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#xug17orlando Review via Storify

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

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Read as well the case study as making-off!

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 



It’s all about having great conversation!

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

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The best of the best!

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

 

 


 

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

 

 


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

 

 

 

 



 

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

 

 

 


Editors Darling

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

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

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

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

 


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


 

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

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

 


 

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

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


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


 

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

 


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


 

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

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


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

Headline News

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

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

Monday

FESPA 2017 opens today, 8 May, at Messe Hamburg

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

Ricoh goes creative at FESPA in Hamburg this week

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

Canon Europe at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

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

Sawgrass Virtuoso Print Manager at FESPA

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

Exclusive Fujifilm Inkjet Technology preview at FESPA

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

Domino launches new CIJ inkjet inks at Interpack

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

Domino announces coding and marking upgrades

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

Fujifilm UK’s Keith Dalton appointed to EMEA role

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

Tuesday

Koenig & Bauer reports on First Quarter 2017

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

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world

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

Sun Chemical collaboration agreement with HP Indigo

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

Ricoh launches two new Direct to Garment printers

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

Canon Europe shows striking campaign at FESPA

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

Océ Colorado with UVgel at FESPA now available in EMEA

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

EFI fuelling customer success at FESPA in Hamburg

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

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

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

MTEX launches new digital direct-to-textile printers

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

Wednesday

HP inspires large-format providers at FESPA 2017

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

Canon celebrates 10th anniversary of Océ Arizona:

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

Sun’s new pouch system and upgraded inks at FESPA

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

Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex for Sun Chemical

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

Felix Schoeller STYLine qualified for Xeikon presses

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

EFI’s second Nozomi C18000 press heads to Dublin

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

United Caps at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf

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

Haslam Printers upgrades digital with a Versafire CP

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

Holywell Press trims production times with Horizon

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

Thursday

Canon lowers barrier to cut sheet inkjet printing

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

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

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

Xaar Print Bar System moves to FFEI for distribution

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

Ricoh wins two EDP awards during FESPA in Hamburg

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

Sawgrass attains G7 Master qualification

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

Premiere for the Geoman e:line at Vorländer, Germany

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

MPH Fulfilment installs FL3: its sixth Edale press

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

Simply Cartons keeps its cool in the pressroom

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

Lasertryk opts for Taopix photo commerce platform

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

Friday

Kodak reports its First Quarter 2017 results

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

FESPA 2018 global print expo heads to Berlin

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

InPrint Italy 2018 dates and venue confirmed

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

FN Brooks launches ‘Pure Digital’ for creatives

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

Canon’s new imageRUNNER C3025i colour device

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

Duplo launches new Website with Rocket lift off

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

Herff Jones installs a second Speedmaster XL 106-8P

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

Cerlat opts for latest Xaar heads on new KERAjet

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

Falconer upgrades workflow, CTP and press from Heidelberg

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

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

Heidelberg’s Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016/2017

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

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialogue – exclusive Interview series

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An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

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

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Well-attended symposium at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Eco Labels

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 12 May

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Ignorance and Bamboo

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 05 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

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

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

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world

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

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

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

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

 

Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 28 April 2017

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


Smart Print Shop. Zero errors in packaging printing.

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

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Photos: Heideldruck

 


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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

My best regards,

Mike Hilton


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


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

Headline News

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

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

Monday

FESPA continues to transform as industry change accelerates

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

Explore the possibilities of print for interior décor

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

Kurz: Foil calculation at the click of a mouse

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

Kurz: Exclusiveness on a roll at Interpack 2017

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

TRESU integration for cartons and synthetics at Interpack

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

Exploring inkjet and its unrivalled versatility

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

Ricoh announces two new industrial inkjet print heads

New inkjet heads handle wider range of inks more reliably…

Tuesday

UPM-Kymmene Corporation Interim Report Q1/2017

UPM businesses deliver a strong start in the first quarter…

EFI reports first quarter 2017 financial results

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

EFI fumbles ball for display graphics disappointment

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

Kodak breaks new ground for flexo growth in North America

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

Propago experiences triple digit growth in Web-to-Print

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

Core Image switches from Konica to Heidelberg for digital

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

SDPS boosts production with Inca Onset X2

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

Indiana Carton opts for Heidelberg wide-web flexo

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

Wednesday

Heidelberg delivers Zero Defect Print Production

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

Kurz: A sample says more than 1000 pictures

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

Esko at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf 4 – 10 May

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

Durst Tau Hybrid System to debut at Interpack 2017

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

HP at ISA Expo with new Print and Cut Series

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

Core Image enhances bindery with Horizon StitchLiner

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

Royle to add new KBA Rapida 105 five-colour

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

Imprimerie Centrale upgrades Muller Martini Prima Amrys

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

Thursday

‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ event

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

New ISO standard set for May publication

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

KBA keyless inking now also for beverage can decoration

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

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

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

Lexon prepares to install UK’s first inkjet Komori

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

Lexon Group ‘Thinking About the Box’ with Highcon

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

SE Litho expands digital services with Xerox

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

PeterLynn adds Xeikon CX3 to increase capacity up to 50%

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

Friday

FESPA confirms full conference programme for Hamburg

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

Epson meets haute couture at FESPA from 8 – 12 May

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

Kornit Digital at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

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

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

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

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

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

Derek Gillard bids adieu to Heidelberg UK

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

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

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

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

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

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Heidelberg long perfector arrives at Elanders Newcastle

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

Xeikon to bring Folding Carton Suite to Interpack

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

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

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‘Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging’ event

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Heidelberg: Zero Defect Production

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

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“Beam me up, Scotty” — Transformation im Digitalzeitalter, lautet der Titel eines Webinars, mit dem Andreas Weber, Gründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender der Value Communication AG im Team mit der PROKOM User Community ein für die Print-Branche entscheidend wichtiges Themenfeld eröffnet. Basis waren die Erkenntnisse aus dem gleichnamigen White Paper, das den Webinar-Teilnehmern zur Verfügung stand. — Anbei das Wichtigste aus der Präsentation mit praktischen Ratschlägen, wie man den Überblick behält und den Wandel im Griff hat.

Zitat:

„Die tägliche Reizüberflutung überfordert uns und macht uns fast panisch bewusst, dass der von den digitalen Techniken verursachte Wandel nicht mehr aufzuhalten ist. Kein Stein bleibt dabei auf dem anderen. Um die digitale Transformation kommt keiner herum.“ —Andreas Weber

Themen/Struktur:

  • Die Geheimnisse (und Besonderheiten) der Transformation
  • Rolle und Bedeutung im Kontext mit der Print-Branche
  • Lernen von den Besten (ausgewählte Beispiele)
  • Tipps und Tricks

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Intro: Handeln durch Wandeln!

Seit mehr als einer Generation wirkt sich die „Digitalisierung“ fulminant aus (unabhängig davon, wie man den Begriff ausgelegen mag!); unsere Lebenswelten und Lebensrealitäten gehen mit fulminanten strukturellen Veränderungen einher, bei immer kürzer werden Intervallen und einem durch die Globalisierung enorm steigenden Druck. Ein guter Zeitpunkt, um dich mit Transformation aus Sicht der Print-Branche zu beschäftigen. Denn: Gerade innovative Digitaldruck-Unternehmen stehen vor der Aufgabe, ihre Produktion um nachhaltige und zukunftsorientierte Marketinglösungen ausbauen.

1. Die Geheimnisse (und Besonderheiten) der Transformation als Kultur-Phänomen

Um es von Anfang an richtig zu begreifen: Transformation ist kein neuzeitlicher Begriff, er lehnt sich an das griechische METAMORPHOSES an und beschreibt sozusagen einen smarten Wandel. (μεταμόρφωσις, “Transformation, transformierend“, von μετα- (meta-), „Veränderung, Wechsel, Wendepunkt“ und μορφή (morphe), „Form“).

Evolutionsgeschichtlich nehmen Metamorphosen in der Natur und bei Lebewesen einen wichtigen Platz ein, um sich weiterzuentwickeln. Der Begriff Transformation steht immer im Kontext mit menschlicher Kultur. Und bezeichnet keinesfalls ein ausschließliches Ergebnis technischer Entwicklungen. Technisch gesehen, ist die Ausprägung bei der Bildbearbeitung durch das sog. Morphing fassbar, indem unterschiedlich Bilder verschmolzen werden zu einem neuen. Aus heutiger Sicht wird allzu leicht übersehen, dass bereits im Alten Orient die Babylonier eine Transformation des Handels einleitenden, als sie vor rund 3.500 Jahren begannen, Steintafeln zu nutzen, um ihre Angebote zu propagieren. Transformation stellt somit in erster Linie ein kulturelles Phänomen da, das die Menschheit geleitet und Innovationen im Zusammenleben ermöglicht hat.

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2. Rolle und Bedeutung im Kontext mit der Print-Branche

Einer der ersten, die der so verstandenen ‚Transformation‘ ein unvergessliches literarisches Denkmal gesetzt haben, war der französische Schriftsteller Victor Hugo. Hugo beschreibt im „Glöckner von Notre Dame“ von 1831 die Szene, als ein mittelalterlicher Mönch durch das Fenster seiner Schreibstube auf die Kathedrale blickt und nach der Kunde von der Erfindung Gutenbergs in Mainz kurz und prägnant vor sich hin spricht: „Ceci tuera cela!“ — Das Eine wird das Andere töten. Gutenberg hat mit seiner Erfindung des Druckens mit beweglichen Lettern die marktbeherrschenden Schreibstuben der Mönche überflüssig gemacht und letztlich die Neuzeit und das Informationszeitalter eröffnet. Technik war für Gutenberg nicht unwichtig, aber eben sekundär, da ein Mittel zum Zweck. Er wollte publizieren resp. seine kostbaren Publikationen möglichst gut verkaufen. Das hatte blitzartig Wirkung rund um die Welt und öffnete der Print-Branche die Tür, um fortan nachhaltig und bis heute die Kultur der Menschheit zu transformieren.

Insofern kommt der Print-Branche unverrückbar die bedeutende Führungsrolle bei Transformation zu, was übrigens die Auguren des 20. und 21. Jahrhundert im Silicon Valley besser verstanden haben als wir Europäer. Die US-amerikanische Wirtschaftselite würdigte Gutenberg im Jahr 2000 als ‚Man of the Millennium‘, da er als Mensch für andere Menschen etwas entscheidendes getan hat. Transformation im Digitalzeitalter bedeutet daher: Es geht stets um Mensch-zu-Mensch-Beziehungen. Das ‚Human-to-Human‘ ist wichtigstes Element von Social Media, IoT, AI, Big Data und anderem mehr, was die Jetztzeit und sicher auch die weitere Zukunft prägt. Kein Wunder also, dass die Print-Branche mit Beginn des Desktop-Publishings seit den 1980er Jahren und dem Motto „Jeder sein eigener Gutenberg“ die Umsätze weltweit auf über 700 Mrd. Euro steigern konnte und weitere Umsatzvolumina von über 3,5 Billionen Euro für andere Wirtschaftszweige generiert, die sich mit Datenaufbereitung für den Druck und Supply-Chain-Aufgaben u. v. m. beschäftigen. Es geht wie gesagt bei der Transformations-Wirkungsweise nur sekundär um (Druck-)Technik, sondern vielmehr um das Publizieren von Menschen für Menschen, um Erkenntnisprozesse nachhaltig zu etablieren.

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3. Lernen von den Besten (ausgewählte Beispiele)

Die Jetztzeit wird vor allem von GAFA geprägt (kurz für: Google, Amazon, Facebook und Apple). Also genau solchen Firmen, die an den Gutenberg’schen Erfinder- und Innovationsgeist anknüpfen. Das Novum: Transformation wird Teil des Geschäftsprinzips, das sich durch neuartige, durchgängige Innovations-Plattformen abbilden lässt.

Google digitalisiert u. a. Dokumente und Bücher dieser Welt, macht also Print-Inhalte digital zugänglich; Amazon startete sein Handels-Imperium mit dem Verkauf von gedruckten Büchern. Und steigt 2016 in das On-Demand- und Online-Print-Geschäft ein (Stichworte: Amazon Print+Posters sowie Amazon Custom). Facebook hat die News-Vorherrschaft übernommen, die bis dato den Medienhäusern lukrative Verlags-Monopole sicherten und bietet Anreize für Neueinsteiger, sich mit dem automatisierten Druck von Inhalten aus Facebook-Chroniken zu widmen. Und Apple steht im Verbund mit Adobe, Aldus und Linotype für die Pionierrolle im neuzeitlichen Print. Und ist dem bis heute treu geblieben. Am 23. September 1997 gab Steve Jobs den Startschuss für den Neubeginn von Apple als Multichannel-Innovator mit dem Launch der „Think Different“-Kampagne. Zugrunde gelegt wurde von Jobs die Philosophie des ‚Digital Lifestyle‘ etabliert, der an die kulturellen Werte der menschlichen Kulturentwicklung anknüpft. Mit dem Ziel, digitale Technologien intuitive nutzbar zu machen. Die Kernbotschaft: „Communication first, Products, Services second“. Seine Technologiekompetenzen stellt Apple schon lange nicht mehr zur Diskussion, es sind einfach die besten. iPod, iMac, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, iPhoto und anderes mehr wurden so zu Selbstläufern, weil die Nutzer keine Programmierkenntnis brauchten, um bis dato nicht Mögliches nutzen zu können.

Apple blieb dem Print immer treu, bis heute: Durch hochwertige Produktverpackungen, bei der Außenwerbung und nicht zu unterschätzen durch Digitaldruck für Premium-Fotobücher und Grusskarten. In Summe versteht es Apple wie kein anderes Unternehmen der Welt, die besten Websites/virtuellen Webstores, reale Flagship-Stores, Produkt- und Softwaredesign sowie Print zu Bündeln, um Kunden via Multichannel ein maximales Lifestyle-Erlebnis zu verschaffen. Der nachhaltige Erfolg als wertvollste Marke der Welt und maximal hohe Pro-Kopfgewinne geben Apple, Steve Jobs und seinen Nachfolgern recht. Und sorgen für ein Höchstmaß an Kundenbindung und Kundentreue, das anderen, die das so nicht können oder wollen, suspekt erscheint.

Für den Print-Sektor haben sich einige kluge Köpfe das Steve Jobs-Prinzip des digital Lifestyle zu nutze gemacht. So z. B. Peter Gunning, CEO von Grafenia plc., Manchester/UK, der ein Druckunternehmen, das sich auf Online Print spezialisierte, nunmehr erfolgreich durch nettl.com eine weltweite Ladenkette etabliert, die Web/Design-, Mobile-, E-Commerce-Services mit variationsreichen Print-Anwendungen kombiniert. Das Motto von Peter Gunning: „Print is Lifestyle“ begeistert Mitarbeiter wie Kunden und mich als Experten gleichermaßen. (Lesetip: “Grafenia reinvent print”) 

 

 

Stefano Cutello, Founder & CEO von PastBook, hat ein Start-up gegründet, das erfolgreich den Schulterschluss macht zw. Mobile / Social Media und dem Druck von Fotobüchern. Cutello ist willkommener Gast bei Events im Silicon Valley, wie bei der Mobile Connect 2016. Sein Motto/Claim: „Relive Your Memories. Automagically Created for You!“ — Siehe hierzu den ValueDialog „Great task by PastBook’s CEO Stefano Cutello: “Relive Your Memories. Automagically Created for You!”

Christian Kopocz mit seiner kleinen, aber feinen Firmengruppe in Lübeck (prindoz, Printmanufaktur und Buch-Handelsgesellschaft) ist ein einfallsreicher Unternehmer sowie Multichannel-Experte, der sich national und international für seine Sache im Team mit Kollegen aus aller Welt einsetzt. Er arbeitet in wichtigen Gremien mit, wie der XMPIE Users Group (als Executive Director) oder der PROKOM User Community (als EMEA-Board-Mitglied). Und er „erfindet“ grandiose Multimedia-Anwendungen, die Print auf Premium-Niveau mit maximalem Individualisierungsgrad ins Zentrum stellen.

Allen gemeinsam ist: Die genannten Beispiel-gebenden Vordenker sind Quereinsteiger im Print und nutzen Print, um Lebens- und Erfahrungsmomente aus der virtuelle Welt des Internets in die Realität zu überführen. Sie verharren nicht in höriger Technologie-Gläubigkeit (was viele Druckerei-Kollegen in die Pleite führte); denn Technologie verkauft nicht, sondern nur Werthaltigkeit. Die im Print Erfolgreichen entwickeln wahre Kreativität, die nicht nur linear weiter führt, was optimiert werden kann, sondern wahrhaft Neues erschafft. (Siehe auch die ValueAnalyse: “Wege aus dem Innovationsdilemma.)

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4. Tipps und Tricks – Guideline

„Transformation beginnt im Kopf. Und endet nach erfolgreicher Mission dort auch wieder!“ — Es ist Zeit für ein neues Denken, das sich von Technik-Gläubigkeit befreit. Auf dem Sektor der Artificial Intelligence, kurz AI, vollzieht sich dies am deutlichsten. Zum Beispiel durch „Machine learning to make human brains faster“. Denn Menschen und ihre Bedürfnisse sind das Maß aller Dinge. Social Media spielt eine wichtige, besser: zentrale, Rolle bei der Vermittlung zwischen technischen Innovationen und den menschlichen Bedürfnissen, um durch Publizieren und Interaktionen Erkenntnisprozesse in Gang zu setzen.

 

Folgende Checkliste als Guideline:

  1. Transformation spielt sich im Kopf ab.
  2. Lerne von den Besten.
  3. Transformiere Dich selbst!
  4. Wähle klug die relevanten Technologien plus die richtigen Innovationslösungs-Partner aus.
  5. Das Prinzip ‚De-construct—re-construct‘ muss Geschäftsmodell und Go-to-Market umfassen
  6. Kenne Dein Publikum bestens. (Bemühe Dich wenigstens ernsthaft darum!)
  7. Halte Deine Botschaften relevant und einfach!

Fazit: Meine Empfehlung lautet: Rücke ins Zentrum des Geschehens, werde zum Spielführer. Indem Du Transformation via Print-Kommunikations-Innovationen zugänglich machst — beflügelt durch einen nachhaltigen Multichannel-Ansatz. Es ist eigentlich ganz einfach…

 


Zum Autor:

Andreas Weber ist Gründer und CEO der Value Communication AG, Mainz. Sein Credo: „Am Anfang braucht man immer einen Masterplan, der sich am Vergangenen orientiert, um dann die neuen Vorgaben für die kommenden Jahrzehnte festzulegen. Wer vorankommen will, muss also zuerst zurück zu seinen Wurzeln!“

Andreas Weber ist Deutschlands führender Branchen-Analyst für Print und Experte für Innovation durch Kommunikation. Sein Motto: Beratung. Wissen. Vernetzung. Er hat Geisteswissenschaften an der Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz studiert und lebt und arbeitet dort seit 1978. 1987 entdeckte er die Kommunikation. Seitdem ist er als Kommunikationsmanager und Analyst, Verleger und Coach in der Branche tätig. — Schließlich wurde er zum Unternehmer und gründete mehrere Firmen in Deutschland und der Schweiz, zuletzt die Value Communication AG, die er als CEO leitet. Die Value Communication AG ist ein weltweit aktives Institut für Forschung und Wissensvermittlung.

Kontakt:

LinkedIn: https://de.linkedin.com/in/andreasweber

Blog (mit zahlreichen Fach-Kommentaren und White Papers): https://valuetrendradar.com

Twitter:

@zeitenwende007

@ValueCommAG

7th Cisco CEO.CIO Leadership Council

Source: 7th Cisco CEO.CIO Leadership Council

It is all about Digitization, Innovation and Reinvention. Interesting to see, that CISCO was able to run a two and a half days event which involved C-Level Executive at the 7thCisco CEO.CIO Leadership Council, hosted by current Chairman and CEO John Chambers.

The result: 8 Key Issues to Survive in Business
  1. Short-term thinking and twisting to meet quarterly objectives is not the path to innovation.
  2. New business models like those from Uber and Airbnb are changing the competitive landscape.
  3. Physical and virtual businesses are merging and everyone, in time, will be a tech company.
  4. Partnering is critical to seize opportunities in rapidly evolving markets.
  5. Every organization needs to make security a core competency. This is being fueled by the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the advanced skills of hackers.
  6. Mobility is trumping online presence, and millennials are the torchbearers. Get them, embrace them, or risk becoming irrelevant.
  7. The nature of work is changing; the new workforce will consist of value-driven jobs.
  8. Prepare to be disrupted, but play for the long-term.
“We’re at a tipping point,” John Chambers said in closing. “A change when you’re going to see every company become digital. And a time when strategic partnerships are going to become much more important.”
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