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Predicting the future is, of course, difficult, but printing companies have to do this with every investment they do, as depreciation- and repayment time has a time frame. In this film, we talk to Business Development Manager Arndt Wille from Sattler Media Group who explains how technology and change in customer behavior require the company to rethink investments. Interesting story and we are confident it will inspire you and your business, so please enjoy!
(German language - English subtitles)
Esser printSolutions changed years ago from being an offset printing company to becoming a digital-only printing company. With both web-based and cut-sheet printers and finishing options, the company has placed itself in a good position in the German market. Procurator Diana Esser describes her company in this film, but she and her colleague COO Thomas Juros also talk about their investment in the Horizon Stitchliner Mark 5. If you haven't heard about the Mark 5 before there is a reason - it's a brand new addition to Horizon's line of products. Horizon Stitchliner Mark 5 is roll-to-cut-sheet stitching with quite some cool features and very high quality along with high speed. Esser printSolutions is one of the launch customers in Europe, and as you can hear in this film - they are very pleased with the investment!
It was supposed to be a behind the scene film from Venlo in the Netherlands and Poing in Germany. Inspired by the openness of Canon, and the amazing opportunity to see everything from how inks are made, to R&D labs with machines in development, to the production of the sold machines is by all means interesting. Regardless this film came to be about the transformation from offset to inkjet - and it is really good - Hayco van Gaal and Hans Schmidbauer from Canon EMEA share their insights. We will, however, shortly also deliver a more behind-the-scenes film, where you get an insight into how Canon works - pretty sure you will be as amazed as we were!
Kyocera is a well-known name in the graphics arts industry, yet was the introduction of a production cut-sheet inkjet printer a surprise to many. How long time does it take to get market acceptance? When will customers start to invest in technology from a "new" vendor? And what is the result of these investments? Many questions and one of the companies who took on the investment is the family-owned printing company Verloop Drukkerij. In this film, Operational Director Gertjan Kleinbloesem openly explains the considerations - and even more important how the TASKalfa fits into their operation. And he is positive. The TASKalfa delivers on both quality, consistency, service, and reliability the TASKalfa delivers. Enjoy the film!
Richmark Label is located in downtown Seattle and we found a cool-looking urban-style graffiti-painted building with an atmosphere - but soon we realized that Bill Donner who owns it has fewer passions for the building and its history. However, inside the building, we found a label manufacturer producing both flexo and digital. In this film, Bill Donner explains his strategy of always buying more than one machine, as well as how important the relationship is with both the salesperson as well as the company producing the machine. BOBST has placed its more and more recognized Mouvent digital label presses on the floor of Richmark Labels with more to come shortly. Enjoy!
While filming a promotion project for Highcon with Cartonnage du Château in Belfort, France, we got the chance to talk to Managing Director Marc Royer. The company is specialized in folding carton boxes in the higher end. Production consists of a brand new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106X, Bobst foilers and die-cutters, gluers, and of course the Highcon Euclid II. It was great being in Belfort for two days following production from A-Z - and soon you will also be able to see the entire process in a short documentary we have done for Highcon!
Raymond Duval is the VP of Sales with Ultimate TechnoGraphics. The company known for Impostrip moved to a new office the day INKISH visited the Montreal-based company. In this film, Ray talks about automation and why it's so important for PSPs all over the world! Enjoy!
In the city of North Providence at Rhode Island you'll find a printing company - or to be more precise, a not so easy to find printing company. Aptech Graphics has an extremely anonymous facade but we got there and though Aptech Graphics is a tiny printing company with a HUGE range of products they produce, we also found a company that recently invested in the amazing BOBST Mouvent-series inkjet label printer. The owner and President Mark Mader is an interesting gentleman with a huge interest in technology, and also very dedicated to producing printed products beyond the ordinary. In this film, we focus on the label business, but if you ever need anything from printed beer taps, to pins, to promotional items, or - almost anything you can think of - here is a supplier you should reach out to!
Linemark serves three different business segments - direct mail, print-on-demand, and general commercial business. Entering the production, you very soon realize how organized and busy people are, and you understand right away how the company sees the future. Books-of-One is for sure an exciting opportunity, and as David Ashton explains in the film, POD is the fastest-growing segment and also the most profitable. Investing in digital printing equipment combined with the Müller Martini solution - and skilled people - Linemark does make a difference!
Dawrian Salies is the General Manager of SA Litho Label Printers - one of the leading print suppliers in South Africa - and part of a much larger organization, CTP limited. In this interview, Dawrian Salies explains that investing in equipment is also investing in the company. With Nilpeter flexo presses on the production floor, that statement is 100% backed up in doings. Dawrian Salies told me during our tour how they align the different technologies from their offset presses to flexo to digital, and the size and output of SA Litho Label Printers were very impressive. Great company!
This is one of the things we like the MOST about the industry - passion! Gershon Alon is the Head of HP PrintOS, and when we asked Gershon Alon a question, it became the longest answer on INKISH ever - and into an episode of its own. Gershon Alon talks about how PrintOS, being vendor agnostic, enables PSPs and developers to integrate any API/SDK allows software into the heart of PrintOS, which is excellent. This is an opportunity for PSPs and other software suppliers to utilize services through the HP eco-system. Still, it also allows you to offer your customers services that would require more user interfaces and, eventually, more complex work. But listen to this exciting answer - and make up your mind yourself!
About 1,5 hours east of Minneapolis, you'll find the city of Eau Claire. In Eau Claire, you'll find a printing company named Documation. In that printing company, you'll find VP Operations Jeremy Stanek - with whom we met on a cold day to talk about how they utilize their Horizon binding equipment. Documation is a company that grew out of another business and today focuses primarily on the production of softcover books - digitally produced. With a high level of automation, many printers would be astonished how digital print and binding can produce books-of-one profitable. The content of the books is printed on two HP T-series printers. Folded and stacked into perfect book blocks on Documation's Hunkeler equipment. Documation offers both saddle stitching and perfect binding on Horizon equipment, and to be honest - small, lean, and nice books are what you see. Pure inspiration!
In 1947 Bridgeport National Bindery was founded. Times were different, but Bridgeport served books of one despite all the commercial and technical differences. The product wasn't a finished book but library binding, handled in small runs. Today Bridgeport National Bindery is a modern printing- and binding company still focusing on small print runs down to copies of one. We got the chance to meet with Bruce Jacobsen, who gave us a tour of an amazing company producing beautiful hard- and softcover books. They produce 20,000 unique titles per day in peak seasons, and only possible because of their HP and Screen presses + the Hunkeler setup creating perfect book blocks!
Books of one are for sure one of the mega-trends in book printing, and it's been fantastic to see how different, same equipment is utilized with different printing companies. Stay tuned for more films like this, soon on INKISH :-)
Most of us know how addictive this industry is, and I am not sure why Kirk Icuss decided to get back into business after selling his long-time business. BUT. Imagine starting with all the knowledge you have and then choosing the right equipment, the right finishing equipment, and maybe even the right customers to begin with? This is precisely what happened to Kirk Icuss, who know run and operates Enterprise Group Printing with help from smart employees (some even his kids) :-)
This is a good film to find inspiration from!
Tiffany Bisson manages the EFI Customer Experience Center and has great knowledge and skills in explaining the technology. In this film, Robert Godwin from INKISH gets a demo of the new EFI Pro 30F - Enjoy!
George Howe is an Applications Specialist at EFI, and at the eProductivity Software/EFI Connect 2022, he demos a new EFI roll-to-roll digital printer to Robert Godwin. Both also chat about how EFI trains new users to the EFI experience. Enjoy
At EFI Connect 2022, we did two films with Vice President of Marketing Rick Salinas from Duplo USA. Both are to be found on INKISH, of course. This film demonstrates two cutting solutions that Duplo USA presented - exciting, and as always, great to learn!
We visited the printing company TPC Printing & Packaging in Chattanooga, which recently invested in two new Koenig & Bauers presses. One of the presses is installed with Eagle Systems cold-foil solutions. In this film, President Joey Schmissrauter explains why they chose to invest in the Eagle Systems solutions and how it enables them to create even more luxurious packaging combined with their BOBST hotfoil solutions and their Scodix 106 digital enhancement solution. Very interesting story, and in the film you can see amazing print samples - just for inspiration :-)
Ralf Sammeck and Dirk Winkler of Koenig & Bauer along with Johan Schur of Schur Technologies describe how the two companies, acting as one service, work together to provide world class packaging print and logistics solutions. Advanced technologies including automated workflow and robotic AGV management implemented in the Schur Gallin packaging facility give a glimpse of what IOT can do to create modern, efficient production.
VR Print operates its business from Durban, South Africa, and visiting the company was an inspiring experience. Today the company, managed and owned by CEO Hilton Janse van Rensburg, is an all-digital printing company. However, in February, VR Print will receive its first Nilpeter FA-Line machine. Normally INKISH visits printing companies with new equipment already installed. In this video, we talk to Hilton about the market, the expectations, and what made the company choose to add Flexo capabilities to its production.
Golan Landsberg is the Head of Product Development at HP Indigo, and in this film, we meet him in the V12 lab. Interesting to see the iterations of machines but also the openness to a world now known by most. In the film, Golan Landsberg explains why he believes HP Electro ink, known from the Indigo machines, is superior in quality and speed. Interesting perspectives and we are excited to give you this story!
A huge thank you to the HP Indigo team for opening your doors in Israel!
Visiting vendors is always fun, and when we went to Israel, we got two great opportunities: to speak with Gershon Alon and Golan Landsberg - straight from the HP V12 lab outside Tel Aviv in Israel. In this short interview with Gershon Alon, we get his view on how HP PrintOS supports the industry's megatrends - and yes, the trends are also what we see wherever your hardworking INKISH team is! More jobs, shorter jobs, and more customized jobs. The trend is apparent within almost every segment of the industry. HP PrintOS is a great software that enables printers to optimize print production, and as Gershon Alon explains, the software is vendor agnostic. Vendors like Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, EFI, and Kodak already integrates with HP PrintOS.
German language · English subtitles.
Robots are essential in the production of, i.e., cars. Still, though the printing industry also experiences heavy lifting and repetitive work, it's only now robots are entering into binderies in particular. We talk to robot specialist Henrik Christiansen from Cool Graphics, who works with MBO on various robot projects. In this film, he explains the difference between robots and cobots. Together with CEO Thomas Heininger, they both talk about why robots are becoming more and more critical. Important!
On the border between Poland and the Czech Republic, you find a divided city called Cieszyn (on the Polish side) and Cesky Tesin (on the Czech side). The city is divided by a river, and quite amazing to see how a city lives side by side yet being in two different countries. On the Polish side, we visited a printing company called Cieszynskie Zaklady Kartoniarskie, or easier for most to say, CZK. CZK has a fantastic history and has documents from both German occupations during the second world war and being part of the communist regime until its liberation.
In this film, however, we are talking with Piotr Kulikowski and Anna Wnuk about how CZK, with a major investment, moved from being entirely analog to becoming a digital packaging company with a new HP Indigo 30000 press and the new Scodix solution! Always great to see how companies with investments create interest from new customers. Enjoy!
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