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Von Andreas Weber | English version via INKISH.NEWS

Teil 1: Die Notwendigkeit eines radikalen Wandels bei globalen Leitmessen am Beispiel der drupa

Ich stimme den Gedanken voll und ganz zu, die Morten B. Reitoft auf INKISH.News geteilt hat. Kernaussage: „Messen können nicht mehr das Zentrum von Produkteinführungen sein.” Die drupa, als weltweite Leitmesse die Nummer 1, bildet keine Ausnahme.

Klar, dies erfreut uns keinesfalls. Im Gegenteil. Seit 1977 habe ich selbst bereits zehn Mal (!) an den drupa-Messeveranstaltungen teilgenommen. Aber aus meiner Erinnerung wird deutlich, was spätestens seit der drupa 2004 anders wurde: Es drehte sich zunehmend weniger um die Interessen der Besucher; sondern mehr oder mehr um den Ansatz, hauptsächlich die Bedürfnisse der Aussteller und der Organisatoren zu erfüllen. Infolgedessen wurden Empathie und Sympathie für die Besucher ausgedünnt. Nebeneffekt: Es kamen bis 2016 zunehmend weniger Besucher. Für 2020 hatte ich aus verschiedenen Gründen vermutet, dass es sogar unter 200.000 Fachbesucher sein könnten.

Tut mir leid, dies feststellen zu müssen: Wenn nicht wie einst die Besucher im Zentrum stehen, hat die globale Print-Community ihre Heimatbasis verloren. Und in gewisser Weise auch einen Teil ihrer Identität.

Ich glaube nicht, dass die #drupa2020 einfach im Konzept unverändert, ohne radikale Änderungen vorzunehmen, auf April 2021 verschoben werden kann. Nicht nur wegen der Corona-Krise. Sondern vor allem aufgrund der Tatsache, dass die Zukunft von Print von Menschen bestimmt wird und nicht von Technik.

Meine Erkenntnis: Umdenken und Neustart angehen

Um einen Neuanfang zu schaffen, sollten alle ihre Aufgaben überdenken und Unsinniges beseitigen:

  1. Worin liegt der Wert eines generischen Werbeclaims wie „Embrace the future — umarme die Zukunft“? — Besonders in einer Situation, in der wir alle das Chaos „umarmen“ müssen, um zu überleben.
  2. Warum sollten die Umfrageergebnisse des 3. drupa Global Trend Spotlight Report, der einige Zeit vor dem Lockdown und der Kontaktsperre erstellt wurde, und jetzt noch, im Mai 2020, einen Nutzen bieten und veröffentlicht werden? Die Befragung von 500 Druckern plus 200 Lieferanten ist zudem NICHT repräsentativ, wie professionelle, unabhängige  Marktforschungsexperten bestätigen können.
  3. Dies offenbart ein Kernproblem für die globale Print-Branche: Wir haben keine verlässlichen, belastbaren, eindeutigen Fakten über Märkte, Segmente, Anwendungen, Trends, Kundenerlebnisse oder Fehler, aus denen man Lernen kann. Weil alle Beteiligten ihre eigene Faktenlage der sogenannten „Druckindustrie“ erfinden, ist das strategisch und perspektivisch gesehen ein Supergau!
  4. „Embrace the Chaos“: Das Marktvolumen im Sinne der globalen Wertschöpfung mit Printmedien wird zum Beispiel mit 400 Mrd. EUR oder auch mit 700 Mrd. EUR, 1.000 Mrd. EUR oder sogar über 2.460 Mrd. EUR angegeben. Was soll man jetzt glauben? Und was halten Außenstehende, Finanz-Analysten, Investoren, Politiker und vor allem Kunden von Druckereien von einem so zerrütteten Bild? Die Kurse der börsennotierten Unternehmen, die sich mit Print-Technik beschäftigen, sprechen da eine deutliche Sprache. Die Kurse und damit die Marktkapitalisierung sind durch die Bank im Keller, nicht erst seit COVID-19.
  5. Es geht letztendlich nicht, wie viele Denken, um Zweck-Optimismus, der Fakten verbiegt, verzerrt oder umdeutet, sondern darum, das Bewusstsein zu verändern, angetrieben von Klarheit, einem geschärften Realitätssinn und Vertrauen. Tun wir das nicht, entkommen wir nicht diesen Absurditäten in der Realität. Sondern wir machen das Absurde zur Realität. Und das geht selten gut.

Mein Rat: Fatal-Error 404 — Neustart-Knopf drücken. Alle zusammen!

Die Berichtserie wird fortgesetzt.


 

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We as PrintLovers are entering a new era: the current Heidelberg management is taking the company out of the center of the action.

As a result, the ’Heidelberg cosmos’, which had been a determining factor in the success of the print industry for decades, is imploding.

My Open Love Letter to the Heidelberg world created an amazing feedback from experts around the globe. I’ll summarize it to share the current status a.s.a.p.

The new ”Over the Skype“ conversation (dated 22 April 2020) with INKISH.TV’s Morten B. Reitoft adds some more insights, facts and findings. You should read & watch.

The key points:

  1. It’s becoming more and more clear that we have stepped into a new era where the industry leader Heidelberg gives up his leadership.
  2. The mantra publicly proclaimed by the CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer, ‘Heidelberg goes digital’ wants to create a new momentum and makes the company, as the lighthouse of the print industry, ’systemically relevant’. — BUT: that is in my opinion completely counter-targeted by the package of measures from March 17, 2020. At least, it creates the danger that the lighthouse will become a dangerous wisp or ghost light for many in the industry.
  3. The goal of sustainably securing the future and prosperity of print was abandoned. It needs a cultural change that works both internally and externally in order to actually achieve the best for everyone in a customer and market-oriented manner.

At least we identified three crucial areas:

  1. Thought Leadership, based on empathy, openness in thinking and confident mindset.
  2. Measures that build trust related all kind of stakeholders
  3. Deep and advancing understanding of the changes & needs to benefit from the digital age.

What do you think?

 


 

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By Andreas Weber, Head of Transformation | German version

 

The articles in my ad hoc series “Print and the Crisis” serve as a guide: The print industry has to rethink radically and change IMMEDIATELY in order to adapt its “social culture” and its “skills” to the situation. Before the Corona crisis, there were opportunities and loopholes to compensate for deficits. And to conceal so that there is a gap between communication and action. This is taking revenge now.

Because: Highly ambitious innovators in particular – regardless of whether they are technology developers or printers – have been and are hardly able to present the added value they can (actually) provide clearly and comprehensibly. My analysis of how specialist communication is practiced makes me both angry and sad. And at the same time offers options to tackle this satirically. See: “No April Fool’s Day: The ‘K’ in crisis stands for creativity!”

The situation is serious. Very seriously!

If communication in companies, both internally and externally, is as miserable as before, it is a disaster. As stated, we need a new #debate culture; it is not just about critical questioning and certainly not about criticism.

It is about preventing absurd absurdity from becoming normal. If, for example, a CEO claims that his new strategy is not bad, and certainly not wrong, only communicated incorrectly and therefore misunderstood, it is a testimony to the poverty! For himself and for his management. Especially when attempts are being made to suppress criticism intriguingly and to be outraged if this is exposed by a third, independent party.

Because what the German Ethics Council stated at the federal press conference on April 7, 2020 is correct and expedient: In the #Coronacrisis times, apart from #solidarity and #responsibility, above all open #discussions are required. “You can’t regain trust without public debates!” Said Steffen Augsberg (source: German news by tagesschau.de). It is also possible to undo decisions without becoming unreliable.

Decisions need clarity

In order to make sustainable decisions in a targeted manner, you have to be clear without any ifs and buts. For the extremely innovation-driven printing industry, this means not following the slogan of the false prophets who “preach”: “Technology will do it!” Because technocracy is just as dangerous as technology ignorance.

My suggestion: Everyone for themselves and all of us together should collect and exchange ideas. To explore how we can benefit in the digital age despite all the turbulence. On the one hand for our communication, the go-to-market and networking. On the other hand for the ‘digital’ transformation of what we as #PrintLovers do with our work and our businesses.

The entry into #clarity when it comes to digitization & transformation in the digital age is provided by what Thomas Göcke has thoroughly thought through, internalized and published, and has already practiced in a team with many colleagues around the world: demystifying digitalization and transformation in print and making it clear what it is actually about deriving meaningful actions from it. And to clarify the complexity, the momentum and the dimensions behind it.

I mention Thomas Göcke because he, as a print technology specialist, is entrusted with #marketing and #digitization tasks and shows us what goes on, what needs to be taken into account, and for how long, beyond our own and company thinking You need breath to renew yourself and make yourself fit for the digital age. My POV: That helps us all in the print industry!


INFO BOX

The following reading tips as a basis for discussion:

How digital transformation is leading the world of print into the future

Core message: “An essential part of the recipe for a successful digital transformation is a permanent look through customer glasses. Because we can only be successful if we make our customers successful.”

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Preparing your company for digital transformation

Core message: “In contrast to digitalization – which only includes the use of digital technologies – digital transformation describes a process in which the emergence of new business models and a 100 percent customer focus is the focus. The result is offers for customers, new markets and a new culture.”

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Those who feel inspired can actively participate in open discussions on all relevant topics related to print:

  • Via online dialogue “Over the Skype” via INKISH.TV (in English, for a global specialist audience)
  • Via INKISH.News with own blog posts (in English and via INKISH D-A-CH also in German).

 


 

#drupa2020

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

Note / supplement

The first publication of this article in September 2019 produced a worldwide response. Mostly my assessment was shared. Above all, it was discussed how and if technology fairs can serve to strengthen or even improve the situation of printing companies and to develop future potential. The result: Yes, this succeeds if the focus is not only on exhibitor needs, but places the interests and the situation of the visitors in the center.

The situation in the print market is characterized above all by technology and innovative capability. And here’s my latest analysis revealing something amazing (see: # drupa2020 ante portas: The Renewal of Print). No wonder, then, when you have to be concerned because appearance and reality drift apart.

Incidentally, one critic commented that drupa should not be talked down otherwise it would be a pity for the print industry as a whole. Well, am I doing that? To identify problems/challenges and express concerns is not bad, but important to get better and better. Isn’t it?

 


 

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


 

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

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

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

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

 

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Source: Wikipedia (german edition)

 

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

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

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

 


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


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

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

 


 

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By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

With regard to dramatically falling stock market prices: Are printing press manufacturers and, with them, the printers (once again) in a deep crisis? The answer is “no, but …” — because the most sensitive thing is that the structural change in the print media business has a deeper impact than previously thought. And most underestimated that.

Status quo: Nothing goes any further!

  1. The vast majority of printers and their suppliers can no longer produce organic growth.
  2. Cost-cutting measures are largely exploited resp. certainly not a guarantee of success in the long run.
  3. The tried and tested measures for the industry in critical situations — the switch to new technologies for print media production (eg inkjet printing) — does not pull anymore, as it has not really got going for years and therefore only looks like a drop in the bucket.
  4. Last but not least, according to the feedback from the audience: media-effective, public events such as press conferences at trade shows or financial press conferences are usually completely overcrowded, dripping and riddled with insider details that prevent them from gaining an eye for the essentials.

Are ad hoc measures still possible? Yes and no. — Too much has to change fundamentally, as the valuable #Think!Paper expert analysis shows. Over the past eight days, leading minds from Europe and America have come to the heart of their assessment of the future of print. Tenor: Print has a future and fits perfectly into the digital age. Provided the business philosophy is radically refurbished and new go-to-market strategies and implementation solutions are found accordingly

 


If you want to know how this affects suppliers, read the #Subscription blog in an interview with Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Chief Digital Officer of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG: “Subscription & Print: Insights, Developments and Market Scenario”.


 

Thanks to Fraser Church from the UK, the most important finding for print shops is that the industry actually has the best chance. Because print as a medium delivers through its outstanding core properties — Trust and Value – exactly what print companies and their suppliers have to use and assert.

This is best achieved through exemplary multichannel marketing campaigns designed for conversations, which make print appear brilliant in networked communication scenarios. — But far from that there is nothing to see. Functioning genre marketing has always been foreign to the industry! Everyone always cooks their own soup. Pity!


 

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Further reading

The current and exclusive #Think!Paper expert analyzes in the form of short interviews at a glance: 

Rüdiger Maaß: Put the strengths of print in the right place!

Fraser Church: „Use print when you need something considered or need to promote trust and value!

Hamilton Costa: „Print is not a common thing anymore! But it’s still relevant!“

Peter Gunning: „Print creates an unspoken trust!“

François Martin: „Print will remain but it will never be what it was!“

Jeroen van Druenen: „Print is always the start of a good conversation“

Bernhard Cantzler: „Print is a natural ’digital detox’ and helps deeper thinking!“

Morten B. Reitoft: „Print has a way higher impact than mobile and web!“

 


 

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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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Senator h.c. Peter Sommer, Member of the Elanders Board, und Andreas Weber, Head of Value, trafen sich in Waiblingen bei Stuttgart zum Ideenaustausch. Das Ergebnis: Die Geburtsstunde der #Think!Paper-Initiative.

#Think!Paper — Edition 1, Volume 1. | English Version

 

„Wir starten eine Initiative, die die Bedeutung von Print nicht nur im, sondern fürs Digitalzeitalter in den Brennpunkt stellt. Nicht das ‚Was machen wir’ und das ‚Wie machen wir was‘, sondern das ‚Warum bringt Print dauerhaften Erfolg‘ zählt. Es muss um den einzigartigen Nutzen gehen, den professionelle Printproduktionen leisten. Gestern wie auch heute und morgen!“ —Peter Sommer und Andreas Weber

Gipfeltreffen der besonderen Art in Sachen Print & Transformation: Senator h.c. Peter Sommer, Member of the Elanders Board, und Andreas Weber, Head of Value, trafen sich in Waiblingen bei Stuttgart, dem Ort, der wohl in Europa das dynamischste Lösungsangebot für Print bündelt und volumen- sowie ertragsstark aufzeigt, welchen wichtigen Beitrag Print (via Digitaldruck) im Digitalzeitalter leisten kann. 

„Es ist schon dramatisch und für mich völlig unverständlich, wie schlecht Print dargestellt wird, gerade von der Print-Branche selbst. Warum eigentlich?“, räsoniert Peter Sommer. Im Gespräch ergaben sich wichtige Ansatzpunkte, die zur Gründung der Think!Paper-Initiative führten. Gleichzeitig stellen die Punkte die zentralen Aspekt der Think!Paper-Aktivitäten dar, die eine konstuktiv-kritische Diskussionsgrundlage bieten.

Bestandsaufnahme

Die Print-Branche verkauft sich unter Wert und blickt viel zu wenig über den Tellerrand. Man bleibt gerne unter sich. Über die Herausforderungen im Digitalzeitalter wird zumeist nur spekuliert. Vieles Positive bleibt dabei im Verborgenen. Chancen, die sich durch Veränderung ergeben, werden verkannt.

Kernthesen

Status quo: Man befeuert mit großer Leidenschaft den selbst errichteten Scheiterhaufen. Dabei ist die Perspektive von Druckereien im Digitalzeitalter weitaus besser als das Image, das die Branche nach innen und außen verkörpert.

Der Irrweg besteht darin, dass Druckereien wie auch Drucksachenbesteller den falschen Propheten folgen.

Klarstellung: Print ist ein perfektioniertes Medium, das Bestand hat, Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten bietet und profitables Neugeschäft ermöglicht. 

Denn:

  • Print stellt eine äußerst werthaltige Kommunikationsform dar — gemacht von Menschen für Menschen!
  • Durch verbesserte Funktionalität erhöht sich der Nutzen von Print im Digitalzeitalter exponentiell.  
  • Durch Print werden nicht nur Daten vervielfältigt, es lassen sich Texte, Bilder und Spezialeffekte in besonderer, höchst persönlicher Form inszenieren, die Menschen zutiefst berührt. 
  • Print hat in der Kommunikation die nachhaltigste Wirkungskraft und ist insofern gedeihlich einsetzbar. 
  • Print im Marketingmix setzt immer Maßstäbe und schöpft Potenziale in der Kundenbeziehung bestmöglich aus.
  • Apropos Transformation: Wenn sich etwas ändern muss, dann der Umgang mit Print als Premium-Produkt.

Paradigma: Print war, ist und bleibt unverzichtbarer Impulsgeber der kulturellen, gesellschaftlichen und wirtschaftlichen Entwicklungen; das haben längst auch ‚Digital Leader’ wie z. B. Google, Amazon, Facebook und Apple erkannt, die Print bestens für sich einzusetzen wissen. 

Plädoyer: Print bleibt im Digitalzeitalter der Gewinner, wenn die richtige Balance zwischen dem technisch Sinnvollen und den Bedürfnissen von Menschen hergestellt wird. Die Fakten liegen auf dem Tisch. Nun gilt es, das Wesentliche klar und verständlich zu kommunizieren! Setzen wir die Schönheit und Vielfalt von Print ins rechte Licht!

Zielsetzungen und Maßnahmen

Wir setzen schnörkellos und zielführend kreative Konversationen in Gang, um anschaulich und vorausschauend effektive Lösungen mit Print für Kommunikationsaufgaben aller Art aufzuzeigen, bei denen Print seine Stärken voll ausspielen kann. 

Wir entfachen Begeisterung für innovative und außergewöhnliche Kommunikationslösungen mit Print.

Wir stärken die Geschäftsentwicklung mit Print, indem bis dato wenig zielführend adressierte Marktbereiche, die schnell und bestmöglich von Innovations-Lösungen durch und mit Print profitieren können identifiziert und eingebunden werden. 

Wir organisieren Roundtables und VIP-Events sowie Social Media-basierte, interaktive Kommunikation mit Print.

Wir stellen im Rahmen der neuen Think!Paper-Aktivitäten prägnante Ideenpapiere bereit, zum Beispiel über Dossiers, Reports mit Analysen und Handlungsanweisungen für Top-Entscheider in der Wirtschaft.

Wir starten einen globalen Ideen-Wettbewerb. 

Wir gründen und leiten das national wie international wirksame, interdisziplinäre Expertenpanel „Think!Team“.

 


Hinweis

Es haben sich schon einige handverlesene Partner für Think!Paper gefunden, allen voran Mondi Group und GT Trendhouse 42 sowie DRUCKMARKT. Aktuelles dazu in Kürze.


#Think!Paper — Das Wichtigste auf einen Blick

Unser Thema

Wir bewerten und profilieren Print sowie seine Apologeten in der Rolle als wirkungsvolle Treiber von Transformation — über alle Branchengrenzen hinweg!

Unsere Mission

Wir beweisen erstmals, dass Print nicht Treibholz im Transformations-Ozean ist (mit Titanic-Effekt), sondern ein Rettungsanker für die ‚Tsunamis in unseren Köpfen‘!

Unsere Alleinstellungsmerkmale

Wir bringen die fähigsten Köpfe zusammen und formieren global ausgerichtete, interdisziplinäre
#Think!Teams. 

Wir bauen den besten Knowledge-Pool auf, ausgerichtet auf Interaktion, Diskurse und nachhaltige Konversationen.

Wir stärken das wichtigste Asset jeglichen ‚digitalen‘ Transformations-erfolgs: Die fachlich versierte, spannend inszenierte und werthaltige Kommunikation.

Vorteile für unsere Partner

Wir ermöglichen, neue, marktrelevante Erkenntnisse zu gewinnen, die unsere Partner inspirieren und in ihrer Entwicklung dynamisieren.

 


Kontakt

Wer sich für die Think!Paper-Initiative interessiert oder sich persönlich engagieren will, sollte mit uns in Kontakt treten:

Twitter @PrintDigitalAge

Andreas Weber (Koordination) via LinkedIn

Schlagworte | Hashtag: #PDA #printforthedigitalage #creativity #printinnovation #transformation

 


 

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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.

 


German Version

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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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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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:…

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

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
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… just scroll down to view each Chapter

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…   
  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…

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

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

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 Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, and Kemtek Imaging Systems

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 20 January 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of 20 of the best received during the past seven days, as well as the latest Verdigris Environmental Blog from Laurel Brunner, and the two very latest Wild Format Technology Guides from Digital Dots, bringing the total in this new series to 19.
You’ll find a number of superb sales and recent intallations among this week’s posts for leading technology from Ricoh in the UK; Heidelberg in North America; from Fujifilm with Inca Digital in Johannesburg, South Africa; KBA in the United States; EFI in both Spain and Israel; IFS with Foliant in the UK; Edale in Thailand; and MPS with its first Domino-powered Hybrid narrow web press in North America.
Event news this week came from this year’s sell-out EFI Connect customer event in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; with upcoming event news from Heidelberg for its participation in PrintWeekLive! In the UK which takes place from 8 – 9 March; and from Ricoh Europe on Friday, with its plans for Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne next month.
New kit this week from Intec, Zund and Drytac on Monday; from Canon with three new MFP devices on Wednesday; and from Komori on Thursday with its very latest Lithrone press, which it describes as the ultimate one-pass double-sided printing press to meet the most demanding requirements.
The tailender is from Sappi and Felix Schoeller, who jointly announced on Thursday they are to develop sustainable packaging solutions by combining their unique core competencies.

That’s it 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 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
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

Week beginning Mon 16 January – actual date published also appears in article footline

Monday
New Intec CS3000 model launched today
Intec enhances ColorSplash digital imaging range with new CS3000 with affordability in mind for lower volume users…

Hubergroup develops MGA Natura sheetfed ink series
The fast-setting ink series is ideal for high-volume printing of food packaging and fast post-print processing…

Zünd adds more powerful, versatile, automated router
With the high-powered RM-L router option, Zünd brings to market a robust new 3.6kW routing solution…

Drytac announces new Polar Carpet film for graphics
Create ‘Slip Certified’ slip resistant short-term graphics for short pile carpets with Drytac’s Polar Carpet film…

Tuesday
Advantage Ricoh in digital colour printing stakes
ADP has swopped Xerox for Ricoh and it is thumbs up for the C9110 from the Dorchester UK printer. By Gareth Ward…

Classic Open House for Heidelberg’s classic X-Press
Open House at Classic Litho + Design, Inc. showcases cost-effective benefits of high-spec Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102…

Pureprint has fast turnaround work covered with Foliant
IFS-supplied Foliant Taurus Laminator supports demand for 24-hour delivery at Pureprint Group in the UK…

Edale eight-colour press for EVA in Thailand
EVA Enterprise in Bangkok, Thailand, returns to Edale to invest in full UV FL3 eight-colour label printing press…

Wednesday
Fujifilm and USS Graphics: A South African success story
Full-service South African commercial printer strengthens its Fujifilm partnership with second Inca Digital Onset in two years…

Heidelberg digital and litho live at PrintWeekLive!
Under the banner Simply Smart there will be a Press Center XL 2 and Versafire CV five-colour B3 digital press; with Anthony Thirlby representing Heidelberg on the discussion panel…

EFI Connect once again reached sell-out capacity
Global EFI customers from 37 nations jumpstart their business opportunities in 2017 at sold-out Connect conference…

Canon announces three new imageRunner Advance MFPs
New Canon multi-function printer series designed to meet the demands of today’s modern office environments…

Thursday
Sappi Europe and Felix Schoeller Group to collaborate
Sappi and Felix Schoeller to jointly develop sustainable packaging solutions by combining their unique core competencies…

Komori announces Lithrone GX44RP debut
Komori has developed the ultimate one-pass double-sided printing press to meet the most demanding requirements…

First EFI Nozomi C18000 for Hinojosa in Spain
Hinojosa selected for first worldwide installation of EFI’s Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated board press…

MPS EF SYMJET hybrid press first for North America
Meyers is first in North America to purchase the MPS EF SYMJET digital UV inkjet label press powered by Domino…

Friday
Ricoh at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017 in Lucerne
Ricoh to focus on end-to-end workflow with Ricoh Pro VC60000; and Pro C9100 at Hunkeler Innovationdays in February…

Premier boosts productivity with Promatrix 106 CS
Premier Folding Carton in Cincinnati reaping the benefits of Heidelberg’s Promatrix 106 CS die-cutting machine…

El Paso Paper Box adds KBA Rapida 106 seven-colour
Texas firm differentiates itself with perfecting, full inline UV, upgraded quality controls, and faster productivity…

Campus Digital Imaging adds EFI Vutek 3r LED printer
Newly launched roll-to-roll model replaces three printers, improving throughput and enabling same-day delivery for Israeli firm…

A couple of the key articles from last week… 

Xaar signs piezo inkjet printhead partnership with Xerox
Xaar has signed an agreement with Xerox Corporation to partner for bulk piezo inkjet printhead production…

Ricoh achieves BPIF ISO 12647 certification
Ricoh UK Products Ltd achieves world’s first UKAS accredited ISO 12647 certification for a digital press manufacturer…

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drupa 2020 (drupa), the international flagship fair of the printing and media industry, responds to the challenges of the changing market and provides pioneering solutions for the future. This is highlighted by the new marketing and communication strategy where drupa claims its position as ‘No.1 for Print & Crossmedia Solutions’. Visit the drupa 2020 Website.You should also visit blog.drupa.comfor the very latest industry news and developments.

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

Online Features Nov/Dec Chapter 08

Previous…   
Improving colour across suppliers
Colour is an integral part of every product we see and touch, and it elicits an emotional response. By Shoshana Burgett, director of corporate strategy for X-Rite Pantone…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Trumping the Paris Agreement
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 20 Jan

Previous…   
Packaging Technology Cuts Emissions
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 13 Jan

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017
This is the brand new series for 2016 – 2017. The first 18 can now be found in this special section in the Index on our Website Home Page. All have illustrated PDFs to download.

No 19 – Installation Basics for Wide Format Projects
Have you ever heard that print is dead? Well, if you have, I’m sure you disagree, especially when we look at the development of digitally printed options. By Paul Lindström

No 18 – Machine Head
Investing in the right wide format equipment is paramount for any digital print provider. With options more diversified than ever, just how do you find out which machine will really rock your shop? By Sonja Angerer…

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2016 – 2017

Previous…   
Messe Düsseldorf to reconstruct Southern Section
Plans for the reconstruction of the South Entrance and Halls 1 + 2 in a EUR 140m investment approved for completion in 2019…

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

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

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

Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging Systems,  Leonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  and UPM-Kymmene.

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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.

 


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