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By Morten B. Reitoft, Editor/CEO INKISH, TV for- and about the printing industry, based in Roskilde, Zealand/Denmark

(The story was originally posted on LinkedIn, 5. March 2019)

#Think!Paper — Edition 2, Vol. 3 

Do you know the feeling of anti-climax? You have been busy for many days, maybe even been traveling, perhaps yet met a lot of people and, then you are back in your office, and things are quiet. Perhaps not more quiet than usual, but the contrast is what makes the anti-climax. This is how I am right now.

Last week I was at the Hunkeler Innovationdays #HID19 in Lucerne, Switzerland and it was actually one of the events I really anticipated to visit. Many friends, many business partners, potential business partners, and well – equipment that whatever you look at it as amazing. When you look at the digital printers, they are pretty amazing. The quality, the speed, the size, the – well – everything is just amazing. However, the binding is actually to some extent more amazing. You feed a roll in one end, and you see finished applications coming out in the other end. Books, statements, magazines, you name it, and I can’t help thinking about the amazing world what we live in. Technology keeps bringing us new amazing options, but most people in the printing industry don’t even know. The requirements for the vendors must be quite stressful from time to time. How do you keep innovating and how do you keep bringing new technology to the market when even the last great invention hasn’t sold in quantity expected?

At Hunkeler Innovationdays I spoke to CEO Michel Hunkeler and he kind of said (listen for yourself when we publish the interview) that Inkjet printers didn’t sell as fast as anticipated. It’s not cheap to develop machines like that and to be profitable, volume to some extent is required, or the price will be too high. Partnerships are seen as never before. Today we see technology from one vendor build into technology from another vendor. Some even re-brand products to get a wider distribution and who knows maybe shared development- and marketing cost. Two fresh examples are Ricoh/FujiFilm/Heidelberg or what about Argos/Plockmatic and then Hunkeler who build the amazing equipment that interfaces with practically every major supplier of inline or nearline binding equipment.

Houston we have got a problem. We – as an industry – continues to focus on effectiveness, lower cost and unfortunately don’t focus a lot on how to grow our industry. I have said this numerous times, and of course, my voice is a beep in the bigger world – but friends we have to do something.

 

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#HID19 was a big success according to all those exhibitors. Indeed, it was very well organized and highly informative. 

 

Where does it start? It starts with having a focus on growth rather than price – maybe not so much from the vendor side, but your hard work making machines better, faster, and more efficient drive the price development in the wrong direction. Your customers need to learn how to focus on growth – not just from a company perspective but an industry perspective. Some marketing people don’t know what we are capable of. Some people believe that print is old-fashion. Some people don’t see the value in push media and printed communication. Some of your customers don’t even know the basic skills when it comes to selling applications and solutions on anything but price?

I think we as an industry should figure out what to do. 

Many people in the industry actually do something about this – but all are small voices in a big world, and you should support these people. If you can make the industry grow your customers will increase revenue and profit, and they will be able to invest in your equipment – it’s that simple!

A few mentions! Deborah Corn and her Project Peacock educate the designers and print buyers. Matthew Parker teaches printers to sell not on price. Pat McGrew educate the market with her Print Sample TV. TwoSides about the environmental issues – and many more people – not to forget mentioning INKISH of course. We all work to make the printing industry better, more profitable, growing and exciting in the future as well – but vendors should financially support the future of the industry – and if you don’t want to encourage any existing channels just for the sake of marketing – find your projects that can support the industry you are part of and invest. The ROI in my opinion is higher and the impact on everybody is considerable. I personally buy magazines for more than $100 a month, I buy books frequently – if we all buy more print applications we support our industry and why shouldn’t we?

And then – After the Hunkeler Innovationdays I checked out some of the vendor’s websites – my god. Take a look at your own site and tell yourself that it does a good job – if you think so, fine – if not – do something about it. INKISH is about storytelling but to see websites in 2019 that still only focus on products – not even tell stories from users or inspire potential customers – my goodness – you will have a difficult time communicating with the younger generations.

DO something about that as well!

 


 

Response

There was immediately an interesting discussion on LinkedIn after Morton published his story. Here our selection via screenshot.

 

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About Morten

Morten B. Reitoft is an experienced CEO with a passion for development of ideas and business. His statement: ”I am very creative and very hard working and one of my greatest strength is my ability to encourage people – whether these are customers, employees or business partners.”

Specialties: Creative, competitive, Great interest in both the detail and the overview, very good communication skills, inspiring, fast thinking, internationally oriented, great interest in people, business and processes.

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

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

That’s it until next time.

My best regards,
Mike Hilton
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A couple of the key articles from last week… 

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

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

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017
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Online Features Nov/Dec Chapter 08

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

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

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

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

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

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

Drupa Newsroom
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Messe Düsseldorf to reconstruct Southern Section
Plans for the reconstruction of the South Entrance and Halls 1 + 2 in a EUR 140m investment approved for completion in 2019…

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