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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value 

 

Prolog

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Zum Autor

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


 

Lesetipp: Peter Sommer im ValueCheck

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

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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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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…

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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.

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…

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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

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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…

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4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

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

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Von Andreas Weber, der das #drupa2016-Motto „Touch the future wohl zu wörtlich genommen hatte… |  Englische Fassung

Geschafft! Die gloriose Hundertjahrfeier auf der #drupa2050 war vorüber. Der einzige Repräsentant, Redner, Aussteller, Mediator und Besucher vor Ort war Benny Landa. Benny war kurz vor der drupa 2020 in einen Nano-Ink-Container gefallen, als er das neue, alle Pantone-Farben weit übertreffende Benny-Orange in Augenschein nehmen wollte. Seitdem strahlte er wie der Dalai-Lama und verlieh der Printbranche etwas Überirdisches. Mehr kann man auf Erden wohl nicht erreichen, war sich Benny nach dem ersten Schreck über den Plumbs sicher.

Und damit nicht genug. Benny war unsterblich geworden. Seit 2020 hat er stets am 1. April die drupa eröffnet. Am 1. April 2050  — also hundert Jahre nach der drupa-Gründung — stand er nun auf dem Nanographic-Holografie-7D-Messe-Gelände, das Jahrzehnte zuvor in den Besitz der Jeff-Bezos-Foundation übergegangen war. Bezos hatte durch einen klugen Schachzug die Weltwirtschaft an sich gebracht, indem er weltweit alle spezialisierten Anwaltskanzleien mehrheitlich erworben hatte. Das TTIP-Abkommen konnte er sodann nutzen, um ganz legal alle Wettbewerber durch Klagen zu ruinieren und die eigene Kasse zu füllen.

Jeff (nach wie vor als über 80jähriger rüstig und fit, aber nur noch als still teilhabender Co-Chef aktiv) und Benny (der Unsterbliche) verstehen sich prächtig, da beide das „Es-kann-nur-Einen-geben-Highlander“-Führungsprinzip durch ein Doppel-Konsul-Agreement ersetzen, das der Tradition der antiken römischen Republik angenähert war. Jede Top-Position hat eben eine gute und eine noch bessere Seite, scherzen die beiden gerne. In monatelanger Visions- und Tüftler-Arbeit konnten Jeff und Benny per 7D Printing die Altstadt der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz nachbilden — stilecht dem Jahr 1460 angepasst — und am 1. April 2050 um 11.11 Uhr in Düsseldorf vor den staunenden Augen der Fachwelt in Sekundenschnelle platzieren, um das langweilig gewordene Messehallen-Panorama aufzuwerten.

Ein echter Coup war gelungen. Wie 1951 in Halle 1 bei Heidelberg, gab es nur eine Maschine, die gerade noch in die 7D-Mainzer-Dom-Replik passte; ein visionär-hinreissenderer Prototyp nach dem Nano-End-to-End-Solution-Prinzip wurde zelebriert: Die „BennyFire 007“ konnte sich in Echtzeit Drucksachen ausdenken, produzieren, distribuieren, konsumieren und umweltverträglich in den patentierten J&B-Cradle-to-Cradle-Recycling-Zyklus einbinden… — Alle lästigen Probleme mit Datenqualität, Farbmanagement, Passgenauigkeit, Logistik- und Portokosten sowie der ständige Ärger mit Empfängern/Lesern der Drucksachen waren überwunden. — Benny fühlte sich wohl in Düsseldorf. — „Wo immer du glücklich bist, da ist dein Zuhause.“


SCHWEISSGEBADET WACHE ICH AUF. Es ist Samstag, der 11. Juni 2016, 6.30 Uhr. Die #drupa2016 war vorbei. Und ich hatte das Messe-Motto „Touch the future“ wohl zu wörtlich genommen. — Ich packe, frühstücke und fahre in Ruhe nach Hause in die Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz.

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 01 April 2016

Welcome to another mega-roundup of news highlights for the past two weeks and Laurel Brunner’s latest ‘Gathering Carbon Footprint Data’ Verdigris Blog for Friday 01 April.

You will also find 34 new articles in our drupa Newsroom from 22 different exhibitors (42 if you include all of Picon’s members who will be present in the show in the Picon Pavilions across four halls). Among this latest collection are HP, which is to launch six new HP Indigo Presses at the show along with three new PageWide Web Presses; Leonhard Kurz; Polar, KBA Large-Format, and KBA Service Complete; Global Graphics; Landa, which is to unveil its B1 Nanographic Printing Press now available in 2017, and also a future one-metre wide web press for flexible packaging; Bobst, Cerm,  Kodak, Esko, Enfocus, Agfa Graphics, Xeikon, Xaar, Duplo, Chili Publish, and X-Rite with Pantone.

With only another 57 days to go before the event of the year opens its doors in Düsseldorf at the end of May, drupa news is really gaining momentum and I still have lots more lined-up for the week ahead. Please also don’t miss the latest from the show’s organisers, as the results of the third drupa Global Trends report have now been published. You can download the Executive Summary free-of-charge by simply registering on the drupa website, where you can also opt to purchase and download the full report online for a nominal fee. This is the third and final part of the series.

As there are eight working days of news for you below, I think it would be rather tiresome if I commented on all of the lead items and other important announcements, so I shall leave it to you to go through them carefully PLEASE! There’s a lot of really good stuff if you take your time. Included among these are key announcements from the BPIF, FINAT, KBA’s financial statememts for 2015; Ricoh, Watkiss Automation, Heidelberg, as the  European Investment Bank agrees to fund its R&D activities with a EUR 100 million loan. Again Heidelberg for its Red Dot Design Awards hat-trick, with two awards for sheetfed, including large-format; and one award for digital, on Thursday 31 March.

And lastly as a very special tailender, although perhaps not strictly industry-related in the usual sense, on Friday from UPM, as the Kertomalla paranee‘improve by sharing’ project is launched in Finland, and is is looking for areas of improvement and new solutions to improve the daily life of cancer patients. You are all invited to participate and send suggestions which could perhaps make a meaningful difference.

That’s it until next time. I hope you find lots of interest.

With my best regards,

Mike Hilton 

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

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Mon 21 Mar…   BPIF announces training survey findings
98% of apprentice employers who responded to the BPIF training survey believe proposed training is an appropriate solution…

Ricoh announces TotalFlow digital book printing solution
Ricoh streamlines and simplifies publication of short runs to help publishers meet shifting industry demand…

ESMA to show potential of functional printing at drupa
ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association, will be present in two pavilions at drupa 2016…

CHILI publisher v5.0 announced; also for drupa showcase
The next generation of online editing from CHILI publish is here as CHILI publish redefines document editing…

CHILI announces rendro 1.0: A new era for PDF rendering

Full relief rendering of PDF documents can now be accessed anywhere, anytime, from any platform with CHILI rendro 1.0…

X-Rite Announces PantoneLIVE Private Cloud

Provides printers and converters with a secure, online repository for proprietary colours to streamline workflows…

Northern Print switches from Wohlenberg to Polar
Liverpool printer replaces an ageing Wohlenberg with a Polar N115 guillotine after assessing various options…

Tue 22 Mar…    Exciting Programme for FINAT European Label Forum
Outstanding keynotes and interactive workshops to provide inspiration and learning at ELF, at the Moevenpick Hotel in Amsterdam…

New Xaar 1003 raises the bar for industrial printing

Xaar announces the launch of the Xaar 1003 family of printheads which set a new benchmark for industrial inkjet…

The Enfocus Appstore takes off and heads to drupa
New marketplace quickly becomes a vital resource that connects, supports and advances the Enfocus Switch Community…

HP to inspire to reinvent possibilities at drupa 2016
Company unveils HP PrintOS, a cloud-based, mobile platform that simplifies and automates print production management…

Tailored Label opts for Graphium hybrid UV digital inkjet
Tailored Label Products meet rapid growth demands with recently installed FFEI Graphium press from Fujifilm…

Pyramid opts for Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75-5+L
Nottingham-based Pyramid Press pushes for higher productivity with Speedmaster XL 75 five-colour plus coater…

Jadan Press expands services with IFS Systems
Two-year ROI expected for Horizon landscape bookletmaker and folder at Hull commercial printer Jadan Press…

Wed 23 Mar…   3rd drupa Global Trends Report: Optimism for growth in 2016
With just weeks to go before drupa 2016 opens, the results of the third drupa Global Trends report has now been published…

Xeikon Trillium One at drupa 2016
Tonnik liquid toner makes fast, high quality, cost-effective, high volume digital print a production reality…

Navigate through the world of drupa with f:mp
Navigate through the World of drupa with Specialist Association Fachverband (f:mp.) with guided tours, lectures and demos…

Enfocus becomes first OEM partner for CHILI rendro
CHILI publish announces first OEM deal for CHILI rendro 1.0 enabling fast, accurate viewing and inspection of PDFs for production…

Canon launches new imagePROGRAF PRO series

Canon Europe recently announced a new range of imagePROGRAF PRO wide-format professional inkjet printers…

Meech launches new Hyperion ionising air curtain
Meech International has announced the latest addition to its Hyperion range of static control systems for industrial applications…

4 Color Press production speeds up by 40% with Anicolor

4CP increases production speeds by 40% with Speedmaster XL 75 five-colour plus coater Anicolor press from Heidelberg…

Thu 24 Mar…  Koenig & Bauer AG publishes its financial statements for 2015
Targets met: Pre-tax profit of ?29.7m with around ?1bn in revenue with turnaround in Digital & Web segment in Q4…

Esko to bring ‘Packaging Simplified’ to drupa
Market leader boosts innovations in both the software and hardware products to address pressing industry challenges…

Esko Software Platform makes Packaging Simplified
Major upgrade of all Esko software focused on productivity and improved user experience in time to debut at drupa 2016…

Xeikon to showcase Fusion Technology at drupa 2016

Fusion technology expands automated digital label and packaging production possibilities…

New X-Rite service helps to better manage colour libraries
PantoneLIVE Rationalization Service analyses and consolidates a colour library and maps colours to Pantone Standard…

Web-to-print platform uses Anicolor for custom folding cartons
Thoro Packaging creates FoldedColor Web-to-print site after success with Anicolor from Heidelberg USA…

MTEX Blue with Pigments for Lewis & Wood
Lewis & Wood is the first UK company to pioneer and invest in a direct- to-textile MTEX Blue Pigment Printer…

Tue 29 Mar…   Highcon ‘Connect to Grow’ at Dscoop EMEA in Tel Aviv
Highcon announces new portfolio and the Highcon Pulse B2 format machine, to be officially launched at drupa 2016 in May…

Kodak aims to raise the bar in inkjet printing at drupa 2016
Ultrastream technology launch; Prosper 6000C press and XGV demo for flexible films to feature on Kodak’s stand in Hall 5…

Kodak Prinergy cloud and Unified Workflow Solutions
Kodak’s software solutions will deliver efficiency, quality and flexibility and drive further automation and business management…

Landa to unveil 13,000sph B1 digital press at drupa
Landa’s Nanographic Presses at drupa will include S10 B1 sheetfed, and W10 one metre-wide web for flexible packaging…

Global Graphics launches version 11 Harlequin RIP

Raises the bar in output quality with more controls for inkjet presses and new features for labels and packaging…

Cerm proves inspiring collaboration at drupa
Omni-presence of Cerm at partner stands during drupa demonstrates growing importance of MIS in print automation process…

Epson drupa exclusive: New super-fast production printer

Epson to unveil new SureColor SC-P10000 1626mm wide-format printer combining highest printing speed with superior quality…

Wed 30 Mar…   HP breakthrough enhancements reinvent commercial printing
HP Inc. expands commercial printing fleet with eight new Indigo and PageWide Web Presses as it prepares for drupa in Hall 17…

HP Indigo expands for flexible packaging and folding cartons
HP Inc. to unveil the industry’s most productive label press for converters and brands in Hall 17 at drupa, as well as other major upgrades…

Leonhard Kurz @ Drupa stand D60 in Hall 3

Drupa 2016 – Don’t just touch the future – live the future with Kurz innovation and creativity…

Bobst to lead with innovation at drupa 2016
Bobst to use drupa to showcase innovative solutions that will drive customer productivity higher, open up new capabilities…

Idealliance certifies first G7 Press Control System
Instrument Flight colour control from System Brunner enables real-time G7 conformance to become a reality…

Hubergroup Deutschland improves its energy efficiency
The printing ink manufacturer is now TÜV Süd ISO 50001 certified for its energy management system…

Second KBA-Flexotecnica EvoXD for Signature Flexible Packaging
Due to extraordinary growth a second gearless, sleeved, central impression flexo press will be installed in Los Angeles…

Palm Print gets set for the arrival of a Linoprint CV

Palm Print celebrates its 25th anniversary with the arrival of its latest digital press, a Linoprint CV 80…

Pustet: Modular flexibility with Muller Martini Alegro
With its short setup times, the Muller Matini Alegro perfect binder is another key element for Pustet in Regensburg, Germany…

Thu 31 Mar…   Red Dot design award hat-trick for Heidelberg
Three in one sweep: ‘red dot design award’ for Heidelberg innovations in both digital and offset printing…

Watkiss Automation year-on-year sales increase of 36%

UK finishing equipment manufacturer is celebrating an increase in sales, with the upward trend set to continue…

2016 FINAT Recycling Awards accepting applications
FINAT Recycling Awards recognise industry efforts to give paper and film release liners a second life…

Global Graphics to raise the bar in inkjet quality at drupa
New Harlequin Multi-Level Digital Screening Engine helps single-pass inkjet presses achieve high quality at high speed…

POLAR’s Highlights at the 2016 drupa
POLAR will once again present a wide range of solutions for handling diverse market demands; plus two new products to debut…

TRESU extends its enclosed chamber doctor blade programme

The TRESU MaxiPrint concept cuts cleaning time, and improves quality consistency in wide web and corrugated flexo…

Second-hand is first class from Muller Martini

A customised second-hand solution from Muller Martini optimally combines perfect binding and saddle stitching…

Fri 01 Apr…   
EIB Development Loan to fund Heidelberg’s R&D programme
European Investment Bank to fund Heidelberg’s R&D activities, focusing on, and taking digitisation to the next level…

Kertomalla paranee project launched in Finland

Kertomalla paranee ‘improve by sharing’ project is looking for areas of improvement and new solutions to improve the daily life of cancer patients. You can also participate and send suggestions…

Picon Pavilions at drupa support 21 UK manufacturers

‘Best of British’ showcase with focus on new prepress, printing, finishing & ancillary products & forging international partnerships…

MTEX 5032 printer for UK debut at Sign & Digital
MTEX to celebrate a year of outstanding growth and innovation at Sign & Digital UK, NEC, Birmingham, 19 – 21 April…

KBA Service Complete with KBA 4.0 at drupa
Digital transformation with KBA 4.0: On the way to the networked print factory and full closed-loop solutions…

Xerox to launch two new inkjet presses at drupa
Xerox to introduce its first cut-sheet inkjet press and new continuous feed inkjet platform…

Axaio Software to showcase at drupa in Hall 7
Together with callas software, Tucanna and Four Pees, Axaio will present its solutions at drupa in Hall 7, stand C19…

Last lead article from previous update…

A week last Friday’s lead…   Dscoop EMEA 5 Conference reveals speaker lineup
Dscoop EMEA reveals inspiring lineup of keynote speakers for its 2016 Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel from 5 to 8 April…

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

Online Features 2016 Mar/Apr Chapter 04

Most recent…   Fedopress adopts Xeikon 3500 for Revenue Duty stamp printing
Belgian Finance Dept print supplier takes printing of tobacco duty stamps in-house to increase security and efficiency and lower costs…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Gathering Carbon Footprint Data

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 01 Apr

Previous…   Partners in Sustainability
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 18 Mar

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

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

34 New articles for you this week…   KBA Service Complete with KBA 4.0 at drupa
Digital transformation with KBA 4.0: On the way to the networked print factory and full closed-loop solutions…

Picon Pavilions at drupa support 21 UK manufacturers
‘Best of British’ showcase with focus on new prepress, printing, finishing & ancillary products & forging international partnerships…

POLAR’s highlights at 2016 drupa in Hall 1

POLAR will once again present a wide range of solutions for handling diverse market demands…

Global Graphics raises the bar in inkjet quality with drupa launch
New Harlequin Multi-Level Digital Screening Engine helps single-pass inkjet presses achieve high quality at high speed…

HP breakthrough enhancements reinvent commercial printing
HP Inc. expands commercial printing fleet with eight new Indigo and PageWide Web Presses as it prepares for drupa 2016, with the show’s exhibit space in Hall 17…

HP Indigo expands for flexible packaging and folding cartons

HP Inc. to unveil the industry’s most productive label press for converters and brands in Hall 17 at drupa, as well as major upgrades for other presses…

Leonhard Kurz @ Drupa stand D60 in Hall 3

Drupa 2016 – Don’t just touch the future – live the future with Kurz innovation and creativity…

Landa to unveil 13,000sph B1 digital press at drupa
Landa’s lineup of offset quality Nanographic Printing presses at drupa will include Landa S10 B1 sheetfed, as well as a one metre-wide web press for plastic packaging films…

Landa to unveil ultra-fast metre-wide W10 web press
Landa to unveil its new webfed Nanographic Printing Press for flexible packaging at drupa…

New metallisation printing technology to be unveiled at drupa
New Landa Nano-Metallography offers zero-waste metallisation graphics at half the cost of foil…

Bobst to lead with innovation at drupa

Bobst to use drupa to showcase innovative solutions that will drive customer productivity higher, open up new capabilities…

Cerm proves inspiring collaboration at drupa

Omni-presence of Cerm at partner stands during drupa demonstrates growing importance of MIS in print automation process…

Kodak brings the ‘Science to Create’ to drupa

With a host of new product launches and technology developments to be featured on its stand in Hall 5…

Kodak to raise the bar in inkjet printing at drupa 2016
Ultrastream technology launch; Prosper 6000C press and XGV demonstration for flexible films to be featured on Kodak’s stand in Hall 5…

Kodak Prinergy cloud services and Unified Workflow Solutions

Kodak’s software solutions will deliver efficiency, quality and flexibility for print and packaging service providers and will drive further automation and business management…

NexPress platform supports industry growth and demand

Kodak announces the latest NexPress Color Press and its next generation electrophotographic platform, poised to deliver category’s highest quality, greatest value…

Kodak drives Flexo to be print process of choice
New Flexcel NX System ’16, NX Implementation Services and next generation ‘Ultra NX experience’ are key technologies for packaging printers at drupa 2016…

Kodak increasing investment in offset print
Kodak will announce its fourth and fifth new plate products launched within the last year and its entrance into the pressroom consumables market…

Kodak announces improved CTP automation portfolio
Kodak extends CTP options giving printers choice, efficiency and speed, to be unveiled at drupa…

Esko brings ‘Packaging Simplified’ to drupa
Market leader boosts innovations in both the software and hardware products to address pressing industry challenges…

Esko Software Platform makes Packaging Simplified

Major upgrade of all Esko software focused on productivity and improved user experience…

Xeikon Trillium One at drupa 2016
Tonnik liquid toner makes fast, high quality, cost-effective, high volume digital print a production reality…

Xeikon to showcase Fusion Technology at drupa
Fusion technology expands automated digital label and packaging production possibilities…

KBA: More performance and automation in large-format
Drupa highlight for packaging printers: KBA Rapida 145 with new double-pile delivery and automated pile logistics…

New Xaar 1003 raises the bar for industrial printing
Xaar announces the launch of the Xaar 1003 family of printheads which set a new benchmark for industrial inkjet, to be shown at drupa…

Enfocus Appstore takes off and heads to drupa
New marketplace quickly becomes a vital resource that connects, supports and advances the Enfocus Switch Community…

HP Inc. to inspire print providers at drupa 2016
Company to unveil HP PrintOS, a cloud-based, mobile platform that simplifies and automates print production management…

Agfa Graphics at drupa 2016 ‘We Embody Print’
Agfa Graphics to address opportunities for growth at drupa 2016…

Print the Future with Xeikon at drupa 2016
It’s all about growth with new products and services for labels, packaging and document printing, including its brand-new 60 m/min Trillium One press…

Duplo to take technology to new level at drupa
The stage is set for Duplo International to demonstrate its world-leading capabilities in print finishing systems at drupa 2016…

Next generation CHILI publish solutions to debut at drupa
The online editor that started it all, now with new innovations, partnerships and customer successes…

CHILI publisher v 5.0 announced for drupa showcase
The next generation of online editing from CHILI Publish is here as CHILI publisher redefines document editing…

CHILI announces rendro 1.0: A new era for PDF rendering
Full relief rendering of PDF documents can now be accessed anywhere, anytime, from any platform with CHILI rendro 1.0…

X-Rite announces PantoneLIVE Private Cloud
Provides printers and converters with a secure, online repository for proprietary colours to streamline workflows: to be demonstrated live at drupa 2016….

Previous…   Screen’s ‘Achieve the Extraordinary in Print’ drupa theme
Integrated imaging for innovation – SCREEN GP i3 – encompasses Screen GPS’ presence at the 2016 global event…

Ricoh to ‘Open New Worlds’ at drupa 2016
The Ricoh stand is designed to Open New Worlds for PSPs looking for new ways to seamlessly manage workflows, maximise productivity, increase profitability and access additional markets…

Canon to show full gamut of inkjet and toner-based solutions
Canon helps printers of every size and type unleash their business potential at drupa 2016…

Canon’s continuous feed inkjet leadership lineup
Canon shows leadership in continuous feed inkjet for production print will be evident in Hall 8a at drupa 2016…

Canon expands its successful ColorStream family
Canon will launch the new Océ ColorStream 6000 Chroma continuous feed inkjet press at drupa 2016…

Canon to launch new imagePRESS C8000VP at drupa
Canon extends quality and productivity benefits of successful imagePRESS C10000VP to wider audience with the new C8000VP…

Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press for drupa

Canon broadens applications of the Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press with media flexibility, colour quality and finishing…

Muller Martini to present Touchless Workflow at drupa
Touchless Workflow functions enable uninterrupted print finishing without manual intervention…

New features added to Epson SureColor SC-T Series

Upgraded wide-format printers designed with new levels of functionality and productivity will be demonstrated for the first time at drupa…

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

Most recent…   Claus Bolza-Schünemann invites you to ‘Touch the Future’
Claus Bolza-Schünemann, chairman of the drupa committee and chief executive of Koenig & Bauer AG used his Media Conference address to explain how the five letters of d r u p a are representative of the five key technology trends in our industry today…

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

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

Most recent…   3rd drupa Global Trends Report: Optimism for growth in 2016
With just weeks to go before drupa 2016 opens, the results of the third drupa Global Trends report have now been published…

drupa ante portas Blogs 2016

Most recent…    drupa ante portas – Top topic for 2016: Print in the communications mix!
This is a new series of extraordinary conversations with leading multichannel experts. We invite you to read the introduction and the first four discussions / blogs: By Andreas Weber

Highlight topic Multichannel: ‘Individual solutions are in demand’
This is the fifth in this new series of conversations with leading multichannel experts. We also invite you to read the introduction and the first four discussion blogs (above): By Andreas Weber

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Continued success for exhibitors at FESPA Eurasia 2016
FESPA Eurasia 2016, to be held from 8 – 11 December, CNR Expo, Istanbul, is beginning to take shape…

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 Why its worth to read & share this Blog post:

1. drupa 2012 was a milestone for the future of print.
2. Most of the points we identified in 2012 are still valid!
3. Print Buyers# needs were not yet fulfilled.

 

Spot 1 

“The next big thing” — Print in the communications mix

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen set important accents: The booth in Hall 1 trumped with the installation of five real-printing facilities. Printed materials of all kinds were produced in real terms – from data processing to finished products. All necessary equipment had been specifically tested in advance to enable them to deliver top performance. Next to this it showed what hybrid productions can look like: Inkjet and offset printing in the mix, toner-based digital printing and offset printing in combination with online and mobile applications, as well as displaying significant perspectives and taking a futuristic look at “Printed Electronics” in the Innovation Center of the Heidelberg booth. It became apparent that print in the communications mix is extremely important, if not central in an indispensable role.

Xerox made its mark in automated production in both commercial and packaging printing, as well as within the range of XMPie in cross-media approach. Particularly impressive at Xerox was the way it has created a way of bridging the gap from print to social media and cloud printing. Many others can also be named, and what could be seen with other exhibitors such as Canon, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, and Xeikon. Xeikon just stunned with its never-ending drive for innovation, which portrayed this relatively small player as an outstanding inventor. The drupa innovation park and lots of small ’Hot Shops’ impressed on around 130 stalls, with their innovations. My personal favorite – thanks to Bernd Zipper for the tip: cardolution from Vienna showed how it is able to integrate RFID chips into cardboard and offer NFC Business Cards for everyone. The chip transmits the address information from printed business cards correctly onto smartphones.

In this sense, drupa 2012 was a great success, marked by a few dozen prominent exhibitors who could prove that print has an unbroken power of innovation. Small drawback: The papermakers were barely visible. This is a shame. Sappi was as a premium brand, for example, represented by three smaller stands, but it was not clear what Sappi’s added-value drupa message was. The same goes for digital printing paper market leader Mondi. There was a presence at drupa, but probably more devoted to the contact to technology developers instead to the market of buyers. The exception was UPM in Hall 6, which focused its presentations and displays on both commercial and newspaper customers, as well as the end-user with a very strong environmental message added.

Spot 2

Change in Business Communication approach — Consolidation amongst media professionals

It is amazing and worthy of consideration, because this has been at drupa on this scale never before: The number of members of the press has declined by about 3,000 from 84 countries in the year 2008 to 2,400 from 75 countries in 2012. This is followed by the number of members of the press exactly the trend of sharp decline in visitors (minus 20 percent compared to 2008). Regardless of whether the media coverage of drupa 2012, quantitatively or qualitatively, have been better or worse, the reason should be scrutinized. Because traditionally it was always important for a drupa, to include professional competence as a media partner. It appeared however that press tasks are redefined, and in fact the view of many exhibitors will be to use trade magazines only to serve as a PR platform for exhibitors and their trade fair offers. Journalists are in short supply and tend to be stylized as claqueurs.

The trade fair Drupa Daily newspaper also reflects this again, because as of Haymarket on behalf of Messe Düsseldorf in the circadian rhythm-driven, advertising-funded print and online project, everything was worked up, that happened during the drupa 2012. But what could be the added value if the day’s events have been rumoured — and nothing more? In addition, all that was relevant was made via Twitter and / or YouTube by major exhibitors and analysts immediately publicize themselves. And of course, concise comments. For visitors and decision makers this could offer enormous advantages, since one could learn just about Twitter quickly and concisely in a direct digital path. Provided you know how it works! Talking digital: The drupa app for smartphones and iPad by Messe Düsseldorf disappointed, because only simple queries were possible, and it delivered no added value compared to the printed exhibition catalogue. That could have been done much better with a little extra effort.

Spot 3

A great step forward — Technology vendors are publishers and broadcasters in one!

A new feature with signal effect: Canon Switzerland produced on behalf of Canon Europe, a whole series of world-class professional interviews, created in high-quality TV style of its own Canon web-TV team. Very well done! Compliment! HP, Konica Minolta, Xerox, and Landa, newcomers, as well as many other smaller exhibitors demonstrated as well, their social media power. A visit to press conferences at drupa was thus in principle obsolete. What was presented at a conference for the representatives of the press was, at the same moment of the conference, published by the press conference organizers themselves on the web. To attend press conferences is only worthwhile, therefore, if you made a point to be entertained in an intelligent way, such as EFI CEO Guy Gecht did, or wondering / annoyed by Kodak CEO Antonio Perez, whose arrogant appearance, where self-perception and reality seems to collide with his company.

An inevitable effect: Those drupa exhibitors who publish multimedia self-invest none or hardly any money in professional advertising. The advertising revenues presented have so far been the main source of of income for specialist media publishers. This may explain why the number of press representatives declined so much. Many print journalists are really annoyed about the digital competition and keep Twitter & Co. for the devil. And drupa exhibitors have (still) not demonstrated that they can use social media effectively in the interests of customers and prospects. Too many use Twitter, for example, to take over their PR agencies, the ghost-writing on Twitter. The result is product-related communications push content. But Twitter users are interested in smart conversations — they don‘t like push-PR messages very much.

Spot 4

Print trade shows in trouble — Missing the end customers (print buyers)

Unexpectedly, was not the sharp drop in visitors and media representatives at drupa 2012. Messe Düsseldorf had indicated in advance that around 350,000 and is no longer, as once expected, the nearly 400,000 visitors. And it was hoped that from the Far East, and especially from China, that many new visitors would come from this region but there were “only” just over 310,000 visitors (the exhibitor staff, journalists, VIP’s not included). Many exhibitors were upset. They said that a record number of visitors is less important. More important is to get the right visitors to come, i.e. the decision makers and prospective buyers from the graphic arts markets. This has worked. Sales exceeded some expectations. All in all, sales revenues in the region of 2 to 2.5 billion EURO are likely to be implemented at, or immediately following drupa 2012.

drupa Was the drupa 2012 a success or not? The answer is yes and no at the same time! Yes, because it was found that innovation lies in the printing and paper technology development. No, because the efficacy was limited to the drupa industry insider. For more than a decade it has become clear that the fate of the printing and paper industry is no longer decided by printing and paper specialists, but by their customers and the market players in the online world. If they lock them out at drupa, the pace of innovation and adaptation in the communications market will weigh too rapidly from print. A look at the bigger picture beyond would have been useful — but remained well below or were not properly pursued. This show other important German trade fairs such as the automotive mega-show, IAA, or the Frankfurt Book Fair on exactly how to permanently overtakes success: The industry participants are always there together: from makers, to visitors and customers of all kinds. This is exactly what was needed, but was omitted from the drupa 2012 in Dusseldorf. Too bad!

Spot 5

WANTED! — Link to the communication specialists in the market

It is regrettable, however, that the drupa 2012 was unable to fully exploit its potential. For many years drupa does not adequately represent important groups of visitors, especially the so-called “print buyers”, the principal of printers from agencies and enterprises / brands. Drupa 2012 should have been able to inspire and motivate a lot of print buyers, more than ever before. Documents can be this simple: I myself had a few dozen print buyers and decision makers come from agencies and businesses to drupa 2012 – for example, in cooperation with the GWA. GWA drupa special interest day on 9 May 2012. GWA is the leading agency association in Germany. Through the Bank’s enthusiasm for present agency employees was huge when they are properly involved. To get the right knowledge, what is at stake, and how to profit from technological innovations in the communications business.

The exhibitors visited by GWA — Heidelberg, HP, Xerox and exhibitors and i. e. map specialist locr in the drupa innovation park   had been well prepared and adjusted to the print buyer. HP GSB‘s global marketing director Francois Martin, it could be, for example, do not take to prove with facts and creative prime examples of how the marketing and brand benefits from digital printing productions. For example, when BBDO individualized for the client Smart in Paris, an out-of-home campaign with 2092 posters, it scored much attention and in less than 14 days had produced posters in the main streets of Paris.

How can the fact matter that drupa 2012 was not an attraction point for agency and brand representatives on its own? The drupa cube was made by Messe Duesseldorf with daily events to major application issues. But the total of 1,000 participants or so in 13 days, presented in terms of the size of the communications industries employ was only a drop in the ocean. In Germany alone, nearly 800,000 professionals work as communications professionals. In this respect the drupa participation was in vanishingly small per thousand range.

In addition, the carrier of drupa, led by the German Engineering Federation VDMA and the German print association groups have a very narrow focus: They address only techies and printers out of their memberships. They are not linked to the communication specialists in the market. Say the established contact structures are directed to those target groups, offering the classic technologies of printing and paper sector or common printing services.

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