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Two high-lights: Heideldruck’s Gallus label printing business makes good progress. — Global launch of PROKOM will strengthen KonicaMinolta’s business community approach.

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 14 October 2016

Welcome to another roundup with 33 news articles posted during the past week, plus Laurel Brunner’s latest Verdigris Blog added on Friday: ‘An Environmental Declaration for Print’, which this week briefly explains the circular economy and that the graphics industry could be making a massive satement about its contribution to this. Please don’t miss it. On Friday, UPM Raflatac and Labelexpo Americas announced they had partnered to provide a solution for exhibitors to responsibly manage their waste at the show, as well as ongoing.

In our Technology Guides section you will find the 10th article in this new Wild Format series for 2016/2017 called ‘The Art and Science of Very Fine Drops’ by Sonja Angerer, complete with an illustrated PDF which can be downloaded. In Online Features this week we have a report in Chapter 02 from the recent Gallus Innovation Days in Switzerland, which saw the successful world premiere of the new Gallus Labelmaster machine platform for label and packaging printing; and then in Chapter 07, two additions from Andreas Weber, head of Value, with a commentary entitled Print is a dynamic growth market. But print doesn’t sell itself!’; and then a summary analysis which examines the ‘Prospects for adding value with print’. Illustrated PDFs of both can be downloaded.
Upcoming events mentioned this week include K 2016 in Düsseldorf from 19 to 26 October, from Mimaki on Monday; and on Thursday, InPrint in Milan from 15 to 17 November.

Monday’s headlines were led by UPM at WPE in Vienna last week, and then on Tuesday, news from Manroland Web Systems with the launch of its new 16-page Geoman e:line newspaper printing press at the event; and Kodak with faster CTP for newspapers. Tuesday saw Canon SA (and Europe) lead the news with the launch of a new ImageRunner Advance series of A3 colour high-end multifunctional printers. On Wednesday, we had UPM Raflatac in Poland with a new coating line for its Wroclaw factory to meet increased demand for its products; while Thursday saw Mimaki launch a new breakthrough in digital inkjet textile printing with a transportation belt at Viscom Italy, which also took place last week. To round off the lead headlines on Friday, System Brunner announced that its Instrument Flight has received a worldwide first ‘G7 Press Control System Certification’.

Orders and installations during the past week included Hybrid Software with the 500th seat of its PACKZ to Fusion Flexo in the UK; then Panaprint in the USA with System Brunner and QuadTech. On Tuesday, Gallus with the 400th ECS 340 label press at Relieves Egara in Barcelona, Spain; while Vale Press in the UK, will take delivery of a new Stahlfolder BH66 buckle machine in the New Year. On Wednesday, Bokbinderiet Johnsen celebrated its new Muller Martini Diamant MC 60 bookline, a first in Norway, with a customer Open House.

Thursday saw Imprimerie Bailly in France add X-Rite eXact-based colour control; Frisco Printing and Graphics in the USA add Heidelberg’s new Versafire CV; Muller Martini with a Primera MC saddle stitcher with Motion Control for two key customers in Switzerland; and Technotrans in the UK at trade printer Walsh Colour, as it switches to H-UV with three new Komori presses. On Friday, Duplo UK announced deals topping £400,000 from The Print Show at the NEC last week: to QuadGraphics, Latham Direct, and Jones and Brooks. Heidelberg UK revealed that PPS Print has upgraded from Xerox to Versafire CP for its digital printing; and lastly, Flexoshop in the UK now uses Asahi AWP water-washable flexographic plates.

As my tailender for this week: PRP in the UK announced that it has been awarded the contract to manufacture 1200dpi LED print heads for the Kodak NexPress, as the culmination of a successful three-year joint development programme with Kodak.

That’s it for another week, but you will find more if you scroll down carefully.
My best regards, 

Mike Hilton



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Mon 10 October…   
UPM participates at the World Publishing Expo 2016
UPM to focus on newspaper publishing and commercial CSWO printing at the World Publishing Expo in Vienna this week…

The Art and Science of Very Fine Drops: PDF to download
Wild Format Technology Guide No 10. Inkjet is unique amongst printing technologies, there is no other option to print on such a wide varieties of substrates with such efficiency. By Sonja Angerer…

PROKOM sets its sights on going global
PROKOM, the independent community of Konica Minolta production printing users’ at The UK Print Show with KM this week…

Mimaki solutions for the plastics industry at K 2016
Digital thermoforming, membrane switches and printing on plastics to be highlighted in Düsseldorf from 19 to 26 October…

Hybrid Software announces sale of 500th seat of PACKZ
Hybrid Software has announced the purchase of the 500th seat of its PACKZ native PDF editor by trade shop Fusion Flexo…

Panaprint powers web and sheetfed with System Brunner
Panaprint in the USA powers colour accuracy with System Brunner Instrument Flight and QuadTech to G7 standards…

Tue 11 October…   
Canon announces new imageRunner Advance series
Canon unleashes outstanding quality document production with new A3 colour C7500 series high-end multifunctional printers…

Manroland announces new 16pp Geoman e:line at WPE
Manroland Web Systems presents the new 16-page newspaper printing press Geoman e:line at World Publishing Expo in Vienna…

Kodak’s faster CTP at World Publishing Expo Vienna
Kodak announces new CTP options offering newspaper printers more productivity, efficiency and sustainability at WPE…

ImagePerfect vinyls receive HP Media Certification
View these and other ImagePerfect media on the Spandex stand (E3) this week at The Print Show 2016 at the NEC…

Gallus ECS 340 No 400 heads for Barcelona
At the Gallus Innovation Days in September, the 400th ECS 340 was sold to the Spanish label printer Relieves Egara…

Vale Press buckles up for take off with Stahlfolder!
Vale Press will take delivery of a new Stahlfolder BH66 buckle machine in the New Year to support its new Speedmaster XL 75-5…

Wed 12 October…   
UPM Raflatac to add new coating line at Wroclaw factory
UPM Raflatac expands its asset platform in Wroclaw, Poland to meet the label stock demand growth in Europe…

PRP awarded Kodak NexPress print head contract
The contract to manufacture 1200dpi LED print heads is the culmination of a successful joint development programme…

IDC MarketScape and Vendor Snapshot both cite Ricoh
Ricoh’s a leader of document workflow services, says IDC, helped by Ricoh SA’s customer commitment…

Manroland Web STORE a resounding 24/7 success
Web offset printing companies have embraced Manroland Web Systems’ completely renewed e-Commerce offering…

EFI at the Tecnargilla tradeshow in Rimini, Italy
EFI Cretaprint ecosystem brings bigger digital advantages in tile decoration at Tecnargilla in Rimini and at Cersaie in Bologna…

New Muller Martini Diamant MC 60 bookline in Norway
Open house at Bokbinderiet Johnsen provides impressive demo of the new Muller Martini Diamant MC 60 bookline…

Thu 13 October…  

Mimaki breakthrough in digital printing for textiles
The new Tx300P-1800B with textile transportation belt is ideal for samples, short production runs, custom orders, even on thick, sheer and elastic textiles on show at Viscom Italy 13 – 15 October…

Retrofit or new? Asks Matthias Heißler, Manroland Web
Manroland Web Systems retrofit trends and solutions directly from the newspaper printing market…

The world of industrial printing at InPrint Italy 2016
From 15 to 17 November at the MiCo exhibition centre in Milan, with pre-registration on the Website for free entry available now…

Imprimerie Bailly’s X-Rite eXact-based colour control
Closed-loop solution improves control and efficiency throughout the entire offset production process, saving time and money…

New Versafire CV doubles productivity for Frisco
Frisco Printing and Graphics Center doubles productivity and expands applications with new Heidelberg’s Versafire CV…

Start of a new era with Muller Martini Primera MC
Even before its world premiere at drupa, the Primera MC saddle stitcher with Motion Control sparked enthusiastic response…

Walsh Colour Print takes control with Technotrans
The trade printer opts for Technotrans peripherals as it switches to H-UV with three new Komori presses…

Fri 14 October…
G7 Certification for System Brunner Instrument Flight
System Brunner Instrument Flight: receives worldwide first G7 Press Control System certification…

Gallus Innovation Days a hit with world’s label printers
World premiere of new Gallus Labelmaster machine platform for label and packaging printing in St. Gallen, Switzerland…

UPM Raflatac strives to keep label waste from landfills
UPM Raflatac and Labelexpo Americas partnered to provide a solution for exhibitors to responsibly manage their waste…

Print is a dynamic growth market. But print doesn’t sell itself!
A commentary by Andreas Weber, head of Value with optional PDF to download…

Value Analysis – prospects for adding value with print
Executive summary analysis by Andreas Weber, head of Value…

Duplo secures new customer deals at The Print Show
Duplo UK has signed deals topping £400,000 and bagged an impressive pipeline of sales leads from The Print Show…

PPS moves digital to Versafire CP from Heidelberg UK
PPS Print moves to Versafire digital technology to benefit from Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow through a single RIP…

Flexoshop Colchester moves to Asahi AWP plates
UK-based Flexoshop spurs business growth with Asahi Photoproducts AWP water-washable flexographic plates…

Lead articles from Friday in previous update… 

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

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

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

Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
Only 41 articles so far this year, with well over 70 last year, and over 90 in 2013 and in 2014 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years in our Archives.

Technology-related Chapter 02

Latest Gallus Innovation Days a hit with label printers from around the world
World premiere of new Gallus Labelmaster machine platform for label and packaging printing…

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

Print is a dynamic growth market. But print doesn’t sell itself!
A commentary by Andreas Weber, head of Value…

ValueTrendRadar Analysis – prospects for adding value with print
Executive summary analysis by Andreas Weber, head of Value…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

An Environmental Declaration for Print
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 14 Oct

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

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

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

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

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

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

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

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

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

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

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

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

A commentary by Andreas Weber, Head of Value

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

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

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

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

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

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A sound basis provides room for maneuver. The only way to add more value with print is to stimulate the demand for modern-day print products on a sustained basis. Print doesn’t sell itself because, as already explained, new kinds of striking concepts that are geared to market requirements and adopt an integrative approach to the professional manufacture, distribution, and use of print media hold the key to the future of print. In order to be successful in the printing industry, it is vital not to rely solely on vertical positioning in individual applications, but to cater specifically to customer and market needs and ensure continuous innovation leadership that will maintain print’s role as an attractive part of the communication mix, even after over 500 years.

 


CONTACT / Further information and advisory:

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Print is Big: Impressionen vom neuen Headqarter der größten Online-Druckerei der Welt, CIMPRESS/Vistaprint. 

ValueTrendAnalysis:
Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print (Teil 1)

Von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Durch ValueTrendRadar-Analyse „Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print“ liegt erstmals eine umfassende, ganzheitliche Betrachtung des globalen Print-Geschehens vor. Aus gutem Grund liegt ein besonderer Fokus auf Deutschland, da hier die moderne Druckbranche ihren Ursprung fand. Aber auch die globale Sicht kommt nicht zu kurz.

Zum Autor: Seit mehr als 20 Jahren erhält Andreas Weber als Print- und Innovations-Analyst zahlreiche Anfragen zu Print-Themen — nicht „nur“ von international aktiven Investoren, sondern von Wirtschaftsanalysten, aus dem Bankenbereich und von Marktforschern. Zumeist geht es um Produktinnovationen resp. Technikanbieter, neue Verfahrenstechniken sowie die Lage der Druckereien im Allgemeinen. In über 20 international stark beachteten Einzelanalysen hat sich Andreas Weber vor, während und nach der globalen Print-Leitmesse drupa 2016 mit den aktuellen Print-Technik- und Markttrends beschäftigt. — Siehe auch die Zusammenfassung der wichtigsten Ergebnisse der nachfolgenden Analyse..


Vorbemerkung

Anfang September 2016. Das Handy klingelt. Der Anrufer fragt unvermittelt: „Würden Sie ins Geschäft mit Print einsteigen?“ — Meine Antwort: „Ja klar!“ Aus meiner wohl überraschend-spontanen Antwort ergab sich ein intensives, fast einstündiges Gespräch, dessen Ergebnisse hier von mir zu einem umfassenden Einblick zu Print zusammengefasst werden. Angerufen hatte der Chef eines Venture Capital Fonds, mit dem Ziel einen aktuellen, objektiven und umfassenden Eindruck zu Print gewinnen zu können. — Here we are!

Ad 1: Nicht nur an den Börsen, sondern v. a. bei professionellen Investoren ist Print ein zunehmend relevantes Thema. Nicht zuletzt durch Groß-Investitionen bei Print-Technik-Herstellern (HP Inc. übernimmt Druckersparte von Samsung) und (Online-)Druckereien (CIMPRESS übernimmt wir-machen-druck.de ; Bregal übernimmt Mehrheit bei Onlineprinters GmbH / diedruckerei.de).

Last but not least: Die Print-Technik-Traditionskonzerne wie Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) und Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG verzeichnen in 2016 wieder bessere Aussichten an der Börse, während fast alle auf Digitaldruck-Technik fokussierten Konzerne bei sinkender Marktkapitalisierung über die letzten fünf Jahre hinweg Kursrückgänge oder -stagnation verzeichnen. Und: Digitaldrucktechnik-Pioniere wie Hewlett-Packard und auch Xerox mussten sich aufspalten, um in neuer Konfiguration einer Rückbesinnung auf Printtechnik im Digitalzeitalter folgen zu können.

Ad 2: Die Herausforderungen, um im Print und mit Print-Technik zu reüssieren, sind enorm hoch: Das Printgeschäft ist nicht leicht zu verstehen, weil es hoch-komplex und kaum ganzheitlich im Blick zu halten ist. Für Aussenstehende resp. Branchenfremde tun sich im Detail viele Fragen und sogar Widersprüche auf; es ist fast unmöglich, sich aus dem Stand einen Überblick über die Lage von „Print als Business“ zu verschaffen. Der Grund: „Print is big“ — wie ein fundiert angelegtes Projekt aus den USA anschaulich macht, das nicht nur auf den US-Markt, sondern global ausgelegt ist. (Quelle: http://printisbig.com, herausgegeben vom Print-E-Commerce-Spezialisten Aleyant Systems).

Um Print richtig einschätzen zu können, müssen m. E. drei Betrachtungsebenen untersucht und bewertet werden:

  1. Print in seiner (globalen) wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung
  2. (Unvermutete) Wachstumstreiber im Print-Geschäft
  3. Positionierung und Strategien der Techniklieferanten

1. Print in seiner wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung

Wichtige globale Kennzahlen aus dem Jahr 2015

Globaler Umsatz mit Printmedienproduktionen:
898 Milliarden US-$, wobei ‚on-top’ rund 3.500 Milliarden US-$ an Zusatzumsätzen für „related services“ aggregiert wurden. Darin sind Content-Creation, Design, IT, Logistics etc. eingeschlossen.

Zum Vergleich:

  • 133 Milliarden US-$ für Online-Werbung
  • 102 Milliarden US-$ für Video Games
  • 15 Milliarden US-$ für Musikindustrie

(Quelle: http://printisbig.com auf Basis zahlreicher Studien und validierter Marktforschungsergebnissen).

Der Print-Markt ist hoch bedeutend und braucht sich kaum hinter dem Automobilbau, dem Finanzsektor oder der Werbebranche zu verstecken. Dies ist eigentlich kein Novum, sondern seit Generationen so!

Wandeln durch Handeln!

Die genannte ‚Print is Big‘-Analyse bezieht alle Print-Anwendungen ein, auch solche, die sich ausserhalb der hierzulande eng eingegrenzten Kernbranche „Druckindustrie“ abspielen, die sich allzuoft mit „hausgemachten“ Problemen beschäftigt, wie Unternehmensberater betonen. (Siehe das aktuelle Interview mit Michael Apenberger, Hamburg, von Anfang September 2016). Die Folge: Mehr und mehr Innovationen spielen sich ausserhalb der Vorstellungswelt der Kern-Branche ab resp. es gibt eine wachsende Anzahl von Innovatoren, die etablierte Druckereien unter Druck setzen (mehr dazu unter Punkt 2).

Der wichtigste Aspekt aus meiner Sicht lautet: Wie kann eine Branche — die seit hunderten von Jahren fest etabliert auf Innovation setzt, sich also permanent technisch erneuert und dadurch für nahezu jeden Menschen und alle Organisationen, Institutionen, Regierungen/Behörden, Universitäten, Firmen aller Art und sogar für Start-ups unverzichtbar wurde — wie kann eine solche Branche seit vielen Jahren ihre eigene hohe Bedeutung nicht adäquat einschätzen resp. Dritten darstellen? — Zur Erinnerung, mit Blick auf Deutschland und den Kernmarkt Druckbranche, ein paar Fakten:

  • Die Zahl der Druckereibetriebe und der Beschäftigten in Deutschland schrumpft erheblich (von über 20.000 Druckereien in den 1990er Jahren werden bis 2020 rund 7.500 aktiv im Geschäft bleiben);
  • die Produktion stagniert und geht in Teilmärkten zurück;
  • die Kapazitätsauslastung sinkt resp. schwankt im Schnitt bei 80%;
  • die durchschnittliche Entwicklung der Verkaufspreise sinkt seit 15 Jahren konstant;
  • kurios: Seit Jahren sind die Erwartungen der deutschen Druckereiunternehmer konstant schlechter als die tatsächliche derzeitige Lage ihrer Unternehmen.
  • ABER: Die Investitionen in Technologie steigen bei Betrieben ab 50 Mitarbeitern wieder seit 2014, mit leichter Delle in 2015, aber mit einem deutlichem Zuwachs für das Jahr 2016 (alleine in Deutschland geschätzt um 7,3 Prozent auf 644 Mio. Euro, was ca. 8 bis 10 Prozent des Weltmarktes ausmacht).

Quellen (Auswahl):


Ähnlich wie in Deutschland sind übrigens die Entwicklungen in allen industrialisierten Ländern gelagert, wobei deutsche Druckereien vom Vorteil profitieren, dass sie von einer nach wie vor hohen Exportquote von über 15 % profitieren und somit nicht nur vom Binnenmarkt abhängig sind.

Ein wichtiger Trend im Druckereimarkt leitet sich daraus ab: Druckereien verschlanken sich; dennoch muss selbst bei sinkenden Produktionsvolumen die Wertschöpfung steigen. Druckereien müssen daher nach wie vor investieren, um effizienter produzieren oder neue Wachstumsfelder erschließen zu können. 

Als wichtigste Aufgabe kommt hinzu, das „Go-to-Market“ für Druckereien und ihre Kunden zu verbessern, da große Wissensdefizite hinsichtlich der Möglichkeiten von Print bestehen:

  • die Kommunikation zeitgemäß stärken, um mit Kunden medial im Dialog zu stehen und v. a. um Marktentwicklungen pro-aktiv zu beeinflussen;
  • Erstellung und Bestellungen von Drucksachen vereinfachen — Lieferzeiten verkürzen;
  • neue Anwendungen (auch in Nischen) erschließen;
  • und grundlegend überdenken, wie sich Print im Kommunikationsmix nachhaltig positionieren kann.
  • Letztlich: Die Wertschöpfung mit Print wächst nur dann, wenn die Nachfrage nach zeitgemäßen Print-Produkten nachhaltig stimuliert wird. Print ist kein Selbstläufer!

Lichtblick: Überaus positive Signale, mit weltweit höchst positiver Resonanz, setzte die globale Leitmesse drupa 2016 vom Mai/Juni in Düsseldorf. Denn wie nie zuvor wurde das breite Anwendungsspektrum von Print im Digitalzeitalter aufgezeigt: 3D Printing, Multichannel, Functional Printing resp. Printed Electronics öffneten Horizonte. (Siehe die Auflistung der entsprechenden ValuePublishing-Analysen zur drupa 2016, in deutsch und englisch). — Gleichzeitig wurden Quantensprünge erkennbar in den Bereichen Workflow/Automatisierung/Business Management, Verpackung (Packaging) und eben nicht nur im Digitaldruck, sondern vor allem auch im Offsetdruck. Und das alles im Kontext mit zeitgemäßen Hype-Begriffen wie #Cloud, #BigData, #IoT (Internet-of-Things) etc. (Siehe z.B. die Analysen zu Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG sowie zur drupa-2016-Pressekonferenz des VDMA).

Ein weiteres Novum: Erstmals setzte sich durch die drupa 2016 Social Media-Kommunikation bei aktuellen Print-Themen an die Spitze. Vor allem über Twitter beschäftigten sich weltweit und in Echtzeit einige Millionen Fachleute mit den neuesten Print-Themen im Kontext mit den aktuellen Entwicklungen im Digitalzeitalter. Allerdings erfolgen diese Reaktionen und Interaktionen kaum durch Insider-Begriffe der Print-Technik-Welt, wird die nachfolgende Grafik zeigt.

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Analyse via Twitter: ValuePublishing Wordcloud zu #drupa0216. Grafik/Collage: Andreas Weber

Es wurde durch die drupa 2016 auf globaler Ebene klar, dass Printmedien keinesfalls aus der Zeit geraten sind, sondern wirkungsvoller denn je eingesetzt werden können. Schwarzmalererei ist also falsch. Die Aussichten sind bestens! (Siehe ValuePublishing, April 2016, „drupa ante portas: Automatisierung, Flexibilisierung, Digitalisierung machen Print zum Top-Wachstumsmarkt!“)

Lesetipp: Bernd Zipper, Projekt „Print lebt 2013“ – und wie ist es heute um den Druck bestellt? — Mit dem Resümee: „Die Attraktivität und der Nutzen von Printprodukten sind ungebrochen. Zumeist ist die Angst vor der Substitution durch andere Medien unbegründet. Und auch für die Gegenwart und die Zukunft hält Print noch einiges bereit. (…) Print lebt. Und auch wenn in verschiedenen Bereichen Auflagen zurückgehen, so wird – der ‚Krise‘ von Print zum Trotz – weiter gedruckt. Mehr als je zuvor.“

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Hochattraktiv für Start-Ups wie PastBook, Amsterdam: Print in Kombination mit Social Media erschließt weltweit neue Kundengruppen. Bildcollage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main

Executive Summary der Analyse von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Siehe auch den Kommentar zur Analyse!  |  English Version

 

Nicht nur an den Börsen, sondern v. a. bei professionellen Investoren ist Print ein zunehmend relevantes Thema. 

Aber: Für Aussenstehende resp. Branchenfremde tun sich im Detail viele Fragen und sogar Widersprüche auf; es ist fast unmöglich, sich aus dem Stand einen Überblick über die Lage von „Print als Business“ zu verschaffen. Der Grund: „Print is big“ – mit rund 898 Milliarden US-Dollar Jahresumsatz in 2015 (ca. 830 Milliarden Euro).

Um Print richtig einschätzen zu können, müssen drei Betrachtungsebenen untersucht und bewertet werden:

  1. Print in seiner (globalen) wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung
  2. (Unvermutete) Wachstumstreiber im Print-Geschäft
  3. Positionierung und Strategien der Techniklieferanten

 


1. Print in seiner (globalen) wirtschaftlichen Bedeutung

  • Der Print-Markt ist hoch bedeutend und braucht sich kaum hinter dem Automobilbau, dem Finanzsektor oder der Werbebranche verstecken. Dies ist eigentlich kein Novum, sondern seit Generationen so!
  • Ein wichtiger Trend im Druckereimarkt: Druckereien verschlanken sich; dennoch muss selbst bei sinkenden Produktionsvolumen die Wertschöpfung steigen. Druckereien müssen daher nach wie vor investieren, um effizienter produzieren oder neue Wachstumsfelder erschließen zu können.
  • Es wurde durch die drupa 2016 auf globaler Ebene klar, dass Printmedien keinesfalls aus der Zeit geraten sind, sondern wirkungsvoller denn je eingesetzt werden können. Schwarzmalererei ist also falsch. Die Aussichten sind bestens!
  • Aber: Die Wertschöpfung mit Print wächst nur dann, wenn die Nachfrage nach zeitgemäßen Print-Produkten nachhaltig stimuliert wird. Print ist kein Selbstläufer!
  • Die Zukunft von Print wird getragen durch fulminante, marktkonforme, neuartige Konzeptionen, die die professionelle Herstellung, Distribution und Nutzung von Printmedien integrativ angeht.
  • Erfolgskritisch ist, sich im Print nicht nur vertikal in einzelnen Anwendungsbereichen zu positionieren, sondern spezifisch auf Kunden- und Marktbedürfnisse einzugehen und dauerhaft eine Innovationsführerschaft zu übernehmen.

Der Weltmarktführer bei Online Print, CIMPRESS, hat mit seinem neuen Headquarter an der US-Ostküste einen kreativen Tempel für die Kunst des Druckens geschaffen, der talentierte Digital Natives als Mitarbeiter anzieht. Fotos: Screenshots aus Architektur-Video vom mp-architects. 


2. (Unvermutete) Wachstumstreiber im Print-Geschäft

A) Starke Wachstumsimpulse für Print durch Digital-Pioniere

B) Online Print — das derzeit dynamischste Wachstumssegment

  • Als Schrittmacher und auf bereits starkem Umsatz-Niveau verzeichnet der Online-Print-Sektor mehr als alle anderen Bereiche der Druckbranche ein zweistelliges und damit deutlich höheres Wachstum sowie maximale Profitabilität durch Standardisierung und Automatisierung.
  • Relevante technische Innovationen werden äußerst schnell identifiziert und so umgesetzt, dass sie sofort zur Wertschöpfung beitragen. 
  • Der Boom bei der Mass Customization im Print wird die Entwicklung beschleunigen.

C) Zukunftsweisend: 4D Printing eröffnet neue Dimensionen

  • Das druckgrafische 4D Printing-Verfahren zählt zu den global wichtigsten „Emerging Technologies“ (Gartner) und startet erst im Markt. Noch ist es zu früh, um mit validen Marktdaten/Kennziffern aufzuwarten. Schaut man aber auf das dynamische Wachstum von 3D Printing insgesamt, lassen sich Parallelen erkennen und bewerten.
  • Die hohe Bedeutung und exzellente Perspektive von 4D Printing ist in jedem Fall klar: Es werden nicht nur Druckereien resp. agile Online Print-Betriebe eingebunden, sondern auch Unternehmen aller Art, Konsumgüterhersteller, der Handel und sogar Online-Start-ups.

D) Packaging: Königsdisziplin mit weltweitem stärkstem Wachstum

  • Fast die Hälfte des globalen Umsatzes mit Print entsteht durch „Packaging“, den Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck: Bis 2018 werden es rund 472 Milliarden Euro sein (2015: rund 390 Milliarden Euro).
  • Der Markt für Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck expandiert derzeit um rund 25 Milliarden Euro pro Jahr und wird bald über 50 Prozent des globalen Druckvolumen ausmachen. Der Online-Handel sowie Multichannel-Anwendungen mit Kommunikation am Point-of-Sales sind zentrale Wachstumstreiber.
  • Als wichtigste Verfahrenstechniken dominieren der Offset- und Flexodruck äußert stark und werden auch in 10 Jahren noch das Gros der Produktionen bewältigen müssen. Digitaldruck-Techniken (speziell Inkjet-Druck) wachsen überdurchschnittlich, v. a. durch Kooperationen von Herstellern, aber auf niedrigem Niveau.
  • Die Nase vorn haben diejenigen Druckereien, die integrierte Lösungen kundenorientiert und mit hoher Automatisierung/Standardisierung sowie digitaler Prozesskompetenz anbieten.

 


3. Positionierung und Strategien der Techniklieferanten – Vom Silo-Denken zur kundenorientierten Ganzheitlichkeit

  • Die Zahl der Techniklieferanten für Druck- und Papiertechnik geht in die Tausende. Kunden aus der Druckindustrie sind mit einer Vielzahl von Angeboten konfrontiert, die sich mehrfach überlagern respektive deckungsgleich sind.
  • Trotz allem und wohl auch durch die Omnipräsenz der Digitaldruckhersteller, die allzu gerne den Untergang von Print prophezeiten, falls nicht in Digitaldruck investiert werde, gerieten die traditionellen Hersteller von Offset-, Tief-, Flexodruck-Technologien scheinbar ins Hintertreffen.
  • Aber: Die Traditionskonzerne Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heideldruck) und Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) mussten zwar heftige, existenzbedrohende Krisen durchlaufen, haben aber ihre starke Position behauptet und sich komplett erneuert.
  • Die (totgeglaubte) Offsetdruck-Welt hat einen Neustart erfolgreich vollzogen und die Digitaldruck-Welt pro-aktiv integriert. Wohingegen die Digitaldrucktechnik-Welt mehrheitlich mit ihren (Stand-alone-)Eigen-Lösungen in Silos verhaftet bleibt und auf Verdrängung durch Substitution setzt.
  • Anleger und die Börse haben den Neustart der deutschen Maschinenbauer KBA und Heideldruck zur drupa 2016 honoriert. Entsprechend entwickelten sich die Umsatz- und Ertragslage der beiden Firmen positiv — mit zuversichtlichen Prognosen für eine steigende Kursentwicklung.
  • Demgegenüber haben sich die Ambitionen und der hohe Forschungsaufwand auf die Börsenkurse der reinen Digitaldrucktechnik-Firmen bis dato nicht positiv ausgewirkt.
  • Die beiden deutschen Druckmaschinenhersteller KBA und Heideldruck, als Branchenprimus, verteidigen erfolgreich ihre Führungspositionen und wachsen wieder profitabel; wobei Heideldruck aus heutiger Sicht durch seine ganzheitlich durchdachte und zielführende Strategie zur Digitalisierung mit Fokus auf Print die besten Perspektiven bietet, um seine dominante Markposition auch im Digitalzeitalter weiter auszubauen.
  • Im Ergebnis ist Heideldruck zum Schrittmacher der digitalen Transformation der globalen Druckbranche geworden. Denn es werden nicht nur unterschiedliche Printtechniken, sondern das gesamte Druckerei-Management inklusive der digitalen Administrations- und Prozessteuerung sowie Cloud-basierte Services zur optimalen Vernetzung einbezogen. Die Maßgabe ist dabei die bestmögliche Kundenorientierung.

 

 


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Die Print-Branche ist eine der größten und nachhaltigsten der Welt. Innovationen wie 4D Printing sehen die Marktforscher von Gartner als wichtigen Treiber innerhalb der ‘Emerging Technologies 2016’. Bildcollage: Andreas Weber, Mainz/Frankfurt am Main.

Ein Kommentar von Andreas Weber, Head of Value

Siehe auch die Zusammenfassung der Ergebnisse. | English Version

Durch ValueTrendRadar-Analyse „Perspektiven in der Wertschöpfung mit Print“ liegt erstmals eine umfassende, ganzheitliche Betrachtung des globalen Print-Geschehens vor. Aus gutem Grund liegt ein besonderer Fokus auf Deutschland, da hier die moderne Druckbranche ihren Ursprung fand. Aber auch die globale Sicht kommt nicht zu kurz.

Die hohe wirtschaftliche Bedeutung von Print als einer der global größten und mithin nachhaltigsten Branchen ist evident, da Print unverzichtbar ist. Die (teils unvermuteten) Wachstumstreiber Online-Handel, Online Print sowie 4D Printing und als Königsdisziplin der Verpackungs- und Etikettendruck schaffen für viele lukrative Anreize.

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Entsprechend ist der Technologie-, Innovations- und Investitions-Aufwand riesig. Bei der Positionierung der Techniklieferanten trennt sich die Spreu vom Weizen. Die gemäß ihrem Selbstverständnis als „Erneuerer“ von Print auftretenden reinen Digitaldrucktechnik-Hersteller reüssieren mit ihrer Substitutions-/Verdrängungs-Strategie nicht wie vorausgesagt, da auch nach 25 Jahren keine hohen Marktanteile gewonnen wurden; das Wachstum ist zwar hoch, aber auf extrem niedrigen Niveau. Das Gros der Druckvolumen wird durch konventionelle Techniken in modernisierter Form produziert. Denn die deutschen Maschinenbau-Traditionsfirmen (mit Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG als Branchenprimus an der Spitze) haben sich neu erfunden, den Digitaldruck erfolgreich in die Offsetdruck-Welt integriert und die Schrittmacherrolle bei der Neupositionierung von Print übernommen. Das Ziel: Die digitale Transformation des industriellen Drucks ermöglichen, mit dem Fokus auf Wachstumsmärkten und agilen Top-Kunden. Autonomes Drucken, Automatisierung und Standardisierung aller Prozessschritte — vom Online Print bis zum E-Commerce — ist möglich. Dazu bedarf es mehr als nur Technik-Innovationsmöglichkeiten; vor allem wird profundes Know-how benötigt zur integrierten Kontrolle und Steuerung über die gesamte Printproduktions-Wertschöpfungskette hinweg — und das im Kontext mit den Paradigmen der Digitalisierung. Das reicht vom „digitalen“ Geschäftsmanagement bis zu neuen, Cloud-basierten Leistungsangeboten und Services, die ein innovatives Go-to-Market und eine auf Interaktion abzielende Vertriebskommunikation erfordern.

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Vor der Kür kommt die Pflicht: Die Wertschöpfung mit Print wächst nur dann, wenn die Nachfrage nach zeitgemäßen Print-Produkten nachhaltig stimuliert wird. Print ist kein Selbstläufer! Denn die Zukunft von Print wird wie dargelegt getragen durch fulminante, marktkonforme, neuartige Konzeptionen, die die professionelle Herstellung, Distribution und Nutzung von Printmedien integrativ angeht. Erfolgskritisch ist, sich im Print nicht nur vertikal in einzelnen Anwendungsbereichen zu positionieren, sondern spezifisch auf Kunden- und Marktbedürfnisse einzugehen und dauerhaft eine Innovationsführerschaft zu übernehmen, die Print im Kommunikationsmix auch nach über 500 Jahren noch attraktiv bleiben lässt.

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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
Visitors will be able to see advanced integration between AVT and the HP Indigo 8000 and 20000 digital presses…

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

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

Previous…   
Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016
Consumers still value print & paper, but environmental misunderstandings persist due to serious lack of awareness…

Technology-related Chapter 02

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

L/M/B Louko in Nuremberg adds long KBA Rapida 106
Print industry’s top innovator invests in KBA Rapida 106 with nine inking units, perfecting and coater…

Previous…   
First Swing sponsored by Canon South Africa
The benefits of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing programme for disabled children, showcased in action at Zwartkop Country Club…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Plastic Dreams
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 16 Sep

Previous…   
Standards for Sustainability
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 26 Aug

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

Latest No 9… The basics of printheads
In many respects the printhead is the heart of an inkjet printer, directly responsible for placing each individual drop of ink on the substrate. By Nessan Cleary

5… Where Do You Start your Wild Format Project?
The range of what’s possible with digital inkjet technology just keeps on growing. There are so many production options to choose from… By Laurel Brunner

6… Wide format Inkjet Basics
Wide format printing has grown at an astronomical rate over the past decade, mainly because it can cope with a growing range of applications. By Nessan Cleary

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

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Most recent…   
Let your imagination fly at FESPA Eurasia 2016
Speciality print exhibition returns to the CNR Expo in Istanbul, Turkey for the fourth year in December…

Exhibitors present latest technologies at FESPA Mexico
New products and technologies for wide-format, digital and screen print, garment decoration, signage, software and consumables…

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

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

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

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

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

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

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

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One of the top exhibitors: Leonhard Kurz at Luxe Pack in Monaco from 21 – 23 September

 

Graphic Repro On-line News Review to Friday 09 September 2016

Welcome to another roundup of news articles posted during the past week. You will find quite a nice selection below, including upcoming appearances at various events led by Leonhard Kurz at Luxe Pack in Monaco from 21 – 23 September (on Monday); Sun Chemical at K 2016 in Düsseldorf from 19 – 26 September (Tuesday); Toray at WAN-IFRA’s World Publishing Expo in Vienna from 10 – 12 October; EFI at Graph Expo in Orlando from 24 – 26 September; and then Industrial Inkjet (Konica Minolta) at Labelexpo Americas in Rosemont from 13 – 16 September (all on Wednesday). Then we have Fujifilm at InPrint 2016 in Milan, from 15 – 17 November; and Spandex at the Print Show from 11 – 13 October at the NEC, Birmingham (on Thursday); and finally AVT and HP Indigo with advanced integration to be shown live for the first time at Labelexpo Americas 2016 (leading the news on Friday).

One article in Online Features not to be missed this week came from Canon South Africa, highlighting the benefits of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing programme for disabled children, and showcased in action at the Zwartkop Country Club near Pretoria. Please don’t skip it. The four latest Wild Format Technology Guides are also complete, with links below. A key software announcement this week from Esko on Monday, with a new clean-sheet design of ArtPro+ which brings fresh innovation to packaging design and prepress with its native PDF editor. On Thursday you will find the latest additions to the new high performance Select flatbed inkjet series from Fujifilm; while on Friday, FFEI introduces both an extended colour gamut and linerless label production for its hybrid Graphium press, enabling converters to address new sectors digitally.


Of particular interest on an environmental note this week on Wednesday, is Brunel Print which claims to be the first UK printer to make all its production carbon neutral without customers incurring a charge for it. This article is by Gareth Ward at the Print Business. I thought those with an environmental interest ought to see it. This was followed by UPM and leading the news on Thursday, as it retains its industry leader position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for the fifth time in a row. Major sales and installations this week began on Tuesday with Sexton Printing, which expects a 40 per cent increase in productivity with its new Speedmaster XL 75-5+L from Heidelberg; from Healeys, as it meets increased demand for A4 property brochures with an investment in a Horizon landscape bookletmaker; and from York Repro-Graphic as it turns to Asahi’s AWP flexographic plates for fixed colour palette printing – all three are based in the UK. On Wednesday, KBA North America announced a flood of orders and installations for East Coast printing companies; while on Friday to finish the week in style, Fine Print UK is taking the LE-UV route with its latest £1m high-specification Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE-UV investment; while Rotolito Lombarda group has expanded its digital production capabilities with a new HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press in Milan, Italy; KBA announced a large-format Rapida 164 with coater and triple delivery extensi on for Printcenter Eesti in Maardu, Estonia; and lastly: Kase Printing in North America is set to install an automated Stahlfolder TH 82 6/6/4 (debuted at drupa) to complement its two existing Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 presses. There’s a lot more if you scroll down carefully including what SPGPrints is doing in Kufstein, Austria; but as my tailender for this week: Xeikon announced on Friday that it has promoted Filip Weymans who previously served as director segment marketing Labels & Packaging, to vice president marketing at Xeikon. Congratulations Filip on a nice reward for all the effort and hard work.

That’s it until next time.

My best regards,

Mike Hilton

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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 05 September…   
Leonhard Kurz at Luxe Pack Monaco 2016
Packaging trends and a host of ideas for current and future product finishing innovations, 21 – 23 September…

Esko’s completely redesigned ArtPro+ improves productivity
Esko’s new clean-sheet design ArtPro+ brings innovation to packaging design and prepress with native PDF editor…

EFI announces new DFE for Konica Minolta
New EFI Fiery Digital Front End provides higher performance for Konica Minolta bizhub press 1052e and bizhub press 1250e/P…

Apex to provide anilox service to KBA Cortina users
KBA and Apex start cooperation for the reconditioning of anilox rollers for waterless Cortina web presses…

SPGPrints to boost manufacturing capacity in Kufstein
SPGPrints invests in manufacturing expansion in Kufstein, Austria for production of the Javelin textile printer…

Tue 06 September…   
Sun Chemical and Coates Screen Inks at K 2016
Sun Chemical to launch latest generation compliant ink at K 2016 from 19 – 26 October in Düsseldorf…

Manroland Web Systems hosts Mohn Media apprentices
35 apprentices from Mohn Media visited the production Manroland Web Systems’ site in Augsburg in August…

Sexton adds Speedmaster XL 75 with Prinect Inpress Control
Sexton Printing expects a 40 per cent increase in productivity with Speedmaster XL 75-5+L from Heidelberg…

Healeys creates new production landscape with Horizon
Increased demand for landscape A4 property brochures prompts Ipswich printers to invest in SPF-FC/200L bookletmaker…

YRG adopts Asahi water wash AWP flexographic plate
York Repro-Graphic Group in the UK turns to Asahi’s AWP flexographic plates for fixed colour palette printing…

Wed 07 September…   
Toray Industries at World Publishing Expo 2016
Toray to show new newspaper waterless offset printing plates, plate chemistry and processors in Vienna in October…

EFI leads the industry in the Must See ‘Ems awards
Eight Graph Expo awards again reflects EFI’s dedication to making customers more competitive and profitable…

Industrial Inkjet Limited at Labelexpo Americas 2016
Label customisation to take a quick step forward for IIJ at Labelexpo with world’s fastest UV inkjet print system…

Brunel makes Carbon Neutral the only way it prints
Brunel Print claims to be the first UK printer to make all its production carbon neutral without customers incurring a charge for it…

US East Coast explodes with new KBA press installations
Key print titans choose KBA for design, intelligent technology, automated solutions, and meticulous engineering…

Thu 08 September…  
UPM listed as the forest and paper industry leader
UPM retains the industry leader position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index for the fifth time in a row…

EFI appoints GSW South Africa for inkjet portfolio
EFI wide- and superwide-format printers now available from Graphix Supply World in South and Southern Africa and more…

Fujifilm Inkjet technologies at InPrint 2016 in Milan
Fujifilm to demonstrate extensive range of industrial inkjet applications at InPrint 2016, from 15 – 17 November…

Spandex to exhibit at the Print Show 2016
At the NEC in October, visitors will find a wide range of wide-format and sign making equipment and materials…

Fujifilm announces new Acuity Select HS 30 series
Latest addition to the new high performance Select flatbed inkjet series is yet another step up in performance and quality…

Fri 09 September…  
AVT and HP Indigo at Labelexpo Americas 2016
Visitors will be able to see advanced integration between AVT and the HP Indigo 8000 and 20000 digital presses…

Filip Weymans named Vice President Marketing at Xeikon
Xeikon has promoted Filip Weymans who previously served as director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging…

FFEI Graphium hybrid: Enhanced media handling and finishing
FFEI’s extended colour gamut and linerless label production enables converters to address new sectors digitally…

Fine Print Services elects to go LE-UV with Heidelberg
Fine Print is taking the LE-UV route with its latest £1m high-specification Speedmaster XL 75-5 LE-UV investment…

New HP Indigo 12000 at Rotolito’s Nava Press in Milan
Rotolito Lombarda group has expanded its digital production capabilities with HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press…

Record export from Germany to Estonia for KBA
Rapida 164 with coater and triple delivery extension for Printcenter Eesti in Maardu, Estonia…

Kase to double production with new Stahlfolder TH 82
Kase Printing set to install automated Stahlfolder TH 82 6/6/4 to complement its two Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 presses…

Last lead articles from Friday in previous update… 

KBA North America at Graph Expo 2016
KBA to share its dynamic technology, Drupa introductions and new partnerships in Orlando this month…

Digital Information at Graph Expo 2016 in Orlando
Digital Info to launch InkZone Inline fully automated colour measurement and colour control for web offset from 25 to 28 September…

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Online Feature articles 2014 – 2016
There were again well over 70 last year, 90 in 2014, and over 90 in 2013 which can still be accessed via the Index on the Home Page, with prior years’ via Search Archives (option 2).

Downloads 2016 Chapter 01

Two Sides Global Research Survey 2016
Consumers still value print & paper, but environmental misunderstandings persist due to serious lack of awareness…

Technology-related Chapter 02

Online Features Sep/Oct Chapter 07

First Swing sponsored by Canon South Africa
The benefits of the South African Disabled Golf Association’s First Swing programme for disabled children, showcased in action at Zwartkop Country Club…

Online Features Jul/Aug Chapter 06

New installation for Druckerei Münch in Bayreuth
Further KBA Rapida 105 for the postcard and greetings card specialist in Bayreuth, upper Franconia, Germany…

Verdigris – Environmental Initiative

Laurel Brunner’s weekly Verdigris Blogs 2016

Previous…   
Standards for Sustainability
The weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner – Fri 26 Aug

Technology Guides – from Digital Dots

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

5… Where Do You Start your Wild Format Project?
The range of what’s possible with digital inkjet technology just keeps on growing. There are so many production options to choose from… By Laurel Brunner

6… Wide format Inkjet Basics
Wide format printing has grown at an astronomical rate over the past decade, mainly because it can cope with a growing range of applications. By Nessan Cleary

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

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

FESPA Federation News in 2016

Most recent…   
Let your imagination fly at FESPA Eurasia 2016
Speciality print exhibition returns to the CNR Expo in Istanbul, Turkey for the fourth year in December…

Exhibitors present latest technologies at FESPA Mexico
New products and technologies for wide-format, digital and screen print, garment decoration, signage, software and consumables…

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

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

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

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

post-drupa 2016 News from Messe Düsseldorf

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

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

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

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