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“We are honoured to again be a recipient of these prestigious awards, receiving best-in-class awards for our UCJV300-160 roll-to-roll printer and our unique 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer,” said Danna Drion, Marketing Manager EMEA at Mimaki Europe. Photo: Duomedia.

 

The European Digital Press Association (EDP) celebrated the winners of their 12th EDP Awards contest during Fespa 2018 in Berlin 

Every year Europe’s 21 leading trade magazines focussed on digital production processes, which are united in the European Digital Press Association (EDP), evaluate, judge and honour the best technological developments within the last 12 months (products such as software and harware, di- gital printing devices, postpress solutions and consumables). Criteria such as achievement, quality and cost efficiency are decisive for the choice. That’s why the EDP Awards offer orientation and support more than half a million readers (only on the printed magazines) by their purchase deci- sions. 

Out of more than 120 entries in 2018 finally 29 products were awarded with a trophy in its respective category. On Wednesday, 16th of May, the EDP Association announced at the EDP Award Ceremony 2018 all details of this year’s EDP Awards. Since 2007 the EDP members have honoured the best developments and innovations by awarding more than 260 products. This year again 29 Award were handed over. 

At the Awards Ceremony 2018, Klaus-Peter Nicolay, President of the EDP Association, pointed out that the EDP Awards have become the “most prestigious and valuable Technical Award for the digital production business in Europe” during that period of 12 years.

Receiving such an EDP Award adds value to the winning product. “However, we also recognise that the EDP Awards can only be organised because manufacturers are willing to submit their products and give us insights for judging. Therefore, I thank all participants for making the EDP Awards possible”, Nicolay said. “But what’s about the products we don’t give an Award? Are they bad or don’t they fit into the market? No. Every product competing in the EDP Awards is a win- ner”, Nicolay explained. 

And it would be a misunderstanding that the EDP Awards only refer to Europe. It is, of course, an European Award, but with global brands and international character. 2018 again represents a colorful mix of Award winners and finalists from all over the world: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and USA. 

Note: The 21 EDP member magazines all over Europe, covering 27 countries and reaching more than half a million readers in Europe (only on the printed magazines), congratulate the Award winners and finalists and thanks the participants and submitters for their cooperation.

 

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2018 the EDP Association awarded 29 products with an Award. The group of EDP Award winners after the EDP Award Ceremony on Wednesday, 16th of May, in Berlin.

 

EDP AWARD WINNERS 2018 SOFTWARE/HARDWARE 

Best layout, design & editing software: CHILI publish | CHILI publisher UGE
Best color management: Onyx Graphics | Onyx 18
Best workflow technology: Tilia Labs | Griffin Pro app
Best special application software: CloudLab | printQ 3D Packaging Design
Best measurement & calibration: AVT Advanced Vision Technology | Jet-IQ
Best curing system: ebeam Technologies | ebeam Compact 

LARGE/WIDE FORMAT PRINTING 

Best roll-to-roll printer up to 170 cm: Mimaki | UCJV300-160
Best flatbed/hybrid printer up to 250 m2/h: swissQprint | Nyala LED
Best flatbed/hybrid printer > 250 m2/h: Durst | P5 250 HS
Best textile printer roll-to-roll > 100 m2/h: Agfa | Avinci DX3200
Best textile printer on transfer paper: Aleph | LaForte Optima Paper340
Best direct to garmet printer: Brother | GTX 

COMMERCIAL PRINTING 

Best cutsheet printer monochrome up to B3: Canon | Océ VarioPrint 6000 Titan
Best color printer up to B3 > 200.000 A4/month: Ricoh | Pro C7200X series
Best color printer up to B3 > 500.000 A4/month: Kodak | Nexfinity Digital Press
Best label printer web: Screen | Truepress Jet L350UV+LM 

PRINT AND FINISHING SOLUTIONS 

Best label printing solution: ebeam, Uteco, INX | GAIA
Best print and finishing solution: MGI Digital Technology | JETvarnish 3D Web Color+ Best corrugated solution: Electronics For Imaging | EFI Nozomi C18000
Best wallpaper solution: Veika | Dimensor
Best textile solution: Konica Minolta | Nassenger SP-1 

FINISHING / ENHANCEMENT 

Best digital sheetfed cutting solution: Highcon Systems | Euclid IIIC
Best digital wide format cutting solution: eurolaser | XL-3200
Best finishing support tool: Zünd | Over Cutter Camera – OCC
Best book on demand postpress solution: Tecnau | Libra 800
Best webfed finishing solution: HP Indigo | HP Indigo GEM
Best enhancement solution: Leonard Kurz | DM-Liner UV-Ink 

CONSUMABLES (INKS AND SUBSTRATES) 

Best special effect ink: HP Indigo | Silver Ink ACCOMPANYING TECHNOLOGIES
Best 3D additive full color printer: Mimaki | 3DUJ-553 

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The results, all nominees, finalists, winners and more details of the EDP Awards 2018 contest are published in the “EDP Report 2018”. 

 


Contact

Klaus-Peter Nicolay, President EDP
+49 2671 3836
nico(at)edp-award.com
www.edp-award.com 

 


About EDP Association and EDP Awards 

The EDP Association (European Digital Press Association) was founded in 2006 by six trade maga- zines with a mainly editorial focus on digital print processes. Today the EDP Association counts 21 member magazines all over Europe, covering 27 countries and reaching more than half a million readers in Europe. One of the goals of EDP Association is to assist the technology-appliers in their task to find the right solution for their applications. Because not every high tech product meets the requirements in a demanding production environment. 

Every year experts representing Europe’s 21 leading trade magazines on digital production eva- luate the latest technological developments in several categories: software and hardware, large/wide format printing, commercial printing, print and finishing solutions, finishing and en- hancement, consumables (inks and substrates) and special solutions. The best products in the re- spective categories are honoured with an EDP Award. 

For the contest the members of the EDP Technical Committee (the jury consists of specialists and experts of the member magazines or partnering associations) investigate the submitted products ́ features and qualities etc. At the end of the submission period the committee nominates the best ones in a category for the final judging round. At least representatives of all EDP member maga- zines discuss the suggestions of the Technical Committee and finally decide which product is worth of being awarded by an EDP Trophy. 

So the EDP Awards are a classical competition, carried out by an expert‘s commission. Because of the strict criteria the EDP Technical Committee sets on the products, there are no votings on the Internet. It is about technical criteria, not about popularity.
Therefore the EDP Association grants the EDP Awards to the best products of the year to ack- nowledge the value of the research and development tasks of the industry. The logo that identifies the EDP Awards is a quality and innovation mark. 

Since 2007 EDP has honored the best and newest products. Over the years nearly 300 trophies in- cluding the 29 trophies in 2018 were awarded to the best technologies and developments. 

 


 

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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value | English Version

Prolog

Mein nun auch im ValueBlog publizierter Beitrag zu Inkjet-Printing war redaktioneller Teil einer erfolgreichen Premiere in der Schweiz! Zur 25-Jahrfeier bietet Herausgeber Martin Spaar mit seinem Team die erste, komplett individualisiert im Inkjet-Druck hergestellte Ausgabe. 

 


 

Wir stehen also an der Schwelle zu einem neuen Zeitalter der gedruckten Kommunikation. Denn was Individualisierung bringt und bewirken kann, erleben wir täglich im Web und speziell in den sozialen Netzwerken. Diese digitale Raffinesse verbunden mit der physischen Schlagkraft des Gedruckten hat ein riesiges Potenzial. —Martin Spaar 

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Es vergeht kaum ein Tag, an dem nicht von Herstellerseite den Druckereien versprochen wird: Inkjet-Printing ist das Maß aller Dinge und eröffnet neue Märkte und Profite. Stimmt das? Ja und Nein. 

Ja, weil das Inkjet-Verfahren nicht mehr nur auf das Bedrucken von Papier oder Karton abzielt und damit über Nutzungsmöglichkeiten im klassischen Druck hinausführt. Sogar das Bedrucken dreidimensionaler Gegenstände ist möglich, wie z. B. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen und Xerox mit neuen Systemen wirkungsvoll beweisen.

Nein, weil damit einher geht, dass es schlicht nicht stimmt zu behaupten, man könne mit Inkjet-Printing den Offsetdruck ablösen oder aus dem Stand heraus ganz neue Anwendungsbereiche für die Druckbranche erschließen.

Genau hinschauen und abwägen, ist zwingend notwendig, um einen Tanz ums Goldene Kalb zu vermeiden. Hier eine Auswahl meiner aktuellen Beobachtungen: 

  1. Inkjet-Printing für den professionellen, hochproduktiven Druck ist relativ neu. Erfolgreiche Anwender in der Druckbranche lassen sich bis dato mit wenigen Fingern abzählen. Bei allen war der Schlüssel zum Erfolg nicht der Fokus auf die Drucktechnik, sondern auf die Pre-Media-Prozesse sowie das Finishing/die Verarbeitung inklusive Logistik/Distribution. Bestes Beispiel: Peter Sommer und Elanders Germany in Waiblingen. (Siehe Lesetipp unten)
  2. Hohe Inkjet-Druck-Volumen, auf die sich Hersteller gerne berufen, laufen seit langem im Transaktionsdruck, da man hier IT-Kompetenz mit Automation der Verarbeitung und Distribution nahtlos gestalten kann. (Übrigens der Grund, warum ein Big-Player wie Pitney Bowes in das Vermarkten von Digitaldrucktechnik eingestiegen ist).
  3. Es werden von den Herstellern mit Inkjet-Printing fokussiert neue Kundengruppen ausserhalb der Druckbranche und des Transaktionsdruck angesprochen. Canon Europa ist der Vorreiter, in dem es im Zuge der Reorganisation nach der drupa 2016 einen neuen Geschäftsbereich gegründet hat: Die Canon Graphic & Communications Group führt u. a. die Kreativwirtschaft sowie zahllose Branchen wie Architekten, Handwerker etc. mit neuen Systemen ans Inkjet-Drucken heran.
  4. Seit der drupa 2016 zeigt sich, dass die Inkjet-Revolution bei den Herstellern ihre Kinder frisst. HP genügt sich selbst (und optimiert statt innoviert). Landa kommt nicht von der Stelle. Bobst hat eine Kehrtwende vollzogen und mit Gründung der Mouvent AG die Neukonzeption für Inkjet-Printing durch eine clevere Cluster-Technik und anderes mehr vollzogen. Und Heidelberg hat im Team mit Fujifilm durch Primefire eine neue bahnbrechende Plattform für Hochqualitäts-Inkjet-Printing entwickelt, die im anspruchsvollen Verpackungsmarkt für Aufsehen und Anerkennung sorgt. 
  5. Traditionsunternehmen wie die Durst Group haben sich neu aufgestellt: Mit der P5-Philosophie wird alles darauf ausgerichtet und optimiert, was die Leistung und Verfügbarkeit der Drucksysteme maximiert sowie eine beispiellose Flexibilität in der Medien- und Auftragsabwicklung zulässt. Übrigens waren die Durst-Innovationen ein Highlight auf dem Online Print Symposium 2018 in München. 
  6. Es haben sich ganz neue Anbieter still und leise in Stellung gebracht, die mit neuen Systemarchitekturen individuell konfigurierbare, modulare Inkjet-Printing-Produkutionsanlagen ermöglichen, wie zum Beispiel die Firma Cadis Engineering aus Hamburg zeigt. Cadis kann z. B. HTML-Daten drucken und verzichtet aufs Rippen.
  7. Der eigentliche Gewinner bei Inkjet-Printing ist derzeit ein Hidden Champ: Der Bücherdruck. Xerox Europe zeigte dies eindrucksvoll Ende März im Team mit Book on Demand GmbH in Hamburg beim #Books2018 Event. Eine riesige, automatisierte Druckfabrik erzeugt in Echtzeit bis zu 25.000 Book-for-One-Produkte pro Tag. Wachstumstreiber sind die Impika-Inkjet-Drucksysteme von Xerox mit ausgeklügelter Hunkeler- und Müller-Martini-Technik zur Verarbeitung. Der Clou: Eine neue Impika-Tinte, die ungestrichene Papiere problemlos und bestens bedrucken kann.
  8. Last but not least: Wenn von massiver Substitution gesprochen werden kann, dann ersetzen Inkjet-Printing-System (Bogen wie Rolle) am ehesten bestehende Toner-Digitaldrucksysteme.

Fazit: Beim Inkjet-Printing wird und muss sich noch viel tun. Wir stehen erst am Anfang. Und müssen neu Denken lernen, um nicht in die Innovationsfalle zu tappen: Indem wir fälschlicherweise davon ausgehen, Inkjet-Printing sei primär dazu da, das was wir ohnehin im Druck tun können, zu verbessern.

Es geht daher weniger ums ‚schneller, besser, billiger‘, es geht vielmehr ums ‚neu, zeitgemäß und anders‘, um die komplexen Kommunikations-Herausforderungen des Digitalzeitalters zu meistern. — Think different!

 


Zum Autor

Andreas Weber ist Gründer und CEO von Value Communication AG. Als Analyst & Berater für Erfolg mit Print im Digitalzeitalter ist er zugleich auch globaler Netzwerker und Publizist. Sein Blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspiriert Nutzer/Leser aus über 130 Ländern.


 

Lesetipp: Peter Sommer im ValueCheck

Peter Sommer, Digitaldruck- und Inkjet-Pionier, Elanders Group: „Das Elanders-Konzept ist nicht auf eine bestimmte Drucktechnik fixiert. Die zentrale Frage ist immer, was mit einem Produkt erreicht werden soll und wie es zum Empfänger kommt. Die Integration in die Supply-Chain beginnt bei der Beratung der Kunden und hört bei der maßgeschneiderten Logistik auf.“

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Photos: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Collage: Andreas Weber.

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 13 October 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of 28 news items. You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog on ‘LED Fever’, which looks at the steady increase in the switch to LED curing in digital printing. Then we have our second ValueDialog in Online Features, with an Andreas Weber exclusive interview with Heidelberg’s Chief Digital Officer, Dr Ulrich Hermann, at the International Motor Show #IAA2017 in Frankfurt not so long ago. Also in Online Features, Chapter 07, we have FLYERALARM, one of Germany’s largest online printers, with a another new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 large-format press, equipped with a new plate changer, enabling complete job changes in just two minutes, and full spectrum of other automation modules.

With both WAN Ifra’s WPE in Berlin, as well as The Print Show in Telford, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and Viscom Italia, you’ll find lots of interest. There are also several post-Labelexpo reports worth reading, as Labelexpo Europe 2017 culminated in its biggest-ever edition with record-breaking exhibitor and visitor figures this year, not to mention the debut of numerous machines and serious updates to label-related technology. You’ll also find a couple of pre-IPEX announcements, led by KAMA on Monday, for this much smaller and different kind of event, and a far cry from the hugely supported, well-attended international show it once became in its heyday at the NEC.

Tuesday saw Heidelberg lead the headlines with its ‘Heidelberg Industry’ premiere in Stuttgart with ‘Electric power for all’ as Heidelberg now offers its high-performance Wallbox for electric cars, debuted at the EVS30 show on Monday in southern Germany; while on Thursday, Heidelberg and the PIA took the lead, as the PIA announces two new White Papers which underscore Heidelberg’s approach with technology and automation to produce industry-leading productivity levels, thereby maximising profits for printers. Both are available to download from the PIA link in the article.

 

 

As usual, we have a good selection of recent sales and installations, kicked-off by HP at GI Solutions from Gareth Ward on Monday, as GI adds another HP T230 web press. This was followed by Muller Martini with a Pantera at Grafica Metelliana; along with Hybrid Software’s first order in Ireland on Monday. Tuesday saw Classic Graphics in North Carolina expand its operation with a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 Hybrid UV press. On Wednesday, Financial Data Management added a five-colour Versafire digital press from Heidelberg UK. Thursday saw a new Koenig & Bauer Commander CL mark the 50th anniversary of Druck-und Pressehaus Naumann in Gelnhausen; while a third Muller Martini ProLiner inserting system was recently installed at Oppermann in Germany; and IFS with a Horizon and a three-side trimmer at Ashford Colour Press in Gos port.

On Friday, both Styria Media Group in Austria, and the Vorländer printing house in Germany, have opted for new Manroland Web e:line newspaper Colorman e:line and Geoman e:line systems; and last but not least, Koenig & Bauer with the latest and third Rapida 145 high-speed large-format sheetfed press at FLYERALARM in Gruessenheim, with a link to the main article in Online Features to accommodate more photographs.

The tailender on Friday gos to FFEI as it celebrates its 70th Anniversary. ‘We are very proud to be celebrating 70 years since the formation of Crosfield and 11 years since our MBO,’ said FFEI managing director Andy Cook, who also recently celebrated 30 years with FFEI. John Crosfield founded the original company in 1947.

That’s it from me until next time,
My best regards

Mike Hilton


 

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Headline News

Almost 30,000 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 pages

Week beginning Mon 09 October – the published date appears in article footline

Monday
Upgrade for KAMA all-rounder plus IPEX showing

Booming demand for KAMA’s ProFold 74: IPEX will see the universal folder gluer with new systems… 

Kodak releases Substrate Expansion Kit for NexPress
The Substrate Expansion Kit expands the types of paperboard and synthetic substrates NexPress presses can run… 

GI adds extra HP T230 to Kettering line up in the UK
Six months after buying Eclipse Group, GI Solutions Group has installed the inkjet web press that 4DM has needed. By Gareth Ward… 

Big leap ahead with the Muller Martini Pantera
Grafica Metelliana has streamlined its softcover processes and positioned itself for further growth… 

Hybrid Software wins first order in Ireland
The order is significant, with two seats of Packz, as well as Cloudflow workflow, Proofscope and Packzflow… 

Tuesday
Heidelberg ‘Industry’ premiere at EVS30 in Stuttgart

Electric power for all: Heidelberg offers high-performance Wallbox for electric cars at EVS30 from 9 – 11 October… 

Fujifilm’s new Superia solutions for newspapers
Fujifilm uses the WAN-IFRA World Publishing Expo 2017 to unveil new CTP, workflow and cleaning solutions… 

Bobst’s most successful ever Labelexpo Europe to date
Having begun with a whisper, Bobst ended Labelexpo Europe 2017 with a roar, huge visitor numbers and multiple sales… 

Labelexpo Europe records all-time high attendance
Labelexpo Europe 2017 culminated in its biggest-ever edition with record-breaking exhibitor and visitor figures… 

Tremendous opportunity within retail signage market
Classic Graphics in North Carolina expands operation with new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 Hybrid UV press… 

Wednesday
Telford stands ready for print invasion (today)
The Print Show has moved to Telford but is expecting to increase its audience beyond those at the NEC last year. By Gareth Ward… 

Koenig & Bauer in new livery at WPE 2017
Fewer new presses – more upgrades and online services… 

Financial Data Management adds five-colour Versafire
Heidelberg offers fifth colour Versafire digital options of high opacity white, varnish, neon yellow and neon pink… 

Mimaki’s new CF22-1225 flatbed cutting plotter
Turnkey solution launched at Viscom Italia makes delivery of short-run signs & displays and samples faster, easier and more profitable, in combination with JFX200-2513 flatbed printer and ArtiosCAD… 

Third Party Retrofits from Manroland Web Systems
Manroland Web Systems has expanded its service portfolio to include competitor presses – with success… 

Thursday
Two PIA White Papers underscore Heidelberg’s approach
Heidelberg technology and automation produces industry-leading productivity levels, maximising profits for printers… 

Successful event for Gallus in growing labelling market
Great deal of customer interest in Gallus label solutions at Labelexpo 2017, with numerous machines sold… 

Koenig & Bauer Commander CL goes live at Naumann
The modern Commander CL marks the 50th anniversary of Druck-und Pressehaus Naumann in Gelnhausen… 

Oppermann replaces two SLS3000 lines with ProLiner
This third Muller Martini ProLiner inserting system will allow 1.25 billion inserts a year to be processed… 

Ricoh and Orséry partner for books on demand
The Ricoh and Orsery solution can be seen on Orsery’s stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair from 11 – 15 October… 

Ashford trims turnaround times with Horizon
IFS-supplied HT-30 three-side trimmer chosen to streamline production for Ashford Colour Press in Gosport… 

Friday    
Muller Martini at the IFRA WPE in Berlin
Exciting look into the mailroom with a pair of VR glasses… 

The success of the Manroland e:line family continues
Styria Media Group and Vorländer have decided for a series of the new Manroland Web Systems newspaper printing class… 

ValueDialog: Transformation hits Print Technology + Innovation
Heidelberg verified at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, #IAA2017 what Dr. Ulrich Hermann pointed out in this ValueDialog interview:…

Every second counts at FLYERALARM
Rapida 145: Complete job changes in just two minutes… 

FFEI celebrates its 70th Anniversary!
‘We are very proud to be celebrating 70 years since the formation of Crosfield and 11 years since our MBO,’ says MD Andy Cook… 

Ricoh’s successful Interact Europe to be held annually
Ricoh’s first ever ‘Interact Europe’ held at Ricoh’s European Customer Experience Centre in Telford, UK…

The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC) to go to America
TheIJC announces the inaugural US edition destined to take place on 12 – 13 April 2018 in Chicago… 

The lead article from a week last Friday…

Exhibitors show commitment to FESPA Eurasia 2017

FESPA Eurasia 2017 will take place at CNR Expo, Istanbul, from 7 – 10 December and continues to demonstrate its importance… 

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Online Feature articles 2017
Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 in 2015, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

VaueDialogue 2017

ValueDialog: Transformation hits Print Technology + Innovation
Heidelberg verified at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, #IAA2017 what Dr. Ulrich Hermann pointed out in the ValueDialog:…

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

Every second counts at FLYERALARM
Rapida 145: Complete job changes in just two minutes…

Previous…   
   Koenig & Bauer: Successful anniversary week on 200th birthday
Former German Federal President Horst Köhler and three key industry CEOs as speakers at the Open Day, when 650 guests from all over the world attended the official ceremony…

200 years Koenig & Bauer: The future needs an origin
With clear strategy and new market appearance Koening & Bauer enters into its third Century, as it looks back to the future, with confidence…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

LED Fever
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 09 Sep

Previous…      Sustainability reporting on the rise
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 02 Oct

Drupa Newsroom
Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf in 2017 and for Drupa 2016 can be found in the Index. It is divided into Chapters for your convenience… just scroll down to view each Chapter

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…   
  Intelligent Printing in Focus
All in Print China to be staged at the new International Expo Center in Shanghai from 24 to 28 October 2018…

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drupa daily; drupa Exhibitors’ show + post-show News; drupa pre-show Exhibitor news; post-drupa from Messe Düsseldorf; drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber; drupa Expert Articles – and more

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In der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz wurde im Frühjahr 2016 der Architektur-Wettbewerb zum Museums-Neubau entschieden. Gutenbergs Erbe soll damit auf höchstem kulturellen Niveau ins Digitalzeitalter überführt werden. Fotos: Gutenberg-Museum Mainz. Collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main.

 

ValueTrendRadar Analysis:
Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print (Teil 3)

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Durch ValueTrendRadar-Analyse „Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print“ liegt erstmals eine umfassende, ganzheitliche Betrachtung des globalen Print-Geschehens vor. Aus gutem Grund liegt ein besonderer Fokus auf Deutschland, da hier die moderne Druckbranche ihren Ursprung fand. Aber auch die globale Sicht kommt nicht zu kurz.

Um Print richtig einschätzen zu können, müssen drei Betrachtungsebenen untersucht und bewertet werden:

  1. Print in seiner (globalen) wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung
  2. (Unvermutete) Wachstumstreiber im Print-Geschäft
  3. Positionierung und Strategien der Techniklieferanten

 

Ergebnisse aus Teil 2

(Unvermutete) Wachstumstreiber im Print-Geschäft

A) Starke Wachstumsimpulse für Print durch Digital-Pioniere

B) Online Print — das derzeit dynamischste Wachstumssegment

  • Als Schrittmacher und auf bereits starkem Umsatz-Niveau verzeichnet der Online-Print-Sektor mehr als alle anderen Bereiche der Druckbranche ein zweistelliges und damit deutlich höheres Wachstum sowie maximale Profitabilität durch Standardisierung und Automatisierung.
  • Relevante technische Innovationen werden äußerst schnell identifiziert und so umgesetzt, dass sie sofort zur Wertschöpfung beitragen. 
  • Der Boom bei der Mass Customization im Print wird die Entwicklung beschleunigen.

C) Zukunftsweisend: 4D Printing eröffnet neue Dimensionen

  • Das druckgrafische 4D Printing-Verfahren zählt zu den global wichtigsten „Emerging Technologies“ (Gartner) und startet erst im Markt. Noch ist es zu früh, um mit validen Marktdaten/Kennziffern aufzuwarten. Schaut man aber auf das dynamische Wachstum von 3D Printing insgesamt, lassen sich Parallelen erkennen und bewerten.
  • Die hohe Bedeutung und exzellente Perspektive von 4D Printing ist in jedem Fall klar: Es werden nicht nur Druckereien resp. agile Online Print-Betriebe eingebunden, sondern auch Unternehmen aller Art, Konsumgüterhersteller, der Handel und sogar Online-Start-ups.

D) Packaging: Königsdisziplin mit weltweitem stärkstem Wachstum

  • Fast die Hälfte des globalen Umsatzes mit Print entsteht durch „Packaging“, den Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck: Bis 2018 werden es rund 472 Milliarden Euro sein (2015: rund 390 Milliarden Euro)
  • Der Markt für Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck expandiert derzeit um rund 25 Milliarden Euro pro Jahr und wird bald über 50 Prozent des globalen Druckvolumen ausmachen. Der Online-Handel sowie Multichannel-Anwendungen mit Kommunikation am Point-of-Sales sind zentrale Wachstumstreiber
  • Als wichtigste Verfahrenstechniken dominieren der Offset- und Flexodruck äußert stark und werden auch in 10 Jahren noch das Gros der Produktionen bewältigen müssen. Digitaldruck-Techniken (speziell Inkjet-Druck) wachsen überdurchschnittlich, v. a. durch Kooperationen von Herstellern, aber auf niedrigem Niveau
  • Die Nase vorn haben diejenigen Druckereien, die integrierte Lösungen kundenorientiert und mit hoher Automatisierung/Standardisierung sowie digitaler Prozesskompetenz anbieten.

 


 

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Teil 3:  Positionierung und Strategien der Techniklieferanten – Vom Silo-Denken zur kundenorientierten Ganzheitlichkeit

Die Zahl der Techniklieferanten für Druck- und Papiertechnik geht in die Tausende. Über 1.800 stellten alleine auf der drupa 2016 aus. Die Spanne bei den Zulieferern für Druckereien reicht von breit aufgestellten Multimilliarden-Konzernen über Mittelständler bis hin zu spezialisierten Kleinbetreiben und Start-ups mit 5 bis 10 Mitarbeitern. Hinzukommt eine Heerschar von Fachhändlern. Kunden aus der Druckindustrie sind mit einer Vielzahl von Angebote konfrontiert, die sich mehrfach überlagern respektive deckungsgleich sind. Zu den ‚ganz Großen‘ Techniklieferanten zählen Hersteller von Papier/Bedruckstoffen aller Art sowie die von Verbrauchsmaterialien, wie Druckfarben etc. sowie neben den deutschen Druckmaschinenbauern über ein halbes Dutzend Konzerne aus dem IT/Datenmanagement sowie dem Imaging- und Kopiertechnik-Bereich.

Von den Letztgenannten sahen sich die großen Digitaldruck-Technik-Anbieter näher an der Digitalisierung und waren bestrebt, neue Verfahrenstechniken im Druck durchzusetzen. Dies führte zu einem wahren Investitionsboom in neue Drucktechnik. Die reinen Digitaldrucktechnikentwickler haben in den vergangenen 25 Jahren die höchsten Summen in Forschung und Entwicklung investiert: Über 100 Milliarden Euro wurden vorwiegend in den USA und Japan von börsennotierten Konzernen wie HP, Kodak, Xerox sowie Canon, Fujifilm, Konica Minolta oder Ricoh für Digitaldruck-Technik-Entwicklung aufgewendet. Dies kam vor allem dem Konsumentendruck sowie dem sog. Office-Printing zugute. Für die Druckindustrie lautete die Strategie: Stellplätze für Digitaldruckmaschinen erobern, da Techniklieferanten nicht nur Maschinen verkaufen, sondern auch jahrelang an deren Nutzung per Click-Rate pro Druckseite verdienen. Ein Manko: Klickpreise bilden in der Druckbranche ein unübliches und bis heute ungewohntes Geschäftsmodell, da industriell produzierende Druckereiunternehmen die Vollkosten einer Druckmaschine im Vorfeld kennen müssen. [Hinweis: Die Kritik am nicht marktkonformen Vermarktungsgehabe für Digitaldruck hatte ich in einem offenen Brief im Juli 2014 formuliert. Siehe: „ValueCheck! — Alert! Digital Print crashes! More worse than expected!“

Das Dilemma: Die Ambitionen und der hohe Forschungsaufwand haben sich auf die Börsenkurse der genannten Digitaldrucktechnik-Firmen bis dato nicht positiv ausgewirkt: Alle Genannten verzeichnen über Jahre Stagnation oder sogar einen Rückgang ihres Aktienwertes. (Siehe Screenshots zur Kursentwicklung der letzten fünf Jahre). Die Marktkapitalisierung liegt auf niedrigem Niveau bzw. deutlich unter den Umsatzvolumen. Die Ausnahme: Der Imaging-Konzern Canon, dessen Marktkapitalisierung in etwa dem Umsatz entspricht. Ebenso wenig haben sich die hohen Investitionen auf die Volumenanteile am globalen Gesamtvolumen von Druckseiten ausgewirkt: Von den rund 50 Billiarden Druckseiten pro Jahr entfallen laut Xerox nur 2 Prozent (!) auf den Digitaldruck. Bedacht werden muss, dass die Umsatzerlöse pro Druckauftrag/Druckseite im Digitaldruck kostenintensiver sind, gerade wenn z. B. mit variablen Daten gedruckt wird. Daher wird für das Jahr 2015 von einem Umsatzvolumenanteil von rund 15 Prozent am Gesamtmarkt ausgegangen.

 

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Auszug aus dem Vortrag von Andreas Weber: #drupa2016 Review. Grafik: Chart von Xerox, drupa Pressekonferenz am 1. Juni 2016

 

Screenshots zur Kursentwicklung börsennotierter Digitaldruck-Technikkonzenen. Stand 11. Oktober 2016. Quellen: MSN Money, Yahoo! Finanzen, OnVista, Wallstreet Online. Hinweis: HP Inc. notiert seit dem Splitting und absolviert sein erstes Geschäftsjahr. Inkl. dem Q3 2016 ging der Umsatz in der Sparte Printing im Jahresvergleich um 14 % zurück.

 

Der Grund, warum man sich bei der Vermarktung von Digitaldrucktechnik schwer tut, liegt vor allem in einer großen Unkenntnis dessen, was im Kern den Druckereimarkt in seiner Besonderheit ausmacht — bis hin zu grundlegenden Verständnisproblemen: Digitaldrucktechnik-Hersteller sprechen nicht die Sprache der Drucker, sondern die der IT/Computerwelt. (Siehe ValuePublishing drupa-Analyse: #drupa2016 Review Teil 2: Worauf es wirklich ankam!  

Zudem agieren diese Anbieter als Groß-Konzerne mit vielen Hierarchiestufen, komplexen Strukturen, häufig wechselnden Ansprechpartnern, was vielen Druckereibetreiben Unbehagen oder sogar Probleme bereitet. Denn bevorzugt werden direkte Wege, gute und nachhaltige persönliche Kontakte zu den Lieferfirmen etc., die langfristig Vertrauen aufbauen und pflegen. Das (berechtigte) Credo der Druckereien: Es muss stets gehalten werden, was versprochen wird!

 

Zwischenruf

Spitzfindig könnte man aufgrund zahlreicher, immer gleicher Presseverlautbarungen der Digitaldruck-Techniklieferanten feststellen: Die Positionierung der großen Anbieter ist nahezu identisch. Alle sind (angeblich) globale Marktführer mit dem größten respektive breitesten Portfolio. Das „Print is Big“-Paradigma (siehe Teil 1) verspricht beste Aussichten, nachhaltig hohe Profite mit der Entwicklung und dem Verkauf von innovativer Drucktechnik zu machen. Nur in der Anwendung ergibt sich ein anderes Bild, da Digitaldruck-Technik in der industriellen Druckproduktion noch längst nicht dominiert.

Der Grund erschließt sich durch das in der Wissenschaft als Produktivitätsparadoxon bezeichnete Dilemma der Digitaldrucktechnik. Durch empirische Studien wurde die Hypothese untermauert, dass, insbesondere im Dienstleistungssektor, kein positiver Zusammenhang zwischen Investitionen in die Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (IuK) und der Produktivität auf volkswirtschaftlicher oder unternehmerischer Ebene zu bestehen scheint. Erklärungsansätze hierfür sind neben Fehlern in der Messmethodik u.a.:

  • Verzögerung zwischen Einsatz und Wirkung (Nutzer müssen erst mit dem neuen System umgehen lernen).
  • Managementfehler und unzureichende Nutzung der Potentiale beim Einsatz der Technologie.
  • Gewinndistribution zwischen Unternehmen und Unternehmensteilen.
  • Negative Auswirkungen des Informationszuwachses.
  • Negative Auswirkungen durch den Aufwand der mit der Einführung der Technologie erforderlichen Reorganisation der Arbeitsabläufe.
  • Weiterentwicklung von Software mit vergleichsweise geringem Effektivitätszuwachs bei stark steigenden Hardwareanforderungen und hohem Anpassungsaufwand.

 

Trotz allem und wohl auch durch die Omnipräsenz der Digitaldruckhersteller, die massiv und allzu gerne den Untergang von Print prophezeiten, falls nicht in Digitaldruck investiert werde, gerieten die traditionellen Hersteller von Offset-, Tief-, Flexodruck-Technologien scheinbar ins Hintertreffen. Aber: Firmen wie Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heideldruck) und Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) mussten zwar heftige, existenzbedrohende Krisen durchlaufen, haben aber ihre starke Position behauptet und hohe Marktanteile behalten (Heideldruck führt mit über 40 Prozent beim Offsetdruck).

 

Übrigens: Um mit den Druckereikunden den Großteil der industriell gefertigten Druckproduktionen solide stemmen zu können, konnte die Gesamtriege der Offset- und Flexodrucktechnik-Hersteller (neben KBA, Heideldruck v. a. Bobst, Cerutti, Esko, Goss, Komori, Presstek, Ryobi, W&H sowie bis 2011 manroland AG) mit Forschungs- und Entwicklungsgeldern von deutlich unter 10 Milliarden Euro (also weniger als einem Zehntel der Digitaldruck-F&E-Investments) im Vergleichszeitraum seit 1991 auskommen. Zudem sind die Investitionen, die industrielle Druckereien pro Jahr leisten müssen, um konkurrenzfähig zu bleiben, im Offset- und Flexodruck niedriger anzusetzen als bei Digitaldrucktechnik, da hier wie im Zwischenruf dargelegt nicht auf Vorhandenes zurückgegriffen werden kann, sondern neue Infrastrukturen und Geschäftsmodelle geschaffen und implementiert werden müssen. Der Aufwand und damit die Kosten steigen zusätzlich noch, wenn eine Reorganisation der Arbeitsabläufe, Schulungen, Workflowanpassungen u. v. m. erfolgen müssen. Hinzu kommt, dass die Maschinenverfügbarkeit bei vielen High-End-Digitaldruck-Systemen (z. B. von bestimmten Xerox- und HP Indigo-Digitaldrucksystemen) unter 70 Prozent liegt, also deutlich zu niedrig ist für industrielle Fertigungsstandards, die 90 bis 95 Prozent betragen sollten.

 

 

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Übersehen wurde durch den „Glanz“ der progressiven Digitaldruck-Investments: Die deutschen Maschinenbauer haben ihren Fokus geschärft, die Kernkompetenzen ausgebaut, klassische Produktlinien komplett überarbeitet, Serviceleistungen (wie v. a. bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen) enorm ausgebaut und können nunmehr wie in Teil 2 aufgeführt durch Kooperationen mit Digitaldruck-Technik-Konzernen integrierte Gesamtlösungen (Mix von Offset- und Digitaldruck inkl. integrierter Prozesssteuerung) anbieten.

Vereinfacht dargestellt: Die (totgeglaubte) Offsetdruck-Welt hat ihren Neustart erfolgreich vollzogen und die Digitaldruck-Welt pro-aktiv integriert. Damit ist man als Druckereibetrieb dem Zwang entkommen, sich ultimativ für das eine (Offset/Flexo) oder das andere (Digitaldruck) entscheiden zu müssen. Und kann bei gewohnten Lieferanten alles aus einer Hand bekommen. Wohingegen die Digitaldrucktechnik-Welt mehrheitlich mit ihren (Stand-alone)-Eigen-Lösungen in Silos verhaftet bleibt und auf Verdrängung durch Substitution setzt. Dazu sind enorme Anstrengungen nötig, wie sich am Beispiel des Imaging-Konzerns Canon auf der drupa 2016 ablesen lässt. Siehe: ValuePublishing drupa 2016 Review, Teil 3 — Des Pudels Kern: #unleashprint („entfessele Print“).

Wie Anleger und Experten aus dem Finanzbereich urteilen

Durch die drupa 2016 ergab sich öffentlichkeitswirksamer als früher ein klares Bild, warum und aus welchen Gründen die ‚traditionellen‘ Drucktechniklieferanten Wachstumschancen haben. Nachfolgend einige Auszüge aus Kommentaren von deutschen Aktien- und Anlageexperten zu Heideldruck und KBA:  

„Koenig & Bauer und Heideldruck profitieren von Analystenlob – Eine positive Analystenstudie hat am Donnerstag die Aktionäre der Druckmaschinenhersteller Koenig & Bauer und Heidelberger Druck erfreut. Quelle: Wallstreet Journal/Nachrichtenagentur: dpa-AFX, 18.08.2016.

„Dennoch sehen noch immer einige Investoren die Druckindustrie als strukturell sterbende Branche an – ein Fehler!“

Quelle: Der Aktionär mit Review von KBA: Druckmesse Drupa startet – das müssen Anleger wissen!

„… neuen Gesellschaftsstruktur [von KBA] steht die strategische Weiterentwicklung der Gruppe und das Wachstum in Zukunftsmärkten wie dem Verpackungs- und Digitaldruck im Fokus…“

„…Vor allem im Verpackungsdruck, der bereits für rund 70 Prozent der KBA-Erlöse steht, will der Vorstand Marktanteile gewinnen…“

Quelle: http://www.deraktionaer.de/aktie/displayAction-245310.htm

„Heidelberger Druck: Chance von 100 Prozent — Der Aufwärtstrend ist intakt. Der Auftragsbestand ist deutlich gestiegen. Analysten sind zuversichtlich.“

„Die Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG ist seit vielen Jahren ein wichtiger Anbieter und Partner für die globale Druckindustrie. Das Portfolio des Unternehmens fokussiert die Wachstums-Bereiche der Branche. Es basiert auf Equipment, Service und Verbrauchs-Materialien.“

„Mit einem für 2017 geschätzten Gewinnvielfachen von 8,4 scheint die Aktie der Heidelberger Druck günstig gepreist. Die Privatbank Hauck & Aufhäuser hat das Kursziel für Heidelberger Druck von 3,20 auf 3,10 Euro gesenkt, stuft die Aktie aber weiterhin mit ‚Buy‘ ein.“

Quelle: Wallstreet Journal, Gastautor Ingmar Königshofen, Geschäftsführer FSG Financial Service Group 31.08.2016.

„Heidelberger Druck: Langsam wieder vielversprechend. Aber auch fundamental ist der Wert durchaus wieder aussichtsreich. Die Erholung des Konzerns verläuft bislang nicht linear, sondern in Wellen. Von zwischenzeitlichen Rückschlägen sollte man sich daher nicht zu stark irritieren lassen.“

„Dass der übergeordnete Trend stimmt, zeigt der starke Auftragseingang zur Branchenmesse drupa. Es ist durchaus möglich, dass der Konzern dies angesichts eines rundüberholten Portfolios in eine nachhaltig höhere Dynamik mit besseren Margen ummünzen kann.“

„Die Analysten jedenfalls glauben an die Story (…).“

Quelle: Wallstreet Journal, Gastautor Holger Steffen, Chefredakteur Aktien-global.de, 31.08.2016.

 

Zwischenergebnis

Anleger und die Börse honorieren demnach den Neustart der deutschen Maschinenbauer KBA und Heideldruck, die sich beide komplett neu aufgestellt haben und mit der frühzeitig einsetzenden vor-drupa-Kommunikation seit Ende 2015 transparent machten, wie sie ihren jeweiligen Weg angehen. Gute Verkaufserfolge auf der drupa 2016 konnten bestätigen, dass im Markt ankommt, was beabsichtigt war. Entsprechend entwickelten sich die Umsatz- und Ertragslage der beiden Firmen positiv — mit zuversichtlichen Prognosen für eine steigende Kursentwicklung. Demgegenüber haben sich die Ambitionen und der hohe Forschungsaufwand auf die Börsenkurse der reinen Digitaldrucktechnik-Firmen bis dato kaum positiv ausgewirkt.

 


 

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Die Wirtschaftspresse wie z. B. das Handelsblatt sieht KBA und Heideldruck im Aufwind.

Im Vergleich: Positionierung, Strategie und Perspektiven von KBA und Heideldruck

KBA und Heideldruck sind zweifellos die weltweit traditionsreichsten Hersteller von Drucktechnik und stehen im direkten Wettbewerb. Dennoch sollte man beide Firmen nicht über einen Kamm scheren.

KBA

KBA positioniert sich seit jeher als exklusive, kundennahe Technikschmiede mit klarem Fokus auf vertikale Märkte. Weltweit gilt KBA als Nummer 2 hinter Heideldruck. Jahrzehnte lang hat man sich vor allem per Rotationsdruck-Produktionsanlagen auf Zeitungs- und Magazindruck spezialisiert und daneben Premium-Bogenoffsetdruckmaschinen gebaut, gerade auch im Großformat. Strukturelle Veränderungen im Printmedien- und Verlagsgeschäft brachten einen drastischen Einbruch: Der Haupt-Umsatzbringer Zeitungs-/Magazindruck kippte weg.

Die 2015 abgeschlossene Re-Organisation und Neuausrichtung zielten erfolgreich darauf ab, neue vertikale Märkte zu besetzen: Das Geschäft im Verpackungsdruck soll laut KBA für 70 Prozent des Umsatzes sorgen. Im Juli 2016 erfolgte durch Akquisition des Stanzmaschinenherstellers Iberica der Einstieg in Druckweiterverarbeitungslösungen für Verpackungskunden.

Im laufenden Geschäftsjahr 2016 wird bei einem Konzernumsatz von 1,1 bis 1,2 Milliarden Euro eine EBT-Rendite von 4 Prozent erwartet. Mit einem Kursanstieg von 38,9 Prozent in den ersten sechs Monate des Jahres 2016 entwickelte sich die KBA-Aktie deutlich besser als der DAX (-9,9 Prozent) und der SDAX (-3,5 Prozent).

Das Angebot von KBA gliedert sich seitdem in drei Segmente (Zahlen beziehen sich auf das 1. Halbjahr 2016)

  • Segment Sheetfed (Bogendruck): >22 Prozent Wachstum bei 291,7 Millionen Euro Umsatz und 8,6 Millionen Segmentgewinn.
  • Segment Special (v. a. Wertpapierdruck und flexibler Verpackungsdruck): >37 Prozent Wachstum bei 233,9 Millionen Euro Umsatz und 20,1 Millionen Segmentgewinn.
  • Segment Digital & Web (industrieller Digital- und Rotationsdruck): >75 Prozent Wachstum bei 64,5 Millionen Umsatz und -0,9 Millionen Segmentgewinn.

Quelle: Konzernzwischenbericht 1. Halbjahr 2016 

 

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Der Vorstandsvorsitzende von KBA, Claus Bolza-Schünemann, war 2016 Präsident der globalen Leitmesse drupa. Foto: Andreas Weber, während der VDMA pre-drupa Pressekonferenz am 4. April 2016 in Frankfurt am Main.

Chancen

In seiner vertikalen Ausrichtung mit fokussierter Kompetenz folgt KBA der Vorstellungswelt der etablierten Druckbranche und kann dadurch mittelfristig kontinuierlich wachsen, ohne das Geschäftsmodell verändern zu müssen. Die Öffnung zum Digitaldruck durch Kooperationen wie z. B. mit HP und Xerox wertet das Portfolio auf.

Herausforderungen

A) Der hohe Auftragseingang fordert die durch die Re-Organisation verschlankten Produktionskapazitäten stark, was die Lieferzeiten verlängert.
B) Um maßgeblich Entwicklungen und Möglichkeiten von Print im Digitalzeitalter zu antizipieren und zu beeinflussen, hat es KBA bis dato versäumt, sich Expertise im Bereich IT/BigData/Cloud/E-Commerce/Multichannel in Verbindung mit Print zu verschaffen. Es fehlt der Blick über den Tellerrand.

 


 

Heideldruck

Branchenprimus Heideldruck positioniert sich seit Jahrzehnten als Allrounder für die gesamte Druckindustrie und besitzt die stärkste Strahlkraft als Marke, gerade auch bei den wichtigsten Kunden der Druckereien. Pre-Media-, Workflow- und Druckweiterverarbeitungslösungen ergänzen die Drucktechnikangebote mit einem Weltmarktanteil von rund 40 Prozent im Bogenoffsetdruck. Hinzu kommen vor allem Services (inkl. dem Vertrieb von Verbrauchsmaterialien) sowie Prozess- und Geschäftsmanagement-Support, die bereits 50 Prozent des Gesamtumsatzes ausmachen.

In dem Bestreben, es allen recht zu machen, hatte man sich bei Heideldruck verzettelt und wurde nach 2008 durch die Krise der Druckbranche in den Abwärtsstrudel gezogen. Nach der drupa 2012 wurde das Unternehmen verschlankt, neu fokussiert und besser auf die Bedürfnisse der global und industriell ausgerichteten Kunden ausgerichtet. Darunter zählen vor allem auch Kunden aus dem Online-Print-Sektor sowie dem Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck; im Verpackungs- und Etikettenmarkt nimmt Heideldruck seit langem eine führende Rolle ein (mit über 700 Millionen Euro Jahresumsatz für seine Packaging-Lösungsangebote, darunter auch die Gallus-Produktlinie für Labelprinting).

Mit dem 4D-Printing hat Heideldruck gemäß den Marktanalysten von Gartner als erster Drucktechnikhersteller eine von rund zwei Dutzend „Emerging Technologies“ marktreif für Kunden platziert. Quelle: Gartner: Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, July 2016 

Die Marketing- und Kommunikationsleistung von Heideldruck hat sich sichtbar verstärkt. Gemäß dem induxx Industrieplattform-Ranking steht Heideldruck im „Gesamtranking Social Media B2B an der Spitze bei Druck- und Papiertechnik“. Quelle: induux.com Zudem wurde Heideldruck für innovative Softwareanwendungen mit dem ›Digital Leader Award‹ ausgezeichnet. Quelle: Digital Leader Award 2016 – Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG — Weltmarktführer bei Druckmaschinen baut mit Big Data seine Wertschöpfungskette aus

 

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Heideldruck unterscheidet mit Heidelberg Equipment und Heidelberg Services zwei Haupt-Segmente mit jeweils rund 50 Prozent Umsatzanteil. Das Geschäftsjahr von Heidelberg schließt zum 31. März ab. Der Umsatz im Geschäftsjahr 2015/2016 betrug 2,51 Milliarden Euro; Gewinn vor Steuern (EBITDA) 189 Millionen Euro, Ergebnis nach Steuern 28 Millionen Euro.  Quelle: Geschäftsbericht 2015/2016. Der Umsatz 1. Quartal 2016/2017 betrug 486 Millionen Euro, der Gewinn vor Steuern (EBITDA) 1 Million Euro, das Ergebnis nach Steuern -37 Millionen Euro. Quelle: Zwischenmitteilung Q1 2016/2017.

Für das laufende Geschäftsjahr 2016/2017 wird ein Umsatzplus von 4 Prozent erwartet, um dem Erreichen der 3 Milliarden Euro-Grenze und der Steigerung des Netto-Gewinns plangemäß näher zu kommen. In Jahresfrist schwankte der Aktienkurs zwischen 2,80 und derzeit leicht über 2,10 Euro. Moody’s erhöhte den Ausblick auf ‚positiv‘, das Rating wurde mit B3 bestätigt. Zum Ausblick siehe Bericht zur Hauptversammlung vom 28. Juli 2016.

Heideldruck hat damit erfolgreich den Schritt vollzogen, nach der Restrukturierung mit Kosteneinsparungsmaßnahmen, sein Geschäft wieder dynamisch auszuweiten. Das erweiterte Portfolio sowie der Fokus auf Digitalisierung und Services reduzieren die Abhängigkeit vom naturgemäß zyklisch verlaufenden Druckmaschinenverkauf, was der Stabilität des Aktienkurses künftig zu gute kommen sollte.

 

Heideldruck-Video: „drupa 2016: Smart Print Shop – Smart Services – Smart Collaboration“ 

 

Heideldruck treibt die Digitalisierung der Branche aktiv voran und macht das drupa-Motto ›Simply Smart‹ zum langfristigen Programm. Die wichtigsten Aspekte:

  • Wandel vom Maschinenbauer zum Innovationstreiber für die Kommunikation mit Print im Digitalzeitalter
  • Kunden werden industrielle Druckproduktionstechniken PLUS Digitalisierungs-Know-how auf breiter Basis zur Verfügung gestellt.
  • Intelligente Automatisierung im Offsetdruckbereich: Mit ›Push to Stop‹-Philosophie und autonomem Drucken prägt Heidelberg maßgeblich die industrielle Druckproduktion der Zukunft.
  • Digitaldruckportfolio ›Fire‹ soll einen Wendepunkt für die Branche markieren – und ist komplementär und vernetzbar mit den Offsetdruck-Lösungen nutzbar.
  • Automatisierung der Geschäftsprozesse durch innovative, Cloud-basierte Servicelösungen via Informations- und Serviceportal ›Heidelberg Assistant‹ (auf der drupa 2016 mehr als 5.500 Neukunden für Heidelberg eShop). Quelle: Heideldruck Zwischenbericht Q1 2016/2017. 

Chancen

Zum ersten Mal wurde durch Heideldruck eine plausible, ganzheitlich durchdachte und zielführende Strategie zur Digitalisierung mit Fokus auf Print erarbeitet, die der industriell ausgerichteten Druckbranche ermöglicht, die digitale Transformation erfolgreich zu bewältigen. Dabei werden nicht nur unterschiedliche Printtechniken, sondern das gesamte Druckerei-Management inklusive der Administrations- und Prozessteuerung einbezogen.

Herausforderungen

A) Die neue Firmenpositionierung und -strategie weicht von bekannten Mustern ab, ist hoch komplex und daher nicht für jeden sogleich verständlich. Denn das Maß aller Dinge sind nicht mehr wie bisher Maschinenverkäufe. Extern (Markt, Anleger, Presse, Kunden) wie auch intern (mindestens noch rund 25 Prozent der Mitarbeiter, die in hohem Maße den Kulturwandel bewältigen müssen) bestehen Verständnislücken.

B) Neue, auf Interaktion ausgerichtete Vertriebsimpulse sind nötig, um beim Go-to-Market die Innovationskraft des Portfolios/Leistungsangebots noch besser zu nutzen.

 


 

Fazit

  • Die Mehrzahl der Techniklieferanten für Druckereien liefert Silo-artig nur Module und/oder Einzellösungen zur Optimierung der bestehenden Produktionstechniken. Sie entsprechen dadurch nur selten den Anforderungen der digitalen Transformation. Denn es sind ganzheitliche Lösungen nötig, die sich auf alle Produktions- wie auch sämtliche Geschäftsprozesse beziehen.
  • Reine Digitaldrucktechnik-Hersteller respektive -Lieferenten haben verstärkten Aufwand, vor allem, wenn sie nur auf Verdrängungswettbewerb durch Substitution aus sind. HP und Xerox haben das im Ansatz verstanden und suchen Kooperationen. 
  • Die beiden deutschen Druckmaschinenhersteller KBA und Heideldruck, als Branchenprimus, verteidigen erfolgreich ihre Führungspositionen und wachsen wieder profitabel; wobei m. E. Heideldruck aus heutiger Sicht durch seine ganzheitlich durchdachte und zielführende Strategie zur Digitalisierung mit Fokus auf Print die besten Perspektiven bietet, um seine dominante Markposition auch im Digitalzeitalter weiter auszubauen.

Im Ergebnis ist Heideldruck zum Schrittmacher der digitalen Transformation der industriell ausgerichteten Druckbranche geworden. Denn es werden nicht nur unterschiedliche Printtechniken, sondern das gesamte Druckerei-Management inklusive der Administrations- und Prozessteuerung sowie Cloud-basierte Services zur optimalen Vernetzung einbezogen. Die Maßgabe ist dabei die bestmögliche Kundenorientierung.

 


 

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Resümee und Gesamt-Fazit der dreiteiligen ValueTrendRadar-Analyse

Die hohe wirtschaftliche Bedeutung von Print als einer der global größten und mithin nachhaltigsten Branchen ist evident, da Print unverzichtbar ist. Die (teils unvermuteten) Wachstumstreiber Online-Handel, Online Print sowie 4D Printing und als Königsdisziplin der Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck schaffen für viele lukrative Anreize. Entsprechend ist der Technologie-, Innovations- und Investitions-Aufwand riesig.

Print steht so gut dar wie noch nie zuvor und hat den Anschluss an das Digitalzeitalter gefunden. Autonomes Drucken, Automatisierung und Standardisierung aller Prozessschritte — vom Online Print bis zum E-Commerce — ist möglich. Dazu bedarf es mehr als nur Technik-Innovationsmöglichkeiten; vor allem wird profundes Know-how benötigt zur Kontrolle und Steuerung über die gesamte Printproduktions-Wertschöpfungskette hinweg — und das im Kontext mit den Paradigmen der Digitalisierung. Das reicht vom „digitalen“ Geschäftsmanagement bis zu neuen, Cloud-basierten Leistungsangeboten und Services, die ein innovatives Go-to-Market und eine auf Interaktion abzielende Vertriebskommunikation erfordern.

Die Wertschöpfung mit Print wächst nur dann, wenn die Nachfrage nach zeitgemäßen Print-Produkten nachhaltig stimuliert wird. Print ist kein Selbstläufer! Denn die Zukunft von Print wird wie dargelegt getragen durch fulminante, marktkonforme, neuartige Konzeptionen, die die professionelle Herstellung, Distribution und Nutzung von Printmedien integrativ angeht.

Erfolgskritisch ist, sich im Print nicht nur vertikal in einzelnen Anwendungsbereichen zu positionieren, sondern spezifisch auf Kunden- und Marktbedürfnisse einzugehen und dauerhaft eine Innovationsführerschaft zu übernehmen, die Print im Kommunikationsmix auch nach über 500 Jahren noch attraktiv bleiben lässt.

 


 

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ValueTrendAnalysis:
Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print (Teil 1)

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Durch ValueTrendRadar-Analyse „Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print“ liegt erstmals eine umfassende, ganzheitliche Betrachtung des globalen Print-Geschehens vor. Aus gutem Grund liegt ein besonderer Fokus auf Deutschland, da hier die moderne Druckbranche ihren Ursprung fand. Aber auch die globale Sicht kommt nicht zu kurz.

Zum Autor: Seit mehr als 20 Jahren erhält Andreas Weber als Print- und Innovations-Analyst zahlreiche Anfragen zu Print-Themen — nicht „nur“ von international aktiven Investoren, sondern von Wirtschaftsanalysten, aus dem Bankenbereich und von Marktforschern. Zumeist geht es um Produktinnovationen resp. Technikanbieter, neue Verfahrenstechniken sowie die Lage der Druckereien im Allgemeinen. In über 20 international stark beachteten Einzelanalysen hat sich Andreas Weber vor, während und nach der globalen Print-Leitmesse drupa 2016 mit den aktuellen Print-Technik- und Markttrends beschäftigt. — Siehe auch die Zusammenfassung der wichtigsten Ergebnisse der nachfolgenden Analyse..


Vorbemerkung

Anfang September 2016. Das Handy klingelt. Der Anrufer fragt unvermittelt: „Würden Sie ins Geschäft mit Print einsteigen?“ — Meine Antwort: „Ja klar!“ Aus meiner wohl überraschend-spontanen Antwort ergab sich ein intensives, fast einstündiges Gespräch, dessen Ergebnisse hier von mir zu einem umfassenden Einblick zu Print zusammengefasst werden. Angerufen hatte der Chef eines Venture Capital Fonds, mit dem Ziel einen aktuellen, objektiven und umfassenden Eindruck zu Print gewinnen zu können. — Here we are!

Ad 1: Nicht nur an den Börsen, sondern v. a. bei professionellen Investoren ist Print ein zunehmend relevantes Thema. Nicht zuletzt durch Groß-Investitionen bei Print-Technik-Herstellern (HP Inc. übernimmt Druckersparte von Samsung) und (Online-)Druckereien (CIMPRESS übernimmt wir-machen-druck.de ; Bregal übernimmt Mehrheit bei Onlineprinters GmbH / diedruckerei.de).

Last but not least: Die Print-Technik-Traditionskonzerne wie Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) und Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG verzeichnen in 2016 wieder bessere Aussichten an der Börse, während fast alle auf Digitaldruck-Technik fokussierten Konzerne bei sinkender Marktkapitalisierung über die letzten fünf Jahre hinweg Kursrückgänge oder -stagnation verzeichnen. Und: Digitaldrucktechnik-Pioniere wie Hewlett-Packard und auch Xerox mussten sich aufspalten, um in neuer Konfiguration einer Rückbesinnung auf Printtechnik im Digitalzeitalter folgen zu können.

Ad 2: Die Herausforderungen, um im Print und mit Print-Technik zu reüssieren, sind enorm hoch: Das Printgeschäft ist nicht leicht zu verstehen, weil es hoch-komplex und kaum ganzheitlich im Blick zu halten ist. Für Aussenstehende resp. Branchenfremde tun sich im Detail viele Fragen und sogar Widersprüche auf; es ist fast unmöglich, sich aus dem Stand einen Überblick über die Lage von „Print als Business“ zu verschaffen. Der Grund: „Print is big“ — wie ein fundiert angelegtes Projekt aus den USA anschaulich macht, das nicht nur auf den US-Markt, sondern global ausgelegt ist. (Quelle: http://printisbig.com, herausgegeben vom Print-E-Commerce-Spezialisten Aleyant Systems).

Um Print richtig einschätzen zu können, müssen m. E. drei Betrachtungsebenen untersucht und bewertet werden:

  1. Print in seiner (globalen) wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung
  2. (Unvermutete) Wachstumstreiber im Print-Geschäft
  3. Positionierung und Strategien der Techniklieferanten

1. Print in seiner wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung

Wichtige globale Kennzahlen aus dem Jahr 2015

Globaler Umsatz mit Printmedienproduktionen:
898 Milliarden US-$, wobei ‚on-top’ rund 3.500 Milliarden US-$ an Zusatzumsätzen für „related services“ aggregiert wurden. Darin sind Content-Creation, Design, IT, Logistics etc. eingeschlossen.

Zum Vergleich:

  • 133 Milliarden US-$ für Online-Werbung
  • 102 Milliarden US-$ für Video Games
  • 15 Milliarden US-$ für Musikindustrie

(Quelle: http://printisbig.com auf Basis zahlreicher Studien und validierter Marktforschungsergebnissen).

Der Print-Markt ist hoch bedeutend und braucht sich kaum hinter dem Automobilbau, dem Finanzsektor oder der Werbebranche zu verstecken. Dies ist eigentlich kein Novum, sondern seit Generationen so!

Wandeln durch Handeln!

Die genannte ‚Print is Big‘-Analyse bezieht alle Print-Anwendungen ein, auch solche, die sich ausserhalb der hierzulande eng eingegrenzten Kernbranche „Druckindustrie“ abspielen, die sich allzuoft mit „hausgemachten“ Problemen beschäftigt, wie Unternehmensberater betonen. (Siehe das aktuelle Interview mit Michael Apenberger, Hamburg, von Anfang September 2016). Die Folge: Mehr und mehr Innovationen spielen sich ausserhalb der Vorstellungswelt der Kern-Branche ab resp. es gibt eine wachsende Anzahl von Innovatoren, die etablierte Druckereien unter Druck setzen (mehr dazu unter Punkt 2).

Der wichtigste Aspekt aus meiner Sicht lautet: Wie kann eine Branche — die seit hunderten von Jahren fest etabliert auf Innovation setzt, sich also permanent technisch erneuert und dadurch für nahezu jeden Menschen und alle Organisationen, Institutionen, Regierungen/Behörden, Universitäten, Firmen aller Art und sogar für Start-ups unverzichtbar wurde — wie kann eine solche Branche seit vielen Jahren ihre eigene hohe Bedeutung nicht adäquat einschätzen resp. Dritten darstellen? — Zur Erinnerung, mit Blick auf Deutschland und den Kernmarkt Druckbranche, ein paar Fakten:

  • Die Zahl der Druckereibetriebe und der Beschäftigten in Deutschland schrumpft erheblich (von über 20.000 Druckereien in den 1990er Jahren werden bis 2020 rund 7.500 aktiv im Geschäft bleiben);
  • die Produktion stagniert und geht in Teilmärkten zurück;
  • die Kapazitätsauslastung sinkt resp. schwankt im Schnitt bei 80%;
  • die durchschnittliche Entwicklung der Verkaufspreise sinkt seit 15 Jahren konstant;
  • kurios: Seit Jahren sind die Erwartungen der deutschen Druckereiunternehmer konstant schlechter als die tatsächliche derzeitige Lage ihrer Unternehmen.
  • ABER: Die Investitionen in Technologie steigen bei Betrieben ab 50 Mitarbeitern wieder seit 2014, mit leichter Delle in 2015, aber mit einem deutlichem Zuwachs für das Jahr 2016 (alleine in Deutschland geschätzt um 7,3 Prozent auf 644 Mio. Euro, was ca. 8 bis 10 Prozent des Weltmarktes ausmacht).

Quellen (Auswahl):


Ähnlich wie in Deutschland sind übrigens die Entwicklungen in allen industrialisierten Ländern gelagert, wobei deutsche Druckereien vom Vorteil profitieren, dass sie von einer nach wie vor hohen Exportquote von über 15 % profitieren und somit nicht nur vom Binnenmarkt abhängig sind.

Ein wichtiger Trend im Druckereimarkt leitet sich daraus ab: Druckereien verschlanken sich; dennoch muss selbst bei sinkenden Produktionsvolumen die Wertschöpfung steigen. Druckereien müssen daher nach wie vor investieren, um effizienter produzieren oder neue Wachstumsfelder erschließen zu können. 

Als wichtigste Aufgabe kommt hinzu, das „Go-to-Market“ für Druckereien und ihre Kunden zu verbessern, da große Wissensdefizite hinsichtlich der Möglichkeiten von Print bestehen:

  • die Kommunikation zeitgemäß stärken, um mit Kunden medial im Dialog zu stehen und v. a. um Marktentwicklungen pro-aktiv zu beeinflussen;
  • Erstellung und Bestellungen von Drucksachen vereinfachen — Lieferzeiten verkürzen;
  • neue Anwendungen (auch in Nischen) erschließen;
  • und grundlegend überdenken, wie sich Print im Kommunikationsmix nachhaltig positionieren kann.
  • Letztlich: Die Wertschöpfung mit Print wächst nur dann, wenn die Nachfrage nach zeitgemäßen Print-Produkten nachhaltig stimuliert wird. Print ist kein Selbstläufer!

Lichtblick: Überaus positive Signale, mit weltweit höchst positiver Resonanz, setzte die globale Leitmesse drupa 2016 vom Mai/Juni in Düsseldorf. Denn wie nie zuvor wurde das breite Anwendungsspektrum von Print im Digitalzeitalter aufgezeigt: 3D Printing, Multichannel, Functional Printing resp. Printed Electronics öffneten Horizonte. (Siehe die Auflistung der entsprechenden ValuePublishing-Analysen zur drupa 2016, in deutsch und englisch). — Gleichzeitig wurden Quantensprünge erkennbar in den Bereichen Workflow/Automatisierung/Business Management, Verpackung (Packaging) und eben nicht nur im Digitaldruck, sondern vor allem auch im Offsetdruck. Und das alles im Kontext mit zeitgemäßen Hype-Begriffen wie #Cloud, #BigData, #IoT (Internet-of-Things) etc. (Siehe z.B. die Analysen zu Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG sowie zur drupa-2016-Pressekonferenz des VDMA).

Ein weiteres Novum: Erstmals setzte sich durch die drupa 2016 Social Media-Kommunikation bei aktuellen Print-Themen an die Spitze. Vor allem über Twitter beschäftigten sich weltweit und in Echtzeit einige Millionen Fachleute mit den neuesten Print-Themen im Kontext mit den aktuellen Entwicklungen im Digitalzeitalter. Allerdings erfolgen diese Reaktionen und Interaktionen kaum durch Insider-Begriffe der Print-Technik-Welt, wird die nachfolgende Grafik zeigt.

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Analyse via Twitter: ValuePublishing Wordcloud zu #drupa0216. Grafik/Collage: Andreas Weber

Es wurde durch die drupa 2016 auf globaler Ebene klar, dass Printmedien keinesfalls aus der Zeit geraten sind, sondern wirkungsvoller denn je eingesetzt werden können. Schwarzmalererei ist also falsch. Die Aussichten sind bestens! (Siehe ValuePublishing, April 2016, „drupa ante portas: Automatisierung, Flexibilisierung, Digitalisierung machen Print zum Top-Wachstumsmarkt!“)

Lesetipp: Bernd Zipper, Projekt „Print lebt 2013“ – und wie ist es heute um den Druck bestellt? — Mit dem Resümee: „Die Attraktivität und der Nutzen von Printprodukten sind ungebrochen. Zumeist ist die Angst vor der Substitution durch andere Medien unbegründet. Und auch für die Gegenwart und die Zukunft hält Print noch einiges bereit. (…) Print lebt. Und auch wenn in verschiedenen Bereichen Auflagen zurückgehen, so wird – der ‚Krise‘ von Print zum Trotz – weiter gedruckt. Mehr als je zuvor.“

Der Beitrag wird wie folgt fortgesetzt: 


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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 16 September 2016

Welcome to another roundup of 27 news articles posted during the past week, plus one new addition to Online Features from KBA in Nuremberg, with a new long perfector with coating and nine inking units at L/M/B Louko, which scooped this year’s ‘Top Innovator of 2016’ award in Germany.

Then we have Laurel Brunner back with her latest Verdigris environmental Blog, which this week looks at Plastic Dreams. Following which is Nessan Cleary’s very latest Wild Format Technology Guide which explains the basics of the printhead – the heart of an inkjet printer and directly responsible for placing each individual drop of ink on the substrate. This is the ninth article in this new series from by Laurel Brunner, Nessan Cleary, Sonja Angere and Paul Lindström at Digital Dots. All of which can be downloaded as PDFs, with almost 40 still to follow over the coming ten months or so.
On Monday we also announced the first in a new series from Andreas Weber at ValuePublishing entitled ValueTrendAnalysis: Transformation – ‘Beam me up Scotty’. The article is an overture to a series of trend letters and trend studies produced by ValuePublishing together with Muchcommunication.
Our news this week again comprises a completely mixed bag. We have tried to carry all of the current and imminent show-related articles for you which include announcements regarding Photokina in Cologne; from Labelexpo Americas and SGIA Expo which took place last week you will find announcements from EFI, Cerm, Ultimate, Durst, HP, Agfa, Presstek and Xeikon; then we have the agenda for the Inkjet Conference 2016 taking place in Neuss from 4 – 6 October; followed by ProImage, Scodix, KBA, Goss and Presstek at Graph Expo 2016, which opens this coming weekend.
Leading the news on Tuesday: Esko announced more than 120 free online training sessions to be available in a choice of five languages to help Esko’s global customers get the most out of their new software. You’ll find all the details in the article below with links to be able to register.
News leaders this week included Wallpaper Magazine with HP Indigo on Monday teaming up to create 220,000 unique posters for the publication’s 20th anniversary this month. On Wednesday we had HP Inc announce its acquisition of Samsung’s Printer Business, with the aim of disrupting the copier segment by reinventing and replacing service-intensive copiers with superior multifunction printing technology.
Recent sales and installations successes began on Monday with Manroland Sheetfed at Dongguan Xincai Packaging in China; Tuesday saw Heidelberg at Newnorth Print in the UK with the very latest Stahlfolder KH 82 combination model with Palamides delivery; then Esko in Brazil with the milestone 3000th CDI – a CDI Spark 5080 for trade house Clicheria Blumenau – its fifth Esko CDI.
Among the various articles you will find quite a bit of new kit, including EFI with an enhanced Jetrion for labels; Mimaki with new wide-format inkjet direct sublimation for textiles, combining printing and heating for colour fixation into a single footprint; also HP with a new Latex Printer series at SGIA on Friday.


My tailender for the week from Tuesday’s headlines is the Blog Post relating to the K-Show (the world’s number one event for plastics and rubber) from 19 – 26 October in Düsseldorf: by Chris Winczewski at X-Rite Pantone. Not exactly printing as such, but extremely interesting and related – since X-Rite and Pantone and colour control are so closely related to our own industry, and the K-Show is becoming more relevant as production boundaries become blurred in our fast changing world.


That’s it until next time. 

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

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

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

Mon 12 September…   
Wallpaper* and HP customise commemorative posters
HP Indigo and Wallpaper* magazine team up to create 220,000 unique posters for the publication’s 20th anniversary this month…

ValueTrendAnalysis: Transformation – ‘Beam me up, Scotty!’
This article is the overture to a series of trend letters and trend studies produced by ValuePublishing together with the global expert…

Sawgrass: The Art of Sublimation at Photokina 2016
Sawgrass will showcase its full portfolio of sublimation solutions from 20 to 25 September 2016 in Cologne…

Contact Originators is now a Flint FlexoExpert in the UK
Based in Bredbury, Stockport, the beta customer has successfully passed through the FlexoExpert certification programme…

Dongguan Xincai Packaging adds 10-colour Roland 700
Forward-thinking Dongguan Xincai Packaging in China puts its faith in the Roland 700 with coating, UV and InlineFoiler…

Tue 13 September…   
Esko launches global series of free training Webinars
More than 120 free online training sessions help Esko customers to get the most out of new software…

TheIJC 2016 in Neuss unveils extensive agenda
With just over two weeks to go, the The Inkjet Conference confirms the most involving agenda in the event’s history…

Bespoke training course for apprentice ink technician
Gilmour and Dean Limited work with Attain Training in the UK to expand and invest through apprenticeships…

Newnorth Print adds automated Stahlfolder KH 82
Newnorth increases its B1 folding capacity with combination model with Palamides Alpha 500hd delivery…

Mimaki’s new direct sublimation printer for textiles
The Tx500P-3200DS wide-format solution combines printing and heating for colour fixation into a single footprint…

Wed 14 September…   
HP to acquire Samsung’s Printer Business
Aim is to disrupt copier segment, and to reinvent and replace service-intensive copiers with superior multifunction printing technology…

EFI unveils latest Jetrion 4950LXe LED inkjet and ERP
EFI debuts enhanced Jetrion label inkjet production and ERP Workflow innovations at Labelexpo Americas in Rosemont…

Cerm at Labelexpo Americas 2016
Inspiration and Collaboration will be a central theme for Cerm at Labelexpo Americas in Rosemont, from 13 – 15 September…

Ultimate TechnoGraphics brings AutoNesting to SGIA
Ultimate TechnoGraphics to showcase Impostrip’s latest AutoNesting in Las Vegas from 14 – 16 September 2016…

ProImage to launch latest workflow at Graph Expo 2016
ProImage has announced the launch of its new generation of newspaper production workflow: NewsWay-X…

Thu 15 September…  

Esko’s 3000th CDI to Clicheria Blumenau in Brazil
The CDI Spark 5080 and software solutions package, and its fifth CDI, supports the leading trade shop’s plate production…

Durst uses Labelexpo to push its label capabilities
Durst uses Labelexpo Americas to announce important steps forward in the capabilities of its label products…

EFI Armor UVF clear coat on display at SGIA Expo
EFI non-yellowing Armor clear coat extends Avery Dennison textured wall films durability to five years…

X-Rite Pantone: Plastics focus for K-Show 2016
Blog Post relating to the K-Show 19 – 26 October: By Chris Winczewski, corporate strategy and innovation exec at X-Rite Pantone…

KBA’s new VariJET 106 sheetfed hybrid Powered by Xerox
New modular hybrid press for folding cartons integrates KBA Rapida platform with Xerox inkjet technology: intro at Graph Expo…

Fri 16 September…   
Scodix drupa success to flow into Graph Expo 2016
Coming off drupa, where Scodix sold over 150 presses, adoption of Scodix digital enhancement is in full swing worldwide…

Goss International and Presstek at Graph Expo 2016
Goss, Presstek and Contiweb to showcase their latest product innovations and partnership success…

Agfa outshines competition in UV flatbed and hybrid
Agfa Graphics wins three Product of the Year awards for inkjet technology for second year in a row at SGIA Expo 2016…

HP unveiled its new Latex 300 Printer series at SGIA
New HP Latex 315, 335 and 365 printers help customers gain affordable access to more application opportunities…

EFI at the 2016 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas this week
A complete portfolio and new market opportunities highlight EFI’s mission and passion to fuel customer success…

Xeikon Laser Die-cut Unit at Labelexpo Americas
Self-adhesive label converting affordable as short runs made easy with Xeikon Laser Die-cut Unit (LDU)…

Presstek Zahara plates at Labelexpo Americas
Codimag demonstrated the benefits of chemistry-free, waterless offset live with Presstek’s Zahara plates…

Last lead articles from Friday in previous update… 

AVT and HP Indigo at Labelexpo Americas 2016
Visitors will be able to see advanced integration between AVT and the HP Indigo 8000 and 20000 digital presses…

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

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

Previous…   
Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016
Consumers still value print & paper, but environmental misunderstandings persist due to serious lack of awareness…

Technology-related Chapter 02

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

L/M/B Louko in Nuremberg adds long KBA Rapida 106
Print industry’s top innovator invests in KBA Rapida 106 with nine inking units, perfecting and coater…

Previous…   
First Swing sponsored by Canon South Africa
The benefits of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing programme for disabled children, showcased in action at Zwartkop Country Club…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Plastic Dreams
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 16 Sep

Previous…   
Standards for Sustainability
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 26 Aug

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

Latest No 9… The basics of printheads
In many respects the printhead is the heart of an inkjet printer, directly responsible for placing each individual drop of ink on the substrate. By Nessan Cleary

5… Where Do You Start your Wild Format Project?
The range of what’s possible with digital inkjet technology just keeps on growing. There are so many production options to choose from… By Laurel Brunner

6… Wide format Inkjet Basics
Wide format printing has grown at an astronomical rate over the past decade, mainly because it can cope with a growing range of applications. By Nessan Cleary

7… To Judge a Book by Its Cover
Despite the old proverb, humans are prone to judge their fellow man by first impressions, so appearances are important. By Sonja Angerer

8… Workflow Basics for Wide Format Projects
While the creative part of a printing project involving wide, or very, very wide-format production should be unrestrained and ‘wild’ (allowing yourself to think out-of-the-box). By Paul Lindström

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Most recent…   
Let your imagination fly at FESPA Eurasia 2016
Speciality print exhibition returns to the CNR Expo in Istanbul, Turkey for the fourth year in December…

Exhibitors present latest technologies at FESPA Mexico
New products and technologies for wide-format, digital and screen print, garment decoration, signage, software and consumables…

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

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

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

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

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

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

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

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One of the top exhibitors: Leonhard Kurz at Luxe Pack in Monaco from 21 – 23 September

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 09 September 2016

Welcome to another roundup of news articles posted during the past week. You will find quite a nice selection below, including upcoming appearances at various events led by Leonhard Kurz at Luxe Pack in Monaco from 21 – 23 September (on Monday); Sun Chemical at K 2016 in Düsseldorf from 19 – 26 September (Tuesday); Toray at WAN-IFRA’s World Publishing Expo in Vienna from 10 – 12 October; EFI at Graph Expo in Orlando from 24 – 26 September; and then Industrial Inkjet (Konica Minolta) at Labelexpo Americas in Rosemont from 13 – 16 September (all on Wednesday). Then we have Fujifilm at InPrint 2016 in Milan, from 15 – 17 November; and Spandex at the Print Show from 11 – 13 October at the NEC, Birmingham (on Thursday); and finally AVT and HP Indigo with advanced integration to be shown live for the first time at Labelexpo Americas 2016 (leading the news on Friday).

One article in Online Features not to be missed this week came from Canon South Africa, highlighting the benefits of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing programme for disabled children, and showcased in action at the Zwartkop Country Club near Pretoria. Please don’t skip it. The four latest Wild Format Technology Guides are also complete, with links below. A key software announcement this week from Esko on Monday, with a new clean-sheet design of ArtPro+ which brings fresh innovation to packaging design and prepress with its native PDF editor. On Thursday you will find the latest additions to the new high performance Select flatbed inkjet series from Fujifilm; while on Friday, FFEI introduces both an extended colour gamut and linerless label production for its hybrid Graphium press, enabling converters to address new sectors digitally.


Of particular interest on an environmental note this week on Wednesday, is Brunel Print which claims to be the first UK printer to make all its production carbon neutral without customers incurring a charge for it. This article is by Gareth Ward at the Print Business. I thought those with an environmental interest ought to see it. This was followed by UPM and leading the news on Thursday, as it retains its industry leader position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for the fifth time in a row. Major sales and installations this week began on Tuesday with Sexton Printing, which expects a 40 per cent increase in productivity with its new Speedmaster XL 75-5+L from Heidelberg; from Healeys, as it meets increased demand for A4 property brochures with an investment in a Horizon landscape bookletmaker; and from York Repro-Graphic as it turns to Asahi’s AWP flexographic plates for fixed colour palette printing – all three are based in the UK. On Wednesday, KBA North America announced a flood of orders and installations for East Coast printing companies; while on Friday to finish the week in style, Fine Print UK is taking the LE-UV route with its latest £1m high-specification Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE-UV investment; while Rotolito Lombarda group has expanded its digital production capabilities with a new HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press in Milan, Italy; KBA announced a large-format Rapida 164 with coater and triple delivery extensi on for Printcenter Eesti in Maardu, Estonia; and lastly: Kase Printing in North America is set to install an automated Stahlfolder TH 82 6/6/4 (debuted at drupa) to complement its two existing Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 presses. There’s a lot more if you scroll down carefully including what SPGPrints is doing in Kufstein, Austria; but as my tailender for this week: Xeikon announced on Friday that it has promoted Filip Weymans who previously served as director segment marketing Labels & Packaging, to vice president marketing at Xeikon. Congratulations Filip on a nice reward for all the effort and hard work.

That’s it until next time.

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 page

Mon 05 September…   
Leonhard Kurz at Luxe Pack Monaco 2016
Packaging trends and a host of ideas for current and future product finishing innovations, 21 – 23 September…

Esko’s completely redesigned ArtPro+ improves productivity
Esko’s new clean-sheet design ArtPro+ brings innovation to packaging design and prepress with native PDF editor…

EFI announces new DFE for Konica Minolta
New EFI Fiery Digital Front End provides higher performance for Konica Minolta bizhub press 1052e and bizhub press 1250e/P…

Apex to provide anilox service to KBA Cortina users
KBA and Apex start cooperation for the reconditioning of anilox rollers for waterless Cortina web presses…

SPGPrints to boost manufacturing capacity in Kufstein
SPGPrints invests in manufacturing expansion in Kufstein, Austria for production of the Javelin textile printer…

Tue 06 September…   
Sun Chemical and Coates Screen Inks at K 2016
Sun Chemical to launch latest generation compliant ink at K 2016 from 19 – 26 October in Düsseldorf…

Manroland Web Systems hosts Mohn Media apprentices
35 apprentices from Mohn Media visited the production Manroland Web Systems’ site in Augsburg in August…

Sexton adds Speedmaster XL 75 with Prinect Inpress Control
Sexton Printing expects a 40 per cent increase in productivity with Speedmaster XL 75-5+L from Heidelberg…

Healeys creates new production landscape with Horizon
Increased demand for landscape A4 property brochures prompts Ipswich printers to invest in SPF-FC/200L bookletmaker…

YRG adopts Asahi water wash AWP flexographic plate
York Repro-Graphic Group in the UK turns to Asahi’s AWP flexographic plates for fixed colour palette printing…

Wed 07 September…   
Toray Industries at World Publishing Expo 2016
Toray to show new newspaper waterless offset printing plates, plate chemistry and processors in Vienna in October…

EFI leads the industry in the Must See ‘Ems awards
Eight Graph Expo awards again reflects EFI’s dedication to making customers more competitive and profitable…

Industrial Inkjet Limited at Labelexpo Americas 2016
Label customisation to take a quick step forward for IIJ at Labelexpo with world’s fastest UV inkjet print system…

Brunel makes Carbon Neutral the only way it prints
Brunel Print claims to be the first UK printer to make all its production carbon neutral without customers incurring a charge for it…

US East Coast explodes with new KBA press installations
Key print titans choose KBA for design, intelligent technology, automated solutions, and meticulous engineering…

Thu 08 September…  
UPM listed as the forest and paper industry leader
UPM retains the industry leader position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for the fifth time in a row…

EFI appoints GSW South Africa for inkjet portfolio
EFI wide- and superwide-format printers now available from Graphix Supply World in South and Southern Africa and more…

Fujifilm Inkjet technologies at InPrint 2016 in Milan
Fujifilm to demonstrate extensive range of industrial inkjet applications at InPrint 2016, from 15 – 17 November…

Spandex to exhibit at the Print Show 2016
At the NEC in October, visitors will find a wide range of wide-format and sign making equipment and materials…

Fujifilm announces new Acuity Select HS 30 series
Latest addition to the new high performance Select flatbed inkjet series is yet another step up in performance and quality…

Fri 09 September…  
AVT and HP Indigo at Labelexpo Americas 2016
Visitors will be able to see advanced integration between AVT and the HP Indigo 8000 and 20000 digital presses…

Filip Weymans named Vice President Marketing at Xeikon
Xeikon has promoted Filip Weymans who previously served as director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging…

FFEI Graphium hybrid: Enhanced media handling and finishing
FFEI’s extended colour gamut and linerless label production enables converters to address new sectors digitally…

Fine Print Services elects to go LE-UV with Heidelberg
Fine Print is taking the LE-UV route with its latest £1m high-specification Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE-UV investment…

New HP Indigo 12000 at Rotolito’s Nava Press in Milan
Rotolito Lombarda group has expanded its digital production capabilities with HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press…

Record export from Germany to Estonia for KBA
Rapida 164 with coater and triple delivery extension for Printcenter Eesti in Maardu, Estonia…

Kase to double production with new Stahlfolder TH 82
Kase Printing set to install automated Stahlfolder TH 82 6/6/4 to complement its two Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 presses…

Last lead articles from Friday in previous update… 

KBA North America at Graph Expo 2016
KBA to share its dynamic technology, Drupa introductions and new partnerships in Orlando this month…

Digital Information at Graph Expo 2016 in Orlando
Digital Info to launch InkZone Inline fully automated colour measurement and colour control for web offset from 25 to 28 September…

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

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

drupa 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 over 90 in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2).

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016
Consumers still value print & paper, but environmental misunderstandings persist due to serious lack of awareness…

Technology-related Chapter 02

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

First Swing sponsored by Canon South Africa
The benefits of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing programme for disabled children, showcased in action at Zwartkop Country Club…

Online Features Jul/Aug Chapter 06

New installation for Druckerei Münch in Bayreuth
Further KBA Rapida 105 for the postcard and greetings card specialist in Bayreuth, upper Franconia, Germany…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Previous…   
Standards for Sustainability
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 26 Aug

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

5… Where Do You Start your Wild Format Project?
The range of what’s possible with digital inkjet technology just keeps on growing. There are so many production options to choose from… By Laurel Brunner

6… Wide format Inkjet Basics
Wide format printing has grown at an astronomical rate over the past decade, mainly because it can cope with a growing range of applications. By Nessan Cleary

7… To Judge a Book by Its Cover
Despite the old proverb, humans are prone to judge their fellow man by first impressions, so appearances are important. By Sonja Angerer

8… Workflow Basics for Wide Format Projects
While the creative part of a printing project involving wide, or very, very wide-format production should be unrestrained and ‘wild’ (allowing yourself to think out-of-the-box). By Paul Lindström

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Most recent…   
Let your imagination fly at FESPA Eurasia 2016
Speciality print exhibition returns to the CNR Expo in Istanbul, Turkey for the fourth year in December…

Exhibitors present latest technologies at FESPA Mexico
New products and technologies for wide-format, digital and screen print, garment decoration, signage, software and consumables…

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

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

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

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

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

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

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

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

Antalis South Africa, Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2016,  Esko,  FESPA.  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic So lutions, Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Krause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Muller Martini AG,  Ricoh Europe,  Sappi LimitedThunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 22 July 2016

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 30 selected news articles for the week, plus five new additions to our drupa Newsroom from Elitron, KBA-Flexotecnica, Manroland Sheetfed, and SEI Laser; as well as a new entry in Online Features Downloads from Two Sides, as it publishes the findings of its Global Reach Survey 2016, where you will find the introductory article complete with link to download the complete 15-page findings and report as a PDF.


There will no Verdigris environmental Blog for the next couple of weeks as Laurel Brunner is taking a short break. She will be back during the second half of August. I shall also take a break as news is in very short supply due to the main holiday season in Europe and it has been difficult this past week or so to put together a reasonable selection of good newsworthy stuff each day. As with last week’s key news announcements (Xaar on Monday and Screen Europe on Tuesday) I have drawn on the assistance of Gareth Ward at Print Business UK for two key articles again this week, for the Anton Group and Kodak Inkjet announcement on Wednesday; and then for Xerox and RR Donnelley on Friday, in order to bring you up to date with that.


Other news leaders this week came from HP on Monday, with its plans for Photokina 2016 in Cologne in September. Tuesday was led by Canon Europe as it ships Goloseo children’s books produced at drupa 2016 to South Africa to support the Room to Read Literacy Programme. On Thursday, Two Sides took the lead as it announces availability of its Global Research Survey 2016 in PDF format; and while consumers still value print and paper, there are numerous environmental misunderstandings that persist due to a serious lack of awareness, says Two Sides. Please don’t skip it. The 15-page Report is well worth studying for anyone involved with publishing, print and paper wherever you are.

On Friday, management board chairman and CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Dr. Gerold Linzbach, announced that he will not renew his contract which runs until August 2017. Following a successful turnaround of the company, he will not seek to extend his contract and aims at pursuing new professional challenges and will continue to serve the company until the end of his contractual term, to enable the Supervisory Board time to find a replacement.


You will find some new sales and installations announcements below from Andi Druk in the Netherlands, as it invests in the first Canon Océ and Müller Martini integrated continuous feed inkjet and digital finishing lines for magazine and book production; and also for Manroland Sheetfed in Brazil with another Roland 700 – both on Monday. On Tuesday, Witherbys in London increases automation and output with a new Speedmaster XL 75-6 and automated Stahlfolder CH 56; Inci.Flex in Italy becomes the first to automate its flexo platemaking process with Esko’s new CDI Crystal 5080 XPS flexo platemaker, debuted at drupa. We also have Toppan Forms, which is now the biggest Kodak Prosper Inkjet customer in the world, as it adds a fifth Prosper Stream Inkjet press – a Prosper 6000C; while German commercial printer Nino-Druck made its first steps into the personalised photo market with Taopix at drupa.

On Wednesday we announced that Anton Group UK will be the first in the world to work with the new Kodak Ultrastream printhead shown in tests at drupa. This was followed by corrugated packaging printer Grupondunova in Catalonia, which becomes the first Spanish company to invest in the Inca Onset X large-format inkjet flatbed press, complete with ClinchTech Robotics. Then we had Park Communications in the UK, which has added a four-clamp Horizon BQ470 PUR perfect binder to deliver cost effective fast turnarounds. Thursday saw IBW Industrial Binding in Belgium increase its investment in Muller Martini kit with a new Diamant MC 60 bookline, and an Alegro perfect binder with extremely short changeover times, to use with the new hard-cover line.

On Friday, to round off the week, we included Xerox with early adopters at drupa 2016 snapping up no less than 120 Xerox Production Inkjet presses, including continuous feed and more. Then we have Seaway Printing in the U.S., which expects a 50 per cent increase in productivity with its new Speedmaster XL 106-4+L from Heidelberg USA. You will find lots of new kit this week if you check out the news announcements carefully. These include Canon SA on Monday as it launches its new imageRUNNER Advance C5500 series, intelligent multifunctional devices aimed at today’s modern working environment. Xitron on Tuesday. KBA-Flexotecnica on Wednesday, as well as SEI Laser. On Thursday, EFI released Packaging Suite 4.0 debuted and shown at drupa; and then we have KBA with the Varijet B1 Xerox-powered digital press (also from Gareth Ward, Print Business); and then Elitron with three new digital cutting machines which were shown at drupa.

On Friday we have Fujifilm with its new processless plate, the Superia ZD, which is UV-compatible and designed for longer runs. Lastly, from Ricoh South Africa with new wide-format multifunction printer which it is aimed at the CAD/GIS and graphics markets in EMEA.

The tailender for this week: On Monday, Manroland Web Systems opened the doors of its new digital web STORE. So, now you have a 24-hour, fast shopping ability on-line.

That’s all 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 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 18 July…   
HP’s new business growth opportunities at Photokina 2016
Photo finishers and professional Photo labs will experience the new HP Indigo 12000 and new applications from the HP Latex 570…

Sun Chemical at GlassTec 2016 in Düsseldorf
Sun Chemical to present its latest SunVetro offerings at GlassTec 2016, taking place at Messe Düsseldorf, from 20 – 23 September…

The new Manroland web STORE opens its digital doors
The time has come: Having been announced over the past two months and having been greeted enthusiastically…

Fully automated digital inkjet for Andi Druk Netherlands
Andi Druk invests in first Canon Océ and Müller Martini integrated continuous feed inkjet for magazine and book production…

Brazilian book publisher achieves goals with Roland 700
Multi Marcas Editoriais Ltda (Editora Construir) promotes education and literacy through innovative books…

Canon’s new imageRUNNER Advance C5500 series
Canon SA launches new flagship, intelligent multifunctional devices for today’s modern working environment…

Tue 19 July…   
Canon Europe and Goloseo support Room to Read
Canon to ship Goloseo children’s books produced at drupa 2016 to South Africa for the Room to Read Literacy Programme…

Xitron begins shipments of USB/SCSI Interface
Replaces obsolete SCSI cards in Trendsetter CTP installations with an economical alternative and provide an extended ROI…

Witherbys invests in Heidelberg automation and productivity
Witherbys in London increases automation and output with new Speedmaster XL 75-6 and automated Stahlfolder CH 56…

Inci.Flex first with Esko’s CDI Crystal 5080 XPS
Gravure quality with flexo plates coming from an integrated unit that simplifies and automates flexo platemaking…

Japan’s first Kodak Prosper 6000C Press for Toppan Forms
Toppan Forms is now the biggest Kodak Prosper customer in the world with a fifth Prosper Stream Inkjet press…

Nino-Druck targets personalised print with Taopix
The German commercial printer made its first steps into the personalised photo market with Taopix at drupa…

Wed 20 July
Anton to become world’s first with new Kodak printhead
Anton Group UK will be the first in the world to work with the new Kodak Ultrastream printhead shown in tests at drupa…

Ricoh SA appoints head of Production Print Business Group
Ricoh South Africa has appointed Frank de Afonseca to head up its Production Printing Business Group…

The new KBA-Flexotecnica NEO XD LR ‘Hybrid’
First fully hybrid extremely innovative machine for all popular flexo technologies drew the crowds at drupa…

SEI Laser: Digital die-cutting and creasing a reality
SEI Laser impressed the industry with the models PaperOne 5000, 3500 and with Packmaster OEM WD at drupa…

Inca Onset X1 with ClinchTech Robotics for Grupondunova
Corrugated packaging pioneer Grupondunova becomes the first Spanish company to invest in the Onset X…

Park further invests in digital department with Horizon buy
Park Communications adds a four-clamp Horizon BQ470 PUR perfect binder to deliver cost effective fast turnarounds…

Thu 21 July…   
Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016 available
Consumers still value print & paper, but numerous environmental misunderstandings persist due to a serious lack of awareness…

EFI releases Packaging Suite 4.0
EFI Packaging Suite 4.0, shown at drupa, offers new value for label, folding carton and flexible packaging converters…

KBA takes the modular approach to inkjet
The Varijet was not shown at Drupa, but is KBA’s pitch for the B1 digital press market has its eyes focused on carton printing…

Elitron’s drupa hat-trick with a focus on automation
Elitron has significantly increased its product range, and chose the drupa stage to launch three new digital cutting solutions…

IBW enters Hardcover Segment with Diamant MC bookline
IBW Industrial Binding in Belgium increases its investment in Muller Martini kit with a new bookline, and a perfect binder…

Drytac Europe announces enhanced Emerytex
An improved textured anti-slip laminating film for indoor and outdoor applications, including floor graphics…

Fri 22 July…   
Dr. Gerold Linzbach to leave Heidelberg in 2017
Management board chairman and CEO, Dr. Gerold Linzbach will not renew his contract which runs until August 2017…

Deal too far as Xerox rebuffs Donnelley’s approach
RR Donnelley believed there was potential in combining with Xerox’s technology, but Xerox found it an offer they could refuse…

Xerox at drupa: More than 120 initial sales successes
Early adopters at drupa 2016 snapped up Xerox Production Inkjet presses, including continuous feed and more…

Seaway adds Speedmaster XL 106 with Inpress Control
Seaway Printing in the U.S., expects a 50 per cent increase in productivity with Speedmaster XL 106-4+L from Heidelberg…

Fujifilm releases the Superia ZD processless plate
Fujifilm announces the addition of new processless plate – Superia ZD – compatible with UV and for longer runs…

Ricoh’s new A1 production printer for CAD/GIS
Ricoh’s new wide-format multifunction production printer aimed at the CAD/GIS and graphic markets in EMEA…

Last lead article from Friday in previous update…  

Last issue’s Friday lead article…
Sappi sustainable packaging solutions at FachPack 2016
Latest innovative sustainable products are designed to minimise the use of fossil-based plastic packaging…

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

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

drupa 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 over 90 in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2).

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016
Consumers still value print & paper, but environmental misunderstandings persist due to serious lack of awareness…

Technology-related Chapter 02

Previous…   
e-Commerce, automation and cloud for print
The Internet and World Wide Web have opened up new opportunities for printing, but new challenges too. By Simon Eccles…

Online Features Jul/Aug Chapter 06

Previous…   
L’Imprimerie looks back at its waterless printing strategy
The French daily newspaper Le Figaro has grown its business, thanks to waterless printing and the switch to Toray MX10 plates…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Most recent…   
Green fashion
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 15 July

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016

Wild Format Technology Is All About You
This is the first in a new series of articles explaining how you can use wide-format digital printing technology to produce…

Into the Great Wide Open
Harvesting the powers of modern wide-format digital printing, it is possible to elicit a nod and a smile from even the most…

Industrial Revolution
Printing has always been an industrial process. Done right, productivity continues to rise and costs to fall. But…

Why ink matters for Wide-Format Digital Printing
Choosing the ink and pigments to use in printing has always been a crucial decision, one that is very much related…

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Previous…   
FESPA Mexico 2016 content-rich educational programme
FESPA Mexico educational programme ‘Seek New Horizons in Print’ set to inspire printers from Mexico and Central America..

FESPA to host Digital Textile Conference in Milan
Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

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

drupa daily to download as PDFs
These jam-packed drupa daily news issues are ready to read now. You can download each one complete as a PDF…

drupa daily issue No 1 on 31 May 2016
Includes drupa President and Koenig & Bauer chief executive Claus Bolza-Schünemann’s Red Sofa chat with Thomas Fasold…

drupa daily issue No 2 on 1 June 2016
Includes Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke talking to Darryl Danielli about the business’s evolution and how it’s getting back to its roots…

drupa daily issue No 3 on 2 June 2016
Includes Canon EMEA president and chief executive Rokus van Iperen’s talk with Darryl Danielli about the importance of merging cultures…

drupa daily issue No 4 on 3 June 2016
Includes Landa Digital Printing founder and chairman Benny Landa as he tells Darryl Danielli how he has been retired for 50-plus years…

drupa daily issue No 5 on 4 June 2016
Includes Enrique Lores, HP president of Imaging and Printing talking to Darryl Danielli about growth…

drupa daily issue No 6 on 5 June 2016
Includes Olaf Lorenz, GM of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, as he discusses the KM-C with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 7 on 6 June 2016
Includes Jean-Pascal Bobst, chief executive of Swiss manufacturer
Bobst talking to Darryl Danielli about the importance of family…

drupa daily issue No 8 on 7 June 2016
Includes Eijiro Hori, president of post-press kit manufacturer Horizon sharing his thoughts on the importance of partnerships with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 9 on 8 June 2016
Includes Massivit chief executive Avner Israeli emphasises to Darryl Danielli that printers should embrace the 3D opportunity sooner rather than later…

drupa daily issue No 10 on 9 June 2016
Includes Marabu chief executive York Boeder talking with Thomas Fasold about digitisation in printing and the strengths of screen printing…

drupa daily issue No 11 on 10 June 2016
Includes Wolfgang Kroplunik, head of business development & Western Europe, Uncoated Fine Paper at Mondi, talking with Thomas Fasold about paper and changing requirements in the digital transformation…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ show + post-show News
Latest additions – and counting – can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

Elitron’s drupa hat-trick with a focus on automation
Elitron has significantly increased its product range, and chose the drupa stage to launch three new digital cutting solutions…

KBA-Flexotecnica’s new NEO XD LR ‘Hybrid’
First fully hybrid extremely innovative machine for all popular flexo technologies drew the crowds at drupa…

Manroland Sheetfed ‘The Evolution of Print’ at drupa
‘The Evolution of Print’ at the heart of Manroland Sheetfed’s drupa showcase and encapsulating its vision…

They are print: Manroland Sheetfed at drupa
A whole new world of inline print finishes met visitors to the Manroland Sheetfed GmbH stand in Hall 14 at drupa 2016…

SEI Laser digital die-cutting and creasing at drupa
SEI Laser impressed the industry with the models PaperOne 5000, 3500 and with Packmaster OEM WD at drupa…

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Agfa Graphics shone with breaking new technologies at drupa
With its strong showcase of offset and wide-format inkjet solutions, Agfa Graphics underlined its commitment to the print industry at drupa 2016…

KAMA: Efficient short run finishing success at drupa
KAMA successfully launched world’s first folder-gluer for short-run folding cartons at drupa 2016…

Manroland Web Systems’ Digital Workflows at drupa
Continuous improvement in performance with perfectly integrated hardware and software is convincing customers worldwide…

Sun and BASF: ‘Packaging for a more sustainable world’
Sun Chemical and BASF present the potential of their latest solvent-free ink solutions to deliver more sustainable flexible packaging…

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

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

drupa to stick to its proven 4-year cycle
The No. 1 trade fair for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Düsseldorf again from 23 June to 3 July 2020…

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

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

Previous…   
E-commerce, automation and cloud for print
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 9 by Simon Eccles, who over the years he has been editor of eight industry publications. Today he writes white papers and technical reports and contributes regular technical features to many publications…

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 15 July 2016

Welcome to this week’s roundup of 36 selected news articles for the week, plus four in our own drupa Newsroom from Agfa, KAMA, Manroland Web Systems, and Sun with BASF, bringing the total to 420. You’ll also find two new entries in Online Features from French daily newspaper Le Figaro, which has grown its business, thanks to KBA waterless printing and a move to Toray MX10 plates. The second article in Chapter 02 highlights e-Commerce, Automation and Cloud for print by Simon Eccles. You will also find it in the drupa Newsroom as well. Somehow this Expert Article in the pre-drupa series failed to reach us and I guess became lost somewhere in the ether. Anyway, now you have it and it is worth reading – as Simon’s articles invariably are. You can also download an optional PDF of the article if you so wish.

Laurel is back with her Verdigris Blog after a short break, which this week looks at ’Green fashion’ and its possible implications for the environment. A further reminder of the new series of Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots. The first four of 48 can be accessed below and downloaded as PDFs. News has been a bit patchy this week due to the main holiday season in the UK and Europe, but you will find some good stuff among this week’s articles. I borrowed Monday and Tuesday’s leaders from Gareth Ward at the Print Business, the UK’s pre-eminent publication and Website for management in print. Monday features Xaar and its most recent acquisition in the United States; while Tuesday features Brian Filler, president of Screen Europe, who has announced plans to retire in September after 35 years with the Japanese prepress provider. Brian has also become well-known to many in South Africa following his trips over the years in support of Screen at Kemtek and more recently Ipex Machinery and Rotocontrol. I had the pleasure of spending time with Brian during drupa and learned of his plans prior to his most recent trip.

Wednesday’s leader featuring Xerox became a non-story by the end of the week; while Thursday was given to Canon and Océ, as Corus in France embraces high quality inkjet with world’s first Océ ColorStream 6500 Chroma continuous inkjet presses. On Friday, Sappi took the lead with its plans for FachPack 2016, where it will showcase its latest innovative sustainable products designed to minimise the use of fossil-based plastic packaging. You can also find a related article to this latest announcement in Online Features Chapter 02 from April this year, which you might have missed, when Sappi introduced Algro Guard OHG, its new high-barrier paper-based packaging solution with integrated barriers and heat sealing properties, which make the paper ideally suitable for a multitude of flexible packaging applications.

You’ll find a handful of nice installations this week, led by Zero Plus in Pretoria on Tuesday with South Africa’s first EFI H1625 wide-format LED printer, from Bytes; then Duplo in the UK at Brunel Print in Bristol. On Wednesday EFI at Multi-Color, followed by Esko Kongsberg at Resolution Imaging in Melbourne, Australia; and then Heidelberg USA at Colonial Printing with a Versafire CV digital press. Thursday, and already mentioned above came from Canon and Océ at Corus in France; then we had Muller Martini with a new soft cover system at Grafica Veneta in Italy; this was followed by Heidelberg UK at Folio Print Finishers in Bristol as it adds two Stahlfolders, a BH82 and a BH66; followed by Digital Colour Centre, a digital print and design shop in Cape Town South Africa’s CBD, which has added a Xerox Versant 80 Press; Fujifilm with CEWE, the Web-to-print heavyweight in Germany, which has added a Jet Press 720 S digital inkjet B2 sheetfed press; and then Manroland Sheetfed with a Roland 700 for Vietnam. Lastly, on Friday to round off the week: Sun Chemical at Delaroche Publicité in France, with its Streamline alternative solvent inkjet inks for the company’s HP Scitex TurboJet flatbed inkjet press.

The tailender this week goes to the BPIF, which was awarded Event of the Year for the British Book Design and Production Awards at the 2016 Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards which were held in London on 6 July. Congratulations to the team who were pictured in the article on Monday.

That’s it for another week. 
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 11 July…   
Printhead company Xaar is buying US company EPS
Xaar makes Engineered Printing Solutions acquisition to step down stream with print machine producer…

BPIF triumphs at Trade Association Best Practice Awards
The BPIF awarded Event of the Year for the British Book Design and Production Awards held in London last week…

A Positive day for UK Print in Westminster
BPIF Members’ Day was held at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster last Wednesday, beginning with a conference on Negotiation…

KAMA: Efficient short run finishing
KAMA successfully launched the world’s first folder-gluer for short-run folding cartons at drupa 2016…

Meech launches its most powerful ionising bar
Debut of Hyperion 971IPS-30 extra-long range pulsed DC ionising bar at FachPack in September, and K in October…

Design Meets Technology – for Taipei Design Expo
Highcon and Eco Concrete achieve the impossible in contemporary design, using Highcon’s 3D modelling technology in Israel…

Tue 12 July…   
Filler plans to step down from Screen Europe’s top job
Brian Filler has announced plans to retire in September after 35 years with the Japanese prepress provider…

Xerox: More automation, integration and value-add
Bytes Document Solutions South Africa explores Xerox innovation at drupa 2016 following a successful event in Düsseldorf…

GSE Dispensing at Labelexpo Americas 2016
GSE Dispensing showcases waste-free ink logistics for label and packaging workflows at Labelexpo Americas 2016…

Signbox performs for the London Fire Brigade
Signbox given the ‘blue light’ for London Fire Brigade’s station rebuild signage project across London…

Zero Plus unveils first EFI LED printer in South Africa
Leading one-stop communications, printing and design company Zero Plus has unveils the first EFI H1625 LED printer in SA…

Brunel Print returns to Duplo for high value finishing needs
Bristol-based firm visited drupa and felt inspired to invest in its future with slitter/cutter/creaser and Booklet system…

Wed 13 July
Xerox reportedly NOT set to buy world’s biggest printer
Xerox has NOT begun negotiations to buy the world’s largest print group, US-based RR Donnelley & Sons, according to Bloomberg.com

Manroland Web Systems’ Digital Workflows
Continuous improvement in performance with perfectly integrated hardware and software is convincing customers worldwide…

e-Commerce, automation and cloud for print
The Internet and World Wide Web have opened up new opportunities for printing, but new challenges too. By Simon Eccles…

Multi-Color adds dynamic scheduling to EFI Packaging Suite
MCC takes advantage of EFI’s scalable workflow architecture to add dynamic scheduling and resource optimisation…

Esko Kongsberg backs a strong Resolution
Esko Kongsberg XP cutting table helps Melbourne, Australia signage specialist Resolution Imaging…

Colonial Quality Printing adds Versafire CV
Colonial Printing finds new business opportunities with the Versafire CV digital press from Heidelberg USA…

Thu 14 July…   
Corus adds two Océ ColorStream 6500 Chroma lines
Corus France embraces high quality inkjet with world’s first Océ ColorStream 6500 Chroma continuous inkjet presses…

Muller Martini Alegro for Grafica Veneta
The Alegro softcover system is the solution for greater market flexibility for shorter runs with shorter setup times…

Folio orders two new buckle folders from Heidelberg UK
Folio Print Finishers Bristol adds two Stahlfolders, a BH82 and a BH66, which will move directly into 24-hour production…

Digital Colour Centre goes uptown with Xerox
Digital Colour Centre, a digital print and design shop in Cape Town South Africa’s CBD adds a Xerox Versant 80 Press…

CEWE Web-to-Print invests in Fujifilm Jet Press 720 S
German web-to-print heavyweight CEWE extends Fujifilm partnership with investment in Jet Press 720S at drupa 2016…

Roland 700 for leading Vietnamese packaging printer
Agricultural Printing adds a brand-new six-colour Roland 700 with double coater to grow its market share…

Fri 15 July…   
Sappi sustainable packaging solutions at FachPack 2016
Latest innovative sustainable products are designed to minimise the use of fossil-based plastic packaging…

Agfa Graphics shone with breaking new technologies at drupa
With its strong showcase of offset and wide-format inkjet solutions, Agfa Graphics underlined its commitment to the print industry…

pdfToolbox 9 extends functionality into job finishing
Callas pdfToolbox 9 introduces Power Processing with a focus on packaging and large-format production…

L’Imprimerie looks back at its waterless printing strategy
French daily newspaper Le Figaro has grown its business, thanks to waterless printing and the switch to Toray MX10 plates…

Ricoh’s MarcomCentral empowers non-professionals
MarcomCentral’s JobDirect Plus, a tool that helps non-print professionals submit jobs to workflows…

A place in the Sun for Delaroche Publicité
Sun Chemical’s Streamline alternative solvent inkjet inks deliver trouble-free, high quality output…

Last lead article from Friday in previous update…  

Last issue’s Friday lead article…
FESPA to host 2016 Digital Textile Conference in Milan
Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

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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

New…   
e-Commerce, automation and cloud for print
The Internet and World Wide Web have opened up new opportunities for printing, but new challenges too. By Simon Eccles…

Online Features Jul/Aug Chapter 06

L’Imprimerie looks back at its waterless printing strategy
The French daily newspaper Le Figaro has grown its business, thanks to waterless printing and the switch to Toray MX10 plates…

Previous…   
KBA presented a first in laminate flooring at drupa 2016
At drupa, KBA demonstrated how its RotaJET VL inkjet web press can produce a unique laminate floor product…

Design Meets Technology – for Taipei Design Expo exhibit
Highcon and Eco Concrete in Israel achieve the impossible in contemporary design, using Highcon’s 3D modeling technology…

Permapack teams with Esko for seamless process management
Swiss firm achieves security, speed and flexibility in its overall workflow with Automation Engine and WebCenter…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Green fashion
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 15 July

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Waterwash flexo plates
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 01 July

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016

Wild Format Technology Is All About You
This is the first in a new series of articles explaining how you can use wide-format digital printing technology to produce…

Into the Great Wide Open
Harvesting the powers of modern wide-format digital printing, it is possible to elicit a nod and a smile from even the most…

Industrial Revolution
Printing has always been an industrial process. Done right, productivity continues to rise and costs to fall. But…

Why ink matters for Wide-Format Digital Printing
Choosing the ink and pigments to use in printing has always been a crucial decision, one that is very much related…

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

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FESPA Mexico 2016 content-rich educational programme
FESPA Mexico educational programme ‘Seek New Horizons in Print’ set to inspire printers from Mexico and Central America..

FESPA to host Digital Textile Conference in Milan
Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

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

drupa daily to download as PDFs
These jam-packed drupa daily news issues are ready to read now. You can download each one complete as a PDF…

drupa daily issue No 1 on 31 May 2016
Includes drupa President and Koenig & Bauer chief executive Claus Bolza-Schünemann’s Red Sofa chat with Thomas Fasold…

drupa daily issue No 2 on 1 June 2016
Includes Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke talking to Darryl Danielli about the business’s evolution and how it’s getting back to its roots…

drupa daily issue No 3 on 2 June 2016
Includes Canon EMEA president and chief executive Rokus van Iperen’s talk with Darryl Danielli about the importance of merging cultures…

drupa daily issue No 4 on 3 June 2016
Includes Landa Digital Printing founder and chairman Benny Landa as he tells Darryl Danielli how he has been retired for 50-plus years…

drupa daily issue No 5 on 4 June 2016
Includes Enrique Lores, HP president of Imaging and Printing talking to Darryl Danielli about growth…

drupa daily issue No 6 on 5 June 2016
Includes Olaf Lorenz, GM of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, as he discusses the KM-C with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 7 on 6 June 2016
Includes Jean-Pascal Bobst, chief executive of Swiss manufacturer
Bobst talking to Darryl Danielli about the importance of family…

drupa daily issue No 8 on 7 June 2016
Includes Eijiro Hori, president of post-press kit manufacturer Horizon sharing his thoughts on the importance of partnerships with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 9 on 8 June 2016
Includes Massivit chief executive Avner Israeli emphasises to Darryl Danielli that printers should embrace the 3D opportunity sooner rather than later…

drupa daily issue No 10 on 9 June 2016
Includes Marabu chief executive York Boeder talking with Thomas Fasold about digitisation in printing and the strengths of screen printing…

drupa daily issue No 11 on 10 June 2016
Includes Wolfgang Kroplunik, head of business development & Western Europe, Uncoated Fine Paper at Mondi, talking with Thomas Fasold about paper and changing requirements in the digital transformation…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ show + post-show News
Latest additions – and counting – can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

Agfa Graphics shone with breaking new technologies at drupa
With its strong showcase of offset and wide-format inkjet solutions, Agfa Graphics underlined its commitment to the print industry at drupa 2016…

KAMA: Efficient short run finishing success at drupa
KAMA successfully launched world’s first folder-gluer for short-run folding cartons at drupa 2016…

Manroland Web Systems’ Digital Workflows at drupa
Continuous improvement in performance with perfectly integrated hardware and software is convincing customers worldwide…

Sun and BASF: ‘Packaging for a more sustainable world’
Sun Chemical and BASF present the potential of their latest solvent-free ink solutions to deliver more sustainable flexible packaging…

Previous…   
Conti-Air: A new range of blankets debuted at drupa
New Conti-Air printing blankets for UV Inks, for energy-efficient printing, and for direct drives debuted at drupa…

Continental and Henkel announce cooperation agreement
Henkel and ContiTech will work more closely together in the fields of functional printing and printed electronics…

ContiTech introduced new Phoenix Xtra Blankets at drupa
Phoenix Xtra Blankets: New products primarily for growing market for UV printing and high-end products…

Fujifilm’s new XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble
Fujifilm launched two additions to its workflow portfolio at drupa: XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble…

TRESU’s new iCut digital flexo plate cutter debuted at drupa
The speedy imaging of spot-coating plates simplifies the digital folding carton printing workflow…

Xaar and Ricoh in strategic thin film partnership
Partnership aims to maximise each company’s considerable expertise in Thin Film piezo printhead development…

Xeikon’s new 9600 combines quality and productivity
The 9600 is the ultimate dedicated solution for a wide range of document printing applications…

HP Inc. hails drupa 2016 the best ever
Company surpasses drupa 2012 results by 25 per cent and helps establish digital printing as mainstream…

EyeC: Assured quality for luxury folding cartons
Providing a flexible and innovative answer to the quality control needs of folding carton manufacturers…

Fujifilm enjoyed a hugely successful drupa 2016
Fujifilm used drupa 2016 to showcase its industry-leading inkjet technologies and gives a glimpse of the future of automation in print…

Xeikon: First investment in unique Fusion configuration
Xeikon Fusion technology persuades Dejonghe Printing Company
to invest in digital printing…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors (now in alphabetical order)
The series of 242 articles can now be accessed in our drupa Newsroom in alphabetical order.

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

drupa to stick to its proven 4-year cycle
The No. 1 trade fair for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Düsseldorf again from 23 June to 3 July 2020…

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

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

NEW…   
E-commerce, automation and cloud for print
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 9 by Simon Eccles, who over the years he has been editor of eight industry publications. Today he writes white papers and technical reports and contributes regular technical features to many publications…

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 08 July 2016

 

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 32 selected news articles for the week, plus eleven more in our own drupa Newsroom from Conti, Tresu, Xaar with Ricoh, Xeikon, HP Inc, EyeC, and Contiweb, which now brings the total to 416. You’ll also find two new entries in our FESPA Newsroom for the upcoming Digital Textile Conference in Milan, Italy on 30 September; and also for FESPA Mexico, highlighting its educational programme for the show which takes places from 18 – 20 August.

We have three new additions to Online Features Chapter 06 this week, from KBA with Interprint in Germany with the RotaJET VL; Highcon with Israel’s Eco Concrete; and Permapack in Switzerland with Esko.

This week sees the start of a brand new Digital Dots Wild Format Technology Guides series, which will continue over the coming 12 months. Sponsors which have made this new series possible include Agfa, EFI, Esko, Fujifilm, HP and Mimaki. The authors are Sonja Angerer, Laurel Brunner, Nessan Cleary, Paul Lindström and Sophie Matthews-Paul. We have included an introductory article leading the news on Thursday, with links to each of the first four articles which can be downloaded as illustrated PDFs from the Technology Guides section on our Website. If you haven’t noticed this section before, you’ll find it in the Index on our Home Page. I do hope you will find the new series useful and also enjoy it.

News leaders this week came from UPM on Monday, as it invests in the Kymi pulp mill in Finland to strengthen its position in the global pulp market as a supplier of bleached chemical pulp. Tuesday saw Sappi announce that its recently completed R100-million strategic investment has ensured a smooth relocation and improved production process – and improved quality – of its legendary Typek brand. On Wednesday, KBA confirmed finalisation of its takeover of die-cutter manufacturer Iberica in Barcelona, Spain, as the press manufacturer expands its portfolio into the growing packaging market.

Thursday was led by Wild Format and Digital Dots, covered above; while on Friday, we led with FESPA’s programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations for the 2016 Digital Textile Conference in Milan, which we also said above, takes place on 30 September.

Other events in the news this week also include the BPIF on Wednesday, as the British Coatings Federation joins with BPIF Cartons and the Stationers’ Company to present an exciting programme for a major food packaging Supply Chain Summit in London in September. On Thursday, interest for inkjet has pushed new players to join TheIJC 2016 (The Inkjet Conference) taking place at Swissôtel Düsseldorf / Neuss from 4 – 6 October. This will be the third event in the ongoing series.

If you haven’t downloaded them already, please don’t miss the superb series of eleven drupa daily magazines which were produced for each day of the show. They really do contain an amazing collection of interviews and articles, features and snippets which should definitely not be missed. You can use the Adobe button in each introduction in our drupa Newsroom below, to download the PDFs.

The tailender for this week draws attention to Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (on Tuesday), which saw Heidelberg receive awards for its digitisation strategy, in both the IDG Business Media Awards, as well as Dimension Data Deutschland’s Digital Leader Awards 2016.

That’s all from me for another week. You’ll find lots more of interest if you scroll down carefully.

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 04 July…  

UPM invests to further strengthen global pulp position

UPM invests in the Kymi pulp mill in Finland to strengthen its position in the global pulp market as a supplier of bleached chemical pulp…

HP Inc. hails drupa 2016 as the best ever

Company surpasses drupa 2012 results by 25 per cent and helps establish digital printing as mainstream…

X-Rite and Esko show extended gamut for converters

Digital colour communication, measurement and workflow tools that enable fixed palette printing at drupa…

EyeC providing assured quality for luxury folding cartons

Providing a flexible and innovative answer to the quality control needs of folding carton manufacturers…

Jones doubles speed with Heidelberg Stahlfolder TH 82

Jones Printing cuts makeready times, increases productivity and improves quality with latest Stahlfolder buy…

First investment in unique Xeikon Fusion configuration

Xeikon Fusion technology persuades Dejonghe Printing Company to invest in digital printing…

Tue 05 July…  

Sappi Typek Stanger move leads to improved product

A R100-million strategic investment has ensured a smooth relocation and improved production process for Typek…

Heidelberg wins awards for digitisation strategy

Heidelberg success in IDG Business Media and Dimension Data Deutschland’s Digital Leader Award 2016…

Xaar and Ricoh in strategic thin film partnership

Partnership aims to maximise each company’s considerable expertise in Thin Film piezo printhead development…

TRESU’s new iCut digital flexo plate cutter

The speedy imaging of post-print spot-coating plates simplifies the digital folding carton printing workflow…

Route One adds Speedmaster XL 75 LE-UV long perfector

Route One Print to focus on 24-hour booklet work with new B2 Heidelberg Speedmaster long perfector with CutStar…

Route One Print adds Technotrans bulk ink system

Route One focuses on increasing output with bulk ink solution from Technotrans for its two B2 presses…

Label Products Belgium invests in Xeikon 3300

New digital label press agreement at drupa extends production possibilities for the Waregem-based Belgium label specialist…

Wed 06 July…    

KBA takes over Spanish Iberica AG S.A.

Press manufacturer expands portfolio for growing packaging market with die-cutter manufacturer based in Barcelona…

Major Food Packaging Supply Chain September Summit

The British Coatings Federation joins with BPIF Cartons and the Stationers’ Company to present an exciting programme…

New Xeikon 9600 combines quality and productivity

The new Xeikon 9600 is the ultimate dedicated solution for a wide range of document printing applications…

Fujifilm enjoyed a hugely successful drupa 2016

Fujifilm showcased industry-leading inkjet technologies and gave a glimpse of the future of automation in print…

Parkinsons orders two Speedmaster CX 102 series at drupa

Indian packaging printer invests in productivity and automation solutions from Heidelberg for further growth…

Potts Print UK makes £230,000 finishing investment

Horizon SPF-FC/200L and a Perfecta 132 TS Flowline guillotine join Potts’ bindery solutions…

Thu 07 July…  

Wild Format Technology Is All About You!

A brand new 2016 – 2017 series of Digital Dots Technology Guides for Wild Format Digital Printing starts now…

ESMA announces TheIJC 2016 in Düsseldorf / Neuss

Interest for inkjet pushes new players to join TheIJC 2016 to at Swissôtel Düsseldorf / Neuss from 4 – 6 October…

Fujifilm’s new XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble

Fujifilm launched two additions to its workflow portfolio at drupa: XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble…

Conti-Air: A new range of blankets debuted at drupa

New Conti-Air printing blankets for UV Inks, for energy-efficient printing, and for direct drives debuted at drupa last month…

ContiTech drupa launch for new Phoenix Xtra Blankets

Phoenix Xtra Blankets: New products primarily for growing market for UV printing and high-end products…

Colour Monster opts for Suprasetter A75 CTP and Prinect

Guernsey company anticipates delivery of CTP with Prinect Prepress Manager workflow from Heidelberg UK…

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FESPA to host 2016 Digital Textile Conference in Milan

Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

Value creation and innovation: European Label Forum

FINAT’S fast track to the future for the label industry took place from 16 – 18 June in Amsterdam, The Netherlands…

KBA presented a first in laminate flooring at drupa

At drupa 2016, KBA demonstrated how its RotaJET VL inkjet web press can produce a unique laminate floor product…

Permapack chooses Esko for seamless process management

Swiss firm achieves security, speed and flexibility in its overall workflow with Automation Engine and WebCenter…

Scodix secures largest customer deal in its history

Agreement includes purchase of 10 Scodix Ultra Pro presses to be placed in Avery Dennison RBIS facilities around the world…

TelloGruppen Sweden adds LED UV to Roland 700 HiPrint

TelloGruppen AB adopts latest LED UV drying technology for its eight-colour Roland 700 HiPrint sheetfed press…

Telford Repro turns to Duplo to unblock bottleneck

Digital printing company Telford Repro has extended its range of Duplo finishing equipment…

Last lead article from Friday in previous update…  

Last issue’s Friday lead articles…   

drupa 2016 expands the power of the Enfocus Community

Enfocus has a long record of actively collaborating with its users and partners, and this year’s drupa was no exception…

High-volume KBA inkjet web press certified by INGEDE

KBA’s RotaJET L-Series passes the International Association of the Deinking Industry deinking tests with flying colours…

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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).

Online Features Jul/Aug Chapter 06

KBA presented a first in laminate flooring at drupa 2016

At drupa, KBA demonstrated how its RotaJET VL inkjet web press can produce a unique laminate floor product…

Design Meets Technology – for Taipei Design Expo exhibit

Highcon and Eco Concrete in Israel achieve the impossible in contemporary design, using Highcon’s 3D modeling technology…

Permapack teams with Esko for seamless process management

Swiss firm achieves security, speed and flexibility in its overall workflow with Automation Engine and WebCenter…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

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Waterwash flexo plates

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 01 July

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016

Wild Format Technology Is All About You

This is the first in a new series of articles explaining how you can use wide-format digital printing technology to produce…

Into the Great Wide Open

Harvesting the powers of modern wide-format digital printing, it is possible to elicit a nod and a smile from even the most…

Industrial Revolution

Printing has always been an industrial process. Done right, productivity continues to rise and costs to fall. But…

Why ink matters for Wide-Format Digital Printing

Choosing the ink and pigments to use in printing has always been a crucial decision, one that is very much related…

FESPA Newsroom

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

FESPA Mexico 2016 content-rich educational programme

FESPA Mexico educational programme ‘Seek New Horizons in Print’ set to inspire printers from Mexico and Central America..

FESPA to host Digital Textile Conference in Milan

Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

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Largest FESPA Mexico to date now sold out

Central America’s largest event dedicated to wide-format printing and textile decoration, 18 – 20 August 2016…

Drupa Newsroom

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

drupa daily to download as PDFs

These jam-packed drupa daily news issues are ready to read now. You can download each one complete as a PDF…

drupa daily issue No 1 on 31 May 2016

Includes drupa President and Koenig & Bauer chief executive Claus Bolza-Schünemann’s Red Sofa chat with Thomas Fasold…

drupa daily issue No 2 on 1 June 2016

Includes Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke talking to Darryl Danielli about the business’s evolution and how it’s getting back to its roots…

drupa daily issue No 3 on 2 June 2016

Includes Canon EMEA president and chief executive Rokus van Iperen’s talk with Darryl Danielli about the importance of merging cultures…

drupa daily issue No 4 on 3 June 2016

Includes Landa Digital Printing founder and chairman Benny Landa as he tells Darryl Danielli how he has been retired for 50-plus years…

drupa daily issue No 5 on 4 June 2016

Includes Enrique Lores, HP president of Imaging and Printing talking to Darryl Danielli about growth…

drupa daily issue No 6 on 5 June 2016

Includes Olaf Lorenz, GM of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, as he discusses the KM-C with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 7 on 6 June 2016

Includes Jean-Pascal Bobst, chief executive of Swiss manufacturer

Bobst talking to Darryl Danielli about the importance of family…

drupa daily issue No 8 on 7 June 2016

Includes Eijiro Hori, president of post-press kit manufacturer Horizon sharing his thoughts on the importance of partnerships with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 9 on 8 June 2016

Includes Massivit chief executive Avner Israeli emphasises to Darryl Danielli that printers should embrace the 3D opportunity sooner rather than later…

drupa daily issue No 10 on 9 June 2016

Includes Marabu chief executive York Boeder talking with Thomas Fasold about digitisation in printing and the strengths of screen printing…

drupa daily issue No 11 on 10 June 2016

Includes Wolfgang Kroplunik, head of business development & Western Europe, Uncoated Fine Paper at Mondi, talking with Thomas Fasold about paper and changing requirements in the digital transformation…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ show + post-show News

Latest additions – and counting – can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

Conti-Air: A new range of blankets debuted at drupa

New Conti-Air printing blankets for UV Inks, for energy-efficient printing, and for direct drives debuted at drupa…

Continental and Henkel announce cooperation agreement

Henkel and ContiTech will work more closely together in the fields of functional printing and printed electronics…

ContiTech introduced new Phoenix Xtra Blankets at drupa

Phoenix Xtra Blankets: New products primarily for growing market for UV printing and high-end products…

Fujifilm’s new XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble

Fujifilm launched two additions to its workflow portfolio at drupa: XMF Controller and XMF Ensemble…

TRESU’s new iCut digital flexo plate cutter debuted at drupa

The speedy imaging of spot-coating plates simplifies the digital folding carton printing workflow…

Xaar and Ricoh in strategic thin film partnership

Partnership aims to maximise each company’s considerable expertise in Thin Film piezo printhead development…

Xeikon’s new 9600 combines quality and productivity

The 9600 is the ultimate dedicated solution for a wide range of document printing applications…

HP Inc. hails drupa 2016 the best ever

Company surpasses drupa 2012 results by 25 per cent and helps establish digital printing as mainstream…

EyeC: Assured quality for luxury folding cartons

Providing a flexible and innovative answer to the quality control needs of folding carton manufacturers…

Fujifilm enjoyed a hugely successful drupa 2016

Fujifilm used drupa 2016 to showcase its industry-leading inkjet technologies and gives a glimpse of the future of automation in print…

Xeikon: First investment in unique Fusion configuration

Xeikon Fusion technology persuades Dejonghe Printing Company 

to invest in digital printing…

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Contiweb’s new Fluid Applicator offers significant cost benefits

Goss Contiweb announces latest innovation to optimise efficiency and provide significant cost savings in print drying…

drupa 2016 was a success for POLAR

The fair demonstrated that the offset printing sector is very lively and digital printing continues to grow…

Hugo Beck film packaging and onserting robotic automation

Hugo Beck put on a convincing display at drupa with its high speed robotic automation system for post-print processing…

Leibinger numbering machine innovations put on a show at drupa

Electronically controlled random numbering system with double monitoring prevents waste in security printing…

Mimaki inspires with new inks and applications at drupa

drupa 2016 was a benchmark show for Mimaki, where it presented 3D printing, robotics and the Mimaki ‘Internet of Things’, and its range of inkjet printers…

MPS had a rewarding 5-day Open House during drupa

MPS opened its headquarters in Arnhem, The Netherlands during drupa 2016 and reports a rewarding, well-attended event…

The InPEQ Forum from the Balkan States at drupa 2016

The eleventh meeting of Eastern European printers took place in Düsseldorf at the world’s largest printing trade fair…

DataLase inline for multi-billion pound projects post-drupa

Drupa 2016 delivered for the inline digital printing company, generating a multi-billion pound opportunity pipeline for its revolutionary solutions…

DataLase personalisation with Ricoh at drupa

DataLase high-speed inline digital printing solutions demonstrated at the Ricoh stand with DataLase…

drupa 2016 a major success for Hunkeler AG

drupa 2016 was a success for Hunkeler. The Swiss company signed purchase agreements with customers from across the globe…

drupa 2016 proved a major triumph for Highcon

 delivers on the promise of mainstream digital finishing with 2016 a resounding success…

drupa 2016 saw Scodix sales soar to new heights

With over 100 new customers from 21 countries added to its books, resulting in biggest sales days in company’s history…

QuadTech industry first ColorTrack with InkControl

Simplified colour management workflow provides direct connection from customer input to ink recipe creation to press-side correction…

QuadTech introduces highly economical MultiCam TRIM

New tiered colour-to-colour advanced register control option offers a streamlined set of features, ease-of-use, high quality print…

QuadTech’s 100% inspection ‘reimagined from the ground up’

QuadTech’s modernised Inspection System sets a new standard for fast, easy detection of print defects…

QuadTech’s new affordable DeltaCam inline spectral measurement

Addition to product portfolio brings fast, accurate spectrophotometer technology to individual packaging print houses…

Watkiss expands booklet making solutions at drupa

Watkiss showed its expanded range of booklet making solutions, with a new addition to the Watkiss PowerSquare range…

WEKO’s latest DigiCon for digital print a hit at drupa

Much enthusiastic interest in WEKO’s latest DigiCon remoistening system for digital printing at drupa 2016…

drupa 2016 News from Exhibitors (now in alphabetical order)

The series of 242 articles can now be accessed in our drupa Newsroom in alphabetical order.

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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Decisive impulses for the global print industry at drupa

drupa 2016 was a resounding success with excellent business deals concluded in an outstanding investment climate…

drupa to stick to its proven 4-year cycle

The No. 1 trade fair for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Düsseldorf again from 23 June to 3 July 2020…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016

Includes the tenth and final article in this series from Andreas Weber in Mainz, Germany…

drupa 2016 Expert Articles – and more

Includes the tenth and final article in this series from Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO and president of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and drupa president 2016

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