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Interviews: Andreas Weber | Videos: ops2018-Veranstalter zipcon, BVDM, FOGRA

Wie bereits im Jahre 2017 gab es auch beim #ops2018 ein Dutzend Live-TV-Interviews von Andreas Weber mit klugen, hochkarätigen Experten, die sich zum wahren Publikumsliebling entwickelten. Nachfolgend die Mitschnitte aller Interviews (Dauer jeweils rund 5 Minuten).

Für weitere Infos und zur Kontaktaufnahme finden sich die entsprechenden Links in den Kurztexten.


SAPPI, Peter Goer: „Onlineprint und Digitalisierung markieren die Zukunft für Wachstum!“


CloudLab AG, Patrick Jarzabek: „Vieles wird durch das neue Release im Mai 2018 noch einfacher, gerade auch für den Verpackungsbereich!“


Digital Print GmbH: Constantin Rauch: „Als Mass-Customization-Produzent und Partner von Druckereibetrieben setzen wir ungebrochen auf viele neue Angebote.“


OneVision Software AG, Hans-Martin Kuhn: „Wir gehen im Zuge von Industrie 4.0 über die Automatisierung für klassische Printanwendung weit hinaus, z. B. durch Lösungen für Wide-Format-Printing.“


rissc Solutions GmbH, Alexander Sperrfechter: „Aufbruch in neue Welten ist unser Motto und verspricht dramatische Vereinfachungen durch Zentralisierung in der Cloud.“


ctrl-s GmbH, Martin Klein: „Wir haben zum #ops2018 Kunden mitgebracht, die freudig und ohne Marketing-Blabla über den hohen Nutzen unserer Lösungen Auskunft geben!“


u-Traxx AG, Urs Vogel: „Durch Automatisierung kommt eine große Herausforderung auf die Mitarbeiter zu!“


Obility GmbH, Frank Siegel: „Wir setzen auf die Durchgängigkeit der Prozessse durch Business Automation auf allen Ebenen.“


Chili Publish, Piet Saegemann und Gerd Van Gils: „Wir haben quasi die Eierlegende-Wollmich-Sau erschaffen, um Firmen zu helfen plattformübergreifend aus riesigen Mengen von Daten ihre Kommunikation effektiv zu gestalten.“


Tweak.com Ltd., Jerry Kennelly:  „Our Vision and Mission: We make it very easy to take out all of the friction out of the online printing industry.“


Hubergroup Deutschland GmbH, Steve Walpuski: „Tradition schließt Innovation nicht aus. Wir lieben Print und wurden gerade von den Lesern von Druck&Medien für unsere Nachhaltigkeit prämiert mit unseren ökologischen Druckfarben im Sinne von ‚Cradle to Cradle‘. Das freut uns riesig!“


Durst Group/Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology GmbH, Barbara Schulz: „Wir haben uns in unserer über 80-jährigen Geschichte schon mehrmals selbst neu erfunden. Wir setzen konsequent auf Digitalisierung und Automatisierung zur Qualitäts- und Performance-Zuverlässigkeit unserer Drucktechnik.“


 

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Two highlights among many others: Xaar announcing the official opening of its new 3D Centre. And Xeikon Café was dedicated to innovations in packaging.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 31 March 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with 35 articles from the past week and Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog, with a headline which conjures up memories of a popular breakfast cereal package featuring three popular gnomic elf mascots – rather surprisingly dating back as far as 1933, with the slogan having been coined even four years earlier in a print advert in 1929, some two years after the popular breakfast cereal was first invented. Snap, Crackle and Pop! Or as they might say in Germany, Knisper! Knasper! Knusper!

There are two new additions to Online Features this week: firstly from KBA detailing its DriveTronic Plate Ident technology enabling perfect automatic plate changes to take place on all formats of KBA sheetfed presses; and then from Heidelberg as innovation takes hold in industrial commercial postpress with the huge success of drupa-generation Stahlfolders in both the UK and Germany.

This last week of March and the end of the first quarter of 2017 has been a fairly busy week for news of a totally mixed bag for you to wade through. The past week has also seen Xeikon Café staged in Lier, Belgium, and Sign & Digital UK take place at the NEC, so I’m pretty sure there will be more post-event news still to follow. The major Xeikon announcement of its entry into UV inkjet with new Panther technology appears on Tuesday, followed by a surprise announcement on Wednesday that Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon is stepping down will leave in early May.

Key articles this week that deserve checking out come from Gareth Ward at the Print Business UK, and lead the headlines on Tuesday with Ricoh’s high-speed inkjet presses; followed with the leader on Wednesday, with observations from the recently released drupa Global Trends Report, which has seen litho biting back as the digital drive dips. Another of Gareth’s articles also appears on Friday, in which he provides his post-show impression of Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne in February – with inkjet now pushing firmly at the door of commercial print. You will find Xaar plc leading the news on Friday, announcing the official opening of its new 3D Centre on Nottingham Science Park in the UK earlier in the week; and Esko on Thursday, with its plans to debut Simplified Workflow for Labels at Labelexpo Europe, taking place in Brussels in September.

 


 

“There is no doubt that High Speed Sintering technology can transform 3D Printing from a low volume prototyping solution to a mainstream manufacturing process,’ said Professor Neil Hopkinson, the original inventor of the transformational High Speed Sintering technology, who heads up Xaar’s 3D division. ‘The step change to high volume manufacturing will be most efficiently achieved through partnerships with committed stakeholders across the supply chain. Our new 3D Centre in Nottingham is the ideal location for such partnerships to flourish.“

 


 

The usual collection of recent installation and sales successes began on Monday with Heidelberg Anicolor and Suprasetter CTP at Allura Printing in the United States; then Manroland Sheetfed at Copag in Brazil. On Tuesday we had Kartongbolaget in Sweden with a HP Indigo 30000 and TRESU iCoat coating line; and Gieselmann Druck in Bielefeld, Germany with a new Muller Martini Primera MC. Wednesday saw Cape Town-based RSA Litho add a Xerox 1000 Colour Press and Xerox Versant 80 from Bytes and Oxbow; followed by Marrs Printing & Packaging in the US with a KBA Rapida 106; and then Israeli digital photobook specialist Liel Albums with a new 8-colour Sawgrass system. Thursday saw Servinform in Spain become the latest transactional printer to adop t the high-speed Ricoh Pro VC60000; followed by Muller Martini with a Diamant MC 60 bookline for Pollina in Luçon, France. On Friday we had GPS Colour Graphics in Northern Ireland step up production with Fujifilm’s Superia CTP and Superia plates investment; while Columbus Production in the USA has added a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106; and lastly, Micropress in the UK has invested in EFI‘s Midmarket Print Suite MIS/ERP system.

We had new kit announced on Monday from both Hunkeler and SPGPrints; and then on Tuesday from Flint Group with new Thermal processor for flexo, in addition to Xeikon with its new Panther UV inkjet system for labels which is already mentioned above.

Other items to look out for are the survey from GWG; a new partnership for Sappi’s Biotech division; acquisitions by both Goss and Canon; a call for entries for the British Book Design Production Awards for 2017, with a deadline for entries of 30 June, and FESPA’s winner for the Wrap Master Design Competition.

Our tailender once again serves to remind you of the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open taking place in Cape Town in May, with George Mecs from France competing in South Africa for the first time, and joining players from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and South Africa for this popular event. You’ll find it among Thursday’s headlines.

 

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

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

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 27 March – date published also appears in article footline

Monday

GWG needs your PDF workflow know how

The Ghent Workgroup needs your knowledge and expertise on PDF workflow and asks you to participate in its latest survey…

Sappi Biotech division partners with CellMark

Sappi Biotech appoints CellMark to increase global sales of Hansa lignin products produced at Sappi’s Tugela Mill…

Goss acquires Graphic Automation Controls

Goss International today announced the acquisition of Graphic Automation Controls, Inc. (GAC) in an asset transaction…

Hunkeler PEM removes dust from paper webs without contact

The PEM paper web de-dusting module cleans paper webs without contact before entering an inkjet printing system…

SPGPrints new 914mm RotaLEN direct laser engraver

New RotaLEN direct laser engraver brings efficient rotary screen imaging for labels and packaging…

Allura Printing moves to offset with SM 52 Anicolor

Allura Printing reduces production time from 16 hours to 3 hours with Speedmaster SM 52 Anicolor and Suprasetter A52…

Copag adds the new Roland Evolution to its pack

Pioneering Brazilian company invests in Manroland Sheetfed’s Roland 700 Evolution with UV and Ultima configuration…

Tuesday

Ricoh emphasises the impact of value creation

The name of the game for Ricoh is value creation potential of digital inkjet on its VC60000 and VC40000 presses. By Gareth Ward…

British Book Design and Production Awards call for entries

The BPIF, Oxford Brookes University, The Publishers Association, The Bookseller and The BookMachine call for entries for this year’s Awards. The deadline for entries is Friday 30 June 2017…

Xeikon introduces Panther UV inkjet technology

Xeikon expands portfolio for label printing with unveiling of Panther UV inkjet technology at Xeikon Café in Lier today…

The Xeikon PX3000 debuts at Xeikon Café 2017

Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 sees unveiling of Xeikon’s new PX3000 UV inkjet digital label press…

Kartongbolaget adds HP Indigo 30000 with integrated iCoat

Kartongbolaget breaks into short-run, personalised cartons with HP Indigo digital printing + TRESU iCoat coating line…

Gieselmann Druck und Medienhaus adds new Primera MC

Gieselmann Druck in Bielefeld, Germany invests in a new Muller Martini Primera MC to bring stitching fully in-house…

Flint’s new Nyloflex Xpress Thermal Plate Processor

Flint Group introduces new thermal plate processing technology in Europe, Middle East and Africa with Nyloflex Xpress…

Wednesday

Litho bites back as digital drive dips says drupa Report

The onward rush of digital printing has been turned according to the latest survey in the 2017 drupa Trends Report. By Gareth Ward…

Printed electronics making its way into more products

Latest OE-A Roadmap edition presents diverse range of application examples and challenges for organic and printed electronics…

Wim Maes to step down as CEO of Xeikon in early May

Flint Group has named Benoit Chatelard as CEO Digital Solutions to take over from Wim Maes on 8 May…

Blackman & White celebrates record sales year at S&D

Blackman & White showcases new developments at Sign & Digital UK with a positive economic outlook…

RSA Litho boosts its digital investment with Xerox

Cape Town-based RSA Litho eyes digital growth with purchase of Xerox 1000 Colour Press and Xerox Versant 80 from Oxbow…

Marrs optimises pressroom with new KBA Rapida 106

Marrs Printing & Packaging adds another ‘arrow in its quiver’ to increase quality, efficiency, and productivity…

Liel Albums adds Israel’s first Sawgrass VJ 628

Israeli digital photobook specialist Liel Albums has elevated its fine art photographic printing with 8-colour system…

Thursday

Esko: Simplified Label Workflow for Labelexpo Europe 2017

The best label workflow, simplified. Esko turnkey solutions simplify label prepress workflow and process management…

Canon acquires Kite.ly e-Commerce platform

Canon Europe acquires London-based Kite.ly e-Commerce platform to expand its mobile printing capabilities via any device…

FESPA announces Wrap Master Design Competition winner

Winning design to be applied to Haugaard Racing Team speedboat for 2017 World Formula 4 UIM Powerboat Championship…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA) welcomes Frenchman George Mecs to the Open field in Cape Town in May…

Innovation in postpress taking hold in industrial print

Industrial print shops increase overall productivity using innovative drupa-generation folding machines from Heidelberg…

Servinform adds Ricoh Pro VC60000 to reach new markets

The Spanish transactional printer has become the latest print services provider to adopt the Ricoh Pro VC60000…

Muller Martini Diamant MC 60 for Pollina in Luçon

The French company’s first Diamant MC 60 bookline provides a ‘well-rounded’ solution in the hardcover segment…

Friday

Xaar’s 3D Centre in Nottingham opens for business

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

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

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

OE-A Business Climate Survey results are positive

Positive outlook from OE-A members on the development of organic and printed electronics announced at LOPEC 2017…

Agfa Apogee gains GWG PDF preflight certification

Agfa’s Apogee Prepress workflow has passed the latest Ghent Workgroup PDF preflight certification…

GPS Colour Graphics opts for Fujifilm Superia technology

Northern Ireland’s biggest commercial printer steps up production with Fujifilm Superia CTP and plates investment…

Columbus Productions adds Speedmaster XL 106 Perfector

The Georgia-based company adds Speedmaster XL 106 as part of its continued investment towards becoming a market leader…

Micropress opts for EFI Midmarket Print Suite

Micropress, one of the UK’s largest commercial printers has invested in EFI’s Midmarket Print Suite MIS/ERP…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Packaging Printing Redefined at Manroland Web Systems

The Manroland Varioman: Background and facts about the innovative web offset Varioman press for flexible packaging printing…

KBA-Flexotecnica hails successful start to 2017

And closer co-operation with KBA-Digital & Web with new shared demo centre for digital and flexo in Würzburg…

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

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

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

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialogueexclusive Interview series

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

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

Online Features Mar/Apr Chapter 04

NEW…  

Innovation in postpress taking hold in industrial print

Industrial print shops increase overall productivity using innovative drupa-generation folding machines from Heidelberg…

NEW…  

Perfect plate changes on Rapida sheetfed offset presses

KBA’s DriveTronic Plate Ident is designed to be used with Rapida sheetfed offset presses in half-, medium- and large-formats…

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Elegant printed products in waterless coldset at RBD

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

The Snap, Crackle and Pop of Flexible Packaging

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 31 Mar

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Case Getting Louder for ISO 21331

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 Mar

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

No 24  Calibration & Device Profiling – Intro

While a surprising number of prepress operators and designers still spend a huge amount of time and materials ‘trying to get the colours right’, this should really be a quite straight forward process today. By Paul Lindström…

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf

4th drupa Global Trends Report 2017 available now

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

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

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

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

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

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Architect’s sketch of the new demo centre for digital and flexographic presses at KBA’s headquarters in Würzburg. — Nine months before the official ceremony to mark the 200th anniversary of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) in September 2017, the foundations were laid in January at the company’s Würzburg parent plant.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 17 March 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with another 30 from the past week, Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog on digital printing for packaging; the latest Wild Format Technology Guide from Paul Lindström; and three new Online Features from KBA featuring sheetfed in both medium and large-format, as well as enhanced waterless web offset at Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei in Düsseldorf. (We’re catching up after communications glitch with KBA).

Lots of pre-show news among this weeks headlines with Canon Europe with a brand new machine debut, as well as EFI and Zünd at FESPA 2017 on Monday; Ricoh Europe with wide- and large-format inkjet, and Sun Chemical on Wednesday; and Mimaki Europe and Neschen on Friday. FESPA takes place in Hamburg from 8 – 12 May. Other major event coverage appears for Xeikon Café on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, set to take place from 28 – 31 March in Lier, Belgium; while on Thursday, Sappi Packaging and Speciality Papers led the headlines as they announced their plans to present unique possibilities for new packaging concepts at Interpack 2017, taking place from 4 to 10 May in Düsseldorf.

On Tuesday, Sun Chemical announced that it will exhibit at Metpack from 2 – 6 May in Essen just 36km down the road from Dusseldorf, at the same time as Interpack which doesn’t make much sense to me. On Wednesday we have Graphispag in Barcelona, from 21 – 24 March; and lastly on Thursday from the OE-A as it presents the most innovative ideas and outlooks in a competition for members from the organic and printed electronics sectors at LOPEC 2017 in Munich, taking place on 28 and 29 March.

On Tuesday you will find interesting lead comment from Gareth Ward on Kodak, as it slowly edges towards the sale of its Prosper inkjet operation; while on Thursday, Koenig & Bauer announced the official construction start for its new digital and flexographic demo centre in Würzburg to commemorate its 200th Anniversary, as part of euro 6 million site upgrade.

There are a number of nice recent sales and installations this week, beginning with Manroland Sheetfed on Monday at AIIM. Tuesday saw Revista in Brazil with Eversify; KBA large-format sheetfed at DS Smith in Erlensee; KBA again on Thursday as it moves a high-spec Compacta 518 web offset press from Belgium to St. Petersburg in Russia; and on Friday, Heidelberg UK at Woking printer Optichrome, which has installed two high speed Versafire CP digital presses to replace Xerox machines. This was followed by KBA in the UK as it installs a Rapida 106 6-colour with coater at Offset Printing and Packaging in Kent; and lastly, H Heenemann in Berlin with a Muller Martini Finishing 4.0 solution, the Vareo perfect binder, as the ideal solution to handle digital print in shorter runs as it gears for the future with fast-changing market requirements.

The news doesn’t end there as there are still a number of excellent articles I haven’t mentioned. You’ll find them all if you scroll down carefully… including new software; the BPIF with Apprentices; Flint with global price increases for inks and varnishes; then Canon Europe as it offers a first step into professional-level application versatility with more finishing options.

 


 

Lastly, news on Friday as one of our long-standing friends, James Matthews-Paul, is appointed as IPEX 2017 Content Curator. James has already signed the London College of Fashion for a printed fashion catwalk as an early sign of radical changes that could follow, from an extrovert but very clever, passionate and dedicated industry analyst and journalist who always thinks outside the box. James is also of a younger generation with refreshing perspectives, which IPEX definitely needs after its last showing in London.

 

Our tailender once again serves to remind you of the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open taking place in Cape Town in May, with South Africa’s Reinard Schuhknecht gearing up for his eleventh consecutive appearance in the popular competition – in Thursday’s headlines.

That’s it 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 and Newsroom, all of which can be accessed from the Website Home Page and its Index. We also have News in Review, which provides a weekly overview and listing of all news added to the site in the prior week. 

Headline News

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

Week beginning Mon 13 March – date published also appears in article footline

Monday

Océ Colorado roll-to-roll printer to debut at FESPA 2017

Canon Europe’s expanded range of wide-format solutions with FESPA 2017 Hamburg launch of new 1625mm Océ Colorado…

EFI’s new Vutek 3r and 5r printers at FESPA

To set new benchmark in speed, resolution and automated finishing / productivity for signage and graphics…

Zünd at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg from 8 – 12 May

The FESPA show will put into focus the modularity and the diverse uses of Zünd digital cutting systems…

Focus on the new KBA RotaJET L and VL series at HID

KBA at the Hunkeler Innovation Days 2017 in Lucerne with the RotaJET L inkjet web press in live production…

Avant Imaging installs Manroland R706PLV HiPrint

AIIM’s decade-long partnership with Manroland Sheetfed continues to spur growth and attract new business…

Tuesday

Clarke pleads patience as Prosper deal still hangs

Kodak is slowly balancing the books, and just as slowly edging towards the sale of its Prosper inkjet operation. By Gareth Ward…

Revista and Eversify begin mobile publishing journey

Brazil based Revista Publish has embraced the world of automated mobile publishing after investing in Eversify…

KBA large-format for new DS Smith facility in Erlensee

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

Sun Chemical at this year’s Metpack from 2 – 6 May

Sun Chemical to showcase extensive portfolio of metal decorating solutions at Metpack 2017 in Essen, Germany…

Bograma at the Xeikon Café 28 to 31 March

The Swiss manufacturer will demonstrate creative power of die-cut finishing with digital print in Lier later this month…

Wednesday

Ricoh wide-format and large-format at FESPA 2017

Ricoh supports new market moves for print service providers at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg, including direct-to-garment…

Sun Chemical at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

Sun Chemical to showcase full portfolio of inks for screen, industrial and inkjet printing and for printed electronics…

New Solution to exhibit at Graphispag in Barcelona

New Solution to showcase new range of label and corrugated packaging printers at Graphispag Barcelona 21 – 24 March…

AVT boosts inspection efficiency at the Xeikon Café

Helios Turbo HD will show advanced real-time digital print inspection and process control in Lier from 28 – 31 March…

Sawgrass’ Virtuoso Print Manager breaks new ground

Sawgrass’ new Virtuoso Print Manager is the first universal print software for all Virtuoso HD Product Decorating Systems…

Thursday

Sappi: Innovative, sustainable packaging solutions

Sappi Packaging and Speciality Papers to present unique possibilities for new packaging concepts at Interpack 2017…

KBA’s new digital and flexographic press showroom

Koenig & Bauer builds new demo centre in Würzburg to commemorate its 200th Anniversary as part of euro 6 million site upgrade…

BPIF celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

The BPIF celebrated with a visit to Jaguar Land Rover, a Letterpress workshop and second edition of Apprentice Newsletter…

From vision to product at LOPEC 2017 in Munich

OE-A presents the most innovative ideas and outlooks in competition for members from organic and printed electronics sectors…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

South Africa’s Reinard Schuhknecht gears up for his eleventh Canon South African Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town…

Flint announces inks and varnishes price increases

Flint Group announces global price increases of between 4% – 7% for its Packaging, Narrow Web and Sheetfed products…

KBA Compacta 518 moving from Belgium to Russia

Special web width for Deviz in St. Petersburg, one of the largest and most experienced printing companies in Western Russia…

Friday

Xeikon Café announces final conference programmes

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

Mimaki Europe bigger than ever at FESPA 2017

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

Neschen Coating at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg

Neschen will exhibit a large number of new products and innovations at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg, from 8 to 12 May…

IPEX 2017 aims for new horizons with JM-P as Content Curator

James Matthews-Paul appointed IPEX 2017 Content Curator. Signs London College of Fashion for printed fashion catwalk…

Canon adds new entry-level imagePRESS C650

Canon offers a first step into professional-level application versatility with more professional finishing options…

Optichrome pumps up the volume with two Versafire CPs

Woking printer Optichrome has installed two high speed Versafire CP digital presses from Heidelberg UK, replacing Xerox Versants…

Offset Printing and Packaging invests in KBA Rapida 106

KBA Rapida 106 6-colour with coater bound for Kent, as Offset Printing and Packaging prepares for the future…

Muller Martini Vareo paves the way for Heenemann’s future

For H Heenemann in Berlin the Muller Martini Vareo perfect binder is the ideal solution to handle digital print and shorter runs…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

KBA at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf from 4 – 10 May

Marking and print solutions for the most diverse forms of packaging at this year’s Interpack in Düsseldorf, on a joint stand in Hall 12…

The Inkjet Conference 2017: The first programme details

The world’s biggest inkjet event, TheIJC returns to take place 24 – 25 October 2017 in Swissôtel Düsseldorf…

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

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

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

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialogueexclusive Interview series

Previous…  

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

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

Online Features Mar/Apr Chapter 04

Elegant printed products in waterless coldset at RBD

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

De Groot’s new KBA Rapida 106 replaces two machines

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

KBA large-format for new DS Smith facility in Erlensee

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

Previous…  

KBA at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf from 4 – 10 May

Marking and print solutions for the most diverse forms of packaging at this year’s Interpack in Düsseldorf, on a joint stand in Hall 12…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Digital Printing for Packaging

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 17 Mar

Previous…  

Thai Forest Certification Scheme

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Mar

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

No 24  Calibration & Device Profiling – Intro

While a surprising number of prepress operators and designers still spend a huge amount of time and materials ‘trying to get the colours right’, this should really be a quite straight forward process today. By Paul Lindström…

No 23  How Printing Companies Can Improve Output Quality

Most wide format printing engines have the potential to produce excellent output quality, both in terms of resolution and colour gamut. By Paul Lindström

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf

Out soon: 4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 10 March 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with another 35 from the submissions of the past week, along with Laurel Brunner’s most recent Verdigris Blog and the latest Wild Format Technology Guide from Paul Lindström on how printing companies can improve output quality, and No 23 in this current series.

Awards this week began with X-Rite on Monday with a prestigious iF Design Award for its TAC7 scanner; while on Tuesday, Unilux received a Sapphire Award for its industry-first LED-UV strobes, used in the inspection of inks and coatings.

Danaher’s Product Identification Platform, which includes Esko and X-Rite among many others, has acquired Israel’s AVT and its inline inspection systems, took Tuesday’s lead; while on  Wednesday, Kodak had the number one spot with its financial results for 2016, reporting net earnings of $16 million and an improvement of $91 million over 2015, with strong growth for key products, but still no finalisation or announcement of the buyer for its Prosper Inkjet Business, as it continues with the sale process for Prosper, while at the same time continues investing in the development of Ultrastream, its next-generation inkjet writing system. Many in the European trade press expected the announcement to coincide with this week’s financial results release.

Formset-ABC Printers in Cape Town, South Africa became the first company in Africa to invest in Muller Martini Vareo Perfect Binder for digital books, as it took the lead on Thursday. The contract was finalised at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland; while on Wednesday CTP Newspapers Cape Town announced its implementation of the Mellow Colour program from Mellow Colour UK and Digital View, Johannesburg.

Friday’s headlines were led by KBA, as it announces group participation for Interpack 2017 on a joint stand in Hall 12, featuring marking, print solutions, finishing and further processing for the most diverse forms of packaging at this year’s show in Düsseldorf in May. Other upcoming events include Contiweb and DG press ServiceS Open House in The Netherlands later this month; SPGPrints at Graphispag 2017 in Barcelona from 21 – 24 March; plus more on the 2017 Xeikon Café in Lier also later this month; and Printeriors from 8 to 12 May 2017 in Hamburg; and then Fujifilm UK which will demonstrate the Jet Press 720S over 21 days in May with live jobs – all in the news on Monday. EyeC announced its participation at Interpack on Wednesday; and we had more for Xeikon Café on Thursday, together with news from Tonejet and Rockwell Automation for their joint lineup at Interpack 2017.

More post-show success at Hunkeler Innovationdays came from Ricoh Europe on Tuesday; together with news from EuroShop which took place in Düsseldorf this week. On Wednesday recent Inca Onset X investments sparked a year of transformation for print businesses across Europe, according to Inca distributor Fujifilm UK, with an impressive list of major high-profile successes to back up its claim.

On Friday, the world’s biggest inkjet event, TheIJC (The Inkjet Conference) announced that it will return on 24 – 25 October 2017 to Swissôtel in Neuss, Düsseldorf. More from FESPA 2017 in Hamburg in May with its seminar programme; also from Canon announcing the FESPA launch of its new Océ Colorado wide-format device; and lastly Drytac at FESPA.

There‘s much more, including sales and installations successes, new kit, a new state-of-the-art Website from Hybrid; software upgrades and more. Please check them all out carefully.

The tailender once again goes to another update on Friday for the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open taking place in Cape Town in May, with Durban’s Emil Maehler set to inspire.

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

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 06 March – date published appears in article footline

Monday

X-Rite wins prestigious iF Design Award 2017

Award for the TAC7 scanner, an innovative technology that captures physical material appearance for use in virtual design…

X-Rite and Pantone have acquired ColorCert software assets

Company to accelerate ColorCert Suite development as part of its Print and Packaging Initiative…

Contiweb and DG press ServiceS open house

Contiweb and DG press ServiceS to hold Thallo web offset solutions showcase, on 21 – 23 March…

SPGPrints at Graphispag 2017, 21 – 24 March

SPGPrints’ rotary screen solutions for added-value labels and packaging make an impact at Graphispag 2017 in Barcelona…

SEI Laser at Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations

SEI Laser pushes design limits in digital laser die-cutting as it returns to 2017 Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations later this month…

Printeriors 2017 interior design showcase, Hamburg

From 8 to 12 May 2017 at Messe Hamburg: Dare to design different by checking in to the Printeriors 2017 hotel…

Driving the new revolution in print with Fujifilm

An Open House with a difference: Fujifilm UK to demonstrate the Jet Press 720S over 21 days in May, with live jobs…

Tuesday

Danaher Corporation to acquire AVT

AVT set to join Danaher’s Product Identification Platform…

Unilux wins LED industry award for innovative strobe design

Industry-first LED-UV series recognised for superior clarity in the inspection of inks and coatings…

Ricoh celebrates high-speed inkjet success at HID 2017

Ricoh celebrates the installation of more than 650 high-speed inkjet production engines in 29 countries…

A perfect pair: Sappi and the new ACTEGA Terra calendar

Sappi Algro Design provides the ideal substrate for overprint varnish from Europe’s leading manufacturer in its 2017 calendar…

Hybrid launches state-of-the-art PACKZ Website

Hybrid Software has achieved something rather special with the eight languages launch of its new PACKZ Website…

New Solution exhibiting at Euroshop from 5 – 9 March

New Solution announces new printers for in-house packaging and labeling at EuroShop in Düsseldorf…

Swallowtail switches supplier with buckle folder buy

With the aim of doubling output and providing 15 – 20 per cent additional folding capacity at the plant with a new Stahlfolder TH 82…

Wednesday

Kodak results for fourth quarter and full year 2016

Kodak reports net earnings for 2016 of $16 Million, an improvement of $91 million over 2015, with strong growth for key products…

CTP Newspapers invests in Mellow Colour

CTP Newspapers Cape Town, South Africa sees huge improvements in prepress and pressroom efficiency and print quality since implementing the Mellow Colour program from Digital View…

Fujifilm claims unprecedented investment in Onset X

Inca Onset X investments spark a year of transformation for print businesses across Europe says Fujifilm…

Maintenance agreements gain momentum at Technotrans

The number taken out rose 28 per cent in 2015 and 37 per cent in 2016 with the outlook for 2017 very strong…

EyeC at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf in May

EyeC to present inspection solutions for 100% output control of folding cartons in use in Hall 11 at Interpack…

Agfa Graphics launches new Asanti 3.0 software

The latest version of Agfa Graphics automated Asanti 3.0 workflow software for sign & display producers announced…

Mimaki announces unique hybrid printers for textiles

One printer, two inks: enabling fast, efficient print on cotton, hemp, polyester and more, with a compact footprint…

Thursday

Africa’s first Vareo goes to Formset-ABC in Cape Town

Formset-ABC Printers in Cape Town, South Africa the first to invest in Muller Martini Vareo Perfect Binder, for digital books…

Volkers increases production efficiency with Esko

Dutch packaging specialist bridges automation gaps with Automation Engine Connect to enhance production efficiencies…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Durban’s Emil Maehler set to inspire at 2017 Canon South Africa Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town, 15 – 17 May…

Tonejet and Rockwell Automation at Interpack 2017

Advanced electro-static drop-on-demand digital print engines for short-to-medium run 2-piece cans…

OneVision optimising label workflows at Xeikon Café

Easier production planning and higher degree of automation will be shown with the OneVision DigiLabel software solution…

GM’s advanced finishing solutions at Xeikon Café

The GM in-register lamination module and DC330Hybrid laser die-cutter will be featured in live digital printing solutions…

AV Flexologic announces next generation SAMM 2.0

AV launches new Semi-Automatic Mounting Machine 2.0…

Friday

KBA at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf from 4 – 10 May

Marking and print solutions for the most diverse forms of packaging at this year’s Interpack in Düsseldorf, on a joint stand in Hall 12…

The Inkjet Conference 2017: The first programme details

The world’s biggest inkjet event, TheIJC returns to take place 24 – 25 October 2017 in Swissôtel Düsseldorf…

FESPA 2017 announces comprehensive seminar programme

Delivering key insights and market knowledge across the sign-making, digital, screen, industrial, textile and interior printing industries…

GlassPrint 2017: Advanced solutions for glass decoration

The seventh GlassPrint conference and exhibition returns to Düsseldorf, Germany on 29 – 30 November 2017…

Canon introduces new Océ Colorado wide-format printer

Canon Europe announces the Océ Colorado 1640, the first roll-to-roll printer built on new Canon UVgel technology with FESPA debut…

Drytac announces plans for FESPA 2017

Drytac Europe has announced its plans for FESPA 2017, set to take place in Hamburg, Germany from 8 to 12 May 2017…

New 3D Designer for Taopix photo commerce platform

UK software developer, Taopix, has announced the upcoming release of its new online 3D Designer feature…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

Esko announces strategy to help with regulatory compliance

Esko announces strategy to help its customers with ever-increasing compliance regulations on nutritional packaging and labeling…

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

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

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

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialogueexclusive Interview series

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

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

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

KBA at Interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf from 4 – 10 May

Marking and print solutions for the most diverse forms of packaging at this year’s Interpack in Düsseldorf, on a joint stand in Hall 12…

Previous…  

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Thai Forest Certification Scheme

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Mar

Previous…  

Next generation labeling

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 Feb

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

No 23 How Printing Companies Can Improve Output Quality

Most wide format printing engines have the potential to produce excellent output quality, both in terms of resolution and colour gamut. By Paul Lindström

No 22 Basics of Colour Management for Wide Format Projects

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

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf

Out soon: 4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 03 March 2017

 

Welcome to this week’s news roundup with another 35 of the best received during this past week, along with Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog on Thai Forest Certification, gleaned during FESPA Asia, held in Bangkok, Thailand in February.

The past week has seen such a mixed bag of news, I think it is perhaps easier if I simply highlight some of the key articles that have appeared each day and leave you to work your way down the list and to select those that appeal specifically to you. Here are just a few pointers:

  • Monday’s lead saw FESPA announce that the European show will now become an annual event, claiming that FESPA Digital’s success has driven demand for a yearly event embracing all technologies and applications. I thought that most major manufacturers were desperately trying to reduce expense and participation in shows, and not wanting to feel arm-twisted into to increasing spend in order to attend a broader spectrum more often. Or have I missed something?
  • Tuesday saw UPM’s Annual Report made available online, or to order in print. Wednesday led with Industrie Forum (iF) 2017 Design Awards to Heidelberg for its B1 Primefire 106 industrial digital press debuted at drupa last year; and for its new generation Prinect Press Center XL 2; followed by Sappi Europe receiving a WorldStar 2017 Award for its unique Algro Guard OHG high-barrier paper packaging solution. To round off the week on Friday, Esko led the headlines as it announced it has developed a strategy to help packaging customers meet the burgeoning and ever-increasing demand for compliance with regulations on nutritional packaging and labeling.
  • Thursday’s headlines were led by the OE-A, which has published a new brochure with integrated NFC tag to be available at LOPEC 2017 in Munich, Germany later this month. You will also find other show and conference-related news for Xeikon Café on both Monday and Thursday; for PrintWeekLive! and Interpack 2017 on Tuesday; and for Sign&Digital UK and ICE Europe 2017 on Friday, along with FINAT’s Global Young Managers Congress in Lisbon from 22 – 24 March.

 


 

As usual, we have a selection of recent orders and installations, new kit for conventional and digital production, as well as new software, cloud services, upgraded packaging boards and a lot more besides, if you spend just a few minutes scrolling through the headlines carefully.

 

My tailender goes to another update on Friday for the 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open, taking place in Cape Town in May, as Port Elizabeth’s Shaun Bakker announces he will be back in SA to take part in this year’s event.

 

That’s it until next time. There’s more for you below.

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

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 27 February – date published appears in article footline

Monday

Flagship European FESPA to become annual event

FESPA Digital’s success drives demand for yearly event embracing all technologies and applications…

Meech invested in global expansion throughout FY 2015/2016

2016 was a year of global expansion for Meech International, as the company increased its production capability…

Hucais invests in Muller Martini for digital books

Partnership agreement at Hunkeler Innovationdays for Muller Martini and Hucais Printing to shape the digital future together…

Powder Horn moves to Heidelberg’s Versafire CP

Massachusetts-based Powder Horn Press has replaced two competitive digital machines with Heidelberg’s Versafire CP…

Agfa spotlight on brand reputation at Xeikon Café

High-end anti-counterfeiting software solutions for the most sensitive areas of digital printing in Lier next month…

Diamond Photofoil at Xeikon Café next month

Photofoil digital thermal transfers that revolutionise printing of plastic products to be shown at the event…

Lake Image Systems at the Xeikon Café event in Lier

Premium inspection and data verification solutions will be featured during the 4-day exhibition and conference event…

Tuesday

UPM Annual Report 2016 now available online as PDF

UPM’s Annual Report 2016 has been published online today in English and Finnish as a PDF on the corporate website…

Duplo sets out to inspire at PrintWeekLive!

Inspiration and innovation will be at the heart of Duplo UK’s activity at the inaugural PrintWeekLive! in Coventry, 8 – 9 March…

Domino at Interpack 2017 Messe Düsseldorf in May

Domino Printing Sciences set to rewrite the rules of coding and marking at Interpack 2017 from 4 – 10 May…

Siegwerk ‘Focused on your needs’ at Components 2017

Siegwerk to showcase its packaging expertise at Interpack’s special trade fair ‘Components 2017’ in Düsseldorf…

Upgraded Ensocoat board to debut at Interpack 2017

Stora Enso is upgrading its flagship Ensocoat carton board to provide the market’s best visual appearance…

TRESU introduces Flexo Kit metallic ink unit

A compact flexo printing unit designed for high-speed HP Indigo digital folding carton printing lines…

pdfaPilot also available in the cloud or as Web service

Actino Software releases Document Processing Services for automated PDF editing with integrated Callas pdfaPilot…

Wednesday

Heidelberg receives Industrie Forum Design accolades

Primefire 106 digital printing system and Prinect Press Center XL 2 control station win iF Design Award 2017…

Sappi a winner of distinguished WorldStar 2017 Award

Sappi Algro Guard OHG high-barrier paper packaging solution impressed WPO judges in the food category…

Gallus Ferd. Rüesch committed to climate protection

Committed to protecting the climate: Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG helps lower CO2 emissions by signing up to EnAW programme…

Flexible production is enhanced with latest Horizon buy

Following its move to new premises, Belle Design & Print has chosen a Horizon SPF/FC-200A stitch/fold/trim line from IFS…

Gomer upgrades digital printing with Heidelberg

Gomer Press in Wales is replacing a five year old machine with a Versafire CP press with Prinect Digital Front End…

Jaakkoo-Taara Oy adopts Xeikon digital workflow

Truly digital Folding Carton Suite adopted to support serialised pharmaceutical packaging in Finland…

Five additional MPS presses for Reflex Labels UK

The new presses contribute to sustainability as a key goal…

Thursday

Interactively discover printed electronics at LOPEC 2017

OE-A has published a new brochure with integrated NFC tag to be available at LOPEC 2017 in Munich, Germany later this month…

FESPA launches its second global Print Census

FESPA refreshes market insight with second global Print Census completed at FESPA Asia in Bangkok in February…

Siegwerk acquires UK-based Hi-Tech Products

With the acquisition of Hi-Tech Products Ltd, Siegwerk is further expanding its water-based ink business…

Cerm at Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017

Cerm streamlines digital workflow in live applications of wet glue labelling and paper cups at the Xeikon Café…

Michelman brings in-mould labelling to Xeikon Café

Effectiveness of the DigiPrime 4453 digital press primer will be shown on live applications with Xeikon presses…

Amberley Labels UK adds 8-colour Edale FL3

The new FL3 includes AiiR Print Automation, Advanced Register, Semi-Rotary Die-Cutting and a Peel & Reveal modules…

Baumer’s new Inverto non-contact gluer for corrugated

‘Inverto’ – the innovative FFG adhesive application system for simple switching from top-down to bottom-up gluing…

Friday

Esko announces strategy to help with regulatory compliance

Esko announces strategy to help its customers with ever-increasing compliance regulations on nutritional packaging and labeling…

Sign & Digital UK announces a new show feature

Sign & Digital UK has announced a new show feature dedicated to the sign industry: the Sign Trade Services Pavilion…

FINAT Global Young Managers Club Congress, Lisbon

A pathway to success: Young label industry managers can explore the route in Lisbon, Portugal from 22 – 24 March…

The 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open

Port Elizabeth’s Shaun Bakker back in SA in May for this year’s Canon South African Disabled Golf Open…

Bobst at ICE Europe 2017 from 21 – 23 March

As a dedicated converting event, Bobst will be attending the ICE exhibition in Munich, Germany later this month…

BST Eltromat at ICE Europe 2017 in Munich

An extensive portfolio for the converting industry BST Eltromat International and subsidiary BST ProControl…

March delivery set for Cowan Print’s new Stahlfolder

Cowan Print wanted a more automated folder and one that would provide an enhanced range of quality folds at speed…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Muller Martini demonstrates the epitome of Finishing 4.0

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

Ace orders Renz UK first at Hunkeler Innovationdays

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

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

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

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

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialogueexclusive Interview series

An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

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

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

Previous…  

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2017 is available now

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Thai Forest Certification Scheme

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Mar

Previous…  

Next generation labeling

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 24 Feb

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

No 22 Basics of Colour Management for Wide Format Projects

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

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf

Out soon: 4th drupa Global trends Report 2017

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

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

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

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

Canon SA, Screen Europe,  Drupa 2020,  Esko,   Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kemtek Imaging SystemsLeonhard Kurz Stiftung, Manroland Web Systems GmbH, Ricoh Europe, Sappi Limited  and &nbs p;UPM-Kymmene

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

Our Website urls are:

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za

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

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CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer:  ‘Heidelberg goes digital. We are getting the company fit for the digital future.’ — Photos: Heideldruck

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 10 February 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of another 25 of the best received over the past seven days, along with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Environmental Blog which this week is centred around Kodak’s Plate Green Leaf Awards for 2016, which also has a slot in Monday’s headlines with a list of winners – that includes South Africa. There’s also a new addition to the Wild Format Technology Guides section, with No 20 in the current series from Sophie-Matthews Paul.

It’s been a good week for news of a totally mixed bag which included both Sappi’s first quarter financial results on Wednesday; and Heidelberg’s third quarter report on Thursday, and tuckedaway in Heidelberg’s results is this elaboration of future plans from CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer, as Heidelberg realigns its organisation to accelerate the company’s digital transformation and thus ensure the correct business models are in place for the high-growth customer segments in the years ahead. In future, there will be a division that will develop, manufacture, and supply appropriate digital technologies and products for new business models. Another division will devise and market these models. Furthermore, th e global sales and service network will be more strongly focused on the digital challenges that customers face.

‘Heidelberg goes digital. We are getting the company fit for the digital future,’ adds Hundsdörfer. ‘To do that, we will develop and roll out our own innovative business ideas. However, we will also be strengthening our position in this area through acquisitions.’


Selection of Twitter screenshots to document excellent awareness: Thousands of impressions created via Value Publishing’s Social Media activities reporting in real-time on the #Heideldruck’s analyst meeting last Thursday.

Sappi also announced a range of current projects for both Europe and the United States, but in a separate article which leads the headlines on Friday, with comments from Sappi Europe CEO Berry Wiersum and Sappi Limited CEO Steve Binnie. All three articles shouldn’t be skipped if you want to keep yourself abreast of what’s going on in the industry.

If you check out this week’s headlines you will also find announcements related to the upcoming Hunkeler Innovationdays in Switzerland from Heidelberg; for Dscoop at Ipex in the UK; for Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 in Belgium; and European Sign Expo 2017 in Germany. There are some superb recent sales and installations this week, led by Xerox in Cape Town on Monday at The Print Place; Ricoh with its 2000th Ricoh Pro C7100 colour cut sheet press at Ligurgaf in Italy, and Polar at Truyol in Spain on Tuesday; Fujifilm at NWN in Wales and GSE at ACW in Germany on Wednesday; while Thursday saw Heidelberg’s first Primefire 106 B1 digital printing system at MPS in Obersulm in Germany begin its pilot phase, also marking the market launch of this new digital press powered by Fujifilm, which debuted at drupa last year. Remaining with MPS and also with Heidelberg, but in Kilbride, Scotland, which is to install the world’s first 18-unit XL 106 extra long packaging press next month for full commissioning by mid-year. Finally, an HP Indigo 5900 for firm 6 Colour Digital in St Helens, UK, completes this week’s lineup.
Please check out the rest carefully, as there are important announcements from Komori and Screen on workflow; from X-Rite and South Africa’s Digital View on service, and lots more.

The tailender this week goes to Canon South Africa for its 2017 South African Disabled Golf Open – to be held from 15 – 17 May in Cape Town – in the headlines on both Monday and Thursday.


That’s it until next time. Do have a good week ahead.
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 06 February – date published appears in article footline

Monday
Heidelberg at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne
Economical and flexible finishing of short runs from digital printing focus from Heidelberg with Muller Martini and Polar…

PDF 2.0 interop workshops ensure consistent implementation
The PDF Association, the non-profit industry trade-group for organisations specialising in PDF technology, announces two PDF 2.0 interop workshops for 2017 in the UK and USA…

Kodak SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award winners
Kodak selects eight SONORA Plate Green Leaf Award winners for 2016 from across the Globe…

Canon South African Disabled Golf Open in Cape Town
Inspiring Canadian, Bob MacDermott will compete in 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open from 15 – 17 May…

The Print Place adds creative versatility with Xerox
The full-service print specialist in Goodwood, Cape Town, South Africa has purchased a Xerox Versant 80 Press…

Tuesday
2000th Ricoh Pro C7100 highlights press’ dependability
Italian print service provider Ligurgaf has bought the 2000th Ricoh Pro C7100 colour cut sheet press…

Komori and Screen GP develop integrated workflow solution
Co-operation improves automation in printing processes that include combined offset and digital systems…

Ipex scoops participation of Dscoop
The UK branch of the Dscoop organisation will stage its 2017 UK event at the NEC during Ipex. By Gareth Ward…

Siegwerk publishes its first Sustainability Report
In this first report, Siegwerk discloses its goals and activities and sets a new standard for its sustainable actions…

Third POLAR high-speed cutter in 12 months for Truyol
Digital in Spain replaces four older machines with three new Polar cutters, to more than double productivity…

Wednesday

Sappi announces First Quarter 2017 results
Sappi delivers strong first quarter 2017; announces major investments in speciality packaging grades… 

Axaio Software adds Server version of MadeToPrint
MadeToPrint Server for Adobe InDesign CC 2017 Server is now available from Axaio Software… 

Canon launches new i-SENSYS printer
A small footprint device for high speed, high quality black and white printing for fast-paced work environments… 

NWN Print renews long-standing Fujifilm partnership
North Wales newspaper printer extends its Fujifilm low chemistry processor investment and long-term plate contract… 

GSE Dispensing reduces material waste for ACW
ACW-Film achieves 50 per cent solvent ink savings and improved safety with GSE Dispensing’s Colorsat Compact… 

Thursday
Heidelberg Third Quarter results for 2016/2017
Heidelberg significantly increases net result after taxes in third quarter, with high order backlog for strong fourth quarter…

DigitalView appointed as X-Rite Certified Service Partner
X-Rite appoints Digital View in Johannesburg as its Certified Service Partner for the Southern African region…

Canon South African Disabled Golf Open 15 to 17 May
Young disabled golfers’ ‘papa’ Rushdi Sylvestor to compete in 2017 Canon South African Disabled Golf Open…

Impressive line-up of expert speakers for Xeikon Café
Rafi Albo, global guru of connected 1to1 marketing will deliver keynote presentation for the Conference programme…

Market launch of Heidelberg Primefire 106 on schedule
The digital printing system on schedule as international packaging printer MPS in Obersulm, Germany begins the pilot phase…

Friday
Strengthening Sappi Europe’s competitive advantage
Sappi has announced range of projects in Europe and the United States to support its growth strategy and 2020Vision…

MPS invests in the world’s first 18-unit packaging press
The press will be installed during March at MPS East Kilbride, Scotland and be fully commissioned by mid-year…

Higher quality is on the cards for 6 Colour Digital
St Helens print business has upgraded to an HP Indigo 5900 to offer customers improved quality and productivity. By Gareth Ward…

FINAT Radar: A unique in-depth industry profile
The European label industry’s in-depth market analysis is provided twice yearly to its members…

Dare To Create Different: at European Sign Expo 2017
Launch of European Sign Expo 2017 marks fifth year of growth…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

South African print mogul Lambert Retief has died
One of Paarl and Cape Town’s greatest entrepreneurs has died after losing a short battle with brain cancer…

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

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

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

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

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Blömeke lauds first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany
Blömeke opens up new areas of business with the first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany with a matching service package…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Prizes for best behaviour
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 10 Feb

Previous…   
Good enough to eat?
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Feb

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 20 – Inks and their variations
Normally the key to the success of every print job, whether analogue or digital, depends on the correct mix of media and ink. By Sophie Matthews-Paul

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

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.

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

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 03 February 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of 25 of the best received during the past seven days, together with Laurel Brunner’s Verdigris Environmental Blog, and a new addition in Online Features Chapter 03, as Blömeke opens up new areas of business with the first Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV to be installed in Germany.

“Our fourth quarter results demonstrate that we are realizing significant benefits from our Strategic Transformation program,” said Jeff Jacobson, Xerox chief executive officer. “We delivered strong margins that countered expected pressure on revenue.” Jacobson continued, “With the separation of Conduent now complete, we turn our full attention to delivering on our strategy, which includes pursuing the growing areas of the market. As the strategy begins to yield results, our revenue trajectory is expected to improve over time while we expand our margins and continue to generate strong cash flows.”

We had financial results from UPM on Tuesday and Xerox on Thursday; while UPM Biofuels took Monday’s lead slot, and Baldwin’s acquisition of Air Motion Systems led the headlines on Wednesday. EFI’s acquisition of Xerox FreeFlow DFE software also appears among Friday’s headlines. On Monday we reported the death of Xeikon’s founder Lucien De Schamphelaere on 20 January, at the age of 85; while on Friday, we were extremely sad to report the death of South Africa’s Lambert Retief, one of Paarl and Cape Town’s greatest entrepreneurs, who died on Thursday 26 January after losing a short battle with brain cancer. He was only 64. A memorial service to celebrate Retief’s life was held at Anura Vineyards in Klapmuts (near Paarl), on Friday 3 February.
On Wednesday, Sappi announced its new Website which highlights its global presence with increased functionality and robust educational resources. Please take look. It’s impressive. Also on Wednesday, Ricoh Europe announced the launch of the new Ricoh Pro C5200s series to enable print service providers to broaden their services.

You’ll find a good selection of news relating to upcoming events beginning with Xeikon at Hunkeler Innovationdays later this month; then for Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations in March in Belgium; Kornit at C!Print in Lyon last week; FESPA in Hamburg in May; and from Sign & Digital UK in March at the NEC; while IST (UK) will exhibit at PrintWeekLive! in Coventry in May.
Recent notable installations this week came from Heidelberg UK with Versafire CV digital; Renz UK; Heidelberg USA with a Speedmaster long-perfector equipped for coating and UV; from KBA North America with a large-format seven-colour Rapida with full UV; then Heidelberg in Germany with the first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV with matching service package; followed by EFI Vutek wide-format in Ireland; Polar in the UK; and lastly Meech static control, in the UK and Europe.

The tailender goes to the PIA, which on Tuesday opened submissions for the 2017 InterTech Technology Awards with a 2 June deadline.

That’s about it until next time. I hope you have a good week.

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 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 30 January – date published appears in article footline

Monday
UPM Biofuels joins the Made by Finland campaign
UPM Biofuels moves to celebrate the centenary of Finland by joining the Made by Finland campaign to highlight innovation…

Death of founder of Xeikon and digital printing in Belgium
Xeikon is sad to announce the death of its founder Lucien De Schamphelaere on 20 January at the age of 85…

Hartgraph adds CV digital capacity at its Amersham plant
Hartgraph Print returns to Heidelberg for second digital press, a Versafire CV, to run alongside its Linoprint 751…

David John Papers completes upgrade with third Renz system
Slough-based David John Papers in the UK has added its third Renz solution in 18 months to streamline its binding workflow…

Tuesday
UPM announces record Financial Results for 2016
UPM finishes strong record 2016 year with good fourth quarter…

Call for 2017 InterTech Technology Awards submissions
Printing Industries of America opens submissions for the 2017 InterTech Technology Awards with 2 June deadline…

Sappi Limited launches new Website
New Website highlights global presence with increased functionality and robust educational resources…

Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations 2017 in March
During the four-day event suppliers join forces to a bring range of innovative digital print applications across a variety of sectors…

Speedmaster XL 106 long-perfector with UV for Paulson Press
Paulson Press aims to double productivity with its newly installed Speedmaster XL 106 LPL machine from Heidelberg…

Wednesday
Baldwin has acquired Air Motion Systems
Baldwin Technology Company creates global UV curing powerhouse by acquiring Air Motion Systems…

Kornit Digital at C!Print in Lyon this week
Kornit Digital shows new Avalanche R-Series and announces workflow collaboration with Custom Gateway…

Xeikon brand protection at Hunkeler Innovationdays
The Xeikon 9800 duplex press to showcase quality, versatility, speed and reliability in Lucerne from 20 – 23 February…

FESPA 2017 Global Print Expo in Hamburg in May
Leading wide-format event brings together innovation, education and inspiration across screen, digital and textile print…

New Ricoh Pro C5200s supports flexible production
Ricoh launches the Ricoh Pro C5200s series to enable print service providers to broaden their services…

Record tenth KBA press installed at Imagine!
Imagine! Print Solutions in Shakopee, MN continues growth with new KBA Rapida 164 64-inch UV Press…

Thursday
Xerox reports Fourth-Quarter 2016 earnings
Delivers strong adjusted operating margin of 14.0 per cent and cash flow of $462 million from continuing operations…

Blömeke lauds Germany’s first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV
Blömeke opens up new areas of business with first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany with matching service package…

Ireland’s Minprint chooses Vutek hybrid LED printer
EFI Vutek printer allows innovative print provider to be more creative and push the boundaries of traditional print…

Sign & Digital Business Theatre lineup for 2017 show
Sign & Digital UK has announced the Business Theatre lineup for its 30th anniversary event at the NEC in March…

Spandex to exhibit at Sign and Digital UK 2017
Spandex to showcase the unique swissQprint UV flatbed printer, and range of wide-format and sign making equipment at the NEC…

Friday
South African print mogul Lambert Retief has died
One of Paarl and Cape Town’s greatest entrepreneurs has died after losing a short battle with brain cancer…

IST (UK) predicts LED-UV momentum in 2017
LUV is IST Metz’s name for its LED-UV package and includes the lamp module, a control cabinet, water chiller and screen software for ease of operation. Also exhibiting at PrintWeekLive! in Coventry…

EFI acquires Xerox FreeFlow Print Server DFE business
Xerox and EFI partner to give customers best in class FFPS and EFI Fiery Digital Front End software…

Polar 137N Plus guillotine for Route 1 Print
Guillotine investment prepares way for Route 1 Print’s optimised same day trade print service…

Scapa invests in Meech Hyperion static control
Scapa eliminates static issues on its rewind equipment with Meech Hyperion 971IPS bars…

The lead article from a week last Friday… 

Real and Artificial Intelligence: Guy Gecht at Connect
Using both to gain profit-building efficiencies. An overview of EFI Connect 2017, 17 – 20 January in Las Vegas by Rosemary Monaco…

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

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

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

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

Online Features Jan/Feb Chapter 03

Blömeke lauds first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany
Blömeke opens up new areas of business with the first Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE UV in Germany with a matching service package…

Previous…   
Print’s transcendence of time unites customers with your digital story
Print is being integrated with digital in ways we never would have thought possible. By Vaughan Patterson, Ricoh SA…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Good enough to eat?
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 03 Feb

Previous…   
Trumping the Paris Agreement
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 20 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.

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

Our Website urls are: 

http://www.graphicrepro.co.za
http://www.graphicrepro.net

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

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Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 16 September 2016

Welcome to another roundup of 27 news articles posted during the past week, plus one new addition to Online Features from KBA in Nuremberg, with a new long perfector with coating and nine inking units at L/M/B Louko, which scooped this year’s ‘Top Innovator of 2016’ award in Germany.

Then we have Laurel Brunner back with her latest Verdigris environmental Blog, which this week looks at Plastic Dreams. Following which is Nessan Cleary’s very latest Wild Format Technology Guide which explains the basics of the printhead – the heart of an inkjet printer and directly responsible for placing each individual drop of ink on the substrate. This is the ninth article in this new series from by Laurel Brunner, Nessan Cleary, Sonja Angere and Paul Lindström at Digital Dots. All of which can be downloaded as PDFs, with almost 40 still to follow over the coming ten months or so.
On Monday we also announced the first in a new series from Andreas Weber at ValuePublishing entitled ValueTrendAnalysis: Transformation – ‘Beam me up Scotty’. The article is an overture to a series of trend letters and trend studies produced by ValuePublishing together with Muchcommunication.
Our news this week again comprises a completely mixed bag. We have tried to carry all of the current and imminent show-related articles for you which include announcements regarding Photokina in Cologne; from Labelexpo Americas and SGIA Expo which took place last week you will find announcements from EFI, Cerm, Ultimate, Durst, HP, Agfa, Presstek and Xeikon; then we have the agenda for the Inkjet Conference 2016 taking place in Neuss from 4 – 6 October; followed by ProImage, Scodix, KBA, Goss and Presstek at Graph Expo 2016, which opens this coming weekend.
Leading the news on Tuesday: Esko announced more than 120 free online training sessions to be available in a choice of five languages to help Esko’s global customers get the most out of their new software. You’ll find all the details in the article below with links to be able to register.
News leaders this week included Wallpaper Magazine with HP Indigo on Monday teaming up to create 220,000 unique posters for the publication’s 20th anniversary this month. On Wednesday we had HP Inc announce its acquisition of Samsung’s Printer Business, with the aim of disrupting the copier segment by reinventing and replacing service-intensive copiers with superior multifunction printing technology.
Recent sales and installations successes began on Monday with Manroland Sheetfed at Dongguan Xincai Packaging in China; Tuesday saw Heidelberg at Newnorth Print in the UK with the very latest Stahlfolder KH 82 combination model with Palamides delivery; then Esko in Brazil with the milestone 3000th CDI – a CDI Spark 5080 for trade house Clicheria Blumenau – its fifth Esko CDI.
Among the various articles you will find quite a bit of new kit, including EFI with an enhanced Jetrion for labels; Mimaki with new wide-format inkjet direct sublimation for textiles, combining printing and heating for colour fixation into a single footprint; also HP with a new Latex Printer series at SGIA on Friday.


My tailender for the week from Tuesday’s headlines is the Blog Post relating to the K-Show (the world’s number one event for plastics and rubber) from 19 – 26 October in Düsseldorf: by Chris Winczewski at X-Rite Pantone. Not exactly printing as such, but extremely interesting and related – since X-Rite and Pantone and colour control are so closely related to our own industry, and the K-Show is becoming more relevant as production boundaries become blurred in our fast changing world.


That’s it until next time. 

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

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

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

Mon 12 September…   
Wallpaper* and HP customise commemorative posters
HP Indigo and Wallpaper* magazine team up to create 220,000 unique posters for the publication’s 20th anniversary this month…

ValueTrendAnalysis: Transformation – ‘Beam me up, Scotty!’
This article is the overture to a series of trend letters and trend studies produced by ValuePublishing together with the global expert…

Sawgrass: The Art of Sublimation at Photokina 2016
Sawgrass will showcase its full portfolio of sublimation solutions from 20 to 25 September 2016 in Cologne…

Contact Originators is now a Flint FlexoExpert in the UK
Based in Bredbury, Stockport, the beta customer has successfully passed through the FlexoExpert certification programme…

Dongguan Xincai Packaging adds 10-colour Roland 700
Forward-thinking Dongguan Xincai Packaging in China puts its faith in the Roland 700 with coating, UV and InlineFoiler…

Tue 13 September…   
Esko launches global series of free training Webinars
More than 120 free online training sessions help Esko customers to get the most out of new software…

TheIJC 2016 in Neuss unveils extensive agenda
With just over two weeks to go, the The Inkjet Conference confirms the most involving agenda in the event’s history…

Bespoke training course for apprentice ink technician
Gilmour and Dean Limited work with Attain Training in the UK to expand and invest through apprenticeships…

Newnorth Print adds automated Stahlfolder KH 82
Newnorth increases its B1 folding capacity with combination model with Palamides Alpha 500hd delivery…

Mimaki’s new direct sublimation printer for textiles
The Tx500P-3200DS wide-format solution combines printing and heating for colour fixation into a single footprint…

Wed 14 September…   
HP to acquire Samsung’s Printer Business
Aim is to disrupt copier segment, and to reinvent and replace service-intensive copiers with superior multifunction printing technology…

EFI unveils latest Jetrion 4950LXe LED inkjet and ERP
EFI debuts enhanced Jetrion label inkjet production and ERP Workflow innovations at Labelexpo Americas in Rosemont…

Cerm at Labelexpo Americas 2016
Inspiration and Collaboration will be a central theme for Cerm at Labelexpo Americas in Rosemont, from 13 – 15 September…

Ultimate TechnoGraphics brings AutoNesting to SGIA
Ultimate TechnoGraphics to showcase Impostrip’s latest AutoNesting in Las Vegas from 14 – 16 September 2016…

ProImage to launch latest workflow at Graph Expo 2016
ProImage has announced the launch of its new generation of newspaper production workflow: NewsWay-X…

Thu 15 September…  

Esko’s 3000th CDI to Clicheria Blumenau in Brazil
The CDI Spark 5080 and software solutions package, and its fifth CDI, supports the leading trade shop’s plate production…

Durst uses Labelexpo to push its label capabilities
Durst uses Labelexpo Americas to announce important steps forward in the capabilities of its label products…

EFI Armor UVF clear coat on display at SGIA Expo
EFI non-yellowing Armor clear coat extends Avery Dennison textured wall films durability to five years…

X-Rite Pantone: Plastics focus for K-Show 2016
Blog Post relating to the K-Show 19 – 26 October: By Chris Winczewski, corporate strategy and innovation exec at X-Rite Pantone…

KBA’s new VariJET 106 sheetfed hybrid Powered by Xerox
New modular hybrid press for folding cartons integrates KBA Rapida platform with Xerox inkjet technology: intro at Graph Expo…

Fri 16 September…   
Scodix drupa success to flow into Graph Expo 2016
Coming off drupa, where Scodix sold over 150 presses, adoption of Scodix digital enhancement is in full swing worldwide…

Goss International and Presstek at Graph Expo 2016
Goss, Presstek and Contiweb to showcase their latest product innovations and partnership success…

Agfa outshines competition in UV flatbed and hybrid
Agfa Graphics wins three Product of the Year awards for inkjet technology for second year in a row at SGIA Expo 2016…

HP unveiled its new Latex 300 Printer series at SGIA
New HP Latex 315, 335 and 365 printers help customers gain affordable access to more application opportunities…

EFI at the 2016 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas this week
A complete portfolio and new market opportunities highlight EFI’s mission and passion to fuel customer success…

Xeikon Laser Die-cut Unit at Labelexpo Americas
Self-adhesive label converting affordable as short runs made easy with Xeikon Laser Die-cut Unit (LDU)…

Presstek Zahara plates at Labelexpo Americas
Codimag demonstrated the benefits of chemistry-free, waterless offset live with Presstek’s Zahara plates…

Last lead articles from Friday in previous update… 

AVT and HP Indigo at Labelexpo Americas 2016
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7… To Judge a Book by Its Cover
Despite the old proverb, humans are prone to judge their fellow man by first impressions, so appearances are important. By Sonja Angerer

8… Workflow Basics for Wide Format Projects
While the creative part of a printing project involving wide, or very, very wide-format production should be unrestrained and ‘wild’ (allowing yourself to think out-of-the-box). By Paul Lindström

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


Vorbemerkung

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

Vorbemerkung

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


In medias res

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

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

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

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

Man kann nicht wissen, was man nicht weiss!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fazit Teil 1

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


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


Some insights

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Die drupa ist stets ein Ort der Top-Gespräche und einzigartigen Momente, wie mit Didier Gombert (großes Foto am Stand von Objectif Lune). Foto/Collage: Andreas Weber

 

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


Fazit Teil 1

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


 

Frage: Ist es möglich, das Angebot einer drupa als globale Leitmesse komplett zu erfassen?
Antwort: Nein! Das ist auch gar nicht nötig. Das beste Prinzip lautet: Reduktion auf das maximal Wichtige. Daher nachfolgend eine analytisch-subjektive Selektion dessen, was aus ValuePublishing-Sicht relevant war!


Vorspiel: Wo bleibt der Bezug zu dem, was die Printbranche voranbringt?

„Rund 260.000 Besucher (2012: 314.248 Besucher) aus 188 Ländern und rund 1.900 Journalisten aus 74 Ländern sind nach Düsseldorf gereist, um sich über technologische Innovationen, Weiterentwicklungen und neue Geschäftsfelder zu informieren,“ verlautbarte die Messe Düsseldorf am 10. Juni 2016 stolz. Und mit 76 Prozent lag die Quote der internationalen Besucher um 16 Prozentpunkte höher als im Jahr 2012. Deutschland markiert damit einen riesigen Besucherrückgang! Quelle: drupa/Messe Düsseldorf

Ob die Zahl der Besucher den Ausschlag für nachhaltigen Erfolg gibt, sei dahingestellt. Aber eine Schrumpfung um fast 55.000 Besucher im Vergleich zur drupa 2012 ist in jedem Fall bedenkenswert. Zu behaupten, das sei OK, weil die Messedauer ja verkürzt worden sei, erscheint ungefähr so „logisch“ wie das Argument, gutes Essen schmecke umso besser, je mehr man davon mengenmässig verspeist.

Fakt ist vielmehr: Der allseits herausgestellte Dreiklang der modernen Druckindustrie — Digitalisierung, Automatisierung und Flexibilisierung, kurz mit Print 4.0 in Anspielung an Industrie 4.0 charakterisiert – hat zur Folge, dass immer weniger Betriebe mit immer weniger Personal ein inzwischen wieder dynamisches Produktionsvolumen stemmen. Ergo: Weniger ist mehr! ABER: Für die #drupa2016 hätte die beste Voraussetzung bestanden, neue Zielgruppen zu motivieren und zu mobilisieren, um die ambitionierte globale Leitmesse zu besuchen. Das hat aber (wie schon 2012) nur marginal/punktuell geklappt, aber nicht breitenwirksam. Denn neue Besuchergruppen sind durch „Wir können Print 4.0“-Rufe und „Wie toll, was wir da machen-Selbstdarstellungen von Ausstellern nicht zu mobilisieren. Aus meiner Sicht ist eine riesige Chance vergeben worden. Viele Marktteilnehmer werden sich dadurch unnötig schwer tun, um das zu kompensieren. 

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Der kompakte Vortrag mit dem #drupa2016 Review von Andreas Weber kam sehr gut an auf dem Swiss Publishing Day 2016 am 30. Juni 2016 in Winterthur. — Doku via YouTube (Live-Video-Doku) oder via Slideshare (42 Min.-Video plus alle Charts).

Zu vielen Ausstellern muss es wohl egal sein, was die Kunden ihrer Kunden denken. Einige Hersteller betonten, das Wichtigste sei, dass sie weit über ihre Erwartungen hinaus Verkaufsabschlüsse tätigten.

  • Beispiel: Landa verkaufte nach eigenem Bekunden für über 450 Millionen EURO Nano-Druckmaschinen, die (allerdings) immer noch nicht lieferfähig sind. — Siehe dazu meine Traumgeschichte „Danke Benny. Touch the future again and again…”
  • Seriöser resp. sinnvoller aus meiner Sicht: Heideldruck erwähnte bei seiner Annual Analyst Conference am 8. Juni 2016 über 1.000 Kaufverträge über lieferfähige Produkte und Lösungen, um Kunden zu ermöglichen, ihr Kerngeschäft Offsetdruck zu stärken und/oder gleichzeitig sich der Herausforderung „Digitaldruck auf industriellem Fertigungsniveau“ anzunehmen; mehr als 5.500 Heideldruck-Kunden meldeten sich für den neuen Heidelberg eShop an.
  • HP Inc. rühmte sich, mit der kompletten Halle 17 im Gepäck, der größte Aussteller der drupa 2016 gewesen zu sein, und lobt sich selbst: „HP experienced its best attended drupa ever with sales far exceeding expectations, achieving 150 percent of our sales goal,” urteilte laut Branchendienst WhatTheyThink.com Francois Martin, Global Marketing Lead Graphics Solutions Business HP Inc. Fast schon pingelig wird aufgezählt, wieviel Maschinen man verkauft habe, um zu dokumentieren, dass man die eigenen Lösungen zur Marktführerschaft gebracht habe. — Nur mit dem von HP vielgelobten PrintOS, dem neuen und ultimativen Betriebssystem fürs Drucken, kam man laut divergierenden Medienmitteilungen mit 200 resp. 500 Subskribenten, in jedem Falle also weniger als 5% aller Kunden, nicht so weit. — Damit ist HP entgegen der eigenen Einschätzung vom Mainstream weit entfernt und  immer noch nicht vollständig im Print 4.0-Zeitalter der durchgängigen Digitalisierung, Automatisierung und Flexibilisierung angekommen.

Die Umsätze bei Heidelberg wie auch bei KBA, Canon, Xerox, Ricoh und KonicaMinolta liegen allesamt höher als beim „größten“ Aussteller der #drupa2016, der zudem deutlich höhere Stand- und Werbekosten zu verzeichnen hat. (Kann man so etwas einen Pyrrhussieg nennen?). Allein drei Aussteller als Newcomer aus Israel konnten in Summe HP’s Umsätze weit übertreffen resp. eine sehr viel bessere Relation zwischen Invest und Return-on-Invest erzielt haben; neben Landa sind dies Highcon und Scodix, wie der israelische Wirtschaftsdienst Globes vermeldet hat. — Learning: Wer wie HP darauf setzt, sich Erfolg erkaufen zu wollen, muss nicht automatisch erfolgreicher sein als andere. Zumal, wenn wie im Falle HP zur #drupa2016 eigentlich nur Optimierungen der bestehenden HP-Lösungen geboten wurden. Tatsächlich Neues und für die Print-Branche im Sinne des „Touch the future“ insgesamt Relevantes hat sich für mich bei HP auf der #drupa2016 nicht erschlossen. Schon gar nicht durch HP’s mediale Kommunikationsarbeit!

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Petra Lüftner kommentierte am 4. Juli 2016 per XING als Reaktion auf mein Traum-Erlebnis — Danke, Benny! Touch the future again and again… — wie folgt: „Ich war total traumatisiert von so viel Zukunftsvisionen und der ernsthaften Frage, für WEN und welchen MARKT all dieses dort stattgefunden hat. Die Realität sieht meines Erachtens heute und auch in den kommenden Jahren ganz anders aus. Verkaufen, nur um des Verkaufens Willen, ohne fachliche und zeitnahe Analyse der Marktes? Wie oft schon wurde in der Vergangenheit der Hype um neue Technologien zum Untergangsszenario mancher Firma 🙁  Denn nicht die ‚Technology’ ist es, was wir zuerst überdenken müssen, vielmehr die Wertschöpfungskette und die Anwendbarkeit des vorhandenen Instrumentariums.  Ein erfolgreiches Unternehmen zeichnet sich durch einen realistischen Bezug zum Markt und die darauf optimierten Prozesse und Produkte, nicht durch blinkende Displays aus.  So stellte sich am Ende meines Traums die Frage, ist alles was glänzt Gold oder sollte man doch den guten alten Fadenzähler zur genaueren Betrachtung des Ganzen nutzen? Herzliche Grüße in die Stadt des URSPRUNGS, die Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz“.

In medias res: Willkommen im digitalen Printmedienkosmos

Wichtiger erscheint mir, der Nabelschau einiger Top-Aussteller nicht zum Opfer zu fallen, sondern stattdessen konkret aufzuzeigen, welchen Einfluss tatsächlich innovative Technologien-Angebote auf der #drupa2016 für die Branchenentwicklung haben. Denn, wie und ob Print gewinnt, hängt nicht von Boxen-Verkäufen, sondern von Lösungskompetenz und drei zentralen Faktoren ab:

  1. Welche Rolle spielt Print im Kommunikationsmix? Gerade mit Blick auf BigData, Cloud, Social Media und IoT.
  2. Wie und warum definiert Inkjet-Druck die industrielle Herstellung von Printmedien neu?
  3. Wer als Aussteller hat auf der #drupa2016 die Messe-Leitidee „Touch the future“ tatsächlich am besten verkörpert und nach vorne gebracht?

Zeit also für eine an der Realität orientierte Bestandsaufnahme, die alle (kaum noch zu überblickenden) Neuheiten der #drupa2016 zusammenfasst, plausibel bewertet und in den Kontext mit den gewachsenen Anforderungen im Digitalzeitalter stellt.

Das Prinzip der Digitalisierung im Kontext mit Print erklärte Heideldruck-CEO Dr. Gerold Linzbach im Vorfeld der drupa 2016 ganz exzellent (Siehe „drupa ante portas: Automatisierung, Flexibilisierung, Digitalisierung machen Print zum Top-Wachstumsmarkt!“). Auf der drupa präsentierten Dr. Linzbach und sein Vorstandsteam am 8. Juni 2016 souverän vor hochrangigen Finanzanalysten, was Heidelbergs Comeback ausmacht  — übrigens von der drupa-Community kaum bemerkt, führte die gelungene Konferenz für #Heideldruck zu einem Kurssprung nach oben, inklusive Kaufempfehlung der Analysten:

  1. Ein radikales Umdenken und Umschwenken Richtung Print 4.0
  2. Maximale Markt- und Kundenorientierung mit Fokus auf ‚Customer Journey‘ (im Sonne von: Welchen Weg wird mein Kunde gehen, wenn er neue Lösungen einsetzen möchte?)
  3. Neupositionierung Richtung autonomes Drucken sowie das „Amazon-für-Printherstellung“ durch eine integrierte Heideldruck eShop-Lösung

07-drupa2016 ValuePublishing Storify on HeideldruckWeitere Informationen zum Comeback von Heideldruck: ValueStorify „drupa 2016 — #Heideldruck: Back to profitable growth!“ mit Live-Texten, -Fotos, -Videos.

Heideldruck sieht für sich gute Chancen, die „alte“ Welt des Offset-Druckens mit der neuen Welt des „digitalen“ Druckens zu vereinen. Das wird belohnt: Wie Mike Hilton in seinem Global News Review dokumentiert, erhielt Heideldruck in mehreren Kategorien den IDG Business Media and Dimension Data Deutschland’s Digital Leader Award 2016.

Daran anknüpfend ist zu beachten, dass der Umgang mit dem Phänomen „Big Data“ in der Printproduktion mehrere Dimensionen und eine dynamisch stärker werdende Priorität aufweist:

  • Aus dem Web resp. der Social Media-Welt und via Cloud-Services explodiert die Datenmenge dessen, was aus der virtuellen Welt ins Print überführt wird;
  • Inhalte können dabei automatisiert auf Basis von intelligenten Algorithmen zusammengestellt werden für massenhaft individuelle, bedarfsgerechte Druckprodukte.
  • Zum anderen müssen riesige Datenströme beim Produktionsmanagement intelligent gehandhabt werden, um effizient, qualitätvoll, ohne Medienbrüche und möglichst schnell, das heisst in Tagesfrist fertigen und liefern zu können.

Dies geschieht auf verschiedenen Ebenen, wobei im Web verstärkt Systemarchitekturen zur freien Verfügung stehen, die nahtlos Druckdaten automatisiert erzeugen und per Internet an selektiertere Dienstleister/Drucksysteme transferieren können. Die einfachste Form sind Drucke beliebiger Daten via Smartphone oder Tablet. Apple mit AirPrint oder Google mit CloudPrint waren die Pioniere der Generation X; Drucksystemhersteller wie Canon oder HP folgten mit eigenen ePrint-Lösungen. Zum Anderen werden Daten aus Wiki—Plattformen zum Beispiel per PediaPress-Technologie in Bücher verwandelt, auf Basis der vom Internetnutzer online selektierten Wikipedia-Artikel. Weiterhin können Social-Media-Nutzer per Knopfdruck ihre Chroniken auf Twitter, Instagram oder Facebook in Publikationen verwandeln, um gedruckte Poster z.B. der Facebook—/Instagram-Freunde, Leinwanddrucke  oder Tagebuch-Chroniken in Buchform aus Twitter und Facebook automatisiert zu erstellen (siehe mySocialBook, Twenty20 oder boomf mit Druck von Instagram-Fotos auf essbare Marshmellows).

Diese Services werden von Konsumenten ebenso genutzt wie von Unternehmen für Werbezwecke, die solche Projekte in ihre digitalen Marketingkonzepte einbinden (Siehe den ValuePublishing drupa-Vorbericht zum Highlight-Thema Multichannel). Bei den reinen Unternehmensanwendungen werden Marketing- und IT-Daten automatisiert ohne Medienbruch zusammengefügt und daraus Cross-Media-Kundenkampagnen erstellt, die Unternehmensangebote wie zum Beispiel Vertragsverlängerungen bei Versicherungen koppeln mit den Feedbacks von zehntausenden Kunden, die dann an die Unternehmens-IT und deren CRM-Systeme zurückgespielt werden, um die Kundenprofile aktuell zu halten und sogar einzelne Transaktionen zu dokumentieren. Alle Unterlagen sind dann sowohl digital als auch gedruckt verfügbar. Der Kunde entscheidet, welche Form er bevorzugt.

 Als Lesetipp empfehle ich die brillanten Kommentare von Christian Kopocz auf LinkedIn, der als Entrepreneur und Finanz-, Marketing-, Digitaldruck- und Multichannel-Profi exzellent twittern sowie bloggen kann und sein #drupa2016-Erleben aus Sicht des kundigen Fachbesuchers schildert:

Druckers Dilemma: „Herrje! Was habe ich denn mit Social Media und Big Data zu tun? — Eigentlich will ich doch einfach nur drucken!“

Naturgemäß stellen Big Data resp. Social Media die Welt der Druckereiunternehmer auf den Kopf. Das Denken und die Technik-Ausstattung in Druckereien sind darauf ausgerichtet, dass der Kunde/Drucksachenbesteller die Pre-Media-Arbeit selbst erledigt. Und der Druckerei druckbare PDF-Dateien übergibt. Man bedient einen Nachfragemarkt. Denn bis dato folgen Printproduktionsprozesse einem starren, linearen Ablaufschema: Daten werden digital editiert, mit Expertenwerkzeugen formatiert und dann unveränderlich für den Druck aufbereitet und an Druckereien übergeben. Der Mensch diktiert sozusagen der Maschine, was sie tun muss. Die Druckerei lebt vom Bereithalten von Produktionsmitteln und -kapazitäten — mit dem Vorsatz bzw. der Verpflichtung, Bedürfnisse der Kunden bestmöglich zu erfüllen. Damit sind Drucker wie ihre Lieferant glücklich. Aber: Tatsächlich haben beide Fraktionen im Drucksektor die Kontrolle über den Markt längst abgeben. Und wer kennt schon durch Innovationen hervorgerufene Bedürfnisse, die sich erst noch entwickeln können, wenn das neue auch bekannt ist? Wie gesagt, die Kunden der Druckerei waren kaum auf der #drupa2016 zugegen und können sich auch nicht über klassische Fachmedien oder durch bloggende Marktforscher  informieren, weil die sich in Details verlieren…


 Zwischenruf: Anders agieren!

Kai Büntemeyer„Den schlimmsten Fehler, den man machen kann, ist auf der drupa einfach eine Maschine zu kaufen, ohne vor- und nachgelagerte Prozesse zu bedenken!“ — Kai Büntemeyer, Vorsitzender VDMA Druck- und Papiertechnik sowie Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter von Kolbus GmbH & Co KG auf der pre-drupa-Pressekonferenz des VDMA am 4. April 2016.


Der einzig mögliche Innovationsansatz ist daher, den starren Prozess aufzulösen, indem Daten von verschiedener Seite stationär und mobil bearbeitet werden, also von Analog zu Digital und umgekehrt als iterativer Prozess nahtlos automatisiert transformiert, inhaltlich angereichert sowie individuell und „on-demand“ per Digitaldruck ausgegeben werden können. Workflow-technisch gesehen, wird ein Pipeline-Prozess in ein vernetztes, interaktives, individuell auszugestaltendes  Plattform-Konzept überführt, das neue Formen der Konnektivität bietet.

Ganz nah an Big Data: Print 4.0 braucht Communication 4.0

Auf der drupa 2016 konnte man darüber mit Pionieren und Unternehmern wie Didier Gombert, einer der Gründer und Vorstandsvorsitzender des Technologie-Entwicklers Objectif Lune (OL), bestens und auf hohem Niveau diskutieren. Gombert hatte vor einiger Zeit schon den technischen Umbau aller seiner Software-Lösungen vorgenommen. HTML, CSS und JavaScript bilden nunmehr den Ausgangspunkt. Der Fokus liegt auf digitalem Business Communication Management (kurz: ccm). Print kann sich dort stets nahtlos „andocken“ und wird Teil digitaler Kommunikations- und Geschäftsprozesse.

„In der Auseinandersetzung mit der Digitalisierung hat sich die Printmedienbranche lange auf die Steigerung der Herstellungseffizienz fokussiert. Entsprechend folgt jede Art Printmedienherstellung stets digitalen Prozessen. Das ist gut so. Aber: Die Effektivität von Print als vernetzbarem Medium im Digitalzeitalter kam zu kurz und hat jetzt höchste Priorität“, stellt Gombert fest. Der visionäre Unternehmer gilt seit über 20 Jahren als Vorreiter einer neuen „digitalen“ Philosophie, die Printmedien zeitgemäß im Kommunikationsmix einbindet. Grundlage bildet für Gombert das „Connect“-Prinzip. Aus einem „digitalen“ Baukasten verschiedenster Lösungen entwickelte sich ein skalierbares Lösungsszenario, das Einsteigern wie Profis hilft, Print in der Geschäfts-/Kundenkommunikation optimal einzusetzen und stets mit digitalen Kommunikationsprozessen einfach und kostengünstig zu vernetzen. Themenhighlights zur drupa 2016 sind für Gombert sozusagen „beyond technology“ neue Kommunikationsaufgaben wie „Customer Experience“ und „Customer Journey“. Darunter wird verstanden, hundertprozentig markt- und kundenorientiert Produkte und Lösungen im Dialog mit Kunden (weiter) zu entwicklen. Im Fokus: Optimale Schnittstellen zwischen Mensch-Maschine — Maschine-Maschine — Maschine-Mensch. Kein Wunder, dass Gombert auf der drupa 2016 mit allen seinen wichtigen Kunden und Partnern zusammentraf, um den Ball weiter zu spielen. Dazu gehören Konzerne wie Canon, Konica Minolta Pitney Bowes und Ricoh.

ValuePublishing Big Data Visuals.001Ganz nah an Big Data ist auch der Titel eines Reports, den Andreas Weber für das #drupa2016-Print-Special der führenden Technik&Innovations-Zeitung VDI nachrichten verfasste. — Erweiterte Fassung des Reports als Trendanalyse (in englischer Sprache).


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Print als Medientechnologie spielt nicht mehr eine Sonderolle quasi als Analog-Relikt in einer digitalen Welt. Print ist und bleibt die tragende Säule der Geschäfts- und Kommunikationswelt und kann nahtlos in digitale Geschäfts- und Kommunikationsprozesse eingliedert werden! Um in der neuen Welt des Print bestehen zu können, erfordert es seitens der Druckereien den Neustart-Knopf zu drücken. Mit Technik-Käufen oder dem Versuch, durch Technik-Einsatz gar neue Geschäftsmodelle zu entwicklen, kommt keiner weiter. Alle sind aufgefordert, das Zusammenspiel von Brainware, Software und Hardware neu zu definieren und daraus Markt-konforme Lösungsangebote im Dialog mit Kunden zu entwickeln.


Fortsetzung folgt mit Teil 3 — Des Pudels Kern: #unleashprint („entfessele Print“)


Hinweis

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

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

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

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

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