Germany (German: Deutschland, German pronunciation: [ˈdɔʏtʃlant]), officially the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, listen (help·info)),[g] is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.
Germany includes 16 constituent states, covers an area of 357,386 square kilometres (137,988 sq mi), and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With 83 million inhabitants, it is the second most populous state of Europe after Russia, the most populous state lying entirely in Europe, as well as the most populous member state of the European Union. Germany is a very decentralised country. Its capital and largest metropolis is Berlin, while Frankfurt serves as its financial capital and has the country’s busiest airport. Germany’s largest urban area is the Ruhr, with its main centres of Dortmund and Essen. The country’s other major cities are Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Bremen, Dresden, Hanover, and Nuremberg.
Various Germanic tribes have inhabited the northern parts of modern Germany since classical antiquity. A region named Germania was documentedbefore AD 100. During the Migration Period, the Germanic tribes expanded southward. Beginning in the 10th century, German territories formed a central part of the Holy Roman Empire. During the 16th century, northern German regions became the centre of the Protestant Reformation. After the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire, the German Confederation was formed in 1815. The German revolutions of 1848–49 resulted in the Frankfurt Parliament establishing major democratic rights.
In 1871, Germany became a nation state when most of the German states unified (except Switzerland and Austria) into the Prussian-dominated German Empire. After World War I and the revolution of 1918–19, the Empire was replaced by the parliamentary Weimar Republic. The Nazi seizure of power in 1933 led to the establishment of a dictatorship, the annexation of Austria, World War II, and the Holocaust. After the end of World War II in Europe and a period of Allied occupation, Austria was re-established as an independent country and two new German states were founded: West Germany, formed from the American, British, and French occupation zones, and East Germany, formed from the Soviet occupation zone. About a quarter of Germany’s pre-war territory was annexed by Poland and the Soviet Union leading to the expulsion of Germans. Following the Revolutions of 1989 that ended communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, the country was reunified on 3 October 1990.
Today, the sovereign state of Germany is a federal parliamentary republic led by a chancellor. It is a great power with a strong economy; it has the world’s fourth-largest economy by nominal GDP, and the fifth-largest by PPP. As a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors, it is both the world’s third-largest exporter and importer of goods. As a highly developed country with a very high standard of living, it upholds a social security and universal health care system, environmental protection, and a tuition-free university education.
The Federal Republic of Germany was a founding member of the European Economic Community in 1957 and the European Union in 1993. It is part of the Schengen Area and became a co-founder of the Eurozone in 1999. Germany is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the G7, the G20, and the OECD. Known for its rich cultural history, Germany has been continuously the home of influential and successful artists, philosophers, writers, musicians, film people, sportspeople, entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, and inventors. Germany has a large number of World Heritage sites and is among the top tourism destinations in the world.
Thu June 23rd
Stéphane Royère · KURZ · KURZ Label Week...
What is KURZ Label Weeks about? Well, it all started with the cancellation of LabelExpo, which KURZ considers a very important trade show. Stéphane Royère explains in this interview the idea behind Kurz Label Weeks - and what the expectations are. Interesting to learn how vendors turn a cancellation into an opportunity, and of course, interesting to see the result of Label Weeks which last almost four months!
Thu June 23rd
Jordi Giralt · KURZ · KURZ Label Weeks
Jordi Giralt has a background in digital printing with both HP and Heidelberg, so when he joined KURZ being responsible for the digital embellishment products he had a lot of knowledge to draw on. In this interview, we get an understanding of the journey that Giralt now leads, but also a closer look at two of the three technologies KURZ offers. Enjoy!
Thu June 23rd
Markus Hoffmann · KURZ · KURZ Label Week...
Markus Hoffmann is the Senior Vice President of Industrial and Applications, and a member of the board with Leonhard Kurz. In this interview, Markus Hoffmann talks about the broader perspective of competition, business models, future investments, and what drives him in his leadership position. Good to learn from!
Thu June 23rd
Dr. Markus von Beyer · KURZ · KURZ Label...
In this interview, Dr. Markus von Beyer explains how KURZ addresses the sustainability agenda - as well as how KURZ work on lowering the company's carbon footprint as well as how they assist customers in achieving higher sustainability through the development of new products. Super interesting to hear how a lower carbon footprint can go hand in hand with packaging that sells!
Thu June 23rd
Michael Beschorner · Hinderer + Mühlich ...
Hinderer + Mühlich is a company in the KURZ group that specialized in the tools/dies/forms needed for hot foil stamping. With more than 150 employees the company operates in numerous countries - and from the samples shown at the Label Weeks at KURZ the company amazingly uses CNC and Laser to achieve great effects. In this interview, editor Morten B. Reitoft (again) talks with Michael Beschorner about the market, and the opportunities - hope you enjoy it!
Wed June 22nd
Ralph Hopfensitz · KURZ · KURZ Label Wee...
KURZ is a chemical company but has since the '70s worked with the environment. In this film, we speak with Ralph Hopfensitz who works with the sustainability agenda within the KURZ group. The commitment to both customers, end customers, the society, and all stakeholders is very convincing and the commitment is to focus even further on the entire value chain. Interesting and, of course, important!
Wed June 22nd
Marco Hanisch · KURZ · KURZ Label Weeks...
Amazing how cold foil with all its amazing capabilities is a real business opportunity for PSPs, and in this film, Marco Hanisch explains how the new thin foil gives PSPs further advantages. Enjoy the film!
Wed June 22nd
Dr. Steffen Scheibenstock · Scribos · KU...
Counterfeiting is a much larger issue than most would believe. In this film, Steffen Scheibenstock explains how KURZ and print can support brand owners. See solutions printed directly on the package to complex and extremely interesting options. With Scribos' solutions, it's possible to monitor how products are being checked globally in real-time. Amazing!
Wed June 22nd
Achim Herzog · MPRINT · KURZ Label Weeks...
MPrint is a member of the Leonhard Kurz family specializing in the production of mainly inkjet devices. In this film Sales Director Achim Herzog walks us through how they develop technology to be integrated with various types of equipment as well as being integrated with sister companies' hardware. In this film, you'll get a great insight into how MPrint thinks and what they offer. Interesting!
Wed June 15th
The Future is Digital · Arndt Wille · Sa...
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!
Fri June 3rd
Diana Esser about Europe’s first H...
(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!
Thu May 19th
From Offset to Inkjet · Hayco van Gaal &...
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!
Fri April 29th
Daniel Sugg · Managing Partner · Robos L...
Daniel Sugg of Robos Labels in Germany is a long-time DURST user. His interest in the Expo was to learn directly from the DURST technicians about the new ink heads, color fidelity, and speed. Robos concentrates on the industrial label market and those features and capabilities are critical.
Thu April 28th
Gerald Glaas · Executive Vice President ...
Gerald Glaas talks to us about innovation in the development, design, and manufacturing of rotary tools, modules, and specialty machines widely used in film, foil, packaging, nonwovens, and paper converting industries.
Wed February 9th
Developing inks for the Koenig & Ba...
When FESPA took place in Amsterdam, Executive VP Stefan Kappaun proudly talked about the Koenig & Bauer/Durst inkjet child Varijet. Being responsible for the ink it's obviously an essential part of success. As he explains to editor Morten B. Reitoft, to produce 5,000 sheets an hour in offset or better quality is perfect integration between ink-chemistry, print heads, and controller. Interesting, and we hope to see a Varijet soon - can't wait, actually!
Wed February 9th
Seiko experience a growing demand for pr...
Head of Sales Ali Eranpurwala from Seiko talks with Jacques Michiels from INKISH.BENELUX about how they showcase their inkjet printheads, but, of course, also about the increasing demand.
Mon December 6th
Why Robots in the graphics arts industry...
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! LinkedIn: Thomas Heininger Henrik Christiansen
Wed November 24th
MBO CEO Thomas Heininger in conversation...
German language with English subtitles Thomas Heininger is the CEO of MBO and responsible for the development of MBO as a company and for the integration into Komori after the company was sold. According to Heininger, the company cultures are aligned, and the financial strength of Komori delivers a lot of value to the companies and the future development of new products. Thomas Heininger is very open-minded in the conversations with INKISH editor Morten B. Reitoft, but check it out yourself! LinkedIn Profile
Mon November 15th
The Steinemann DPE investment is ALSO ab...
Edelmann Group has recently invested in a new Steinemann DPE machine that enables the company to do short-run foils and varnish and develop applications not possible in an analog environment. In this film, Global Business Development Manager Wolfram Hahn explains some of the challenges and demands from customers and how the company addresses these challenges. One of the things that surprised your INKISH team was meeting a company with such a dedicated focus on hair-nuances and colors - but when you see the packaging from well-known hair-products, we, of course, understand why :-) LinkedIn Profile
Tue November 2nd
Automation Journey with Ultimate TechnoG...
Sendmoments is a German photo-products printing company specialized in the products of copy one. In this film, CMO Sven B. Binder from sendmoments.de explains how the company uses Ultimate TechnoGraphics in its production. Great film and good learn from - enjoy! LinkedIn Profile
Thu October 28th
Bernhard Schaaf in Conversations with Ro...
Conversations are among our most popular formats on INKISH, and in this episode, the member of the manroland sheetfed board Bernhard Schaaf takes time to share his insights with Robert Godwin. LinkedIn Profile
Thu September 30th
Integrated Inkjet Solutions from Fujifil...
Inkjet is by all means on the radar everywhere - and at the Peak Performance Print Experience event in Brussels September 28-29th, 2021 - we got the chance to talk to Stefan Steinle. He is the Sales & Business Development Manager for the new entity Fujifilm Integrated Solutions. So what is it? Well, imagine an inkjet printhead. Place one or more heads in a bar with all the needed electronics, pumps, vacuum, cooler, power - and you now have a print bar that can be up to 2 meters in width. Now, place it almost anywhere you need print - and you have an idea what this is all about. It can be used in mailing applications, offset/web offset solutions to extend with variable data, all managed by Stefan Steinle and his team. Very excited, and well - check for yoursel LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stefan-steinle/
Thu September 30th
Francisco Martinez Invests in both the R...
Imagine selling millions of greeting cards online. That is exactly what Celebrate Digital Printing does, and Francisco Martinez takes all the decisions. At the Peak Performance Print Experience event in Brussels, his companies name flashed the Revoria PC1120, and just a few months ago, the company also invested in the Jet Press 750. LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francisco-martinez-8888956a/
Thu September 30th
Isabell Stiller is excited about the opt...
Isabell Stiller from TDG The Document Group in Germany is excited about the color options delivered by the new Revoria PC1120. With the options to print CMYK+ varnish, silver, gold, white, or pink - the machine expands the color-gamut plus using gold and silver to give the customers metallic colors - really cool. As you can hear, Isabell Stiller is excited! LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabell-stiller-444313198/
Thu September 30th
Peak Performance Print Experience · Repo...
On September 29th, Fujifilm delivered an excellent presentation of their latest products. The second day focused on Fujifilm Jet Press 750s, and about 50-60 people from the UK, Benelux, and Scandinavia showed up. The agenda was to hear, see, and even touch the new Fujifilm Jet Press 750s. INKISH covered the event with numerous interviews you can find on INKISH.TV. On day two, we took the opportunity to look at many aspects of Fujifilm's graphic offerings as well as the Peak Performance Print demonstrations - so enjoy this really great film - filmed and edited by Jan Majnik, INKISH - of course :-)
Thu September 30th
Exciting Opportunities with Fujifilm in ...
The Peak Performance Print Experience event in Brussels was about machines, people, and of course, business. Bernd Rekirsch is a huge dealer representing multiple brands - and in Brussels, he and his company celebrated their new distribution of Fujifilm products in Germany. LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bernd-rekirsch-5095843/
Thu September 30th
Successful Peak Performance event in Bru...
The Fujifilm event Peak Performance Print Experience was held in Brussels on September 28th and 29th, 2021. It was a great event with many people, really good print samples, and an insight into where Fujifilm sees their technology. Here we speak to Taro Aoki, who is the head of Fujifilm digital press solutions. The new Revoria brand was also demonstrated on the first day, but only to customers in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Portugal - since Revoria is only available here now. The event gave the audience an insight into the technology, like the new Jet Press 750s with faster print speed, still fantastic quality, and a few other great and exciting upgrades. LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taro-aoki-4aa00b9/
Thu September 30th
The Jet Press is robust technology with ...
The Peak Performance Print Experience event in Brussels was two one-day events where Fujifilm employees, customers, resellers, and press got an excellent chance to learn, mingle, and of course, do business. Simon Howe is a Digital Printing Solutions Manager with Fujifilm and a background as a PSP giving him a wealth of knowledge to share. But listen for yourself, and remember to enjoy! LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-howe-a6b92a162/
Wed September 29th
Peak Performance Print Experience · Repo...
On September 28th, Fujifilm delivered an excellent presentation of their latest products. About 100+ people from mainly Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Portugal met in the Fujifilm demo center located near the airport. The agenda was to hear, see, and even touch the new Fujifilm Jet Press 750s + the Revoria PC1120. INKISH covered the event with numerous interviews that you soon can find on INKISH.TV - so start here with our "postcard" from Day One.
Wed September 1st
Eduard Martin · CEO · Schwabenprint
Eduard Martin operates Schwabenprint - a printing company specialized in manuals, documentation, and other B&W productions. Schwabenprint delivers stitched and glued products in a very efficient production using Horizon and Hunkeler equipment together with the company's Domino Inkjet press. An exciting story and funny to see how niche products can be done fast and efficiently using the right technology. Enjoy! ----- Eduard Martin LinkedIn Profile
Mon August 9th
Productive Gains with Extremely Few Touc...
We don't know many who don't talk about automation, often referring to workflow automation, but in this film, you will see automation like never before. The cardboard packaging printing company Schur Pack in Germany uses Schur Pack's own (but commercially available) logistics systems - sold and distributed in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer. CEO Klaus Madsen from Schur Pack explains the motivations and background for the high automation level, ensuring zero touchpoints on the substrates printed on. Director, Per Baekgaard from Schur Technology, explains why logistics solutions are important. "The faster a machine runs, the more it costs to spend time getting paper/cardboard to and from the machine," and the productivity gains can be in the range of 12-15% - and NOT reserved to large printing companies only. Enjoy the film - you WILL be inspired! LinkedIn Profiles: CEO Klaus Madsen Director Per Baekgaard
Mon July 19th
Traffic adds value to their already valu...
A long time ago, I interviewed former HP Indigo GM Alon Bar-Shany, and one of the things he said, was "we never invented the Indigo to print balloons, but it does." It reminds me of the visit with CEO Patrick Donner from Traffic Print Online Solutions. He has invested in Xerox, HP, Scodix, and a fantastic range of other technologies, so a printing company like so many others, you could argue, but Traffic is not like all others. Every time others say no thanks, Patrick Donner and his team find solutions - and it looks great, and show the diversity the equipment can be used for - great company, great products, to us an inspiration. What do you think? LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-donner-55384b2a/
Sat May 15th
Patrick Walczak · Fast Forward · Home Of...
That picture shows a nice home where I work right now. The sunlight may be visualizing that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. We're getting through this together. And for me, it was important to stress that has been a long time. But you always should stay positive and optimistic. And I'm working for an organization who provides me the strength and this positive attitude. This is basically the reason why I sent you this picture. I'm a German. So Germans like it in a much structured way. Sometimes upstairs, sometimes downstairs, sometimes on the sofa or a couch. My work situation was completely different. I was traveling about 150 days a year. US, Asia, Africa, Latin America. I was all over the world. It is important to understand that when you work remotely, you easily feel disconnected. My organization, BW Papersystems or the Barry-Wehmiller Group. We have a culture which helps us to stay connected. And I feel that I matter. It talks about the leadership style and that everything what matters is the people within an organization. We have 40 hours a week where we touch the people in our organization as an employer. 40 times more than any church probably. You have a huge impact whether the person is happy or not happy. People are more satisfied and more fulfilled. They go home and they are better family, fathers, mothers, sisters. That has an impact on the family. Bob always says: That is the answer to world peace. This machine is cutting paper and board to sheets. This is one of the larger machines we typically build. Things go well and the team spirit is up. It's a very small machine, very compact, maybe as large as my desk here. Cuts very sensitive materials at a high speed. So, for example, the pharmaceutical leaflets. You see me on this picture. That was one of the few moments where I was in contact with customers. We could show the machine. It was really fun to talk to people. LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-walczak-3b099541/
Wed May 12th
Canon Colorstream 8000 introduced by INK...
No doubt that almost all vendors in the digital print space have their eyes on the emerging inkjet market. Canon today introduces their new Colorstream 8000 inkjet printer that promises greater quality, greater productivity, and very fast at the same time. INKISH was invited together with the European media to a virtual presentation of the machine(s). We got the chance to talk to Cindy Schramm and Hans Schmidbauer after the presentation - and here we are. Great print samples and we hope you will enjoy the film!
Tue May 4th
Digital Transformation · Thomas Goecke ·...
Digital Transformation is a commonly used buzzword that many people maybe don't understand the consequences of. Though the interpretations are widely discussed, nobody questions the importance. There is a tendency that new, young and innovative companies seem to have a 'patent' on digital transformation. In this film, we talk to Head Of Digital Business Transformation / Digitalization Thomas Goecke from Koenig & Bauer, responsible for the company's digital transformation. What does it mean, what is the impact, and will it bring people closer to each other? I must admit that I am thrilled with this interview, where Thomas Goecke openly shares his thoughts and considerations.
Mon May 3rd
Mark Stephenson · Fast Forward · The Chu...
My father, who was a church minister. He would use, I guess, a Techni Duplicator to publicize his rallies and meetings. And try to bring people to Jesus. All this blessed thing, he would say. It's been the first time I ever saw print happening. There was the smell of the ink. Things took a long time. And sometimes it was not just budget. It was like you wanted to do something now. You could have 30 or 50, 100 within half an hour. Somebody comes up with a bright idea. And when you look at the background to it, you find out: Actually, that's how things used to be. But just framed in a different story. By 1977, this was me. Handsetting type. Out by the poster machines this was. You've got a very tight set of constraints to be able to design something. You know, putting text on a curve is like: Whoa! I'm one of those sort of sub creative people that knows when they look at something, if it's right or not. A lot of the terms we use today go back to letterpress composing. So, leading between lines was a physical piece of lead. When two characters are one like ‘fi’ and ‘ffi’. We call it a ligature. This is a Wharfedale. The one I operated was called an Elliott. But it was all out of the same factory in Otley. It was a double Demy press. That was the biggest sheet it would take. And I would hand feed this press. And hand ink it. On my training, I was told: Never walk around the back of this machine. The last person that did that when it was running, lost their leg. It was taken at our Advanced Print Technology Center in Brussels. Where I haven't been in fourteen months. And I've been here in this room with the exception of one trip. I have this picture on my desktop. And on another screen, I have a picture of that old press. I can see the journey I took. And this process has been my life now for around four years. We're reaching the speed. An offset B2 press. It's bringing together a whole team of people. To achieve what we've done. But at the moment we're being quiet about it.
Fri February 26th
SCREEN Truepress at MediaPrint · Tobias ...
Tobias Kaase is the CEO of MediaPrint in Germany. The print division is part of a publishing group but serves all types of customers - of course. In this film, which was part of our Learn With Us Inkjet event, Kaase explains why they chose to invest in Screen inkjet. As usual - enjoy!
Fri February 26th
Learn With Us · Ralf Bittighöfer · MyLab...
MyLabel.de is, as the name indicates, a German label company. In this film, CEO Ralf Bittighöfer talks about his company and his investment in the new Mouvent LB702-UV digital inkjet label press - and it's a good story to learn from. The high quality, the high speed (100 m pr. minutes), and the machine's flexibility are just a few of the KPIs Bittighöfer explains. This film was part of Learn With Us Inkjet event. It's in German, but with subtitles (as usual) in German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch! Enjoy!
Fri February 26th
Beltz Grafische Betriebe Invest in Digit...
In this film, Michael Tuchscher from Beltz Grafische Betriebe explains what considerations and why they ended up investing in a Hunkeler and HP-T-series solution. With the Hunkeler investment, Beltz can produce book blocks that can be handled in the company's binding department, and, well - judge for yourself - but it looks pretty cool! This film was made for our Learn With Us Inkjet series and is recorded remotely.
Mon February 22nd
The Benefits of unified Print Production...
Control your entire print room from a powerful single shared client interface. Discover the efficiencies and benefits that digital print rooms have never seen before.
Thu January 7th
From Pirate to Corporate America · Chris...
Mergers and Acquisitions take many shapes, and in this film, we talk to Christoph Schacht, who recently left his position as COO from EFI/Direct Smile. Direct Smile is a well-known software used by many print service providers globally. This story is about the company, which Christoph Schacht himself refers to as a 'Pirate' company, and how the failed three times getting to America, how they got in contact with EFI, and how Due Diligence was a process that has been a learning experience about Corporate America for Christoph Schacht. Enjoy - yet another great session about M&As. https://www.linkedin.com/in/christoph-schacht-919aa796/
Thu January 7th
From Owner of Alpha Picture to owner of ...
In our series of films about Mergers and Acquisitions, we in this film meet Gerhard Märtterer, one of Alpha Picture's founders seventeen years ago. Everything developed fantastic until the financial crisis in 2008/09 directly influenced customers and forced Märtterer to file for insolvency. In this film, Gerhard Märtterer openly tells us about the failure, the shame, and the opportunities that eventually ended with Märtterer to buy back Alpha Picture together with two friends. This is an amazing story to learn from! https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerhardmaertterer/
Wed January 6th
The Acquired becomes the Acquirer · Pete...
In our conversations about M&As, we talk to the former advisor and CEO for Elanders Germany, Peter Sommer. Peter Sommer is a frequent guest on INKISH and always openly shares his opinions and views on the things we talk about. 14 years ago, Peter Sommer sold his company to Elanders and became an essential person in the global Elanders group soon. Now, this era has ended, and Peter Sommer is now in charge of his investment company P2 where the work is to acquire companies in the printing industry, join the companies into larger entities, and drive the synergies to their max. As usual, a great conversation - thank you, Peter.
Mon January 4th
Digital Enhancement with Scodix Extend O...
LamiFaktur is a quite unusual Scodix customer, but this is the story about the small sub-contractor LamiFaktur from Münster in Germany, who decided to step up from delivering only laminations also to offer digital enhancement options. Norbert Altevolmer and Yannick Altevolmer manage the family-owned company. Despite investing in the Scodix machines just months before the pandemic started, they can already see success and new opportunities for the company. Learn and enjoy!
Sat October 3rd
Andreas Weber & Jacques Michiels · ...
Over The Skype with Jacques Michiels, CEO INKISH Benelux https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquesmichiels-benelux/ The INKISH webinar series on #SmartFactory / Industry 4.0 in the team of Yves d'Aviau de Ternay, CEO INKISH France, Morten B. Reitoft, INKISH HQ and Jacques Michiels, CEO INKISH BENELUX, sets standards. Indeed, the experts have made a lot of plans to develop future scenarios for the print industry. The conversation was about the following questions: - What is it that drives you? How do you get it? - Where are we standing? Where do we have to go? - What exactly is important about the #SmartFactory? What is it all about? - What are the benefits for print shops? - What are the total findings from the webinar series? - What are the most important recommendations for action that can be derived? The webinar concept is very extensive and quite complex. But it's not just a topic from experts for experts. What is the best way to get started in order to optimally deal with the situation? Our colleague Rainer Wagner from LATAM noted that the topic of AI / artificial intelligence was neglected. Is that correct? Is it still too far from thinking in the print industry? How will you and Yves follow up on the topic? What happens next? The answers are extremely conclusive and extremely interesting. But see for yourself! --- Over The Skype mit Jacques Michiels, CEO INKISH Benelux https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquesmichiels-benelux/ Die INKISH Webinar-Reihe zu #SmartFactory / Industrie 4.0 im Team von Yves d'Aviau de Ternay, CEO INKISH France, Morten B. Reitoft, INKISH HQ und Jacques Michiels, CEO INKISH BENELUX, setzt Massstäbe. Die Experten haben sich in der Tat viel vorgenommen, um Zukunfts-Szenarien für die Print-Branche zu entwickeln. Das Gespräch rankte sich um folgende Fragen: - Was treibt Euch an? Wie kommt ihr drauf? - Wo stehen wir? Wo müssen wir hin? - Was genau ist am Thema #SmartFactory wichtig? Was verbirgt sich dahinter? - Welcher Nutzen entsteht für Druckereien? - Was sind die Erkenntnisse aus der Webinar-Reihe in Summe? - Welches sind die wichtigsten Handlungs-Empfehlungen, die sich ableiten lassen? Das Webinar-Konzept ist sehr umfangreich und durchaus komplex. Aber es sit ja nicht nur ein Thema von Experten für Experten. Wie findet man am besten den Einstieg, um sich mit der Sachlage optimal auseinanderzusetzen? Unser Kollege Rainer Wagner aus LATAM merkte an, dass ihm das Thema AI / Künstliche Intelligenz zu kurz gekommen ist. Stimmt das? Ist es vielleicht noch zu weit weg vom Denken in der Print-Branche? Wie werden Yves und Du das Thema weiterverfolgen? Was passiert als nächstes? Die Antworten sind äußerst schlüssig und hochinteressant. Aber sehen Sie selbst!
Thu October 1st
Koenig & Bauer mit großer Zuversich...
Subtitles in English available The Inkish@Work road tour through Germany in August 2020 initially led to Radebeul not far from Dresden. The development of printing technology has had an outstanding tradition in the region for a long time, especially due to the proximity of the book publishing and trade fair city of Leipzig. Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed and as a board member at the same time Chief Digital Officer of Koenig & Bauer AG, answered questions from Andreas Weber, CEO INKISH D-A-CH. The conversation clearly showed how you can be well prepared even in times of Corona if you follow a smart, future-oriented plan over the years, react flexibly to changes, focus on customer benefits and cultivate a great team spirit . Ralf Sammeck made clear the benefits that can be drawn from digitalization for print. Not only with regard to the printing machines, but above all also the software / workflows, the services and the communication with customers around the globe. And how to successfully bring customers closer to their needs according to innovations and production scenarios in a new form. The result: With its rich tradition, Koenig & Bauer now seems to be very relaxed in the fast lane. And continues it’s successful strategy to achieve success even in times of crisis. // Die Inkish@Work Road-Tour durch Deutschland im August 2020 führte zunächst nach Radebeul unweit von Dresden. Drucktechnik-Entwicklung hat in der Region seit langem eine herausragende Tradition, gerade auch durch die Nähe der Buchverlags- und Messe-Stadt Leipzig. Ralf Sammeck, CEO von Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed und als Vorstandsmitglied zugleich Chief Digital Officer der Koenig & Bauer AG, stand Andreas Weber, CEO INKISH D-A-CH Rede und Antwort. Das Gespräch zeigte deutlich, wie man selbst zu Corona-Zeiten gut gerüstet sein kann, wenn man über die Jahre einen klugen, auf die Zukunft ausgerichteten Plan verfolgt, flexibel auf Veränderungen reagiert, den Kundennutzen in der Fokus stellt und den Team-Geist pflegt. Ralf Sammeck machte anschaulich, welcher Nutzen für Print aus der Digitalisierung gezogen werden kann. Nicht nur bezüglich der Druckmaschinen, sondern vor allem auch der Software/Workflows, den Services und der Kommunikation mit den Kunden rund um den Globus. Und wie man in neuer Form Kunden ihren Bedürfnissen gemäß Neuheiten und Produktionsszenarien erfolgreich näher bringen kann. Das Ergebnis: Das Traditionsunternehmen Koenig & Bauer scheint sehr entspannt auf der Überholspur zu sein. Und verzeichnet durch die Fortführung seiner erfolgreichen Strategie auch in Krisenzeiten weiterhin Erfolge.
Wed September 2nd
Koenig & Bauer with Strong Confiden...
No question that the COVID-19 has influenced all companies in the global printing industry, but Koenig & Bauer has, despite a lower order intake, a strong belief in the future. In this Conversation, Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed CEO, Ralf Sammeck, shares his views on where he sees his company in the future.
Tue September 1st
Think Print Movie
In six minutes, Bernd Zipper explains in depth how society and with it the positions of the media are changing. He makes it clear what an important role print will play in the digitalized world. A promotional film for the future of the entire print industry that has never been seen before. Want to know more about the Think Print Movie? Check out our latest articles at: Think Print Movie Playlist: Facebook: Twitter: #ThinkPrintMovie #Zipcon #PrintIndustry
Mon June 15th
Thomas Heininger · Over The Skype · MBO...
Over the Skype with Thomas Heininger, CEO, MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH During the current Over the Skype conversation by Andreas Weber, CEO / Country Manager INKISH D-A-CH, the focus is on a special and elementarily important topic that is usually dealt with in passing: postures solutions. Thomas Heininger, CEO of MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH, which has recently become part of the KOMORI family, answers questions in a fantastic way and shred cool insights. It can be seen that many discussions in the print industry are overlaid by COVID-19, by the lockdown and crisis mood scenarios. However, there is a spirit of optimism and confidence at MBO. Because the closing for the takeover of MBO by KOMORI Corporation has been successfully completed since May 1, 2020. And shows success straight away. If you dive deeper into the subject, you can see that topics such as IoT, automation, networking and connectivity are top priorities at MBO and KOMORI. True to the motto: what comes to the end (in the production chain) can be at the forefront. Driven by digitalization. A really exciting and insightful conversation. Erratum: In the live conversation, Thomas Heininger said that 48 data managers were on the market; the number he mentioned was a mix-up with another MBO product. Note: As with all of our “Over the Skype” interviews, the picture / sound quality is based on the available bandwidth and the respective web cams as well as the possibility to literally conduct the conversations LIVE. Despite everything, it works amazingly well and with Over the Skype we have brought together far more than 60 special personalities so far and give insights into the industry as it currently is. Enjoy! Over the Skype mit Thomas Heininger, CEO, MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH ---- Heute rückt beim Over the Skype Gespräch von Andreas Weber, CEO/Country Manager INKISH D-A-CH, ein besonderes und elementar wichtiges Thema in den Fokus, das normalerweise eher am Rande behandelt wird: Die Weiterverarbeitung. Thomas Heininger, CEO der MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH, die seit neuestem Teil der KOMORI-Familie geworden ist, steht Rede und Antwort. Es zeigt sich: Viele Diskussionen in der Print-Branche sind von COVID-19 überlagert, vom Lockdown und Krisen-Stimmungs-Szenarien. Bei MBO herrscht aber Aufbruchstimmung. Denn das Closing zur Übernahme von MBO durch KOMORI Corporation ist seit 1. Mai 2020 erfolgreich abgeschlossen. Und zeigt auf Anhieb Erfolge. Taucht man tiefer ein in die Materie, zeigt sich, dass Themen wie IoT, Automatisierung, Vernetzung und Konnektivität bei MBO und KOMORI ganz oben stehen. Getreu der Devise: Was (in der Produktionskette) zum Schluss kommt, kann ganz vorne sein. Getrieben durch die Digitalisierung. Ein wirklich spannendes und aufschlussreiches Gespräch. Erratum: Im Live-Gespräch sagte Thomas Heininger, dass 48 Data Manager im Markt wären; die von ihm genannte Zahl war eine Verwechslung mit einem anderen MBO Produkt. Hinweis: Wie bei allen unseren “Over the Skype”-Interviews richtet sich die Bild-/Ton-Qualität nach verfügbarer Bandbreite und den jeweiligen Web-Cams aus sowie der Möglichkeit, die Konversationen buchstäblich LIVE zu führen. Es funktioniert trotz allem erstaunlich gut und mit Over the Skype bringen wir bis dato weit mehr als 60 besondere Persönlichkeiten zusammen und geben Einblicke in die Branche, wie sie derzeit ist. Viel Spaß!
Fri May 29th
Ali Jason Bazooband · Print24 · Learn Wi...
Imagine. Europe's fifth-largest online-printer isn't even a printing company - or at least not anymore. In this 'Learn With Us' session, Ali Jason Bazooband explains how the printing company moved from having own operation, to a source with 60+ printing companies in a quite unusual business model. Print24 or Unitedprinters own equity placed with printing companies spread all over Europe. The conversation was originally about outsourcing, and yes - printers still source with Print24, and both suppliers and print24 is able to make a margin based on this business model. Amazing story, enjoy!
Mon May 25th
Andreas Weber · Value Trendradar & ...
In this Learn With Us session, Andreas Weber explains how to use Social Media, as well as a bit of history. Great presentation that gives you tips and tricks on how to get the most out of it. Andreas Weber is heading INKISH D-A-CH as well as his own Value Trendradar.
Tue May 19th
Günter Thomas · Over the Skype · GT Tre...
Today's guest of Andreas Weber, CEO/Country Manager INKISH D-A-CH, is a very special disciple of Gutenberg: Günter Thomas, in short: GT, founder and owner of GT Trendhouse 42. Live from Gelsenkirchen, in the middle of the Ruhr area. The range of topics has it all and reflects the high level of creativity, passion, sensuality and above all the love of print at the highest level. Original GT: “I was not born just to make paper colorful. That would have been too little for me. In our industry, you have to be weird and look over your own horizon. I try to live that. " The discussion takes place, for example, through discounter Aldi as a showroom for special effect printing for brands, print & rock roll. Everything GT does is very positive. "Why are you like you are - always full of joy and love, new ideas and still entrepreneurially successful?" Why is print considered a premium and not a commodity? How can you be highly creative and at the same time a clever inventor and tech savvy to the power of ten in one. How do you get by as a premium print shop without sales? How do customers from all over the world become real friends? As with all our ‘Over the Skype’ interviews, quality is limited to bandwidth, web-cams, and ability to literally LIVE mix the conversations. However, it works, and with Over the Skype, we will bring you more than 20 exciting people, and angles on the industry as it is right now. Enjoy! -- German -- Der heutige Gast von Andreas Weber, CEO/Country Manager INKISH D-A-CH, ist ein ganz besonderer Jünger Gutenbergs: Günter Thomas, kurz: GT, Gründer und Inhaber von GT Trendhouse 42. Live aus Gelsenkirchen, mitten im Ruhrgebiet. Das Themenspektrum hat es in sich und spiegelt die hohe Kreativität, Leidenschaft, Sinnesfreude und vor allem die Liebe zu Print auf höchster Ebene wieder. O-Ton GT: „Ich bin nicht auf die Welt gekommen, einfach nur um Papier bunt zu machen. Das wäre mir zu wenig gewesen. In unserer Branche muss man schräg sein und über seinen eigenen Horizont blicken. Das versuche ich zu leben.“ Das Gespräch führt zum Beispiel über Discounter Aldi als Showroom für Special Effect Printing zu Brands, Print & Rocken Roll. Alles was GT tut, fällt auf Positivste aus dem Rahmen. „Warum bist Du wie Du bist — immer voll Freude und Liebe, neuen Ideen und trotzdem unternehmerisch erfolgreich?“ Warum gilt Print als Premium und nicht als Commodity? Wie kann man hoch-kreativ sein und gleichzeitig ein ausgefuchster Tüftler und Tech Savvy hoch zehn in einem. Wie kommt man als Premium-Druckerei ohne Vertrieb aus. Wie werden aus Kunden aus aller Welt echte Freunde? Hinweis: Wie bei allen unseren "Over the Skype"-Interviews richtet sich die Bild-/Ton-Qualität nach verfügbarer Bandbreite und den jeweiligen Web-Cams aus sowie der Möglichkeit, die Konversationen buchstäblich LIVE zu führen. Es funktioniert trotz allem erstaunlich gut und mit Over the Skype bringen wir bis dato mehr als 50 besondere Persönlichkeiten zusammen und geben Einblicke in die Branche, wie sie derzeit ist. Viel Spaß!
Fri May 15th
Nicola Kopp-Rostek & Dr Martin Dreh...
English (German introduction below the English version) Over the Skype - Premiere in German with DFTA and Andreas Weber, INKISH D-A-CH As guests today, at our premiere for 'Over The Skype' conversations in German, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to Ms Nicola Kopp-Rostek and Prof. Dr Greet Martin Dreher. Nicola Kopp-Rostek is managing director of the DFTA Flexographic Printing Association e.V. Prof. Dr Martin Dreher is a professor for packaging printing at the renowned Stuttgart Media University (HDM). Both are also managing directors of the association's DFTA technology centre. Despite the Corona crisis, the interlocutors were relaxed, level-headed and open to conversation. Topics were a .: What is special about the flexographic printing industry? What does the association do? What is the mood like among the members? What are the prospects? The abbreviation DFTA stands for German-speaking Flexographic Technology Association. The association has existed for 40 years. The statutes provide information on the tasks. Here is an extract of the purpose and tasks of the DFTA: - The DFTA is the professional association of companies, institutions, associations and people who deal with flexographic printing. - The DFTA promotes technical and scientific progress in the areas of packaging printing with a focus on flexo printing. - The tasks of the DFTA are in particular of a technical, business and organizational nature as well as training and further education, public relations and marketing for flexographic printing. - The DFTA supports the work of the DFTA Technology Center. Note: As with all our "Over the Skype" interviews, the picture/sound quality is based on the available bandwidth and the respective webcams as well as the possibility of literally leading the conversations LIVE. Despite everything, it works amazingly well, and with Over the Skype we have brought together more than 50 special personalities so far and give insights into the industry as it currently is. Have fun! --- GERMAN Introduction --- Over the Skype — Premiere in deutscher Sprache mit dem DFTA und Andreas Weber, INKISH D-A-CH Zu Gast heute, bei unserer Premiere für Over The Skype-Gespräche in deutscher Sprache, dürfen wir sehr herzlich Frau Nicola Kopp-Rostek sowie Herrn Prof. Dr. Martin Dreher begrüßen. Nicola Kopp-Rostek ist Geschäftsführerin des DFTA Flexodruck-Fachverband e.V. Prof. Dr. Martin Dreher ist Professor für Verpackungsdruck an der renommierten Stuttgarter Hochschule der Medien, kurz HDM. Beide sind zudem Geschäftsführer des zum Verband gehörenden DFTA Technologiezentrums. Trotz Corona-Krise waren die Gesprächspartner entspannt, besonnen und gesprächsoffen. Themen waren u. a.: Was macht die Flexodruck-Branche aus? Was leistet der Verband? Wie ist die Stimmung bei den Mitgliedern? Welche Perspektiven bestehen? Das Kürzel DFTA steht übrigens für Deutschsprachige Flexographic Technology Association. Den Verband gibt es seit 40 Jahren. Zu den Aufgaben geben die Statuten Auskunft. Hier heisst es auszugsweise zum Zweck und zu den Aufgaben der DFTA: - Die DFTA ist der fachliche Zusammenschluss von Firmen, Institutionen, Verbänden und Personen, die sich mit dem Flexodruck befassen. - Die DFTA fördert den technischen und wissenschaftlichen Fortschritt in den Bereichen des Verpackungsdruck mit Schwerpunkt Flexodruck. - Die Aufgaben der DFTA sind insbesondere technischer, betriebswirtschaftlicher und organisatorischer Art sowie Aus- und Weiterbildung, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und Marketing für den Flexodruck. - Die DFTA fördert die Arbeit des DFTA Technologiezentrums. Hinweis: Wie bei allen unseren "Over the Skype"-Interviews richtet sich die Bild-/Ton-Qualität nach verfügbarer Bandbreite und den jeweiligen Web-Cams aus sowie der Möglichkeit, die Konversationen buchstäblich LIVE zu führen. Es funktioniert trotz allem erstaunlich gut und mit Over the Skype bringen wir bis dato mehr als 50 besondere Persönlichkeiten zusammen und geben Einblicke in die Branche, wie sie derzeit ist. Viel Spaß!
Wed May 6th
Frank De Jonge · Over The Skypes · Adpho...
Imagine a company born 30 years ago developing technology for space. Imagine a company that enables almost instant drying of ink by using light. Imagine a technology where the substrates aren't heated, and where the dryer vaporizes the water from the ink at the speed of a snap, and enable a green and sustainable curring technology that can be used in all printing technologies where water is part of the ink-process. Ladies, and gentlemen - let me introduce Adphos. In this 'Over the Skype' your humble editor come short; fortunately, Sales Director Frank De Jonge is on solid ground and can explain not only the technology but also the applications where Adphos becomes a game-changer. As with all our ‘Over the Skype’ interviews, quality is limited to bandwidth, web-cams, and ability to literally LIVE mix the conversations. However, it works, and with Over the Skype, we will bring you more than 20 exciting people, and angles on the industry as it is right now. Enjoy!
Mon April 27th
Print is Still a Profitable & Growi...
A lot of people talk about digital transformation, but in the small town Donauwörth, just a couple of hours drive outside Munich the printing company Schätzl Print Emotion is not talking but doing. The CEO Ulrich Schätzl have a clear vision of how digital print production in the copies down-to-one is the future for the printing company. With vast investments in HP Indigo machines, Scodix digital enhancement, and most recent extremely efficient binding equipment from Müller Martini - and a few more large investments around the corner (inkjet), the company is geared towards a 100% digital future. Schätzl Print Emotion sell books to customers (publishers, white-labels, etc.) all over Europe, and even in the US customers have discovered Schätzl Print Emotion. INKISH went to Schätzl the first time a little more than a year ago in 2019 with Scodix, and what we saw was a company highly dedicated to being on the winning side - and coming back in 2020 was sure even more interesting since the company has grown even more. Print isn't dead. Print is changing, and with a digital mindset, the company should be an inspiration for everybody.
Fri April 24th
Bernd Zipper · Over The Skype · ZIPCON C...
Bernd Zipper is a well-known name in the printing industry. With his ZIPCON Consulting out of Germany, the writer, consultant, keynote speaker, event organizer, and more, have influenced the printing industry more than most. With a dedicated focus on online printing as well as the newest and latest technologies, how to bring print forward - you can be sure that Bernd Zipper and his team are on the forefront. As with all our ‘Over the Skype’ interviews, quality is limited to bandwidth, web-cams, and ability to literally LIVE mix the conversations. However, it works, and with Over the Skype, we will bring you more than 20 exciting people, and angles on the industry as it is right now. Enjoy!
Wed April 22nd
Andreas Weber · Over The Skype · ValueCo...
Andreas Weber has been a voice in the printing industry for many years. A man with strong opinions, and seen by some as controversial. In this, 'Over the Skype' session, he explains his background, and the values his communication is based upon. Just a few days before this recording Andreas Weber sends an open love letter to the printing community about his relationship to Heidelberg through many years. You can find the story here: https://medium.com/@zeitenwende007/meine-pers%C3%B6nliche-heidelberg-saga-9952c1d4a8a6 It's in German, but it is easy to understand with Google Translate. As with all our ‘Over the Skype’ interviews, quality is limited to bandwidth, web-cams, and ability to literally LIVE mix the conversations. However, it works, and with Over the Skype, we will bring you more than 20 exciting people, and angles on the industry as it is right now. Enjoy!
Wed April 15th
Mark Stephenson · Over The Skype · Fujif...
Mark Stephenson is the Product Manager for the Jetpresses in Europe. In this conversation, we speculate over the future of drupa. One reason is obviously Fujifilm's own presence at the show, but also because Mark Stephenson has a crush on the drupa-songs, so he has created a Facebook page with all the songs - you can find that here: https://www.facebook.com/DrupaSongs/ As with all our 'Over the Skype' interviews, quality is limited to bandwidth, web-cams, and ability to literally LIVE mix the conversations. However, it works, and with Over the Skype, we will bring you more than 20 exciting people, and angles on the industry as it is right now. Enjoy!
Sat April 4th
Heidelberg’s Strategy is a Symptom...
Peter Sommer is former CEO of Elanders, and now Advisor for the Senior Management. Elanders is one of the significant global printing groups. When Heidelberg announced their new strategy a few weeks ago, one of the few public critical voices belonged to Peter Sommer. In this interview Editor, Morten Reitoft speaks with Peter Sommer about his criticism and whether his concerns are only related to Elanders or if this is more generic concerns. The interview was recorded over the Internet due to the coronavirus. The interview was done on April 3rd. Peter Sommer got the interview for review before publishing but has not requested any changes to the conversation, and this interview is therefore mostly unedited, except colours, sound, and text overlays. Enjoy the interview.
Tue March 31st
The Mobile Revolution Formed MyPostcard....
Six years ago, Oliver Kray got a vision. "Everything will be mobile", and based on that vision, he founded MyPostcards.com, which today is one of the leading personalized postcard suppliers - and no, this is not in batches of ten, fifteen, or hundreds - this is in the counts of one. In the beginning, it wasn't easy to find printers who found this idea really great, but today MyPostcards is among the worlds biggest and with an office in both Berlin and New York today able to deliver individualized postcards globally. Enjoy the story. This guy started only six years ago, but with the right go-to attitude and entrepreneurship, he got his vision into a thriving business.
Mon March 16th
Dedicated To Print · Bernd Zipper · CEO ...
Online Print Symposium took place for the 8th time and as usual an event with a lot of high-quality content to learn and be inspired from. In this interview CEO, Bernd Zipper gives you an insight on how the symposium got started. Enjoy!
Thu March 5th
Day 2 Report from #OPS2020 · Morten B. R...
The second day was as good as the first, maybe even better, since we got the chance to talk to even more exciting people. We spoke, i.e. with Oliver Kray from MyPostcard.com who in just five years has managed to create a business with more than a million customers now. We also talked to Antoine Roux from Printoclock - a successful French online printer. He shared a lot of things, but also something as "tedious" as the challenges he sees with French legislation. Johnny Hobeika, who is head of the European part of the amazingly excellent ePac packaging company. Exciting speakers who do not only share their stories, but also gives you an insight in what make them unique. Joris Kuperkray from RPI talks about the business of being a white-label supplier only with plants in both Europe and in the US. All stories that we believe for sure can inspire you and your business. Stay tuned for the full interviews soon on INKISH.TV.
Wed March 4th
Day 1 Report from #OPS2020 · Morten B. R...
The Online Print Symposium 2020 is a fantastic annual event delivering knowledge from a range of great industry experts. Here is our report from the first day - expect a report from Day 2 tomorrow. In this film, you will meet Bernd Zipper, Rainer Hundsdörfer, Jos Steutelings, Anna Marie Oñate, Rene van Dijk, Michael Fries, Alexander Sperrfechter, and many more. 250+ people attended the conference, and we have multiple interviews filmed, which will be edited, and made public as soon as we can. Stay tuned. Like, and share!
Tue March 3rd
Fujifilm Compliments Offset Better · Tar...
In the suburbs of Brussels in Belgium, you find Fujifilm Europes facility for education and demos, and INKISH was invited to go there to talk to Head of Digital Solutions EMEA Taro Aoki. Like always, we love these conversations since the length allows us to discuss in details. In this conversation, this takes us from German cars vs—Japanese cars to why the Fujifilm 720/750 is such a good match for many offset printers. Taro Aoki also talks about some of the things he believes Fujifilm could bring to market in the future. As usual. Enjoy!
Tue November 26th
Road to automation · Yoshihiro Oe · Gene...
At the recent Think Smart Factory event in Kyoto, Japan, we got the chance to talk to General Manager, Global Business, Yoshihiro Oe. In this film, we talk about the event itself obviously, but we also get the chance to talk about what has led to automation. As Yoshihiro Oe explains developing many different machines is one thing, but tomorrows demand for automation, and smarter factories require the development of new technology. After seeing and experiencing both the Horizon factory as well as the Think Smart Factory event, we at INKISH are pretty convinced that Horizon and their partners are onto something that will be a gamechanger in the binding industry. Enjoy the film - and the many that will follow in the following days!
Wed November 13th
Think Smart Factory · Day 3
This is our video documentation of the third- and last day at Think Smart Factory. Clearly fewer people at the show-floor, but still good. That is good for us since it gives us more space at the stations with demonstrations. Today we got the chance to do a longer interview with General Manager Yoji "Joe" Otsuka from SCREEN, and we have a short snippet of our conversation with him in this daily show report. We hope you enjoyed the films we have published so far, and you can for sure look forward to some great interviews, great presentations of technology, and well a factory tour from Horizon. We can't wait to show you!
Wed November 13th
Think Smart Factory · Day 2
The second day at the Think Smart Factory event in Kyoto was as good as the first one - maybe even better. Many people at the show-floor, exciting presentations, and a chance to dig into even more of the workflows. In our first film, we promised to show you all ten stations here, but there are simply too many people around the stations to do this in a 'live' style. So we have recorded all ten stations, will make them into separate films that you can enjoy one by one afterwards.
Wed November 13th
Think Smart Factory – We are the R...
Robots is an indispensable part of the Industry 4.0 future, and of course, Think Smart Factory in Kyoto show a few options. Here its the S-Cart from Nidec used on the show-floor. Enjoy the self-driving future :-)
Tue November 12th
Think Smart Factory · Day 1
What a start. Think Smart Factory is a new event, and without comparison, one of the best-executed events we have ever attended. Think Smart Factory is an event where all focus is on showing end-to-end solutions. There are ten different stations where you can see the flows from the paper intake to the output of a finished product. Clearly inspired by Hunkeler Innovationdays where it's also about equipment, but with an even more expressed dedication to show the entire workflow. This is a rare opportunity to see the entire process from when a job-ticket is created to the finished product delivered. But check out of show-report and look forward to seeing all ten workflows presented here on INKISH. Expect also interesting interviews with industry leaders from the show floor. Finally, you will get a new show report every day, and also articles on NEWS. Enjoy!
Thu October 31st
Think Smart Factory · Kyoto November 11t...
Think Smart Factory is an upcoming event in Kyoto, Japan. As you can hear in this presentation, of the event, by Yoshihiro Oe, General Manager from Horizon International, the event is not so much like an exhibition. Rather than having booths where each exhibitor presents its products and services, Smart Factory is an opportunity to see equipment working together and see end-to-end productions. The "end-to-end" also includes the workflow part that is typically before print, of course. The event is developed by a group of companies including: Canon Marketing Japan. Inc. / DAC ENGINEERING Co., Ltd. / FUJIFILM Global Graphic Systems Co., Ltd. / goof, inc. / HP Japan Inc. / Hunkeler AG / JSPIRITS Inc. / KONICA MINOLTA JAPAN, INC. / RESOLOGIC. Inc. / Ricoh Japan Co., Ltd. / RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd. / SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. / TECNAU INKISH will be covering the event, and we can't wait to get to Kyoto. As Yoshihiro Oe also states in this interview, Kyoto is wonderful this time a year. Hope to see you there!
Tue June 25th
Increased Margins With Digital Enhanceme...
Digital Enhancement experience a massive interest from printing companies all over the world - and within just a few weeks we have talked to three owners of three very different printing companies, and all underscore that digital enhancement is both worth the investment - but also an investment that attracts new clients. In this film, we are visiting NINO Druck from Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Germany. The printing company offer both digital- and offset printing, in-house binding, and enhancement - and the quality of the products you see here are just stunning. I wish we could show and tell you more about some of the products they showed while being there, but customers always have to be respected - and this time - you have to take our word for it. NINO Druck uses their Scodix for both offset- as well as digitally printed sheets and the combination of digital foil, raised inks make the print look great! NINO Druck uses Heidelberg and HP Indigo equipment, but you also find flat binding finishing from Imaging Solutions and case binding, sewing from Meccanotecnica, and more - just excellent. As usual, watch, listen, and learn. Marcus Kalle and his team is an excellent example of why investments in new technology often make you stand out and can remain both profitable and innovative.
Mon June 24th
160.000.000€ and still growing · Ulrich ...
One of Europe's largest printing companies is Druckhaus Mainfranken. They see themselves as an Industrial printer primarily delivering offset print to their sister company Flyeralarm. Mainfranken is managed by CEO Ulrich Stetter, who gave a presentation about their use of enhancement like digital UV/foil at the recent Inkjet Update conference. Excellent presentation, but even greater that CEO Ulrich Stetter took the time afterward took time talk to INKISH.TV. Enjoy this very interesting interview.
Fri June 21st
Some Segments in the Printing Industry A...
EFI is one of the largest software companies in the printing industry - and of course, also delivering some of the most recognized printers as well. At the recent Inkjet Update Conference in Denmark, Christian Schowalter, who is the Director, Fiery Market Segment Management gave an excellent speech about Inkjet, workflow/automation and how EFI contributes to the problem-solving. We spoke with Christian Schowalter after his presentation, and here it is. Enjoy!
Thu June 20th
Have you sold any KM1’s? · Mark Hi...
Konica Minolta is a well-known supplier of toner-based digital printers, and in DRUPA 2012 the announced the B2 format KM1. At that time it was a pre-announcement, and the interest was pretty good. At DRUPA 2016 the KM1 was not just an idea, but a fully operational printer and many KM1's are now at work globally. At the recent Inkjet Update 2019 event in Denmark, we got the chance to talk to Mark Hinder, who is the Head of Market Development. The result is this great interview and if you see Mark Hinder sweating it may be because we ask him whether KM1 is a safe bet investing in or how they see the future of Inkjet - or maybe just because it was a really warm and beautiful day in Denmark. Regardless - Mark Hinder as always gives an open and honest inside to the story about Konica Minolta KM1 and Inkjet in general.
Thu June 6th
High Return on Investment on Scodix Enha...
See this amazing story about the German printing company Schaetzl Druck & Medien from Donauwörth. The company is today managed by Ulrich Schätzl who is the second generation of the family-owned printing company. Schätzl Druck & Medien used to be a conventional litho printer but decided years ago to become a printing company focusing 100% on digital production. Ulrich Schätzl refers to this as bringing more and a higher value to the customers. WIth investments in HP Indigo's and Scodix Digital Enhancement, binding equipment especially suitable for extremely short runs and of course a comprehensive workflow the strategy works. In this film, Ulrich Schätzl speaks about the value that digital enhancement with the company's Scodix is giving both them as a company but even more important their many clients. Great film. Watch it, Like it, Share it :-)
Sun May 5th
New SaaS Model on Prinect Makes Investme...
Danjel Jungersen is the CIO/CTO of a small family-owned printing company in the suburbs of Copenhagen, Denmark. The company survives on excellent service, fast turn-around time and high quality but regardless of these virtues the company needs to invest in the future. Danjel Jungersen has for some time been wondering about what steps to take to be profitable and able to deliver what the clients needs - and the decision investing in Heidelberg Prinect was decided - also based on the new SaaS model offered by Heidelberg. We met with Jacob Hededam Hummel and Brian Thorsgaard Hansen from Heidelberg at Jungersen Grafisk to talk about why Prinect in their opinions is the right choice. To visit a small printing company with 6-7 people employed a full-featured Prinect solution isn't the most common thing for us to run into but its always interesting to see the many different approaches to the future many different printing companies choose. Workflow is always a very hot topic on INKISH.TV, so enjoy this episode and hopefully find inspiration for your own printing company!
Mon April 22nd
DRUPA is the worlds most important print...
At the recent Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019, we bumped into Sabine Geldermann who is the Director of DRUPA, and we got the chance to sit down and talk to her about DRUPA 2020. DRUPA is by most people in the printing industry considered the most important and also the biggest – and as Sabine Geldermann tells in this film, vendors even plan developing cycles around the DRUPA 4 years cycles – so no wonder. However, looking at the numbers DRUPA also becomes smaller and smaller – and, of course, some of the decreases come from the fact that the industry is shrinking, but some may also come from the fact that trade shows, in general, have difficulties attracting the visitors to come. The numbers from the previous DRUPA in 2016 also show something that must be a challenge. 68% of the visitors came from Europe and only 9% from, i.e. North America. To be a true global print show requires not only vendors from all over the world but also visitors from all over the world. Sabine Geldermann tells that some local German tradeshows have closed and been absorbed by DRUPA but also that the number of visitors from outside Europe is growing. In this very openminded interview with Sabine Geldermann, you get a great insight into the upcoming DRUPA 2020, and though it still seems to be far away Sabine Geldermann tells INKISH.TV that the sales for 2020 have already reached the 2016 level and all key accounts are assured. Good for DRUPA, good for the industry – and regardless of where you are located it’s time to organize hotels, Airbnb’s and travels to be sure to get accommodation – and just in case you haven’t been in Düsseldorf before: Be prepared to spend an awful lot of money to get even the worst shitty hotel
Wed January 9th
Higher Profit on Low Margin Jobs · Steph...
No question that the printing industry continues to be under pressure. Prices are still dropping and the supply/demand is still not in balance, so to print and deliver even low margin jobs simply require automation. At the recent Workflow Summit 2018, we spoke to Head Of Strategic Alliances Stephan Reiter from OneVision about the challenges and the promises. Enjoy!
Thu November 15th
Tue October 23rd
Is the success behind Print24 the busine...
At the recent Sign, Print & Pack in Norway, one of the exhibitors wasn't Norwegian. Actually not even Scandinavian. It was Print24 which is a well-known online printer in most of Europe. We got a chance to talk to Managing Director Ali Jason Bazooband about how they differ from other online printers. In a VERY open-minded and lively interview, the charismatic Managing Director Ali Jason Bazooband tell you the business that he is managing.
Thu October 4th
Printed Textile Moves Forward with Korni...
Oliver Luedtke is the European Marketing Director for Kornit Europe GmbH. At Fespa 2018 in Berlin, we got the chance to talk to him about the huge potential he sees in digitally printed textile. Kornit produces textile printers able to print on practically every textile without priming and with waterbased and organic inks. The potential is huge and Oliver Luedtke explains that the potential to use digital technology to the greater good for the world from an environmental perspective is now a possibility. Enjoy the film.
Thu September 13th
Onlineprinters is an e-commerce company ...
Onlineprinters is among the three biggest online printing companies in Europe. Just a few weeks ago they announced customer number 1 million and even though this is "just" a number it's still impressive. With more than 183 offset printing units, a tight partnership with companies such as Heidelberg, HP, and Horizon the company still look for double-digit growth in the years ahead. At the recent Press Tour 2018 INKSH in cooperation with WhatTheyThink.com got the chance to talk to CEO Dr. Michael Fries about this and that. Enjoy the very frank and open interview - and thank you Michae Fries for your time!
Tue September 11th
Press Tour 2018 · Onlineprinters
Onlineprinters is among the three biggest online printers in Europe and INKISH got the chance to visit the huge printing company together with 15 other members of the press in September 2018. Flights, Hotel, and accommodation were paid by Onlineprinters. They have NOT interfered with editing except a few facts that were not correct. This is a 100% editorial presentation by INKISH.TV
Thu February 22nd
Scissorhands@Argos Inspiration Days · Ma...
Scissorhands is one of the most amazing software/hardware combinations we have experienced in the printing industry - insert a circuit board. Connect to the Internet. Now everybody can manage the guillotine and get the cutting done. See and hear more at www.argosinspirationdays.com
Thu February 15th
Xeikon@Argos Inspiration Days · March 6t...
Xeikon is one of the leading developers of digital reel-based printing machines - and also one of the pioneers in the digital domain. Today Xeikon is owned by Flint Group and we can't wait to see what they will show and tell at www.argosinspirationdays.com in Brussels.
Mon July 24th
60-seconds Web-to-Print: Frank Siegel · ...
Please welcome Frank Siegel from Obility in this 60-seconds Web-to-Print episode. At DRUPA 2016 we asked web-to-print exhibitors from Hall 7 to give 60-seconds good reasons why to choose their solution.
Wed July 12th
60-seconds Web-to-Print: André Hausmann ...
In our 60-seconds Web-to-Print series INKISH.TV proudly presents André Hausmann from German web-to-print supplier LeadPrint. Germany is maybe one of the leading countries when it comes to web-to-print and André Hausmann here explains why you choose LeadPrint as you future solution. On the client list, you find prominent clients like AirBus and a whole lot of more well-known names.
Wed August 3rd
INKISH.TV proudly presents: Director Ind...
At the recent DRUPA a pavilion was placed outside Hall 1with a quite unique exhibitor. akf bank is a bank specialized in financing equipment for the printing industry in Germany, Spain and Poland. INKISH.TV met Peter Fischermann, Director Industry Finance for an open talk about the challenges financing the printing industry. Quite interesting and hopefully an inspiration for you and your company.
Thu June 16th
INKISH.TV Proudly presents: Postcard fro...
DRUPA is an amazing exhibition and it is simply amazing that more than 1.800 exhibitors is able attract almost 300.000 visitors from 184 countries. The show last for 11 days and exhibits equipment, consumables, software, hardware, applications and more. For any media it is almost impossible to cover all 19 halls and all products at the show. Here is our little 7 min. post card from Düsseldorf which we hope you'll enjoy.
Wed June 1st
INKISH.TV Proudly presents: Königsdruck
Königsdruck in Berlin is a printing house that have invested in the AMS LED-UV solution on their relative new KBA Rapida-106. Königsdruck print fine art and have build a reputation around its amazing quality. Air Motion Systems who is the developer of the AMS LED-UV solution is using Königsdruck for the DRUPA brochures and we are quite certain that the print will give the visitors a great understanding of what is possible with LED-UV.
Tue November 24th
INKISH.TV Presents Heenemann-Druck, Berl...
This time INKISH visit the more than 100 years old Heenemann-Druck in the heart of the German capital Berlin. Heenemann-Druck might look like a traditional printer, but with an increasing focus on Cross Media, digitalprint and development of customer solutions, the company is vibrant like never before.
Tue November 10th
INKISH.TV presents Laserline, Berlin
Inkish TV are visiting the Berlin printing house Laserline, one of the biggest online printers in Germany. This episode gives you an inside in the succesful printing house in Berlin, that with more than 200 people employed are serving a wide range of printed products.