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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

EDP AWARD WINNERS 2018 SOFTWARE/HARDWARE 

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

LARGE/WIDE FORMAT PRINTING 

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

COMMERCIAL PRINTING 

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

PRINT AND FINISHING SOLUTIONS 

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

FINISHING / ENHANCEMENT 

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

CONSUMABLES (INKS AND SUBSTRATES) 

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

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

 


Contact

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

 


About EDP Association and EDP Awards 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value 

Den 6. Juli 2017 sollte man sich als wichtiges Datum im Geschichts-Kalender eintragen. Im idyllischen Wetzikon bei Zürich wurde unprätenziös, überzeugend und vertrauenswürdig der Digitaldruck (wohl inklusive Landanano!), wie wir ihn kannten, beerdigt. Und etwas Neues geboren. Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO der Bobst Group SA und Piero Pierantozzi, Mitgründer von Radex und (vormals) Graph-Tech AG, hoben ein Start-up aus der Taufe als „Competence Center for Digital Printing: Mouvent AG. Beschäftigt werden bereits 80 Mitarbeiter, die hohe Kompetenz und Erfahrung haben. Und: Neue Produktionslösungen sind marktreif vorhanden, um im Etiketten- und Textildruck neue Maßstäbe zu setzen.

 

 

„Wir verstehen uns als Start-up, das von erfahrenen Profis betrieben und ausgeweitet wird, um die Messlatte im Digitaldruck via Inkjet neu auszurichten“ erläutert im Value-Exklusivgespräch Dr. Simon Rothen, seit Frühjahr der Gründungs-CEO der Mouvent AG. Rothen kommt aus der Biotechnologie, spricht fünf Sprachen und weiss wovon er redet. In der Vergangenheit hat er weltweit Start-ups erfolgreich mit ihren Innovationen am Markt platziert. Die Idee, die Mouvent zugrunde liegt, hat ihn sofort fasziniert. Ebenso wie die Professionalität, Kreativität und Präzision, mit der das Firmenkonzept umgesetzt wird und damit nicht nur für ihn, sondern vom Start weg für Dutzende andere Profis extrem reizvoll ist.

Pluspunkt: Kein (wie sonst übliches) Marketing- und PR-Geplapper! Sondern vom Start weg ein solider und überzeugender Praxisbeweis.

„Die Basis im Geschäft mit Print-Technik ist Vertrauen“, sagte Jean-Pascal Bobst zu Beginn seiner Präsentation. Und dokumentierte, wie überzeugt er und sein Traditionsunternehmen Bobst — seit Generationen in Familienhand – hinter dem Vorhaben stehen, das Neue und Revolutionäre per eigenständigem Unternehmen Wirklichkeit werden zu lassen. Und das von der ersten Sekunde an. „Wie konnte das nur klappen, rund ein Jahr nach der drupa 2016 eine dermaßen ausgereifte und marktfähige neue Digitaldruck-Technologie aus dem Hut zu zaubern, ohne dass jemand von uns etwas darüber erfährt?“, fragten sich Kollegen aus der Schweiz und vielen anderen Ländern der Welt, die zur Premiere gekommen waren. Allesamt gestandene Profis, die als Fachjournalisten normalerweise buchstäblich das Gras wachsen hören.

 

 

 

Nun, das gelang im Vorfeld fast wie bei einer geheimen Kommandosache, wie Simon Rothen bekundete — im intensiven Dialog mit allen Vertrauten und Beteiligten. Neben den Entwicklern, Technikern und Ingenieuren hatten auch die Marketing-Leute eine äußerst knifflige Aufgabe: Es musste eine Marke „erfunden“ werden, die den hohen Anspruch der Innovationstechnik verkörpert und das Vertrauen in etwas völlig Neues ermöglicht. „Wir sind so gründlich, logisch und stringent vorgegangen wie das seitens der Technik auch die Ingenieure machen“, erläuterte im Value-Gespräch Dr. Ulrike Grein, Managing Partner der Agentur Markenfels AG, Zürich. Hunderte Namensvarianten wurden erdacht und auf den Prüfstand gestellt, um letztlich den richtigen, passenden zu finden, der weltweit wirken kann: Mouvent klingt französisch, soll aber englisch ausgesprochen werden. Der Name impliziert Bewegung/Dynamik und strahlt trotzdem Ruhe aus. Das gesamte Erscheinungsbild der neuen Firma wirkt zeitgemäß, frisch und spiegelt hohe Kreativität wider, ohne aufdringlich oder grell zu wirken.

Der eigentliche Knüller: Eine Technik-Firma als Kompetenzzentrum. Mit dem Anspruch: „Re-engineer the engineering of inkjet printing technology“.

Innerhalb weniger Minuten konnte bei der Premiere am 6. Juli 2017 Mit-Gründer Piero Pierantozzi überzeugend darlegen, worin die Kunst der Technologie-Entwicklung im Inkjet-Druck liegt: es komme darauf an, dass man komplett neu überdenkt, wie man die theoretischen Vorteile des Inkjet-Verfahrens auch in der Praxis des professionellen Drucks effizient nutzbar machen kann. Als zentrales Ergebnis kam die „Cluster“-Konzeption heraus, als neuartiges Design, um nach dem „One-for-all“-Prinzip Drucksachen aller Art auf Substraten aller Art produzieren zu können. „Unser radikal neues Konzept besteht darin, einen Basis-Cluster zu nehmen, der in einer modularen und skalierbaren Matrix angeordnet ist. Daher müssen wir bei unterschiedlichen Anwendungen und Druckbreiten nicht mehr mit verschiedenen Druckbalken arbeiten“, legte Piero Pierantozzi dar. Und führt weiter aus: „Das Mouvent Cluster [als Trademark geschützt] ist die Schlüsseltechnologie hinter unseren Maschinen. Er erlaubt eine hohe optische Auflösung, die gestochen scharfe und farbenfrohe Bilder in einer sehr hohen Druckqualität erzielt. Gleichzeitig gewährleistet der Cluster eine bisher nicht gekannte Flexibilität und beispiellose Möglichkeiten in der Maschinenentwicklung. Einfachheit ist unsere Firmenphilosophie.“ Basis der Cluster bilden die Samba Inkjet-Druckköpfe von Fujifilm, die von Mouvent um neue Komponenten ergänzt werden.

Der Clou: Mouvent kann seine Cluster im 3D Printing-Verfahren herstellen lassen. Das senkt Aufwand und Kosten und erhöht die Flexibilität! Und stellt eine echte Weltneuheit dar, deren Kunde darüber aufgrund der Value-Tweets nach der Bekanntgabe blitzartig wie ein Lauffeuer um die 3D-Experten-Welt ging. „Wir drucken quasi eine Druckmaschine“, freut sich Simon Rothen. — Präsentiert wurden am 6. Juli 2017 bereits funktionsfähige Prototypen für den Etiketten- sowie den Textildruck. Erste technische Spezifikationen wurden publiziert.

 

 


Fazit: Adé altes Denken. Welcome Mouvent!

Einfach, effektiv, flexibel, modular skalierbar sind Inkjet-Technikenwticklungen im professionellen Druck bis dato nicht gewesen. Alle großen Konzern wie z. B. Xerox, HP, Konica Minolta oder auch partiell Canon haben sich bei der Inkjet-Technik bislang fast die Zähne ausgebissen — einzig Heidelberg scheint im Team mit Fujifilm mit der Primefire-Plattform einen gangbaren Weg für den Verpackungsdruck gefunden zu haben. Denn das Prinzip der IT- und Imaging-Blue Chips lautete uni sono: ‚Inkjet ist in seinen vielfältigen Einsatzmöglichkeiten unschlagbar. Lass uns also für alle möglichen Anwendungszwecke eigenständige Verfahren entwickeln.‘ Basta! — Das führte zu einer Komplexität, die Zeit und Aufwand erheblich erhöhte und bei den Anwendern nachhaltig eher für Verwirrung als für Begeisterung sorgen.

Der von Mouvent eingeleitete Paradigmenwechsel des „One-for-all“ verweist nun (Gott sei Dank!) altes Denken auf die Plätze. Gut so! Wir werden nach der Sommerpause die weiteren Aktivitäten verfolgen können. Mouvent hat für September 2017 einiges angekündigt. Ich bleibe am Ball.

 

 

 


Wie gewohnt unser Value-Live-Bericht vom 6. Juli 2017 im exklusiven Format mit Texten, Bildern, Videos.

 

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ADDENDUM

Mouvent AG reüssierte auf der LABELEXPO 2017 in Brüssel und präsentierte seine marktreife Technologie. Siehe Video per LinkedIn:

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

 

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

My best regards,

Mike Hilton


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Tuesday

KBA Report No. 50 out now for 200th Anniversary

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

Digital fatigue swings readers in favour of paper publishers

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

‘Meeting Clients’ Needs with Geomarketing’ from LOCR

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

Agfa Graphics at InPrint 2017 Orlando USA

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

Prinect Workflow + MIS is 30 – 100% more productive

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

Penstripe Leeds buys latest Stahlfolder KH 82

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

Hungarian Banknote Printer primed to increase exports

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

Wednesday

Ricoh plans huge shake up to escape decline

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

Ghent Workgroup welcomes Hybrid Software

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

Trelleborg and partners at Metpack 2017 in Essen

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

New 3M wrap film from Spandex offers faster installation

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

Xitron sells 4500th Screen PT-R Interface

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

British Columbia-based firm opts for EFI Packaging Suite

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

Rotomail invests in a second Tecnau Libra 800

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

Thursday

Sappi to unveil joint development at Interpack 2017

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

Hubergroup at IST METZ UV Days 2017 in Nürtingen

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

Trelleborg to show blanket solutions at UV Days 2017

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

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

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

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

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

Parefeuille Provence upgrades to Xaar 1003 printheads

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

Version 9.2 of Callas pdfToolbox has arrived

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

Friday

Heidelberg long perfector arrives at Elanders Newcastle

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

Xeikon to bring Folding Carton Suite to Interpack

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

LasX Industries at Interpack 2017 from 4 – 10 May

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

Ensocard Resilience by Stora Enso for Interpack

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

Ammeraal Beltech at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf

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

Cosmo Films’ complete range at Interpack 2017

Cosmo Films to showcase extended range of Barrier Films…

Spandex adds SLX Cast Wrap with Flite Technology

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

The lead article from a week last Thursday… 

Heidelberg’s Pilot site for Primefire 106 B1 inkjet press

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

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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.

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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…

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‘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…

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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…

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250th Verdigris blog!

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Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

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

No 25   Feel it!

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

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Messe Düsseldorf partners with IPAP Tehran

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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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”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) 


 

e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa and 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 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

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

Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  and  UPM-Kymmene

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

Our Website urls are:

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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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Messe Düsseldorf extends its international portfolio of trade fairs for the printing and packaging industries with IPAP Tehran, powered by drupa. Photos: Messe Düsseldorf.

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 07 April 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 36 articles from the past week, including a late addition on Friday, Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog which was only posted yesterday, and a new article in Online Features on Esko’s next generation flexo technology milestone, the CDI Crystal 5080 XPS flexo platemaker, at Glatz Klischee in Bregenz, Austria. The new system was first seen at drupa last year and made its market debut this week. There’s also a new entry in our drupa Newsroom, as Messe Düsseldorf extends its international portfolio of trade fairs for the printing and packaging industries with IPAP Tehran, powered by drupa.

 


 

Monday’s news began with the market release of Esko’s new CDI Crystal 5080 XPS flexo platemaker, followed on Tuesday by another of the first installations of the new imager at Inci.Flex in Italy and then on Wednesday, we announced that the CDI Crystal 5080 XPS imager and exposure unit are recipients of a prestigious Red Dot Product Design 2017 award.

 


 

Tuesday’s lead came from Gareth Ward at The Print Business, following Heidelberg UK’s Open House at its Brentford headquarters on 29 and 30 March; while Canon reported a rewarding high-speed inkjet participation at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne. Other positive post-event news came from Sign & Digital UK and Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations on Friday.

Among several new software, inks, process-free plates and equipment announcements this week you will find Agfa, Callas, Sun Chemical, Pulse, Kodak Sonora, and Hunkeler Systeme; then we have pre-show news appearing for Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf in May, on both Monday and Tuesday, and for Labelexpo Europe in Brussels in September on Wednesday.

There are a number of firsts among this week’s installations. Tuesday saw a world first with Prinect Production Manager at Petermann in Bad Nauheim, Germany. The Prinect software rental model made its first international showing at drupa last year; then we have a UK first at Swallowmax in Enfield, with Komori‘s newest G29 H-UV B2 sheetfed press; and on Wednesday, we had Rehms Druck in Germany in a European first with Konica Minolta‘s AccurioJet KM-1, as the company’s first investment in B2 inkjet. This was followed by Straub Druck und Medien in Germany add its second Fujifilm Jet Press 720S B2 inkjet flatbed press to support its growth strategy.

On Thursday Landa announced the first of three beta sites for the S10 Nanographic Printing Press at Graphica Bezalel in Israel, with installation slated to begin in July; this will be followed by the first beta in North America scheduled for November; and finally the first beta site in Europe at Edelmann in Germany, with installation set to commence in December 2017. UNISON confirmed its purchase of a Horizon Stitchliner from IFS for its Leeds, UK facility; and to round off the week on Friday, we had Dats Print Services add a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52-4+L Anicolor, York Mailing UK add a Goss Sunday 5000 64-page short grain web offset press – bringing its total number of web presses to 14 across four sites; while in South Africa, Universal labels in Midrand near Johannesburg has added its fourth MPS narrow web flexo press from Rotocon.

Late news on Friday came from Kodak, which has decided to retain its Prosper Inkjet business, following an in-depth management review of business operations and multiple discussions with prospective buyers.

 


 

According to Jeff Clarke, Kodak chief executive officer,‘This is a pragmatic decision given the improvements in the business and the offers received.’ He added, ‘Prosper performed well in 2016 with a 40 per cent increase in annuity sales for the full year. We expect our Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division to be profitable this year, including our next-generation Ultrastream…’ You’ll find more in the article, as well as on the Website on Monday [10 April].

 


 

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 Michaelhouse’s Jabu Price Moor amongst the youngest competitors joining players from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and South Africa for this popular event. You’ll find this among Thursday’s headlines.

That’s it until a week tomorrow, as we have the Easter long weekend coming up and too many servers and computers will be offline. You will find lots more if you scroll down carefully.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


 

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Prokom Webinar Digital Transformation

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

 


 

e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa and 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 03 April – date published also appears in article footline

Monday

Esko’s next generation flexo platemaking: Ready now

Esko brings flexo platemaking to new levels of quality and consistency to simplify the platemaking operation…

Next generation Agfa StoreFront 4.0 released

Agfa Graphics releases version 4.0 of StoreFront, its cloud-based Web-to-print solution…

Renz launches binding covers web to print service

Renz has teamed up with High Wycombe, UK digital and large-format print specialist Your Print Solution…

The IDTechEx Show! returns to Berlin 10 – 11 May

Unparalleled market insights of 3D printing will be found at 3D Printing Europe 2017, from 10 – 11 May in Berlin…

SAi heads to FESPA 2017 in Hamburg in May

As company celebrates the 25th anniversary of its market-leading Flexi signmaking solution…

PrintCity at Interpack 2017 ‘Food Safety and Finishing’

The PrintCity Alliance will be at Interpack 2017 with Epple Druckfarben AG as a new Alliance partner…

Sun Chemical at Interpack 2017 from 4 – 10 May

Sun Chemical to showcase comprehensive portfolio of packaging solutions to brand owners at Interpack 2017…

Tuesday

Brentford open house underlines potency of joined up thinking

Heidelberg has embraced UV printing, but also the push to stop concept to raise the productivity a printer can expect. By Gareth Ward…

Canon reports on rewarding Hunkeler Innovationdays

Canon Europe reports growing confidence in inkjet and high interest in its digital sheetfed solutions at |HID 2017 in Lucerne…

World’s first user of Prinect Production Manager

Heidelberg is driving digital business models forward as Petermann GZW reaps the benefits of the software rental model…

Bobst at Interpack 2017: all about leading innovation

Bobst to highlight technology and services for the food, beverage, pharma and cosmetics packaging sectors, among others…

Esko’s new CDI Crystal: Highest quality and consistency

Inci.Flex increases quality & production capacity with new Esko CDI Crystal 5080 XPS for flexo plate production…

Version 7 of Callas pdfaPilot supports veraPDF

Callas takes the lead once again in supporting PDF standards/New functions streamline processes…

Sun Chemical adds new narrow web UV flexo inks

Sun Chemical launches high performance UV flexo inks based on next generation ink platform with exceptional benefits…

Wednesday

Esko Crystal flexo platemaking solution wins Red Dot Award

Innovative CDI Crystal 5080 XPS imager and exposure unit wins prestigious Product Design 2017 award…

Swallowmax joins H-UV club with first Komori G29 in the UK

Enfield printer has faster turnaround, higher productivity, consistency and versatility with Komori’s newest B2 press. By Gareth Ward…

Rehms Druck chooses Konica Minolta B2 inkjet

Rehms Druck in Germany in European first with Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 as its first investment in B2 inkjet…

Straub Druck & Medien adds second Fujifilm Jet Press 720S

Straub secures high-end work as it builds growth strategy around its two ‘ultra-consistent’ Fujifilm presses…

Labelexpo Europe 2017 preparing for colossal edition

With just under six months to go Labelexpo Europe is set to be a ‘sell out’ event in Brussels, from 25 – 28 September…

Contiweb announces its new brand identity

Contiweb demonstrates strong market diversification with new brand identity and Website launch…

Pulse Roll Label Products’ new FPCompliant range

New PureTone FPC UV flexo ink system and new range of Food Packaging Compliant products launched…

Thursday

Graphica Bezalel to become first of three Landa beta sites

The traditional Israel-based offset print house has chosen the Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press as its first digital solution…

Edelmann chooses Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press

Edelmann’s Heidenheim production site to become first European beta installation of Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press…

Kodak expands Process Free portfolio with Sonora UV plate

Kodak Sonora UV Process Free Plate now available in Asia, ANZ, Middle East and European markets…

JM Heaford appoints David Muncaster to senior role

Heaford appoints former Goss specialist to drive development of market-leading label and packaging technologies…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Michaelhouse’s Jabu Price Moor amongst the youngest competitors in Canon South Africa’s Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town…

Non-stop production with a compact extraction system

Hunkeler Systeme presented the compact extraction system HKU 2000-V at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017…

UNISON chooses Horizon StitchLiner 5500

Trade union inhouse department to expand its business base…

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…

Esko: Perfect processing assures high-quality PDF printing

Esko reports total software compatibility and compliance with Ghent PDF Output Suite Version 5.0…

Sign & Digital delivers stellar 30th Anniversary event

Over a third of Sign & Digital UK rebooked for 2018 which returns to the NEC Birmingham from 24 – 26 April 2018…

Xeikon Café 2017 sets new records

A record number of visitors attended the 3rd edition of the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 held in Lier last week…

Dats new Anicolor competing for digital and B2 work

As Dats Print Services adds Speedmaster SM 52-4+L Anicolor, it has already created new market opportunities…

York Mailing adds additional Goss Sunday 5000 press

YM’s acquisition follows the closure of Polestar Sheffield, boosting its portfolio to 14 web presses across four sites…

Universal Labels adds fourth MPS flexo press

Universal Labels & Packaging buys fourth MPS flexo press from Rotocon for its Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa facility…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Xaar’s 3D Centre in Nottingham opens for business

The official opening of Xaar plc’s new 3D Centre on the Nottingham, Science Park in the UK took place this week…

Hunkeler underlines how Inkjet is pushing at the door of commercial print

There has been a step up in quality of inkjet printing since Hunkeler two years ago. Presses can now match offset for quality, but the challenge is now about creating the applications. By Gareth Ward…

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

Glatz Klischee Austria invests in Esko XPS Crystal 5080

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

Previous…  

Innovation in postpress taking hold in industrial print

Industrial print shops increase overall productivity using innovative drupa-generation folding machines from Heidelberg…

 

Perfect plate changes on Rapida sheetfed offset presses

KBA’s DriveTronic Plate Ident is designed to be used with Rapida sheetfed offset presses in half-, medium- and large-formats…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

A Long Green View

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 07 Apr

Previous…  

The Snap, Crackle and Pop of Flexible Packaging

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 31 Mar

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 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

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…

Previous…   

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, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  and  UPM-Kymmene

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

Our Website urls are:

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za

http://www.graphicrepro.net

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

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Two highlights among many others: Xaar announcing the official opening of its new 3D Centre. And Xeikon Café was dedicated to innovations in packaging.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 31 March 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 35 articles from the past week and Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog, with a headline which conjures up memories of a popular breakfast cereal package featuring three popular gnomic elf mascots – rather surprisingly dating back as far as 1933, with the slogan having been coined even four years earlier in a print advert in 1929, some two years after the popular breakfast cereal was first invented. Snap, Crackle and Pop! Or as they might say in Germany, Knisper! Knasper! Knusper!

There are two new additions to Online Features this week: firstly from KBA detailing its DriveTronic Plate Ident technology enabling perfect automatic plate changes to take place on all formats of KBA sheetfed presses; and then from Heidelberg as innovation takes hold in industrial commercial postpress with the huge success of drupa-generation Stahlfolders in both the UK and Germany.

This last week of March and the end of the first quarter of 2017 has been a fairly busy week for news of a totally mixed bag for you to wade through. The past week has also seen Xeikon Café staged in Lier, Belgium, and Sign & Digital UK take place at the NEC, so I’m pretty sure there will be more post-event news still to follow. The major Xeikon announcement of its entry into UV inkjet with new Panther technology appears on Tuesday, followed by a surprise announcement on Wednesday that Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon is stepping down will leave in early May.

Key articles this week that deserve checking out come from Gareth Ward at the Print Business UK, and lead the headlines on Tuesday with Ricoh’s high-speed inkjet presses; followed with the leader on Wednesday, with observations from the recently released drupa Global Trends Report, which has seen litho biting back as the digital drive dips. Another of Gareth’s articles also appears on Friday, in which he provides his post-show impression of Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne in February – with inkjet now pushing firmly at the door of commercial print. You will find Xaar plc leading the news on Friday, announcing the official opening of its new 3D Centre on Nottingham Science Park in the UK earlier in the week; and Esko on Thursday, with its plans to debut Simplified Workflow for Labels at Labelexpo Europe, taking place in Brussels in September.

 


 

“There is no doubt that High Speed Sintering technology can transform 3D Printing from a low volume prototyping solution to a mainstream manufacturing process,’ said Professor Neil Hopkinson, the original inventor of the transformational High Speed Sintering technology, who heads up Xaar’s 3D division. ‘The step change to high volume manufacturing will be most efficiently achieved through partnerships with committed stakeholders across the supply chain. Our new 3D Centre in Nottingham is the ideal location for such partnerships to flourish.“

 


 

The usual collection of recent installation and sales successes began on Monday with Heidelberg Anicolor and Suprasetter CTP at Allura Printing in the United States; then Manroland Sheetfed at Copag in Brazil. On Tuesday we had Kartongbolaget in Sweden with a HP Indigo 30000 and TRESU iCoat coating line; and Gieselmann Druck in Bielefeld, Germany with a new Muller Martini Primera MC. Wednesday saw Cape Town-based RSA Litho add a Xerox 1000 Colour Press and Xerox Versant 80 from Bytes and Oxbow; followed by Marrs Printing & Packaging in the US with a KBA Rapida 106; and then Israeli digital photobook specialist Liel Albums with a new 8-colour Sawgrass system. Thursday saw Servinform in Spain become the latest transactional printer to adop t the high-speed Ricoh Pro VC60000; followed by Muller Martini with a Diamant MC 60 bookline for Pollina in Luçon, France. On Friday we had GPS Colour Graphics in Northern Ireland step up production with Fujifilm’s Superia CTP and Superia plates investment; while Columbus Production in the USA has added a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106; and lastly, Micropress in the UK has invested in EFI‘s Midmarket Print Suite MIS/ERP system.

We had new kit announced on Monday from both Hunkeler and SPGPrints; and then on Tuesday from Flint Group with new Thermal processor for flexo, in addition to Xeikon with its new Panther UV inkjet system for labels which is already mentioned above.

Other items to look out for are the survey from GWG; a new partnership for Sappi’s Biotech division; acquisitions by both Goss and Canon; a call for entries for the British Book Design Production Awards for 2017, with a deadline for entries of 30 June, and FESPA’s winner for the Wrap Master Design Competition.

Our tailender once again serves to remind you of the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open taking place in Cape Town in May, with George Mecs from France competing in South Africa for the first time, and joining players from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and South Africa for this popular event. You’ll find it among Thursday’s headlines.

 

That’s it until next time. You will find so much more if you scroll down carefully.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


 

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Monday

GWG needs your PDF workflow know how

The Ghent Workgroup needs your knowledge and expertise on PDF workflow and asks you to participate in its latest survey…

Sappi Biotech division partners with CellMark

Sappi Biotech appoints CellMark to increase global sales of Hansa lignin products produced at Sappi’s Tugela Mill…

Goss acquires Graphic Automation Controls

Goss International today announced the acquisition of Graphic Automation Controls, Inc. (GAC) in an asset transaction…

Hunkeler PEM removes dust from paper webs without contact

The PEM paper web de-dusting module cleans paper webs without contact before entering an inkjet printing system…

SPGPrints new 914mm RotaLEN direct laser engraver

New RotaLEN direct laser engraver brings efficient rotary screen imaging for labels and packaging…

Allura Printing moves to offset with SM 52 Anicolor

Allura Printing reduces production time from 16 hours to 3 hours with Speedmaster SM 52 Anicolor and Suprasetter A52…

Copag adds the new Roland Evolution to its pack

Pioneering Brazilian company invests in Manroland Sheetfed’s Roland 700 Evolution with UV and Ultima configuration…

Tuesday

Ricoh emphasises the impact of value creation

The name of the game for Ricoh is value creation potential of digital inkjet on its VC60000 and VC40000 presses. By Gareth Ward…

British Book Design and Production Awards call for entries

The BPIF, Oxford Brookes University, The Publishers Association, The Bookseller and The BookMachine call for entries for this year’s Awards. The deadline for entries is Friday 30 June 2017…

Xeikon introduces Panther UV inkjet technology

Xeikon expands portfolio for label printing with unveiling of Panther UV inkjet technology at Xeikon Café in Lier today…

The Xeikon PX3000 debuts at Xeikon Café 2017

Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 sees unveiling of Xeikon’s new PX3000 UV inkjet digital label press…

Kartongbolaget adds HP Indigo 30000 with integrated iCoat

Kartongbolaget breaks into short-run, personalised cartons with HP Indigo digital printing + TRESU iCoat coating line…

Gieselmann Druck und Medienhaus adds new Primera MC

Gieselmann Druck in Bielefeld, Germany invests in a new Muller Martini Primera MC to bring stitching fully in-house…

Flint’s new Nyloflex Xpress Thermal Plate Processor

Flint Group introduces new thermal plate processing technology in Europe, Middle East and Africa with Nyloflex Xpress…

Wednesday

Litho bites back as digital drive dips says drupa Report

The onward rush of digital printing has been turned according to the latest survey in the 2017 drupa Trends Report. By Gareth Ward…

Printed electronics making its way into more products

Latest OE-A Roadmap edition presents diverse range of application examples and challenges for organic and printed electronics…

Wim Maes to step down as CEO of Xeikon in early May

Flint Group has named Benoit Chatelard as CEO Digital Solutions to take over from Wim Maes on 8 May…

Blackman & White celebrates record sales year at S&D

Blackman & White showcases new developments at Sign & Digital UK with a positive economic outlook…

RSA Litho boosts its digital investment with Xerox

Cape Town-based RSA Litho eyes digital growth with purchase of Xerox 1000 Colour Press and Xerox Versant 80 from Oxbow…

Marrs optimises pressroom with new KBA Rapida 106

Marrs Printing & Packaging adds another ‘arrow in its quiver’ to increase quality, efficiency, and productivity…

Liel Albums adds Israel’s first Sawgrass VJ 628

Israeli digital photobook specialist Liel Albums has elevated its fine art photographic printing with 8-colour system…

Thursday

Esko: Simplified Label Workflow for Labelexpo Europe 2017

The best label workflow, simplified. Esko turnkey solutions simplify label prepress workflow and process management…

Canon acquires Kite.ly e-Commerce platform

Canon Europe acquires London-based Kite.ly e-Commerce platform to expand its mobile printing capabilities via any device…

FESPA announces Wrap Master Design Competition winner

Winning design to be applied to Haugaard Racing Team speedboat for 2017 World Formula 4 UIM Powerboat Championship…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA) welcomes Frenchman George Mecs to the Open field in Cape Town in May…

Innovation in postpress taking hold in industrial print

Industrial print shops increase overall productivity using innovative drupa-generation folding machines from Heidelberg…

Servinform adds Ricoh Pro VC60000 to reach new markets

The Spanish transactional printer has become the latest print services provider to adopt the Ricoh Pro VC60000…

Muller Martini Diamant MC 60 for Pollina in Luçon

The French company’s first Diamant MC 60 bookline provides a ‘well-rounded’ solution in the hardcover segment…

Friday

Xaar’s 3D Centre in Nottingham opens for business

The official opening of Xaar plc’s new 3D Centre on the Nottingham, Science Park in the UK took place this week…

Hunkeler underlines how Inkjet is pushing at the door of commercial print

There has been a step up in quality of inkjet printing since Hunkeler two years ago. Presses can now match offset for quality, but the challenge is now about creating the applications. By Gareth Ward…

OE-A Business Climate Survey results are positive

Positive outlook from OE-A members on the development of organic and printed electronics announced at LOPEC 2017…

Agfa Apogee gains GWG PDF preflight certification

Agfa’s Apogee Prepress workflow has passed the latest Ghent Workgroup PDF preflight certification…

GPS Colour Graphics opts for Fujifilm Superia technology

Northern Ireland’s biggest commercial printer steps up production with Fujifilm Superia CTP and plates investment…

Columbus Productions adds Speedmaster XL 106 Perfector

The Georgia-based company adds Speedmaster XL 106 as part of its continued investment towards becoming a market leader…

Micropress opts for EFI Midmarket Print Suite

Micropress, one of the UK’s largest commercial printers has invested in EFI’s Midmarket Print Suite MIS/ERP…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Packaging Printing Redefined at Manroland Web Systems

The Manroland Varioman: Background and facts about the innovative web offset Varioman press for flexible packaging printing…

KBA-Flexotecnica hails successful start to 2017

And closer co-operation with KBA-Digital & Web with new shared demo centre for digital and flexo in Würzburg…

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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.

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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

NEW…  

Innovation in postpress taking hold in industrial print

Industrial print shops increase overall productivity using innovative drupa-generation folding machines from Heidelberg…

NEW…  

Perfect plate changes on Rapida sheetfed offset presses

KBA’s DriveTronic Plate Ident is designed to be used with Rapida sheetfed offset presses in half-, medium- and large-formats…

Previous…  

Elegant printed products in waterless coldset at RBD

Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei invests in a further varnishing unit for the waterless KBA Cortina in Düsseldorf…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

The Snap, Crackle and Pop of Flexible Packaging

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 31 Mar

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Case Getting Louder for ISO 21331

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 Mar

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 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…

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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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Highly attractive for startup companies such as PastBook in Amsterdam – print combined with social media provides access to new customer groups worldwide. Image collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main.

Executive summary of analysis by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Also see the analysis commentary.

 

Print is becoming increasingly relevant – not only on the stock markets, but also and in particular with professional investors.

However, a closer look throws up a great many questions and even contradictions for (industry) outsiders. It is virtually impossible to obtain an overview of the position of “print as a business” from the current situation. This is because print is big – with an annual turnover of some US$898 billion (approx. €830 billion) in 2015.

In order to be able to evaluate print correctly, three different aspects need to be examined and assessed:

  1. (Global) economic importance of print
  2. (Unexpected) growth drivers in the print business
  3. Positioning and strategies of technology suppliers

 

 

1. (Global) economic importance of print

  • The print market is extremely important, rivaling automotive engineering, the financial sector, and advertising. This is actually nothing new and has been the case for generations!
  • One key trend in the print shop market is that print shops are becoming leaner, but added value needs to increase despite shrinking production volumes. Print shops must therefore continue investing so as to improve production efficiency and unlock new growth markets.
  • drupa 2016 made it clear on a global level that print media have by no means had their day and can be put to more effective use than ever. It is therefore wrong to paint a gloomy picture. The prospects are excellent!
  • The only way to add more value with print, though, is to stimulate the demand for modern-day print products on a sustained basis. Print doesn’t sell itself!
  • New kinds of striking concepts that are geared to market requirements and adopt an integrative approach to the professional manufacture, distribution, and use of print media hold the key to the future of print.
  • In order to be successful in the printing industry, it is vital not to rely solely on vertical positioning in individual applications, but to cater specifically to customer and market needs and ensure continuous innovation leadership.

 

CIMPRESS, the world market leader in online print, has turned its new headquarters on the east coast of the United States into a creative temple for the art of printing that attracts talented “digital natives” to its workforce. Photo: Screenshots from Margulies Perruzzi Architects video. 

 

2. (Unexpected) growth drivers in the print business

A) Strong growth impetus for print thanks to digital pioneers

B) Online print – the most dynamic growth segment at present

  • More than any other part of the printing industry, the online print sector is a pacesetter that is already seeing strong sales, with significantly higher double-digit growth and maximum profitability thanks to standardization and automation.
  • Relevant technical innovations are identified extremely quickly and implemented in a way that immediately helps add value. 
  • The boom in mass customization in print will accelerate this development.

C) Trendsetting 4D printing opens up new dimensions

  • The 4D graphic printing process is one of the world’s most important emerging technologies (Gartner) and is only just getting started on the market. It’s still too early to provide valid market data/KPIs, but a look at the dynamic growth of 3D printing as a whole enables parallels to be drawn and evaluated.
  • The considerable importance and excellent prospects of 4D printing are in any case clear. Not only print shops and versatile online print businesses are involved, but also all kinds of other companies, including manufacturers of consumer goods, the commercial sector, and even online startups.

D) Packaging – core competence enjoying extremely strong growth worldwide

  • Almost half of global print sales are generated by packaging and label printing and the total will have reached around €472 billion by 2018 (approx. €390 billion in 2015).
  • The packaging and label printing market is currently expanding by some €25 billion each year and will soon account for over 50 percent of the global print volume. Online trade and multichannel applications including communication at the point of sale are key growth drivers.
  • Offset and flexographic printing are by far the most important processes and will still have to handle the bulk of production in 10 years’ time. Digital printing technologies (especially inkjet printing) are growing at an above-average rate – in particular thanks to manufacturers working together – but still remain at a low level in terms of market share.
  • Those print shops that offer integrated solutions geared to customers, a high level of automation/standardization, and digital process expertise are one step ahead of the rest. 

 


 

3. Positioning and strategies of technology suppliers – from compartmentalized thinking to a customer-focused holistic approach

  • There are thousands of print and paper technology suppliers. Printing industry customers are confronted with a multitude of identical or similar offers.
  • Despite everything – and probably also due to the ever-present digital print manufacturers who like nothing better than to predict the demise of print if the industry fails to invest in digital printing – manufacturers using traditional offset, gravure, and flexographic technologies appeared to be falling behind.
  • However, despite having to face serious crises that threatened their very existence, the long-established groups Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heideldruck) and Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) have maintained their strong position and been completely revitalized.
  • The world of offset printing, which was left for dead, has been successfully resuscitated and proactively integrated into the world of digital printing. Digital printing technology, on the other hand, remains compartmentalized with its standalone solutions and relies on displacing existing solutions through substitution.
  • Investors and the stock exchange acknowledged the renaissance of German companies KBA and Heideldruck at drupa 2016. The sales and earnings of both have improved as a result – with confident forecasts of upward share price movement.
  • For companies focusing uniquely on digital printing technology, on the other hand, big ambitions and significant research outlay have not had a positive impact on their share price to date.
  • The two German printing press manufacturers KBA and Heideldruck – the industry frontrunners – are successfully defending their leading positions and once again enjoying profitable growth. As things stand at present, Heideldruck has the best chance of building on its dominant market position in the digital era thanks to its holistic and expedient digitization strategy focusing on print.
  • Consequently, Heideldruck has become the pacesetter in the digital transformation of the global printing industry. In addition to different printing technologies, the entire print shop management process – including digital administrative/process control and cloud-based services – is being incorporated for optimum networking. The benchmark here is to ensure the best possible customer focus.

 

 


 

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

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

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


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


That’s it until next time. 

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thu 15 September…  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last lead articles from Friday in previous update… 

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

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

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

drupa 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’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’, and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2020 Website.

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

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

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

Technology-related Chapter 02

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

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

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

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

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

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

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

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

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

Antalis South Africa, Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,  FESPA.  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG,  HP Graphic So lutions, Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Krause-Biagosch,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung,   Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Muller Martini AG,  Ricoh Europe,  Sappi LimitedThunderbolt Solutions, and UPM-Kymmene.

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

 

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

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

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


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

That’s it until next time.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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Don’t miss to read “Transformation — “Beam me up, Scotty”  by Andreas Weber. A brillant and inspiring ValueTrendAnalysis report.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last lead articles from Friday in previous update… 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

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

Technology-related Chapter 02

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

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

Online Features Jul/Aug Chapter 06

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

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

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

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

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

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

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

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

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

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

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

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

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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