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#xug17orlando Review via Storify

Even after the conference was over #xug17orlando was still a topic on Social Media. And is still going strong around the Globe!

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Read as well the case study as making-off!

Sorry to say: But #xug17orlando was the best conference I had the pleasure to join in the last years. It was all about my #influenceB2B topics to figure out how to contribute in a very smart and very effective way to the needs for the digital age. And how to master successfully the sustainable transformation journey.

To get anything at a glance we published all relevant insights via Storify. So you will find a comprehensive overview by text, photos and short movies. Very happy that so many qualified and beloved contributors show up as well.

 

 

A super high-light for all of us at #xug17orlando: The presentation by Mark Schaefer, the leading brain for marketing advice who talked in a tailored presentation “From Massmarketing to Masscustomization“. Outstanding. He was one of the great experts giving an interview in that series of ‘silly talks’ I did as a video live report we shared with conference attendees. He hit the point. My favorite quote: “The secret of people to succeed: You just need more of yourself at your best!”

 

 

 



It’s all about having great conversation!

Amazing success: #xug172017 wasn‘t just a best-in-class conference on #multichannel #print #transformation. — Via #Socialmedia it became a BLOCKBUSTER attracting experts around the globe. So far (10/29 to 11/04) we got a total reach on #Twitter of more than 1.2 Million and on #LinkedIn of more than 110k via my own accounts. Can‘t wait to see the stats by others who contributed as well like XUG – The XMPie Users Group Inc. , XMPie, Christian Kopocz, Jeroen van Druenen and others. Additional effects were created by Mark Schaefer and Mandy Edwards as leading Social Minds giving presentations and sharing our Tweets. — My #influenceB2B Programme works!

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The best of the best!

Side kick of #xug17orlando: To get in touch with the best entrepreneurs, like Luis Romo from Mexico. Luis joined because he became currently the latest XMPie customer. XMPie president Jacob Aizikowitz describes Luis like this: “Luis Romo knows a lot about how Print fits in modern business directions. His catalog business is an envy, and it seems to me that his new initiatives are going to be ground breaking. Having XMPie SW at the hands of a team lead by Romo is not only an honor but also a challenge and an opportunity — for him and for us @XMPie. Many of the XMPie customers transformed their businesses, expanding their horizon and refining their business focus; they all learned how to leverage the #DigitalDisruption to their advantage. They are the group that charts the #transformation path for the print industry. Many of them saw the light and the direction, much before any research or industry analysts suggested that this is the direction to take.”

 

 


 

The most interesting #conversation with @Adobe we had so far. #xug17orlando made it happened. It‘s all about the #conversation of #marketing and #creatives. And: #transformation #AI #multichannel #innovation — TX to @prindoz for recording @zeitenwende007‘s #sillytalk. 

 

 


Special thanks to Jeroen van Druenen and Christian Kopocz from the Board of the xmpieusersgroup for their great work. Very well done.

 

 

 

 



 

At a Glance: All relevant Tweets summarized via my Storify Multimedia Report

 

 

 


Editors Darling

Two outstanding videos created ‘on-the-fly’ by the great #xug17orlando partners and attendees from TECMAIL Don’t miss it to watch them, too!

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Claus Bolza-Schünemann (CEO Koenig & Bauer AG and Chairman drupa comitee), Anne Sokoll (winner drupa price 2017), Werner M. Dornscheidt (General Manager Messe Düsseldorf). — Photos: Messe Düsseldorf

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 02 June 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 20 news items for you. It hasn’t been a spectacular week for news due to last week’s holiday interruptions and with more this past weekend and on Monday 5 June for Whitsun in some European countries, but there’s still a reasonable selection for you to go through which I shall not bother to highlight this week, as well as some superb installations.

Don’t miss Gareth Ward at Springfield Solutions on Wednesday, at the unveiling of its latest expansion, making it the largest all-digital labels business in the UK, together with its third Screen Truepress Jet L350 inkjet label press with an online Digicon 3 line, as well as an offline Digicon 3, to handle shorter production runs from the other presses.

Other successes this week include KBA Sheetfed in the UK; Esko Kongsberg in Madrid; KBA at B&K Offsetdruck in Ottersweier, as its new C16 web press came on stream right on schedule on 1 June; Technotrans in the UK; EFI in Finland; then Heidelberg and KBA in North America, and finally Esko and Kongsberg in Belgium.

There’s a new addition in our drupa Newsroom, as the drupa Prize for 2017 goes to Anne Sokoll for her doctoral thesis, chosen by the Faculty of Philosophy of Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Also among Thursday’s headlines.

That’s all until next time. With best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


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

 


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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 29 May – date published also appears in article footline

Monday
Beatus invests in highly specified KBA Rapida 106
Beatus Cartons will be the first company in the UK to have a Rapida 106 with KBA’s QualiTronic PDF system…

Zünd RM-L Routing System wins EDP Award
Zünd’s new routing system RM-L won the EDP 2017 Award for ‘Best digital cutting system’ during FESPA in Hamburg…

MadeToPrint available for QuarkXPress 2017
Axaio Software announces availability of its print and export Xtension, MadeToPrint, for Quark XPress 2017…

Tuesday
Successful China Print for Heidelberg in Beijing
Heidelberg at China Print 2017: Simply Smart, paves the way for the future of the Chinese print media industry…

Visitor registration open for Labelexpo Europe 2017
Online visitor registration is now open as Labelexpo Europe 2017 gears up for its biggest edition to date at Brussels Expo…

THQ FlexoCloud Technology the pride of Bobst Lyon
Bobst unveils THQ FlexoCloud technology: a major leap forward in post-print flexo for corrugated board…

Wednesday
Springfield opens #Printworks digital labels showcase
Springfield doubles production space in £1.3 million investment to give it the largest all-digital labels business in the UK. By Gareth Ward…

TRESU at Dscoop EMEA 2017 in Lyon next week
TRESU to exhibit comprehensive inline coating solutions with HP Indigo digital presses for cartons and synthetics…

Master Rótulo Madrid invests in Kongsberg C64 table
Esko helps Master Rótulo expand production capabilities with new Kongsberg digital cutting table to support business growth…

Thursday 01 June
drupa Prize 2017 awarded to Anne Sokoll
The drupa Prize 2017 goes to scholar of German, who convinced with Doctoral Thesis on the Writers’ Movement in the GDR…

FINAT European Label Forum heads to Berlin
New directions, new destinations at this ‘must attend’ event for participants at all levels of the label value chain…

KBA C16 comes on stream at B&K Offsetdruck
Success story continues between B&K Offsetdruck in Ottersweier and KBA as C16 came on stream right on schedule…

Ink.lines prevent waste on LED-UV press at Northend
Technotrans installs Ink.line systems onto a Ryobi 925 LED-UV press at Northend Creative Print Solutions…

Lönnberg Finland opts for EFI workflow with Pace
Lönnberg implements Midmarket Print Suite for superwide-format and commercial print production management…

Friday
‘Pledge for Print’ BPIF appeal for Government backing
In a bid to boost the Government’s support for the printing industry, the BPIF is asking all parliamentary election candidates…

Print on the Brain – Sign up for a free copy now
Latest issue of Print Power magazine ‘ALL IN THE MIND’ looks at the remarkable neurological benefits of reading in print…

Esko dominates FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards
Esko CDI imagers produce plates for five of the six Best of Show 2017 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards…

Mele Printing returns to Heidelberg for XL 75
Mele Printing expects to increase annual sales by $3 million with addition of Speedmaster XL 75 with Inpress Control…

Esko brings increased throughput to Visix in Belgium
Esko Automation Engine and Kongsberg C64 cutting table key to improved profitability and productivity…

New Rapida 106 LED UV press at Cedar Graphics
This ‘first impression’ printer again chooses KBA to maintain its high quality reputation and double productivity…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

Vista Color adds Push to Stop Speedmaster XL 106
Heidelberg’s latest XL 106 with AutoPlate Pro, Inspection Control 2 and Prinect Color Services help Vista score big with GMI…

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. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You can also visit blog.drupa.comfor the latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017
Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Value Dialogue – exclusive Interview series

Most recent…  
An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!
‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

Previous…  
K+D´s Swiss passion for precision leads to Equinox
For the benefit of the pharma customer, K+D´s passion and Esko´s Equinox ensure a perfect colour match…

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Previous…  
Printing Plates Progress
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 May

Fespa & Green
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 17 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.
No 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?
Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

drupa Prize 2017 awarded to Anne Sokoll
Scholar of German convinces with her Doctoral Thesis on the Writers’ Movement in the GDR…

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world
Kick-off for no. 1 printing technologies event / Highlight topics showcase the industry’s innovative force / New key visual ’embrace the future’…

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

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

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

Canon SA,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Ricoh Europe, and Sappi Limited 
If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

Our Website urls are:

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

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A milestone at FESPA 2017 for Canon: blown away by the market’s response to the Océ Colorado and how it cements Canon’s reputation for innovation in the wide-format sector. — Photos: Canon Europe and Andreas Weber, Mainz/Germany.

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 26 May 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of just 21 news items. Laurel Brunner has also changed the day on which her regular Verdigris Blog is to be issued. In future it will appear on Mondays. However, since this week it is the Spring Bank Holiday in the UK, it will only arrive tomorrow, so you’ll have to wait until next week. Acsenion Day was also a holiday in some European countries last Thursday, so the news week is rather quieter than usual.

 


‘Bringing market insight, practical advice, technology innovation and examples of diverse print applications together, in our view, is the only way to truly demonstrate the myriad opportunities for PSPs to push into new application areas to support their growth. Feedback during the show suggests that our integrated beauty brand campaign, as well as the two new printed ‘Think’ guides – Think Personal and Think Décor – were extremely well received.’ — Mark Lawn, Director, Graphic & Communications Group Canon Europe


 

I shall let you explore the headlines for yourself. The daily lead items came from Canon Europe following its wide-format breakthrough at a landmark FESPA in Hamburg; Koenig & Bauer’s AGM held in Wurzburg last week; Pixartprinting and Komori Europe with a three-press LED UV deal in Italy; FESPA with the World Wrap Masters for 2017, from Sweden, Ireland and South Africa; and to round off the week, Heidelberg USA at Vista Color with the latest ‘Push to Stop’ Speedmaster XL 106 success.

You’ll find more interesting announcements if you scroll down carefully, including Duplo’s upcoming Summer Festival in the UK, set to take place on 14 and 15 June in true Glastonbury and Isle of Wight music festival style, so grab your wellies and rucsacks and head for Addlestone in Surrey.

That’s all until next time.

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


 

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e-News comprises:  Headline News – Online Feature Articles – the Verdigris initiative and Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, and our Drupa 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 22 May – date published also appears in article footline

Monday
Canon Europe enjoyed a landmark FESPA in Hamburg
Landmark FESPA 2017 exhibition for Canon Europe confirms Océ Colorado 1640 as wide-format ‘breakthrough’…

Buoyant business at FESPA invigorates print community
Exhibitors endorse annual show cycle with 80% of FESPA 2018 Berlin space reserved for the May 2018 edition…

SPGPrints grabs ‘Best Textile Solution’ EDP Award
SPGPrints’ Javelin digital textile printer wins EDP Award 2017 for ‘Best Textile Solution’ during FESPA in Hamburg last week…

Durst Tau 330E UV for Versacolor in Sao Paolo
Versacolor in Sao Paolo, Brasil has invested in a second digital UV inkjet label press from Durst…

GMG launches proof media with improved performance
GMG announces GMG ProofMedia premium and GMG ProofMedia studio with newly formulated coatings…

Tuesday
Koenig & Bauer AG’s AGM held in Würzburg
The successful activities in growing print markets and upbeat outlook for the company’s third century were highlighted in the speech…

GlassPrint 2017 conference programme announced
The seventh GlassPrint, Europe’s only dedicated event for the decoration of glass, returns to Düsseldorf in November…

First Xerox showroom and service centre in Zambia
DIGIprint, exclusive Xerox distributor in Zambia, opens the first Xerox showroom and service centre in Zambia…

Hubert opts for Screen Truepress Jet520HD for books
Hubert & Co to install first Screen Truepress Jet520HD roll-fed inkjet press with new SC inks in Germany…

Taopix announces release of Version 2017r1
UK software developer has announced the immediate availability of the latest release of its photo commerce platform…

Wednesday
Pixartprinting signs three-press deal for Komori LED UV
Italian online printer Pixartprinting has installed three of the new style, fast running, fast drying perfecting presses. By Gareth Ward…

Manroland Uniset 75 for CTP South Africa
CTP Printers in Johannesburg has ordered a Manroland Uniset 75 semi-commercial press through GWS Printing Systems…

Swiss Saint-Paul group invests in printshop workflow
Long Rapida 106 followed by Optimus Dash MIS for three locations from KBA-Sheetfed and its Swiss subsidiary Print Assist…

Duplo turns up creativity volume with Summer Festival
Missed out on Glastonbury tickets? Can’t make the Isle of Wight Festival? then Duplo has just the answer…

Summer Festival 2017 headliners revealed
Headlining the finishing machinery manufacturer’s two-day musical celebration on 14 and 15 June is The Zufflers…

Thursday
2017 World Wrap Masters Champion crowned at FESPA
Challenging task for this year’s judges as Sweden, Ireland and South Africa were crowned as FESPA’s World Wrap Masters…

Screen Europe announces distribution agreement with REM Italy
Italian labels and packaging solutions distributor partners with Screen for Truepress Jet L350UV Label Printer…

New £6000 bursary for BPIF MSc in Management
Students looking to undertake the BPIF MSc in Management can now apply for a bursary from The Stationers’ Foundation…

Friday
Vista Color adds Push to Stop Speedmaster XL 106
Heidelberg’s latest XL 106 with AutoPlate Pro, Inspection Control 2 and Prinect Color Services help Vista score big with GMI…

Polar 78N Eco guillotine for Willow Printing
Willow Printing & Design to increase print finishing capacity this summer with new Polar guillotine from Heidelberg UK…

Impressive ROI for Think PA’s Horizon investment
Horizon BQ-270V single clamp perfect binder takes just weeks to make an impact for Chesham commercial printer…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

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

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. Visit the Heidelberg Website for more information.

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You can also visit blog.drupa.comfor the latest industry news and developments.

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017
Only 49 articles last year – but you will find another eleven Expert Articles and ten drupa ante portas Blogs from Andreas Weber in our drupa Newsroom. There were over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

Value Dialogue – exclusive Interview series

Most recent…  
An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!
‘We keep our promises: sustainable industrial production with premium quality digital printing.’ – Montserrat Peidro-Insa, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Interview by Andreas Weber…

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

Previous…  
K+D´s Swiss passion for precision leads to Equinox
For the benefit of the pharma customer, K+D´s passion and Esko´s Equinox ensure a perfect colour match…

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

BPIF Printing Outlook for Q1 2017 available
A better than expected start to 2017 for printing and packaging – output growth to continue in Q2 but costs are climbing…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Previous…  
Printing Plates Progress
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 May

Fespa & Green
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 17 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. All have illustrated PDFs to download.
No 26   How Does Direct to Garment (DtG) Printing Work?
Direct-to-garment printing, or DtG, is one of the buzzwords we are starting to hear more and more often in wide format circles… By Sophie Matthews-Paul

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world
Kick-off for no. 1 printing technologies event / Highlight topics showcase the industry’s innovative force / New key visual ’embrace the future’…

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

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

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

Canon SA,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Ricoh Europe, and Sappi Limited 
If you would like to send news for consideration for the Graphic Repro On-line Website (ISSN 1814-2915) or to submit comments, please e-mail Mike Hilton at: graphicrepro.za@gmail.com.

Our Website urls are:

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

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

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

 


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


 

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

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

 


 

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

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


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


 

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

 


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


 

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

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


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

Headline News

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

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

Monday

FESPA 2017 opens today, 8 May, at Messe Hamburg

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

Ricoh goes creative at FESPA in Hamburg this week

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

Canon Europe at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

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

Sawgrass Virtuoso Print Manager at FESPA

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

Exclusive Fujifilm Inkjet Technology preview at FESPA

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

Domino launches new CIJ inkjet inks at Interpack

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

Domino announces coding and marking upgrades

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

Fujifilm UK’s Keith Dalton appointed to EMEA role

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

Tuesday

Koenig & Bauer reports on First Quarter 2017

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

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world

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

Sun Chemical collaboration agreement with HP Indigo

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

Ricoh launches two new Direct to Garment printers

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

Canon Europe shows striking campaign at FESPA

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

Océ Colorado with UVgel at FESPA now available in EMEA

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

EFI fuelling customer success at FESPA in Hamburg

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

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

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

MTEX launches new digital direct-to-textile printers

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

Wednesday

HP inspires large-format providers at FESPA 2017

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

Canon celebrates 10th anniversary of Océ Arizona:

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

Sun’s new pouch system and upgraded inks at FESPA

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

Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex for Sun Chemical

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

Felix Schoeller STYLine qualified for Xeikon presses

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

EFI’s second Nozomi C18000 press heads to Dublin

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

United Caps at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf

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

Haslam Printers upgrades digital with a Versafire CP

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

Holywell Press trims production times with Horizon

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

Thursday

Canon lowers barrier to cut sheet inkjet printing

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

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

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

Xaar Print Bar System moves to FFEI for distribution

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

Ricoh wins two EDP awards during FESPA in Hamburg

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

Sawgrass attains G7 Master qualification

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

Premiere for the Geoman e:line at Vorländer, Germany

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

MPH Fulfilment installs FL3: its sixth Edale press

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

Simply Cartons keeps its cool in the pressroom

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

Lasertryk opts for Taopix photo commerce platform

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

Friday

Kodak reports its First Quarter 2017 results

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

FESPA 2018 global print expo heads to Berlin

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

InPrint Italy 2018 dates and venue confirmed

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

FN Brooks launches ‘Pure Digital’ for creatives

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

Canon’s new imageRUNNER C3025i colour device

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

Duplo launches new Website with Rocket lift off

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

Herff Jones installs a second Speedmaster XL 106-8P

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

Cerlat opts for latest Xaar heads on new KERAjet

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

Falconer upgrades workflow, CTP and press from Heidelberg

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

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

Heidelberg’s Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016/2017

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

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

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Well-attended symposium at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Eco Labels

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 12 May

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Ignorance and Bamboo

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 05 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

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

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

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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

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drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world

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

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

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 28 April 2017

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


Smart Print Shop. Zero errors in packaging printing.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

My best regards,

Mike Hilton


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


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Headline News

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

Monday

FESPA continues to transform as industry change accelerates

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

Explore the possibilities of print for interior décor

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

Kurz: Foil calculation at the click of a mouse

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

Kurz: Exclusiveness on a roll at Interpack 2017

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

TRESU integration for cartons and synthetics at Interpack

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

Exploring inkjet and its unrivalled versatility

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

Ricoh announces two new industrial inkjet print heads

New inkjet heads handle wider range of inks more reliably…

Tuesday

UPM-Kymmene Corporation Interim Report Q1/2017

UPM businesses deliver a strong start in the first quarter…

EFI reports first quarter 2017 financial results

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

EFI fumbles ball for display graphics disappointment

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

Kodak breaks new ground for flexo growth in North America

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

Propago experiences triple digit growth in Web-to-Print

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

Core Image switches from Konica to Heidelberg for digital

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

SDPS boosts production with Inca Onset X2

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

Indiana Carton opts for Heidelberg wide-web flexo

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

Wednesday

Heidelberg delivers Zero Defect Print Production

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

Kurz: A sample says more than 1000 pictures

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

Esko at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf 4 – 10 May

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

Durst Tau Hybrid System to debut at Interpack 2017

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

HP at ISA Expo with new Print and Cut Series

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

Core Image enhances bindery with Horizon StitchLiner

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

Royle to add new KBA Rapida 105 five-colour

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

Imprimerie Centrale upgrades Muller Martini Prima Amrys

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

Thursday

‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ event

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

New ISO standard set for May publication

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

KBA keyless inking now also for beverage can decoration

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

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

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

Lexon prepares to install UK’s first inkjet Komori

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

Lexon Group ‘Thinking About the Box’ with Highcon

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

SE Litho expands digital services with Xerox

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

PeterLynn adds Xeikon CX3 to increase capacity up to 50%

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

Friday

FESPA confirms full conference programme for Hamburg

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

Epson meets haute couture at FESPA from 8 – 12 May

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

Kornit Digital at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

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

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

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

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

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

Derek Gillard bids adieu to Heidelberg UK

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

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

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

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

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

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Heidelberg long perfector arrives at Elanders Newcastle

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

Xeikon to bring Folding Carton Suite to Interpack

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

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialogueexclusive Interview series

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An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

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

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‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ event

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

Heidelberg: Zero Defect Production

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

Heidelberg and Gallus at Interpack 2017 from 4 to 10 May

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

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

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

What happens to dead IT?

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 28 Apr

Previous…   250th Verdigris blog!

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 21 April

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

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

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

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous must read…    

4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

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

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

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

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

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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 07 April 2017

 

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

 


 

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

 


 

Our tailender once again serves to remind you of the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open due to take place in Cape Town in May, with Michaelhouse’s Jabu Price Moor amongst the youngest competitors joining players from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and South Africa for this popular event. You’ll find this among Thursday’s headlines.

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

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


 

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

Headline News

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

Week beginning Mon 03 April – date published also appears in article footline

Monday

Esko’s next generation flexo platemaking: Ready now

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

Next generation Agfa StoreFront 4.0 released

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

Renz launches binding covers web to print service

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

The IDTechEx Show! returns to Berlin 10 – 11 May

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

SAi heads to FESPA 2017 in Hamburg in May

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

PrintCity at Interpack 2017 ‘Food Safety and Finishing’

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

Sun Chemical at Interpack 2017 from 4 – 10 May

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

Tuesday

Brentford open house underlines potency of joined up thinking

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

Canon reports on rewarding Hunkeler Innovationdays

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

World’s first user of Prinect Production Manager

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

Bobst at Interpack 2017: all about leading innovation

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

Esko’s new CDI Crystal: Highest quality and consistency

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

Version 7 of Callas pdfaPilot supports veraPDF

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

Sun Chemical adds new narrow web UV flexo inks

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

Wednesday

Esko Crystal flexo platemaking solution wins Red Dot Award

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

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

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

Rehms Druck chooses Konica Minolta B2 inkjet

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

Straub Druck & Medien adds second Fujifilm Jet Press 720S

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

Labelexpo Europe 2017 preparing for colossal edition

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

Contiweb announces its new brand identity

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

Pulse Roll Label Products’ new FPCompliant range

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

Thursday

Graphica Bezalel to become first of three Landa beta sites

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

Edelmann chooses Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press

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

Kodak expands Process Free portfolio with Sonora UV plate

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

JM Heaford appoints David Muncaster to senior role

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

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

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

Non-stop production with a compact extraction system

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

UNISON chooses Horizon StitchLiner 5500

Trade union inhouse department to expand its business base…

Friday

Kodak to retain its Prosper inkjet business

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

Messe Düsseldorf partners with IPAP Tehran

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

Esko: Perfect processing assures high-quality PDF printing

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

Sign & Digital delivers stellar 30th Anniversary event

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

Xeikon Café 2017 sets new records

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

Dats new Anicolor competing for digital and B2 work

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

York Mailing adds additional Goss Sunday 5000 press

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

Universal Labels adds fourth MPS flexo press

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

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Xaar’s 3D Centre in Nottingham opens for business

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

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

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

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

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An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

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

Online Features Mar/Apr Chapter 04

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…

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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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In der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz wurde im Frühjahr 2016 der Architektur-Wettbewerb zum Museums-Neubau entschieden. Gutenbergs Erbe soll damit auf höchstem kulturellen Niveau ins Digitalzeitalter überführt werden. Fotos: Gutenberg-Museum Mainz. Collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main.

 

ValueTrendRadar Analysis:
Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print (Teil 3)

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Durch ValueTrendRadar-Analyse „Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print“ liegt erstmals eine umfassende, ganzheitliche Betrachtung des globalen Print-Geschehens vor. Aus gutem Grund liegt ein besonderer Fokus auf Deutschland, da hier die moderne Druckbranche ihren Ursprung fand. Aber auch die globale Sicht kommt nicht zu kurz.

Um Print richtig einschätzen zu können, müssen drei Betrachtungsebenen untersucht und bewertet werden:

  1. Print in seiner (globalen) wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung
  2. (Unvermutete) Wachstumstreiber im Print-Geschäft
  3. Positionierung und Strategien der Techniklieferanten

 

Ergebnisse aus Teil 2

(Unvermutete) Wachstumstreiber im Print-Geschäft

A) Starke Wachstumsimpulse für Print durch Digital-Pioniere

B) Online Print — das derzeit dynamischste Wachstumssegment

  • Als Schrittmacher und auf bereits starkem Umsatz-Niveau verzeichnet der Online-Print-Sektor mehr als alle anderen Bereiche der Druckbranche ein zweistelliges und damit deutlich höheres Wachstum sowie maximale Profitabilität durch Standardisierung und Automatisierung.
  • Relevante technische Innovationen werden äußerst schnell identifiziert und so umgesetzt, dass sie sofort zur Wertschöpfung beitragen. 
  • Der Boom bei der Mass Customization im Print wird die Entwicklung beschleunigen.

C) Zukunftsweisend: 4D Printing eröffnet neue Dimensionen

  • Das druckgrafische 4D Printing-Verfahren zählt zu den global wichtigsten „Emerging Technologies“ (Gartner) und startet erst im Markt. Noch ist es zu früh, um mit validen Marktdaten/Kennziffern aufzuwarten. Schaut man aber auf das dynamische Wachstum von 3D Printing insgesamt, lassen sich Parallelen erkennen und bewerten.
  • Die hohe Bedeutung und exzellente Perspektive von 4D Printing ist in jedem Fall klar: Es werden nicht nur Druckereien resp. agile Online Print-Betriebe eingebunden, sondern auch Unternehmen aller Art, Konsumgüterhersteller, der Handel und sogar Online-Start-ups.

D) Packaging: Königsdisziplin mit weltweitem stärkstem Wachstum

  • Fast die Hälfte des globalen Umsatzes mit Print entsteht durch „Packaging“, den Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck: Bis 2018 werden es rund 472 Milliarden Euro sein (2015: rund 390 Milliarden Euro)
  • Der Markt für Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck expandiert derzeit um rund 25 Milliarden Euro pro Jahr und wird bald über 50 Prozent des globalen Druckvolumen ausmachen. Der Online-Handel sowie Multichannel-Anwendungen mit Kommunikation am Point-of-Sales sind zentrale Wachstumstreiber
  • Als wichtigste Verfahrenstechniken dominieren der Offset- und Flexodruck äußert stark und werden auch in 10 Jahren noch das Gros der Produktionen bewältigen müssen. Digitaldruck-Techniken (speziell Inkjet-Druck) wachsen überdurchschnittlich, v. a. durch Kooperationen von Herstellern, aber auf niedrigem Niveau
  • Die Nase vorn haben diejenigen Druckereien, die integrierte Lösungen kundenorientiert und mit hoher Automatisierung/Standardisierung sowie digitaler Prozesskompetenz anbieten.

 


 

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Teil 3:  Positionierung und Strategien der Techniklieferanten – Vom Silo-Denken zur kundenorientierten Ganzheitlichkeit

Die Zahl der Techniklieferanten für Druck- und Papiertechnik geht in die Tausende. Über 1.800 stellten alleine auf der drupa 2016 aus. Die Spanne bei den Zulieferern für Druckereien reicht von breit aufgestellten Multimilliarden-Konzernen über Mittelständler bis hin zu spezialisierten Kleinbetreiben und Start-ups mit 5 bis 10 Mitarbeitern. Hinzukommt eine Heerschar von Fachhändlern. Kunden aus der Druckindustrie sind mit einer Vielzahl von Angebote konfrontiert, die sich mehrfach überlagern respektive deckungsgleich sind. Zu den ‚ganz Großen‘ Techniklieferanten zählen Hersteller von Papier/Bedruckstoffen aller Art sowie die von Verbrauchsmaterialien, wie Druckfarben etc. sowie neben den deutschen Druckmaschinenbauern über ein halbes Dutzend Konzerne aus dem IT/Datenmanagement sowie dem Imaging- und Kopiertechnik-Bereich.

Von den Letztgenannten sahen sich die großen Digitaldruck-Technik-Anbieter näher an der Digitalisierung und waren bestrebt, neue Verfahrenstechniken im Druck durchzusetzen. Dies führte zu einem wahren Investitionsboom in neue Drucktechnik. Die reinen Digitaldrucktechnikentwickler haben in den vergangenen 25 Jahren die höchsten Summen in Forschung und Entwicklung investiert: Über 100 Milliarden Euro wurden vorwiegend in den USA und Japan von börsennotierten Konzernen wie HP, Kodak, Xerox sowie Canon, Fujifilm, Konica Minolta oder Ricoh für Digitaldruck-Technik-Entwicklung aufgewendet. Dies kam vor allem dem Konsumentendruck sowie dem sog. Office-Printing zugute. Für die Druckindustrie lautete die Strategie: Stellplätze für Digitaldruckmaschinen erobern, da Techniklieferanten nicht nur Maschinen verkaufen, sondern auch jahrelang an deren Nutzung per Click-Rate pro Druckseite verdienen. Ein Manko: Klickpreise bilden in der Druckbranche ein unübliches und bis heute ungewohntes Geschäftsmodell, da industriell produzierende Druckereiunternehmen die Vollkosten einer Druckmaschine im Vorfeld kennen müssen. [Hinweis: Die Kritik am nicht marktkonformen Vermarktungsgehabe für Digitaldruck hatte ich in einem offenen Brief im Juli 2014 formuliert. Siehe: „ValueCheck! — Alert! Digital Print crashes! More worse than expected!“

Das Dilemma: Die Ambitionen und der hohe Forschungsaufwand haben sich auf die Börsenkurse der genannten Digitaldrucktechnik-Firmen bis dato nicht positiv ausgewirkt: Alle Genannten verzeichnen über Jahre Stagnation oder sogar einen Rückgang ihres Aktienwertes. (Siehe Screenshots zur Kursentwicklung der letzten fünf Jahre). Die Marktkapitalisierung liegt auf niedrigem Niveau bzw. deutlich unter den Umsatzvolumen. Die Ausnahme: Der Imaging-Konzern Canon, dessen Marktkapitalisierung in etwa dem Umsatz entspricht. Ebenso wenig haben sich die hohen Investitionen auf die Volumenanteile am globalen Gesamtvolumen von Druckseiten ausgewirkt: Von den rund 50 Billiarden Druckseiten pro Jahr entfallen laut Xerox nur 2 Prozent (!) auf den Digitaldruck. Bedacht werden muss, dass die Umsatzerlöse pro Druckauftrag/Druckseite im Digitaldruck kostenintensiver sind, gerade wenn z. B. mit variablen Daten gedruckt wird. Daher wird für das Jahr 2015 von einem Umsatzvolumenanteil von rund 15 Prozent am Gesamtmarkt ausgegangen.

 

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Auszug aus dem Vortrag von Andreas Weber: #drupa2016 Review. Grafik: Chart von Xerox, drupa Pressekonferenz am 1. Juni 2016

 

Screenshots zur Kursentwicklung börsennotierter Digitaldruck-Technikkonzenen. Stand 11. Oktober 2016. Quellen: MSN Money, Yahoo! Finanzen, OnVista, Wallstreet Online. Hinweis: HP Inc. notiert seit dem Splitting und absolviert sein erstes Geschäftsjahr. Inkl. dem Q3 2016 ging der Umsatz in der Sparte Printing im Jahresvergleich um 14 % zurück.

 

Der Grund, warum man sich bei der Vermarktung von Digitaldrucktechnik schwer tut, liegt vor allem in einer großen Unkenntnis dessen, was im Kern den Druckereimarkt in seiner Besonderheit ausmacht — bis hin zu grundlegenden Verständnisproblemen: Digitaldrucktechnik-Hersteller sprechen nicht die Sprache der Drucker, sondern die der IT/Computerwelt. (Siehe ValuePublishing drupa-Analyse: #drupa2016 Review Teil 2: Worauf es wirklich ankam!  

Zudem agieren diese Anbieter als Groß-Konzerne mit vielen Hierarchiestufen, komplexen Strukturen, häufig wechselnden Ansprechpartnern, was vielen Druckereibetreiben Unbehagen oder sogar Probleme bereitet. Denn bevorzugt werden direkte Wege, gute und nachhaltige persönliche Kontakte zu den Lieferfirmen etc., die langfristig Vertrauen aufbauen und pflegen. Das (berechtigte) Credo der Druckereien: Es muss stets gehalten werden, was versprochen wird!

 

Zwischenruf

Spitzfindig könnte man aufgrund zahlreicher, immer gleicher Presseverlautbarungen der Digitaldruck-Techniklieferanten feststellen: Die Positionierung der großen Anbieter ist nahezu identisch. Alle sind (angeblich) globale Marktführer mit dem größten respektive breitesten Portfolio. Das „Print is Big“-Paradigma (siehe Teil 1) verspricht beste Aussichten, nachhaltig hohe Profite mit der Entwicklung und dem Verkauf von innovativer Drucktechnik zu machen. Nur in der Anwendung ergibt sich ein anderes Bild, da Digitaldruck-Technik in der industriellen Druckproduktion noch längst nicht dominiert.

Der Grund erschließt sich durch das in der Wissenschaft als Produktivitätsparadoxon bezeichnete Dilemma der Digitaldrucktechnik. Durch empirische Studien wurde die Hypothese untermauert, dass, insbesondere im Dienstleistungssektor, kein positiver Zusammenhang zwischen Investitionen in die Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (IuK) und der Produktivität auf volkswirtschaftlicher oder unternehmerischer Ebene zu bestehen scheint. Erklärungsansätze hierfür sind neben Fehlern in der Messmethodik u.a.:

  • Verzögerung zwischen Einsatz und Wirkung (Nutzer müssen erst mit dem neuen System umgehen lernen).
  • Managementfehler und unzureichende Nutzung der Potentiale beim Einsatz der Technologie.
  • Gewinndistribution zwischen Unternehmen und Unternehmensteilen.
  • Negative Auswirkungen des Informationszuwachses.
  • Negative Auswirkungen durch den Aufwand der mit der Einführung der Technologie erforderlichen Reorganisation der Arbeitsabläufe.
  • Weiterentwicklung von Software mit vergleichsweise geringem Effektivitätszuwachs bei stark steigenden Hardwareanforderungen und hohem Anpassungsaufwand.

 

Trotz allem und wohl auch durch die Omnipräsenz der Digitaldruckhersteller, die massiv und allzu gerne den Untergang von Print prophezeiten, falls nicht in Digitaldruck investiert werde, gerieten die traditionellen Hersteller von Offset-, Tief-, Flexodruck-Technologien scheinbar ins Hintertreffen. Aber: Firmen wie Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heideldruck) und Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) mussten zwar heftige, existenzbedrohende Krisen durchlaufen, haben aber ihre starke Position behauptet und hohe Marktanteile behalten (Heideldruck führt mit über 40 Prozent beim Offsetdruck).

 

Übrigens: Um mit den Druckereikunden den Großteil der industriell gefertigten Druckproduktionen solide stemmen zu können, konnte die Gesamtriege der Offset- und Flexodrucktechnik-Hersteller (neben KBA, Heideldruck v. a. Bobst, Cerutti, Esko, Goss, Komori, Presstek, Ryobi, W&H sowie bis 2011 manroland AG) mit Forschungs- und Entwicklungsgeldern von deutlich unter 10 Milliarden Euro (also weniger als einem Zehntel der Digitaldruck-F&E-Investments) im Vergleichszeitraum seit 1991 auskommen. Zudem sind die Investitionen, die industrielle Druckereien pro Jahr leisten müssen, um konkurrenzfähig zu bleiben, im Offset- und Flexodruck niedriger anzusetzen als bei Digitaldrucktechnik, da hier wie im Zwischenruf dargelegt nicht auf Vorhandenes zurückgegriffen werden kann, sondern neue Infrastrukturen und Geschäftsmodelle geschaffen und implementiert werden müssen. Der Aufwand und damit die Kosten steigen zusätzlich noch, wenn eine Reorganisation der Arbeitsabläufe, Schulungen, Workflowanpassungen u. v. m. erfolgen müssen. Hinzu kommt, dass die Maschinenverfügbarkeit bei vielen High-End-Digitaldruck-Systemen (z. B. von bestimmten Xerox- und HP Indigo-Digitaldrucksystemen) unter 70 Prozent liegt, also deutlich zu niedrig ist für industrielle Fertigungsstandards, die 90 bis 95 Prozent betragen sollten.

 

 

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Übersehen wurde durch den „Glanz“ der progressiven Digitaldruck-Investments: Die deutschen Maschinenbauer haben ihren Fokus geschärft, die Kernkompetenzen ausgebaut, klassische Produktlinien komplett überarbeitet, Serviceleistungen (wie v. a. bei Heidelberger Druckmaschinen) enorm ausgebaut und können nunmehr wie in Teil 2 aufgeführt durch Kooperationen mit Digitaldruck-Technik-Konzernen integrierte Gesamtlösungen (Mix von Offset- und Digitaldruck inkl. integrierter Prozesssteuerung) anbieten.

Vereinfacht dargestellt: Die (totgeglaubte) Offsetdruck-Welt hat ihren Neustart erfolgreich vollzogen und die Digitaldruck-Welt pro-aktiv integriert. Damit ist man als Druckereibetrieb dem Zwang entkommen, sich ultimativ für das eine (Offset/Flexo) oder das andere (Digitaldruck) entscheiden zu müssen. Und kann bei gewohnten Lieferanten alles aus einer Hand bekommen. Wohingegen die Digitaldrucktechnik-Welt mehrheitlich mit ihren (Stand-alone)-Eigen-Lösungen in Silos verhaftet bleibt und auf Verdrängung durch Substitution setzt. Dazu sind enorme Anstrengungen nötig, wie sich am Beispiel des Imaging-Konzerns Canon auf der drupa 2016 ablesen lässt. Siehe: ValuePublishing drupa 2016 Review, Teil 3 — Des Pudels Kern: #unleashprint („entfessele Print“).

Wie Anleger und Experten aus dem Finanzbereich urteilen

Durch die drupa 2016 ergab sich öffentlichkeitswirksamer als früher ein klares Bild, warum und aus welchen Gründen die ‚traditionellen‘ Drucktechniklieferanten Wachstumschancen haben. Nachfolgend einige Auszüge aus Kommentaren von deutschen Aktien- und Anlageexperten zu Heideldruck und KBA:  

„Koenig & Bauer und Heideldruck profitieren von Analystenlob – Eine positive Analystenstudie hat am Donnerstag die Aktionäre der Druckmaschinenhersteller Koenig & Bauer und Heidelberger Druck erfreut. Quelle: Wallstreet Journal/Nachrichtenagentur: dpa-AFX, 18.08.2016.

„Dennoch sehen noch immer einige Investoren die Druckindustrie als strukturell sterbende Branche an – ein Fehler!“

Quelle: Der Aktionär mit Review von KBA: Druckmesse Drupa startet – das müssen Anleger wissen!

„… neuen Gesellschaftsstruktur [von KBA] steht die strategische Weiterentwicklung der Gruppe und das Wachstum in Zukunftsmärkten wie dem Verpackungs- und Digitaldruck im Fokus…“

„…Vor allem im Verpackungsdruck, der bereits für rund 70 Prozent der KBA-Erlöse steht, will der Vorstand Marktanteile gewinnen…“

Quelle: http://www.deraktionaer.de/aktie/displayAction-245310.htm

„Heidelberger Druck: Chance von 100 Prozent — Der Aufwärtstrend ist intakt. Der Auftragsbestand ist deutlich gestiegen. Analysten sind zuversichtlich.“

„Die Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG ist seit vielen Jahren ein wichtiger Anbieter und Partner für die globale Druckindustrie. Das Portfolio des Unternehmens fokussiert die Wachstums-Bereiche der Branche. Es basiert auf Equipment, Service und Verbrauchs-Materialien.“

„Mit einem für 2017 geschätzten Gewinnvielfachen von 8,4 scheint die Aktie der Heidelberger Druck günstig gepreist. Die Privatbank Hauck & Aufhäuser hat das Kursziel für Heidelberger Druck von 3,20 auf 3,10 Euro gesenkt, stuft die Aktie aber weiterhin mit ‚Buy‘ ein.“

Quelle: Wallstreet Journal, Gastautor Ingmar Königshofen, Geschäftsführer FSG Financial Service Group 31.08.2016.

„Heidelberger Druck: Langsam wieder vielversprechend. Aber auch fundamental ist der Wert durchaus wieder aussichtsreich. Die Erholung des Konzerns verläuft bislang nicht linear, sondern in Wellen. Von zwischenzeitlichen Rückschlägen sollte man sich daher nicht zu stark irritieren lassen.“

„Dass der übergeordnete Trend stimmt, zeigt der starke Auftragseingang zur Branchenmesse drupa. Es ist durchaus möglich, dass der Konzern dies angesichts eines rundüberholten Portfolios in eine nachhaltig höhere Dynamik mit besseren Margen ummünzen kann.“

„Die Analysten jedenfalls glauben an die Story (…).“

Quelle: Wallstreet Journal, Gastautor Holger Steffen, Chefredakteur Aktien-global.de, 31.08.2016.

 

Zwischenergebnis

Anleger und die Börse honorieren demnach den Neustart der deutschen Maschinenbauer KBA und Heideldruck, die sich beide komplett neu aufgestellt haben und mit der frühzeitig einsetzenden vor-drupa-Kommunikation seit Ende 2015 transparent machten, wie sie ihren jeweiligen Weg angehen. Gute Verkaufserfolge auf der drupa 2016 konnten bestätigen, dass im Markt ankommt, was beabsichtigt war. Entsprechend entwickelten sich die Umsatz- und Ertragslage der beiden Firmen positiv — mit zuversichtlichen Prognosen für eine steigende Kursentwicklung. Demgegenüber haben sich die Ambitionen und der hohe Forschungsaufwand auf die Börsenkurse der reinen Digitaldrucktechnik-Firmen bis dato kaum positiv ausgewirkt.

 


 

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Die Wirtschaftspresse wie z. B. das Handelsblatt sieht KBA und Heideldruck im Aufwind.

Im Vergleich: Positionierung, Strategie und Perspektiven von KBA und Heideldruck

KBA und Heideldruck sind zweifellos die weltweit traditionsreichsten Hersteller von Drucktechnik und stehen im direkten Wettbewerb. Dennoch sollte man beide Firmen nicht über einen Kamm scheren.

KBA

KBA positioniert sich seit jeher als exklusive, kundennahe Technikschmiede mit klarem Fokus auf vertikale Märkte. Weltweit gilt KBA als Nummer 2 hinter Heideldruck. Jahrzehnte lang hat man sich vor allem per Rotationsdruck-Produktionsanlagen auf Zeitungs- und Magazindruck spezialisiert und daneben Premium-Bogenoffsetdruckmaschinen gebaut, gerade auch im Großformat. Strukturelle Veränderungen im Printmedien- und Verlagsgeschäft brachten einen drastischen Einbruch: Der Haupt-Umsatzbringer Zeitungs-/Magazindruck kippte weg.

Die 2015 abgeschlossene Re-Organisation und Neuausrichtung zielten erfolgreich darauf ab, neue vertikale Märkte zu besetzen: Das Geschäft im Verpackungsdruck soll laut KBA für 70 Prozent des Umsatzes sorgen. Im Juli 2016 erfolgte durch Akquisition des Stanzmaschinenherstellers Iberica der Einstieg in Druckweiterverarbeitungslösungen für Verpackungskunden.

Im laufenden Geschäftsjahr 2016 wird bei einem Konzernumsatz von 1,1 bis 1,2 Milliarden Euro eine EBT-Rendite von 4 Prozent erwartet. Mit einem Kursanstieg von 38,9 Prozent in den ersten sechs Monate des Jahres 2016 entwickelte sich die KBA-Aktie deutlich besser als der DAX (-9,9 Prozent) und der SDAX (-3,5 Prozent).

Das Angebot von KBA gliedert sich seitdem in drei Segmente (Zahlen beziehen sich auf das 1. Halbjahr 2016)

  • Segment Sheetfed (Bogendruck): >22 Prozent Wachstum bei 291,7 Millionen Euro Umsatz und 8,6 Millionen Segmentgewinn.
  • Segment Special (v. a. Wertpapierdruck und flexibler Verpackungsdruck): >37 Prozent Wachstum bei 233,9 Millionen Euro Umsatz und 20,1 Millionen Segmentgewinn.
  • Segment Digital & Web (industrieller Digital- und Rotationsdruck): >75 Prozent Wachstum bei 64,5 Millionen Umsatz und -0,9 Millionen Segmentgewinn.

Quelle: Konzernzwischenbericht 1. Halbjahr 2016 

 

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Der Vorstandsvorsitzende von KBA, Claus Bolza-Schünemann, war 2016 Präsident der globalen Leitmesse drupa. Foto: Andreas Weber, während der VDMA pre-drupa Pressekonferenz am 4. April 2016 in Frankfurt am Main.

Chancen

In seiner vertikalen Ausrichtung mit fokussierter Kompetenz folgt KBA der Vorstellungswelt der etablierten Druckbranche und kann dadurch mittelfristig kontinuierlich wachsen, ohne das Geschäftsmodell verändern zu müssen. Die Öffnung zum Digitaldruck durch Kooperationen wie z. B. mit HP und Xerox wertet das Portfolio auf.

Herausforderungen

A) Der hohe Auftragseingang fordert die durch die Re-Organisation verschlankten Produktionskapazitäten stark, was die Lieferzeiten verlängert.
B) Um maßgeblich Entwicklungen und Möglichkeiten von Print im Digitalzeitalter zu antizipieren und zu beeinflussen, hat es KBA bis dato versäumt, sich Expertise im Bereich IT/BigData/Cloud/E-Commerce/Multichannel in Verbindung mit Print zu verschaffen. Es fehlt der Blick über den Tellerrand.

 


 

Heideldruck

Branchenprimus Heideldruck positioniert sich seit Jahrzehnten als Allrounder für die gesamte Druckindustrie und besitzt die stärkste Strahlkraft als Marke, gerade auch bei den wichtigsten Kunden der Druckereien. Pre-Media-, Workflow- und Druckweiterverarbeitungslösungen ergänzen die Drucktechnikangebote mit einem Weltmarktanteil von rund 40 Prozent im Bogenoffsetdruck. Hinzu kommen vor allem Services (inkl. dem Vertrieb von Verbrauchsmaterialien) sowie Prozess- und Geschäftsmanagement-Support, die bereits 50 Prozent des Gesamtumsatzes ausmachen.

In dem Bestreben, es allen recht zu machen, hatte man sich bei Heideldruck verzettelt und wurde nach 2008 durch die Krise der Druckbranche in den Abwärtsstrudel gezogen. Nach der drupa 2012 wurde das Unternehmen verschlankt, neu fokussiert und besser auf die Bedürfnisse der global und industriell ausgerichteten Kunden ausgerichtet. Darunter zählen vor allem auch Kunden aus dem Online-Print-Sektor sowie dem Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck; im Verpackungs- und Etikettenmarkt nimmt Heideldruck seit langem eine führende Rolle ein (mit über 700 Millionen Euro Jahresumsatz für seine Packaging-Lösungsangebote, darunter auch die Gallus-Produktlinie für Labelprinting).

Mit dem 4D-Printing hat Heideldruck gemäß den Marktanalysten von Gartner als erster Drucktechnikhersteller eine von rund zwei Dutzend „Emerging Technologies“ marktreif für Kunden platziert. Quelle: Gartner: Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, July 2016 

Die Marketing- und Kommunikationsleistung von Heideldruck hat sich sichtbar verstärkt. Gemäß dem induxx Industrieplattform-Ranking steht Heideldruck im „Gesamtranking Social Media B2B an der Spitze bei Druck- und Papiertechnik“. Quelle: induux.com Zudem wurde Heideldruck für innovative Softwareanwendungen mit dem ›Digital Leader Award‹ ausgezeichnet. Quelle: Digital Leader Award 2016 – Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG — Weltmarktführer bei Druckmaschinen baut mit Big Data seine Wertschöpfungskette aus

 

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Heideldruck unterscheidet mit Heidelberg Equipment und Heidelberg Services zwei Haupt-Segmente mit jeweils rund 50 Prozent Umsatzanteil. Das Geschäftsjahr von Heidelberg schließt zum 31. März ab. Der Umsatz im Geschäftsjahr 2015/2016 betrug 2,51 Milliarden Euro; Gewinn vor Steuern (EBITDA) 189 Millionen Euro, Ergebnis nach Steuern 28 Millionen Euro.  Quelle: Geschäftsbericht 2015/2016. Der Umsatz 1. Quartal 2016/2017 betrug 486 Millionen Euro, der Gewinn vor Steuern (EBITDA) 1 Million Euro, das Ergebnis nach Steuern -37 Millionen Euro. Quelle: Zwischenmitteilung Q1 2016/2017.

Für das laufende Geschäftsjahr 2016/2017 wird ein Umsatzplus von 4 Prozent erwartet, um dem Erreichen der 3 Milliarden Euro-Grenze und der Steigerung des Netto-Gewinns plangemäß näher zu kommen. In Jahresfrist schwankte der Aktienkurs zwischen 2,80 und derzeit leicht über 2,10 Euro. Moody’s erhöhte den Ausblick auf ‚positiv‘, das Rating wurde mit B3 bestätigt. Zum Ausblick siehe Bericht zur Hauptversammlung vom 28. Juli 2016.

Heideldruck hat damit erfolgreich den Schritt vollzogen, nach der Restrukturierung mit Kosteneinsparungsmaßnahmen, sein Geschäft wieder dynamisch auszuweiten. Das erweiterte Portfolio sowie der Fokus auf Digitalisierung und Services reduzieren die Abhängigkeit vom naturgemäß zyklisch verlaufenden Druckmaschinenverkauf, was der Stabilität des Aktienkurses künftig zu gute kommen sollte.

 

Heideldruck-Video: „drupa 2016: Smart Print Shop – Smart Services – Smart Collaboration“ 

 

Heideldruck treibt die Digitalisierung der Branche aktiv voran und macht das drupa-Motto ›Simply Smart‹ zum langfristigen Programm. Die wichtigsten Aspekte:

  • Wandel vom Maschinenbauer zum Innovationstreiber für die Kommunikation mit Print im Digitalzeitalter
  • Kunden werden industrielle Druckproduktionstechniken PLUS Digitalisierungs-Know-how auf breiter Basis zur Verfügung gestellt.
  • Intelligente Automatisierung im Offsetdruckbereich: Mit ›Push to Stop‹-Philosophie und autonomem Drucken prägt Heidelberg maßgeblich die industrielle Druckproduktion der Zukunft.
  • Digitaldruckportfolio ›Fire‹ soll einen Wendepunkt für die Branche markieren – und ist komplementär und vernetzbar mit den Offsetdruck-Lösungen nutzbar.
  • Automatisierung der Geschäftsprozesse durch innovative, Cloud-basierte Servicelösungen via Informations- und Serviceportal ›Heidelberg Assistant‹ (auf der drupa 2016 mehr als 5.500 Neukunden für Heidelberg eShop). Quelle: Heideldruck Zwischenbericht Q1 2016/2017. 

Chancen

Zum ersten Mal wurde durch Heideldruck eine plausible, ganzheitlich durchdachte und zielführende Strategie zur Digitalisierung mit Fokus auf Print erarbeitet, die der industriell ausgerichteten Druckbranche ermöglicht, die digitale Transformation erfolgreich zu bewältigen. Dabei werden nicht nur unterschiedliche Printtechniken, sondern das gesamte Druckerei-Management inklusive der Administrations- und Prozessteuerung einbezogen.

Herausforderungen

A) Die neue Firmenpositionierung und -strategie weicht von bekannten Mustern ab, ist hoch komplex und daher nicht für jeden sogleich verständlich. Denn das Maß aller Dinge sind nicht mehr wie bisher Maschinenverkäufe. Extern (Markt, Anleger, Presse, Kunden) wie auch intern (mindestens noch rund 25 Prozent der Mitarbeiter, die in hohem Maße den Kulturwandel bewältigen müssen) bestehen Verständnislücken.

B) Neue, auf Interaktion ausgerichtete Vertriebsimpulse sind nötig, um beim Go-to-Market die Innovationskraft des Portfolios/Leistungsangebots noch besser zu nutzen.

 


 

Fazit

  • Die Mehrzahl der Techniklieferanten für Druckereien liefert Silo-artig nur Module und/oder Einzellösungen zur Optimierung der bestehenden Produktionstechniken. Sie entsprechen dadurch nur selten den Anforderungen der digitalen Transformation. Denn es sind ganzheitliche Lösungen nötig, die sich auf alle Produktions- wie auch sämtliche Geschäftsprozesse beziehen.
  • Reine Digitaldrucktechnik-Hersteller respektive -Lieferenten haben verstärkten Aufwand, vor allem, wenn sie nur auf Verdrängungswettbewerb durch Substitution aus sind. HP und Xerox haben das im Ansatz verstanden und suchen Kooperationen. 
  • Die beiden deutschen Druckmaschinenhersteller KBA und Heideldruck, als Branchenprimus, verteidigen erfolgreich ihre Führungspositionen und wachsen wieder profitabel; wobei m. E. Heideldruck aus heutiger Sicht durch seine ganzheitlich durchdachte und zielführende Strategie zur Digitalisierung mit Fokus auf Print die besten Perspektiven bietet, um seine dominante Markposition auch im Digitalzeitalter weiter auszubauen.

Im Ergebnis ist Heideldruck zum Schrittmacher der digitalen Transformation der industriell ausgerichteten Druckbranche geworden. Denn es werden nicht nur unterschiedliche Printtechniken, sondern das gesamte Druckerei-Management inklusive der Administrations- und Prozessteuerung sowie Cloud-basierte Services zur optimalen Vernetzung einbezogen. Die Maßgabe ist dabei die bestmögliche Kundenorientierung.

 


 

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Resümee und Gesamt-Fazit der dreiteiligen ValueTrendRadar-Analyse

Die hohe wirtschaftliche Bedeutung von Print als einer der global größten und mithin nachhaltigsten Branchen ist evident, da Print unverzichtbar ist. Die (teils unvermuteten) Wachstumstreiber Online-Handel, Online Print sowie 4D Printing und als Königsdisziplin der Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck schaffen für viele lukrative Anreize. Entsprechend ist der Technologie-, Innovations- und Investitions-Aufwand riesig.

Print steht so gut dar wie noch nie zuvor und hat den Anschluss an das Digitalzeitalter gefunden. Autonomes Drucken, Automatisierung und Standardisierung aller Prozessschritte — vom Online Print bis zum E-Commerce — ist möglich. Dazu bedarf es mehr als nur Technik-Innovationsmöglichkeiten; vor allem wird profundes Know-how benötigt zur Kontrolle und Steuerung über die gesamte Printproduktions-Wertschöpfungskette hinweg — und das im Kontext mit den Paradigmen der Digitalisierung. Das reicht vom „digitalen“ Geschäftsmanagement bis zu neuen, Cloud-basierten Leistungsangeboten und Services, die ein innovatives Go-to-Market und eine auf Interaktion abzielende Vertriebskommunikation erfordern.

Die Wertschöpfung mit Print wächst nur dann, wenn die Nachfrage nach zeitgemäßen Print-Produkten nachhaltig stimuliert wird. Print ist kein Selbstläufer! Denn die Zukunft von Print wird wie dargelegt getragen durch fulminante, marktkonforme, neuartige Konzeptionen, die die professionelle Herstellung, Distribution und Nutzung von Printmedien integrativ angeht.

Erfolgskritisch ist, sich im Print nicht nur vertikal in einzelnen Anwendungsbereichen zu positionieren, sondern spezifisch auf Kunden- und Marktbedürfnisse einzugehen und dauerhaft eine Innovationsführerschaft zu übernehmen, die Print im Kommunikationsmix auch nach über 500 Jahren noch attraktiv bleiben lässt.

 


 

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

Executive summary of analysis by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Also see the analysis commentary.

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

1. (Global) economic importance of print

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

 

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

 

2. (Unexpected) growth drivers in the print business

A) Strong growth impetus for print thanks to digital pioneers

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

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

C) Trendsetting 4D printing opens up new dimensions

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

D) Packaging – core competence enjoying extremely strong growth worldwide

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

 


 

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

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

 

 


 

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  1. Recognize: “Something old became something new!”.
  2. Find your individual way to deal with value and the sense of purpose.
  3. Don’t be afraid of innovation in the digital age!

 


Gutenberg Era vs. Social Media Era: The communications market is infected by confusion

Prelude

If media continues to be important and digital literacy is relevant in the production and distribution of media products, then a mistake must be corrected in the communications market. Technologies collide, digital is facing off against analog. Apple fights against Google, Microsoft, Nokia and others to be the best, dominant technology supplier. Otto.de, the leading German retailer wants to win customers over Amazon. Print and online communications compete for attention. Consider that digitally printed “print” media and digital online technologies used have common digital media techniques. For the print media production process, technologies like color management and imposition are much more complex and sophisticated than for pure online content. Digital print is the strongest combination of traditional print and online communication. There is no conflict at the expense of print technology, just the challenging perception of print as an “old fashioned” technology.

Why and how the communications market 
is infected by confusion

As professionals in the communications market all of us have to adjust significantly to better deal with innovative digital technologies aimed at changing the needs of people, companies, organizations. Needs based on values are still valid. And vice versa: the importance of values are based on needs. Value systems and the way in which we deal with values have changed through the use of technology. This has always been and will always remain so.

Good insights were delivered by Abraham Maslow, a worldwide well known Psychology Professor. Maslow’s work is dedicated to the Gutenberg Era. He stressed the importance of focusing on the positive qualities in people, as opposed to treating them as a “bag of symptoms.” Maslow‘s hierarchical pyramid, proven over generations is no longer static but has changed fundamentally and irreversibly through digitization.

In the Social Media Era, economic interests are brought to the fore. The digital “Global Village” approach enables each of us to address global and local markets alike. Maslow’s self-realization construct has been surpassed by a focus on growth, relatedness and efforts to guarantee profitable existence. The technology development has long been ready for this shift. The focus is on digital techniques that bring together communications and transactions. The classical media/publishing company and agency services, which have held an intermediary position between supply and demand, sellers and buyers, are substituted by digital technology scenarios.

The result is what we define as ‘social media’ is expanding rapidly into social business. Buyers and sellers are linked to each other by (largely) automated digital scenarios. Business processes, services, product offerings, and communications are equally transparent and interactive.

These need and value system changes, driven by digital technologies, require a shift in technology and media use. In Maslow’s world Print (produced in the traditional manner and by monopoly) could conquer, over the centuries, all need levels continuously and cover them. The new digital, intuitive communications systems are, by their social media functionality, pervasive throughout the needs hierarchy and appeal “real time” to both basic and advanced needs.

Social Media Functionality meets the needs perfectly

Social media functionality conquers the level of self-realization quite easily through blogs, communities, Wikipedia and the wealth of open-source efforts made by each of us as we freely communicate, share ideas, and publish content. Social media functionality peaks demand on all levels and needs, fueled by the creation of multimedia content.

The effect that is created becomes highly relevant economically. It leads to massive digital conversations via text, image, sound, and moving pictures. Communication and transactions are as close as possible (one click away) brought together in an integrated process as delivered in apps like “Shazam” or via Twitter “Tweet Cards”. The personal message about a product or service is supplemented with additional information from the original source and automatically coupled with a shop or salesperson. It could not be smarter or faster.

“Farewell, beautiful old media and advertising world?”

Will such a brilliant, continuous process eliminate advertising by classic seals using classic media content to distribute and sell products? If so, then it says: Farewell, lovely old media and advertising world. But wait. In effect, digital social media impact will be considerably strengthened by transmedia|intermedia networking social media functionality coupled with the analogue forms of content to make the virtual something real, tangible and haptic (and vice versa).

The simplest form of this hybrid communication are printed QR codes that can be scanned and interpreted by smartphones to directly link to online services. We call it Print-to-Web.

The maximum efficiency can be achieved if a user on the Web can redirect to print. User-generated digital content can be selected and changed according to personally relevance factors and then printed. Blogger print books, as well as PediaPress Wikipedia users can get their product collections in book form. Photo books, calendars, greeting cards, posters and many more applications will be transformed by the principle of iPhoto and streamed for printing. Recently, through a growing number of websites, we can also personalize product packaging such as beer, chewing gum, chocolates or pralines by the buyer. This form of hybrid communication using online and print is unbeatable in buyer effectiveness and satisfaction.

Digital and analog as teammates not only meet our needs ‘very well’, but perfectly! This momentum means agencies and media houses / publishers and their production partners must understand and collaborate to meet company / supplier and customer / buyer needs in a engaging and efficient way.

Conclusion

Our needs and values world has been changed by the irreversible thrust of digital technology. We still need to use traditional media, but incorporate and leverage digital literacy with a willingness to rethink what we do and how we reach our audiences. The new social media era of Value System needs (see our illustration) demonstrates what change has already taken place through digital technologies and how hybrid scenarios address contemporary personal and business needs and values.

About the Author

Andreas Weber, Founder and CEO of Value Communication AG,
Mainz/Germany, is a leading business communication analyst and innovation expert. Via different social media platforms you could get in touch.

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