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#Think!Paper the key facts at a glance

What we do
We evaluate and profile print and its proponents as an effective driving force for transformation – across all industries!

Our mission
We show, first and foremost, that print is by no means driftwood in an ocean of transformation (with Titanic-style effects) but rather a solid anchor for the ‘tsunamis in our heads’!

Our USP

  • We are bringing together the brightest minds to form interdisciplinary #Think!Teams with a global outlook. 
  • We are building up the finest pool of expertise with a clear focus on interaction, discourse, customer experience and sustainable conversations.
  • We are reinforcing the bedrock of any successful ‘digital’ transformation – proficient, dynamic and meaningful communication.

Benefits for our partners
We help our partners make new and market-relevant discoveries that inspire them and inject new energy into their development.

 


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The status quo

Print in context with digital transformation

Much is mixed up or misrepresented in the discussions regarding “digital transformation” in the context of print. Success factors and new potentials are hardly achievable. At least, it certainly does not have to be mentioned that print production is a 100 percent data-driven and thus digital process, with constantly new and unique applications. But, where is the beef?

Challenge: Solutions available — and who knows?

Communication about a product is as important as the product or service itself.

What if there are highly complex technical solutions that could enable customers or customers’ customers to better manage and profit from the process of digital innovation and the necessary transformation?

Learn from communication errors

When it comes to understanding, informing, convincing, finding acceptance or even influencing opinions — be it employees, customers, potential customers, shareholders or even the media for the public — all of us obviously did not everything right but probably too much wrong.

Current sales figures and stock market prices on a low/declining level speak for itself.

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The solution: #Think!Paper

Based on an exchange of views, knowledge and experience, we have developed an innovative approach to business communication, which itself is the best example of innovation and transformation.

While the well-known form of the static ’White Paper’ points out problems in the existing and designs possible solutions, the newly developed format of the #Think!Paper offers a dynamic form of expert communication via conversation based on perpetuum mobile-effects:

We use our profound knowledge to gain insights in an ongoing dialogue, to question things wisely, and to clarify in dialogue with others. Transformation can only succeed if we align communication with human-to-human relationships.

How does it work?

Think!Paper appears as a novel, cross-media, interactive publication designed as a sequel and compatible with the essence of transformation: research, analysis, assessment, insights and recommendations are always in flux.

Updates will be done by the publishers / authors in the team with selected-qualified partners as contributors.

In addition to a strong social media presence, the centerpiece is the ValueBlog, with excerpts appearing in the DRUCKMARKT (PDF magazines and print editions). As a special edition of the DRUCKMARKT collections, the Think!Paper is available to partners and subscribers for individual use.

Selected partners are actively involved and part of the conversation: Technology manufacturers and users who demonstrably contribute to the transformation of and with print for the digital age.

Together we reduce complexity and create clarity — promised!

The most important topics at a glance:

  • What is actually meant by “digital transformation”?
  • What role does print play?
  • Which benefits are available?
  • Where do we stand (Best Practice)?
  • Where do we have to go (Strategy & Outlook)?

Start: August 2018 — Destination: #drupa2020


 

 


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The publisher and author team: Andreas Weber, Head of Value, and Klaus-Peter Nicolay, publisher DRUCKMARKT.

 


Further information and contact

We would be happy to talk to you specifically about how you / your company can contribute and participate.

Andreas Weber as coordinator can be reached via:

Mail: zeitenwende007(at)gmail.com

Or via LinkedIn.

 


Read as well #Think!Paper — Edition 1, Volume 1: Print for the Digital Age

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“We’re remodeling customer interfaces for Heidelberg and creating a seamless digital ecosystem for its customers.” Rainer Wiedmann, Head of the Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU) and Chief Marketing Officer at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

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New digital ecosystem for the print media industry

The new “leading light function” of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG heralded by CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer midway through 2017 is increasingly taking shape and making dynamic progress. “The new Heidelberg Digital Unit is boosting the company’s e-commerce business, online presence, and digital marketing expertise,” said member of the Management Board and Chief Digital Officer Dr. Ulrich Hermann just recently.

What exactly does that entail? Rainer Wiedmann discussed this publicly for the first time in an interview for ValueDialog. A successful digital pioneer, Wiedmann took charge of the Heidelberg Digital Unit start-up company (HDU for short) on April 1, 2018 in parallel with his role as the Heidelberg Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. – The interview was conducted by Head of Value Andreas Weber.

 

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About the new Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU)

 

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Website: https://hdu.heidelberg.com

Location: Wiesloch-Walldorf, with branches in China, the United States, and Asia

Initial workforce: 50

Objective: To enjoy dynamic growth and establish the number one digital ecosystem in the print sector

Partner: Internet specialist iq!

 

As CDO on the Heidelberg Management Board, Dr. Ulrich Hermann is a dynamic driving force behind the company’s digital transformation. 

 


 

Digital business models inspire the customer journey

Mr. Wiedmann, you were already a digital pioneer over 20 years ago when you founded the argonauten group, a multimedia agency that was an immediate success. What has changed since then?

Rainer Wiedmann: Back then, I was already heavily involved in shaping customer interfaces. This approach led by way of marketing innovation to e-commerce. Nowadays, the focus is on end-to-end digital business models. Thanks to IoT (the Internet of Things), machine learning, voice control, and similar innovations, a complete digital customer journey is now possible for the first time – not only sales & marketing, but many other parts of the value chain are being digitized. 

So you see this as a linear dynamic development?

Rainer Wiedmann: What I see is an extremely dynamic process. An online presence is no longer the be-all and end-all. Access to customers and interaction with them are the most relevant things. Based on the new approach, an optimum customer interface is essential if digitization is to generate value. 

What’s your motivation for treading new ground with HDU in the mechanical engineering sector, of all places?

Rainer Wiedmann: I started out as an engineer and, following my studies at the University of St. Gallen’s Institute of Technology Management, I gained vital experience with a large number of industrial customers. New forms of connectivity are rapidly transforming mechanical engineering, and Heidelberg is extremely well placed to benefit from this development. 

How so?

Rainer Wiedmann: Our machines have long been networked. We also have our own global sales and service organization with a portfolio incorporating hardware, software, and consumables. 

What’s more, the executive management team at Heidelberg understands exactly what transformation through digitization means, as demonstrated among other things by the new subscription model – a first in the industry. As I see it, all this creates the perfect conditions!  


 

HDU in a nutshell

 

How is the newly founded HDU positioning itself in this context?

Rainer Wiedmann: Our goal is to design customer interfaces for Heidelberg that create a seamless digital ecosystem for the company’s customers.

What are HDU’s core values?

Rainer Wiedmann: HDU is all about creating added value based on permanence, consistency, and relevance. Its main value lies in getting the maximum number of existing and potential customers to use the Heidelberg offering on a weekly or, better still, daily basis. It’s not simply a case of registering a large number of nominal users in the system, but of having as many active users as possible. As I see it, content, function, coverage, and interaction are the key to success.

Does your new approach with HDU fit in with the Heidelberg culture?

Rainer Wiedmann: On the one hand, the people at Heidelberg come across as being open and innovative. On the other, they like to follow precise rules. In the digital transformation context, however, I feel a more target-driven approach is vital for employees.

What does that achieve?

Rainer Wiedmann: One advantage of HDU that can be transferred to Heidelberg is that in order to achieve specified goals or optimize target achievement, we work as a team on the structure of rules so that we can make adjustments as and when required.

Heidelberg is indisputably strong when it comes to technical innovation. But what about the company’s customers? Are you aware of any reservations about digitization?

Rainer Wiedmann: Given that all kinds of print production have long been based on digital data, our customers are well advanced with the process of digitization, and e-commerce is nothing new to them either. Online printing has created a huge new growth market. Our approach of working closely with customers to offer a comprehensive package providing peace of mind has therefore proved very popular. If you know what needs to be done and the goals are clear, digitization in printing is regarded very much as an opportunity.

Digital print shop processes are one thing, but the go-to-market strategy in the digital age is another matter entirely. I see a weakness here. Am I right?

Rainer Wiedmann: The important thing in my eyes is for Heidelberg to demonstrate the positive effects of digitization as effectively as possible to customers who are in dialog with us. Only personal experience gives a proper impression of how print shops can also put this to good use in their own customer relations.


 

 

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Screenshots from the Heidelberg Digital Unit’s new website.


HDU mission statements

“We develop innovative digital sales, marketing, and service solutions for all stages of the customer journey and deliver measurable results with a multidisciplinary team and external partners focused on success.”

“We contribute to the operational excellence of all Heidelberg units by offering a digital, state-of-the-art ecosystem that sets new standards in this area.”

“We don’t shy away from any risk. We rely on our entrepreneurial skills and make unexpected, disruptive decisions that enable us to score points with our customers.”

“We won’t let anything stop us achieving our goals and dreams. Continuously pursuing them and measuring our progress will see us succeed.”

“We embrace the digital age. We enjoy working with people who leave the office happy because everyone has done their best and is proud to be part of the team.”


 

It’s all about clear goals and measurable successes

HDU started out with 50 staff and is aiming to expand rapidly. What skills do you require?

Rainer Wiedmann: Around 80 percent of our initial team are very experienced and highly skilled in the print market. We’re adding new people who have experience in areas such as e-commerce, digital marketing, and social media. 

What’s special about your team?

Rainer Wiedmann: We have the right mix! The mutual respect and common goals of our “mixed” team make us particularly effective. The excellent market position enjoyed by Heidelberg and our geographical proximity to the company are very helpful and motivate us all. We are “Born in Heidelberg” – a statement that perfectly demonstrates our unshakable commitment. It also boosts our credentials as an employer beyond the confines of the sector.

How is HDU’s work being integrated into the Heidelberg Group’s everyday operations? And how is the collaboration going?

Rainer Wiedmann: We’ve gotten off to a very promising start because we actively approach Heidelberg staff, provide them with all the information they need, and listen to what they have to say. We have contacts for the individual Heidelberg business units and access to all the sales units. Our global Growth Hacking Tour has already started. We’re using it to raise the local profile of our portfolio in key markets, offer training on our new tools and software solutions, and introduce e-commerce initiatives that we’ve developed.

 

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Roadmap of the Global Growth Hacking Tour in the startup phase of the HDU. (Photo: screenshot from the HDU website)

 


Focus on maximum competitiveness and market relevance

Does that effectively mean HDU is offering in-house consulting and agency services at Heidelberg? 

Rainer Wiedmann: Yes, but we’re not uniquely a service provider. We offer support with customized tools, efficient campaigns, and in-depth know-how. And we enter into clear target agreements. Our task is to create measurable results and boost e-commerce sales. We focus closely on figures to deliver success. And we achieve results as a team when we generate leads and sales. 

What is the response to the Growth Hacking Tour? 

Rainer Wiedmann: People are immediately seeing that we’re coming to them with the offer of added value for their day-to-day work and demonstrating a true community spirit. As a subsidiary, we have a clear advantage. We’re creating a trusting relationship from scratch for joint success.

Looking beyond Heidelberg, competitors on the digital printing market are claiming they provide their own digital platforms as ecosystems for print. What can and do you want to do differently or even better?

Rainer Wiedmann: Yes, we have our rivals, but in our segment – commercial and packaging printing – we have the highest market shares and by far the largest installed base. What’s more, we’ve had the world’s largest database for presses for over ten years. 

And that means what?

Rainer Wiedmann: It enables us to offer even better functions and optimum access to our entire portfolio along with detailed knowledge of specific customer interests that is always up to date. Our extremely strong service is now helping to expand things again on the operating side.

So does that mean the HDU ecosystem must make it possible, based on the Heidelberg platform, to significantly improve all aspects of performance?

Rainer Wiedmann: We don’t simply want production to run smoothly at print shops. At the end of the day, we’re improving our customers’ competitiveness and market relevance – not just here and there but at all levels as far as possible. 

Hand on heart, as a digital expert, what do you say to the boss of a print shop whose customers tell him printing is outdated and they no longer want to use it?

Rainer Wiedmann: Print media will never disappear. In fact, we’re seeing growth in areas such as packaging, labels, and mass customization. Yes, there are shifts from analog to digital – in particular when it comes to company marketing – but new applications will keep on emerging. For me, HDU’s main task in the long term is to unlock this new potential and enable customers to act flexibly, proactively, and sustainably as times change.

How do you personally think HDU will fare in the short, medium, and long term?

Rainer Wiedmann: I’m more than confident. We’re sticking to the vision and mission we formulated for HDU. And we’re measuring our progress, then responding immediately.

– Thank you very much for this interview. 

 


 

My take on things – a solution of striking simplicity

It’s enough to take your breath away. Heidelberg is putting in an impressive sprint on the home straight, hurtling forward in a completely new guise – the Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU) – and showing the competition quite clearly who’s in first place when it comes to digital transformation. 

It’s official! A traditional company has without doubt completely reinvented itself – in record time –demonstrating the courage to take risks based on its wide-ranging expertise in printing and all things digital. Rather than abandoning much of the previous system, the company is using and optimizing it to benefit from new developments. One important additional aspect: Heidelberg has realized that in the digital age it’s no longer sufficient to aim for success with best-in-class product innovations.

Launching HDU in this form is a real stroke of genius in my opinion. A subsidiary designed as a start-up – fast, flexible, and firmly anchored with an excellent network – it provides new, user-oriented “digital” services for the Group and at the same time becomes a pacesetter with measurable results to make sales, marketing, and services permanently fit for the digital age on a global level. In my eyes, that’s the perfect way to firmly establish highly innovative products and solutions on the market on a lasting basis.

The biggest winners are Heidelberg customers and the market as a whole because, for the first time, they have access to a well thought-out, effective ecosystem in the form of an exponential platform that takes industrialprint production to a whole new level in the digital age and makes it fit for the future. To sum up, this is a real win-win situation – especially for Heidelberg staff, shareholders, and numerous new partners. 

The “crux of the ‘digital’ transformation problem” I identified in my #ValueCheck is thus soon set to be resolved!

 


 

Rainer Wiedmann

 

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Rainer Wiedmann comes from Stuttgart and is one of Germany’s great digital pioneers. After studying at the universities of Stuttgart and St. Gallen and gaining several years of professional experience, he founded the argonauten group (350 employees at 11 international locations) in 1996, the aquarius group (100 employees based in Munich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai) in 2005, and the iq! group (based in Munich and Palo Alto) in 2014.

The iq! group maintains close links with the new Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU), which started operating on April 1, 2018 with 50 employees.

HDU is a start-up company and a subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, where Wiedmann plays a dual role as Head of HDU and Chief Marketing Officer. 

From 1999 to 2003, Wiedmann was President of the Deutscher Multimedia Verband e.V. (now BVDW e.V.). From 2003 to 2004, he was on the board of Gesamtverband Kommunikationsagenturen GWA e.V. in Frankfurt.

 


About the author

Andreas Weber has been a print expert and internationally renowned business communication analyst, coach, influencer, and networker for over 25 years. His activities focus on transformation for the digital age and include lectures, management briefings, workshops, analyses, reports, and strategic advice. – His blog www.valuetrendradar.com inspires readers from over 140 countries worldwide.

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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 20 October 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s roundup of 25 news items (actually 36 if you count the InPrint collection of 12 on Wednesday all rolled into one). You’ll also find Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blog titled Eco-nomy’, which this week looks at how the marriage of ecology and economics is becoming increasingly obvious and necessary for business. As a result, developers are constantly moving to offer technologies that reduce product life cycle footprints, as well as perform more efficiently for their customers. Then we have Andreas Weber back in Online Features with his latest piece: #InfluenceB2B — Transformation for the Digital Age. Please don’t miss them.

Good news this week has been rather difficult to come by at times, after last week’s multiple events which gave it a welcome boost. However, there have been some interesting announcements and developments. Heidelberg led the headlines on Monday as it successfully recertified all of its worldwide locations to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management; while Xeikon has discontinued development of its Trillium liquid toner programme announced at drupa last year. On Tuesday, Ricoh South Africa took the lead with digitalisation in the fore at its new demo facility in Johannesburg; and on Wednesday, InPrint news took the first three spots for a dozen of its exhibitors, including Heidelberg with personalisation as a megatrend, as it prepares to showcase its digital 4D printing solutions for the automotive industry; and then we h ad Sun Chemical on Friday, which also announced its IPEX offerings the day prior.

On Thursday, Smithers Pira brought Heidelberg back into the lead, following its most recent report on leading makes of second-hand presses, which reveals that Heidelberg presses are the most productive in the industry – up to a staggering 66% more productive – producing the lowest cost per sheet. The report is available to download from a link in the article, so you can see for yourself. And to round off the week on Friday, Canon Europe has achieved Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for its Océ Arizona UV inks and Océ Colorado UVgel inks.

You’ll find quite a mixed bag of news in addition to the above if you check out the headlines carefully, including more post-Labelexpo successes from Mouvent, and MPS; as well as post World Publishing Expo from Kodak, which debuted new News CTP offerings, improved newspaper plates and its high-speed inkjet additions for newspaper presses.

Sales and installations this week include Ultragraph with Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK; while Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, has chosen a Goss Sunday 5000. On Tuesday, Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio has increased productivity by 30% with a new Stahlfolder TH 82-P with pallet feeder; and Dome in Sacramento, California has undertaken a multimillion-dollar investment in a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 and Rapida 205; while six months on from its Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press in the UK confirms its progress. On Wednesday, Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues its modernisation with a new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer. Thursday saw LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany invest in a FlexLiner inserting system from Muller Martini; and on Friday MP S celebrates the double sale of its hybrid EF Symjet press at Labelexpo in Brussels; and last but not least, Rengel Printing in St Cloud, Minnesota has more than doubled output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater.

What else? New kit from Duplo UK on Tuesday as it adds Esper direct mail solutions to its other brands portfolio; and a tailender from Manroland Web Systems on Thursday, as its introduced MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet at WPE in Berlin.

That’s all until next time.
My best regards

Mike Hilton

 


 

 


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Week beginning Mon 16 October – the published date appears in article footline

Monday
Heidelberg locations worldwide recertified to ISO

Heidelberg successfully recertified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management… 

Xeikon terminates Trillium liquid toner programme
First demonstrated at drupa 2016, the technology has encountered several challenges in bringing it to market commercially… 

Sign & Digital UK back at the NEC next year
New visitor research inspires growth for Sign & Digital UK, returning to the NEC, Birmingham 24 to 26 April 2018… 

Ultragraph opens up new business with a Versafire CP
Ultragraph has replaced a HP Indigo 5600 with a Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK and is winning new business… 

Sunday 5000 press scheduled for Gotha Druck in 2018
Gotha Druck und Verpackung in Günthersleben-Wechmar, Germany, chooses Goss Sunday 5000 to expand portfolio… 

Tuesday
Ricoh SA offers a window into the digitalised future

Ricoh SA has created a new demo facility at its Linbro Business Park offices in Johannesburg, South Africa to provide a window into the digitalised office of the future… 

Hopkins increases productivity with Stahlfolder TH 82-P
Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio increases productivity by 30% with new Stahlfolder TH 82-P pallet feeder… 

Dome Sacramento chooses two Koenig & Bauer presses
Multimillion-dollar investment in Rapida 106 and Rapida 205 sends strong message of momentous growth strategy… 

Kingfisher Press’s Jet Press 720S provides growth
Six months on from Jet Press 720S installation, Kingfisher Press adds new customers and boosts revenue… 

Duplo expands direct mail solutions portfolio
Duplo expands direct mail portfolio with Esper DM-230V Pro Collator and the DM Mini Collation system…

Wednesday
InPrint 2017 Exhibitors’ top stories
Announcements for InPrint in Munich from Bochonow Maschinenbau Polar UV, ColorGATE. Fujifilm UK, Gardner Denver Thomas, GEW, Heidelberg, Dr. Hönle, Hymmen, Memcon, Ushio Europe, Wemhöner Surface Technologies, and EPS with Xaar… 

Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry… 

Tonejet direct-to-can at InPrint Munich 2017
Tonejet brings direct-to-can electro-static drop-on-demand digital printing to InPrint Munich, from 14 – 16 November… 

Game changing Mouvent impresses at Labelexpo 2017
Mouvent enjoys sensational debut at Labelexpo 2017 with its groundbreaking digital print innovations… 

Rapida 106 8-colour for Bialostockie Zaklady Graficzne
Polish commercial printer BZGraf continues modernisation with new eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector from Koenig & Bauer… 

Thursday
Heidelberg up to 66% more productive: Smithers Pira
New report from Smithers Pira reveals Heidelberg presses are most productive in the industry and produce lowest cost per sheet… 

Kodak’s extended News CTP portfolio and more at WPE
Kodak helps newspapers achieve more productivity, cost benefits and sustainability at IFRA World Publishing Expo 2017… 

The Manroland Web Systems’ MainPad
Manroland Web Maintellisense takes the next step, with MainPad as its new mobile service and maintenance tablet… 

Sun Chemical offers brighter ideas for low-energy printing
At IPEX 2017, Sun Chemical to present latest innovations for sheetfed commercial and packaging and narrow web label markets… 

A leap ahead with the Muller Martini FlexLiner
LR Medienverlag und Druckerei in Cottbus, eastern Germany, has invested in a cost-cutting FlexLiner inserting system… 

Friday    
Canon Achieves UL Greenguard Gold Certification
Canon Europe achieves Greenguard Gold Certification from UL Environment for Océ Arizona UV and Colorado UVgel inks… 

#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value… 

MPS reports highly successful Labelexpo Europe
MPS launches real-time ‘talk to me’ connectivity platform and celebrates double sale of its hybrid EF SYMJET at Labelexpo 2017… 

Sun Chemical’s unique product range at InPrint 2017
Sun Chemical demonstrates the breadth of its capability in Industrial print applications at InPrint 2017 in Munich… 

Rengel adds new Speedmaster SX 52 with Prinect
Rengel Printing more than doubles output following installation of a new Speedmaster SX 52 with coater… 

The lead articles from a week last Friday…

Muller Martini at the WAN Ifra WPE in Berlin

Exciting look into the mailroom with a pair of VR glasses… 

The success of the Manroland e:line family continues
Styria Media Group and Vorländer have decided for a series of the new Manroland Web Systems newspaper printing class… 

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Online Feature articles 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 in 2015, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page.

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#InfluenceB2B Transformation for the Digital Age
#InfluenceB2B programme leads from innovation to transformation! By Andreas Weber, Head of Value…

Previous…      ValueDialog: Transformation hits Print Technology + Innovation
Heidelberg verified at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, #IAA2017 what Dr. Ulrich Hermann pointed out in the ValueDialog:…

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Heidelberg 4D printing solutions at InPrint 2017 Munich
Personalisation as a megatrend – Heidelberg showcasing digital printing solutions for the automotive industry…

Previous…      Every second counts at FLYERALARM
Rapida 145: Complete job changes in just two minutes…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Eco-nomy
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 16 Oct

Previous…      LED Fever
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Mon 09 Sep

Drupa Newsroom
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News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

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  Intelligent Printing in Focus
All in Print China to be staged at the new International Expo Center in Shanghai from 24 to 28 October 2018…

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

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Printing is one of the world’s largest and most sustainable industries. Gartner’s market researchers consider innovations such as 4D printing to be a key driving force among 2016’s emerging technologies. Image collage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main.

A commentary by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

See also summary of results. — Plus the complete report in three parts (in german).

The ValueTrendRadar Analysis entitled “Prospects for adding value with print” is now available and will, for the first time, provide a comprehensive, holistic view of the global print situation. There is good reason for focusing in particular on Germany, because this is where the modern-day printing industry originated, while the global perspective is not neglected either.

Quite clearly, print is an economic heavyweight. As one of the world’s largest and thus most sustainable industries, it is indispensable. The (partially unexpected) growth drivers of online trade, online print, and 4D printing combined with the core competence of packaging and label printing are creating lucrative incentives for many.

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This is resulting in a huge outlay for technology, innovation, and investment. The positioning of technology suppliers is separating the wheat from the chaff. Manufacturers focusing solely on digital printing technology see themselves as the “reformers” of print. Their substitution/ displacement strategy is not having the predicted success, though, because even after 25 years they have failed to win high market shares. Despite a high growth rate, their share of the market remains at an extremely low level. The bulk of print volumes comes from conventional technologies in a modernized form.

Germany’s long-established mechanical engineering companies (with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG at the forefront) have reinvented themselves, successfully integrating digital printing into the world of offset printing and taking on the role of pacesetters in the repositioning of print. The goal is to bring about the digital transformation of industrial printing with the focus on growth markets and versatile high-profile customers. Autonomous printing, automation, and standardization of all process steps – from online print to eCommerce – is possible but requires more than just technology innovation options. Above all, in-depth knowledge is needed for integrated monitoring and control throughout the print production value-added chain – also in the context of the paradigms of digitization. This extends from “digital” business management to new, cloud-based services and offerings that require an innovative go-to-market approach and sales communication geared to interaction.

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A sound basis provides room for maneuver. The only way to add more value with print is to stimulate the demand for modern-day print products on a sustained basis. Print doesn’t sell itself because, as already explained, 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 that will maintain print’s role as an attractive part of the communication mix, even after over 500 years.

 


CONTACT / Further information and advisory:

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Consumers associate printed newspapers with waste, but correcting this impression doesn’t seem to be a priority for the newspaper industry.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 07 October 2016

Welcome to another roundup with 28 news articles posted during the past week, plus Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog added on Friday, entitled Newspapers and Change. In her opening paragraph Laurel states: ‘Newspaper publishers should be doing much more to counter perception that print is bad for the environment. Consumers associate printed newspapers with waste, but correcting this impression doesn’t seem to be a priority for the newspaper industry. This has to change, even though publishers may have other things on their minds like the precipitous decline in print sales.’ You can read the rest of the article by using the link in the Verdigris section below.

The latest and No 10 in the series of Wild Format Technology Guides by Sonja Angerer was added this week. Entitled The Art and Science of Very Fine Drops, it explains why Inkjet is unique amongst printing technologies, where there is no other option to print on such a wide varieties of substrates with such efficiency and ease. Enjoy it. You can download an illustrated PDF from the link in the article below.

Upcoming events that feature prominently this week include The Print Show 2016, which opens its doors at the NEC in Birmingham tomorrow. You’ll find news from several exhibitors, including Sawgrass on Tuesday, and Intec on both Thursday and Friday, with the lead article on Friday taken from Gareth Ward at the Print Business, devoted to his take on the show, now in its second year and with an increase in demand for space this time around. It’s on until Thursday 13 October and has some nice offerings.

Domino Digital Printing Solutions will showcase a range of technologies at All4pack 2016 in Paris from 14 to 17 November. The show was previously known as Emballage. On Tuesday, Martin Bailey at Global Graphics led the news, as Global announced it is to chair a new ISO task force for a new PDF production workflow standard that will make it possible to describe what a final printed piece is supposed to look like. Leading the news on Thursday: KBA Report 49 is now available either as a printed version or to download online in multiple languages from KBA using the link in the article. The theme is ‘Print is on the up once more’, as this latest issue takes a closer look at some of innovations unveiled at drupa 2016.

There’s so much more for you is you scroll down, including some nice orders and installations including Ricoh in multiple European countries including France, The Netherlands and Finland; Muller Martini in Ghana; Highcon in Germany; Heidelberg UK, Xeikon with ThermoFlexX also in the UK; IFS with Foliant in the UK, Heidelberg USA, Taopix in Germany for an online platform; and MPS in The Netherlands.

As my tailender this week is Wednesday’s lead article as UPM Raflatac partners on the reforestation project of Jaguari River in Brazil to help protect this vital ecosystem; with a stunning pic to go with it.

My main MacBook’s screen decided to pack up this morning which is rather hampering the way I usually work, so that’s all until next time. Until then. My best regards,

Mike Hilton


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

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

Mon 03 October…   
Sun Chemical in Flint Group European Ink acquisition
Sun Chemical has announced its intention to acquire Flint Group’s European Publication Gravure Ink Business…

Author Mural runs through Hachette’s Carmelite House
The new mural is a bold ‘river of authors’ representation of the River Thames that runs by
Hachette UK’s new home…

Ricoh’s continuous feed VC60000 makes its mark with IDC
High-end digital press helps Ricoh secure second spot for worldwide unit shipments in IDC’s Tracker…

MCTdigital and Blackman & White awarded at SGIA
New VersaTech2 ‘All in One’ digital cutter wins SGIA Product of the Year Award for finishing-routers/cutters…

Domino awarded in PPMA Group Industry Awards 2016
Domino’s SerialTrac named ‘Most Innovative Processing or Packaging Machine’ at the PPMA 2016 Awards…

WAEC Ghana boosts in-house finishing with Muller Martini
The West African Examinations Council invests in its first Muller Martini Primera saddle stitcher for its plant in Ghana…

Tue 04 October…   
Global Graphics chairs new ISO task force for PDF workflow
New PDF production workflow standard will make it possible to describe what a final printed piece is supposed to look like…

Xeikon X-800 5.0 with enhanced production capabilities
Xeikon has unveiled X-800 5.0 software to support faster, more effective production and colour reproduction…

Sawgrass set for a colourful Print Show UK 2016
Sawgrass to show the possibilities bright and vibrant 8-colour inks can offer at the NEC, 11 – 13 October…

Sun Chemical to debut SunTex Encore at Heimtextil 2017
Sun Chemical to present its portfolio of SunTex textile inkjet inks at Heimtextil in Frankfurt, 10 – 13 January 2017…

Sign & Digital UK from 28 – 30 March 2017
Sign & Digital UK to celebrate 30th anniversary with brand new Website and show focus for 2017 event…

Wed 05 October…   
UPM Raflatac supports Brazil Reforestation Project
UPM Raflatac partners on the reforestation project of Jaguari River in Brazil to help protect this vital ecosystem…

Gelato leads with print on location model
Print on demand is about to be joined by print on location as new businesses emerge to exploit these possibilities…

The Inkjet Revolution
This article relating to continuous feed inkjet is by Benoit Chatelard, vice president, Production Printing, Ricoh Europe…

Digital technology turns Label’Or into a winner
The Xeikon CX3 is the third Xeikon press in operation at Belgium-based label manufacturer Label’Or…

Highcon digital cutting and creasing for Colordruck
Baiersbronn in Germany says yes to digital cutting and creasing up to B1-size with a Highcon Beam order…

Thu 06 October…  
KBA Report No. 49: drupa review and practice reports
Print is on the up once more. Issue 49 of KBA Report takes a closer look at some of innovations unveiled at drupa 2016…

Domino at All4pack 2016 in Paris (previously Emballage)
Domino Digital Printing Solutions to showcase range of technologies at All4pack 2016 from 14 to 17 November…

Intec adds ‘Flare’ at The Print Show 2016 at the NEC
Intec continues its worldwide launch of finishing equipment to add premium decorative effects to digitally printed media…

Brightsea Print Group breaks through the 10m mark
Brightsea achieves over 10 million impressions in the last three months on the Speedmaster XL 75 installed this year…

Reproflex3 expands with ThermoFlexX 80-D imager
Installation of the UK’s second dual-head ThermoFlexX 80-D digital flexo plate imager expands Reproflex3′ plate services…

Agfa Fortuna 10 at Security Printers Conference in Seville
Agfa Graphics has announced the new version of Fortuna design and assembly software for high-security printing…

Fri 07 October…   
The Print Show 2016 prepares a tasty buffet
The main course may be missing from regional and national shows, says Gareth Ward, but there are plenty of morsels to sharpen any appetite for manageable investment…

Intec to unveil ColorCut 500 at The Print Show
Intec Printing Solutions to debut of the ColorCut digital die-cutter for sheet labels and packaging at the NEC next week…

Heidelberg hosts Open House at SunDance Marketing Orlando
Open House for X-Package and Prinect at SunDance showcased doubled productivity with Heidelberg’s Speedmaster CD 102…

Work win prompts Ruddocks’ Foliant laminator buy
Winning new worked prompted Lincoln, UK printer to invest in an IFS-supplied Foliant Vega 530 SF laminator…

Klartext Göttingen goes online with Taopix platform
German crossmedia directprint24.de brand has invested in a new photo commerce platform from Taopix UK…

Geostick Group adds two MPS EXL-Packaging presses
Two EXL-Packaging presses sold to Geostick B.V. in Uithoorn and Clever Labels & Flexibles in The Hague in The Netherlands…

Lead article from Friday in previous update… 

UPM Paper Asia to be renamed UPM Specialty Papers
New name highlights the business area’s strategic focus on specialty papers and global operations…

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

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

drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’ with the slogan ‘touch the future’. The issues of ‘package printing’, ‘multichannel’, ‘green printing’, ‘3D printing’, and ‘functional printing’ will become increasingly important to the overall communication strategy. To find out more, visit the drupa 2020 Website.

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

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

Technology-related Chapter 02

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

Previous…   
Model Zagreb’s robot-assisted Bobst case maker
Model Zagreb in Croatia has installed a highly automated Bobst FFG 618 – a case maker known for its shelf-ready capabilities…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Newspapers and Change
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 07 Oct

Most recent…   
Data Basis
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 23 Sep

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

NEW this week and No 10… The Art and Science of Very Fine Drops
Inkjet is unique amongst printing technologies, there is no other option to print on such a wide varieties of substrates with such efficiency and ease. By Sonja Angerer

9… The basics of printheads
In many respects the printhead is the heart of an inkjet printer, directly responsible for placing each individual drop of ink on the substrate. By Nessan Cleary

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Previous…   
10th Anniversary FESPA Mexico in September 2017
Visitors and exhibitors hail FESPA Mexico 2016 as a resounding success, with 10th Anniversary event announced for next year…

FESPA and ARED gearing up for FESPA Eurasia in December
FESPA and its Turkish Member Association ARED show commitment to the Eurasian region through local initiatives…

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

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

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

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

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Happy New Year to all our readers and followers, subscribers and sponsors. Despite the challenges, I sincerely hope 2016 will turn out to be a good one for all of us as we approach drupa in Düsseldorf at the end of May, preceded by FESPA Digital in Amsterdam in March. 

Welcome to news highlights for the last few days or so in 2015, and then for the New Year, along with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Blogs for the first three weeks of 2016. You will also find the very latest in our FESPA Newsroom for the upcoming FESPA Digital and its associated events in Amsterdam in March, as well as the very latest FESPA corporate news for the Southern European Print Congress in Italy in April. You may also take note that the deadline for this year’s FESPA Awards has now been extended until 15 February.

The latest also appears in our drupa Newsroom from visitors and the organisers, together with the most recent Expert Article No 6 by Ron Gilboa, director of InfoTrends’ Production & Industrial Printing Advisory Service. Please don’t miss them as drupa 2016 is just asround the corner.

I won’t highlight the news this week as there are a lot you can browse through yourself. Just don’t miss EFI and Xaar appointments, and also those from KBAIFS, and Heidelberg and Gallus in the UK. Gerold Linzbach is also back at work as CEO of Heidelberg. You’ll find some stunning sales and installations, including web presses from KBA and Manroland Web Systems, and several important pieces of new kit, too… especially from KAMA and Duplo, and Epson with a new range of wide-format inkjet presses.

Newsmaker of the year thus far and as my tailender, goes to UPM Kymmene for its various environmental awards and accolades. Our sincere congratulations to everyone involved.

I’ll be back next week around the same time.

Mike Hilton 

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

Headline News
Over 27,000 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 pages

Wed 23 and 30 Dec…   EFI appoints CIO to leadership team
Silicon Valley IT executive Sheri Rhodes has joined Electronics for Imaging as chief information officer…

Flint Group confirms the acquisition of Xeikon
Flint has confirmed the acquisition of Xeikon, which will propel the organisation further into the digital solutions market…

Mon 04 Jan 2016…   Happy New Year 2016 to all our Website visitors
To all our visitors and sponsors, we wish you the Compliments of the Season and a very Happy and Peaceful New Year in 2016…

The digital transformation of industrial printing
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 6 by Ron Gilboa, a director of InfoTrends’ Production & Industrial Printing Advisory Service…

Manroland Sheetfed’s fourth profitable year in a row
Consistency and stability put Manroland Sheetfed on course for fourth profitable year, and most profitable in recent memory…

IFS UK chairman role for Tony Hards
On 1 January 2016, after a lifetime serving the print industry, IFS’s Tony Hards has become company chairman…

YMC April Summit in Budapest high on 2016 priority list

New board at FINAT’s Young Managers Club ready for 2016.

Wed 06 Jan…  Epson to show power of inkjet for homewares at Heimtextil
Coordinated plates, cutlery, vases and tables decorated using Epson dye sub shows opportunities for décor specialists…

The Mimaki visualisation of things kicks off in 2016
European January 2016 trade show schedule focuses on textiles, promotional items and signs & display graphics…

Kornit Digital teams with Turnowsky for Heimtextil
Leading design house and digital inkjet technology leader to demonstrate opportunities for the home textile industry…

Xeikon plans we approach for Heimtextil 2016

Xeikon to feature innovation in wallpaper production at Heimtextil 2016 in Frankfurt Decoration Suite…

Mon 11 Jan…   Tali Digital adds first Truepress Jet W3200UV HS in Africa
Sandton-based Tali Digital has installed the first Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV HS wide-format printer in South Africa…

Professor Neil Hopkinson joins Xaar
Xaar strengthens its 3D printing business with the appointment of Professor Neil Hopkinson as director of 3D Printing…

New Year appointments at Heidelberg UK
Derek Gillard to take on national second-hand sales, making way for Neil Fletcher, Andrew Hall and Bill McCudden…

New head of digital sales Europe at Gallus
Karl-Gerhard Amerongen has joined the Gallus Group in St. Gallen, Switzerland as head of digital sales Europe…

Wed 13 Jan…   UPM Kymi pulp mill officially reopened
UPM celebrates inaugural opening of expanded and revamped Kymi pulp mill in Kuusankoski, Finland…

Thu 14 Jan…   
Ricoh set to debut at FESPA Digital 2016
Ricoh will exhibit at FESPA Digital in Amsterdam in March for wide-format digital and textile event’s tenth anniversary…

Heidelberg CEO returns to work

Gerold Linzbach returns to his duties as CEO of Heidelberg…

IST offers LE-UV and LED-UV retrofits in UK
IST (UK) launches retrofit service for LE-UV, LED-UV/LUV and conventional UV drying on Heidelberg presses…

Wed 20 Jan… Epson launches new range of SureColor SC-S printers
New trio of 1625mm printers designed to deliver new levels of quality and productivity for signage and display graphics…

New super-fast Epson 1625mm printer for production print
The new Epson SureColor SC-P20000 combines the highest quality at print speeds of up to 17.5 sq/m hr, even when unattended…

Heights UK to launch new Titanium plate processors
Heights announces the launch of the new, high end Titanium range of thermal plate processors in January 2016…

KBA Commander CL for Mitteldeutsche Zeitung in Halle

DuMont media group in Cologne, Germany and one of KBA’s oldest customers expand their 180-year-old partnership…

TCG Legacy adds first Linoprint CP in North America
TCG Legacy anticipates a 20 per cent increase in uptime with Heidelberg’s Linoprint CP digital press…

Thu 21 Jan…   UPM joins United Nations Global Compact LEAD
The United Nations invites UPM in a Finnish first to join the world’s top 50 sustainability leaders…

Heidelberg boosts automation levels in computer-to-plate
Lean processes and extensive automation help companies stand out from the competition in industrial print production…

Sell-out EFI Connect opens in Las Vegas
EFI Connect highlights end-to-end integrated solutions and new market opportunities for customers…

EFI launches new Imaging of Things exchange

At the Connect Conference, EFI announces new exchange to connect customers with other professionals and and print buyers…

Evian used Sappi Fusion to win German Packaging Award

Model AG of Switzerland came up with a smart idea using Sappi’s bright white Fusion topliner…

SMP Group adds Europe’s first Inca Onset X3
SMP Group boosts industrial printing capabilities following installation of Europe’s first 14-channel Inca Onset X3…

Kartongbolaget is first HP Indigo 30000 in Scandinavia

Kartongbolaget i Hälsingborg in Sweden becomes first in Scandinavia to install the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press…

Graphic Packaging returns to Heidelberg for second VLF press
Less than a year after installing the UK’s first 18,000sph Speedmaster XL 145 press, GPI adds second machine…

Roland 700 Evolution for Grafiche Badiali Italy
Grafiche Badiali celebrates 80 year anniversary with a new five-colour Roland 700 Evolution with coater…

Fri 22 Jan…   New Lithoman addition for Remy-Roto in Belgium
Belgian printing company invests in a second Lithoman commercial printing press from Manroland Web Systems…

Five Epson SureColor SC-S60600 for Photobox

Photobox chooses five new-generation Epson Surecolor SC-S60600 printers to boost photo canvas production capacity…

KBA strengthens UK sheetfed sales team for 2016

Peter Banks has joined KBA (UK) to add extra firepower to the sheetfed sales team to meet growing demand…

Richard Warnick to head up KBA Flexo in UK and Ireland

Richard Warnick to head UK and Ireland sales for new KBA-Flexotecnica flexographic printing systems division…

Duplo targets digital print with 150Cr Booklet launch

Duplo has introduced the 150Cr Booklet System to its expanding product portfolio to meet growing market entry-level demands…

KAMA launches new generation of ProCut 58
The compact die-cutter has undergone a comprehensive upgrade for even more efficient finishing for short runs and digital prints…

ACTEGA Terra and Sappi Algro wall calendar has big impact
ACTEGA, Europe’s leading manufacturer of overprint varnishes, has again used Sappi Algro Design for its calendar…

Fifth joint calendar project by ACTEGA Terra and KBA

‘Under the deep blue sea’ unites high quality print finishing and digital media for the first time to create a meaningful symbiosis…

First TRESU iCoat coater in-line with HP Indigo 10000
TRESU Group announces first sale of iCoat coater for integration inline with the HP Indigo 10000 digital press…

Cowan to step up to B2 production in the Spring

Cowan Print plans to spring into B2 in May when it takes delivery of a Heidelberg Speedmaster SX74-5H…

Intec and Canon provide unique solution to key account

Intec Printing Solutions and Canon partner to provide Canon customers with niche envelope printing ability…

Galloways beefs up its digital with a Linoprint CV
Four years after installing a Linoprint C751, Galloways returns to Heidelberg for a supplementary digital press….

Melody Press re-tunes its bindery with Horizon

The new Horizon SPF/FC200A from IFS delivers four-fold productivity increase at Guernsey operation…

Lead articles from Friday 18 December in last 2015 update…

Previous…   Komori Impremia IS29 to be launched in Europe
Komori’s Digital LED-UV Inkjet Impremia IS29 Sheetfed Printing System arrives at Komori Europe’s Graphics Centre in January…

Heidelberg UK to sell Gallus labels products
Heidelberg has wholly owned Gallus since August 2014. HeidelbergUK to take on Gallus UK staff and labels portfolio on 1 April 2016…

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

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

Electronics For Imaging  (EFI) is a world leader in digital imaging and print management solutions for the commercial printing market. Its portfolio of integrated solutions span production and superwide format printing, graphic arts, advanced professional printing software, and industrial inkjet systems. Its technologies increase productivity by automating print and business processes To find out more visit the EFI Website.

Kodak Commercial Imaging  (Kodak) is a leading provider of innovative solutions for conventional, digital and hybrid print production environments. With the most expansive portfolio for the graphic communications market,  Kodak features technologies, products and services that help print providers streamline processes, optimise efficiencies, broaden services, and grow businesses. To find out more, visit the Kodak Graphics Website.

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

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2015
There were again well over 90 last year, including nine downloads, as well as 92 articles in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2) on the Website.

Downloads in 2015 Chapter 01
There are currently three downloads available for you in this Chapter , where you can download the PDF.

Technology-related 2015 Chapter 02
You will find 20 current feature articles in this Chapter, with the most recent from Heidelberg.

Nov/Dec 2015 Chapter 08

Previous…    Bobst to celebrate its 125th anniversary at drupa 2016
Bobst, a family company based in the Swiss Canton of Vaud, is launching a year of events to celebrate its anniversary with dynamism and commitment…
 
Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs in 2016

NEW in 2016…   Spotters Guide to Greenwashing

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 22 Jan

Sounding Out Instruments for Growth

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 15 Jan

Carbon Balanced Paper

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 08 Jan

Previous…    No Cop Out
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 18 December

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

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

NEW in 2016…   The digital transformation of industrial printing
Touch the future. Drupa expert Article No 6 by Ron Gilboa, a director of InfoTrends’ Production & Industrial Printing Advisory Service…

drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

2nd drupa Global Insights Report Executive Summary
Touch the future – Applications that can create growth. Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (Switzerland) were appointed by Messe Düsseldorf to conduct these two report series…

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

Finishing 4.0 from Muller Martini at drupa
Muller Martini interconnects all process steps in print finishing through its Connex workflow and data management system…

Previous in 2015…    Komori Inkjet Impremia IS29 official launch at drupa
Komori’s Sheetfed Inkjet Impremia IS29 Digital Printing System arrives at Komori Europe’s Graphics Centre in January prior to official drupa launch….

Muller Martini sets new milestones with Finishing 4.0
Drupa 2016: State-of-the-art drive technology enables print finishing to be targeted in an increasingly automated manner…

Bobst to celebrate its 125th anniversary at drupa 2016
Bobst, a family company based in the Swiss Canton of Vaud, is launching a year of events to celebrate its anniversary with dynamism and commitment…

DG press unveils plans for Drupa 2016
The newest technologies and a wide range of services for Drent Goebel machines will be presented by DG press in Hall 10…

Heidelberg to enable Smart Integration for drupa 2016
Heidelberg to showcase the next stage in automated print media production at drupa 2016…

Heidelberg at drupa 2016: ‘Simply Smart’
drupa 2016: Heidelberg to exhibit the digitised future of the print media industry under the motto ‘Simply Smart’…

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

FESPA Digital 2016 Amsterdam

NEW in 2016…   FESPA Textile provides ideal location to learn and share knowledge
FESPA Textile Conference sessions 8 – 11 March to explore the exploding growth of the textile market…

Brett Martin’s latest range for FESPA debut
Brett Martin to exhibit wide range of substrates at FESPA Digital in Amsterdam in March…

World Wrap Masters competition powers up in Amsterdam
FESPA partners with Avery Dennison and Mimaki for the World Wrap Masters Series Final on 10 and 11 March…

FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam sells out
FESPA is delighted to announce that FESPA Digital, European Sign Expo and FESPA Textile 2016 have all sold out…

FESPA Digital 2016’s Content Programme
Educational content to explore trends and opportunities in digital printing available to printers today and give them the power to expand their businesses…

Printeriors 2016 presents ‘The Print Hotel’
Interior design showcase and dedicated conference return with new concept for 2016…

Ricoh set to debut at FESPA Digital 2016
Ricoh will showcase its expanding portfolio of solutions with its first-ever stand at FESPA Digital in March…

Screen’s new Truepress Jet features at FESPA 2016

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© 2015 Bildcollage: Andreas Weber, Mainz: Fotos: Heidelberg.

 

Value Blog Dialog: Harald Weimer sieht Print durch Vernetzung und Integration an der Spitze automatisierter, smarter Kommunikationslösungen.

Von Andreas Weber

(English Version available)

 

Wie im Value-Blog und via ValuePublishing Social Media-Accounts berichtet und aus meiner Expertensicht analysiert: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (kurz: Heideldruck) schickt sich mit seinem neuem, Erfolg versprechenden Kurs an, die Leitmesse drupa 2016 als global-innovative Plattform zu nutzen, um der weltweiten Druckbranche bereits im Vorfeld „anfassbare” Visionen zu vermitteln. Das Motto „Simply Smart“ soll uns in die neue Welt von „Heideldruck 4.0“ führen.

Folgerichtig wollte ich im Nachgang zur Jahresend-Pressekonferenz vom 1. und 2. Dezember 2015 vertiefende Fragen an Heideldruck-Vorstand Harald Weimer stellen. Der Top-Manager verantwortet den Wachstumsbereich Heidelberg Services. Hier wird das Dienstleistungs- und Lösungsangebot des Konzerns gebündelt und, so wie es aussieht, zielgerichtet und marktorientiert ausgebaut.

Harald Weimer präsentierte sich in seinem ersten „Value Blog Dialog“ offen, zuversichtlich und vorwärtsgerichtet. Und er stellte bezogen auf das Print Media-Geschäft erstmals einen neuen Kontext her: Es gilt für uns alle zu verstehen, dass die Digitalisierung viele Chancen, aber keinesfalls Nachteile hervorbringt, die es gilt, mit Mut und Tatkraft zu meistern! — Das neue Credo im Blick auf die drupa 2016 (in meinen Worten): Digitalisierung wird Bestandteil der DNA einer Nach-Gutenberg-Ära bei der Print im 21. Jahrhundert durch Integration und Vernetzung zum Vorreiter und Erfolgsgaranten automatisierter Kommunikationslösungen wird.

 

Überblick: Kernaussagen von Harald Weimer

  1. Die Print Media-Branche ist ungebrochen stark und mit weltweit über 400 Milliarden Euro Jahresumsatz im Kerngeschäft stabil.
  2. Der Anteil individualisierter Printprodukte wächst dynamisch und basiert auf standardisierten Prozessen für industrielle Druck-Anwendungen.
  3. Industrie 4.0 respektive das Internet of Things inklusive Big Data sind Teil unserer DNA.
  4. Veränderungen, gerade auch disruptiver Art, sind nichts Neues. Sie zu bewältigen gehört schon lange zum Alltag.
  5. Die Print Media-Branche ist mit anderen Innovations-getriebenen Wirtschaftsbereichen auf Augenhöhe und braucht sich nicht zu verstecken.
  6. Digitalisierung im Print Media-Geschäft heisst nicht nur „Internet-Lösungen“ oder „Digitaldruck“ anzubieten.
  7. Print wird Teil einer Welt der „Smart Communication“ werden.
  8. Unsere neue Strategie beinhaltet daher das Versprechen „More than Machines“ sowie das Credo „Listen. Inspire. Deliver“, um bei unseren Mitarbeitern ein neues Wertebewusstsein zu verankern.
  9. Das Zusammenspiel zwischen Maschine-Prozess-Mensch ist neu zu definieren und bietet erhebliche Potentiale.
  10. Simply Smart — Wir denken im Team mit Partnern vom Endkunden her, um zu tatsächlichen Innovationen zu gelangen.
  11. Durch 4D-Printing rückt zunehmend in den Fokus, wie sich neuartige Printanwendungen auf Produkte des Digital Lifestyle beziehen.
  12. Die Individualisierung ist natürlicher Bestandteil der Digitalisierung, die durch Industrie 4.0/IoT weiter Fahrt aufnimmt. Im Zuge dessen entstehen automatisierte Printanwendungen nicht mehr über klassische Einkaufswege, sondern innerhalb von Multichannel-Szenarien.

 

Hinweis: Das Video von Rhein-Neckar-Fernsehen zeigt, wie Anwendungen von Printinnovationen sofort hohe Aufmerksamkeit finden. Es entstand während der Heideldruck Pressekonferenz am 2. Dezember 2015. 

 

Value Blog Dialog: Fragen und Antworten

Sie sehen starke Wachstumsperspektiven für das Medium Print im Digitalzeitalter. Welches sind die für Sie wichtigsten Aspekte für nachhaltigen Erfolg im Print Media Geschäft?

Harald Weimer: Zunächst etwas, was viele sich nicht bewusst machen: Die Print Media-Branche ist ungebrochen stark und mit weltweit über 400 Milliarden Euro Jahresumsatz im Kerngeschäft stabil. Wachstumstreiber sind das Segment Verpackungen und bei Verfahrenstechniken der Digitaldruck. Beides sorgt für Dynamik bei nach wie vor starker Bedeutung des Offsetdrucks. Erfolgreiche Druckereien steigern ihre Effizienz weiter, um maximal schnell und flexibel zu agieren und auf neue Anforderungen im Rahmen der Globalisierung zu reagieren. Der Anteil individualisierter Printprodukte wächst dynamisch und basiert auf standardisierten Prozessen für industrielle Druck-Anwendungen. Einher geht dies mit der Digitalisierung der Geschäftsmodelle und der gesamten Lieferkette, um Kunden und Lieferanten für erweiterte Dienstleistungen einbetten zu können. Unser integrierter Ansatz z. B. mit Smart Print Shop und Smart Services beflügelt diese Entwicklungen, da wir dadurch das Prinzip der Industrie 4.0 bei unseren Kunden wie bei uns selbst verwirklichen können.

Das heisst, die Print Media-Branche inkl. ihrem Lieferanten Heideldruck steht bei der digitalen Transformation bereits sehr gut da?

Harald Weimer: Ja, denn die wichtigsten Voraussetzungen sind geschaffen und werden fokussiert ausgebaut. Industrie 4.0 respektive das Internet of Things inklusive Big Data sind Teil unserer DNA.

Das erstaunt. Gerade in Deutschland wird aller Orten gejammert und die Vorstellungswelt der Print Media-Branche wirkt sehr wert-konservativ. Viele denken nach wie vor, das Internet sei der Feind des Gedruckten…

Harald Weimer: An dieser Stelle möchte ich eine Lanze für die vielen Printbetriebe und unsere Kunden brechen. Veränderungen, gerade auch disruptiver Art, sind nichts Neues. Sie zu bewältigen gehört schon lange zum Alltag. Gleichzeitig wissen wir aus der Vergangenheit Kraft und neuen Mut zu schöpfen. Die Wende vom handwerklichen zum industrialisierten Printgeschäft ist bei den meisten unserer Kunden vollzogen. Es stellt sich nicht die Frage des „ob“, sondern des „wie“. Angefangen mit automatisierten Produktionsabläufen, inkl. dem längst etablierten JDF (Job Description Format) bis hin zu web-basierten Benchmark-Funktionen aus der Cloud sowie Real-Time-Daten aus den Maschinen entsprechen unsere Lösungen doch längst schon den Maßgaben des Internet of Things. Die Print Media-Branche ist mit anderen Innovations-getriebenen Wirtschaftsbereichen auf Augenhöhe und braucht sich nicht zu verstecken.

 

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Grafik: Heidelberg

 

Zweifler und Kritiker sagen stets: Die Komplexität wird aus Sicht vieler Druckereien durch die Digitalisierung noch größer. Und damit steigt die Zahl der Bedenkenträger, ob das alles zu bewältigen sei. Wie halten Sie dagegen?

Harald Weimer: Die Digitalisierung bietet für die Print Media-Branche enorme Chancen, aber keine Nachteile. Durch die Integration inklusive der Vernetzung der Produktionsabläufe läßt sich Komplexität reduzieren…

…können Sie bitte ein Beispiel nennen?

Harald Weimer: Es gibt schon heute Druckereien, die ihre digitalen Kunden-zu-Kunden-Beziehungen auf Basis von Industriestandards und Automatisierung entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungs- und Lieferkette ausbauen. Kunden und Markt honorieren das mit zweistelligen Wachstumsraten.

[Anm. d. Red.: Zufall oder nicht. Fast zeitgleich zu meinem Value Blog Dialog mit Harald Weimar publizierte der Nachrichten-Sender N24 am 16. Dezember 2015 breitenwirksam aktuelle Testergebnisse. Siehe: „Online-Druckereien im Test — Sehr gute Qualität, stark unterschiedliche Preise“.]  

Und das heißt?

Harald Weimer: Wesentlich ist aus meiner Sicht zu differenzieren: Digitalisierung im Print Media-Geschäft heisst nicht nur „Internet-Lösungen“ oder „Digitaldruck“ anzubieten. Die notwendige Intelligenz liegt im gesamten Workflow, in der nahtlosen, smarten Konfiguration der Gesamtprozesse zur bestmöglichen Erfüllung der Kundenwünsche. Dadurch sind Innovationen im Angebot möglich, das im Team mit den Kunden der Druckereien weiterentwickelt werden kann. Es hilft uns allen sehr, wenn wir klarer und sauberer mit den Begrifflichkeiten richtig umgehen.

Welche Rolle spielt Heideldruck in diesen umfassenden Szenarien? Wollen und können Sie alles aus einer Hand bieten?

Harald Weimer: Wir sehen uns als Lösungspartner und Integrator, der eigene Lösungsmodule mit denen von relevanten Partnern kombiniert und als vernetztes, individuell auszulegendes Lösungspaket nutzbar macht. Partner spielen für uns heute und in Zukunft eine bedeutende Rolle um Lösungen zeitnah in den Markt zu bringen. Anders als früher geht es uns nicht nur um die beste Druckbildqualität, sondern um zeitgemäße und zukunftssichere Lösungsangebote für die Erstellung und das verfügbar Machen von maßgeschneiderten Printprodukten.

Das bedeutet eine Zäsur bzw. Trendwende bei Heideldruck, die aber nicht von Heute auf Morgen von statten geht, oder?

Harald Weimer: Wir sprechen derzeit von der Roadmap zur drupa 2016, für uns eine Art Teststrecke, auf der wir Schritt für Schritt komplettieren, was ich anspreche. Entscheidend ist, wie gesagt, die Reduktion von Komplexität durch die Digitalisierung. Print wird Teil einer Welt der „Smart Communication“ werden, wie Sie das vor Jahren schon in ihrem gleichnamigen White Paper richtig erkannt haben.

 

 

Danke, dass Sie das White Paper erwähnen. Es ist mir nach wie vor wichtig! Wie sehen Sie den Bezug von Print zu dem, was ich mit Smart Communication charakterisiert habe?

Harald Weimer: Zeitgemäße Kommunikationslösungen, die Print einbeziehen, müssen flexibel und intuitiv zu bewerkstelligen sein. Das bilden wir bis dato Workflow-technisch mit Heidelberg Prinect ab. Der Endkunde bestimmt frei und ungebunden, wie er was produziert haben will. Egal, ob im Offsetdruck oder den verschiedensten Digitaldruckverfahren, die wir bereithalten. Unter der Überschrift „Smart Collaboration“ gehen wir nun entscheidende Schritte weiter: Das Angebot, das wir bieten, besteht nicht mehr nur im ‚Produkt‘ Druckmaschine. In einem weiteren Schritt werden die Kunden künftig online einen detaillierten Überblick über die eigene Maschinenperformance erhalten. Dadurch wird eine neue Vertriebsplattform für Software, Dienstleistungen und Verbrauchsmaterialien entstehen. Es sind die integrierten, smarten Lösungen, die unseren Kunden und deren Kunden besseren Erfolg bringen müssen.

Das heisst, Sie definieren die Rolle von Print und damit die von Heideldruck komplett neu?

Harald Weimer: Explizit sind hier einige Aspekte zu nennen, wo wir weiterführen, was wir auf der drupa 2012 begonnen haben: Mit dem Benchmarking schaffen wir Transparenz für unsere Kunden, die sich Online per App orientieren können, wo sie stehen und wo Verbesserungspotentiale liegen. Unsere Service Performance-Lösungen führen wir weiter, damit der Kunde auch seinen Kunden ähnliches bieten kann. Z. B. durch das Prinect Portal oder den Prinect Web-Shop. Dies führt zu neuen E-Commerce-Plattformen, um Geschäfte künftig anders abzuwickeln. Wir bieten unseren Kunden somit zu uns und unseren Partner ganz andere Zugänge.

E-Business wird also über Web-to-Print-Anwendungen hinaus eine wesentlich wichtigere Rolle spielen, die über die Möglichkeiten des klassischen Vertriebs hinaus führen?

Harald Weimer: Wir werden zur drupa digitale Plattformen bieten, die unsere erweiterten Services einfach auffindbar und nutzbar machen werden. Dazu gehört, seine „Peers“ finden zu können, aber auch spezifische Empfehlungen und Hilfestellungen. Im Ansatz praktizieren wird das schon, tun dies künftig aber in einer ganz neuen, digital erweiterten Dimension, bei der das Mensch-zu-Mensch-Verhältnis nicht leidet.

Das klingt nach dem, was man neuerdings unter „Customer Centricity“ zusammenfasst und provoziert einen Kulturwandel, geprägt durch einen hohen Interaktionsgrad. Wie wollen sie das bewältigen?

Harald Weimer: Wir fangen bei uns selbst an. Seit Generationen ist unsere DNA geprägt durch „Druckmaschinen“, wie der Firmenname sagt. Unsere neue Strategie beinhaltet daher das Versprechen „More than Machines“ sowie das Credo „Listen. Inspire. Deliver.“, um bei unseren Mitarbeitern ein neues Wertebewusstsein zu verankern. Wir beschreiben damit, was notwenig ist, damit Dinge ineinandergreifen können, damit wir aus dem Silo-Denken rausfinden. Das Zusammenspiel zwischen Maschine-Prozess-Mensch ist neu zu definieren und bietet erhebliche Potentiale. Dies spielt in allen unseren internen Kommunikationsmaßnahmen eine wesentliche Rolle.

Wie wirkt sich der Heideldruck-interne Wandlungsprozess auf ihre Kunden-und Marktkommunikation aus?

Harald Weimer: Externe Aspekte fassen wir unter unserem drupa-Motto „Simply Smart“ zusammen. Die Digitalisierung wird vom Markt getrieben. Wir müssen sicherstellen, passende und relevante Lösungsansätze zu bieten. Dazu müssen wir in neuer Art und Weise die Kommunikation unserer Kunden mit deren Kunden einbinden, zum Beispiel indem wir durch neue Tools unterstützen. Auf der drupa 2016 als Print Media-Leitmesse werden wir das in Real-Life-Szenarien umsetzen.

Das heisst, es rücken in Ihrer erweiterten Kunden-Kunden-Kommunikation Anwendungen in den Vordergrund?

Harald Weimer: Die bei der Dezember-Pressekonferenz vor Ort im mymuesli-Shop in Heidelberg gezeigte Lösung weisst den Weg. Es stand nicht unsere 4D-Druckmaschine im Fokus, sondern die Möglichkeit, dass der mymuesli-Kunde im Laden selbst seine eigene Müsli-Verpackung am iPad gestaltet und mit unserer Jetmaster Dimension Inkjet-Druckmaschine herstellt. Wir denken im Team mit Partnern vom Endkunden her, um zu tatsächlichen Innovationen zu gelangen.

 

 

Das Start-up mymuesli.com ist für Heideldruck aber kein typischer Kunde. Sieht das Ihr Innovationsansatz vor, da mehr zu tun? 

Harald Weimer: Unsere Strategie beinhaltet, erweiterte Marktchancen zu nutzen. Um Print zu stärken, müssen wir diesen Schritt gehen, wobei Online-Druckereien auch schon 4D-Printing-Lösungen von uns nutzen. Wir unterscheiden Lösungen im engeren Sinne für Druckbetriebe, und im weiteren Sinne für Kommunikationstreibende, z. B. am Point-of-Sales.

Welche neuen Impulse haben den größten Einfluss? 

Harald Weimer: Wir betrachten derzeit viele Ansätze, die sich durch die dynamisch wachsende Nachfrage bei individualisierten Produkten ergeben. Durch 4D-Printing rückt zunehmend in den Fokus, wie sich neuartige Printanwendungen auf Produkte des Digital Lifestyle beziehen.

Last but not least: Wird sich durch Industrie 4.0, also der professionelle Bereich der IoT-Anwendungen, die Art und Weise ändern, wie Druckaufträge zustande kommen? 

Harald Weimer: Die Individualisierung ist natürlicher Bestandteil der Digitalisierung, die durch Industrie 4.0/IoT weiter Fahrt aufnimmt. Im Zuge dessen entstehen automatisierte Printanwendungen nicht mehr über klassische Einkaufswege, sondern innerhalb von Multichannel-Szenarien. Unsere Lösungen müssen alle diese neuen Aspekte berücksichtigen. Insofern lohnt es sich für weite Besucherkreise, uns auf der drupa 2016 zu besuchen.

Besten Dank für Ihr Mitwirken beim Value Blog Dialog!

 

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Zur Person: 

Ich kenne Harald Weimer seit langem, bereits als er Mitte der 1990er Jahre bei Xerox mit Digitaldruck anfing, um dann 1998 zu Heidelberg in das Direct Imaging-Vertriebsteam zu wechseln. Der Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur war stets ein kundiger, am aktuellen Marktgeschehen hoch interessierter Macher, der den konstruktiv-kritischen Dialog schätzt. Inzwischen verfügt er über umfassende internationale Erfahrung. Seit April 2014 baut er als Vorstand Services seinen Verantwortungsbereich erfolgreich aus. Sein Thema: „Future of Print Media Industry — Roadmap to drupa 2016“.

Kurzbiografie via heidelberg.com.

 

Value Blog-Videoimpressionen (in englischer Sprache) zum Thema „Digitalisierte Welt“ von der Präsentation von Harald Weimer auf Heidelberg Pressekonferenz am 1. Dezember 2015. Aufzeichnung: Andreas Weber per iPad.

 

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Zum Bild: Wie lassen sich 100 Ausgaben einer Zeitschrift am Besten auf dem Cover unterbringen? Immer wieder gern genommen wird eine Collage aller bisher erschienenen Titel. Wir fanden das wenig originell und haben dies (ins Heft-Innere) auf Seite 7 verbannt. Stattdessen haben wir alle möglichen Gegenstände zusammengestellt, mit denen wir üblicherweise bei der täglichen Arbeit zu tun haben. Dass da nun auch noch ein Nikolaus erscheint, ist der Jahreszeit geschuldet. Wir wünschen Ihnen eine schöne Weihnachtszeit.

 

Der DRUCKMARKT ist eine feste Institution geworden. Zurecht! In Deutschland wie auch in der Schweiz. Die jetzt, Mitte Dezember 2015, erscheinende Jubiläumsausgabe mit der Nummer 100, zeigt nach knapp 20 Jahren, wie vital Fachjournalismus über Print mit Print sein kann. Gründer und Chefredakteur Klaus-Peter Nicolay kenne ich seit 1988. Eine lange Zeit. Einst waren wir „Konkurrenten“, die sich stets fachlich ausgetauscht haben. Seitdem und noch immer sind wir Freunde, die sich schätzen. Und die zusammen rund um den Globus ebenso wie an der Mosel oder in der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz viel Einzigartiges gemeinsam erlebt haben.

Dieses Erleben teilt „Nico“ jetzt mit uns. Und hat ein wunderbares Editorial zu einer grossartigen 100. Ausgabe verfasst. Den inhaltlichen Auftakt der Ausgabe 100 bilden Kommentare von vielen Kollegen aus der Branche, die befragt wurden, und allzu gerne geantwortet haben.

Nico: Wir freuen uns auf die nächsten 100 bis 1.000 Ausgaben von Dir. Vor allem, weil nächstes Jahr wieder drupa in Düsseldorf ist. Und wir viel Neues wiederum gemeinsam schaffen können. Spitze, dass seit einigen Jahren nunmehr Dein jüngster Sohn, Julius, redaktionell mit an Bord ist!

Herzliche Grüße
Dein

Andreas Weber

 

Im Wortlaut: Das Editorial zu Druckmarkt, Ausgabe 100

ZU ALLERERST EIN DANKESCHÖN!

Wer sagt denn, dass alt werden keinen Spaß macht? Der ›Druckmarkt‹ wird 2016 immerhin 20 Jahre und veröffentlicht jetzt seine 100. Ausgabe. Nein, das ist noch kein Alter – und für eine Zeitschrift vielleicht eine Periode, in der man reifer und besser geworden ist oder in der man eine Phase des Fortschritts erreicht hat. Dies wird uns die Freude an den vergangenen und (wer weiß wie viele) noch kommenden Jahren, Wochen und Minuten sicherlich nicht verderben. Wir wissen leider auch nicht, wie viele Minuten oder Stunden Sie Ihrer kostbaren Zeit unseren gedruckten Ausgaben widmen und wie viele Minuten die über 15.000 Leserinnen und Leser, die uns monatlich online besuchen. Dafür jedenfalls ein herzliches Dankeschön.

Zu unserem kleinen Jubiläum – es sind ja schließlich keine 100 Jahre – wollen wir aber keine Rückschau zelebrieren, im nächs ten Jahr auch keine glamouröse Party schmeißen und uns schon gar nicht selbst feiern. Wir haben in dieser Ausgabe schlicht und einfach zum Teil exklusive Nachrichten für Sie zusammengetragen. So, wie wir es immer tun. Denn wir haben uns nie an journalistischen Theorien orientiert, dafür aber an interessanten Themen und Gesprächspartnern.

Seit den ersten Heften versucht der ›Druckmarkt‹ sich unbestechlich und unterhaltsam, zuweilen amüsant bis provokativ, hoffentlich auch anregend mit seinen Leserinnen und Lesern über die Gegenwart und die Zukunft zu verständigen. Dieser Anspruch bleibt. Denn das (für uns schauderhafte) Bild »Den Leser dort abholen, wo er steht«, das Medienleute gerne verwenden, wenn sie ihre Arbeit beschreiben, gilt für uns nicht. Es hieße in der Konsequenz ja auch: Nur das liefern, was bequem ist, nicht aufregt und auch nicht zum Nachdenken anregt, denn ›der Leser‹ (die abstrakte Kreatur) dürfe nicht zu sehr gefordert werden. Wir haben in den vergangenen Jahren genau das Gegenteil erfahren. Eben dass Menschen es durchaus schätzen, wenn ihnen auch einmal etwas zugemutet wird und wenn sich der Inhalt eines Fachmagazins nicht nur in ›Hurra-Meldungen‹ erschöpft.

Was den ›Druckmarkt‹ vielleicht etwas anders macht: Wir misstrauen dem Zeitgeist und dem Mainstream. Das Modisch-Gefällige liegt uns weniger bis gar nicht. Wo alle einer Meinung sind, versuchen wir durch andere Sichtweisen den Blick auf das Wesentliche zu lenken. Ob uns das immer gelingt, können Sie besser beurteilen als wir selbst. Doch wir sind der festen Überzeugung, dass es bei aller Digitalisierung noch immer traditionelle Werte in unserer Branche gibt, die auch weiterhin Gültigkeit haben werden. Deshalb halten wir uns gerne an den Satz von Willy Brandt: »Wer das Bewahrenswerte bewahren will, muss verändern, was der Erneuerung bedarf.«

Ihre Druckmarkt-Redaktion
Klaus-Peter und Julius Nicolay

 

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Nico fragt! Ich habe geantwortet!

DRUCKMARKT: Was war für Dich das einschneidende Ereignis in der Branche in den letzten 20 Jahren?

ANDREAS WEBER: Historisch gesehen, geschah das Einschneidende schon vor über 20 Jahren, als DTP und fast nahtlos anschließend der Digitaldruck aufkamen. Motto: Jeder sein eigener Gutenberg.

Das zentrale Erlebnis für mich war, als wir eine fulminante drupa 2012 hatten. Gut für die Brancheninsider, also diejenigen, die übrig geblieben sind (es gab ja fast 100.000 Besucher weniger). Schlecht für die Strahlkraft der Branche: Kunden der Druck- und Papierbrache wären fasziniert gewesen. Doch sie kamen nicht. Man hatte sie (Aussteller-seitig) erst gar nicht eingeladen bzw. so angesprochen, dass sie ihren Vorteil erkannt hätten. Das war fatal. Und hat die Druckbranche als Insel der selbstverliebten Print-Technik-Gläubigen isoliert.

DRUCKMARKT: Was erwartest Du für die Zukunft? Was werden die großen Themen sein?

ANDREAS WEBER: Meine Erwartung? Etwas Altes wird etwas Neues! — Die großen Themen? Es gibt nur ein Thema, dem sich alle anderen fügen müssen: Wie ordnet sich Print im Kommunikationsmix ein? Dieser Mix wird durch Multi-Channel-Szenarien getrieben. Mit dem, was die Branche unter Cross-Media versteht, hat das wenig bis gar nichts zu tun. Sondern es geht darum, wie man nahtlos über die Online-Welt in die reale Welt gelangt. Und umgekehrt. Print erhält hier eine fundamental neue Bedeutung und Wichtigkeit. Dies gilt es zu schärfen, in dem die Expertise zur Wirkung von Printmedien im Digitalzeitalter glaubhaft dargestellt wird.

Wenn das gelingt, dann ist klar: PRINT GEWINNT!

 

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