EFI reports record revenue for Fourth Quarter, exceeds outlook
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended 31 December, 2015…

Canon wins People’s Choice Award at The Circulars 2016

Canon has won the prestigious People’s Choice Award in Switzerland for its toner cartridge recycling programme…

Large Format and Wide Format inkjet printing
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 7 by Sophie Matthews-Paul who has been involved with wide-format from the start…

Hybrid Software launches Cloudflow Share

Cloudflow Share: A unique, groundbreaking file transfer product for transferring digital data between sites…

Muller Martini systems meet new market requirements

The CoLiner pre-gathering unit for the Proliner absorbs increases in insert volumes optimally…

The world’s first Bobst Visioncut 106 LER at Ostermöller
Ostermöller Verpackungen in Bunde, commissions the world’s first Bobst Visioncut 106 LER in-line separating die-cutter…

Heidelberg USA’s most recent Stahlfolder installations

Heidelberg Stahlfolder TH and KH series boosts customer productivity with recent North American installations…

Three Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600s for Graphics Works

Graphics Works adds three more Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 inkjet printers following success of first machine…

TCP Industry installs first Roland 700 Evolution in Thailand

Renowned Thai printer adds seven-colour Roland 700 Evolution with coating module and InlineColorPilot…

White Star boosts Komori H-UV press with Technotrans

Press peripherals support White Star Printing’s focus on quality on its latest Komori LS 429 H-UV press…

Fri 29 Jan…  Add More KBA to your day [at drupa 2016]
A confident statement for print in a digitalised world is the press manufacturer’s slogan for drupa 2016…

EFI Connect 2016: Welcome to the Future of Printing
EFI reveals its clear and focused picture of the future of printing, and how it plans to respond to market changes…

EFI increases investment in China with latest move
EFI relocates its Asia-Pacific HQ from Singapore to new Shanghai high-tech customer experience centre…

Sappi Fusion brings huge success to vintage-look display

Lucky Strike entry garners POPAI Award Gold and Display Superstar in Silver with Sappi Fusion topliner a key component…

Solid Visions is a new Xerox distributor in Zimbabwe
Bytes Document Solutions appoints Solid Visions Technologies as Zimbabwe’s latest Xerox distributor…

GMG Academy offers a colour management drupa extra
GMG Academy offers drupa attendees colour management training programme at its headquarters in Tübingen, Germany…

The world’s first Bobst Expertfold 165 folder-gluer

Cartonnages du Dauphiné sees a 30 per cent productivity uplift and enters new markets with the Bobst Expertfold 165…

Rosehill Press looks to Heidelberg for major update
Rotherham-based Rosehill Press automates its workflows and invests front to back with Heidelberg in the UK…

Six new Muller Martini Sigmalines for Quad/Graphics
Muller Martini’s SigmaLine opens up new business models and market opportunities in digital book production…

Familiarity breeds confidence for Manroland Sheetfed

Shengzhou Yuchen Packaging & Printing acquires brand-new six-colour Roland 700 with coating module sheetfed press…

Sat 30 Jan – Special late additions will carry through to Mon 01 Feb…

Xerox reports Fourth-Quarter and 2015 earnings
Strong earnings and cash flow as a result of continuous focus on productivity and business model optimisation…

Xerox to separate into two market-leading Public Companies

Following completion of a comprehensive structural review, Xerox separation expected to be complete by the end of 2016…

Xerox: no risk – no fun!

During the last three years Xerox was not able to speed up its premium business in graphic communications. My take: by Andreas Weber…

Lead articles from Friday 22 January and previous update…

New Lithoman addition for Remy-Roto in Belgium
Belgian printing company invests in a second Lithoman commercial printing press from Manroland Web Systems…

Five Epson SureColor SC-S60600 for Photobox

Photobox chooses five new-generation Epson Surecolor SC-S60600 printers to boost photo canvas production capacity…

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

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

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

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

drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’ and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit thedrupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2015
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 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 in 2015 Chapter 01
There are currently three downloads available for you in this Chapter , where you can download the PDF.

Technology-related 2016 Chapter 02
You will find 20 current feature articles in this Chapter, with the most recent from Heidelberg.

NEW…   TCL Packaging adopts Water Washable Asahi Plates
TCL Packaging teams with Creation Reprographics and Asahi Photoproducts to deliver premium performance and to challenge gravure…

Online Features 2016 Jan/Feb  Chapter 03

Exclusive Report…   EFI Connect 2016: Welcome to the Future of Printing
At EFI Connect 2016, EFI revealed its clear and focused picture of the future of printing, and how the company plans to respond to market changes…

NEW…   Major order for Heidelberg from Atta.45 in Sweden
Swedish print shop invests ?13 million: Biggest part is comprehensive product, service and consumables package….

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs in 2016

Latest…    Spotters Guide to Greenwashing
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 22 Jan

Sounding Out Instruments for Growth

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 15 Jan

Carbon Balanced Paper

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 08 Jan

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use…

drupa 2016 Expert Article Series
Can be found in our Drupa Newsroom via the Index on the Home page.

NEW…   Large Format and Wide Format inkjet printing
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 7 by international independent consultant Sophie Matthews-Paul who has been involved at the start of wide-format developments following their evolution into the devices they are today…

ALSO NEW in 2016…   The digital transformation of industrial printing
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 6 by Ron Gilboa, a director of InfoTrends’ Production & Industrial Printing Advisory Service…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Previous…    2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth. Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (Switzerland) were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct these two report series…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our Drupa Newsroom.

NEW…   Add More KBA to your day
Confident statement for print in a digitalised world is the press manufacturer’s slogan for drupa 2016…

GMG Academy offers a colour management training drupa extra
GMG Academy offers drupa attendees comprehensive colour management training program at its headquarters in Tübingen, Germany, from 9 – 11 June…

Previous…    Finishing 4.0 from Muller Martini at drupa
Muller Martini interconnects all process steps in print finishing through its Connex workflow and data management system…

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

FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam

NEW…   Mimaki adds Light Black to its portfolio of sublimation inks
Spot colour ink options expanded from February 2016 to support greater apparel and textile production possibilities…

Ricoh to launch new eco-friendly AR latex inks at FESPA 2016
Ricoh to launch own aqueous resin (AR) latex ink for the Ricoh Pro L4100 series of wide-format printers at FESPA Digital…

European debut for four new Epson printers at FESPA Digital
At FESPA Digital, Epson will show its latest range of wide-format SureColor aqueous, solvent and dye-sublimation inkjet printers…

Previous…    FESPA Textile provides ideal location to learn and share knowledge
FESPA Textile Conference sessions 8 – 11 March to explore the exploding growth of the textile market…

Brett Martin’s latest range for FESPA debut
Brett Martin to exhibit wide range of substrates at FESPA Digital in Amsterdam in March…

World Wrap Masters competition powers up in Amsterdam
FESPA partners with Avery Dennison and Mimaki for the World Wrap Masters Series Final on 10 and 11 March…

FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam sells out
FESPA is delighted to announce that FESPA Digital, European Sign Expo and FESPA Textile 2016 have all sold out…

FESPA Digital 2016’s Content Programme
Educational content to explore trends and opportunities in digital printing available to printers today and give them the power to expand their businesses…

Printeriors 2016 presents ‘The Print Hotel’
Interior design showcase and dedicated conference return with new concept for 2016…

Ricoh set to debut at FESPA Digital 2016
Ricoh will showcase its expanding portfolio of solutions with its first-ever stand at FESPA Digital in March…

Screen’s new Truepress Jet features at FESPA 2016

Screen Europe to use next year’s FESPA in Amsterdam to unveil further developments to its Truepress Jet 3200UV flatbed printer…

Sun Chemical’s world-class inks at FESPA Digital 2016
Global launchpad for SunTex and all new digital inkjet platform – Aquacure and innovative ink chemistry platforms…

FESPA News 2016

NEW…   FESPA Africa Forum to visit Lagos and Nairobi
The first FESPA Africa Forum will be hosted in the growth economies of Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya in April 2016…

European Sign Expo 2016 announces packed programme
ESE feature content includes Seminars, Workshops and live demonstrations to take place daily in Hall 2, 8 – 11 March…

Previous…    Deadline extended to 5 February for FESPA Awards 2016
FESPA’s Global Awards programme recognises the crème de la crème of the print community…

Southern European Print Congress moves to Italy for 2016
FESPA’s 2016 Southern European Print Congress will take place from 19 – 20 April 2016, in Milan, Italy…

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Antalis South Africa, Canon SA, Dainippon Screen,  Drupa 2016,  EFI, Esko,  Epson Europe BV,  FESPA. Goss International Inc,  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic Solutions,  Kodak,  Koenig + Bauer AG,  Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Krause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Muller Martini AG,  POLAR-Mohr, QuadTech Inc,  Quark Inc,  Ricoh Europe,  Sappi LimitedThunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

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

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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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Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 14 December 2015 
Welcome to another week of news highlights and to Online Features where we have a super little article from ‘mymuesli’ in Passau, Germany lauding the opportunities that Heideberg’s 4D digital inkjet press has provided this rather unique startup company. We have Bobst‘s 125th Anniversary plans, and then HP and KBA with the world’s most productive inkjet web press. You’ll find the latest from drupa 2016, with the second Global Insights Report (in the drupa Newsroom) and from FESPA with Printeriors, the interior design showcase and dedicated conference, which will present a new concept for 2016 dubbed ‘The Print Hotel’, as the show returns to Amsterdam in March.

Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for last Friday, 11 December, includes mention of COP21 in Paris and ends with a caution that the graphics industry needs its associations to keep their members informed and aware, of where the green debate is heading and about how to participate in the conversation.

The news headlines this week contain some really important developments, not least of which appeared on Monday to begin the week on a high note, as HP and KBA debuted the world’s first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S to a couple of hundred key international packaging printers at KBA’s headquarters in Würzburg over a two-day event. This press also features in Friday’s leader to round-off the week, as DS Smith Packaging confirms that it has chosen to become the first packaging specialist to install the world’s first T1100S 2.8 metre wide inkjet web press from HP and KBA, in a sector where digital printing is the fastest growing segment in packaging, with a projected annual growth rate of 17 per cent in a market expected to be worth $19 billion by 2019.

Sappi led the news on Tuesday as it highlighted RLC Packaging and its recent success in the 2015 Red Dot Design Awards, using Sappi’s bright white carton material Algro Design for an exclusive hosiery and shapewear brand range packaging designed by Leo Burnett. You will also find a couple of other Awards mentions: from KBA on Tuesday; then EFI which is one of eight businesses to be honoured this year with the prestigious American Chamber of Commerce in Italy Award. Then we have Xeikon on Wednesday, as Dubai customer Kimoha celebrates a first as digital gains narrow web sector recognition at the recently held 35th FINAT Label Awards.

On Wednesday Heidelberg leads with the first of its drupa 2016 announcements, and reveals that it will exhibit the digitised future of the print media industry under the motto ‘Simply Smart’ and the biggest event in 2016; and then on Thursday it follows through with the second announcement on its plans to showcase ‘Smart Integration”, described as the next stage in automated print media production at next year’s event.

Although there are only 25 news articles again this week, you will find several really good and important announcements if you work your way through them carefully, including the Xaar Plc on Friday, as it reveals that Chris Morgan, the former key and very senior HP executive with a strong background in global marketing and general management and impressive track record, is to join the Xaar Board from January 2016. As with CEO Doug Edwards, Chris should be a great addition who is set to make his mark in Xaar’s future and the world of inkjet.

The tailender serves to remind you that the Festive Season and Christmas is drawing ever-closer and the major holiday season closures and exodus in the Southern Hemisphere, so there will only be one more e-News update before I also take a well-earned break until mid-January, when the industry should once again be under way following all the various interruptions and closures. If you are closing and disappearing during the week ahead, then I wish you Seasons’ Greetings wherever you are, and a very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year in 2016.

That’s it until next week.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Smart applications by Heidelberg: mymuesli.com presents 121 packaging printing on-site.

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

Headline News
Over 27,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages

Mon 07 December…   HP and KBA present world’s most productive inkjet web press
DS Smith Packaging to install first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S: Pre-print and digital printing in one machine…

Sun Chemical creates new Advanced Materials Division

Sun Chemical forms a new Advanced Materials division with expanded portfolio of technologies from Sun Chemical and DIC…

Heidelberg’s Full Service Plus programme

Full Service Plus ramps up production month by month…

Xaar announces new family of Printheads
Xaar announces new family of Printheads for coding and marking applications with a 17mm print swathe…

Corelio automates with EFI Technique MIS Software
Publishing efficiency soars with 85 per cent of production running ‘hands free’ and a 10 per cent overall labour savings…

Tue 08 December…   
Good enough to touch: Enhancing the POS experience
In both visual and tactile terms, the packaging makes an instant impression, conveying the qualities of the product inside…

EFI to receive the AmCham Italy Transatlantic Award
EFI is one of eight businesses to be honoured this year with the prestigious American Chamber of Commerce in Italy Award…

European Sign Expo 2016 doubles in size
Expansion into another hall makes this the largest ever show, and destined to be the most successful edition to date…

Alphaset starts new chapter in binding with IFS

Horizon BQ270 PUR expected to achieve ROI in under a year…

Hub Folding Box receives Family Business Award 2015

KBA congratulates Hub Folding Box as the 2015 Massachusetts family business Award Winner…

Wed 09 December…   Heidelberg at drupa 2016: ‘Simply Smart’
drupa 2016: Heidelberg to exhibit the digitised future of the print media industry under the motto ‘Simply Smart’…

Printeriors 2016 presents ‘The Print Hotel’
Interior design showcase and dedicated conference return with new concept for 2016, from 8 – 11 March in Amsterdam…

Hot Foil Stamping Days held at the Bobst Centre in Mex

Bobst Large Format Hot Foil Stamping Days showcase new technology for size VI added value finishing at Bobst Competence Centre…

Large-format KBA Rapida 164 goes to Romania
Eurobusiness receives country’s first jumbo Rapida 64 with six printing units, coater + extended delivery from KBA-Sheetfed Solutions…

Xeikon helps Dubai customer scoop FINAT award

Kimoha celebrates a first as digital gains narrow web sector recognition at the 35th FINAT Label Awards…

Thu 10 December…   Ricoh’s European Customer Experience Centre expands
As demand grows Ricoh Europe announces plans for a new executive reception and briefing centre for production printing.

Heidelberg is enabling Smart Integration for drupa 2016
Heidelberg to showcase the next stage in automated print media production at drupa 2016…

Callas pdfaPilot expands Levigo Jadice server
Callas’ pdfaPilot expands the functionality of Levigo Solutions’ document conversion tool for high-quality PDF/A…

Muller Martini’s Presto II Digital saddle stitching system

The Presto II Digital saddle stitching system is considered to be the ideal solution for both offset and digital small to mid-sized runs…

Mercia’s Foliant completes business vision

Lamination solution is the final piece in production jigsaw…

Fri 11 December…   DS Smith Packaging to install first HP PageWide Web Press
HP Inc. reinvents corrugated packaging printing in collaboration with KBA, with the world’s first T1100S 2.8 metre width press…

Xaar appoints Chris Morgan as non-executive director

Chris Morgan brings with him a wealth of expertise in managing complex international technology businesses with HP…

Canon launches the Océ ColorWave 810 and 910
Canon launches the Océ ColorWave 810 and 910 – the fastest digital wide-format colour printers on the market…

mymuesli – your print and your customised muesli

The German start-up has been building a reputation for customised, healthy, and organic cereal and fruit-based products…

Creation Reprographics chooses Esko’s WebCenter
Streamlined communications, paperless operation and localisation increase capacity, facilitate growth, generate 30% savings…

Lead article from Friday 04 December in previous update… 

Heidelberg Packaging Days in Wiesloch-Walldorf
Heidelberg uses Packaging Days to showcase new products from its partnership with Masterwork for the packaging sector…

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

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

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

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

drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’ and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2015
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 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 in 2015 Chapter 01
There are currently three downloads available for you in this Chapter , where you can download the PDF.

Technology-related 2015 Chapter 02
You will find 18 current feature articles in this Chapter, with the most recent from Heidelberg.

Nov/Dec 2015 Chapter 08

mymuesli – your print and your customised muesli
For eight years, the Passau-based German start-up ‘mymuesli’ has been building a reputation for customised, healthy, and organic cereal and fruit-based products…

Previous…    HP and KBA present world’s most productive inkjet web press
DS Smith Packaging to install first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S: Pre-print and digital printing in one machine…

Heidelberg Packaging Days in Wiesloch-Walldorf
Heidelberg uses Packaging Days to showcase new products from partnership with Masterwork for packaging sector…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Mark to Market
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 11 Dec

Previous…    December in Paris
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 04 December

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth. Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (Switzerland) were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct these two report series…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our Drupa Newsroom.

Heidelberg to enable Smart Integration for drupa 2016
Heidelberg to showcase the next stage in automated print media production at drupa 2016…

Heidelberg at drupa 2016: ‘Simply Smart’
drupa 2016: Heidelberg to exhibit the digitised future of the print media industry under the motto ‘Simply Smart’…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series
Can be accessed via our Drupa Newsroom, in the Index on the Home page.

NEW…    Sustainability and the Printing Industry
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 5 by Laurel Brunner, who has worked exclusively in the prepress and publishing industries, with a particular specialisation in digital prepress, digital production and digital printing…

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

Printeriors 2016 presents ‘The Print Hotel’
Interior design showcase and dedicated conference return with new concept for 2016…

Previous…    10th FESPA Digital for speciality printers in 2016
The tenth anniversary edition of FESPA Digital will reflect the astonishing development and diversification of digital print in the intervening decade…

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

Antalis South Africa, Canon SA, Dainippon Screen,  Drupa 2016,  EFI and EFI Vutek, Esko,  Epson Europe BV,  FESPA. Goss International Inc,  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic Solutions,  Kodak,  Koenig + Bauer AG,  Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Krause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Muller Martini AG,  POLAR-Mohr, QuadTech Inc,  Quark Inc,  Ricoh Europe,  Sappi LimitedThunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

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

Our Website urls are: 

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http://www.graphicrepro.net

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

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Heideldruck 4.0: First Jetmaster inkjet system prints consumer packages on-site in a mymuesli store in Heidelberg, Germany. Photo: Heidelberg.

Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 6 December 2015 

Welcome to another week of news highlights, feature articles, the very latest drupa 2016 and FESPA news and Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 04 December, as Laurel invites you to spend December in Paris, suitably attired in her little black dress for the occasion.

From Messe Düsseldorf and drupa 2016 we have the second Global Insights Report Executive Summary, which is now available for you below, and also as a free download in up to seven languages from the drupa Website. You will find a fully-illustrated PDF of the Summary in our own drupa Newsroom version of the article. Independent consulting and market research companies Printfuture, UK, and Wissler & Partner, Switzerland, were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct the two-report series. This second part is entitled: ‘Touch the future – Applications that can create growth’. The full report is now available to purchase on the drupa 2016 Website and is based on a survey conducted in Spring 2015 in which over 750 participants took part globally, with all regions well represented.

The news this week contains some stunning announcements, not least of which from Heidelberg on Monday where Hofmann Druck in Nürnberg sets new standards with its latest long perfector: Europe’s first eight-colour Speedmaster 106 with LED. Tuesday comes from China, while on Wednesday, Manroland Web Systems has announced a successful turn in 2015 with sales, order intake and EBT noticeably increased. The company, now a member of the Lübeck-based Possehl Group, also announced the appointment of a second managing director. Thursday was led by Messe Düsseldorf for the Executive Summary already mentioned above. While on Friday, Heidelberg used its internationally-attended Packaging Days event in November, held at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site, to showcase new products from its partnership with Masterwork for the packaging sector.

HP Inc and KBA jointly provided the truly exciting news of the week late on Friday out of their joint two-day unveiling event held in Wurzburg on Thursday and Friday, where DS Smith Packaging revealed that it is to install the very first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S. Combining pre-print and digital printing in one machine, the gigantic inkjet web press with a web width of 2.80m was developed in under two years by HP and KBA-Digital & Web Solutions working in close co-operation. It opens up new opportunities in terms of the flexible production of corrugated packaging in various formats and run sizes with digital pre-print liners. You’ll find it in Online Features Chapter 08, and also with a link leading the news on Monday of next week.

Software releases came from Axaio and CHILI Publisher; a new cutter from Rotoflex on Tuesday; while new orders and installations were announced by Xeikon, MPS, and Rotocon. Epson announced a new concept world first office papermaking system on Thursday called PaperLab, which the company claims, promises to revolutionise office recycling by securely turning documents into new office paper. An interesting concept, perhaps?

To round off the week, both Agfa Graphics and Hubergroup have announced the 2016 Calendars, to remind us that the festive season is upon us once again and the New Year is really not all that far away. In fact, POLAR also reminded us of this on Thursday, as it details its training courses for 2016 to take place in Hofheim.

The tailender is devoted to Xerox, asCDP, an international environmental organisation names Xerox as a leader in providing reliable information about carbon emissions and energy use. This comes as COP21, the United Nations climate change conference in Paris gets underway. That’s the same event that Laurel talks about in her  Blog.

That’s it until next time.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Milestone: HP and KBA released the very first common printing system HP PageWide Web Press T1100S

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

Headline News
Over 27,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages

Mon 30 November…   Europe’s first eight-colour Speedmaster XL 106 with LED
Increased productivity and premium quality – Hofmann Druck Nürnberg sets new standards with its latest long perfector…

Belgian Supply Chain Award for Agfa Graphics
Agfa Graphics’ Closed Loop Supply Chain for Printing Plates honoured with Supply Chain Award 2015 at gala event…

Masterwork marks milestone 20th anniversary
The new Masterwork MK1060ERSL automatic platen die-cutting machine was the centrepiece attraction…

High-speed PDF export with MadeToPrint
Axaio software has announced the availability of a new version of MadeToPrint for even faster PDF export…

Xeikon CX3 digital label press for Topasa

New Xeikon press will support capacity increase of more than 50% for Colombian label printer Topasa…

Tue 01 December…   
6th All in Print is on the right track
All in Print China 2016: Connecting the World with Printing…

Stability meets progress in CHILI publisher 4.5s
Additional 3D and 2D viewing options, design and layout uniformity and streamlined ways to show dynamic images…

Carton Edge wins Epson SureColor large-format printer
The Print Show visitor, Emma Tomlinson from trade carton finishing company Carton Edge wins Epson SureColor…

W&R Etiketten signs for its sixth MPS flexo press

The leading Dutch label printer headquartered in Tilburg has ordered an eight-colour 430mm press with APC package…

Rotoflex releases HSI horizontal slitter rewinder
HSI offers converters the extreme ruggedness and reliability as the flagship VSI series, in a horizontal design…

Wed 02 December…  Manroland Web Systems turnaround plus new second MD
Manroland Web Systems takes a successful turn in 2015 with sales, order intake and EBT increased noticeably…

Global Graphics and Software Imaging co-operation

The cooperation agreement will allow both companies to offer a broader product range in the Managed Print Services market…

Xerox recognised for Climate Change Transparency
CDP has named Xerox as a leader in providing reliable information about carbon emissions and energy use…

Epson SureColor SC-F2000 at Heimtextil 2016

Epson demonstrates latest flexible technology for interior décor products at Heimtextil in Frankfurt from 12 – 15 January 2016…

Xeikon CX3 digital label press helps Codex expand brands
Faster production, increased capacity and quality, and wider product range and competitive prices all in one system…

Thu 03 December…  The 2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
‘Touch the future – Applications that can create growth’. From Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (Switzerland) for Messe Düsseldorf…

POLAR operator training courses in 2016
POLAR offers operator training courses for POLAR high-speed cutters and Compucut at its customer centre in Hofheim…

10th FESPA Digital for speciality printers in 2016
The tenth anniversary edition of FESPA Digital will reflect the astonishing development and diversification of digital print in a decade…

Epson develops world’s first office papermaking system
PaperLab promises to revolutionise office recycling by securely turning documents into new office paper…

Alegro Perfect Binder: Perfect investment for a digital future
The Muller Martini Alegro is the ideal perfect binder for companies with a large range of run lengths and product sizes…

Fri 04 December…   Heidelberg Packaging Days in Wiesloch-Walldorf
Heidelberg uses Packaging Days to showcase new products from its partnership with Masterwork for the packaging sector…

Quark Software named to EContent 100 for Content Automation
Annual list from EContent Magazine names Top 100 Companies that matter most in the digital content industry…

Print meets digital in Agfa Graphics 2016 Calendar
‘A Year of Tempting Plates’: True to tradition, Agfa Graphics has created a state-of-the-art calendar for VIP clients…

Hubergroup Calendar 2016 depicts markets around the world

The latest traditional wall calendar from the world-renowned printing-ink manufacturer depicts traditional markets….

Vareo Perfect Binder for DATEV in Nuremberg
The ideal perfect binder from Muller Martini for digitally printed ultra-short runs with variable thicknesses…

Lead articles from Friday 27 November in previous update… 

International Forum on Print Efficiency and Quality
Tenth meeting of the East European Printers, InPEQ Forum 2015, took place in Sibiu, Romania in October…

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


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

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

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

drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’ and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2015
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 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 in 2015 Chapter 01
There are currently three downloads available for you in this Chapter , where you can download the PDF.

Technology-related 2015 Chapter 02
You will find 18 current feature articles in this Chapter, with the most recent from Heidelberg.

Nov/Dec 2015 Chapter 08

HP and KBA present world’s most productive inkjet web press
DS Smith Packaging to install first HP PageWide Web Press T1100S: Pre-print and digital printing in one machine…

Heidelberg Packaging Days in Wiesloch-Walldorf
Heidelberg uses Packaging Days to showcase new products from partnership with Masterwork for packaging sector…

Previous…    Altacel invests in ‘the difference’ from KBA-Flexotecnica
Altacel Flexible Packaging in Weesp fires up a EVO XG flexo press from KBA-Flexotecnica a few weeks ago. CEO Alec Frijlink: ‘Our company is a racetrack’…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

December in Paris
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 04 December

Previous…    Top of the Leader Board
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 27 November

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth. Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (Switzerland) were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct these two report series…

Previous…    Attractive offers for travel and accommodation
Use Print@home and free transport to drupa by bus and train. The online ticket shop opens on 2 January, 2016…

Passende Angebote für Anreise und Unterkunft

Print@home und kostenlos zur drupa mit Bus und Bahn. Online-Ticketshop öffnet am 2. Januar 2016…

RECENT MUST READ…    Out soon: 2nd drupa Global Insights Report
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth…

2. drupa Global Insights Report erscheint in Kürze
Touch the future – Anwendungen mit Wachstumspotenzial…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series
Can be accessed via our Drupa Newsroom, in the Index on the Home page.

NEW…    Sustainability and the Printing Industry
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 5 by Laurel Brunner, who has worked exclusively in the prepress and publishing industries, with a particular specialisation in digital prepress, digital production and digital printing…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our Drupa Newsroom.

Previous…    Muller Martini to showcase Finishing 4.0 at drupa 2016
At drupa 2016, Finishing 4.0 will underline the major importance of intelligent connectivity and an end-to-end touchless workflow…

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

10th FESPA Digital for speciality printers in 2016

The tenth anniversary edition of FESPA Digital will reflect the astonishing development and diversification of digital print in the intervening decade…

Previous…    FESPA Eurasia 2015: The final countdown
The region’s leading showcase for innovation shows 29 per cent growth of floor space and exhibitors over two years since launch…

FESPA supports the future of print in Eurasia
‘Profit for Purpose’ funds vocational print education in Turkey, addressing sector skills deficit…

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review from 23 November 2015

Welcome to another week of news highlights with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog for Friday 20 November, and a drupa 2016 bonus from Laurel this week, as she is also the author of the latest drupa 2016 Expert article No 5, entitled ‘Sustainability and the Printing Industry’ with an optional PDF download if you so wish. You’ll find this in our drupa Newsroom and also with a link in last Firday’s headlines.

I’ll be brief this week and would rather you check out the headlines yourself as I am travelling and working from my MacBook. You will find an excellent selection of available news from the past week, including a surprise announcement on Friday where Xeikon has been acquired by Flint Group. Two Sides also made the headlines on this day as it provides the outcome and results of its global anti-greenwash campaign, and on Thursday, remaining on a ‘green’ thread, Ricoh announced that is an official partner of the United Nation’s Conference of Parties (COP21) climate conference to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December. Although right now, it it is perhaps not the most ideal venue for such a high-profile international gathering.

Please go through the headlines carefully, as you really will find an interesting mixed bag of articles including several awards, anniversaries and several extremely interesting new developments, not least of which came from Sandon on Monday with a new anilox roll technology incorporating semi-channelled engraving. You’ll also find several interesting sales and installations successes, particularly from KBA and also from Heidelberg with a number of Stahlfolder and POLAR successes; also from IFS with Horizon; Flint Group, Xerox, GMG, and EFI.

This week the tailender goes to both of the Manroland companies. Firstly on Monday with Manroland Sheetfed, as it celebrates the first anniversary and a successful first year following the launch of its new Roland 700 Evolution sheetfed press; and secondly, from Manroland Web Systems on Thursday, which has published a white paper about a new way to an efficient colour control, for download as a PDF.

Until next time. My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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

Headline News
Over 27,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news pages

Mon 16 November…   The Roland 700 Evolution one year on
On the first anniversary of its launch, Crista Baxter reports on Manroland Sheetfed’s latest trailblazer, the Roland 700 Evolution…

Durst wins European corrugated board accolade
FEFCO Innovation Award for Durst Water Technology for corrugated packaging and corrugated displays…

Konica Minolta launches new textile inkjet printer

Konica Minolta unveils ‘game-changing’ flagship inkjet textile single-pass printer at ITMA in Milan 13 – 19 November…

Sandon launches new anilox technology for Flexo HD
Sandon has announced the development of Fluid, a new anilox roll technology with semi-channelled engraving…

Fox Group operates 50% faster with Heidelberg upgrades
Trade bindery upgrades with TH 82 and KH 82 Stahlfolders and a Polar 137 guillotine, producing results faster for future growth…

Imagine! Print Solutions installs its ninth KBA press
New seven-colour KBA Rapida 105 with fully automated inline quality control and inspection systems supports explosive growth…

Tue 17 November…   
UPM celebrates its 20th anniversary on EU’s EMAS registration
The European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme EMAS celebrated its 20th anniversary at the ECB in Frankfurt last Friday…

Air France-KLM an official partner for FESPA Digital
FESPA offers visitors discounted flights and hotel rates with official partners Air France-KLM and Amsterdam RAI Hotel Travel…

Sawgrass VJ 628 printers named SGIA Product of the Year

The Sawgrass VJ 628 printer has been named 2015 Roll-to-Roll Dye Sublimation on Metal Product of the Year…

Mimaki secures Viscom Best of Award in Textiles
Mimaki’s TS300P-1800 inkjet printer is this year’s winner of the Viscom Best of Awards for Textile Refinement…

Buxton Press just loved the KH 82 and wanted more!
Just months after installing its first Stahlfolder KH 82, Buxton Press has put in an order for a second replica folder…

Flint introduces new letterpress plate with soft layer
New water-washable film-based Nyloprint WF-S plate for more flexibility and improved ink transfer…

Wed 18 November…  Heidelberg setting the pace at Rapid Response in Brentford
Rapid Response is the theme for HeidelbergUK’s open house taking place at its Brentford showrooms today and tomorrow…

Tharstern refreshes brand to help global push
New branding designed to make life easier for customers…

The SPS Group installs the UK’s first Xerox iGen 5
The SPS Group ensures perfect colour matching with the UK’s first Xerox iGen 5 Press as part its expansion in digital printing…

Resort legend Steve Wynn to keynote at EFI Connect

Steve Wynn, founder of Wynn Resorts to give keynote presentation followed by a Q&A session at EFI Connect 2016 in January…

Angus Print predicts Horizon ROI in less than 12 months
Innovative Horizon bookletmaker expands services and increases capacity for Leeds general commercial printer in the UK…

Domino introduces new ribbons for TTO applications
Domino has announced the release of a new Advanced Ribbon grade for thermal transfer overprinting applications…

Thu 19 November…   Ricoh a partner of United Nations climate conference
Ricoh is an official partner of the United Nation’s Conference of Parties (COP21) climate conference to be held in Paris…

Potentials of Color Measurement Technology white paper
Manroland Web Systems publish a white paper about a new way to an efficient colour control, for download as a PDF…

Gallus and Matho Konstruktion co-operation agreement
The Gallus Group and Matho Konstruktion & Maschinenbau GmbH agreement to join forces in North America…

Polar sales successes for Heidelberg USA
Customers see positive business results and increased productivity with Polar cutters and die-cutting systems…

BS Printhouse streamlines digital operations with EFI

BestSeller in-plant BS Printhouse streamlines operations with an EFI Midmarket Productivity Suite…

Universal Adhesive Systems to offer coating trials
Universal Converting Equipment moves hot melt coating technology forward with new customer test facility in Daventry, UK…

Fri 20 November…   

Flint Group announces the acquisition of Xeikon
Flint Group has announced the creation of a new Digital Printing Solutions division and the acquisition of Xeikon B.V….

70% success for Two Sides with Global Greenwash
Two Sides has reported a 70% success rate in persuading global organisations to remove misleading green claims…

Sustainability and the Printing Industry: Drupa expert Article No 5

By Laurel Brunner, who has worked exclusively in the publishing and prepress industries, specialising in digital prepress, digital production + digital printing…

Color-Logic certifies Xerox 800i/1000i presses

Xerox EX-P 1000i print server powered by EFI Fiery, fully supports the Color-Logic file formats…

Domino launches first i-Tech Print and Apply labeller
Domino has further expanded its range of systems with the launch of the new M230i print and apply labeller…

OPM Group is colour confident with GMG OpenColor

Label and packaging solutions provider, OPM (Labels & Packaging) Group, has invested in GMG OpenColor…

Second Rapida 105 for printing firm in San Salvador
Impresora La Unión relies entirely on sheetfed offset from KBA…

Lead article from Friday 06 November and previous update… 

Previous…   Heidelberg results for Q2 and first half 2015/2016
Heidelberg on course after the first half of financial year 2015/2016 with sales and result up on previous year…

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drupa 2016 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’ and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2016 Website.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2015
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 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 in 2015 Chapter 01

Previous…    Alpha version of Paper Guide launched for industry comment
The best practice guide, ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ will shortly be released in an Alpha version for open industry comment. You can also take part!…

Technology-related 2015 Chapter 02

Previous…    Heidelberg launches LED drying technology in Europe, too
A full range of UV applications from full UV, to LE UV, and LED from Heidelberg drive productivity up and energy costs down…

Nov/Dec 2015 Chapter 08

Previous…    Altacel invests in ‘the difference’ from KBA-Flexotecnica
Altacel Flexible Packaging in Weesp fires up a EVO XG flexo press from KBA-Flexotecnica a few weeks ago. CEO Alec Frijlink: ‘Our company is a racetrack’…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blog 2015

Stretching the Boundaries
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 20 November

Previous…    Chemical Reactions
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 13 November

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index, as well as via the special Newsroom button on the right of the Home Page near the top. It is divided into the following Chapters for your convenience and ease of use…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

LATEST MUST READ…    Out soon: 2nd drupa Global Insights Report
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth…

2. drupa Global Insights Report erscheint in Kürze
Touch the future – Anwendungen mit Wachstumspotenzial…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles series
Can be accessed via our Drupa Newsroom, in the Index on the Home page.

NEW…    Sustainability and the Printing Industry
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 5 by Laurel Brunner, who has worked exclusively in the prepress and publishing industries, with a particular specialisation in digital prepress, digital production and digital printing…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors
Latest additions can now be accessed in our Drupa Newsroom.

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

Air France-KLM official partner for FESPA Digital 2016
FESPA offers visitors discounted flights and hotel rates with official partners Air France-KLM and the Amsterdam RAI Hotel Travel Service…

Previous…    FESPA Awards 2016 now open for entries
FESPA’s call for entries for its 2016 Awards, marks the start of its search for pioneering and innovative projects in the printing industry…

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