France (French: [fʁɑ̃s] (About this soundlisten)), officially the French Republic (French: République française, pronounced [ʁepyblik fʁɑ̃sɛːz] (About this soundlisten)), is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories.[XIII] The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country’s 18 integral regions (five of which are situated overseas) span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.02 million (as of July 2019).[10] France is a unitary semi-presidential republicwith its capital in Paris, the country’s largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice. France, including its overseas territories, has the most number of time zones of any country, with a total of 12.

During the Iron Age, what is now metropolitan France was inhabited by the Gauls, a Celtic people. Rome annexed the area in 51 BC, holding it until the arrival of Germanic Franks in 476, who formed the Kingdom of Francia. The Treaty of Verdun of 843 partitioned Francia into East Francia, Middle Francia and West Francia. West Francia, which became the Kingdom of France in 987, emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages, following its victory in the Hundred Years’ War (1337–1453). During the Renaissance, French culture flourished and a global colonial empire was established, which by the 20th century would become the second largest in the world.[11] The 16th century was dominated by religious civil warsbetween Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots). France became Europe’s dominant cultural, political, and military power in the 17th century under Louis XIV.[12] In the late 18th century, the French Revolution overthrew the absolute monarchy, establishing one of modern history’s earliest republics and drafting the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which expresses the nation’s ideals to this day.

In the 19th century, Napoleon took power and established the First French Empire. His subsequent Napoleonic Wars (1803–15) shaped the course of continental Europe. Following the collapse of the Empire, France endured a tumultuous succession of governments culminating with the establishment of the French Third Republic in 1870. France was a major participantin World War I, from which it emerged victorious, and was one of the Allies in World War II, but came under occupation by the Axis powers in 1940. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and later dissolved in the course of the Algerian War. The Fifth Republic, led by Charles de Gaulle, was formed in 1958 and remains today. Algeria and nearly all the other colonies became independent in the 1960s, with most retaining close economic and military connections with France.

France has long been a global centre of art, science, and philosophy. It hosts the world’s fifth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually, but if it counted the nights spent by non-residents tourist, France become the sixth country in world with 138 millions of nights, behind United States, China, Spain, Italy and United Kingdom.[13][14] France is a developed country with the world’s seventh-largest economy by nominal GDP, and the tenth-largest by PPP. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world.[15] France performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, and human development.[16][17] France is considered a great power in global affairs,[18] being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the power to veto and an official nuclear-weapon state. It is a leading member state of the European Union and the Eurozone,[19] and a member of the Group of 7, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and La Francophonie.

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Tue April 19th


Highcon enable faster short-run producti...

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!

Mon February 21st

En Fr

Christophe Inigo · HEXIS

In this interview, Christophe Inigo from HEXIS talks to Jacques Michiels from INKISH.BENELUX. Of course, they talk about car wrapping as it has almost become a synonym of Hexis at various trade shows. Enjoy the interview and get insights from the world of foils! [French language with English subtitles]

Wed February 9th


Caldera presents Version 15+ · Sebastie...

Sebastien Hanssens from and Caldera celebrated their 30th anniversary at FESPA, showing version 15. Jacques Michiels from INKISH BENELUX got the opportunity to understand more about the new modules introduced in Version 15, including helping with Metadata, Automation, Business Intelligence, Color Management, and also how Caldera sees customer driven development over just selling a product! Great interview!

Sun December 6th


How Industry 4.0 will change your busine...

How Industry 4.0 will change your business model? The Business Model Canvas helps you to understand its impact – let’s see how.

Mon November 16th

MGI AlphaJet elevate Memjet Technology t...

Imagine a digital printing machine that gives you fantastic print quality. Combine this with renowned digital enhance-quality, add digital hot-foil, and voila - here is the new MGI AlphaJet. AlphaJet has been under development for eight years, and development-cost a double-digit euro-amount, and here it suddenly is. INKISH was invited to an exclusive preview of the AlphaJet - and in this film, we will show you some of the new technologies introduced. According to Victor Abergel, the AlphaJet has cracked the code to provide water-based inkjet on a wider range of substrates than most others. The paper is printed flat on a new transportation technology developed and patented by MGI. To keep the substrate stable during the entire process, printing takes place on top of 8 tons of granite. The machine is huge, and so is the interest. MGI AlphaJet uses Memjet print heads, and for Memjet, this is the first time the company's technology is utilized in a machine this size. But watch, rather than read - we are certain that you will like what you see!

Tue November 3rd

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Denis Ochanine & Marie Paya · Over ...

Denis OCHANINE, President of AGG Print and Marie Paya, Head of Marketing & Communication of AGG Print reveal the strategy and business model of this pioneering and visionary company, which draws its inspiration from society's consumption patterns to anticipate its customers' expectations and offer them differentiating visual communication. Denis and Marie use Alexander Osterwalder's and Yves Pigneur's strategic canvas to describe their market segments, their value propositions and the channels that are very often at odds with the current market. They then explain to us the key activities and resources that support their strategy that allows them to be successful with their clients. This interview illustrated by a slide show, is a source of inspiration for many companies who wish to reflect on their business model.... So, don't hesitate and take advantage right away of the unique vision and expertise of Denis OCHANINE and Marie Paya of a beautiful digital printing company AGG Print --- Denis OCHANINE, président de AGG Print et Marie Paya, responsable Marketing & Communication de AGG Print nous révèle la stratégie et le business model de cette entreprise précurseur et visionnaire qui s’inspire des modes de consommation de la société pour anticiper les attentes de ses clients et leur proposer une communication visuelle différenciant. Denis et Marie nous décrivent à l’aide du canevas stratégique d’Alexander Osterwalder et d’Yves Pigneur, leurs segments de marchés, leurs propositions de valeur et les canaux très souvent en rupture avec le marché actuel. Ils nous expliquent alors les activités et les ressources clés qui supportent leur stratégie qui leur permet de rencontrer le succès auprès de leurs clients. Cet entretien illustré par un diaporama est une source d’inspiration pour beaucoup d’entreprises qui souhaitent réfléchir à leur business model …. Alors, n’hésitez pas et profitez tout de suite de la vision unique et de l’expertise de Denis OCHANINE et Marie Paya d’une très belle imprimerie numérique AGG Print

Wed October 28th

Fr De En Fr

Bruno Barbier · Over The Skype · ImpriFr...

This session "Over The Skype" is the opportunity to discover IMPRIFRANCE, a network of independent French printers spread over the whole territory which gathers 68 members including 1 school of graphic and multimedia professions. Bruno Barbier, its president, describes the profiles of the printers within IMPRIFRANCE, how new members are recruited, and the advantages for a printer to be part of such a group. Buno Barbier also presents us with a summary including the update of the website and a brief review of current actions... This session is also an opportunity to understand, thanks to Bruno Barbier's analysis, the primary concerns of IMPRIFRANCE printers in this context of health, economic and social crises following the Covid 19 pandemic which is still raging in France, to learn how IMPRIFRANCE, particularly through its collective strategy, its partnerships within the group, provides support and solutions to the network's business leaders. Bruno Barbier concludes by giving us his vision of the printing industry with the increasing importance of the cash flow, whether in the short term for the survival of printing companies or in the medium term to relaunch the return to activity once the crisis is over, but also the importance of becoming increasingly agile for these companies, especially to respond to the new behaviors of customers who will emerge from the crisis with an even stronger negotiating power. This interview is very rich in information as the groups are important today to enable printing companies to respond to the current crisis and the challenges of tomorrow. So don't miss this interview and the fascinating analysis of Bruno Barbier!!! --- Cette session « Over The Skype » est l’opportunité de découvrir IMPRIFRANCE, réseau d’imprimeurs français indépendants répartis sur l’ensemble du territoire qui regroupe 68 adhérents dont 1 école des métiers graphiques et pluri média. Bruno Barbier, son président, nous décrit les profils des imprimeurs au sein d’IMPRIFRANCE, comment se font les recrutements des nouveaux adhérents, et les avantages pour un imprimeur à faire partie d’un tel groupement. Buno Barbier nous présente également un résumé notamment la mise à jour du site et un bref bilan des actions en cours… Cette session est aussi l’occasion d’appréhender, grâce à l’analyse de Bruno Barbier, les préoccupations premières des imprimeurs IMPRIFRANCE dans ce contexte de crises sanitaire, économique et sociale suite à la pandémie du Covid 19 qui sévit toujours au sein de l’hexagone, d’apprendre comment IMPRIFRANCE, notamment par sa stratégie collective, ses partenariats au sein du groupement, apporte son soutien et des solutions aux chefs d’entreprise du réseau. Bruno Barbier conclut en nous donnant sa vision de l’imprimerie avec une importance de plus en plus grande de la trésorerie que ce soit à court terme pour la survie des imprimeries ou à moyen terme pour relancer le retour à l’activité une fois la crise passée, mais aussi l’importance de devenir de plus en plus agile pour ces entreprises notamment pour répondre aux nouveaux comportements des clients qui sortiront de la crise avec un pouvoir de négociation encore renforcé. Cette interview est très riche d’informations tant les groupements sont aujourd’hui importants pour permettre aux imprimeries de répondre à la crise actuelle et aux défis de demain. Alors, ne manquez pas cette interview et l’analyse passionnante de Bruno Barbier !!!

Thu October 22nd

Fr De En Fr

Sophie Viel · Over The Skype · printecom...

I am delighted to invite today Sophie Viel, President of Printecom, for this "OverThe Skype" session, in particular as part of the initiative launched in the United States by the famous print ambassador Deborah Corn, the “Girls Who Print” initiative, which aims to support companies, initiatives and projects led by women in the Graphic Industries worldwide. This year “GirlsWhoPrint” Day will take place on October 22nd and INKISH will be happy to support this event. Sophie Viel tells us about her career, the creation of her company Printecom 4 years ago and today her news, the launch of her platform: Through this interview you will discover the genesis of this project, the targeted markets and the 4 universes that make it up: Printebrand : objects, events, print, signage, etc. Printegreen: Plant communication, Made in France, Eco-friendly textiles and promotional items... Printedeco : personalized corporate decoration (frames, promotional carpets, personalized decorative objects) and corporate furniture with logo ... Printeprotec : Safety at work: reflective objects, first aid kits and Anti-Covid protection, etc. Sophie Viel stresses the importance of the support and personalized advice that accompanies her Internet store. Sophie ends this interview by sharing with us the next evolutions of her platform with an enlarged catalog and product range, an online order follow-up, a reinforced quality control, ... Take advantage of the experience, energy and professionalism of Sophie Viel, a Girl Who Print in France and visit her online ordering platform now: --- Je suis ravi d’inviter aujourd’hui Sophie Viel, présidente de Printecom, pour cette session "OverThe Skype" ce, notamment dans le cadre de l’initiative lancée aux Etats-Unis par la célèbre ambassadrice du print Deborah Corn, l’initiative Girls Who Print, qui vise à soutenir les entreprises, les initiatives, les projets menés par les femmes des Industries graphiques dans le monde entier. Cette année, la journée "GirlsWhoPrint" aura lieu le 22 octobre et INKISH sera ravi de soutenir cet événement. Sophie Viel nous raconte son parcours, la création de son entreprise Printecom il y a 4 ans et aujourd’hui son actualité, le lancement de sa plateforme A travers cet entretien vous découvrirez la genèse de ce projet, les marchés ciblés et les 4 univers qui la composent : Printebrand : objets, événementiel, Print, signalétique… Printegreen : Communication végétale, Made in France, Textiles Ecolo et objets publicitaires écologiques… Printedeco : décoration d’entreprise personnalisée (cadres, tapis promotionnel, objets déco personnalisés) et mobilier d’entreprise avec logo… Printeprotec : Sécurité au travail : objets réfléchissants, kits premiers secours et protection Anti-Covid… Sophie Viel insiste sur l’importance de l’accompagnement et les conseils personnalisés qui accompagne sa boutique Internet. Sophie finit cet entretien en nous partageant dès à présent les prochaines évolutions à venir de sa plateforme avec un élargissement du catalogue et de la gamme des produits, un suivi de la commande en ligne, un contrôle qualité renforcé, … Profitez de l’expérience, de l’énergie, du professionnalisme de Sophie Viel, a Girl Who Print in France et visitez dès à présent sa plateforme de commande en ligne :

Wed September 30th

Fr De En Fr Pt

Abel Ben Hamou · Over The Skype · Artési...

INTRODUCTION TO FILM Web-to-print is not only for the pure players. Abel Ben Hamou, Sales and Marketing Director of the Artésienne printing company interviewed by INKISH France tells us how this beautiful commercial printing company, constituted in the form of a "Société Coopérative de Production" (SCOP) since 1967, is approaching online printing without any complexes, recently in B2C with the first bricks of their online shop "Impri'Scop" offering masks, protective visors and other products enabling companies to meet the constraints and requirements of distance... or in B2B by developing microsites in the colours of the charter of its major corporate customers. He explains to us how the company approaches these different projects, whether in the choice of technological solutions and/or in the management of the change so important in the success of such projects. This interview is very rich in lessons for a "traditional" printing company that wishes to understand this online order taking channel that is more and more requested by customers whether they are individuals, VSEs, SMEs or large accounts. Take advantage of the Artésienne’s lessons and visit the first floor of its rocket's online Web-to-print shop: INTRODUCTION AU FILM Le Web-to-print n’est pas réservé aux seuls pure players du web. Abel Ben Hamou, directeur commercial et marketing de l’imprimerie l’Artésienne interviewé par INKISH France nous raconte comme cette belle imprimerie de labeur constituée sous forme de SCOP depuis 1967 aborde l’impression en ligne sans complexe, récemment en B2C avec les premières briques de leur boutique en ligne "Impri'Scop" offrant masques, visières de protection, et autres produits permettant aux entreprises de répondre aux contraintes et exigences de distanciation... ou en B2B par le développement de microsites aux couleurs de la charte de ses clients grands comptes importants. Il nous explique comment l’entreprise à aborder ces différents projets que ce soit dans le choix des solutions technologiques et/ou dans la conduite du changement si importante dans la réussite de tels projets. Cet entretien est très riche d’enseignements pour une imprimerie « traditionnelle » qui souhaite appréhender ce canal de prise de commandes en ligne de plus en plus sollicité par les clients qu’ils soient des particuliers, des TPE, des PME ou des grands comptes. Profitez des enseignements de l’Artésienne et visitez le premier étage de la fusée de sa boutique en ligne Web-to-print :

Thu September 24th


How Industry 4.0 will change ​​​​​​​your...

How Industry 4.0 will change your business model? The Business Model Canvas helps you to understand its impact – let’s see how.

Mon September 14th

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Christophe Dudit · Over The Skype · Impr...

This session "Over The Skype" is the opportunity to discover ImpriClub, one of the most important group of printers in France. Christophe Dudit, its president, describes the profiles of printers within ImpriClub, how new members are recruited, the advantages for a printer to be part of such a group. Christophe Dudit also gives us a summary and a brief review of the actions underway and what companionship within ImpriClub means. This session is also an opportunity to learn how the printers within ImpriClub apprehend the crisis and even the health, economic and social crises following the Covid 19 pandemic which is still raging in France and to understand their primary concerns today. Christophe Dudit concludes by giving us his opinion on the initiatives of certain major clients, ordering parties to repatriate their printing to France and his vision of tomorrow's printing industry in the short and medium term. This interview is very rich in information as the groups are so important today to enable printing companies to meet the challenges of tomorrow. So don't miss this exciting interview! Cette session « Over The Skype » est l’opportunité de découvrir ImpriClub, l’un des groupements d’imprimeurs les plus importants en France. Christophe Dudit, son président, nous décrit les profils des imprimeurs au sein d’ImpriClub, comment se font les recrutements des nouveaux adhérents, les avantages pour un imprimeur à faire partie d’un tel groupement. Christophe Dudit nous présente également un résumé et un bref bilan des actions en cours et ce que ce que signifie le compagnonnage au sein d’ImpriClub. Cette session est aussi l’occasion d’apprendre comment les imprimeurs au sein d’ImpriClub appréhendent la crise voire les crises sanitaire, économique et sociale suite à la pandémie du Covid 19 qui sévit toujours au sein de l’hexagone et d’appréhender aujourd’hui leurs préoccupations premières. Christophe Dudit conclut en nous donnant son avis sur les initiatives de certains grands donneurs d’ordre à rapatrier leurs impression en France et sa vision sur l’imprimerie de demain à court et à moyen terme. Cette interview est très riche d’informations tant les groupements sont aujourd’hui importants pour permettre aux imprimeries de répondre aux défis de demain. Alors ne manquez pas cette interview passionnante !!!

Tue July 14th


Martin Ludovic · Over The Skype

This new video "OVER THE SKYPE" is the opportunity for us to interview one of the best consultants on Web-to-print, Ludovic Martin. During this interview, Ludovic shares his vision on the evolution of the online printing market and the economic changes taking place in Web-to-print. He gives advice on how to stop making Web-to-print a concern for "traditional" printers. He discusses the discreet but increasingly visible arrival of marketplaces such as Amazon or Alibaba on the online printing market and why it may be relevant to take advantage of these "market" platforms for certain products. He answers the difficulties of approaching the B2C market, but also the markets that still need to be conquered and developed in Web-to-print, particularly via personalisation such as packaging, textiles, etc. He discusses the services that are so important to accompany a Web-to-print order. And finally, he gives us his crush of the week on a recent Web-to-print initiative that he particularly impressed us with. Cette nouvelle vidéo « OVER THE SKYPE » est l’opportunité pour nous d’interviewer l’un des meilleurs consultants sur le Web-to-print, Ludovic Martin. Durant cette interview, Ludovic nous partage sa vision sur l’évolution du marché de l’impression en ligne et les mutations économiques en cours dans le Web-to-print. Il donne des conseils sur comment ne plus faire du Web-to-Print un sujet d’inquiétude pour les imprimeurs « traditionnels ». Il revient sur l’arrivée discrète, mais de plus en plus visible des places de marché comme Amazon ou Alibaba sur ce marché de l’impression en ligne et pourquoi il peut être pertinent de profiter de ces plateformes « marché » sur certains produits… Il répond sur les difficultés à aborder le marché B2C, mais également sur les marchés qui restent encore à conquérir et à développer dans le Web-to-print notamment via personnalisation comme le packaging, le textile … Il s’arrête sur les services si importants qui doivent accompagner une commande Web-to-print. Et enfin, il nous donne son coup de cœur de la semaine sur une initiative récente dans le Web-to-print qu’il l’a particulièrement épatée.

Tue July 14th

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Rafael Mari · Over The Skype · Realisapr...

During this "OVER THE SKYPE" interview, Rafael Mari, one of the co-founders of Realisaprint, tells us about the beginnings of this online printing company, which today competes with the main players in the market. He tells us about the particularity of his company, the origin of its success, its family spirit. He also reveals to us how confinement has strengthened the ties and team spirit of the members of this family to meet the new expectations of customers and to continue despite the current context the ambitious development of this very beautiful “niçoise” online printing company. An interview that makes you feel good, so don't hesitate to watch this video. Durant cet entretien « OVER THE SKYPE », Rafael Mari, l’un des cofondateurs de Realisaprint, nous raconte les débuts de cette imprimerie en ligne qui rivalise aujourd’hui avec les principaux acteurs du marché. Il nous raconte la particularité de cette entreprise, l’origine de son succès, son esprit de famille. Il nous révèle aussi comment le confinement à renforcer les liens et l’esprit d’équipe des membres de cette famille pour répondre aux nouvelles attentes des clients et poursuivre malgré le contexte actuel le développement ambitieux de cette très belle imprimerie en ligne niçoise… Un entretien qui fait du bien au moral, alors n’hésitez pas à visionner cette vidéo.

Wed July 8th


Antoine Roux · Over The Skype · PrintOcl...

During this "OVER THE SKYPE" interview, Antoine Roux, founder of PrintOClck, tells us how his printing online company succeeded in making masks during the confinement period, when stocks were running out all over France, how this health crisis impacted 1/ the behaviour of its customers, 2/ the working methods of its teams and 3/ the reactions of its suppliers and partners. It gives its opinion on the "MADE INFRANCE" put forward by the French authorities and public opinion following the repercussions that such a pandemic had on the French economy and on French printing comapnies in particular. He reveals the criteria for meeting the success of today and tomorrow that are essential in online printing, in Web-to-print, and moreover in this context of health and economic crises triggered by the covid-19. Enjoy! Durant cet entretien « OVER THE SKYPE », passionnant Antoine Roux, fondateur de PrintOClck, nous raconte comment PrintOClock a réussi le tour de force de fabriquer des masques pendant la période de confinement, alors que partout en France les stocks étaient en rupture, comment cette crise sanitaire a impacté 1/le comportement de ses clients, 2/les méthodes de travail de ses équipes et 3/ les réactions de ses fournisseurs et partenaires. Il donne son avis sur le « MADE INFRANCE » mise en avant par les autorités et l’opinion publique suite aux répercussions qu'une telle pandémie a eues sur l’économie et sur les imprimeries françaises en particulier. Il nous révèle les critères pour rencontrer le succès d’aujourd’hui et de demain indispensables dans l’imprimerie en ligne, dans le Web-to-print qui plus est dans ce contexte de crises sanitaire et économique déclenchées par le covid -19. Profitez-en !

Tue June 30th


From Band Manager to Leading Online Prin...

Antonie Roux is the CEO and owner of the successful online-printer in France. The online printing company is for now only in French. With one of the largest print markets in Europe, Antoine Roux continues to see growth in his market - however, being close to Spain, Roux is considering a Spanish version of PrintOclock as well.

Wed January 30th

En En

The Beam Open Up For Diversity In The Pa...

In this INKISH film, we visit an amazing packaging printing company in the southern part of France - Autajon/Haubtmann. Autajon is huge global printing group with 36 sites in Europe, in the US, and in Asia - and the reason for our visit is due to their recent investment in the Highcon Beam. For those who don't know the Beam - it's an industrial grade Laser Die Cutting machine that can do creases, die-cuttings, half-cuts, and combinations of above at a speed of up to 5.000 sheets per hour. The actual speed depends on the complexity of the die-cut but pretty fast and in amazing quality. Plant Manager Xavier Boutevillain explains why they did this investment and also how they see the need for machines like the Beam in a changing market. Smaller print runs, faster setup time, more complex designs are just a few of the challenges Haubtmann is now ready to work with. What is of course, also interesting is to see the Beam in a working environment with huge Heidelberg machines, Bobst machines, Glueing machines, and more - and apparently fits so well into this mix of equipment. It was great to get the chance to meet the team from Haubtmann and I hope you enjoy the film. It was sponsored by Highcon - so thank you also to Highcon for this opportunity - and as usual - we did film the way we wanted it to be done - always on YOUR side. Watch, Like, Share - thank you!