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Die Druckbranche ist angeblich auf dem Sprung in die Zukunft! Gelingt die Landung?

 

#Think!Paper Edition 2 / Volume 1

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value, Initiator der Think!Paper-Initiative

Wer sich krampfhaft mit der Zukunft beschäftigt, verliert den Bezug zur Gegenwart!

Prolog

Da kommt vermeintlich Freude auf: „Druck ist die stabilste Währung“, lautet die Erkenntnis vom Print Trend Day 2019, den der Verband Druck & Medientechnik Österreich in Wien organisierte. In bewährter Manier präsentierten Experten Technologie- und Geschäftslösungen von morgen. Die Maßgabe war: Wie macht sich die Druckbranche zukunftsfit? Die Experten sind wie üblich zumeist Vertreter der Lieferindustrie, die auch den Event sponsern. 

Wir lernen: „Die Druckbranche ist [im Schulterschluss von Zulieferern und erfolgreichen Druckereien] bereit für den Sprung in die Zukunft. Die Digitalisierung schafft großartige neue Möglichkeiten, die nun mit vorausschauenden Investitionen und cleverem Marketing ergriffen werden.“

Und auch die „Print Trends zur Zeitenwende“ werden angesprochen: Print-Technologie-Experte Bernd Zipper stellte in Wien klar: „Online, Print, TV, Radio — all das sind Bestandteile des Medienkanons, den wir für unsere Information und Marktwirtschaft dringend benötigen.“

Lichtblick statt nur Ausblick: Heidelbergs Chef Digital Officer Dr. Ulrich Hermann, dynamischer Treiber der digitalen Transformation des Branchenprimus, empfiehlt, sich an den Besten der Branche zu orientieren, um „besser gerüstet für die ständig wachsenden Anforderungen der Kunden“ zu sein. Und er betont: „Print-Medien-Industrie 4.0 bedeutet hochflexible Produktion von individualisierten Druckprojekten, wobei die Druckerei in die digitale Lieferkette des Kunden eingebettet ist“. Das trifft ins Schwarze, kennzeichnet aber die Gegenwart und darf nicht als Zukunftsmusik gedeutet werden.

Gewollt, aber nicht gekonnt?

Warum mäkle ich an einem durchaus ehrenwerten Verbands-Event rum? Nun, er steht symbolisch für eine Vielzahl solcher Events, die mit viel Aufwand für Veranstalter, Redner, Sponsoren und auch fürs Auditorium verbunden sind; und zumeist nicht erfüllen können, was versprochen wird.

Mit Tunnelblick suhlt man sich im eigenen Saft und tauscht sich mit KollegInnen aus, ohne gemeinsam Botschaften zu entwickeln, die Kunden / Nutzer und Prospects von Print-Medien begeistert und ins Gespräch bringen kann. 

Sprich: Es entsteht wenig Nutzen und führt aus meiner Sicht kaum weiter. Denn hinterfragen wir, was eigentlich gemeint sein soll und wie die Gegenwart im Spiegel der sog, Trends aussieht,  kommen wir zu überraschenden Überlegungen, die von Absurdität geprägt sind: 

  • Muss man tatsächlich in die Zukunft ‚springen‘ können oder wollen, zumal diese doch von alleine kommt, selbst wenn man stehen bleibt oder sogar rückwärts läuft?
  • Ist Print tatsächlich eine ‚Währung‘? Wenn ja, was kann man z. B. mit einem exzellent gedrucktem Hochglanz-Prospekt ganz real bezahlen? 
  • Besteht der Medienkanon tatsächlich aus ‚Online, Print, TV und Radio‘? Was ist mit den Boom-Bereichen Blockchain, Streaming, KI, Mobile etc, die bereits im Hier & Jetzt alles auf den Kopf stellen?

Der Schlüssel zum Erfolg: Das Hier & Jetzt begreifen!

Während ich über die digital kolportierten ‚Print Trend Tag 2019’-Resultate sinniere und mich über die Tunnelblick-Mentalität wundere, erfahre ich parallel, was in der Welt tatsächlich wichtiges passiert. Zum Beispiel, dass Amazon quasi aus dem Stand heraus nach Google und Facebook die Nummer 3 im Werbemarkt geworden ist. Mit über 10 Milliarden US-Dollar Umsatz in 2018 und einer gigantischen Wachstumskurve. Das ist fast schon soviel, wie die OTTO Group, die gerade den gedruckten Hauptkatalog beerdigt hat, jährlich an Konzernumsatz erwirtschaften kann. Und weitaus mehr, als die auch international ambitionierten deutschen Großverlage Werbeeinnahmen generieren. So traurig das klingen mag: Print spielt bei dieser Art des profitablen und hochwirksamen Werbegeschäfts keine Rolle.

Ich erfahre auch, dass ein Bollwerk deutscher Finanzkunst wie die Deutsche Bank taumelt und im internationalen Vergleich zum Winzling geworden ist. Im Gegensatz zu N26, einem neuen FinTech-Unternehmen, das Geldgeber begeistert und schon einen Marktwert im mittleren Milliarden-Euro-Bereich verzeichnet. Das meint: Nutzenstiftende Innovation schlägt Tradition. 

Und fast noch spannender erscheint: Ich lerne als neuer Autor und Experte der europaweiten „MoreThanDigital“-Initiative von Benjamin Talin, Zürich, das sich die wissensdurstige Klientel — kleinere und mittlere Unternehmen aller Art, die an Transformation interessiert sind — bis dato mit allem auseinandersetzt, nur nicht mir Print! — Nun, das kann man ‚Zeitenwende‘ nennen, oder?

Meine Empfehlung

Wir sollten uns aktiver, cleverer und ehrlicher mit der Gegenwart auseinandersetzen, die immer Klärwerk und Katalysator für die Zukunft ist. Um die Gegenwart zu begreifen, gehört nämlich, die Vergangenheit richtig einschätzen zu können, um daraus Erkenntnisse für das hier und jetzt zu gewinnen. Damit tut man sich, warum auch immer, in der Print-Branche verdammt schwer. Und über den Tellerrand zu blicken, kann nicht schaden. Aber bitte nicht in der o. g. Form, die Trends verspricht und bisweilen wohlklingend Absurdes liefert.

Mein Resümee

Wer sich krampfhaft mit der Zukunft beschäftigt, verliert den Bezug zur Gegenwart! — Nichts für ungut, sich wie in Wien und anderswo unter Kollegen zu treffen, mag hilfreich sein, ist aber aus meiner Sicht in der geschilderten Form keinesfalls zielführend, um akute Probleme der Gegenwart zu lösen. Ebensowenig wie Zukunftsprognosen, die an anderer Stelle der VDMA als einer der Träger der #drupa2020 Ende des Jahres 2018 publizierte — sinngemäß: auch im Jahr 2040 wird noch gedruckt (!). Das sind für mich wie vieles andere im allzu wirren Trend-Geschehen nichts als teuer erkaufte Nebelkerzen.

Apropos drupa: Irre ich mich oder ist es so still wie nie zuvor um die globale Leitmesse der Print-Medien-Industrie geworden, die doch schon nächstes Jahr stattfinden soll? Schaun wir mal.

Vorher können wir uns bei dem für mich im Jahr 2019 wichtigsten internationalen Event, dem 7. Online Print Symposium (#OPS2019) Anfang April in München, selbst ein Bild machen, ob und welche Trends wirklich relevant ins Feld geführt werden. Und wie sich die Resonanz nach außen entwickelt.


 

Tipp zum Schnuppern

Die Plattform MoreThanDigital zeigt ganz hervorragend, wie man den Wissenstransfer und das Netzwerken rund um Innovation und Transformation im Digitalzeitalter erfolgreich gestaltet. Uns allen aus der Print-Branche ist das Anschauen&Mitmachen sehr zu empfehlen. Die Subskription des Newsletters ist kostenfrei möglich. Die Inhalte sind in deutsch und englisch gefasst.

 

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Über den Autor

Andreas Weber begleitet als Wissensarbeiter/Advisor die Kommunikation mit Medien — geprägt durch eine Vorliebe für Print-Innovationen im Digitalzeitalter. Bis dato hat er über 500 Innovations-/Transformations-Projekten realisiert, diverse Lehraufträge wahrgenommen (u.a an der School of Visual Arts/NYC, Hochschule Liechtenstein, Hochschule RheinMain) und Vorträge in über 30 Ländern gehalten. Sein Blog valuetrendradar.com (ISSN-zertifiziert) inspiriert Entscheider aus mehr als 150 Ländern.

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“I think of Germany [4.0] at night,
then I’m about to sleep,
I can not close my eyes
and my hot tears are flowing.”
From: Heinrich Heine, night thoughts

„Denk ich an Deutschland [4.0] in der Nacht,
dann bin ich um den Schlaf gebracht,
ich kann nicht mehr die Augen schließen,
und meine heißen Tränen fließen.“
—Aus: Heinrich Heine, Nachtgedanken


 

By Andreas Weber, Head of Value | German Version

It happened last week. The CEO and the CFO of a long-established mechanical engineering company presented the annual balance sheet figures at the annual press conference in the financial metropolis of Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Everything fine. And everything on schedule! After all, they delivered precisely what was promised a year ago. Unfavorable: Currency fluctuations that can not be influenced result in a slight decline in total sales and corresponding pre-tax profits.

Nevertheless, the board can stick to the good forecasts. Significant growth through transformation by at least 500 million euros in the next four years (that is, sales grow from around 2.5 billion euros to 3 billion euros) with significantly increasing returns. The company has been successfully restructured and is not only fit and stable, but also a global leader in digital transformation beyond its own market segment.

But: Already on the eve of the press conference, the share price began to decline and slipped significantly in the following week. The main reason: massive short selling, so the bet on speculation on falling share prices. The market capitalization thus dropped in value by a three-digit million amount.

Another negative effect: the business press as well as analysts can not deal in the right way with “digital transformation”. At least, they don’t get it! — In the late reports it comes to glaring errors resp. misjudgments and above all to the omission of the really important topics! — For example: “Quite unambitious: weak outlook puts pressure on Heidelberger Druck shares”. Or: ”Heidelberg disappoint investors” … — Phew! Understand that, who wants!

Granted, the topic “transformation” is highly complex. And requires that one understands: transformation is not a goal, but a state. The goal is: massive, sometimes disruptive change in the overall business philosophy. Not an easy task. And certainly not that it is possible to manage on-the-fly! — The CFO rightly explained calmly: “If you are in a hurry, you have to go slowly!”

Speaking of philosophy, Plato pointed out in his ancient teachings that everything acquired under duress can not find a foothold in the mind. In other words, the teacher can not teach if the student is not ready to learn. (This momentum was probably underestimated by the CEO and CFO when they held the press conference and, unfortunately, was not the basis of their communication strategy.)

The success of transformation in the digital age depends crucially on the will and the discipline to take the time to learn and practice, so that new experiences form new insights. This learning involves learning about oneself. Transformation requires self-knowledge.

Conclusion

An annual press conference as a lesson! Germany 4.0 fails in the fundamental understanding of the ‘digital transformation’. Not at the will of the apologists.

 


 

About the author

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

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By Andreas Weber, Head of Value  |  German Version

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (#Heideldruck for short) is in the ascendancy, growing sustainably and profitably while other companies such as HP, Xerox, Ricoh, and Canon are being forced to restructure and/or consolidate. This appears to be nothing out of the ordinary looking back on over 150 years of a company steeped in tradition, but look more closely and it’s a different story. Heideldruck claims it was the only printing press company to record a significant improvement in incoming orders over the past financial year in the period during and after drupa. But it certainly won’t be resting on its laurels – quite the opposite, in fact. Entirely new growth segments for the sector are being identified and approached proactively, with Heideldruck mutating into an “agile” company.

“Over the next five years, Heidelberg will once again become a leading light in the sector, enjoying strong growth and profits. We’ve defined the relevant success factors and have already introduced initial measures. This marks the start of a new era of growth for Heidelberg,” said the company’s CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer.

 


ValueCheck by Andreas Weber with Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

 


 

Hundsdörfer also had the following to say: “The Heidelberg Digital Technology (HDT) and Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) sectors were established on April 1, 2017 to prepare for the company’s digital future. HDT combines sheetfed offset, label printing, and postpress operations and is responsible for developing, producing, and marketing the appropriate technologies and products for new business models. HDB, meanwhile, is where Heidelberg manages its operations relating to services, consumables, remarketed equipment, digital printing technology, and solutions throughout the value-added chain.”

This was possible thanks to the economic recovery of Heidelberg and the profitable growth it is now once again experiencing. The most important observations regarding the new strategy and the KPIs from the latest balance sheet are as follows:

  • Strategic focus on technology leadership, digital transformation, and operational excellence
  • Group targets for 2022 defined and underpinned with specific measures
  • Targeted increase in sales to around €3 billion, in EBITDA to €250-300 million, and in net profit after taxes to over €100 million
  • Initial strategic measures already implemented – two acquisitions (DOCUFY/Fujifilm coatings & printing chemicals in EMEA) and enhanced efficiency
  • Presentation of annual financial statement for 2016/2017 confirms targets achieved

 

 

Worth noting: 
Digital doesn’t “only” mean digital printing at Heideldruck

Digital printing is naturally a fundamental part of the new, comprehensive “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy. The new Primefire platform for digital packaging printing sets the bar extremely high here. But the digital transformation of the print business demands more than simply building good digital presses. Heideldruck has now gained a significant edge in this respect by finding a holistic approach that actually enables print shops to master the digital transformation. At the Annual Accounts Press Conference on June 8, 2017 in Frankfurt, CFO Dirk Kaliebe pointed out that it was now virtually impossible to distinguish between the high level of digitization in offset printing and that in digital printing. “The term ‘digital printing’ is actually misleading,” remarks Hundsdörfer. “Non-impact printing would be more accurate, that is to say a contactless printing method. Ultimately, however, printing takes place and an analog product is produced,” he explains. Hundsdörfer believes a mechanical engineer’s skill lies in combining all possible methods that serve to manufacture marketable print products of all kinds that are suitable for production in an efficient and automated process.

Is Heidelberg the print world’s Amazon?

As was already stressed at drupa 2016, the Push to Stop method enables autonomous printing. This is similar to Google helping to develop autonomous driving. The aim of the Heidelberg Cloud and assistant solutions is for the company to become the Amazon of the printing industry. “Heidelberg goes digital” is therefore linked to far more than a new way of building printing presses. As I see it, this is comparable to the success story of Tesla. At first glance, Tesla manufactures a premium electric car. A closer look reveals highly sophisticated data exchange between the driver/his preferences and the vehicle’s maximum coordination with specific needs and an optimum driving experience. In spring 2017, Tesla succeeded in overtaking automotive pioneer Ford in terms of market capitalization and sold more luxury vehicles in the United States than Porsche, VW/Audi, and BMW put together. Heidelberg could enjoy similar success. That’s why Hundsdörfer is promoting his vision of the “agile” company – a company that in my view is characterized by thinking and acting autonomously! 

 

Screenshots of the Heideldruck Annual Report, which has a die-cut folding carton on the cover that can be removed and turned into a “digital” box. This can be downloaded via Heidelberg.com.

 

As an experienced mechanical engineering insider, Hundsdörfer knows the importance of “operational excellence” (with the focus on permanent optimization of the solution portfolio and production processes). He is also aware of the two biggest assets of Heideldruck – know-how and experience regarding the best way to run a print business, under the premise of automating what can be automated – in production, in procurement, in real-time analysis of production resources in the field, in dialog between Heidelberg customers and their customers, and much more besides. Heideldruck is already a long way ahead of many other mechanical engineering companies in this respect. And it is marketing its know-how with start-ups, the go-to market, production companies (e.g. in 3D printing), and also other sectors (no doubt including the automotive sector in the future), where production processes continuously need to be converted and adapted. And not over a period of many months, but in just a few days.

 

 

There was good reason for the following question being raised at the Annual Accounts Press Conference: “Given everything you’ve told us, is it still appropriate for you to be called Heidelberger Druckmaschinen [= Heidelberg printing presses]?” The answer was that the brand has long been called “Heidelberg” and that’s all that counts. According to Hundsdörfer, building presses is vital for Heideldruck because the machines and their operation are linked to numerous additional and value-added services offered by the company. This is also the reason for the recent acquisitions of DOCUFY and, above all, the consumables sector of Fujifilm. Accordingly, Hundsdörfer wants Heideldruck to become a system solution provider, rather like a kind of platform operator for the global printing sector and its customers. Transformation is not simply a means to an end here, but the core business enabling profitable growth like that of the GAFA companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple – see our ValueWebinar on value analysis “Transformation – Beam me up, Scotty”).

 

 

Conclusion

The new “Heidelberg goes digital” strategy clearly won people over at the Annual Accounts Press Conference, with the share price immediately soaring to its highest level all year. Despite the significant complexity, the Heideldruck CEO and CFO were able to set out their perspective and arguments both concisely and transparently. The Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) division has a key role to play, because this is where new business models/business model philosophies need to be developed for Heideldruck and also for customers and partners. — See as well our  ValueDialog with Management Board member and Chief Digital Officer Dr. Ulrich Hermann.

 


 

Extracts from the presentation charts used at the Heideldruck press conference on June 8, 2017 in Frankfurt

 

 


 

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Graphic Repro On-line News to Friday 09 June 2017

Welcome to this week’s roundup of another 23 news items for you, plus Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog which looks at ‘Waste and guilt’, providing food for thought. In Online Features, we have a rather special article on 200 Years Koenig & Bauer, which has travelled an innovation-lined road from the very first cylinder press to today’s digital print and more, and is now set to celebrate its 200th Anniversary in Würzburg in August.

Heidelberg dominated the lead headlines on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; then on Wednesday, we had Komori from Gareth Ward, featuring pharmaceutical carton printer and packager, Chester Medical Solutions, which has capped an investment programme with the UK’s first of Komori’s new B2 presses for carton work; then on Friday, KBA’s 200th Anniversary.

 


”The new strategy ’Heidelberg goes digital’ clearly convinced at the press conference — which at the same time caused a jump in the course of one year. Despite the complexity, the Heideldruck CEO Hundsdörfer and the Chief Financial Officer Kaliebe were able to present their views and arguments in a convincing and comprehensible manner. The Heidelberg Digital Business and Services (HDB) Board of Management is playing a key role, as new business models philosophies are being created for Heideldruck as well as for customers and partners. —Andreas Weber, Head of Value. Source: ValueCheck on Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


 

Of particular importance this week is Heidelberg’s new growth strategy until 2022, presented at its Annual Press Conference held on Wednesday, along with the release of its Annual Report for 2016/2017, plus two acquisitions announcements. The first of which actually led Tuesday’s headlines with the takeover of technical documentation software provider DOCUFY, and set to strengthen Heidelberg’s Digital Platforms division; with the second on Thursday, as Heidelberg confirms it has taken over Fujifilm‘s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region, situated in Kruibeke in Belgium, and Reutlingen in Germany.

Key sales and installations this week came from Heidelberg UK at 4-Print with a Versafire CP digital press and Suprasetter CTP system, Durst at Image Data in the UK with superwide-format for fabrics (also from Gareth Ward); and Xerox at Inkfish in Cape Town on Monday; Inca Digital in Scandinavia on Tuesday; Komori in the UK on Wednesday (mentioned above); and Ryobi in the UK at Northend Creative on Thursday; then Hybrid Software in Italy, IFS in the UK with Horizon, and Manroland Web at Quad/Graphics in North America on Friday.

You’ll also find software upgrades and new kit this week from Agfa and Xaar on Monday; new cobalt-free Inks from Huber on Tuesday; and productivity boosts for Highcon Euclid on Friday.

The tailender this week goes to Ricoh on Wednesday as the Ghent Workgroup announces that Ricoh has successfully achieved GWG PDF Preflight Certification.

That’s all until next time. You find more not mentioned below if you scroll down carefully, particularly for Labelexpo Europe taking place in Brussels from 25 – 28 September.

With best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 



 

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Monday

4-Print adds Versafire CP digital press from Heidelberg

4-Print in West Molesey, UK invests in digital and Suprasetter A75 CTP to meet new customer demand…

Image Data adds Durst to meet demand for fabrics

Yorkshire print group expands fabric print capability as retailers swing to backlit screens and stretch fabrics. By Gareth Ward…

Inkfish improves production quality with Xerox in Cape

Cape Town Digital print and signage company improves digital print and production with new Xerox Versant 80…

Agfa Graphics unveils new upgrades to Arziro

Agfa has released new versions of two elements within its Arziro ecosystem for the general security printing market…

Xaar strengthens aqueous portfolio with new 5501 heads

Xaar announces new addition to aqueous printheads portfolio…

Tuesday

Heidelberg expanding its Industry 4.0 offering

Takeover of technical documentation software provider DOCUFY strengthens Heidelberg’s Digital Platforms division…

Strong industry support for quality print apprenticeships

Trailblazer Consortium continues to press for an appropriate approach to the new Print Apprenticeship Standards…

Cobalt-free inks enable eco-label certification

Hubergroup sets all sheetfed offset printing inks to cobalt-free formulations to strengthen sustainability…

Spandex launches 3M Materials Product Guide

New 3M Materials Product Guide from Spandex aims to help customers deliver high value applications…

Billes Tryckeri AB lauds its Inca Onset X2

Scandinavia’s first Onset X delivers productivity gains of 30 per cent in wide-format production in just five months…

Wednesday

Chester Medical leads with carton-specified GL29 Komori

Pharmaceutical carton printer and packager Chester Medical Solutions has capped an investment programme with the UK’s first of Komori’s new B2 presses for carton work. By Gareth Ward…

Enhance your Competitive Edge at Dscoop with Scodix

Live demos of Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Enhancement Press with Foil Station at Dscoop EMEA 6 in Lyon this week…

Ricoh achieves GWG PDF Preflight Certification

The Ghent Workgroup has announced that Ricoh has successfully achieved GWG PDF preflight certification…

Thursday

Heidelberg presents its new growth strategy to 2022

Heidelberg’s growth strategy reveals significant improvement in sales and result targeted in period to 2022 at annual conference…

Heidelberg expands consumables with Fujifilm acquisition

Heidelberg takes over Fujifilm’s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region…

Labelexpo Europe 2017 announces new expo feature

Labelexpo Europe heralds fourth industrial revolution with bold feature area at Brussels Expo from 25 – 28 September…

Meech at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels

Meech to display static control and web cleaning solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2017 taking place in Brussels in September…

Northend Creative in Sheffield adds Ryobi LED-UV

Northend Creative Print Solutions has become the latest to invest in RMGT’s Ryobi LED-UV, plus Cron platesetter…

Friday

200 years of Koenig & Bauer in Würzburg

Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print, as KBA in Würzburg celebrates its 200th Anniversary…

Highcon Euclid speed boost announced at Dscoop EMEA

Dscoop EMEA conference in Lyon chosen to launch productivity boosts for Highcon Euclid B1 and B2 machines…

Hybrid celebrates sale of 100th PACKZ in Italy

Hybrid Software has announced the 100th sale in Italy of its professional editing software PACKZ…

UK Bookbinders enters digital chapter with Horizon

IFS-supplied BQ-470 PUR perfect binder and HT-30 three-side trimmer chosen to support new business division…

Quad/Graphics adds 64-page Lithoman in Versailles

Leading North American printer selects Lithoman press from Manroland Web Systems for its Kentucky facility…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

‘Pledge for Print’ BPIF appeal for Government backing

In a bid to boost the Government’s support for the printing industry, the BPIF is asking all parliamentary election candidates…

Print on the Brain – Sign up for a free copy now

Latest issue of Print Power magazine ‘ALL IN THE MIND’ looks at the remarkable neurological benefits of reading in print…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2017

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

Value Dialogue – exclusive Interview series

Most recent…    An important role in the breakthrough of industrial digital printing!

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

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

200 years Koenig & Bauer

Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print, as KBA in Würzburg to celebrate its 200th Anniversary in August…

Previous…    K+D´s Swiss passion for precision leads to Equinox

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

Schumacher Packaging turns to Durst single-pass technology

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

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

Waste and guilt

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 07 Jun

Previous…    Printing Plates Progress

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 19 May

Fespa & Green

The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Wed 17 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

Technology Guides for Wild Format 2016 – 2017

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

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

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

Drupa Newsroom

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News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

Previous…    drupa Prize 2017 awarded to Anne Sokoll

Scholar of German convinces with her Doctoral Thesis on the Writers’ Movement in the GDR…

drupa 2020 invites exhibitors from all over the world

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

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Heideldruck’s new digital strategy should enable to take the lead transformation the print industry business successfully. Photos: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 19 May 2017

Welcome to this week’s news roundup of 30 selected articles, plus Laurel Brunner’s two latest Verdigris Blogs: a post-Fespa bonus published on Wednesday, and the usual Friday blog, which touches on the environmental strides made in prepress and with printing plates in particular, citing Agfa Graphics’ examples. An article in our news on Tuesday from Fujifilm and Kemtek South Africa can also be linked to this, as it expands the second half of Laurel’s blog from a Fujifilm and Kemtek Imaging Systems’ perspective, with notable achievements in South Africa.

We have three Online Features in Chapter 05 for you: from Esko, as K+D´s Swiss passion for precision and Esko´s Equinox ensure a perfect colour match for its pharmaceutical packaging customers. Then from Durst which is now field-testing its flagship system, the Delta SPC 130, as Schumacher Packaging in Germany becomes its field test partner; and the third from the BPIF with Printing Outlook for Q1, which reports a better than expected start to 2017 for printing and packaging with output growth set to continue in Q2, but with costs climbing.

The lead news items come with the intro from the BPIF on Monday for the latest issue of Printing Outlook; then on Tuesday from Heidelberg as it partners with Steinemann in an agreement to co-operate on marketing Steinemann’s digital print finishing systems. 

 


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Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Heideldruck. Photo: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

‘We have already been providing our customers with an integrated offering covering all manufacturers for many years with the Saphira products. We want to expand this approach to our customers’ entire value chain. With our global sales and service network in combination with Prinect, we offer interested companies the ideal platform with which they can easily integrate their portfolio. In the future we want to increasingly offer our customers a combined value proposition comprising equipment, service, and consumables, something that no other provider is able to do, and in this way further enhance our competitiveness and that of our customers,’ says Dr. Ulrich Hermann, member of the management board responsible for Digital Business & Services at Heidelberg.


 

Wednesday saw UPM and the FSC announce a global strategic partnership which aims to deliver benefits to forest owners through FSC certification, and to increase FSC-certified wood supply.

Thursday’s headlines were led by Manroland Web Systems at Druck Styria in Graz, Austria, which has signed a contract with a total order value of 16 million Euros. This includes a new Colorman e:line newspaper press, and also provides MD Alexander Wassermann with the opportunity to update us on Manroland Web’s progress, and the new independent production company, Manroland Web Produktionsgesellschaft, now also part of the Possehl group.

 


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Other recent sales and installations successes include Friday’s leader from Esko at K+D in Switzerland; followed by Mimeo and its one-billion impressions success with a fleet of Kodak NexPress machines. We’ve already mentioned Kemtek, Fujiflm and ZAC above. The customers included in this article are Northern Keoagile Printers in Newlands, and Blesston Printers in Roodepoort, both close to Johannesburg, South Africa. On Tuesday we had the Durst flagship Delta SPC 130 system at Schumacher Packaging, as Durst’s field test partner in the packaging segment. This is followed by a new KBA Rapida 106 12-colour press at Canadian Bank Note in Ottawa. On Thursday, we had Bakergoodchild in Birmingham adding a Renz punching system; and lastly, Historika in Switzerland planning to upgrade to print high-quality graphics up to four times faster, using EFI’s new Vutek hybrid roll/flatbed LX3 Pro wide-format LED inkjet printer.

You’ll find post-Interpack and post-FESPA news this week from EyeC, Esko, Neschen and Mimaki, Xaar and Zünd, along with a number of prestigious EDP Awards presented during a ceremony at FESPA to Esko, Kodak, Agfa, Domino and KAMA; and with more announcements still arriving for inclusion in next week’s news.

The tailender this week goes to Ricoh South Africa (Wednesday) as it is set to embrace modern operations methods and move from Bedfordview to Linbro Business Park, near Sandton, Johannesburg on 26 May 2017, from where it will be closer to its key customer base.

 

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

My best regards, 

Mike Hilton

 


 

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

 

Headline News

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

Week beginning Mon 15 May – date published also appears in article footline

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

Fujifilm and Kemtek keeping platemaking clean and simple
Fujifilm’s low chemistry thermal CTP plates with ZAC processors can achieve up to a massive 80% reduction in chemistry…

Esko gains two EDP Awards 2017 at FESPA
Esko receives two EDP Awards for technological innovation…

Kodak has won a 2017 EDP Award with NexPress
Kodak has won a EDP Award 2017 for the Kodak NexPress ZX3900 Digital Production Colour Press…

Agfa Graphics’ UV LED inks chosen for EDP Award
European Digital Press Association (EDP) rewards UV LED inks from Agfa Graphics during FESPA 2017 in Hamburg…

Domino wins 2017 EDP Award for Book Printing
For the second year running, Domino Digital Printing Solutions has won an award at the EDP Association Awards…

Tuesday
Heidelberg partners with Steinemann for print finishing
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and Steinemann Technology agree to co-operate on marketing print finishing systems…

EyeC yields extremely positive results after Interpack
EyeC’s ProofRunner Carton Pre-Feeder and off-line EyeC Proofiler 1200 DT inspection system were shown at the show…

Esko introduces new, integrated platform for brands
Esko and MediaBeacon release fully integrated software for packaging and marketing digital asset management…

Esko Studio to include 3D real-time rendering
Esko announces Luxion KeyShot integration with Esko Studio for photo-realistic rendering of packaging…

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

Fourth KBA press for high quality, secure identity products
KBA and the new Rapida 106 12-colour press solidify strong partnership with Canadian Bank Note in Ottawa…

Wednesday
UPM and FSC announce a global strategic partnership
Aims to deliver benefits to forest owners through FSC certification and to increase FSC-certified wood supply…

Heidelberg is becoming a preferred industry partner
Heidelberg further expands as a solution provider and is becoming a preferred industry platform for partner companies…

Ricoh SA embraces modern operations with new premises
Ricoh SA will move from Bedfordview to Linbro Business Park, near Sandton, Johannesburg on 26 May 2017…

The Xaar 502 GS15O printhead at Interpack 2017
The xaar 502 inkjet printhead made its mark at Interpack…

FFEI to launch ‘Printbar Uncovered’ at Labelexpo
To enable original equipment manufacturers to bring the value of inkjet embellishment to customers…

New Horizon StitchLiner and Perfect Binder from IFS
IFS will unveil the Horizon StitchLiner Mark III and the Horizon BQ-480 perfect binder at IPEX at the NEC in October…

Thursday
Major order for Manroland Web Systems
Druck Styria in Graz, Austria and Manroland Web Systems sign a contract with a total order value of 16 million Euros…

KAMA wins ‘best folding carton solution’ EDP Award 2017
KAMA wins the ‘best folding carton solution’ EDP Award 2017 for its newly developed FF 52i folder gluer…

Zünd delighted with FESPA 2017 in Hamburg
Outstanding performance of latest routing solution and coveted EDP Award for ‘Best digital cutting system’…

New hot and cold Neschen laminator debuts at FESPA
Two in one hybrid laminator for hot and cold applications ‘Made by Neschen’ debuted at FESPA 2017 in Hamburg…

Bakergoodchild chooses Renz AP360 punching system
The privately-owned Birmingham mail, print and postal services provider adds to its quality service with Renz…

Historika to upgrade to EFI Vutek LX3 Pro LED
Historika to upgrade to print high-quality graphics up to four times faster using new hybrid roll/flatbed LED printer…

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

Mimeo: Over one billion impressions and counting
Mimeo’s fleet of Kodak NexPress digital production colour presses powers new approach to high-value content…

Food for Thought, from Ricoh South Africa
Commercial printers can grow profits through automation and a wider product offering. By Frank de Afonseca…

FESPA 2017 a thrilling success for Mimaki Europe
At FESPA in Hamburg, Mimaki was recognised with prestigious awards and closed its first sale of the Tiger-1800B…

Zund UK becomes a subsidiary of Zünd Systemtechnik
Zünd Systemtechnik AG has acquired Zund Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd. in St. Albans, Hertfordshire…

Rotoflex moves manufacturing to Canada
Continued sales growth over several years has led to the expansion of its Canadian facility near Toronto…

The lead articles from a week last Friday… 

Kodak reports its First Quarter 2017 results
Kodak reports Q1 net earnings of $7 million with continued growth in key product areas of Sonora, Flexcel and Prosper businesses…

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

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

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

Value Dialogue – exclusive Interview series

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

Online Features May/Jun Chapter 05

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

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

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

Previous…  
Well-attended symposium at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul
Updates for print professionals interested in the future-oriented LED-UV technology underlines the leading role of KBA-Sheetfed in the field of LED-UV…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2017

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

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

Previous…  
Eco Labels
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 12 May

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

Drupa Newsroom

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

News from Messe Düsseldorf 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Our Website urls are:

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

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

 

 


 

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