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Photos: Heidelberg / HDU. Collage: Andreas Weber, Frankfurt am Main

 

“We’re remodeling customer interfaces for Heidelberg and creating a seamless digital ecosystem for its customers.” Rainer Wiedmann, Head of the Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU) and Chief Marketing Officer at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

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New digital ecosystem for the print media industry

The new “leading light function” of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG heralded by CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer midway through 2017 is increasingly taking shape and making dynamic progress. “The new Heidelberg Digital Unit is boosting the company’s e-commerce business, online presence, and digital marketing expertise,” said member of the Management Board and Chief Digital Officer Dr. Ulrich Hermann just recently.

What exactly does that entail? Rainer Wiedmann discussed this publicly for the first time in an interview for ValueDialog. A successful digital pioneer, Wiedmann took charge of the Heidelberg Digital Unit start-up company (HDU for short) on April 1, 2018 in parallel with his role as the Heidelberg Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. – The interview was conducted by Head of Value Andreas Weber.

 

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About the new Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU)

 

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Website: https://hdu.heidelberg.com

Location: Wiesloch-Walldorf, with branches in China, the United States, and Asia

Initial workforce: 50

Objective: To enjoy dynamic growth and establish the number one digital ecosystem in the print sector

Partner: Internet specialist iq!

 

As CDO on the Heidelberg Management Board, Dr. Ulrich Hermann is a dynamic driving force behind the company’s digital transformation. 

 


 

Digital business models inspire the customer journey

Mr. Wiedmann, you were already a digital pioneer over 20 years ago when you founded the argonauten group, a multimedia agency that was an immediate success. What has changed since then?

Rainer Wiedmann: Back then, I was already heavily involved in shaping customer interfaces. This approach led by way of marketing innovation to e-commerce. Nowadays, the focus is on end-to-end digital business models. Thanks to IoT (the Internet of Things), machine learning, voice control, and similar innovations, a complete digital customer journey is now possible for the first time – not only sales & marketing, but many other parts of the value chain are being digitized. 

So you see this as a linear dynamic development?

Rainer Wiedmann: What I see is an extremely dynamic process. An online presence is no longer the be-all and end-all. Access to customers and interaction with them are the most relevant things. Based on the new approach, an optimum customer interface is essential if digitization is to generate value. 

What’s your motivation for treading new ground with HDU in the mechanical engineering sector, of all places?

Rainer Wiedmann: I started out as an engineer and, following my studies at the University of St. Gallen’s Institute of Technology Management, I gained vital experience with a large number of industrial customers. New forms of connectivity are rapidly transforming mechanical engineering, and Heidelberg is extremely well placed to benefit from this development. 

How so?

Rainer Wiedmann: Our machines have long been networked. We also have our own global sales and service organization with a portfolio incorporating hardware, software, and consumables. 

What’s more, the executive management team at Heidelberg understands exactly what transformation through digitization means, as demonstrated among other things by the new subscription model – a first in the industry. As I see it, all this creates the perfect conditions!  


 

HDU in a nutshell

 

How is the newly founded HDU positioning itself in this context?

Rainer Wiedmann: Our goal is to design customer interfaces for Heidelberg that create a seamless digital ecosystem for the company’s customers.

What are HDU’s core values?

Rainer Wiedmann: HDU is all about creating added value based on permanence, consistency, and relevance. Its main value lies in getting the maximum number of existing and potential customers to use the Heidelberg offering on a weekly or, better still, daily basis. It’s not simply a case of registering a large number of nominal users in the system, but of having as many active users as possible. As I see it, content, function, coverage, and interaction are the key to success.

Does your new approach with HDU fit in with the Heidelberg culture?

Rainer Wiedmann: On the one hand, the people at Heidelberg come across as being open and innovative. On the other, they like to follow precise rules. In the digital transformation context, however, I feel a more target-driven approach is vital for employees.

What does that achieve?

Rainer Wiedmann: One advantage of HDU that can be transferred to Heidelberg is that in order to achieve specified goals or optimize target achievement, we work as a team on the structure of rules so that we can make adjustments as and when required.

Heidelberg is indisputably strong when it comes to technical innovation. But what about the company’s customers? Are you aware of any reservations about digitization?

Rainer Wiedmann: Given that all kinds of print production have long been based on digital data, our customers are well advanced with the process of digitization, and e-commerce is nothing new to them either. Online printing has created a huge new growth market. Our approach of working closely with customers to offer a comprehensive package providing peace of mind has therefore proved very popular. If you know what needs to be done and the goals are clear, digitization in printing is regarded very much as an opportunity.

Digital print shop processes are one thing, but the go-to-market strategy in the digital age is another matter entirely. I see a weakness here. Am I right?

Rainer Wiedmann: The important thing in my eyes is for Heidelberg to demonstrate the positive effects of digitization as effectively as possible to customers who are in dialog with us. Only personal experience gives a proper impression of how print shops can also put this to good use in their own customer relations.


 

 

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Screenshots from the Heidelberg Digital Unit’s new website.


HDU mission statements

“We develop innovative digital sales, marketing, and service solutions for all stages of the customer journey and deliver measurable results with a multidisciplinary team and external partners focused on success.”

“We contribute to the operational excellence of all Heidelberg units by offering a digital, state-of-the-art ecosystem that sets new standards in this area.”

“We don’t shy away from any risk. We rely on our entrepreneurial skills and make unexpected, disruptive decisions that enable us to score points with our customers.”

“We won’t let anything stop us achieving our goals and dreams. Continuously pursuing them and measuring our progress will see us succeed.”

“We embrace the digital age. We enjoy working with people who leave the office happy because everyone has done their best and is proud to be part of the team.”


 

It’s all about clear goals and measurable successes

HDU started out with 50 staff and is aiming to expand rapidly. What skills do you require?

Rainer Wiedmann: Around 80 percent of our initial team are very experienced and highly skilled in the print market. We’re adding new people who have experience in areas such as e-commerce, digital marketing, and social media. 

What’s special about your team?

Rainer Wiedmann: We have the right mix! The mutual respect and common goals of our “mixed” team make us particularly effective. The excellent market position enjoyed by Heidelberg and our geographical proximity to the company are very helpful and motivate us all. We are “Born in Heidelberg” – a statement that perfectly demonstrates our unshakable commitment. It also boosts our credentials as an employer beyond the confines of the sector.

How is HDU’s work being integrated into the Heidelberg Group’s everyday operations? And how is the collaboration going?

Rainer Wiedmann: We’ve gotten off to a very promising start because we actively approach Heidelberg staff, provide them with all the information they need, and listen to what they have to say. We have contacts for the individual Heidelberg business units and access to all the sales units. Our global Growth Hacking Tour has already started. We’re using it to raise the local profile of our portfolio in key markets, offer training on our new tools and software solutions, and introduce e-commerce initiatives that we’ve developed.

 

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Roadmap of the Global Growth Hacking Tour in the startup phase of the HDU. (Photo: screenshot from the HDU website)

 


Focus on maximum competitiveness and market relevance

Does that effectively mean HDU is offering in-house consulting and agency services at Heidelberg? 

Rainer Wiedmann: Yes, but we’re not uniquely a service provider. We offer support with customized tools, efficient campaigns, and in-depth know-how. And we enter into clear target agreements. Our task is to create measurable results and boost e-commerce sales. We focus closely on figures to deliver success. And we achieve results as a team when we generate leads and sales. 

What is the response to the Growth Hacking Tour? 

Rainer Wiedmann: People are immediately seeing that we’re coming to them with the offer of added value for their day-to-day work and demonstrating a true community spirit. As a subsidiary, we have a clear advantage. We’re creating a trusting relationship from scratch for joint success.

Looking beyond Heidelberg, competitors on the digital printing market are claiming they provide their own digital platforms as ecosystems for print. What can and do you want to do differently or even better?

Rainer Wiedmann: Yes, we have our rivals, but in our segment – commercial and packaging printing – we have the highest market shares and by far the largest installed base. What’s more, we’ve had the world’s largest database for presses for over ten years. 

And that means what?

Rainer Wiedmann: It enables us to offer even better functions and optimum access to our entire portfolio along with detailed knowledge of specific customer interests that is always up to date. Our extremely strong service is now helping to expand things again on the operating side.

So does that mean the HDU ecosystem must make it possible, based on the Heidelberg platform, to significantly improve all aspects of performance?

Rainer Wiedmann: We don’t simply want production to run smoothly at print shops. At the end of the day, we’re improving our customers’ competitiveness and market relevance – not just here and there but at all levels as far as possible. 

Hand on heart, as a digital expert, what do you say to the boss of a print shop whose customers tell him printing is outdated and they no longer want to use it?

Rainer Wiedmann: Print media will never disappear. In fact, we’re seeing growth in areas such as packaging, labels, and mass customization. Yes, there are shifts from analog to digital – in particular when it comes to company marketing – but new applications will keep on emerging. For me, HDU’s main task in the long term is to unlock this new potential and enable customers to act flexibly, proactively, and sustainably as times change.

How do you personally think HDU will fare in the short, medium, and long term?

Rainer Wiedmann: I’m more than confident. We’re sticking to the vision and mission we formulated for HDU. And we’re measuring our progress, then responding immediately.

– Thank you very much for this interview. 

 


 

My take on things – a solution of striking simplicity

It’s enough to take your breath away. Heidelberg is putting in an impressive sprint on the home straight, hurtling forward in a completely new guise – the Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU) – and showing the competition quite clearly who’s in first place when it comes to digital transformation. 

It’s official! A traditional company has without doubt completely reinvented itself – in record time –demonstrating the courage to take risks based on its wide-ranging expertise in printing and all things digital. Rather than abandoning much of the previous system, the company is using and optimizing it to benefit from new developments. One important additional aspect: Heidelberg has realized that in the digital age it’s no longer sufficient to aim for success with best-in-class product innovations.

Launching HDU in this form is a real stroke of genius in my opinion. A subsidiary designed as a start-up – fast, flexible, and firmly anchored with an excellent network – it provides new, user-oriented “digital” services for the Group and at the same time becomes a pacesetter with measurable results to make sales, marketing, and services permanently fit for the digital age on a global level. In my eyes, that’s the perfect way to firmly establish highly innovative products and solutions on the market on a lasting basis.

The biggest winners are Heidelberg customers and the market as a whole because, for the first time, they have access to a well thought-out, effective ecosystem in the form of an exponential platform that takes industrialprint production to a whole new level in the digital age and makes it fit for the future. To sum up, this is a real win-win situation – especially for Heidelberg staff, shareholders, and numerous new partners. 

The “crux of the ‘digital’ transformation problem” I identified in my #ValueCheck is thus soon set to be resolved!

 


 

Rainer Wiedmann

 

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Rainer Wiedmann comes from Stuttgart and is one of Germany’s great digital pioneers. After studying at the universities of Stuttgart and St. Gallen and gaining several years of professional experience, he founded the argonauten group (350 employees at 11 international locations) in 1996, the aquarius group (100 employees based in Munich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai) in 2005, and the iq! group (based in Munich and Palo Alto) in 2014.

The iq! group maintains close links with the new Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU), which started operating on April 1, 2018 with 50 employees.

HDU is a start-up company and a subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, where Wiedmann plays a dual role as Head of HDU and Chief Marketing Officer. 

From 1999 to 2003, Wiedmann was President of the Deutscher Multimedia Verband e.V. (now BVDW e.V.). From 2003 to 2004, he was on the board of Gesamtverband Kommunikationsagenturen GWA e.V. in Frankfurt.

 


About the author

Andreas Weber has been a print expert and internationally renowned business communication analyst, coach, influencer, and networker for over 25 years. His activities focus on transformation for the digital age and include lectures, management briefings, workshops, analyses, reports, and strategic advice. – His blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspires readers from over 140 countries worldwide.

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


 

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

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

 


 

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

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

 


 

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

 


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

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


 

What is it all about?

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

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

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

What are the important features of a subscription?

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

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

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

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

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

… can you give a few examples?

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

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

 

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

 


 

The key to success

How can the focus be switched to customer benefits?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 


 

How it works

What is the concept behind Heidelberg Subscription?

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

How did you go about answering these key questions?

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

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

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

What is an ‘impression charge’? 

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

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

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

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

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

 

An introductory explanation on Heidelberg Subscription.

 


 

What are the benefits?

What does industrial production do differently to craftsmen?

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

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

What does results-based payment entail?

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

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

What criteria apply for the subscription?  

Heidelberg Subscription is based on the following considerations/criteria:

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

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

How do potential customers react to this new approach?

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

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

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

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

 

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


 

Invoicing method

How do you determine the costs with a subscription contract?

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

Is the subscription tailored to the customer?

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

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

Why should customers tie themselves exclusively to Heidelberg?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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How go-to-market is changing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


 

Final conclusions

How would you summarize this development?

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

…and what does that ultimately mean?

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

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

 


 

#ValueCheck – Heidelberg Subscription as a new economic system

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

STATUS QUO

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

MEASURES

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

EFFECTS

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

 


 

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About Dr. Ulrich Hermann

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


 

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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 20 October 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s roundup of 25 news items (actually 36 if you count the InPrint collection of 12 on Wednesday all rolled into one). You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog titled Eco-nomy’, which this week looks at how the marriage of ecology and economics is becoming increasingly obvious and necessary for business. As a result, developers are constantly moving to offer technologies that reduce product life cycle footprints, as well as perform more efficiently for their customers. Then we have Andreas Weber back in Online Features with his latest piece: #InfluenceB2B — Transformation for the Digital Age. Please don’t miss them.

Good news this week has been rather difficult to come by at times, after last week’s multiple events which gave it a welcome boost. However, there have been some interesting announcements and developments. Heidelberg led the headlines on Monday as it successfully recertified all of its worldwide locations to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management; while Xeikon has discontinued development of its Trillium liquid toner programme announced at drupa last year. On Tuesday, Ricoh South Africa took the lead with digitalisation in the fore at its new demo facility in Johannesburg; and on Wednesday, InPrint news took the first three spots for a dozen of its exhibitors, including Heidelberg with personalisation as a megatrend, as it prepares to showcase its digital 4D printing solutions for the automotive industry; and then we h ad Sun Chemical on Friday, which also announced its IPEX offerings the day prior.

On Thursday, Smithers Pira brought Heidelberg back into the lead, following its most recent report on leading makes of second-hand presses, which reveals that Heidelberg presses are the most productive in the industry – up to a staggering 66% more productive – producing the lowest cost per sheet. The report is available to download from a link in the article, so you can see for yourself. And to round off the week on Friday, Canon Europe has achieved Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for its Océ Arizona UV inks and Océ Colorado UVgel inks.

You’ll find quite a mixed bag of news in addition to the above if you check out the headlines carefully, including more post-Labelexpo successes from Mouvent, and MPS; as well as post World Publishing Expo from Kodak, which debuted new News CTP offerings, improved newspaper plates and its high-speed inkjet additions for newspaper presses.

Sales and installations this week include Ultragraph with Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK; while Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, has chosen a Goss Sunday 5000. On Tuesday, Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio has increased productivity by 30% with a new Stahlfolder TH 82-P with pallet feeder; and Dome in Sacramento, California has undertaken a multimillion-dollar investment in a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 and Rapida 205; while six months on from its Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press in the UK confirms its progress. On Wednesday, Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues its modernisation with a new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer. Thursday saw LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany invest in a FlexLiner inserting system from Muller Martini; and on Friday MP S celebrates the double sale of its hybrid EF Symjet press at Labelexpo in Brussels; and last but not least, Rengel Printing in St Cloud, Minnesota has more than doubled output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater.

What else? New kit from Duplo UK on Tuesday as it adds Esper direct mail solutions to its other brands portfolio; and a tailender from Manroland Web Systems on Thursday, as its introduced MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet at WPE in Berlin.

That’s all until next time.
My best regards

Mike Hilton

 


 

 


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Monday
Heidelberg locations worldwide recertified to ISO

Heidelberg successfully recertified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management… 

Xeikon terminates Trillium liquid toner programme
First demonstrated at drupa 2016, the technology has encountered several challenges in bringing it to market commercially… 

Sign & Digital UK back at the NEC next year
New visitor research inspires growth for Sign & Digital UK, returning to the NEC, Birmingham 24 to 26 April 2018… 

Ultragraph opens up new business with a Versafire CP
Ultragraph has replaced a HP Indigo 5600 with a Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK and is winning new business… 

Sunday 5000 press scheduled for Gotha Druck in 2018
Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, chooses Goss Sunday 5000 to expand portfolio… 

Tuesday
Ricoh SA offers a window into the digitalised future

Ricoh SA has created a new demo facility at its Linbro Business Park offices in Johannesburg, South Africa to provide a window into the digitalised office of the future… 

Hopkins increases productivity with Stahlfolder TH 82-P
Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio increases productivity by 30% with new Stahlfolder TH 82-P pallet feeder… 

Dome Sacramento chooses two Koenig & Bauer presses
Multimillion-dollar investment in Rapida 106 and Rapida 205 sends strong message of momentous growth strategy… 

Kingfisher Press’s Jet Press 720S provides growth
Six months on from Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press adds new customers and boosts revenue… 

Duplo expands direct mail solutions portfolio
Duplo expands direct mail portfolio with Esper DM-230V Pro Collator and the DM Mini Collation system…

Wednesday
InPrint 2017 Exhibitors’ top stories
Announcements for InPrint in Munich from Bochonow Maschinenbau Polar UV, ColorGATE. Fujifilm UK, Gardner Denver Thomas, GEW, Heidelberg, Dr. Hönle, Hymmen, Memcon, Ushio Europe, Wemhöner Surface Technologies, and EPS with Xaar… 

Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry… 

Tonejet direct-to-can at InPrint Munich 2017
Tonejet brings direct-to-can electro-static drop-on-demand digital printing to InPrint Munich, from 14 – 16 November… 

Game changing Mouvent impresses at Labelexpo 2017
Mouvent enjoys sensational debut at Labelexpo 2017 with its groundbreaking digital print innovations… 

Rapida 106 8-colour for Bialostockie Zaklady Graficzne
Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues modernisation with new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer… 

Thursday
Heidelberg up to 66% more productive: Smithers Pira
New report from Smithers Pira reveals Heidelberg presses are most productive in the industry and produce lowest cost per sheet… 

Kodak’s extended News CTP portfolio and more at WPE
Kodak helps newspapers achieve more productivity, cost benefits and sustainability at IFRA World Publishing Expo 2017… 

The Manroland Web Systems’ MainPad
Manroland Web Maintellisense takes the next step, with MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet… 

Sun Chemical offers brighter ideas for low-energy printing
At IPEX 2017, Sun Chemical to present latest innovations for sheetfed commercial and packaging and narrow web label markets… 

A leap ahead with the Muller Martini FlexLiner
LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany, has invested in a cost-cutting FlexLiner inserting system… 

Friday    
Canon Achieves UL Greenguard Gold Certification
Canon Europe achieves Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for Océ Arizona UV and Colorado UVgel inks… 

#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value… 

MPS reports highly successful Labelexpo Europe
MPS launches real-time ‘talk to me’ connectivity platform and celebrates double sale of its hybrid EF SYMJET at Labelexpo 2017… 

Sun Chemical’s unique product range at InPrint 2017
Sun Chemical demonstrates the breadth of its capability in Industrial print applications at InPrint 2017 in Munich… 

Rengel adds new Speedmaster SX 52 with Prinect
Rengel Printing more than doubles output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater… 

The lead articles from a week last Friday…

Muller Martini at the WAN 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… 

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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.

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#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value…

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Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017 Munich
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry…

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By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (#Heideldruck for short) is in the ascendancy, growing sustainably and profitably while other companies such as HP, Xerox, Ricoh, and Canon are being forced to restructure and/or consolidate. This appears to be nothing out of the ordinary looking back on over 150 years of a company steeped in tradition, but look more closely and it’s a different story. Heideldruck claims it was the only printing press company to record a significant improvement in incoming orders over the past financial year in the period during and after drupa. But it certainly won’t be resting on its laurels – quite the opposite, in fact. Entirely new growth segments for the sector are being identified and approached proactively, with Heideldruck mutating into an “agile” company.

“Over the next five years, Heidelberg will once again become a leading light in the sector, enjoying strong growth and profits. We’ve defined the relevant success factors and have already introduced initial measures. This marks the start of a new era of growth for Heidelberg,” said the company’s CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer.

 


ValueCheck by Andreas Weber with Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

 


 

Hundsdörfer also had the following to say: “The Heidelberg Digital Technology (HDT) and Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) sectors were established on April 1, 2017 to prepare for the company’s digital future. HDT combines sheetfed offset, label printing, and postpress operations and is responsible for developing, producing, and marketing the appropriate technologies and products for new business models. HDB, meanwhile, is where Heidelberg manages its operations relating to services, consumables, remarketed equipment, digital printing technology, and solutions throughout the value-added chain.”

This was possible thanks to the economic recovery of Heidelberg and the profitable growth it is now once again experiencing. The most important observations regarding the new strategy and the KPIs from the latest balance sheet are as follows:

  • Strategic focus on technology leadership, digital transformation, and operational excellence
  • Group targets for 2022 defined and underpinned with specific measures
  • Targeted increase in sales to around €3 billion, in EBITDA to €250-300 million, and in net profit after taxes to over €100 million
  • Initial strategic measures already implemented – two acquisitions (DOCUFY/Fujifilm coatings & printing chemicals in EMEA) and enhanced efficiency
  • Presentation of annual financial statement for 2016/2017 confirms targets achieved

 

 

Worth noting: 
Digital doesn’t “only” mean digital printing at Heideldruck

Digital printing is naturally a fundamental part of the new, comprehensive “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy. The new Primefire platform for digital packaging printing sets the bar extremely high here. But the digital transformation of the print business demands more than simply building good digital presses. Heideldruck has now gained a significant edge in this respect by finding a holistic approach that actually enables print shops to master the digital transformation. At the Annual Accounts Press Conference on June 8, 2017 in Frankfurt, CFO Dirk Kaliebe pointed out that it was now virtually impossible to distinguish between the high level of digitization in offset printing and that in digital printing. “The term ‘digital printing’ is actually misleading,” remarks Hundsdörfer. “Non-impact printing would be more accurate, that is to say a contactless printing method. Ultimately, however, printing takes place and an analog product is produced,” he explains. Hundsdörfer believes a mechanical engineer’s skill lies in combining all possible methods that serve to manufacture marketable print products of all kinds that are suitable for production in an efficient and automated process.

Is Heidelberg the print world’s Amazon?

As was already stressed at drupa 2016, the Push to Stop method enables autonomous printing. This is similar to Google helping to develop autonomous driving. The aim of the Heidelberg Cloud and assistant solutions is for the company to become the Amazon of the printing industry. “Heidelberg goes digital” is therefore linked to far more than a new way of building printing presses. As I see it, this is comparable to the success story of Tesla. At first glance, Tesla manufactures a premium electric car. A closer look reveals highly sophisticated data exchange between the driver/his preferences and the vehicle’s maximum coordination with specific needs and an optimum driving experience. In spring 2017, Tesla succeeded in overtaking automotive pioneer Ford in terms of market capitalization and sold more luxury vehicles in the United States than Porsche, VW/Audi, and BMW put together. Heidelberg could enjoy similar success. That’s why Hundsdörfer is promoting his vision of the “agile” company – a company that in my view is characterized by thinking and acting autonomously! 

 

Screenshots of the Heideldruck Annual Report, which has a die-cut folding carton on the cover that can be removed and turned into a “digital” box. This can be downloaded via Heidelberg.com.

 

As an experienced mechanical engineering insider, Hundsdörfer knows the importance of “operational excellence” (with the focus on permanent optimization of the solution portfolio and production processes). He is also aware of the two biggest assets of Heideldruck – know-how and experience regarding the best way to run a print business, under the premise of automating what can be automated – in production, in procurement, in real-time analysis of production resources in the field, in dialog between Heidelberg customers and their customers, and much more besides. Heideldruck is already a long way ahead of many other mechanical engineering companies in this respect. And it is marketing its know-how with start-ups, the go-to market, production companies (e.g. in 3D printing), and also other sectors (no doubt including the automotive sector in the future), where production processes continuously need to be converted and adapted. And not over a period of many months, but in just a few days.

 

 

There was good reason for the following question being raised at the Annual Accounts Press Conference: “Given everything you’ve told us, is it still appropriate for you to be called Heidelberger Druckmaschinen [= Heidelberg printing presses]?” The answer was that the brand has long been called “Heidelberg” and that’s all that counts. According to Hundsdörfer, building presses is vital for Heideldruck because the machines and their operation are linked to numerous additional and value-added services offered by the company. This is also the reason for the recent acquisitions of DOCUFY and, above all, the consumables sector of Fujifilm. Accordingly, Hundsdörfer wants Heideldruck to become a system solution provider, rather like a kind of platform operator for the global printing sector and its customers. Transformation is not simply a means to an end here, but the core business enabling profitable growth like that of the GAFA companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple – see our ValueWebinar on value analysis “Transformation – Beam me up, Scotty”).

 

 

Conclusion

The new “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy clearly won people over at the Annual Accounts Press Conference, with the share price immediately soaring to its highest level all year. Despite the significant complexity, the Heideldruck CEO and CFO were able to set out their perspective and arguments both concisely and transparently. The Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) division has a key role to play, because this is where new business models/business model philosophies need to be developed for Heideldruck and also for customers and partners. — See as well our  ValueDialog with Management Board member and Chief Digital Officer Dr. Ulrich Hermann.

 


 

Extracts from the presentation charts used at the Heideldruck press conference on June 8, 2017 in Frankfurt

 

 


 

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A milestone in the history of #Heideldruck: the new vision, mission and strategy presented by Rainer Hundsdörfer and Dirk Kaliebe at the Annual Press Conference heckle in Frankfurt am Main/Germany on 8 June 2017. Photo: Andreas Weber.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 09 June 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 23 news items for you, plus Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog which looks at ‘Waste and guilt’, providing food for thought. In Online Features, we have a rather special article on 200 Years Koenig & Bauer, which has travelled an innovation-lined road from the very first cylinder press to today’s digital print and more, and is now set to celebrate its 200th Anniversary in Würzburg in August.

Heidelberg dominated the lead headlines on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; then on Wednesday, we had Komori from Gareth Ward, featuring pharmaceutical carton printer and packager, Chester Medical Solutions, which has capped an investment programme with the UK’s first of Komori’s new B2 presses for carton work; then on Friday, KBA’s 200th Anniversary.

 


”The new strategy ’Heidelberg goes digital’ clearly convinced at the press conference — which at the same time caused a jump in the course of one year. Despite the complexity, the Heideldruck CEO Hundsdörfer and the Chief Financial Officer Kaliebe were able to present their views and arguments in a convincing and comprehensible manner. The Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) Board of Management is playing a key role, as new business models philosophies are being created for Heideldruck as well as for customers and partners. —Andreas Weber, Head of Value. Source: ValueCheck on Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


 

Of particular importance this week is Heidelberg’s new growth strategy until 2022, presented at its Annual Press Conference held on Wednesday, along with the release of its Annual Report for 2016/2017, plus two acquisitions announcements. The first of which actually led Tuesday’s headlines with the takeover of technical documentation software provider DOCUFY, and set to strengthen Heidelberg’s Digital Platforms division; with the second on Thursday, as Heidelberg confirms it has taken over Fujifilm‘s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region, situated in Kruibeke in Belgium, and Reutlingen in Germany.

Key sales and installations this week came from Heidelberg UK at 4-Print with a Versafire CP digital press and Suprasetter CTP system, Durst at Image Data in the UK with superwide-format for fabrics (also from Gareth Ward); and Xerox at Inkfish in Cape Town on Monday; Inca Digital in Scandinavia on Tuesday; Komori in the UK on Wednesday (mentioned above); and Ryobi in the UK at Northend Creative on Thursday; then Hybrid Software in Italy, IFS in the UK with Horizon, and Manroland Web at Quad/Graphics in North America on Friday.

You’ll also find software upgrades and new kit this week from Agfa and Xaar on Monday; new cobalt-free Inks from Huber on Tuesday; and productivity boosts for Highcon Euclid on Friday.

The tailender this week goes to Ricoh on Wednesday as the Ghent Workgroup announces that Ricoh has successfully achieved GWG PDF Preflight Certification.

That’s all until next time. You find more not mentioned below if you scroll down carefully, particularly for Labelexpo Europe taking place in Brussels from 25 – 28 September.

With best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 



 

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Monday

4-Print adds Versafire CP digital press from Heidelberg

4-Print in West Molesey, UK invests in digital and Suprasetter A75 CTP to meet new customer demand…

Image Data adds Durst to meet demand for fabrics

Yorkshire print group expands fabric print capability as retailers swing to backlit screens and stretch fabrics. By Gareth Ward…

Inkfish improves production quality with Xerox in Cape

Cape Town Digital print and signage company improves digital print and production with new Xerox Versant 80…

Agfa Graphics unveils new upgrades to Arziro

Agfa has released new versions of two elements within its Arziro ecosystem for the general security printing market…

Xaar strengthens aqueous portfolio with new 5501 heads

Xaar announces new addition to aqueous printheads portfolio…

Tuesday

Heidelberg expanding its Industry 4.0 offering

Takeover of technical documentation software provider DOCUFY strengthens Heidelberg’s Digital Platforms division…

Strong industry support for quality print apprenticeships

Trailblazer Consortium continues to press for an appropriate approach to the new Print Apprenticeship Standards…

Cobalt-free inks enable eco-label certification

Hubergroup sets all sheetfed offset printing inks to cobalt-free formulations to strengthen sustainability…

Spandex launches 3M Materials Product Guide

New 3M Materials Product Guide from Spandex aims to help customers deliver high value applications…

Billes Tryckeri AB lauds its Inca Onset X2

Scandinavia’s first Onset X delivers productivity gains of 30 per cent in wide-format production in just five months…

Wednesday

Chester Medical leads with carton-specified GL29 Komori

Pharmaceutical carton printer and packager Chester Medical Solutions has capped an investment programme with the UK’s first of Komori’s new B2 presses for carton work. By Gareth Ward…

Enhance your Competitive Edge at Dscoop with Scodix

Live demos of Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Enhancement Press with Foil Station at Dscoop EMEA 6 in Lyon this week…

Ricoh achieves GWG PDF Preflight Certification

The Ghent Workgroup has announced that Ricoh has successfully achieved GWG PDF preflight certification…

Thursday

Heidelberg presents its new growth strategy to 2022

Heidelberg’s growth strategy reveals significant improvement in sales and result targeted in period to 2022 at annual conference…

Heidelberg expands consumables with Fujifilm acquisition

Heidelberg takes over Fujifilm’s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region…

Labelexpo Europe 2017 announces new expo feature

Labelexpo Europe heralds fourth industrial revolution with bold feature area at Brussels Expo from 25 – 28 September…

Meech at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels

Meech to display static control and web cleaning solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2017 taking place in Brussels in September…

Northend Creative in Sheffield adds Ryobi LED-UV

Northend Creative Print Solutions has become the latest to invest in RMGT’s Ryobi LED-UV, plus Cron platesetter…

Friday

200 years of Koenig & Bauer in Würzburg

Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print, as KBA in Würzburg celebrates its 200th Anniversary…

Highcon Euclid speed boost announced at Dscoop EMEA

Dscoop EMEA conference in Lyon chosen to launch productivity boosts for Highcon Euclid B1 and B2 machines…

Hybrid celebrates sale of 100th PACKZ in Italy

Hybrid Software has announced the 100th sale in Italy of its professional editing software PACKZ…

UK Bookbinders enters digital chapter with Horizon

IFS-supplied BQ-470 PUR perfect binder and HT-30 three-side trimmer chosen to support new business division…

Quad/Graphics adds 64-page Lithoman in Versailles

Leading North American printer selects Lithoman press from Manroland Web Systems for its Kentucky facility…

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‘Pledge for Print’ BPIF appeal for Government backing

In a bid to boost the Government’s support for the printing industry, the BPIF is asking all parliamentary election candidates…

Print on the Brain – Sign up for a free copy now

Latest issue of Print Power magazine ‘ALL IN THE MIND’ looks at the remarkable neurological benefits of reading in print…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 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 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Value Dialogue – exclusive Interview series

Most recent…    An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

200 years Koenig & Bauer

Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print, as KBA in Würzburg to celebrate its 200th Anniversary in August…

Previous…    K+D´s Swiss passion for precision leads to Equinox

For the benefit of the pharma customer, K+D´s passion and Esko´s Equinox ensure a perfect colour match…

Schumacher Packaging turns to Durst single-pass technology

Durst is now field-testing its flagship system, the Delta SPC 130, as Schumacher Packaging becomes its field test partner…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Waste and guilt

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 07 Jun

Previous…    Printing Plates Progress

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 May

Fespa & Green

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 17 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?

Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…    drupa Prize 2017 awarded to Anne Sokoll

Scholar of German convinces with her Doctoral Thesis on the Writers’ Movement in the GDR…

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world

Kick-off for no. 1 printing technologies event / Highlight topics showcase the industry’s innovative force / New key visual ’embrace the future’…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

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

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

Canon SA,   Drupa 2020,  Esko,&n bsp;  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung,  Ricoh Europe, and Sappi Limited 

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

Our Website urls are:

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Our favs at FESPA 2017: the smartets booth design by MIMIAKI and in person Erik from Printfactory/Aurelon, NL. (Photos: Andreas Weber)

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 12 May 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with a bumper collection of 45 articles, plus Laurel Brunner’s very latest Verdigris Blog, which provides an update on the development of Eco Labels; and then we have the very latest in our drupa Newsroom with the official kick-off for drupa 2020, which took place at Messe Düsseldorf on Monday during Interpack, highlighting topics which showcase the industry’s innovative force, and a new key visual ’embrace the future’. An example of this can be found below.

 


With 45 news items for you to check out, and with a strong focus on both FESPA and Interpack, which both took place last week, I shall try to be as brief as possible.


 

On Tuesday KBA led with its first quarter financial results, having got off to a good start to 2017 with strong new business and a 21% higher order intake, a rise in order backlog and much more if you take time to check out the announcement. On Friday, you will find Kodak’s first quarter results, which also reflect growth in its key product areas and provide an updated overview of progress within its various divisions.

On Wednesday and Thursday, HP and Canon took the top positions, with Thursday’s lead article by Gareth Ward, but there were also key announcements from Ricoh, Canon, Fujifilm and Domino earlier in the week, too, among many others, including Sun Chemical and Blackman & White, EFI and MTEX. You’ll find lots if you scroll down.

 


 

Recent sales and installations this week came from EFI, as McGowans Print in Dublin is selected as the world’s second EFI Nozomi single- pass LED inkjet corrugated board press installation; then we have Heidelberg at Haslam Printers in Bolton with a new Versafire CP digital press; and IFS at Holywell Printers in Oxford, with a Horizon HT-30 three-side trimmer, all of which appeared on Wednesday.

On Thursday the really big one came from Manroland Web Systems, with the world’s first Geoman e:line bound for Vorländer in Dreis-Tiefenbach, Germany, and due to commence production in spring of next year. This is followed by MPH Fulfilment in the UK, as it purchases its sixth Edale press; then Simply Cartons, also in the UK, which has installed a Technotrans central cooling system for its KBA-equpped pressroom; and Lasertryk in Denmark, which has chosen Taopix software for its photo commerce division. On Friday Herff Jones in the U.S. has installed a Heidelberg ‘Push to Stop’ Speedmaster XL 106 long perfector; its second XL 106 long-perfector i n two years; while in the UK, Falconer Print & Packaging has upgraded its Prinect workflows, added a Suprasetter CTP system and a Speedmaster SX52-5 UV press. Last but not least, we have Xaar at Cerlat in Spain with the very latest Xaar 2001+ printheads on Cerlat’s new KERAjet ceramic tile printers.


It’s all about meeting the smartest people at FESPA 2017 (from left): Mark Lawn, Canon Europe; Thomas Haas, Ricoh EMEA; Nav Moulavi, Canon; Erik from Printfactory; and at least: Andreas Weber, ValuePublishing. Photos: Andreas Weber.


 

On Friday, FESPA announced that its 2018 event will be held in Berlin, Germany in May. Then InPrint Italy is set to take place in Milan in November 2018; and lastly, also from FN Brooks, the founders of InPrint, we have ‘Pure Digital’, a new digital print event for the creative industry, to be staged at RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam in April 2018.

 


My tailender for this week goes to Ricoh, as its digital book printing solution and Ricoh Pro C5200 series both receive 2017 EDP Awards, presented in Hamburg during FESPA.


 

You’ll find much more if you scroll down carefully. Until next time.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


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

Headline News

Almost 29,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news page

Week beginning Mon 08 May – date published also appears in article footline

Monday

FESPA 2017 opens today, 8 May, at Messe Hamburg

Visitors dare to print different at biggest ever FESPA global print expo, which runs until Friday 12 May…

Ricoh goes creative at FESPA in Hamburg this week

Ricoh showcases glittering future for PSPs with expansive product portfolio at FESPA 2017 from 8 to 12 May…

Canon Europe at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

Canon at FESPA 2017: Innovations and applications to inspire business growth; plus two new Océ wide-format product launches…

Sawgrass Virtuoso Print Manager at FESPA

Sawgrass to showcase next generation print and colour management software at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg in Hall B5…

Exclusive Fujifilm Inkjet Technology preview at FESPA

Fujifilm to highlight the benefits of its core inkjet technology with exclusive preview at FESPA 2017 this week…

Domino launches new CIJ inkjet inks at Interpack

Domino launches comprehensive range of CIJ inks for the food and beverage packaging sectors…

Domino announces coding and marking upgrades

Domino Printing Sciences to tackle future customer needs with i-Techx platform expansion and upgrades…

Fujifilm UK’s Keith Dalton appointed to EMEA role

Fujifilm announces changes in its UK Graphic Systems division management, with Chris Broadhurst taking over as GM…

Tuesday

Koenig & Bauer reports on First Quarter 2017

Good start to 2017 with strong new business and 21% higher order intake, a rise in order backlog and increased EBIT…

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world

Kick-off for no. 1 printing technologies event / Highlight topics showcase industry’s innovative force / New key visual ’embrace the future’…

Sun Chemical collaboration agreement with HP Indigo

Sun Chemical enters collaboration agreement with HP Indigo to develop cost-effective digital coatings for packaging…

Ricoh launches two new Direct to Garment printers

Customers will be able to experience this new DTG technology at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg this week…

Canon Europe shows striking campaign at FESPA

Canon demonstrates integrated beauty brand campaign at FESPA 2017 to inspire diversification possibilities…

Océ Colorado with UVgel at FESPA now available in EMEA

Canon Europe sees immediate market impact of Canon UVgel with customer response to Océ Colorado’s March launch…

EFI fuelling customer success at FESPA in Hamburg

EFI debuts new industrial textile printer, soft signage, LED and superwide-format MIS/ERP solutions…

B&W ground-breaking Versa Tech 2 debuts at FESPA

Blackman & White launches its SGIA award-winning Versa Tech 2 into Europe at FESPA Hamburg this week…

MTEX launches new digital direct-to-textile printers

MTEX Solutions launches three new digital textile printers at FESPA in Hamburg this week, with knock-out ink prices…

Wednesday

HP inspires large-format providers at FESPA 2017

Introduces new solutions to reinvent possibilities and spark growth in sign, display, and decoration…

Canon celebrates 10th anniversary of Océ Arizona:

Anniversary marked with FESPA launch of new options for automated finishing and corrugated media handling…

Sun’s new pouch system and upgraded inks at FESPA

Sun Chemical introduces new pouch system and upgraded Streamline ESL 3 ink range at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg…

Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex for Sun Chemical

Sun Chemical receives Eco Passport certification for its SunTex range of digital textile inks on display at FESPA this week…

Felix Schoeller STYLine qualified for Xeikon presses

Outstanding wallcoverings featuring STYline nonwoven wallpapers at FESPA 2017 on Felix Schoeller’s stand in Hall A1…

EFI’s second Nozomi C18000 press heads to Dublin

McGowans Print selected as the world’s second EFI Nozomi single- pass LED inkjet corrugated board press installation…

United Caps at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf

Three mew innovations: In-Mould Labeling, Bi-Injection and DOUBLEFLOW take centre stage in the United Caps stand…

Haslam Printers upgrades digital with a Versafire CP

Quality is key to purchase of Versafire CP from Heidelberg for Haslam Printers, which recently moved to Bolton…

Holywell Press trims production times with Horizon

IFS-supplied HT-30 three-side trimmer eliminates bottleneck for streamlined postpress production…

Thursday

Canon lowers barrier to cut sheet inkjet printing

Canon is introducing the VP i200 as a midway point between its flagship toner press and the powerful VP i300. By Gareth Ward…

World Wrap Masters final today – 11 May at 15:00 at FESPA

Wrap Masters finalists include South Africa to wrap speedboat in World Wrap Masters Final in Hamburg…

Xaar Print Bar System moves to FFEI for distribution

XAAR announces collaboration with FFEI for Print Bar System to now include sales and distribution…

Ricoh wins two EDP awards during FESPA in Hamburg

Ricoh’s digital book printing solution and Ricoh Pro C5200 series receive EDP endorsement in 2017 Award Ceremony…

Sawgrass attains G7 Master qualification

The dye sublimation specialist earns G7 Master qualification from not-for-profit industry group Idealliance…

Premiere for the Geoman e:line at Vorländer, Germany

The book, offset printing and newspaper publisher house in Dreis-Tiefenbach has opted for world’s first Geoman e:line…

MPH Fulfilment installs FL3: its sixth Edale press

UK label and packaging specialists MPH Fulfilment purchases its sixth Edale press, a 430mm-wide 10-colour FL3…

Simply Cartons keeps its cool in the pressroom

On the advice of press supplier KBA (UK), Simply Cartons has installed a Technotrans central cooling system…

Lasertryk opts for Taopix photo commerce platform

Danish commercial printer, Lasertryk, has chosen Taopix software for its photo commerce division…

Friday

Kodak reports its First Quarter 2017 results

Kodak reports Q1 net earnings of $7 million with continued growth in key product areas of Sonora, Flexcel and Prosper businesses…

FESPA 2018 global print expo heads to Berlin

FESPA announces dates for 2018 global print expo, Berlin, Germany from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 May 2018…

InPrint Italy 2018 dates and venue confirmed

Following the highly successful first InPrint Italy exhibition last year, FM Brooks have confirmed the next event…

FN Brooks launches ‘Pure Digital’ for creatives

New digital print event for the creative industry to be staged at RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam in 2018…

Canon’s new imageRUNNER C3025i colour device

Canon expands partners’ small business printing line-up with new imageRUNNER workspace device…

Duplo launches new Website with Rocket lift off

Duplo UK’s simple and intuitive new Website has been given lift off, marked with a rocket-themed competition…

Herff Jones installs a second Speedmaster XL 106-8P

Utah firm again replaces another three competitive presses with one Heidelberg Push to Stop Speedmaster XL 106 long perfector…

Cerlat opts for latest Xaar heads on new KERAjet

Xaar 2001+ printheads enable more cost effective tile printers at Cerlat in Onda, near Castellón, Spain…

Falconer upgrades workflow, CTP and press from Heidelberg

Falconer Print & Packaging has upgraded its Prinect workflows, added Suprasetter A75 CTP and Speedmaster SX52-5 UV…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

Heidelberg’s Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016/2017

Heidelberg achieves targets for year – significant net profit after taxes following the best quarter since 2008…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 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 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Value Dialogue – exclusive Interview series

Previous…  

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

Previous…  

Well-attended symposium at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul

Updates for print professionals interested in the future-oriented LED-UV technology underlines the leading role of KBA-Sheetfed in the field of LED-UV…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Eco Labels

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 12 May

Previous…  

Ignorance and Bamboo

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 05 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?

Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world

Kick-off for no. 1 printing technologies event / Highlight topics showcase the industry’s innovative force / New key visual ’embrace the future’…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

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

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

Canon SA,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Ricoh Europe, and Sappi Limited 

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

Our Website urls are:

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

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ESKO, Heidelberg, Leonhard KURZ and others will have a strong impact on Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf to bring packing innovation forward. — Photo: Leonhard KURZ

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 28 April 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 39 articles over the past week, Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog, and three new additions to Online Features from Heidelberg, featuring Interpack 2017 which begins in Düsseldorf on Thursday; then Zero Defect Print Production for commercial and packaging printing; and finally, a special Zero Defect Packaging event set to take place on 10 May, the last day of Interpack, at Heidelberg’s site in Wiesloch-Walldorf.


Smart Print Shop. Zero errors in packaging printing.

Continued globalization, rising demand for different types of packaging, and a shorter time to market are being accompanied by increases in complexity and thus the risk of errors in production operations. At the Heidelberg Info Day on Zero Defect Packaging, you can find out how easy it is to master this growing complexity by creating a smart print shop and using automated quality assurance solutions.

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Photos: Heideldruck

 


There are several more good Interpack-related articles this week, with two from Leonhard KURZ on Monday – one for new software, and one for a new foil transfer finishing machine for web or roll-fed applications. From TRESU, which will demonstrate its iCoat coater for integration with HP Indigo digital presses; and on Wednesday, which saw KURZ back with a new prototyping service; Esko addressing the needs of brands and converters with a simplified way to manage, design and produce packaging among its comprehensive lineup for this major packaging event; and finally Durst with Europe’s first showing of its integrated label and speciality package printing and workflow system, as well as the European debut of the Durst Tau 330 UV inkjet / OMET hybrid system first sh own in prototype at Labelexpo Americas last year.

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Heidelberg led on Wednesday with the market launch of its Zero Defect Print Production – Prinect Inspection Control 2, which is now available for all formats from half-size to VLF. Aug. Heinrigs in Aachen, part of the RLC Packaging Group; and Novaprint in Oldenburg, a member of the Bagel-Packaging Group, are just two of the first print shops using the new system.

With FESPA just around the corner you will find numerous pre-show articles, beginning on Monday with an overview from Gareth Ward which led the headlines; followed by the FESPA Printeriors’ Conference lineup, then on Friday we have FESPA’s full Conference Programme, followed by Epson, Kornit Digital and Mimaki, each detailing their plans for the Hamburg show which takes place from 8 – 12 May. On Thursday KBA-MetalPrint and KBA-Digital & Web announced a brand new keyless inking printing system, CS MetalCan, which will be introduced at METPACK in Essen, Germany this week. The show runs from 2 to 6 May.

On Tuesday, UPM-Kymmene published its Interim Report for first quarter of 2017. We also published first quarter results from EFI, followed by Gareth Ward’s commentary and take on EFI’s display graphics Q1 revenues disappointment.


Installations this week began on Tuesday as Glasgow printer Core Image adds a Versafire CV five-colour digital press from Heidelberg UK; SDPS Poinçon in Normandy with an Inca Onset X2 from distributor Fujifilm; and Indiana Carton Company with a new Heidelberg 1650mm wide-web (Gallus) flexo press. On Wednesday, Core Image added a new Horizon Stitchliner in East Kilbride; while Royle Printing in Wisconsin has invested in a new KBA Rapida 105 sheetfed press.

On Thursday, Gareth Ward reported that South Wales printer Lexon Group became the first in the UK to buy a Komori Impremia S29 B2 UV inkjet sheetfed press, pairing it with a new Highcon Euclid IIIS digital cutting and creasing machine for short run high value packaging production. This is followed by SE Litho in Johannesburg, South Africa, as it adds a Xerox Versant 2100 digital colour press; then PeterLynn in Corby, UK with a new Xeikon CX3 digital colour label press. Friday saw Moquin Press near San Francisco and Heidelberg USA leading the Industry 4.0 charge, with the United States’ first integrated ‘Push to Stop’ Speedmaster press. Also on Thursday, please don’t miss Martin Bailey with Move over PDF 1.7. here comes PDF 2.0! – a new White Paper summarising the changes for print production – and a new ISO standard set for May publication.


Our tailender this week goes to Andreas Weber with ValuePublishing Report: The Future of Print is On-line!, as he comments that organisers Fogra, BVDM, and Zipcon can be proud and satisfied, ‘With the 5th Online Print Symposium 2017 (in short: #ops2017) they have once more managed to set the bar higher.’ See the intro on Friday and follow the links in the article to read more about it.


That’s it until next time. You’ll find lots more if you scroll down carefully. It’s been a busy week.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton


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Read and share: Andreas Weber s comment on 5th Online Print Symposium 2017. There are excellent live movies and a Storify Real Time Report included. Movies — Photo: Andreas Weber (with Bernd Zipper, left, and Peter Gunning).


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

Headline News

Almost 29,000 news items have now gone online since we launched our Website in September 2001. News for the past 24 months can still be accessed via the Home Page and its continuation news page

Week beginning Mon 24 April – date published also appears in article footline

Monday

FESPA continues to transform as industry change accelerates

There is talk of revolutions, that is the nature of large trade shows; but there’s plenty to look at and understand as visitors in the organisers words, are challenged: Dare to print different. By Gareth Ward…

Explore the possibilities of print for interior décor

Half-day FESPA Printeriors Conference discusses how print can create striking interior décor applications…

Kurz: Foil calculation at the click of a mouse

Leonhard Kurz will be presenting its Foilconnect program for easier calculation of stamping foil requirements at Interpack 2017…

Kurz: Exclusiveness on a roll at Interpack 2017

Leonhard Kurz will present its new foil transfer finishing machine for web- or roll-fed applications at Interpack in Düsseldorf…

TRESU integration for cartons and synthetics at Interpack

TRESU to demonstrate iCoat coater for integration with HP Indigo digital presses at Interpack 2017…

Exploring inkjet and its unrivalled versatility

Emerging commercial inkjet tech, inks and substrates create a wealth of marketing opportunities. By Vaughan Patterson…

Ricoh announces two new industrial inkjet print heads

New inkjet heads handle wider range of inks more reliably…

Tuesday

UPM-Kymmene Corporation Interim Report Q1/2017

UPM businesses deliver a strong start in the first quarter…

EFI reports first quarter 2017 financial results

EFI announces preliminary results for first quarter 2017 with display graphics accounting for 2% revenue fall…

EFI fumbles ball for display graphics disappointment

EFI is blaming a fall in Q1 revenues on a mix up in pricing of its Vutek printers as new machines come on line. By Gareth Ward…

Kodak breaks new ground for flexo growth in North America

$15 million capital investment in Weatherford marks significant milestone in adoption of Kodak Flexcel NX Plates…

Propago experiences triple digit growth in Web-to-Print

Expansion of Propago’s Austin, Texas software engineering and customer success teams are underway…

Core Image switches from Konica to Heidelberg for digital

Glasgow printer Core Image is this week installing a Versafire CV five-colour digital press from Heidelberg…

SDPS boosts production with Inca Onset X2

SDPS Poinçon in Normandy finds marked improvement in quality and performance with third Inca Onset from Fujifilm…

Indiana Carton opts for Heidelberg wide-web flexo

Indiana Carton Company invests in a Heidelberg 1650mm wide-web (Gallus) flexo press to support aggressive growth plan…

Wednesday

Heidelberg delivers Zero Defect Print Production

Maximum reliability of productivity and quality for packaging and commercial printers with new inline inspection system…

Kurz: A sample says more than 1000 pictures

Kurz new prototyping service for packaging refinement to be presented for customers at Interpack in Düsseldorf…

Esko at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf 4 – 10 May

Addressing the needs of brands and converters with a simplified way to manage, design and produce packaging…

Durst Tau Hybrid System to debut at Interpack 2017

European first showing of Durst integrated label and specialty package printing and workflow system…

HP at ISA Expo with new Print and Cut Series

HP introduced new latex print and cut solutions to simplify and accelerate sign and display production: also for FESPA…

Core Image enhances bindery with Horizon StitchLiner

Bookletmaker from IFS removes bottleneck to support streamlined production at the East Kilbride commercial printer…

Royle to add new KBA Rapida 105 five-colour

Royle Printing’s award-winning corporate culture produces high-quality catalogues, magazines, and collateral…

Imprimerie Centrale upgrades Muller Martini Prima Amrys

When you can’t bear to part with a machine, you can consider extending its lifecycle through MMServices…

Thursday

‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ event

Heidelberg is presenting three new postpress machines on 10 May at the largest packaging printing event since drupa 2016…

New ISO standard set for May publication

Move over PDF 1.7. here comes PDF 2.0! New White Paper summarises the changes for print production…

KBA keyless inking now also for beverage can decoration

KBA-MetalPrint and KBA-Digital & Web present jointly developed new printing system CS MetalCan at METPACK in Essen…

New ‘UK Printing – The Facts and Figures’ to download

BPIF publishes the latest updates on the importance and scale of UK printing with PDF available to download…

Lexon prepares to install UK’s first inkjet Komori

South Wales printer Lexon Group is the first in the UK to buy the Komori Impremia S29 B2 UV inkjet sheetfed press pairing it with a new Highcon for short run high value packaging production. By Gareth Ward…

Lexon Group ‘Thinking About the Box’ with Highcon

Lexon has installed one of the first Euclid IIIS digital cutting and creasing machines in Europe and plans special Open Days in May…

SE Litho expands digital services with Xerox

SE Litho in Johannesburg, South Africa adds Xerox Versant 2100 digital press from Digilogix and Bytes Document Solutions…

PeterLynn adds Xeikon CX3 to increase capacity up to 50%

Xeikon has announced the installation of a new Xeikon CX3 digital colour label press at PeterLynn in Corby, UK…

Friday

FESPA confirms full conference programme for Hamburg

FESPA has confirmed details of its full and comprehensive at-show conference programme ahead of FESPA 2017…

Epson meets haute couture at FESPA from 8 – 12 May

Epson links with designers to showcase professional fashion, garment & décor applications at FESPA in Hamburg…

Kornit Digital at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

Kornit Digital to show mass customisation ‘ecosystem’ at FESPA, based on state-of-the-art production technology…

Mimaki’s new UJF-MkII model to debut at FESPA 2017

New UJF-3042MkII EX model reduces four steps to one for high-value-added print will be unveiled in Hamburg…

ValuePublishing Report: The Future of Print is On-line!

Organisers Fogra, BVDM, and zipcon can be proud and satisfied. With the 5th Online Print Symposium 2017 (in short: #ops2017) they have once more managed to set the bar higher. By Andreas Weber…

Derek Gillard bids adieu to Heidelberg UK

Respected inside and outside the organisation, Derek Gillard is set to retire after 34 years with Heidelberg UK…

Moquin Press leads with first Push to Stop XL 106 in the US

Moquin Press and Heidelberg lead Industry 4.0 charge with United States’ first integrated Push to Stop Speedmaster press…

KBA-Iberica die-cutters at IADD-FSEA Odyssey show

New North American exclusive distributor optimises the post-press arena with KBA-Iberica debut at upcoming event…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Heidelberg long perfector arrives at Elanders Newcastle

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

Xeikon to bring Folding Carton Suite to Interpack

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

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

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

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialogueexclusive Interview series

Previous…    

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features Mar/Apr Chapter 04

‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ event

Heidelberg is presenting three new postpress machines on 10 May at the largest packaging printing event since drupa 2016…

Heidelberg: Zero Defect Production

Maximum reliability of productivity and quality for packaging and commercial printers with new inline inspection system…

Heidelberg and Gallus at Interpack 2017 from 4 to 10 May

Pioneer in digitisation for growth market of packaging printing with ‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ motto in Düsseldorf…

Previous…   ‘The future of print lies in quality and service’

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

What happens to dead IT?

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 28 Apr

Previous…   250th Verdigris blog!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 21 April

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?

Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous must read…    

4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

The Report, tracking key economic and market developments in the global print industry is available now!…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

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

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

Canon SA,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Ricoh Europe and Sappi Limited

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

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Colordruck selects Heidelberg as its digital printing technology partner and becomes pilot customer for Primefire 106: (from left) Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Head of the Business Unit Digital at Heidelberg, Thomas Pfefferle and Martin Bruttel, both managing directors at Colordruck Baiersbronn and Sascha Knabe, Heidelberg Germany. Photo: Heidelberg

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Thursday 13 April 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 29 articles over the past four working days, plus the latest Wild-Format Technology Guide from Sonja Angerer inviting you to ‘Feel It!’ – which is all about tactile touchy-feely things We have three nice articles in Online Features Chapter 04 beginning with KBA in Amsterdam and its first Rapida 76 (now four years ago) at Robstolk in Amsterdam; then Heidelberg with its brand new Speedmaster CX 75 which is also covered by Gareth Ward in an additional article – both on Tuesday; and lastly from Colordruck Baiersbronn, which has selected Heidelberg as its digital printing technology partner and becomes the pilot customer for the B1 Primefire 106 inkjet hybrid press launched at drupa last year, employing Fujifilm printheads.

 


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Montserrat Peidro-Insa

”The start of the pilot with Colordruck before end of 2017 is a further milestone in the implementation of our digital strategy. With Colordruck Baiersbronn, we have been able to acquire an important strategic pilot customer for Primefire 106. Our long-standing partnership, the digital business model in packaging printing, the Europe-wide presence and the industrial production philosophy of Colordruck Baiersbronn create the perfect environment for a successful market launch of Primefire 106.“ —Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Head of Business Unit Digital at Heidelberg. (See as well: ValueDialog: An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing.)


 

Before I go further, I would like to draw your attention to a Webinar which is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday 19 April) You will find this in Wednesday’s headlines from Andreas Weber entitled: ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ – Transformation in the Digital Age: The Webinar, also for Konica Minolta’s PROKOM User Community, will be hosted by my good friend Andreas Weber, of Value Communication.

 


 

As a follow-on from last Friday’s main lead article regarding Kodak having cancelled the sale of its Prosper Inkjet business, Monday’s lead article announces Kodak’s new head of its Enterprise Inkjet Systems division, replacing Philip Cullimore who is taking a break. Tuesday’s lead was taken by a combination of Gareth Ward’s article and Heidelberg’s own article announcing the new CX 75 press. On Thursday, UPM announced that production of its Brite family has now been expanded into Austria at the Steyrermühl Mill; while on Thursday, Heidelberg took the lead again with the introduction to the Colordruck Baiersbronn and the Primefire 106 announcement mentioned above.

The rest of the news is good and comprises a really mixed bag this week as everyone rushed to clear whatever they may have had before the Easter long weekend. You’ll find new inkjet wide-format kit from Agfa, software upgrades again and a new Graphics Suite from Corel; new and improved EFI DFEs for Ricoh; Codimag and IST new energy-saving UV system; and new direct engravable plates from Flint. Then we have post-event news from Esko’s Innovation Day in Ghent at the end of March; lots of pre-show news for Interpack and FESPA 2017 next month among others, and more.

Recent sales and installations successes include Heidelberg at Czech commercial printer Triangl; Graphics Works in the UK with Europe’s first Fujifilm Acuity LED 3200R roll-to-roll printer; Australia’s IVE Group expanding with a Manroland Web Systems Lithoman 80-page double-web press; then Muller Martini at Funke in Erfurt, Germany with two more ProLiner inserters, bringing its mailroom total to four alongside a formidable lineup of other state-of-the-art mailroom equipment from the Swiss manufacturer; and lastly, Cape Branding Services has grown its new digital printing division with a Xerox Color C70 printer from Cape Office Machines and Bytes.

Our tailender once again serves to remind you of the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open due to take place in Cape Town in May, with Simonstown’s Riaan Spreeth joining players from Canada, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and other South Africans for this popular event. You’ll find this among Thursday’s headlines as usual.

That’s it until next time. You will find more if you take your time when you scroll down, including the latest acquisition in the ink world from Hubergroup and expansion for CHILI Publish.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


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Prokom Webinar Digital Transformation

Webinar – Digital Transformation
Wednesday 19th April 2017 4pm (GMT) 


 

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Headline News

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Week beginning Mon 10 April – date published also appears in article footline

Monday

Kodak appoints new head of Enterprise Inkjet Systems

Kodak announces Randy Vandagriff as new president of Enterprise Inkjet Systems to replace Philip Cullimore…

BASF and Landa partner for automotive coatings

The long-term partnership alliance combines BASF innovations with Landa nano-pigment technology (includes video link)…

KAMA at Interpack with finishing for short-run cartons

At Interpack, KAMA will present solutions for highly efficient converting in the digital workflow with HP Indigo…

Triangl sets productivity records with Heidelberg

Performance Champion: Czech commercial printer set to break the ’90 million’ printed sheets per year with XL 106…

Esko’s Flexo Innovation Day in Ghent

The ‘who’s who’ of the European flexo industry shared vision, knowledge and expertise at Esko’s Innovation Day (includes video link)…

Flint expands Nyloprint DLE plate portfolio

Flint Group expands portfolio of direct engravable plates for high quality pad and high ink transfer printing…

Polar operator training courses for second half 2017

Polar operator training courses for POLAR High-Speed Cutters and Compucut at its customer centre in Hofheim, Germany…

Tuesday

Heidelberg fills gap with Speedmaster CX 75

Heidelberg has demonstrated a new B2 press designed to fill the gap between XL and SX models. And the CX 75 is already being called the XL 75 Lite. By Gareth Ward…

More in-depth on Heidelberg’s new Speedmaster CX 75

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

Investment boost for CHILI’s tech2marketing growth path

Belgium’s CHILI Publish raises EUR 2,55 million in Series A investment round led by Volta Ventures with Pamica and Group MC…

New Avinci DX3200 3.2m wide printer from Agfa Graphics

New dye sublimation printer for high-quality, vibrant soft signage to be launched at ISA 2017 and FESPA 2017 in Hamburg…

Four years of experience printing with the KBA Rapida 76

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

Europe’s first Fujifilm Acuity LED 3200R inkjet printer

Graphics Works in the UK boosts production and slashes turnaround times with Europe’s first Acuity LED 3200R roll-to-roll printer…

IVE Australia purchases Lithoman 80-page press

Australia’s IVE Group expands with a Lithoman 80-page double-web press customised for high-volume commercial printing…

Wednesday

UPM announces Brite future for Steyrermühl Mill Austria

UPM to strengthen its improved newsprint offering: Production of UPM Brite family expands into Austria…

Invitation to join Webinar: Wed 19 April 2017 at 16:00 GMT

‘Beam me up, Scotty’ – Transformation in the Digital Age: A Webinar for KM’s PROKOM User Community with Andreas Weber…

Hubergroup acquires Alden & Ott Printing Inks Company

Capabilities of both companies will enhance the position of Hubergroup as a leading supplier in North American market…

Ricoh announces EFI’s new DFEs available Europe-wide

New EFI Fiery high performance servers for Ricoh Pro C5200 series provide exceptional performance and quality…

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017 is now available

The industry’s first artificial intelligence-based vector drawing experience is now available, also with free 15-day trial…

Codimag and IST to launch IST UV MBS LEDcure system

Codimag and IST’ new energy-saving system at UV Days 2017 brings efficient narrow-web production with new opportunities…

Funke Druck upgrades its mailroom with Muller Martini

Two new ProLiners handle the significantly higher insert volume at Funke in Erfurt. Now two more will be added…

Thursday

Heidelberg’s Pilot site for Primefire 106 B1 inkjet press

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

Esko solves large-format bottlenecks at FESPA 2017

Workflow Automation and intelligent Kongsberg finishing tables cut out waste and idle time. From 8 – 12 May in Hamburg…

Durst with a ‘Plus’ at FESPA Digital 2017

Investment security and reliability as well as innovation and sustainability are the key topics of its trade show presence…

IQDEMY dares to print on anything at FESPA 2017

The company’s Maglev UV-LED large-format printers enable high productivity as well as layered prints with high quality…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Simonstown’s Riaan Spreeth to compete in 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town next month…

Mimaki strong engagement at Texprocess + Techtextil 2017

Mimaki will take part in an integrated apparel production chain, and deliver key presentations in Frankfurt from 9 – 12 May…

Feel it! The 25th Wild Format Technology Guide

Humans are very tactile-focused beings. So, would it not be great to have more touchy-feely surfaces? By Sonja Angerer…

Cape Branding takes on digital printing with Xerox

CBS grows its new digital printing division with a Xerox Color C70 printer from Cape Office Machines and Bytes…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Kodak to retain its Prosper inkjet business

Following a management review of business operations and multiple discussions with prospective buyers, ‘the range of consideration did not reflect the value of the business today,’ said Kodak’s CFO…

Messe Düsseldorf partners with IPAP Tehran

Messe Düsseldorf extends international portfolio of trade fairs for the printing and packaging industries with IPAP powered by drupa…

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

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

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialogue exclusive Interview series

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features Mar/Apr Chapter 04

Heidelberg’s Pilot site for Primefire 106 B1 inkjet press

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

Heidelberg’s new Speedmaster CX 75

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

Four years of experience printing with the KBA Rapida 76

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

Previous…  

Glatz Klischee Austria invests in Esko XPS Crystal 5080

The Austrian prepress service provider in Bregenz picks Esko’s flexo platemaking technology milestone…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Previous…  

A Long Green View

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 07 Apr

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 25   Feel it!

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

No 24  Calibration & Device Profiling – Intro

While a surprising number of prepress operators and designers still spend a huge amount of time and materials ‘trying to get the colours right’, this should really be a quite straight forward process today. By Paul Lindström…

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…  

Messe Düsseldorf partners with IPAP Tehran

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

4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

The Report, tracking key economic and market developments in the global print industry is available now!…

The various Chapters in the drupa Newsroom are highlighted below. When you enter, just scroll down to see and access the complete collection::

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

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Bernd Zipper und Peter Gunning beim Warmlaufen zu #ops2017 auf der Bühne! — Foto: Andreas Weber.

Word-class Event. Fantastic. Unforgettable.

Das 5. Online Print Symposium zum Thema “Online-Challenge – Fokus Kundenzentrierung” am 6. / 7. April 2017 in München setzte erneut Maßstäbe. 300 hochkarätige Teilnehmer aus 15 Ländern bestätigten das Fazit: “Auf zu neuen Ufern. Mit Herz und Verstand!”


Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  English Version

Die Organisatoren – Fogra, BVDM, zipcon – können stolz und zufrieden sein. Mit dem 5. Online Print Symposium 2017 (kurz: #ops2017) haben sie die Messlatte nochmals höher hängen können. Kaum ein Fachevent auf der Welt, das Print-Innovationen im Fokus hat, ist dermaßen professionell, fundiert, inhaltsreich und vor allem “menschlich” wertvoll gestaltet. Das Publikum kommt nicht nur, um dabei zu sein. Es macht mit und denkt mit. Beziehungen sind eben alles, auch im Geschäftsleben.

Vorspiel: Am Vorabend wurde bereits für die Keynote des ersten Veranstaltungstages geprobt. In gekonnt professioneller Lässigkeit. Video-Animation via Facebook: Andreas Weber für ValuePublishing.

Damit wird dem Thema “Kundenzentrierung” auf ganz besondere Weise Rechnung getragen, wie unser multimedialer “ValuePublishing Report” via Storify  eindrucksvoll belegt: Über 50 Teilnehmer und sogar Experten, die leider nicht dabei sein konnten, haben sich in der Social Media-Kommunikation eingebracht. So engagiert war bis dato noch kein Auditorium involviert. Und das ist gut so. Denn das Motto: “Tue Gutes und publiziere darüber” wird wichtiger denn je. Die durch die Bank exzellenten Referate zeigten, das Zukunft schon heute beginnt. Online Print lebt von den Effekten des Smart Shopping. Und dazu gehört eben auch Smart Communication, in der Form, dass alle Beteiligten sich einbringen können.

Peter Gunning, Günder und CEO von Grafenia plc, Manchester/UK, der mit seinem nettl.com-Projekt weltweit eine Führungsposition bei der Transformation eines Druckerei-Geschäftskonzeptes vollzog (Motto: Print is lifestyle), teilte direkt nach dem #ops2017 Symposium seine Eindrücke. Unmittelbar, in Echtzeit, emotional packend. Viele tausend Nutzer haben dies auf LinkedIn sofort und begeistert nachvollziehen können.


Ein Novum: Das Saalpublikum erwartete eine gelungene Überraschung: Als Live-TV-Reporter durfte ich mit der Unterstützung eines kompetenten Kamerateams alle Aussteller in Foyer und Atrium per Grossleinwand in den Saal beamen. 11 Firmen in weniger als 60 Minuten wurden so vorgestellt. Die Reaktionen beim Publikum waren ausgezeichnet. Denn es wurden die Aussteller nicht per Vortrag auf der Bühne, sondern vor ihren Ständen gezeigt und konnten in kürzester Zeit per Interview Auskunft geben, was sie tun und was die Besucher davon haben. Diese kamen in den Pausen zahlreich vorbei. Benchmark!


Interessant: In der Auswertung war LinkedIn die bevorzugte Social-Media-Plattform vor während und nach der #ops2017. Nicht nur Meldungen wurden in Echtzeit publiziert, sondern auch resümiert und aktiv kommentiert. Daneben baute sich via Twitter eine unglaubliche Reichweite auf, die auch jetzt, einige Tage nach der #ops2017 weiter anwächst. Es werden sicher weitere Blog-Beiträge folgen, erste Zusammenfassung sind bereits auf beyond-print.de publiziert.

Den schnellsten und einfachsten Einstieg für alle, die dabei waren oder vor allem diejenigen, die nicht kommen konnten, finden sich nachfolgend in unserem ValuePublishing Storify-Report, durch eine Zusammenstallung der rund 200 wichtigsten Tweets. Kompakter gehts kaum und vor allem: kaum authentischer!

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Zum Betrachten bitte Link klicken: https://storify.com/zeitenwende007/valuecheck-the-future-of-print-is-on-line


Hinweis

Wir werden in den nächsten Tagen an dieser Stelle meinen Beitrag kontinuierlich erweitern um Inputs, Kommentare und Berichte anderer kompetenter Kollegen.

Zum Start:

Insiderbericht #OPS2017: Onlineprint – Forever Startup?

 

Insiderbericht von beyond-print.de


Online Print Symposium 2017: #OPS2017 Best-of

 

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Das “Best-of”-Video (deutsch/english)


 

LiveTV mit SAPPI, Peter Goer, im Gespräch mit dem Moderator Andreas Weber

 


 

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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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