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By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

 


It will be my 11th drupa since 1977, which I will visit in June 2020. First as a ‘normal’ trade visitor, then in the record number of visitors in 1990 as an exhibitor, later as a journalist and in recent years as an analyst and blogger. — Clearly, things are changing. While machines and devices used to be the focus of attention, today solutions, concepts, perspectives and application options are the key.


 

The rush of manufacturers as exhibitors is unbroken. Trade fair director Sabine Geldermann proudly speaks of a sold-out #drupa2020, including the new exhibition hall 1. In 1951, drupa started its successful run when the former Heidelberg boss Dr. Sternberg had rented the whole hall 1.

However, the development in the number of visitors fills me with great concern.

Of course, the advancing automation and the path towards Industry 4.0 bring about rationalization effects that enable personnel savings.

But: For a long time, it has not been possible to inspire new target groups for the drupa to a significant extent — people who have to deal with modern marketing and communication topics on a broad front. They should focus on print, but do it less and less. Why is that? What’s wrong with communication?

 

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Honestly, as long as I can witness it, it has never been so calm in the run up to a drupa. This can not only be attributed to the organizers and partners. The trade press, formerly a guarantor of success, is only a shadow of itself (apart from a few exceptions!), hardly find enough readers and supporters anymore. Outstanding events, such as the Print & Digital Convention initiated by the German association f:mp Fachverband Medienproduktioner e.V., have developed well. But in May 2019 with 1,200 visitors are lean compared to the simultaneous digital events such as OMR in Hamburg with over 50,000 visitors or the re:publica convention in Berlin with 20,000 visitors.

Why is the industry not acting broadly, concertedly and publicly for its concerns and, above all, its right to exist? And takes a clear position on what and how things have changed in the digital age.

There is still some time left. But something must happen very quickly. Otherwise it means (again): “Operation succeeded, patient dead.” And to find an inglorious end like the CeBIT, that is the drupa and the print industry not to be desired.

 


As far as I can, I like to help and offer a number of opportunities to get involved. So the expert network #Think!Paper, supported by Mondi, GT Trendhouse 42 and Jubels; or even with the new blog “HotspotSubscription”, which has occupied as a theme “Renewal of Print”, and thus from the stand for high attention, especially outside the industry. The Digital Printing Forum, founded by myself and partners, is still active as an industry initiative and has over 1,200 group members via XING. Last but not least: my blog ValueTrendRadar.com as a compendium for communication with print has found over 120,000 readers from almost 160 countries in the world since #drupa2012.


There are many possibilities. You just have to grab it. In that sense, I am still optimistic.

And what about you? Share your thoughts and let’s start a good conversation.

 


 

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Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value |  English Version

 

Es wird seit 1977 meine 11. drupa sein, die ich im Juni 2020 besuchen werde. Zunächst als ‚normaler‘ Fachbesucher, dann im Besucherrekordjahr 1990 als Aussteller, später als Journalist und in den letzten Jahren als Analyst und Blogger. — Ganz klar ist, die Dinge wandeln sich. Standen früher Maschinen und Geräte im Fokus, sind es heute Lösungen, Konzepte, Perspektiven und Anwendungsmöglichkeiten.

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Der Andrang der Hersteller als Aussteller ist ungebrochen. Messe-Direktorin Sabine Geldermann spricht stolz von einer ausverkauften #drupa2020, inkl. neuer Messehalle 1. Hier hatte 1951 die drupa ihren Erfolgslauf gestartet, als der damalige Heidelberg-Chef Dr.  Sternberg die ganze Halle angemietet hatte.

Die Entwicklung bei den Besucherzahlen erfüllt mich aber mit großer Sorge. Klar, die fortschreitende Automatisierung und der Weg Richtung Industrie 4.0 bringen Rationalisierungseffekte mit sich, die Personaleinsparungen ermöglichen.

 

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Aber: Seit langem ist es nicht gelungen, neue Zielgruppen für die drupa in nennenswertem Umfang zu begeistern: Menschen, die sich auf breiter Front mit modernen Marketing- und Kommunikationsthemen beschäftigen müssen. Und dabei Print im Fokus haben sollten, es aber immer weniger tun. Woran liegt das wohl? Was läuft in der Kommunikation schief?

Denn, ganz ehrlich, solange ich es miterleben kann, war es im Vorfeld einer drupa noch nie so ruhig. Das kann man nicht nur den Veranstalter und Organisatoren anlasten. Die Fachpresse, früher ein Erfolgsgarant, ist nur noch ein Schatten ihrer selbst (von ganz wenigen Ausnahmen abgesehen!), findet kaum noch Leser und Unterstützer. Herausragende Fachveranstaltungen, wie die vom f:mp Fachverband Medienproduktioner e.V. initiierte Print Digital Convention haben sich zwar gut entwickelt, sind aber zuletzt im Mai 2019 mit 1.200 Besuchern mager frequentiert gegenüber den zeitgleich stattfindenden Digital-Events wie OMR in Hamburg mit über 50.000 Besuchern oder der Berliner re:publica mit 20.000 Besuchern.


Warum setzt sich die Branche nicht breitenwirksam, konzertiert und öffentlich für ihr Anliegen und vor allem ihre Existenzberechtigung ein? Und bezieht klarer Position, was und wie sich die Dinge im Digitalzeitalter verändert haben.


 

Noch ist etwas Zeit. Aber ganz rasch muss etwas passieren. Sonst heisst es (wieder mal): „Operation gelungen, Patient tot.“ Und ein unrühmliches Ende zu finden wie die CeBIT, das ist der drupa und der Printbranche nicht zu wünschen.

 


Im Rahmen meiner Möglichkeiten helfe ich gerne und biete eine Reihe von Möglichkeiten sich hinzu bringen. So beim Expertennetzwerk #Think!Paper, das u.a. von Mondi, GT Trendhouse 42 und Jubels unterstützt wird; oder aber auch mit dem neuen Blog „HotspotSubscription“, der als Thema „Renewal of Print“ besetzt hat, und damit aus dem Stand heraus für hohe Aufmerksamkeit gerade auch ausserhalb der Branche sorgt. Das von mir und Partnern gegründete DigitaldruckForum ist als Brancheninitiative immer noch aktiv und hat via XING über 1.200 Gruppenmitglieder. Last but not least: Mein Blog ValueTrendRadar.com als Kompendium für Kommunikation mit Print hat seit der #drupa2012 über 120.000 Leser aus fast 160 Ländern der Welt gefunden.


Möglichkeiten gibt’s viele. Man muss sie nur ergreifen. In diesem Sinne bin ich weiter optimistisch.

Wie steht es bei Ihnen? Ich freue mich auf Ihre Meinung. Lassen Sie uns in einen aktiven und konstruktiven Dialog treten!

 

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Neue Wege sind wichtig und nötig, um die komplexen Themen rund um Print im Digitalzeitalter aufzuzeigen und vor allem begreidbar zu machen. — Fotos: Fachverband Medienproduktion e.V. (f:mp)

 

PROLOG

Wer alt genug ist, um sich an eine Welt ohne Internet erinnern zu können, wird sich auch an eine Welt ohne Digitaldruck erinnern können. Denn beide, einmal der Kommunikationskanal World Wide Web, als auch der digitale Druck, wie wir ihn heute kennen, betraten Anfang der 1990er Jahre die Bühne. 

Was vor rund 25 Jahren mit dem Netscape Navigator, dem Browser für jedermann, der ersten Indigo und Xeikon begann, ist für uns heute selbstverständlich. Und wer dieses Vierteljahrhundert zurückdenken kann, weiss auch, dass Drucksachen – im Vergleich zu dem, was uns heute geboten wird – schlicht und einfach ‚grottenschlechte‘ Massenware waren. 

So ändern sich die Zeiten. Ohne Internet käme heute wohl keiner mehr klar und ohne den gewaltigen Qualitätssprung im Druck wäre das Medium Print unansehnlich bis langweilig. 


Eine Situationsbeschreibung von Klaus-Peter-Nicolay, Verleger und Chefredakteur Druckmarkt (D/CH)

 

THE END OF PRINT?

Das genaue Gegenteil ist der Fall. Drucksachen sind heute lebendiger und vielfältiger denn je. Schliesslich hat der Digitaldruck den Offsetdruck weit weniger ersetzt, als es von vielen befürchtet wurde. Aber der digitale Druck hat Drucksachen entstehen lassen, die vorher keine waren. 

Man denke in diesem Zusammenhang an Fotobücher und das gesamte Geschäft mit kleinsten Auflagen, personalisierten und individualisierten Drucksachen, die in konventionellen Druckverfahren gar nicht möglich wären. Doch auch der klassische Druck ist nicht stehen geblieben. 

Immer raffinierter und zielgerichteter werden Drucksachen heute hergestellt. Und das auch ganz bewusst, weil die Erkenntnis gereift ist, dass sich eine Druckerei heute mit einem banalen vierfarbigen Flyer eher blamiert, denn Begeisterungsstürme bei den Kunden auslösen wird. Dazu gehört nämlich mehr. 

ÜBERRASCHENDE EFFEKTE 

Um sinnliche Signale auf die Wahrnehmung einer Information zu übertragen, lassen sich die Wirkungen der Haptik, die von Grammatur, Papierqualität, Verarbeitung und Veredelung nutzen. In der Forschungsdisziplin Werbewirkung wird hier von Bedeutungszusammenhängen (Semantik) und Assoziationen gesprochen, die durch sinnliche Reize ausgelöst werden (Priming). So ‚primen‘ Mailings beispielsweise über Gewicht, Konsistenz, Form und Textur der verwendeten Materialien oder über den Öffnungsmechanismus.

Ist diese erste Hürde erst einmal genommen (auffallen kann ein Mailing ja auch aufgrund des Formats, der Farbe und Papierqualität des Couverts) und der Empfänger beschäftigt sich mit der Drucksache, können Verstärker wie Wechselbilder (Lentikulardruck), Video-in-Print und Soundchips ein Mailing in der Wahrnehmung dynamisch machen. Dabei überraschen auch Effekte wie Laserstanzungen, ‚maschinell Handgeschriebenes‘, Hologramme, Duft, Pop-ups und Rubbelflächen etc. den Empfänger immer dann positiv, wenn sie zum beworbenen Angebot passen. 

 


Impressionen von der Event-Website, zusammengestellt durch den Fachverband Medienproduktion e.V. (f:mp).


 

KNOW HOW AND WHY 

Das alles lässt sich zwar in blumigen Begriffen be- und umschreiben, kann aber dennoch nur andeutungsweise das Gefühl vermitteln, welches erlebbar wird, wenn man solche Druckprodukte erst einmal in Händen hält. Doch wo und wann ergibt sich die Gelegenheit dazu? Und noch dazu in komprimierter Form, ohne von einem Open House zum nächsten reisen zu müssen? Wo mir jemand erklärt, wie ich Sound oder Video in eine Drucksache integrieren kann, wie ich NFC-Technologien für Print nutze, ob es Alternativen über ‚Smart Links‘ und ‚Hidden Codes‘ gibt, welche Möglichkeiten der Druck auf Metallfolien bietet und wo es auch noch fundierte Informationen über die Wirkmechanismen haptischer und multisensorischer Effekte gibt? 

Auf der PRINT digital! CONVENTION im Rahmen der Tage der Medienproduktion des Fachverbandes Medienproduktion (f:mp.)! Diese Veranstaltung Ende April 2018 in Düsseldorf hat die aus den Mailingtagen hervorgegangene und nun nicht mehr durchgeführte Nürnberger Co-Reach sowie die aus der Mode gekommene ‚grafische Fachmesse‘ Druck + Form in Sinsheim schnell vergessen gemacht und beide mehr als bravourös ersetzt. Und zwar auf eine bemerkenswert frische und neue Art. 

 

Trailer zur Event-Ankündigung des f:mp im Team mit der Messe Düsseldorf.

Ausstellung auf der einen, Kongress und Workshops auf der anderen Seite wäre nicht neu. Einzigartig ist das Konzept, weil sich nicht nur die Industrie mit ihren Lösungen präsentiert, sondern weil Druckereien und andere Dienstleister zeigen, was mit den technischen Möglichkeiten und einer gehörigen Portion Ideen umsetzbar ist. Verschiedene Themenwelten führten von der Idee über crossmediale Prozesse hin zu anwendungsfähigen Applikationen, die mit digitalen Druck- und Veredelungs-Technologien, mit hybriden und intelligenten Produktionen realisiert werden können. 

Die PRINT digital! CONVENTION hat Format und ist eine Veranstaltung, wie sie wünschenswert ist. Kurzweilig, informativ und mit einer gehörigen Portion Know-how-Transfer. Und mit der tatkräftigen Unterstützung der drupa wurde in der Stadthalle Düsseldorf im Congress Centrum auf dem Messegelände ein einzigartiges, geradezu persönliches Ambiente geschaffen, das in ‚normalen’ Messehallen nicht erreichbar wäre. 

FAZIT

Das war ein deutliches Signal für die Messeveranstalter der D/A/CH-Region und ein kräftiger Impuls für die Branche. Es ist ein bemerkenswertes und auf die aktuellen Marktbedürfnisse zugeschnittenes Konzept, das von den rund 1.000 Besuchern exzellent angenommen wurde. Und gewissermassen die Transformation altbackener Messekonzepte und langweiliger Kongress-Tage in ein neues Format mit Unterhaltungs-Charakter auf fachlicher Ebene. — Auch so wird Print lebendiger denn je. 


 

Anmerkung der Redaktion von valuetrendradar.com

Kompliment an Klaus-Peter Nicolay. Er hat eine hervorragende Situationsbeschreibung abgegeben, wie sich Print im Digitalzeitalter positioniert. Und eigentlich nicht zu verstecken braucht. Umso sehr ist der Hinweis wichtig, dass es nach wie vor ein Dilemma gibt: Auch auf der Print digital! Convention blieb man wie bei so vielen Print-Fachveranstatungen weitgehend unter sich. Und wer wie ich aus Termingründen nicht teilnehmen konnte, hatte kaum eine Chance, über die relevanten Social-Media-Kanäle sich in Echtzeit ein Bild zu machen, was es an Kernbotschaften zu erfahren gilt. Schade. Denn für innovative Auftraggeber der Druckereien ist genau das ein ganz einscheidender Punkt: Über den Tellerrand blicken und das Potenzial von Digital! voll ausschöpfen. Sonst spielt sich alles wie bisher fast im Verborgenen ab. — Andreas Weber, Head of Value.

 


 

Hinweis

Der Beitrag entstammt der lesenswerten Jubiläums-Ausgabe Nr. 100 des Managementmagazins DRUCKMARKT SCHWEIZ.

 

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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) 

 


 

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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!…

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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Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG (on right) and Christoph Müller, CEO of KBA-Digital & Web and KBA-Flexotecnica, making sure the new demo facilities in Wuerzburg will be on time for the 200th Anniversary opening and celebrations in September by pitching in and helping with the construction during their lunch breaks and at weekends… in exchange for a discount on the contract!

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 24 March 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with another 30 articles from the past week, Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog, explaining the international standard for assessing the potential deinkability of print; and news from Messe Düsseldorf advising that the 4th Global Trends Report 2017 is now available to order, with a free Executive Summary you can download in a choice of seven languages. If you go to the news leader on Wednesday, or to our drupa Newsroom, you can read drupa director Sabine Geldermann’s introduction by following the link to the drupa Website where you can then register to download the Executive Summary for FREE. You can also purchase the full report from Messe Düsseldorf’s Online Shop in English or German for a nominal fee.

 


 

A key news highlight appeared on Wednesday, as KBA released its Annual Report for 2016, recording the highest profit margin in the company’s history, coupled with a healthy double-digit increase in revenue, market share gains in packaging and digital printing, a solid order intake with a high order backlog as the company prepares to celebrate its 200th Anniversary later this year. You can also find more about KBA-Flexotecnica’s successful start to 2017 in Friday’s headlines.

 


 

The lead article on Tuesday, by Gareth Ward, featured Canon, as it looks to establish its Oce Colorado UV Gel inkjet as a third way between solvent and latex in roll to roll print.

 


 

You’ll find a lot of pre-show and pre-event news again this week, beginning with Esko’s European Prepress Innovation Tour on Monday; then Xeikon Café which takes place this coming week, on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday Sign & Digital UK announced its lineup ahead of its 30th Anniversary show which also takes place this coming week at the NEC, Birmingham; and then a FESPA 2017 mention, set to take place in Hamburg in May.

On Thursday, Heidelberg and Gallus took the lead as they announced their lineup for Interpack 2017 taking place from 4 – 10 May in Dusseldorf, and on Friday, we have FINAT with the annual European Label Forum, set to take place from 7 – 9 June in Berlin; and lastly another early mention for InPrint 2017, set to take place in Munich in November, and once again co-located with Productronica. ICE Europe, which took place this week in Munich had mentions on both Thursday and Friday; and lastly, Lopec 2017, which takes place in Munich this coming week, is among Friday’s headlines.

Friday’s news was led by Manroland Web Systems as managing director Alexander Wassermann provides a brief background and facts about the new and innovative web offset and gravure hybrid Varioman press for flexible packaging printing, which is due to commence production at an international packaging printer early next year.

Key sales and installations successes this week came from Heidelberg USA at Adams Lithographing, and Renz UK in Leeds on Monday; from Heidelberg UK at A3 Design & Print in Surrey with a digital Versafire CP; then Essex-based trade finisher Filmdie with a new Horizon perfect binder and three-side trimmer from IFS; followed by Contiweb/DG with a Thallo press for identity and security print at De La Rue in Malta; and lastly Edale with a 7-colour press in Devon – all on Tuesday.  On Thursday, Cape Town-based Creative Brands in South Africa announced that it has added a Xerox X1000 Digital Colour Press from Oxbow and Bytes to boost productivity. This was followed by Polar in Portugal with a fourth new cutter equipped for labels at Calipolense in Vila Viçosa.

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 Ireland’s Cian Arthurs joining players from France, England, the United States and South Africa for this popular event – in Thursday’s headlines.

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

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


Download for FREE the Executive Summary of the 4th drupa Global Trends report 2017.

 


 

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 20 March – date published also appears in article footline

Monday

Esko announces Prepress Innovation European Tour ’17

Following success in DACH, Esko is expanding its roadshow to other parts of Europe and America…

Scodix at Xeikon Café, from 28 to 31 March 2017

Scodix to illustrate a competitive edge for printers through digital enhancement at Xeikon Café 2017 next week…

Total cost to manufacture pushes publishers to inkjet

Many modern inkjet presses do so much more than just print. They also fold, collate, glue blocks for covers and trim books…

Speedmaster CD 102-X increases Adams’ capacity by 50%

Adams Lithographing also expects to add 30% more overall volume with Speedmaster CD 102-Xs added efficiency…

Renz buy helps Leeds Die Cutting secure profitability

Leeds Trade finisher completes the transformation of its wire binding production with its third Renz-supplied solution…

Tuesday

Canon creates extra-large format category with UV Gel technology

Canon looks to establish Colorado UV Gel inkjet as a third way between solvent and latex in roll to roll print. By Gareth Ward…

A3 Design & Print adds Heidelberg Versafire CP

A3 Design & Print opts for digital Versafire CP to its suite of Heidelberg equipment, replacing two older KM machines…

Filmdie expands trade binding services with Horizon

Operation is 50% faster with IFS-supplied Horizon BQ-470 perfect binder and Horizon HT-30 three-side trimmer…

De La Rue opts for Contiweb/DG Thallo web press

De La Rue concludes Thallo deal for Centre of Excellence for identity and security print in Malta…

Tamar Packaging purchases Edale FL5 for cartons

UK packaging company Tamar has invested in a 7-colour FL5-510 Carton with combination drying…

Wednesday

4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

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

Koenig & Bauer on a growth and profitability trajectory

Annual Report 2016: Backed by a significant increase in revenue and profit, the KBA group achieved or exceeded targets set in 2015…

Sign & Digital UK’s 30th Anniversary final lineup

Sign & Digital UK announces latest exhibitor news ahead of the 2017 show, from 28 to 30 March at the NEC, Birmingham…

Drytac at Sign & Digital UK 2017, 28 – 30 March

Introducing bacteria’s worst new enemy: Protac Anti-Bacterial film from Drytac at next week’s Sign & Digital at the NEC…

SMAG Digital Galaxie finishing solution at Xeikon

High-end digital finishing of wine, spirit & perfume applications presented by SMAG at the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations…

Nazdar latest ink innovations at FESPA 2017

Nazdar Ink Technologies to exhibit new and established digital inkjet and screen-printing inks and special effects…

Thursday

Heidelberg and Gallus at Interpack 2017 from 4 to 10 May

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

BST Eltromat and Kampf at ICE Europe in Munich this week

Industry 4.0: BST Eltromat and Kampf show practical examples at ICE Europe at the Munich Trade Fair Centre from 21 – 23 March…

Color-Logic certifies Ricoh L4100 Series in latex first

Ricoh’s Pro L4100 Series is first latex system to achieve global Color-Logic certification, to be shown at FESPA 2017…

Iggesund’s premium paperboard at Xeikon Café next week

Live print demonstrations will show high-quality effects of Invercote and Incada paperboard grades in digital luxury packaging…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Ireland’s Cian Arthur a tough contender in the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town in May…

Creative Brands creates competitive edge with Xerox

Cape Town-based Creative Brands adds Xerox X1000 Digital Colour Press from Oxbow and Bytes to boost productivity…

Calipolense adds its fourth label cutter from Polar

The Portuguese label printer in Vila Viçosa recently purchased a Polar N 115 AT HD equipped with label options…

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…

ICE Europe 2017 provided the ideal setting for Meech

ICE Europe was the ideal setting for Meech to address converting industry’s static control and web cleaning needs…

FINAT European Label Forum: A brief for the label industry

Familiarly known as ‘ELF’ the annual European Label Forum is set to take place this year in Berlin from 7 – 9 June…

SPGPrints at LOPEC 2017 in Munich 28 – 29 March

SPGPrints to highlight reliability of non-woven nickel RotaMesh and PlanoMesh screens for printed electronics…

Label Traxx workflow optimisation at Xeikon Café

Label Traxx automated print management software will show attendees streamlined and automated digital label workflow…

InPrint 2017 in Munich from 14 – 16 November

Leading technology providers showcasing amongst exhibitors at InPrint 2017, again co-located with Productronica…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Xeikon Café announces final conference programmes

Xeikon Café conference programmes and the live production scheme of innovative digital print applications. From 28 – 31 March…

Mimaki Europe bigger than ever at FESPA 2017

Mimaki Europe has two stands: one dedicated to textiles, the other to Sign & Display, Industrial Print and 3D…

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 Dialogueexclusive Interview series

Previous…  

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

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

Online Features Mar/Apr Chapter 04

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Elegant printed products in waterless coldset at RBD

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

De Groot’s new KBA Rapida 106 replaces two machines

An eight-colour KBA Rapida 106 with simultaneous plate changing joins the production facility in Goudriaan, the Netherlands…

KBA large-format for new DS Smith facility in Erlensee

A new high-speed 17,000sph six-colour Rapida 145 with inline coating unit for display and consumer packaging…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Case Getting Louder for ISO 21331

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 Mar

Previous…  

Digital Printing for Packaging

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 17 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 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

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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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 24 February 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 35 of the best received during this past week, along with Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog which looks at the relatively new European practice of laser marking of fruits and vegetables; plus a new Wild Format Technology Guide on The Basics of Colour Management for Wide Format Projects by Paul Lindström. We also have the very latest from Sabine Geldermann, drupa director at Messe Düsseldorf, in our drupa Newsroom, as well as leading the news headlines on Thursday, announcing the soon to be released 4th Global Trends Report 2017, with the Executive Summary in seven languages available in PDF format from the drupa Website.

 


”Last year’s drupa showcased a global print industry that has regained its confidence in the future, with lots of fresh technology and applications demonstrated to enthuse both printers and their customers alike. This report shows that whilst levels of confidence vary between regions and markets, overall the print industry is on the up and will invest strongly to secure a prosperous future.“ —Sabine Geldermann, director of drupa

 


 

Hunkeler Innovationdays took place in Lucerne, Switzerland last week, so obviously there are quite a number of articles related to the show, beginning with UPM, Canon with Océ, and Kodak on Monday; Océ again on Tuesday; Canon again with the Hackett campaign on Wednesday; and finally Muller Martini reviewing its participation at the show and leading the headlines on Friday – as it demonstrated the epitome of Finishing 4.0 in Lucerne, with visitors from across the world experiencing live the world premiere of connectivity between Hunkeler’s roll-to-stack line and Muller Martini’s Connex data and process management system, as part of a combined run of one line for softcover products, as with Muller Martini’s Vareo perfect binding line. Renz UK also in the news on Friday, as it claimed a ‘UK first’ order at the show from Ace Binding in Birmingham.

Other pre-show news on Tuesday focused on Xeikon Café which takes place in Lier, Belgium from 28 – 31 March, with announcements from Yupo, Meech and A B Graphic. On Thursday, pre-show announcements for Sign&Digital UK, taking place at the NEC on 28 and 29 March came from Blackman & White, Drytac with Antalis; and InkTec; but there’s more if you go through the headlines carefully, including Feldmuehle at Packaging Innovations on 1 and 2 March, and FINAT in June.

The main headline article on Tuesday came from Gareth Ward at the Print Business, announcing that Antalis is to float as Sequana (its parent) is hit by a High Court Ruling. The paper making and merchanting group is appealing a decision that it must pay BAT €138.4 million, and in the meantime has sought protective administration in France, with Antalis preparing to join the Paris Bourse.

Digital printing dominated this week’s recent sales and installations successes, beginning with Ricoh on Monday with more than 60 Ricoh Pro VC60000s in just two years. This was followed on Tuesday by FCS Laser Mail as it agreed a one million pound deal for a second Ricoh IP5000 GP. Also on Tuesday, TRESU with chillers for 12 HP Indigo 12000 digital presses in the United States. Wednesday saw Redfern Labels in Milnerton, Cape Town purchase a Xerox Versant 80 Press from Oxbow and Bytes. You will also find the Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press now at more than 70 customers worldwide; while on Friday, we had Birtwell and Company in Lancashire, UK switching to Heidelberg digital with five-colour 6pp A4 format Versafire CV.

On Wednesday, Germany’s Mindener Tageblatt streamlined production of its mobile newspaper version with Eversify from Agfa Graphics; and Bonifatius in Paderborn, Germany, has opted for a Manroland Rotoman DirectDrive 16-page web offset press.  There are also a couple of very nice sheetfed orders this week for Heidelberg on Thursday at Falkland Press in the UK with a drupa generation XL 106, as it moves towards autonomous printing with digitised production workflows. Then on Friday, from KBA UK, as Printing and Packaging in Hinckley invests in a seven-colour Rapida 106 with double coater. Then we had Natalii, a Polish label specialist streamlining its workflow with Esko’s Equinox and Automation Engine; and lastly, Route 1 in the UK adding a new Polar guillotine.

 


The tailender this week goes to Canon (Friday), as the UK’s Martin Williams announces he will compete in the fourth Canon South African Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town in May.


 

That’s it until next time. You’ll find lots more below if you scroll down carefully.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


 

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We need a new understanding of ‚digital‘. Even so called ‚conventional printing technologies‘ are fully digital today, like Rainer Wolf from Heidelberg explains. Read our ValueDialog story.

 


 

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 20 February – date published appears in article footline

Monday

More than 60 Ricoh Pro VC60000s in two years

How quality and substrate flexibility drive inkjet success. By Benoit Chatelard, VP production printing, Ricoh Europe…

Urgent input needed from industry on Print Trailblazer

BPIF asking for the whole industry help to ensure single standard apprenticeships do not reduce levels of expertise…

Looking for the perfect match? UPM in Lucerne this week

UPM introduces the DIGI Matchmaker – an online tool to assist in finding the paper perfectly matching your requirements…

Canon launches Océ ProStream at Hunkeler Innovationdays

New Océ ProStream continuous feed colour inkjet press offers unrivalled quality and media versatility…

Kodak Inkjet at Hunkeler Innovation Days 2017

Kodak showcases latest advances in Stream and Ultrastream inkjet technology at Hunkeler Innovation Days in Lucerne this week…

FINAT’s European Label Forum 2017 moves to Berlin

FINAT’s European Label Forum 2017 to confront the challenges of change in Berlin from 7 – 9 June…

Grow your business into lucrative Web-to-print solutions

Cloud-based marketing asset management software supplier Propago offers leading reasons to adopt this value-added service…

Tuesday

Antalis to float as Sequana is hit by High Court Ruling

Paper making and merchanting group Sequana is appealing a decision that it must pay BAT euro 138.4 million, and in the meantime has sought protective administration in France. By Gareth Ward…

Océ VarioPrint i300 at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press delivers new level of flexibility to over 70 customers worldwide…

FCS Laser Mail orders second Ricoh IP5000 GP

FCS Laser Mail agrees million pound deal in second Ricoh IP5000 GP and is UK’s dirst Avanti Slingshot user…

Major Chiller install for HP Indigo 12000s in USA

TRESU installs 12 Digital Process Chiller units on fleet of HP Indigo 12000 Digital Presses…

YUPO Europe brings diversity to Xeikon Café

Premium synthetic substrates for in-mould labelling, promotional advertising and food labels will be key areas of focus…

Meech at Xeikon Café from 28 – 31 March

Meech International to showcase its Static Control and Web Cleaning expertise at the Xeikon Café…

A B Graphic returns to the Xeikon Café in Lier

Advanced modules of Digicon Series 3 to show a truly complete digital finishing solution from 28 – 31 March…

Wednesday

Canon campaign at Hunkeler Innovationdays this week

Hackett campaign shows broad potential of Canon digital print in high quality, data-driven customer marketing…

Retail demands more print, in greater variety, more often

Opinion piece by Vaughan Patterson, product marketing operations manager for Production Print at Ricoh SA…

Feldmuehle at Packaging Innovations 2017 at the NEC

With a focus on VivaCard and VivaLiner high-white, matt graphical liner and boards for holistic packaging design…

Redfern Labels sticks to Xerox for quality printing

Redfern Labels in Milnerton, Cape Town has purchased a Xerox Versant 80 Press from Oxbow and Bytes…

Mindener Tageblatt uses Eversify for mobile news production

Germany’s Mindener Tageblatt streamlines production of its mobile newspaper version using Eversify from Agfa Graphics…

Bonifatius Invests in Manroland Rotoman DirectDrive

Long-standing customer once again opts for a Manroland Web Systems Rotoman DirectDrive 16-page web offset press…

The Océ VarioPrint i300 driving revenues worldwide

Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press delivers new level of production flexibility for over 70 customers worldwide…

Thursday

Out soon: 4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

General confidence amongst printers and suppliers for 2017 but mixed fortunes for markets and regions alike…

Six Canon designs recognised with iF Design Awards

Canon has announced that six of its designs have been recognised by iF International Forum Design…

XL 106 uses conventional, UV or LE UV inks and coatings

Falkland Press drupa generation XL 106 moves towards autonomous printing with digitised production workflows…

Blackman & White at Sign and Digital UK in March

Blackman & White to launch exciting new features and limitless packaging and display options on its Versa-Tech cutter…

Drytac to debut Protac Anti-Bacterial film with Antalis

At Sign & Digital UK 2017 at the NEC from 28 – 29 March, Drytac will debut its new Protac Anti-Bacterial film…

InkTec at Sign & Digital UK from 28 – 30 March

InkTec marks 25th anniversary with international debut of new high production Jetrix LXi8 LED-UV flatbed printer…

New Xaar Midas Ink Supply System delivers for OEMs

The new Midas Ink Supply System from Xaar is a compact, reliable ink and fluid supply system for inkjet OEMs…

Friday

Muller Martini demonstrates the epitome of Finishing 4.0

At Hunkeler Innovationdays Muller Martini’s stand proved highly popular during the four-day trade fair in Lucerne this week…

Ace orders Renz UK first at Hunkeler Innovationdays

Ace Binding trade finisher orders the UK’s first Renz Inline 500 Compact at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne…

More on the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

The UK’s Martin Williams to compete in fourth Canon South African Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town in May…

Heidelberg Versafire CV for Birtwell & Co

Lancashire-based trade supplier switches to Heidelberg digital technology with five-colour 6pp A4 format Versafire CV…

Natalii re-imagines production with Esko Solutions

Polish label specialist enhances quality and streamlines workflow with Equinox and Automation Engine…

Rapida 106 7-colour with double coater heads for Hinckley

Printing and Packaging invests in a KBA Rapida 106 for additional capacity, quality and special finishes…

Route 1 UK adds Polar N 137 PLUS guillotine

Polar guillotine investment prepares way for Route 1 Print’s same day trade print litho and digital print service…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital print

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

‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ Guide

A reminder the international best practice guide ‘Optimised Paper Handling and Logistics’ is available and to download…

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 Dialogueexclusive 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 Jan/Feb Chapter 03

Previous…  

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

Print Industry optimism prevailed in Q4 as forecast is surpassed; Q1 is set to hold positive course…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Next generation labeling

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 Feb

Previous…  

PaperLab Arrives!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Sat 18 Feb

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 22 Basics of Colour Management for Wide Format Projects

One of the main objectives for colour management is to get the most out of the printing device used to print the job. For a designer or project manager this can be a challenge. By Paul Lindström

No 21 Hitting the 3rd Dimension

Printing is no longer limited to flat surfaces. With the help of 3D printers, impressive objects can be manufactured from a digital file, unveiling a whole new world of opportunities. By Sonja Angerer…

Drupa Newsroom

Our Drupa Newsroom with news from Messe Düsseldorf 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

Out soon: 4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

General confidence amongst printers and suppliers for 2017 but mixed fortunes for markets and regions alike…

drupa 2020 dates brought forward by one week

World’s most important trade fair for printing technologies will now be held from 16 to 26 June 2020 to avoid holiday clashes…

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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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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Photo @2016: Andreas Weber, ValuePUBLISHING, Mainz/Germany.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 22 July 2016

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 30 selected news articles for the week, plus five new additions to our drupa Newsroom from Elitron, KBA-Flexotecnica, Manroland Sheetfed, and SEI Laser; as well as a new entry in Online Features Downloads from Two Sides, as it publishes the findings of its Global Reach Survey 2016, where you will find the introductory article complete with link to download the complete 15-page findings and report as a PDF.


There will no Verdigris environmental Blog for the next couple of weeks as Laurel Brunner is taking a short break. She will be back during the second half of August. I shall also take a break as news is in very short supply due to the main holiday season in Europe and it has been difficult this past week or so to put together a reasonable selection of good newsworthy stuff each day. As with last week’s key news announcements (Xaar on Monday and Screen Europe on Tuesday) I have drawn on the assistance of Gareth Ward at Print Business UK for two key articles again this week, for the Anton Group and Kodak Inkjet announcement on Wednesday; and then for Xerox and RR Donnelley on Friday, in order to bring you up to date with that.


Other news leaders this week came from HP on Monday, with its plans for Photokina 2016 in Cologne in September. Tuesday was led by Canon Europe as it ships Goloseo children’s books produced at drupa 2016 to South Africa to support the Room to Read Literacy Programme. On Thursday, Two Sides took the lead as it announces availability of its Global Research Survey 2016 in PDF format; and while consumers still value print and paper, there are numerous environmental misunderstandings that persist due to a serious lack of awareness, says Two Sides. Please don’t skip it. The 15-page Report is well worth studying for anyone involved with publishing, print and paper wherever you are.

On Friday, management board chairman and CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Dr. Gerold Linzbach, announced that he will not renew his contract which runs until August 2017. Following a successful turnaround of the company, he will not seek to extend his contract and aims at pursuing new professional challenges and will continue to serve the company until the end of his contractual term, to enable the Supervisory Board time to find a replacement.


You will find some new sales and installations announcements below from Andi Druk in the Netherlands, as it invests in the first Canon Océ and Müller Martini integrated continuous feed inkjet and digital finishing lines for magazine and book production; and also for Manroland Sheetfed in Brazil with another Roland 700 – both on Monday. On Tuesday, Witherbys in London increases automation and output with a new Speedmaster XL 75-6 and automated Stahlfolder CH 56; Inci.Flex in Italy becomes the first to automate its flexo platemaking process with Esko’s new CDI Crystal 5080 XPS flexo platemaker, debuted at drupa. We also have Toppan Forms, which is now the biggest Kodak Prosper Inkjet customer in the world, as it adds a fifth Prosper Stream Inkjet press – a Prosper 6000C; while German commercial printer Nino-Druck made its first steps into the personalised photo market with Taopix at drupa.

On Wednesday we announced that Anton Group UK will be the first in the world to work with the new Kodak Ultrastream printhead shown in tests at drupa. This was followed by corrugated packaging printer Grupondunova in Catalonia, which becomes the first Spanish company to invest in the Inca Onset X large-format inkjet flatbed press, complete with ClinchTech Robotics. Then we had Park Communications in the UK, which has added a four-clamp Horizon BQ470 PUR perfect binder to deliver cost effective fast turnarounds. Thursday saw IBW Industrial Binding in Belgium increase its investment in Muller Martini kit with a new Diamant MC 60 bookline, and an Alegro perfect binder with extremely short changeover times, to use with the new hard-cover line.

On Friday, to round off the week, we included Xerox with early adopters at drupa 2016 snapping up no less than 120 Xerox Production Inkjet presses, including continuous feed and more. Then we have Seaway Printing in the U.S., which expects a 50 per cent increase in productivity with its new Speedmaster XL 106-4+L from Heidelberg USA. You will find lots of new kit this week if you check out the news announcements carefully. These include Canon SA on Monday as it launches its new imageRUNNER Advance C5500 series, intelligent multifunctional devices aimed at today’s modern working environment. Xitron on Tuesday. KBA-Flexotecnica on Wednesday, as well as SEI Laser. On Thursday, EFI released Packaging Suite 4.0 debuted and shown at drupa; and then we have KBA with the Varijet B1 Xerox-powered digital press (also from Gareth Ward, Print Business); and then Elitron with three new digital cutting machines which were shown at drupa.

On Friday we have Fujifilm with its new processless plate, the Superia ZD, which is UV-compatible and designed for longer runs. Lastly, from Ricoh South Africa with new wide-format multifunction printer which it is aimed at the CAD/GIS and graphics markets in EMEA.

The tailender for this week: On Monday, Manroland Web Systems opened the doors of its new digital web STORE. So, now you have a 24-hour, fast shopping ability on-line.

That’s all until next time.
My best regards,
Mike Hilton

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Headline News
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Mon 18 July…   
HP’s new business growth opportunities at Photokina 2016
Photo finishers and professional Photo labs will experience the new HP Indigo 12000 and new applications from the HP Latex 570…

Sun Chemical at GlassTec 2016 in Düsseldorf
Sun Chemical to present its latest SunVetro offerings at GlassTec 2016, taking place at Messe Düsseldorf, from 20 – 23 September…

The new Manroland web STORE opens its digital doors
The time has come: Having been announced over the past two months and having been greeted enthusiastically…

Fully automated digital inkjet for Andi Druk Netherlands
Andi Druk invests in first Canon Océ and Müller Martini integrated continuous feed inkjet for magazine and book production…

Brazilian book publisher achieves goals with Roland 700
Multi Marcas Editoriais Ltda (Editora Construir) promotes education and literacy through innovative books…

Canon’s new imageRUNNER Advance C5500 series
Canon SA launches new flagship, intelligent multifunctional devices for today’s modern working environment…

Tue 19 July…   
Canon Europe and Goloseo support Room to Read
Canon to ship Goloseo children’s books produced at drupa 2016 to South Africa for the Room to Read Literacy Programme…

Xitron begins shipments of USB/SCSI Interface
Replaces obsolete SCSI cards in Trendsetter CTP installations with an economical alternative and provide an extended ROI…

Witherbys invests in Heidelberg automation and productivity
Witherbys in London increases automation and output with new Speedmaster XL 75-6 and automated Stahlfolder CH 56…

Inci.Flex first with Esko’s CDI Crystal 5080 XPS
Gravure quality with flexo plates coming from an integrated unit that simplifies and automates flexo platemaking…

Japan’s first Kodak Prosper 6000C Press for Toppan Forms
Toppan Forms is now the biggest Kodak Prosper customer in the world with a fifth Prosper Stream Inkjet press…

Nino-Druck targets personalised print with Taopix
The German commercial printer made its first steps into the personalised photo market with Taopix at drupa…

Wed 20 July
Anton to become world’s first with new Kodak printhead
Anton Group UK will be the first in the world to work with the new Kodak Ultrastream printhead shown in tests at drupa…

Ricoh SA appoints head of Production Print Business Group
Ricoh South Africa has appointed Frank de Afonseca to head up its Production Printing Business Group…

The new KBA-Flexotecnica NEO XD LR ‘Hybrid’
First fully hybrid extremely innovative machine for all popular flexo technologies drew the crowds at drupa…

SEI Laser: Digital die-cutting and creasing a reality
SEI Laser impressed the industry with the models PaperOne 5000, 3500 and with Packmaster OEM WD at drupa…

Inca Onset X1 with ClinchTech Robotics for Grupondunova
Corrugated packaging pioneer Grupondunova becomes the first Spanish company to invest in the Onset X…

Park further invests in digital department with Horizon buy
Park Communications adds a four-clamp Horizon BQ470 PUR perfect binder to deliver cost effective fast turnarounds…

Thu 21 July…   
Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016 available
Consumers still value print & paper, but numerous environmental misunderstandings persist due to a serious lack of awareness…

EFI releases Packaging Suite 4.0
EFI Packaging Suite 4.0, shown at drupa, offers new value for label, folding carton and flexible packaging converters…

KBA takes the modular approach to inkjet
The Varijet was not shown at Drupa, but is KBA’s pitch for the B1 digital press market has its eyes focused on carton printing…

Elitron’s drupa hat-trick with a focus on automation
Elitron has significantly increased its product range, and chose the drupa stage to launch three new digital cutting solutions…

IBW enters Hardcover Segment with Diamant MC bookline
IBW Industrial Binding in Belgium increases its investment in Muller Martini kit with a new bookline, and a perfect binder…

Drytac Europe announces enhanced Emerytex
An improved textured anti-slip laminating film for indoor and outdoor applications, including floor graphics…

Fri 22 July…   
Dr. Gerold Linzbach to leave Heidelberg in 2017
Management board chairman and CEO, Dr. Gerold Linzbach will not renew his contract which runs until August 2017…

Deal too far as Xerox rebuffs Donnelley’s approach
RR Donnelley believed there was potential in combining with Xerox’s technology, but Xerox found it an offer they could refuse…

Xerox at drupa: More than 120 initial sales successes
Early adopters at drupa 2016 snapped up Xerox Production Inkjet presses, including continuous feed and more…

Seaway adds Speedmaster XL 106 with Inpress Control
Seaway Printing in the U.S., expects a 50 per cent increase in productivity with Speedmaster XL 106-4+L from Heidelberg…

Fujifilm releases the Superia ZD processless plate
Fujifilm announces the addition of new processless plate – Superia ZD – compatible with UV and for longer runs…

Ricoh’s new A1 production printer for CAD/GIS
Ricoh’s new wide-format multifunction production printer aimed at the CAD/GIS and graphic markets in EMEA…

Last lead article from Friday in previous update…  

Last issue’s Friday lead article…
Sappi sustainable packaging solutions at FachPack 2016
Latest innovative sustainable products are designed to minimise the use of fossil-based plastic packaging…

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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

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e-Commerce, automation and cloud for print
The Internet and World Wide Web have opened up new opportunities for printing, but new challenges too. By Simon Eccles…

Online Features Jul/Aug Chapter 06

Previous…   
L’Imprimerie looks back at its waterless printing strategy
The French daily newspaper Le Figaro has grown its business, thanks to waterless printing and the switch to Toray MX10 plates…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Most recent…   
Green fashion
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 15 July

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016

Wild Format Technology Is All About You
This is the first in a new series of articles explaining how you can use wide-format digital printing technology to produce…

Into the Great Wide Open
Harvesting the powers of modern wide-format digital printing, it is possible to elicit a nod and a smile from even the most…

Industrial Revolution
Printing has always been an industrial process. Done right, productivity continues to rise and costs to fall. But…

Why ink matters for Wide-Format Digital Printing
Choosing the ink and pigments to use in printing has always been a crucial decision, one that is very much related…

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

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FESPA Mexico 2016 content-rich educational programme
FESPA Mexico educational programme ‘Seek New Horizons in Print’ set to inspire printers from Mexico and Central America..

FESPA to host Digital Textile Conference in Milan
Programme developed with FESPA Italia and leading Italian fashion & textile associations: 30 September 2016…

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 jam-packed drupa daily news issues are ready to read now. You can download each one complete as a PDF…

drupa daily issue No 1 on 31 May 2016
Includes drupa President and Koenig & Bauer chief executive Claus Bolza-Schünemann’s Red Sofa chat with Thomas Fasold…

drupa daily issue No 2 on 1 June 2016
Includes Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke talking to Darryl Danielli about the business’s evolution and how it’s getting back to its roots…

drupa daily issue No 3 on 2 June 2016
Includes Canon EMEA president and chief executive Rokus van Iperen’s talk with Darryl Danielli about the importance of merging cultures…

drupa daily issue No 4 on 3 June 2016
Includes Landa Digital Printing founder and chairman Benny Landa as he tells Darryl Danielli how he has been retired for 50-plus years…

drupa daily issue No 5 on 4 June 2016
Includes Enrique Lores, HP president of Imaging and Printing talking to Darryl Danielli about growth…

drupa daily issue No 6 on 5 June 2016
Includes Olaf Lorenz, GM of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, as he discusses the KM-C with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 7 on 6 June 2016
Includes Jean-Pascal Bobst, chief executive of Swiss manufacturer
Bobst talking to Darryl Danielli about the importance of family…

drupa daily issue No 8 on 7 June 2016
Includes Eijiro Hori, president of post-press kit manufacturer Horizon sharing his thoughts on the importance of partnerships with Darryl Danielli…

drupa daily issue No 9 on 8 June 2016
Includes Massivit chief executive Avner Israeli emphasises to Darryl Danielli that printers should embrace the 3D opportunity sooner rather than later…

drupa daily issue No 10 on 9 June 2016
Includes Marabu chief executive York Boeder talking with Thomas Fasold about digitisation in printing and the strengths of screen printing…

drupa daily issue No 11 on 10 June 2016
Includes Wolfgang Kroplunik, head of business development & Western Europe, Uncoated Fine Paper at Mondi, talking with Thomas Fasold about paper and changing requirements in the digital transformation…

drupa 2016 Exhibitors’ show + post-show News
Latest additions – and counting – can be accessed in our drupa Newsroom.

Elitron’s drupa hat-trick with a focus on automation
Elitron has significantly increased its product range, and chose the drupa stage to launch three new digital cutting solutions…

KBA-Flexotecnica’s new NEO XD LR ‘Hybrid’
First fully hybrid extremely innovative machine for all popular flexo technologies drew the crowds at drupa…

Manroland Sheetfed ‘The Evolution of Print’ at drupa
‘The Evolution of Print’ at the heart of Manroland Sheetfed’s drupa showcase and encapsulating its vision…

They are print: Manroland Sheetfed at drupa
A whole new world of inline print finishes met visitors to the Manroland Sheetfed GmbH stand in Hall 14 at drupa 2016…

SEI Laser digital die-cutting and creasing at drupa
SEI Laser impressed the industry with the models PaperOne 5000, 3500 and with Packmaster OEM WD at drupa…

Previous…   
Agfa Graphics shone with breaking new technologies at drupa
With its strong showcase of offset and wide-format inkjet solutions, Agfa Graphics underlined its commitment to the print industry at drupa 2016…

KAMA: Efficient short run finishing success at drupa
KAMA successfully launched world’s first folder-gluer for short-run folding cartons at drupa 2016…

Manroland Web Systems’ Digital Workflows at drupa
Continuous improvement in performance with perfectly integrated hardware and software is convincing customers worldwide…

Sun and BASF: ‘Packaging for a more sustainable world’
Sun Chemical and BASF present the potential of their latest solvent-free ink solutions to deliver more sustainable flexible packaging…

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

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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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 to stick to its proven 4-year cycle
The No. 1 trade fair for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Düsseldorf again from 23 June to 3 July 2020…

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…

Previous…   
E-commerce, automation and cloud for print
Touch the future. Drupa Expert Article No 9 by Simon Eccles, who over the years he has been editor of eight industry publications. Today he writes white papers and technical reports and contributes regular technical features to many publications…

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@ 2016 Foto/Collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main

Kritische und bewusst streng gehaltene, selektive Analyse von Andreas Weber, Head of Value, im Rückblick auf die famose #drupa2016 — Lesezeit: 10 Minuten. Halbwertzeit min. bis zur #drupa2020 — Die Themengliederung im Überblick:


Vorbemerkung

Andreas Weber ist Gründer und CEO der Value Communication AG sowie des DigitaldruckForum mit Sitz in der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz. Seine Spezialität: Brainware&Solutions sowie per ValueTrendRadar.com-Blog klare Analysen zur Zukunft von Print im Kommunikationsmix, die er kontinuierlich mit über 100.000 Fachleuen in über 100 Ländern teilt. Auf der #drupa2016 gründete er mit Christian Kopocz die Expertenplattform MUCHcomm.

Im Fokus dieses umfassenden #drupa2016 Review stehen drei wesentliche Überlegungen als Leitlinie, die sich durch meine umfassenden Vor-drupa-2016-Analysen bereits abzeichneten:

  • Was bringt die Branche und den Markt tatsächlich voran?
  • Wie ordnet sich Print in der Big Data-Welt ein?
  • Welche Player/Hidden Champs sind wichtig?

Da sich dieser Sachverhalt nicht trivial erschließen lässt, indem man einfach eine Vielzahl an Neuheiten und Pressemeldungen auflistet, nachfolgend mein Bericht in drei Teilen, der das #drupa2016-Messegeschehen bewertet, plausibel in den Kontext stellt, Hintergründe erläutert und am Beispiel des für mich gelungensten Messeauftritts detailliert erklärt, welche Lösungsansätze Sinn machen. — Stichwort: #unleashprint!

Hinweis: Wer sich für alles bis ins feinste Detail informieren möchte, kann dies im ValueBlog in besonderer Form tun. Unter dem Suchwort: „Mike Hilton’s Global News“ finden sich über 600 Pressemeldungen zu allen relevanten drupa-2016-Neuheiten. — Siehe auch den Vortrag mit dem kompakten #drupa2016 Review auf dem Swiss Publishing Day 2016 in Winterthur vom 30. Juni 2016 via YouTube (Live-Video-Doku) oder via Slideshare (42 Min.-Video plus alle Charts).

 


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Teil 1 — Die #drupa2016 als Prüfstein für die Kommunikationsfähigkeit der Printbranche

Vorbemerkung

Frage: Warum ist das Thema Kommunikationsfähigkeit wichtig?
Antwort: Weil es in der Printbranche (bei Druckereien wie auch bei deren Lieferanten) riesige Defizite gibt.
Begründung: In der Printbranche ist es üblich, die Geschäfts- wie auch die Fachkommunikation auf die Darstellung dessen, was man tun kann und wie man Produktionsaufgaben löst, hinzuweisen. Und dies zumeist dadurch, dass man das direkte Gespräch sucht. Sinnvoller ist es aber, Kompetenzen, Kundennutzen und -vorteile medial und damit effektiv in den Fokus zu rücken, um Unterscheidungsmerkmale erkennbar und öffentlich zugänglich zu machen. Bedenke: Das Geschäft mit Print ist schon längst kein Produktions-, sondern ein Dienstleistungsgeschäft, das pro-aktiv kommuniziert werden muss, um Dialoge über relevante Fachthemen zu beflügeln! Erfolg bringt, was in der medialen Kommunikation Markt- und Kundenanforderungen ins Zentrum stellt und nicht das eigene Tun!


In medias res

Die #drupa2016 war famos. Ich weiss, wovon ich rede. Es war meine ZEHNTE drupa! Noch nie zuvor konnte man so gut vorbereitet sein (wenn man sich die Zeit nahm), um im Prinzip alles Wesentliche wissen zu können, bevor die #drupa2016 ihre Pforten öffnete. Doch das Detail hat es in sich. In der Rückschau gab es noch nie eine drupa bei der so viele Experten „lost in details“ gingen! Während und vor allem nach der #drupa2016, die von Top-Experten einengend als die „Ink-Jet 2.0“-drupa bezeichnet wurde, stellte sich nämlich heraus, dass entsprechend dem klugen Messe-Konzept von Sabine Geldermann und ihrem drupa-Team alles Mögliche im Fokus stand, aber nicht mehr die Nabelschau der Technik quasi als Maschinen-Bullenprämierung!

„Touch the future“. So lautete das Messe-Motto. Endlich, wirklich endlich war die #drupa2016 thematisch und konzeptionell Meilensteine nach vorne gerückt, um sich der normativen Kraft des Faktischen zu beugen: Am Ende zählen nicht Technik oder die Anwendung (brav in Druck-Muster-Sammlungen präsentiert), sondern der Nutzen daraus. Die Liste der drupa 2016-Highlight-Themen, die Innovationen und neue Wachstumssegmente fokussierten, machte dies im Vorfeld mehr als deutlich: Dem Kernthema „Druck und Papier“ waren die Sektionen Multichannel, 3D Printing, Functional Printing, Packaging und Green Printing als Themengruppen beiseite gestellt. Offenkundig sollte und musste über den Tellerrand geblickt werden. Und das war gut so, um den maximal hohen Erwartungen der Besucher und der Aussteller gerecht werden zu können.

Wie nun aber die #drupa2016 in den Griff bekommen? Man war chancenlos, alle 1.800+ Aussteller in 17 (resp. eigentlich 19) Messehallen zu besuchen. Der Ausweg: Wie noch nie zuvor boten sich durch Google und Social Media (hier besonders: Twitter) eine grandiose Informations-Rundumversorgung! Davon machten leider die Wenigsten auf der drupa 2016 richtig Gebrauch. Am allerwenigsten die über 1.900 Fachjournalisten, darunter einige wichtige Industry Analysts, die aus 74 Ländern angereist waren. Hektisch und fast konfus rannten viele ihren unzähligen Terminen nach, um so viel wie möglich PERSÖNLICH in Augenschein zu nehmen, um anschließend beliebige Aussteller-News zu kolportieren. Dialoge mit Lesern finden über Fachmedien so gut wie nicht statt. Entsprechend lesen sich im Nachgang deren Reports. So manches, was längst vor der drupa 2016 publik war resp. während der drupa Online in Echtzeit Diskussionen prägte — wurde im Nachgang als Entdeckung, Überraschung und/oder bahnbrechende Premiere tituliert. — Puh! — TOTALLY LOST IN DETAILS ?!?

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Kurios und mit leichter Verzögerung von fast 1 Woche: Print folgt Twitter! Foto-Collage: Andreas Weber

Man kann nicht wissen, was man nicht weiss!

Aber auch via Online/Social Media wurde es uns allen nicht leicht gemacht. Viele drupa-Aussteller nutzten Twitter gar nicht — oder wenn doch, dann reichlich unprofessionell als weiteren, notwendigen Push-Kanal zur Selbstdarstellung. Das ist für Social Media aber kontraproduktiv. Gerade über Twitter in aller Kürze und z. B. über LinkedIn für mehr Ausführlichkeit können Dialoge in Gang gesetzt werden. Die Folge, wenn dies wie bei der #drupa2016 zumeist unterbleibt: Die Reichweiten blieben trotz allem Bemühen niedrig. Und der Interaktionsgrad war lausig. Erstrecht erzielt man so nicht die Einbindung neuer Zielgruppen, die per Twitter erreichbar und einzubinden wären, selbst wenn sie gar nicht zur drupa gekommen sind. — Die meisten aus der Printbranche denken wohl: Nun ja, Schuster, bleib bei deinen Leisten… Und warum sollten Print-Fachleute auf einmal werthaltig kommunizieren? Es gehe doch ums Drucken und Technik, so hört man land(a)auf, land(a)ab.

Wollte man dieser drupa 2016 Herr werden, musste man Twitter richtig nutzen — d. h. strategisch klar, zielführend und stringent vorgehen — und sich fast im Sekundentakt informiert halten. Wie gesagt, die Messe Düsseldorf hatte mit ihrem Neu-Konzept exzellente Vorarbeit geleistet. Und Social Media via Twitter war das Top-Kommunikationswerkzeug für die Messe Düsseldorf. Ergänzend kommt v. a. die Idee hinzu,die einzelnen Highlight-Themen durch über die Messehallen verteilte Touchpoints zu präsentieren. Dort konnte man aus erster Hand, Aussteller-übergreifend von Experten das Wichtigste zu den wichtigsten Themen erfahren. Die drupa-Social-Media- sowie drupa daily-Teams machten einen guten Job, um die Messebesucher aktuell zu informieren. Alleine die drupa-Apps waren nicht sehr hilfreich. Die hätte man einfach weglassen können.

Bye Bye „Push-PR“ — Twitter kann es besser!

Nur ganz wenige Pressekonferenzen auf der #drupa2016 waren lohnenswert. Vor allem diejenigen, die von Ausstellern ohne PR-Agenturhilfe gestaltet wurden, lieferten gute Inhalte, die für Social Media-Kommunikation tauglich waren! — Twitter entpuppte sich als unverzichtbare Top-Plattform: Und zwar

  • a) als beste Nachrichten- und Interaktionsquelle — zur Erinnerung: auf Twitter tummeln sich die engagierten, kompetenten Fachleute, die an Innovation und qualitativen News/Facts & Meinungen/Kommentierungen in Echtzeit interessiert sind;
  • und b) als hervorragende Analyseplattform. Denn wer als Besucher wie auch als Aussteller auf Zack war, konnte durch Twitter Seismografie-ähnlich erfahren, was gerade die wichtigen Gespächsthemen war, wie Neuheiten ankamen und bewertet wurden, was sich lohnt und was eben nicht. Zugleich kann man im Nachgang bis auf Einzelne runter brechen, wer sich für was interessiert bzw. wer was honorierte. Denn Tweets mit Hashtags sind sozusagen „for ever“ und können außerhalb von Twitter von allen per Google gefunden werden.

Grosse Bedeutung und Wirkung haben sog. Twitterlisten, die sich nach relevanten Hashtags ausrichten und von Twitternutzern geführt werden. Und Analysetools wie z. B. Keyhole sind hilfreich, da sie die wichtigsten Hashtags, Tweets, User/Influencer, geographische Lokalisierungen, Nutzungs-/Device-Ergebnisse sowie Word-Clouds in Echtzeit erfassen und Mehrwerte liefern. So entstand, wenn man weiss wie es geht, zum ersten Mal auf einer drupa mit und durch Twitter ein iterativer Informations-, Bewertungs- und Erkenntnisprozess. Mit dem erstaunlichem Ergebnis: Das, was Fachleute, Journalisten und Analysten zumeist als Top-Themen im Nachgang kolportieren, spielte eigentlich auf Twitter kaum keine Rolle — und wenn, dann eine untergeordnete. (Hinweis: Im Fall meiner Aktivitäten war von besonderem Vorteil, in deutsch und englisch zu kommunizieren sowie den ValueBlog und ValueStorifys einbinden zu können.)

Analysiert man die per Analyse-Tool generierte Word-Cloud zum Hashtag #drupa2016 im Nachgang (bewusst gewählte Post-drupa Stichtag-Zeitpunkte: 18. Juni 2016 bis 20. Juni 2016), so erscheinen als Echo folgende Begriffe als maßgeblich — nachfolgend in Form einer Top-Ten gelistet:

  1. #drupa2016
  2. #BigData
  3. #Print
  4. #Innovation
  5. #Storify (zur Doku/Visualisierung von relevanten Tweets)
  6. #unleashprint (das Canon-Motto)
  7. #cloud
  8. #mail
  9. #digitalcutting
  10. #drupa (viele hatten dies als Hashtag genutzt, statt sinnvollerweise #drupa2016)

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Zwei drupa-Aussteller tauchen im Umfeld der Top-Ten namentlich auf: Heideldruck
(der Börsenkurz-Name der Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG) sowie Canon — wie gesagt als einziger Aussteller durch sein Twitter-konformes drupa-Motto #unleashprint herausragend, somit exzellent gewählt und positioniert (mehr dazu in Teil 3).

Von „Insidern“ benutzte Hype-Begriffe wie Inkjet/Inkjet-Druck, Workflow, Print 4.0, Digitalisierung u.a.m. tauchen im Top-Ten-Ranking ebenso wenig im öffentlichen Social-Media-Interesse auf, wie z. B. der „größte“ Aussteller, HP, oder der mit den angeblich meisten Besuchern, Landa. Erstaunlicherweise fehlt auch Xerox, obgleich Xerox über das wohl engagierteste und kundigste Social-Media-Team auf der #drupa2016 verfügte. Und mit XMPie verfügt Xerox über eine Weltklasse-Multichannel-Kommunikationslösung, die von Xerox zur #drupa2016 erst gar nicht eingesetzt wurde. Das könnte daran liegen, dass Xerox für die eigene Marketing-Kommunikation den nutzen von XMPie völlig verkennt und/oder mit seiner Corporate-Social-Strategie bis dato  zwar große Reichweite, aber zu wenig Interaktion erzielt.

Viele andere, gleichrangig hoch frequentierte Hashtag-Begriffe zeigen das weite Spektrum, an dem man sich orientieren muss, wenn man das Thema Print künftig weiter entwickeln und bei Kunden populär machen und im Gespräch halten möchte:

  • virtual, strategy, automation, client, multichannel, success, review, geospital sowie gis, interactivevideo, marketing, iIoT (als das industrielle Internet-of-Things) sowie communications, 3d printing und youtube.
  • Als einziger Produktname taucht „clarity“ auf, der die neue, wegweisende Cloud-Lösung von Pitney Bowes bezeichnet. Nebenbei: Als mir bis dato einzig bekannter drupa-Aussteller setzt Pitney Bowes Twitter global als wesentliche Säule des Business Development ein.

Fazit Teil 1

Kommunikation über Print ist wahrhaft eine Kunst. Wer sich auch nach der #drupa2016 über Print adäquat informieren will, muss maximale Online-/Twitter-Kompetenz besitzen. Sonst landet man im Nirwana des Lost in details“-Syndroms und holt aus seinem hohen Messe-Investment viel zu wenig raus! — Übrigens ist es anders als über Twitter/Posten kaum möglich, in Echtzeit das Wichtigste auf den Punkt zu bringen und multimedial durch Text, Foto, Video in einer digitalen und globalen Welt erlebbar zu machen! Dies gelingt vor allem durch ValueStorifys. Siehe: #drupa2016 review — All about the role of print in the communications mix sowie #drupa mc — print re-invented!


Fortsetzung folgt mit Teil 2:
Worauf kam es bei der #drupa2016 wirklich an?


Some insights

Value Publishing About @drupa2016.001

ValuePublishing Storify Review 18062016.001

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