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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

“Transformation in the Digital Age” — Read the summary of Andreas Weber’s latest Webinar!

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

Headline News

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

Week beginning Tue 18 April – date published also appears in article footline


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…


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…


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…


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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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

‘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…


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…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

250th Verdigris blog!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 21 April


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 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

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…

4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

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

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

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

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

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© 2015 by Value Communication AG, Mainz Photos: Christian Kopocz and Andreas Weber (left). Invitation for XUG15EU.

For the Professional from Practical Experience:
#XUG15EU The 1st Conference of Multi-Channel Innovations in Berlin

European premiere: The first “#XUG15EU” Conference takes place on May 26, 2015 in Berlin. XUG stands for XMPie User Group. The initiator and organizer is Christian Kopocz, a renowned multi-channel expert who is active in the US-founded XUG for marketing and as representative of European interests.

It is all about recognizing and fulfilling customer and market demands which, over and above cross-media applications, inspire marketing through communication innovations. Meaning: The goal is not to distribute a single message through all channels, but to appropriately tailor content for all relevant communications platforms. And to do so to the highest possible degree on auto-pilot.

In an interview with Christian Kopocz, Andreas Weber of Value Communication AG asked him to explain the motivations and background as well as the special value of the new initiative.

(German version available). — Read interview in 4 minutes!

From your perspective, why is it important to conduct a special event along European dimensions regarding multi-channel innovations?

Christian Kopocz: With our initiative we meet the demands of changed market and customer demands. In 2007, when we started XUG as XMPie User Group, the technical basis of the extremely complex XMPie software architecture occupied center stage for us. We were focused on information exchange among us colleagues. However, the market has been changing for years, forever faster and is full of surprises. This is especially evident in the advances of cloud services and mobile applications.

Which means?

Christian Kopocz: Nothing remains static: Since the time that traditional print shops transformed themselves into providers of marketing services, the changes brought on by technology and customers, demanded the exchange of information ever more through additional channels – besides print, Web and email, video content, social media and mobile services became relevant. Individualized solutions are in demand.

Are these additional demands the same everywhere?

Christian Kopocz: No. In spite of all apparently standardizing effects of globalization, the markets and our members on the different continents are wired quite differently. From the USA, our country of origin, we aim to meet the specific demands of our European members with the first XUG15EU. We select themes that relate to their individual demands – and we create relevancy for individual regions/countries and/or the Continent of Europe as a whole. As the XMPie User Group we see ourselves challenged to deliver – in addition to relevant themes around the XMPie solutions – innovations in multi-channel solutions that apply to all in this field of activity.

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To put on such an event, partners and sponsors are needed. Why and for whom is this beneficial?

Christian Kopocz: It is beneficial to all parties along the multi-channel value chain. We fulfill overall objectives. Because the XUG is a non-profit organization with no intrusive sales agenda. Together with our partners, we ensure collaboration and cooperation among our members. We can communicate accordingly and make the essence of our activities more interesting – for instance, by financing top-tier keynote speakers, by organizing webinars, in short: spicing up day-to-day operations.

So, you are less in need of classic sponsors as you are of constructively operating partners? 

Christian Kopocz:  That’s right. We bet on competent partners rather than just on more or less passive sponsors. We live multi-channel innovations actively through our communications mix. And we are demanding. That’s why we ask for a high level of competency among our partners, which benefits all of us. To just display the logo of a sponsor is so yesterday; today we integrate the expertise of our partners to the benefit of our members. Which brings us back to relevant and focused communications.

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Which partners have you been able to acquire so far?

Christian Kopocz: As a matter of course, our initiatives focus for the time being on partners in the areas of software and marketing. But also creative niche providers, like for instance in the haptic area with something as “un-digital” as paper. Or specialists in the areas of maps and geo services. And, by the way, we also found immediate interest among especially innovative niche media and community operators. In addition, we hope to attract important providers in digital print solutions which are dependent on print innovations in the multi-channel scenario.

What additional value does the XUG initiative offer, as compare to other symposia? 

Christian Kopocz:  First of all, as previously mentioned, we unite cross-country users of the XMPie software, with a focus on Europe. These users are communication service providers as well as industry and branded companies. They engender questions on day-to-day operations, demands and yearnings. Meetings occur in a manageable circle where conversations are candid, knowledge is exchanged and new strength and inspiration is gained for their own organizations. Our members continue this dialog throughout the year via a variety of channels. With their customers and their business partners. – In short: At XUG we see ourselves as impulse providers for our members and, unlike pure product-oriented expos and conferences, we do not just focus on new technology, but are proactive with new and valuable applications: Small but mighty, independent, extremely close to the membership and their customers, we quickly adapt to changing demands. Meaning, we create and realize innovative multi-channel solutions at their fines! Each day anew!

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Further Information


About Christian Kopocz

Statement by Christian Kopocz on #XUG15EU via XMPIE Bog:

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