Germany (German: Deutschland, German pronunciation: [ˈdɔʏtʃlant]), officially the Federal Republic of Germany (German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland, About this soundlisten ),[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),[7] 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.[13] 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.[14]

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.

 

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Fri June 14th

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Frank Schaum · EVP Business Segment Prin...

In this interview, Pat McGrew talks to Dr. Frank Schaum from Heidelberg about the JetFire. The JetFire is the first Inkjet product launched in collaboration with Canon, and it came as a huge surprise to most at Drupa—even considered the most interesting news at the entire show. Now it's time to listen to Dr. Frank Schaum in his conversation with Pat McGrew!

Fri June 14th

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Jannik Müller · Head of Sales · MBO · R...

In this combined interview and walkthrough, Head of Sales Jannik Müller shows the folding opportunities of H+H and explains how water is also used to soften the folds - crazy fast and crazy amazing!  

Fri June 14th

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Stefan Schülling · Managing Director · ...

Stefan Schülling came to MBO with a background from the ink-side of the industry, and the journey he has been on the past year is impressive. Now leading MBO. Along with a new streamlined organization and being integrated with the Komori organization, there is plenty to do, and at drupa, MBO shows new products and updates to existing lines. But listen for yourself :-)  

Fri June 14th

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Eduard Martin · CEO · Schwabenprint · Re...

Eduard Martin from Schwabenprint is a busy man, and in this interview, we get a chance to talk to him about how a customer almost invited him to set up an operation in the US. Now it's up and running, and we talk about equipment - and Eduard Martin's talk explains why he chose the Hohner solution for his booklets. Speed and setup time are just two parameters, but listen for yourself! Enjoy!  

Wed June 12th

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Jordi Giralt · CBO · KAMA · Reporting fr...

KAMA's Jordi Giralt discusses the company's 130-year history, surviving two world wars, and its evolution from commercial printing to packaging. He highlights KAMA's new digital embellishment machine, the KAMA Hammerhead, set to launch in 2024. The machine focuses on efficiency and quick job changes, catering to the growing demand for digital embellishment. Giralt shares their success at Drupa, with unexpected sales and high interest from Latin American and Middle Eastern clients. Despite the busy schedule, Giralt expresses enthusiasm for the rest of the event.  

Wed June 12th

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Stefan Kleditzsch · Head of Sales, Centr...

KAMA seems to be the rising star on the finishing and embellishment sky, and here, INKISH's Jacques Michiels talks to Stefan Kleditzsch.  

Tue June 11th

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Alexandra Marchand · International Sales...

Welcome to Drupa. We are here in Hall 1 at the KAMA stand with Alexandra Marchand, who joined KAMA last week and is attending Drupa for the first time. Alexandra Marchand has a background in the printing industry, including four years with a paper manufacturer. KAMA, a German company, showcases two machines: a folder gluer and a cutting, hot stamping, and embossing machine. KAMA's machines are known for their short set-up times and ease of use. The folder gluer includes options like width and length registration and a camera system for quality control, making it ideal for markets like pharmaceuticals. The machine also supports braille embossing across its width. Through advanced engineering, KAMA focuses on automation and simplicity and offers robotic solutions to minimize manual labor and repetitive movements. Alexandra Marchand expressed her enthusiasm for the graphic arts and confidence in KAMA's innovative technology.  

Tue June 11th

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Walkthrough KURZ · Markus Hoffmann · Mem...

It's not every time you get a walkthrough by a board member and VP from KURZ - but ladies and gentlemen - here it is :-) Markus Hoffmann knows his business and gives you a tour through all the business areas KURZ covers - super interesting. Enjoy!  

Tue June 11th

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Rolf Schmidtke · Key Account Manager · K...

In this film, Rolf Scmidtke from Kurz discusses sustainability and how the entire life-cycle solution is developed. For now, in the northern part of Europe, later - enjoy!  

Tue June 11th

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Stéphane Royère · Head of Business Are...

In this episode, Stéphane Royère from KURZ will show new silver products that maybe have less "blink" but still can make people look one more time.  

Tue June 11th

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Marco Hanisch · Head of Global Business ...

This is the second time Editor Morten B. Reitoft has had the pleasure of talking to Marco Hanisch - and this time again about the thin carriers. We say foils, but it should be metalization, as the foil is only the carrier of the metal. By reducing the thickness of the carrier, the rolls can hold more metalization, and therefore already a saving in space and transport. Still, in this film, Marco Hanisch explains that the new thinner carrier also offers customers a productivity gain - but see the interview yourself!  

Mon June 10th

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Bastian Pinsenschaum · Head of Product M...

It's always nice to meet specialists, and Bastian Pinsenschaum is definitely one of them. In this interview from Weilburger's booth at Drupa 2024, we discuss water barrier coatings and give examples of real-life applications!

Mon June 10th

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Matthias Heinz · Chief Operating Officer...

Matthias Heinz is a member of CIP4 and with standardization of hardware/software - will it not take away from his company CTRL+S? Well, listen to his answers here!

Mon June 10th

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Rainer Prosi · Senior Workflow Architec ...

At Drupa, we learned about the latest update on the CIP4 standard—now including Jason and API standards. As always, it was interesting to learn from the master himself, Rainer Prosi!

Mon June 10th

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Canon walkthough · Hans Schmidbauer · Di...

In this walkthrough, we get to see almost all segments Canon operates in within the graphics art space - and it's quite amazing. Enjoy this twenty-minute+ long walkthrough. LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hans-schmidbauer-5810235/

Mon June 10th

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Hans Schmidbauer · Director Marketing · ...

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hans-schmidbauer-5810235/

Wed June 5th

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Bodo Tegtmeier · MBO · Reporting from th...

It's always interesting to learn from Bodo Tegtmeier. Here, we hear about the new version of the highly popular Cobostack and the new folder K8i—super interesting!

Mon June 3rd

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Bonjour · Tim Sterbak · Managing Directo...

Great morning session with Tim Sterbak from IST Metz. Great to see Richard Askam back on INKISH.TV.

Sat June 1st

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Jordi Giralt · KAMA · Reporting from the...

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordi-giralt-15807213/

Fri May 17th

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Christof Bromberger · CEO · Bromberger P...

Bromberger Packungen celebrates but doesn't celebrate its 120th anniversary because, as CEO Christof Bromberger says, the big celebration is 125 years in only five years. As the company name indicates, Bromberger Packungen produces packaging material. In this film, we speak to both Christof Bromberger and Arno Duerr from Weilburger Graphics about choosing and working with the right supplier of different consumables like varnishes, coatings, and even ink. Enjoy :-) Interview by James Quirk

Wed May 15th

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Mirco Wilke · All4Labels · Investment in...

Crystal Clean Connect fully automates the entire plate-making process, from imaging and exposure to plate production, reducing the number of steps in the flexo plate-making process from twelve to just one. It delivers a 90 percent reduction in dedicated operator time, an average 25 percent increase in press OEE, and a 20 percent reduction in ink usage. The system results from two years of joint development between Asahi Photoproducts and Esko. Mirco Wilk from All4Labels, Pascal Thomas from Esko, and Dieter Niederstadt from Asahi Photoproducts share the story in this film. Enjoy. Interviewed by Jacques Michiels.

Tue May 14th

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Tim Sterbak · IST Metz · PreDrupa LIVE ·...

Morten Reitoft and Tim Sterbak discuss IST Metz's preparations for Drupa 2024. Sterbak, from IST Metz, shares his excitement about their participation and reveals that they have extensively redesigned their entire product portfolio, incorporating significant innovations. Sterbak mentions IST Metz's collaborations, such as their work with Heidelberg, where IST lamps are installed on a CX104 and their partnership with Weillberger for sustainable coating solutions. He highlights that IST Metz will showcase various new products, including mercury lamps and LED solutions, which have been redesigned for better efficiency and performance. Sterbak explains that IST Metz is focused on making their products more sustainable and energy-efficient. They produce their lamps in-house, ensuring high quality and longevity. He mentions introducing a new "Free Cure" solution that eliminates the need for inertization and photoinitiators, making the curing process more efficient. Reitoft inquires about the redesign process, to which Sterbak responds that it involves improving heat management and durability. They aim to make their products more efficient and environmentally friendly. He discusses IST Metz's approach to providing tailored solutions for different applications, using a modular system to meet specific customer needs. Sterbak introduces "Smart Cure," an AI-driven system that optimizes the power usage of curing systems based on job parameters. This leads to significant energy savings and extended product lifespans. The system can adjust power levels automatically, ensuring optimal performance and reducing the carbon footprint. Sterbak expresses his enthusiasm for Drupa, noting that it will be his first time attending the event. He invites visitors to IST Metz's booth to see their innovations and discuss solutions tailored to their needs. Reitoft praises Sterbak's presentation and looks forward to seeing IST Metz's contributions at Drupa. The conversation concludes with Reitoft thanking Sterbak and mentioning upcoming events, including the next non-event in December.  

Tue May 14th

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Theo Buchmeyer · manroland Goss · PreDru...

Morten Reitoft and Theo Buchmeyer discuss Manroland Goss's participation in the upcoming Drupa 2024. Buchmeyer emphasizes the importance of attending Drupa for the company despite the absence of their "brother" company. He sees it as a key opportunity to showcase new products, meet customers, and build new relationships. Reitoft praises Manroland Goss for adapting to market changes through refurbishment and technological innovations, ensuring the continued relevance of their web offset presses. Buchmeyer confirms the significant install base of over 3,000 active presses worldwide and their plans to support these with retrofits and improvements. They discuss Drupa's role as a statement of commitment to the future of the print industry and the importance of maintaining connections with customers. Buchmeyer highlights the company's efforts to integrate digital tools like VPN and IoT boxes for monitoring press performance and predicting downtime, enhancing productivity through tools like Manroland Sense, an artificial intelligence tool for predictive maintenance. Buchmeyer acknowledges the growth of digital printing but emphasizes that offset printing remains a robust, productive process for mid to large runs. He predicts a coexistence of both technologies, offset retaining its place in the industry for the foreseeable future. Manroland Goss's booth at Drupa will focus on its new VarioMAN packaging press, showcasing its flexibility and cost-efficiency in reducing production costs and carbon footprint. It will also demonstrate maintenance tools and emphasize the importance of sustainability and extending the economic life of its installed presses. Reitoft and Buchmeyer discuss the continued relevance and growth of web offset printing in certain markets, noting that some customers are expanding their volumes through consolidation and new titles. Buchmeyer concludes by emphasizing the importance of supporting the existing install base and showcasing Manroland Goss's upgrades and innovations at Drupa.  

Tue May 14th

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Matthias Miederer · KAMA · PreDrupa LIVE...

Matthias Miederer and Morten Reitoft discuss the developments at KAMA and their plans for Drupa 2024. Miederer, who started working for KAMA as the Head of Product Management earlier this year, explains his role in strengthening the link between sales and development. He introduces KAMA as a supplier of post-press finishing solutions, focusing on tailored solutions for short to medium-run finishing, especially targeting the digital printing market. Reitoft showcases a product from KAMA's customer, Studio on Fire, emphasizing the added value and quality KAMA's equipment brings to print products. Miederer agrees, highlighting the company's commitment to providing efficient finishing solutions that help customers offer more to their clients and gain new jobs. They discuss KAMA's new product, the Hammerhead, a digital embellishment machine capable of coatings/varnishes and metallization. Miederer explains that the Hammerhead continues KAMA's tradition of building solid, robust machines while integrating efficiency and speed for digital embellishment. The machine offers a B2 platform ready for B1 and can run at 5,700 sheets per hour, making it flexible and suitable for various production needs. Reitoft asks about the potential market for digital embellishment. Miederer acknowledges the slow growth compared to digital printing but sees increasing interest and adoption. He emphasizes the need to educate graphic designers and the benefits of digital embellishment in offering flexible, tool-free, and unique finishes compared to traditional methods. They then discuss the FlexFold, KAMA's high-speed folding and gluing machine with a high level of automation. Miederer highlights its quick setup times and suitability for the pharmaceutical market with built-in Braille functionality. He mentions that KAMA will showcase the ProCut 76, FlexFold, Hammerhead videos and samples, and animations of new robotic solutions at Drupa. The conversation wraps up with Reitoft noting the importance of KAMA's solutions and looking forward to seeing Miederer at Drupa in two weeks.  

Mon May 13th

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Tim Sterbak · Managing Director · IST Me...

Drupa 2024 is the first drupa for IST Metz Managing Director Tim Sterbak. In this interview with James Quirk, you learn how IST Metz has completely refurbished and redesigned its lambs. He also says that they will have four daily shows together with Heidelberg, where they will show their technology. Super interesting interview, so enjoy and remember to visit IST Metz at drupa 2024.

Sun May 12th

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Maik Laubin · Vice Presiden Digital Solu...

Even though the decision to develop and produce the VarieJet 106 was made long ago, and the market is changing, VP Digital Solutions Maik Laubin ensures Editor Morten B. Reitoft that the market is changing in the right direction. With customers demanding products that can only be made profitable digitally, the technology developed in the Koenig & Bauer Durst Joint Venture is right for the market - Maik Laubin is convincing, and his speak - and with the first machines in the market - it will be interesting to see what happens. We got the chance to talk to one of the two beta customers at the Open House, and he was VERY pleased - so it is exciting times :-)

Sun May 12th

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Benjamin Bösch · Sales Director · Koeni...

Benjamin Bösch joined Koenig & Bauer Durst just weeks before this interview. Still, with a background from manroland, HP, Landa, and now Koenig & Bauer Durst, we, of course, had to ask him if his the 'living evidence of the digital transformation,' - and here we go. Will the increased digital transformation in packaging also change how sales are done, and will that commoditize the market? We are excited to see Benjamin Bösch with Koenig & Bauer, and hopefully we will get more chances to talk to him in the future. Enjoy!

Sun May 12th

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Tom Sander · Product Manager · Koenig &#...

This walkthrough shows the new Koenig & Bauer Durst VarieJet 106, a digital printer for folding cartons. The product Manager, Tom Sander, brilliantly explains how the machine is built, where the flexo varnish units are positioned, and what advantages these and the VarieJet have. Enjoy!

Sun May 12th

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Daniel Velema · Managing Director · Koen...

Daniel Velema was recently announced as Managing Director of Koenig & Bauer Durst - and that journey is interesting as Velema has great experience bringing the joint venture forward. In this interview, we get a chance to talk about the market and the potential - and though Velema is busy with customers, there are still a few things to learn, we believe - Enjoy!  

Wed May 8th

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Job Van Hasselt · KAMA

From the Netherlands, living in Malaysia, having a house in Mallorca, and serving Asia Pacific + North Africa for KAMA. Job Van Hasselt gets around, has broad industry knowledge, and is experienced, curious, and successful with KAMA. We met with him in Casablanca - listen :-)  

Wed May 8th

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Cathy Bittner · Senior Strategic Busines...

In this almost 14-minute chat between Cathy Bittner and Editor Morten B. Reitoft, you will learn about Canon (of course) and why they have chosen to use the word "PrintWorks" for something that sounds very much like Digital Transformation. A super great chat that we are SURE you will like!

Tue April 30th

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Günter Korbacher · Geschäftsführer / CE...

In this intriguing story with and about Günter Korbacher and Weilburger Graphics' journey, James Quirk asks the right uuand interesting questions about products, services, sustainability, the future, and why an investment in new technology was instrumental for Weilburger Graphics' current position in the coating business. LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/g%C3%BCnter-korbacher-b692bb145/

Sat April 27th

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Jordi Giralt · KAMA · Fast setup technol...

Imagine in the nearby future robots that will feed the KAMA ProCut76 die-cutter, move the stripped and blanked pieces to the KAMA Foldinger/Gluer FF52i - and 100% handsfree production takes place - even dies are exchanged by the robot - not only the vision, but soon reality! CBO Jordi Giralt talks about the products - also the digital embellishment machine Hammerhead recently announced - and of course, the journey KAMA is on - super interesting - and worth listening to! Enjoy!

Mon April 15th

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Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106X · Primus...

German language/multiple languages subtitles: Im Rahmen unserer ALWAYS on DACH Tour hatten wir die Gelegenheit, den CEO Ralf Rehmet von Primus zu treffen. Primus ist eine Online-Druckerei und Zulieferer für andere Druckunternehmen sowie andere Online-Druckereien. Als Online-Druckerei ist ein schneller Produktionsablauf, gleichbleibende Qualität und die Fähigkeit, viele Produktarten herzustellen, erforderlich. Primus liefert alle gebundenen Produkte, von Wire'O und Klammerheftung bis zu perfekt gebundenen Erzeugnissen. Neben dem Druck, der auf den Heidelberger und Koenig & Bauer Druckmaschinen des Unternehmens erfolgt, verfügt Primus auch über digitale Konica Minolta Drucker und einige Formulardrucker - die, da immer weniger Formulare produziert werden, den ganzen Tag beschäftigt sind. Eine der jüngsten Investitionen ist die Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106X, die viel Automatisierung in die Produktion bringt und eine Maschine ist, mit der sowohl Bediener als auch Besitzer sehr zufrieden sind. Es ist interessant zu sehen, wie Koenig & Bauer eine ältere man roland Bogenoffsetmaschine ersetzt hat und wie die Arbeitslast zwischen Heidelberg und Koenig & Bauer verteilt ist. Aber hören Sie hier Ralf Rehmet zu und genießen Sie es. As part of our ALWAYS on DACH Tour, we got the chance to meet CEO Ralf Rehmet from Primus. Primus is an online printer and supplier of print to other printing companies and other online printing companies, and being an online printer requires fast turnaround, consistent quality, and the ability to produce many types of products. Primus delivers all bound products, from Wire'O and saddle stitching to perfect bound products. Besides the print being printed on the company's Heidelberg and Koenig & Bauer presses, Primus also has digital Konica Minolta and then a couple of form printers - that, because fewer and fewer produce forms are busy all day long. One of the most recent investments is the Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106X, which brings a lot of automation to the production and is a machine both operators and owners are very pleased with. Interesting to see how Koenig & Bauer replaced an older man roland sheetfed machine and how the job load between the Heidelberg and Koenig & Bauer is. But listen to Ralf Rehmet here and enjoy. LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ralf-rehmet-25a508a6/

Mon April 8th

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Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 · Drucker...

German language/Multiple subtitles: Das familiengeführte Unternehmen Rosebrock ist etwa 30 Minuten von Bremen entfernt, und wir haben es im Rahmen unserer ALWAYS ON DACH TOUR besucht. Rosebrock ist eine Druckerei, die sich auf den Etikettendruck spezialisiert hat. Im Film erklärt Lars Rosebrock, warum sie von einem 5-Farben- zu einem 6-Farben-Druck gewechselt haben und wie die höheren Energiepreise die Entscheidung beeinflusst haben. Bei unserem Besuch wurde die Rapida 106 von einer jungen Frau bedient, und das erfüllt zwei Anforderungen, die wir mögen - 'Jung' und 'Frauen' - eine tolle Kombination und gut für die Zukunft. English: The family-run company Rosebrock is about 30 minutes from Bremen, and we visited it as part of our ALWAYS ON DACH TOUR. Rosebrock is a printing company that specializes in label printing. In the film, Lars Rosebrock explains why they switched from a 5-color to a 6-color printing press and how the higher energy prices have influenced the decision. During our visit, the Rapida 106 was operated by a young woman, and this fulfills two requirements that we like - 'Young' and 'Women' - a great combination and good for the future.

Wed March 27th

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Oliver Baar · Koenig & Bauer · Repl...

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliver-baar-46861446/

Wed March 27th

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Jennifer Kolloczek, Mathew Faulkner ...

LinkedIn Profiles: Jennifer Kolloczek: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferkolloczek/ Mathew Faulkner: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathewfaulkner/ Hans Schmidbauer: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hans-schmidbauer-5810235/

Wed March 27th

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Patrick Walczak · BW Papersystems · Repl...

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-walczak-3b099541/

Thu March 21st

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Folker Stachetzki · Brother · POLIGRFIKA...

Interview Poligrafika, Aneta Łukaszewska Production by INKISH LinkedIn Profile Folker Stachetzki https://www.linkedin.com/in/folker-stachetzki-bb7421209/

Tue March 19th

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Folker Stachetzki · Brother · FESPA Amst...

Brother takes the industrial printing market very seriously and has identified it as one of their key focuses for the future of the global brand. Folkert Stachetski is their European Marketing Manager. He takes us through some of their innovations, and of course, we also talk about how they see connectivity. All this while we wait for an interesting interview later today with the President and Chairman of the Brother Group, Mr. Toshikazu “Terry” Koike. So stay tuned for more.

Fri March 15th

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Business Model and Financing Part 2/2 · ...

This is the second of two films about leasing by Thomas Grübner from Elbe Leasing. In this second part, Mr. Grübner goes into more detail about the advantages - and how leasing often can be the better financing alternative. Enjoy! Language: German Subtitles: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, French and German.

Wed March 13th

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Arno Duerr · Weilburger Graphics

You'll learn a lot in this interview with Arno Duerr from Weilburger Graphics. Think about how much the machines have changed and how inks, coatings, and adhesives have changed, not only to deliver the high(er) quality we all expect but also to change to sustainable water-based solutions. Arno Duerr explains this, and also how the market is changing. At drupa 2024, Weilburger Graphics will exhibit with IST and have planned interesting demos with also Heidelberg - Great talking to Arno, and you should listen and learn!

Tue March 12th

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Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 · Offsetd...

German language / German and English subtitles “Ich erinnere mich an die schönen Zeiten, als ich als Kind in der Druckerei gespielt habe”, sagt Silvia Onkel - CEO Offsetdruck Ockel. Als es Zeit für die nächste Generation war, wussten meine Eltern immer, dass sie hofften, mein Bruder und ich würden die gleiche Begeisterung für den Druck empfinden, wie sie es taten, und heute liebt Silvia Ockel den Druck. Und das sieht man. Offsetdruck Ockel produziert jedes Jahr einen Kalender, und der Kalender dieses Jahres ist nicht nur schön gestaltet und gedruckt, sondern verwendet auch Bilder von einer anderen Leidenschaft von Silvia Ockel – nämlich Afrika. Treue Kunden und ein starker Fokus auf Nachhaltigkeit sind einige der Erfolgsfaktoren, aber auch Investitionen in Technologie, die für die Ockels wichtig sind, konzentrieren sich auf eine neue Koenig & Bauer 5-farben Rapida 106, aber auch auf Bindegeräte von Müller Martini, MBO, Stahl und anderen. Offsetdruck Ockel liefert hohe Qualität und hat viele Kunden in der Flugzeugindustrie, was dem Unternehmen direkten Zugang zu Lieferungen am Flughafen verschafft hat – was es sowohl für die Kunden als auch für Offsetdruck Ockel bequem macht. In den kommenden Wochen werden wir Sie auf eine Tour mit anderen Druckunternehmen mitnehmen – von verschiedenen Größen und Typen, um Ihnen die Vielfalt der Druckindustrie in Deutschland heutzutage zu zeigen. Koenig & Bauer hat das Projekt gesponsert, hat sich aber nicht in den Inhalt, die Fragen oder sonstiges eingemischt. Sie haben uns bei INKISH geholfen, die Fragezeichen im Film in korrektes Deutsch zu korrigieren. Bis bald zur nächsten Geschichte! "I remember the good times I played in the printing plant as a child." When it was time for the next generation, I know my parents always hoped that me and my brother would have the same emotions for print as they did, and today, Silvia Ockel loves print. And you see it. Offsetdruck Ockel produces a calendar every year, and this year's calendar is not just designed and printed beautifully but uses images from another passion Silvia Ockel has - namely, Africa. Loyal customers and a strong focus on sustainability are a few of the parameters of success, but also investing in technology, that for Ockels matter is centered around a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106X but also binding equipment from Müller Martini, Stahl, and others. Offsetdruck Ockel delivers high quality and has many customers in the airline industry, which has given the company direct access to deliveries in the airport - making it convenient for both the customers and for Offsetdruck Ockel. In the following weeks, we will take you on a tour with other printing companies - of different sizes and types to show you the diversity of the printing industry in Germany these days. Koenig & Bauer has sponsored the project but has not interfered with the content, questions, or anything else. They have helped us at INKISH to correct the question signs in the film into proper German. See you soon for the next story!"

Thu March 7th

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Business Model and Financing MUST go Han...

In two episodes, Thomas Grübner from Elbe Leasing explains why leasing is an attractive financing form. He also emphasizes that an investment strategy must complement a business model or business plan that substantiates the leaser's ability to pay. In the first of the two episodes, Thomas Grübner explains why it's important to preserve equity. We hope you like what you hear, and please remember to watch both episodes to maximize your learning experience. Language: German Subtitles: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, French and German.

Thu February 29th

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Stephan Reiter · OneVision

OneVision delivers Workflow Solutions to the industry - and has developed a modular-based solution that fits all sizes. In this engaging interview with Stepha Reiter, you get an insight into what OneVision offers, the challenges, and what to expect at drupa. Nice talking to Stephan Reiter again!

Tue February 27th

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Ralf Sammeck · PreDrupa FEB27TH

The conversation is between Morten and Ralf, who discuss Koenig & Bauer's participation at Drupa, which is highly significant in the printing and packaging industry. Ralf expresses his excitement about showcasing their latest technologies at Drupa, where they are among the largest exhibitors. Ralf highlights that Drupa is a platform for showcasing equipment and introducing digital innovations that could significantly impact the printing and packaging sectors. The company aims to demonstrate a comprehensive view of the future possibilities in these areas, including workflow solutions and digitalization, emphasizing its role as a full-spectrum provider capable of offering the best solutions to its customers, regardless of the technology (digital printing, conventional printing, flexo printing, etc.). The conversation also touches on the company's long history, over 200 years, and its continuous innovation, including forming partnerships with other industry leaders to stay at the forefront of technology. Ralf mentions their strategic focus on being a trusted advisor to their customers by offering a wide range of solutions tailored to their needs. Moreover, Ralf speaks about the company's focus on packaging and commercial printing markets, with investments in new technologies and workflow solutions aimed at reducing make-ready times, demonstrating a commitment to both sectors despite the perceived decline in commercial print. The digital transformation within the company and its offerings is highlighted as a critical component of its strategy, aiming to meet the evolving needs of its customers and the industry at large. Koenig & Bauer intends to showcase these advancements and solutions at Drupa, indicating a significant step towards the future of printing and packaging and inviting attendees to witness what they describe as a "firework" of innovation.

Mon February 5th

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Atomyx Launch Event · Specialist · Bernd...

We claim that Bernd Zipper is the number one in Europe, which he denies, but listen to him in this interview, you get a clear idea that his knowledge and experience are beyond most. Mass Customization is not just a word but the necessity of where print is developing. With interesting examples, like his shoes, his shirt, and his jacket, Bernd Zipper talks about mass customization - and if you want to know more, Online Print Symposium is the place: https://online-print-symposium.de/en/

Thu December 7th

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Helmut Kraus · Head of Business Unit Dig...

Helmut Kraus from BHS explains in this interview how it is to see the Box Plant 2025 vision unfolding in front of employees, customers, and - competitors. The plan is exciting and ambitious, digitizing the entire flow from raw material to shelf products in the supermarket.

Wed December 6th

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Günter Huber · Head of Business Unit Equ...

BHS is one of the world's largest manufacturers of corrugating machines, and Günter Huber is the head of the business unit responsible for its development and production. BHS is working hard to deliver on the Box Plant 2025 vision that will give BHS and its customers new business opportunities, adapting to a more and more digital world - and now also adding the huge Jetliner to its product line, enabling digital print in high-quality on the liner before the currogator - amazing to witness.

Wed December 6th

Markus Winkler · Head of Business Unit L...

Markus Winkler is the Head of Business Unit Life Cycle/Service for BHS Corrugated - and as service and lifecycle obviously are important, his role is interesting and important. In this interview, he also explains how BHS offers solutions to essentially manage plants entirely on behalf of their customers - that can be for shorter/longer time. It's amazing how business models have changed everything these years!

Wed December 6th

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Lars Komogowski · BHS Corrugated · FEFCO...

Lars Komogowski was one of the speakers at the FEFCO Technical Seminar 2023 in Lyon, and in this chat with Editor Morten B. Reitoft, he explains how heat and steam need to be better controlled. Not only to lower energy consumption but also to improve the quality. Interesting to learn about.  

Thu November 16th

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Günter Thomas · Verpackung, Auswahl, Pol...

Navigating Challenges and Innovations in the Printing Industry: Insights from Andreas Weber and Morten Reitoft's Discussion with Günter Thomas Introduction This article offers an in-depth look at the printing industry's current state and future prospects, guided by a conversation with industry veterans Andreas Weber, Morten Reitoft, and Günter Thomas (GT). It highlights critical issues such as market challenges, innovation, quality, sustainability, and public perception in the context of the German printing industry. Section 1: The State of the Printing Industry The discussion begins with examining the German printing sector's struggles, particularly the impact of rising costs and stiff international competition. Günter Thomas points out the difficulties in transferring increased operational costs to product pricing. He also mentions the burden of political decisions on the industry, such as policies affecting electricity prices directly impacting production costs. Section 2: Innovation and Quality in Printing Thomas emphasizes the importance of innovation in maintaining high-quality standards in printing. The conversation discusses the need for closer collaboration between designers and printers to optimize potential outcomes. According to Thomas, the lack of such interactions hampers the industry's ability to double its knowledge sharing and advance collectively. Section 3: The Role of Packaging Printing The dialogue shifts to packaging printing, a significant and challenging sector in Germany. Thomas discusses how medium-sized companies struggle to keep up with global corporations' capital and scale. He notes that despite its challenges, the luxury sector remains a vital area of focus, especially in terms of quality and innovation. Section 4: Sustainability and the Future of Printing Sustainability is a central theme, with Thomas advocating for environmentally friendly practices in printing. He critiques the general demonization of packaging and urges the industry to demonstrate the beauty and necessity of printed products. He also highlights the need for the industry to consider the lifecycle of products, from production to disposal. Section 5: Engaging with the Public and Industry Image Thomas and Weber discuss the importance of enhancing the printing industry's public image. They suggest that the industry should more actively showcase its technological advancements and the intrinsic value of printed materials. The conversation underscores the need for the industry to step out of the shadows and assert its significance in the global market. Conclusion The discussion concludes with a call to action for the printing industry to embrace innovation, uphold quality, pursue sustainability, and engage more publicly. The industry faces significant challenges but also possesses the potential for growth and adaptation. The key to future success lies in balancing economic pressures with the drive for innovation and environmental stewardship, ensuring that the printing industry remains vibrant and relevant in the years to come.

Tue November 14th

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First RICOH Pro VC80000 installation in ...

RICOH announced their new Pro VC80000 inkjet printer today, November 14th, 2023. Part of introducing new technology is using beta sites that are using the machine under certain conditions, reporting back to the vendor, having engineers on-site, and understanding the equipment from a PSP perspective. Christian Haneke is the Innovation & Solutions Manager at Sattler Media Group and has a deep knowledge of technology and its implementation. However, Sattler Media Group is a relatively new player in the digital print space, and the knowledge and experience from the group have influenced the development of the Pro VC80000 - so listen to the interview, and hopefully, you find it interesting!

Thu November 2nd

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Made in Germany · Jordi Giralt · CBO · K...

KAMA develops and produces folding/gluers die/hot stamping machines with several smart features, making them unique in the market. With a 100+ years history, based in the former East Germany (Dresden), they have developed technology that today gives them products that fit the digital space tremendously well. Almost everything is produced on-site. In this film, the new CBO, Jordi Giralt, shares insights about what KAMA produces, its philosophies, and what markets it addresses. Super interesting, but watch for yourself! LinkedIn Profile: Marcus Tralau

Fri October 27th

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Stefan Steinle · Fujifilm · FEFCO Techni...

Samba print heads from Fujifilm are probably the best-known in the industry, and of course, we had to talk to Stefan Steinle from Fujifilm about printheads - so here we are :-)

Fri October 27th

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Stefan Uebelacker · openpack · FEFCO Tec...

One of the surprises we got at FEFCO was that this vast industry seems to lack industry standards - and that's where OpenPack comes in place. With their software platform, they enable communication across different brands and devices - and despite still being a startup, the industry has onboarded with OpenPack - and it seems to be a huge benefit for the industry. We agreed with CEO Dr. Stefan Uebelacker to do an online session about their software and what they offer shortly to give more insights about their solution - super interesting to learn about!

Fri October 27th

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Victor Naumann · BHS Corrugated · FEFCO ...

Victor Naumann works with the customer life cycle, essentially everything from service to fully managed plants. It was a super interesting conversation, and amazing that being a world leader allows you to deliver service levels - on, well, all levels :-)

Thu October 26th

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Peter Pötzl · BHS Corrugated · FEFCO Tec...

Talking to engineers and understanding the technical challenges you must overcome to have a finished product is always interesting. Peter Pötzl is at FEFCO as he will be speaking about controlling heat, steam, and electricity - or, in short, the consumables of a working corrugator. Interesting to learn and also to understand that this is something that many converters can do better to optimize production and the product and optimize energy consumption for the better. Listen and learn!

Thu October 26th

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Nils Gottfried · BHS Corrugated · FEFCO ...

Nils Gottfried is one of our recurring guests who always brings interesting news to the industry. BHS is among the world's largest producers of corrugators, and since the company announced the Box Plant 2025 strategy, everything they do turns around the plan - and part of that is to add printing capabilities to the line of products and services BHS offers. In this interview, Nils Gottfried talks about the new monochrome print bar that can be added to new and existing corrugators, enabling black print. This opens up many new opportunities, and that is just among the things we talk about - watch/listen - and enjoy!

Wed September 27th

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Get Work Done · Dietmar Schrimm & B...

MBO did what we liked the most - involve customers showing MBO Cobo-stacks cobots at work at customer Kohlhammer. It's super interesting to see, and as it's not a DEMO but real live production, you see the changeover, how little operator invention is needed to serve four folding lines. Afterward, Dietmar Schrimm gives an overview of the technology, and we talk about why some of the digital solutions are very popular in the US and not so much in Europe - we believe it's mainly because people don't know about the opportunities and mainly know MBO for its folders. But an interest Get Work Done session - we are sure you will like!

Wed September 27th

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Get Work Done · Constantin Schmedt · Sch...

Books of one is super interesting, and the company Schmedt focuses entirely on books. With their technology, customers can easily make case-bound/hardcover books - interesting for photo book producers and commercial printing companies interested in getting into hardcover book production. This is a LIVE demo from Schmedt, and Constantin Schmedt gives you great insight. Super interesting - the entire process is presented here! Enjoy!

Wed September 27th

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Get Work Done · Mario Gerber · Koenig &#...

Koenig & Bauer is mostly known for their offset presses and the almost only offset supplier capable of delivering VLF-sized offset presses, particularly for the packaging industry. With the focus on the packaging segment, it's only natural that Koenig & Bauer, over the past years, have developed binding technology and acquired companies to support their mission, and in this Get Work Done session, Mario Gerber gives the audience a super insight into the strategy and the products! Enjoy!

Wed September 27th

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Get Work Done · Jordi Giralt · KAMA

Jordi Giralt is a relatively new CBO with German KAMA. KAMA is more than 125 years old, and as Jordi Giralt explains in the Get Work Done session, the inventor of creasing/scoring - and being one of the first offering folding/gluers, it makes sense. In this session, Jordi Giralt and Editor Morten B. Reitoft talk about the unique products and, therefore, also the value proposition KAMA offers.

Thu September 14th

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MIS/ERP for labels and flexible packagin...

Theurer.com is one of many exhibitors at LabelExpo Europe 2023, and though everybody is suffering from the heat, the mood is high. Managing Director Tobias Theurer finds time to talk to INKISH and gives us some background of the company, but also how the MIS/ERP solution has developed from being 'only' an invoicing and quotation system to a system able to so much more - integration, workflow, imposition, and with growth and presence in many markets Theurer.com predicts a bright future - we were happy to finally catch up with Theurer in person, super nice :-)

Wed September 13th

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Digital embellishment á la Carte · Micha...

In this interview, Global Director - Digital Embellishment Solutions, Michael Aumann, explains the three types of digital embellishment technologies that today exist and how these are used based on application. We also talk about sustainability and many more interesting things - but dig in, we are certain you will like this! Kurz has built a super nice booth at LabelExpo, where they show both technology and applications. In the interview, we learn more about whether metalization is sustainable and how Kurz addresses sustainability both in the production and in the finished products. We also get a chance to learn about the technologies Kurz supplies and, therefore, better understand when to use which technology. It was super nice meeting Michael Aumann again, who recently stepped into a global marketing role. It's worth listening to! LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-aumann-ab5833/

Tue September 12th

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How LED-UV continues to pave the way for...

IST Metz sells UV-curring for other OEMs and offers customers retrofitting opportunities, not only retrofitting of LED-UV in IST's mercury housings but even competitors' housings, making it extremely easy for customers to choose IST. Volker Selg is good at explaining how LED-UV works and what advantages it gives the customers - one to see.

Mon September 4th

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The Future Looks Bright · Franz Kriechba...

Franz Kriechbaum is the CEO of manroland GOSS, and as we speak to him in this interview, the future looks bright. Good order books, a clear strategy, and a profitable future on new and refurbishing machines in the market, including competing brands. Also, a move into packaging is among the ingredients that manroland GOSS has in the pipeline for its future. Franz Kriechbaum also talks about how manroland GOSS had used similar services on their machines before the term was invented. Therefore, the company has excellent data on its customers securing in-time services and upgrades. Nice to hear, and though production is lower than in the past, the assembly hall was busy while we were visiting the company. Enjoy!

Wed August 23rd

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Is the German retailer REWE Greenwashing...

A few weeks ago, a film was published with a very clear message - use print if you like or don't like it - but don't use the environment as an excuse for your choice. The film has humor but a serious message that all printers and the industry should back - namely, that false statements about print don't do us any good. I invited Bernd Zipper for an interview to talk more about the film, how the supermarket chain REWE most likely only does this to save money, how this can become a generational challenge, and many other interesting topics - important - and a message from Bernd Zipper - the links below are to be shared! LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/berndzipper/ Link to Initiative Online Print https://initiative-online-print.de/en/ Link to REWE film English https://youtu.be/56a-pAa8yuQ Link to REWE film German https://youtu.be/i4WmBseqY9Q

Thu August 3rd

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Jordi Giralt · New CBO · KAMA

With experience from HP, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, and most recently, Leonhard Kurz, Jordi Giralt is a well-fit new CBO for the German finishing company KAMA. The Dresden-based company has a long history. The fast setup time of the finishing machines is one of the assets Giralt emphasized in his first interview after being appointed CBO. In an ever more and more digital world, Giralt also talks about the partnerships KAMA has with companies such as HP, Fujifilm, and more - and though well-established, Jordi Giralt is full of optimism for further growth of KAMA - and of course, INKISH will keep an eye on both people and technology - it's interesting. We are confident that Jordi Giralt will be a valuable asset to the company. Congratulations.

Mon July 24th

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Tim Sterbak · Managing Director · IST Me...

Conversations are popular on INKISH, and in this one, Managing Director Tim Sterbak shares his view on quite a few interesting topics with editor Morten B. Reitoft - among the topics is external investors, how it is working in a family-owned company, how the future looks, and what drives Tim Sterbak as an individual. Super excited about this interview - we hope you enjoy it!

Thu July 20th

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Christian Metz · CEO · IST Holding

Conversations keep being one of our most popular formats on INKISH. In these interviews, you get to know the human behind the company - what drives them as individuals, values, and careers, and what we like about the format is that the relaxed atmosphere alone brings the message forward. In this Conversations, we talk to Christian Metz, the third Metz generation owner of the successful group of IST companies.

Wed July 5th

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Roland Schröder · HuberGroup · IST UV-Da...

Think about it. A family-owned ink manufacturer more than 250 years old and still on the top of the development curve. In this interview with Roland Schröder from Huber Group, we get some interesting background about the Munich-based Huber Group, and not only do we see and learn about the company, but also why UV inks are increasingly interesting, as the LED-technology becomes more and more capable. Roland Schröder shows a magazine printed on a web-offset press where the gas heating has been replaced with LED-UV. Super great result, and shown as it explains why the higher price on UV inks isn't a problem if you look at the entire production process - but don't take my word for it, listen to Roland Schröder - Super cool guy :-)

Wed July 5th

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Christophe Dujardin · Leonhard Kurz · IS...

Sustainability, sustainability, sustainability. In this film, we speak to Christophe Dujardin, who explains how the sustainability agenda is being handled by Kurz. We find it a very interesting story, as it's not only about reducing waste but everything from reducing the impact of the product to recycling the waste - super interesting!

Tue June 13th

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Christian Engel · CEO · BHS Corrugated...

Christian Engel is the CEO of BHS Corrugated. Together the two brothers have developed BHS Corrugated into a global company. In the 'Conversations' with Engel, we get a behind the scene view of the history, the values, and what drives Christan Engel in his leadership.

Tue June 13th

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Lars Engel · Managing Director · BHS Cor...

BHS Corrugated is one of the largest and most influential and innovative companies in the corrugated industry globally. Founded as a state-owned company and later taken over by Engel's father, Paul Engel, and his friend, Edmund Bradatsch, it soon became a strategy to own and control the entire value chain; Managing Director Lars Engel shares some of the learnings and considerations on the journey. BHS Corrugated has become a tremendous success, and besides the fantastic business story, the company also has a vast CSR responsibility that plays a role with both employees and people directly or indirectly influenced by the company. Super story!

Fri May 26th

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Oliver Mills · Technical Marketing Speci...

Lot’s of smiling faces at the Fujifilm booth; business is going well for them, and they brought a new hybrid machine to the show - here is the Fujifilm Acuity Prime Hybrid. As one of the first, INKISH gets the details, presented by Oliver Mills, of this world première on camera at Fespa. Speed, flexibility, and quality are at the rendezvous, and that’s how we at INKISH like to work, too, showcasing this World Premiere and other films and news from the industry. Good vibes and atmosphere here in Munich. Enjoy! Read more about the machine here.

Fri May 26th

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Peter Kreutz · Project Manager · Druckha...

German language - subtitles in English! Editor Jacques Michiels in conversation with Peter Franco Kreutz, project manager for Druckhausnord, part of the Scandinavian Print Group A/S, one of Europe's leading online printers. Open for business 24 hours a day means your operations must be as fluid and efficient as possible. Competitive pricing to serve a B2B and a B2C market means automation, standardization, and efficiency at all levels. Peter says you have to keep on the ball; it's a competitive game. We agree with this statement. (Deutsch) Redakteur Jacques Michiels im Gespräch mit Peter Franco Kreutz, Projektleiter bei Druckhausnord, Teil der skandinavischen Gruppe, einer der führenden Online-Druckereien Europas. Wenn Sie rund um die Uhr für den Geschäftsbetrieb geöffnet sind, müssen Ihre Abläufe so reibungslos und effizient wie möglich sein. Wettbewerbsfähige Preise zur Bedienung eines B2B- und B2C-Marktes bedeuten Automatisierung, Standardisierung und Effizienz auf allen Ebenen. Man muss am Ball bleiben, sagt Peter, es ist ein Pflichtspiel. Wir stimmen dieser Aussage zu.

Thu May 25th

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Folker Stachetzki · Marketing Manager · ...

Folker Stachetzki is a driven marketing manager, and it shows. Eager to share what they have on offer this year, we follow him touring his booth. Good overview, good mood. Thanks, Folker, it was fun.  

Thu May 25th

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Olivier Deloge · Field Service Engineer ...

Overview of the world-premiere and new large format printer WF1 from Brother by Olivier Deloge.

Thu May 25th

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André Albrecht · Digital Solutions Manag...

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andr%C3%A9-albrecht-640b20195/

Thu April 20th

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Thomas Murr · BHS · Area Sales Manager ·...

In this interview, Area Sales Manager for Germany (and German operations abroad) Thomas Murr explains how important the relationship is. It's about understanding the customer's needs, being as much a consultant giving the best possible advice, and being patient; this is the secret 'sauce' for Thomas Murr - and, by the way, something several of his colleagues mentioned. But listen, and learn., Thomas Murr has a great passion for his work and is beyond friendly to speak with!

Thu April 20th

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Tobias Fries · BHS · Product Manager Dig...

The BHS Open House '23, in Münster, gives us a lot of opportunities to talk to some of the specialists working for BHS - and of course, the new Jetliner gets a lot of attention. One of the people working on the machine is Tobias Fries, a product manager with knowledge and background in commercial print.

Thu April 20th

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Michael Bauer · BHS · Area Sales- &...

Area Sales- & Key Account Manager Michael Bauer is good news for the industry. He is young and has a passion like no other, and he explains why he believes the industry is also great for young people. Technology, products, and the sustainability of corrugated packaging are just a few things he emphasizes in this interview - enjoy!  

Thu April 20th

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Julian Engel · BHS · BHS Open House 23

At the BHS Open House ´23, we met with the next generation of BHS, Julian Engel. 19 years old and on the edge of choosing a university, preparing himself for being the next generation owner and management for BHS. BHS is, as you will realize in the interviews we have done with his father, Lars Engel, and his uncle Christian Engel, driven by strong family values. But listen for yourself and get to know the next generation - another first here on INKISH, we believe :-)

Thu April 20th

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Dr. Thomas List · BHS · CFO · BHS Open H...

At the BHS Open House in Münster, BHS CFO Dr. Thomas List presented a Pay-Per-Use model for BHS equipment, making the cost of running an operation almost 100% variable, doesn't impact the balance sheet and enabling customers to scale faster. In this interview, Editor Morten B. Reitoft tries to understand how the components in financing work - and we believe it's a good session to learn from. Enjoy!

Thu April 20th

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Patrik Huettig · BHS · Teamleader Packag...

With digital print and the BoxPlant 2025 vision from BHS comes the necessity for workflow, and BHS need a VERY fast and very scalable workflow solution that does not only handle the print but all the things around how they see the future of packaging. A tiny insight to this is understanding that a simple QR code can have SO many different functions depending on where in the workflow the code appears - and can therefore be both a marketing and messaging driver for the consumer, as well as a tracking and initiator of different processes from file-creation, to planning, to substrates, to print, to corrugating, to converting, to the finished box making, logistics, and shipping. An enormous task that requires software specifically supporting the vision! Patrik Huettig has domain knowledge and understands the entire flow, and is, therefore, in our mind, quite ideal as the team leader bridging all the needs and making it happen! GREAT vision - and we are excited to see everything in action!

Thu April 20th

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Katharina Aguilar · UpVisit & 7Plac...

At any open house, the presenter/moderator makes the day flow. With the BHS Open House, the woman that 'glued' the event together was Katharina Aguilar, a professional presenter and moderator. We got the opportunity to ask her how much she had to prepare and understand the customer, and we believe you'll find this interview great. Enjoy!

Wed April 12th

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CoboStacks, Heidelberg Subscriptions �...

Established in 1866 and strongly focused on customer satisfaction, investments in new technology, and curiosity driving Kohlhammer Druck into the future. Often CEO Steffen Franzisi says that's not difficult - which gives you great insight and understanding into why we have two ears and one mouth. Kohlhammer Druck is located in Stuttgart and serves a wealth of well-known brands in both offset and digital. Great company with friendly people and a strong belief in the future, and what we like the most - not afraid of investing in technology driving the company forward!

Tue April 4th

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The Blackbox Connector · Stefan Schiffer...

German with English subtitles. A few weeks ago, Stefan Schifferdecker from Tessitura reached out to INKISH; honestly, we had never heard about the company. Based in Germany, Tessitura has specialized in developing software for connecting systems. Think of this as Lego bricks or a vast patch bay that enable a printer to use one software with another machine, using a third software -and this way allows for even legacy systems with modern MIS/ERP systems. Stefan Schifferdecker and the company he works for are still new but have customers in Germany, and who knows whether they will be able to reach out even further!

Mon March 13th

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Schätzl Print Emotion invests in Canon I...

Schätzl Print Emotion is a German printing company that has been covered numerous times on INKISH - and for good reasons. We first visited the company because of an investment in Scodix. The second time because we did a lot of educational videos for the company in both German and English, and this time it's because Schätzl Print Emotion have invested in their first inkjet machine, namely the Canon iX-3200 - and that is, of course, interesting as Schätzl Print Emotion is a high-quality photobook producer (among other things), but also since the company since we visited the company last time has been acquired by Elanders. Lots of interesting perspectives, and as usual, Ulrich Schätzl is open-minded and speaks openly about the interesting perspectives he sees in the market. Enjoy! LinkedIn Profiles: Steven Asumang https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-asumang-3592a3161/

Mon March 6th

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BW Papersystems deliver 400 meters/minut...

Drewsen Spezialpapiere is an almost 500 years old paper producer based outside Hannover, Germany. Amazing to see how the company has grown over the centuries and how important the company is to the city of Lachendorf. Generations have worked with the company, and the key to success for Drewsen is its specialty paper production. Paper is typically produced on demand and to the specifications required by customers. When BW Papersystems approached the company about the latest edition of the Questec family cut-stackers, the company could hardly believe the promises. 400 meters/minute on 40 GSM, perfect cut and stacked - but after some testing and further development, the machine is now installed and delivered on its promise - and Drewsen Spezialpapiere is very satisfied with the machine, as you can hear. The cut-stacker can also be used on a web-based printing machine and therefore have a broader audience than 'just' the paper industry. But see for yourself - quite impressive! LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthias-rauhut-a2a35066/

Thu March 2nd

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W. Kohlhammer Druckerei · Steffen Franzi...

Steffen Franzisi is the CEO of Kohlhammer Druck in Germany, and this is his first visit to Innovationdays. He is very impressed with the event, mainly how automated the post-press/binding is becoming.

Thu March 2nd

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Canon · Marc Bärtschi · Hunkeler Innovat...

Hunkeler Innovationdays is about digital print and finishing, and though the emphasis is on inkjet, you also find toner machines. Canon brought their V1000, which according to Marc Bärtchi, has a lot to offer - double-sided banner print and print on structured papers, to mention a few of the features. Enjoy!

Wed March 1st

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BW Papersystems · Felix Krüger · Hunkele...

BW Papersystems didn't exactly exhibit at Hunkeler Innovationdays, but yet Felix Krüger from BW Papersystems decided to come and check out the opportunities for their newest Questec cut/stacker. We met with Felix Krüger at the Drewsen Spezialitypapierer in Hall 1 at Innovationdays, as Drewsen is the first customer for the machine capable of cutting and stacking at a staggering 400 meters per minute down to 40 GSM - simply amazing!

Mon February 13th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · Adphos · James...

in a world with more and more water-based Inkjet Devices, Adphos drying technology becomes super interesting as it dries out the weather without heating the substrate. James Burbidge from Adphos explains it super in this film!  

Sat February 11th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · delfort · Kuts...

In this interview with Kutscha Marco from delfort, you'll learn how amazing thinprint paper is and how delfort, with 6 mills, continues to focus on producing specialty graphical paper. Specialties are inkjet paper from 36g, and uncoated paper down to 16g - and if you think applications, the delfort website takes a slightly different approach by identifying applications where their paper fits - think leaflets for medicine, think small booklets. Even with delfort’s new 74g paper, magazine production is possible saving weight, but even more importantly, reduce CO2 emissions. All of the above you can learn from this film and discover by yourself at the Hunkeler Innovationdays, 27.02 – 02.03.2023 in Luzern.

Sat February 11th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · Schmedt · Cons...

Constantin Schmedt is the fifth generation of Schmedt. Though neither he nor his brother wanted to take over the company, little brother Constantin took over the management. He said that though he was born into the industry had no idea how exciting the industry is - and with management education, he is now ready to move the company with new products and an increased focus on innovation and automation. In this interview, you will clearly understand the company's dedication and where it expects to be in the future. With hardcover binding in small circulations and even presenting a side-edge printing device at Hunkeler Innovationdays, I am excited. We will show more from Schmedt at Innovationdays! Stay tuned!

Sat February 11th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · OneVision · Ha...

OneVision is a strong software supplier in the workflow/automation space, covering many segments from photo products, commercial print, and newspapers, with a footprint in Europe and the US. OneVision is a module/tool-based workflow system that enables customers to pick, choose, and grow with the solution as the company grows. In this interview, Hans Stöger from OneVision talks to Editor Morten B. Reitoft about how they approach customers and ensure a smooth implementation. At Innovationdays, OneVision will showcase its solutions.

Fri February 10th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · Ctrl-S · Matth...

In this interview leading up to Hunkeler Innovationdays, Project Manager Matthias Heinz gives us an overview of why Symphony from CTRL-S is an important product. With Symphony, you can control your workflow, add the components you want, and manage from the same user interface. This means total overview, easier and faster onboarding for new employees, and easy/painless exchange of workflow components if needed. It all sounded logical, so maybe you should listen to Matthias Heinz, or even better, visit CTRL-S at Innovationdays in Lucern!

Sat February 4th

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Hunkeler Innovationdays · Canon · Jennif...

Jennifer Kolloczek talks to Morten B. Reitoft about Canon's customer-centric approach to success and also how Canon seeds the market with events, applications, and support to the industry beyond 'just' Canon. At Innovationdays in Lucern, Canon will showcase its latest technology and even some technology that hasn't been revealed yet - I can't wait to see and hear what it is. Enjoy the nice and very open-minded interview with Jennifer Kolloczek, and plan to visit Canon's booth at Hunkeler Innovationdays!

Thu February 2nd

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Independence equals more opportunities ·...

At the latest #EPSConnect, EFI announced that Fiery is now an independent entity still owned by Siris Capital Group. At C!Print 2023 in Lyon, Editor Morten B. Reitoft met with Chris Schowalter from Fiery to talk about opportunities and how he sees the change. Enjoy!

Fri January 6th

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Best Quality – Machine or Plates/S...

Asking one of Europe's leading prepress houses whether plates/sleeves or machines are more important is maybe unfair; however, the answer is interesting. As GM Torben Segelken says: you can print great quality on an old machine if the plates are perfect, but you can't produce excellence with bad plates on a new machine, and so it is, of course. Carl Osterman Erben, or COE, is more than 120 years old and has, since its origin, focused on becoming the best prepress house in Europe. Now COE is part of the EcoFlexo group. Each member remains an independent company but can offer end-to-end solutions by working together. EcoFlexo has the following members besides COE - Hamillroad, GEW, MPS, and Zeller + GMelin. We produced a film from each EcoFlexo member while in The Netherlands. For further information, visit the EcoFlexo website: www.ecoflexo.net

Fri January 6th

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Ink is not just ink but part of a bigger...

In this film, Jochen Christiaens explain that ink is not ink - or, to be more precise, that different technologies need different types of ink and that the supply chain or the full package is as, or sometimes, even more important. Interesting to hear from an ink manufacturer, we; unfortunately, don't have many of them on INKISH - but here we go :-) Now Zeller+Gmelin is part of the EcoFlexo group. Each member remains an independent company but can offer end-to-end solutions by working together. EcoFlexo has the following members besides Zeller+Gmelin - Hamillroad, GEW, COE, and MPS We produced a film from each EcoFlexo member while in The Netherlands. For further information, visit the EcoFlexo website: www.ecoflexo.net

Thu December 29th

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Walkthrough Seiko Open Week 2022 · Steph...

At the Seiko Instruments Open Week 2022, Stephanie Rohn and Jens Heermann from Seiko guide editor Morten B. Reitoft on the different technologies, partners, and products. It was a fascinating tour. Enjoy!

Sat December 3rd

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Digital Transformation · Sandra Wagner ·...

At the INKISH NON-EVENT '22, Vice President Sandra Wagner from Koenig & Bauer shared the story about how a 205-year-old company can become a modern and agile player in a digital time. The feedback on her presentation from the audience at the NON-EVENT was really positive, not just for the content and the presentation, but also the fact that the openness Koenig & Bauer has when it comes to sharing - everything aligned with the Industry 4.0 mindset - thanks to Sandra Wagner, and enjoy the presentation that we live-streamed during the event December 1st, 2022.

Sat October 22nd

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Successful PRINTING United for Koenig &#...

Tom Fitzgerald is responsible for Post Press Products for Koenig & Bauer North America, and for him and his company, PRINTING United has been very successful. In the interview, Fitzgerald can't hide his appreciation of the sales achieved - and as with the rest of the Koenig & Bauer team, everything seems to move up and forward. Good work, guys!

Fri September 30th

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Timm Edelhoff · Managing Director · Hori...

Everything good ends, and after three days with guests from all over Europe, the Horizon Finishing First event is over. Timm Edelhoff is very satisfied with the event and promises that Finishing First as the event will revert, but listen for yourself to the closing notes here.

Thu September 29th

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Paul Albert Deimel · CEO & Lawyer ·...

German Language with English subtitles: CEO and Lawyer Paul Albert Deimel from the German Bundesverband Druck und Medien BVDM gave a presentation about the temperature of the German printing industry. There are fewer companies and fewer employees, and dark clouds are in the sky with the current crisis. Here you can see his presentation.

Wed September 28th

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Guided TOUR by Marisa Dütsch · Knowledge...

Seeing is believing, and Marisa Dürtsch delivers an excellent guided tour in English and German at Finishing First event. On these tours, she takes you to the Stitchliner Mark V and the amazing BQ500 series with all the bells and whistles you can think of. But don't take my word for it - watch this approx 12 minutes guided tour and enjoy!

Wed September 28th

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Andreas Fischer · Product Specialist Fol...

Andreas Fischer is one of Horizon's Product Specialists, specializing in folding. In this film, Andreas Fischer explains the AFV566 folding machine that brings automation to a new level. Setup time is minimal, and watching skilled people see the presentation is fun - they almost don't believe their own eyes. Enjoy the presentation yourself - it is in so so German, but I will get English subtitles shortly!

Wed September 28th

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Marisa Dütsch · Knowledge Management · H...

She knows everything or pretty much everything, and when mentioning it, she brings her entire team into the conversation and tells us that all are binders and have a passion for Horizon and the products - we like it! In this interview, Marisa Dütsch also talks about the importance of being both a driver and market-driven and how important events like Finishing First is for the company. Super interview, you should watch it!

Tue September 27th

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Sven Binder · Digital Nomad · X · Horizo...

Sven Binder was featured in a film INKISH did from the Germany photobook/greeting card printer Send Moments. See the link below. Binder is hooked on data-driven productions and advocates using XML data rather than the workarounds like JDF. With structured data, you have all the needed data to produce automated, and with books of one and touch-free production in both print and binding, it's necessary. Interesting conversations! Sven Binder recently stopped working with Send Moments, so we took the liberty to 'title' him "Digital Nomad." https://inkish.tv/inkish-video/sendmoments/

Tue September 27th

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Welcome to the Horizon Finishing First 2...

The first point on the agenda today, Tuesday, September 27th, at the Horizon Finishing First event is the welcoming by Managing Director Timm Edelhoff. Timm Edelhoff gave great examples of how technology evolves over time and across industries, and of course, this is something the printing industry needs to understand and embrace. Horizon has the solutions, according to Edelhoff. Enjoy our coverage of the event with demos, interviews, and recordings of the presentations!

Sat September 24th

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The Finishing Line · Leonhard KURZ · Jor...

Jordi Giralt from KURZ returned from LabelExpo-Americas with several new partners. Giralt openly discussed the importance of partners, the KURZ commitment to the digital future, and the sustainability agenda in this Learn With Us session. Good talk with Giralt and many good insights. Enjoy!

Thu September 15th

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More Open Culture More Partners · Jordi ...

We asked Jordi Giralt directly, "Do KURZ open more up towards the world?" and Jordi Giralt answered immediately, "Yes." And you do see how KURZ with the Label Weeks opens up for more customers, but also new partners, like Grafotronic, which you can see in another INKISH film. The world is changing, and what we like about KURZ is that the solid business is based on solid values, robust leadership, and a fresh look at opportunities. Interesting to follow the KURZ journey, and in this interview yet, a chapter is documented :-)

Thu September 15th

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Presentation of KURZ Uniliner · Michael ...

Michael Aumann from KURZ USA delivers an excellent overview of the KURZ Uniliner - fascinating technology, so listen, watch, and learn!

Tue August 30th

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Timm Edelhoff · Managing Director · Hori...

Timm Edelhoff has worked for Horizon for thirteen years holding various positions. Recently he took over the position of Managing Director from Yoshihiro Oe, who returned back to Japan in December to focus on being Global Business Director. In this Conversations, Timm Edelhoff talks to Editor-in-Chief Morten B. Reitoft about the job, the challenges, his background, and what he will bring to Horizon GmbH in his new position. Always interesting to learn about the people in leadership positions - and here we are. Enjoy the talk with Timm Edelhoff.

Sun July 24th

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Stephan Plenz · Managing Director · Acte...

Since Stephan Plenz left Heidelberg years ago, he has worked as a consultant for a number of companies. Ten months ago, he was appointed Managing Director for Actega Metal Print, and together with his team, he is now working on bringing Ecoleaf to the market - initially in the labels segment, but as Stephan Plenz explains in the film - later for other segments. Ecoleaf is developed on technology acquired from Landa Labs also years ago but is not, according to Plenz ready for the market. He describes Ecoleaf as a disruptive technology. Plenz is also a board member of Tresu and Landa, so a busy man :-)

Mon July 4th

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Fabio Tallarico · Seiko Instruments @ #S...

The potential with Inkjet is amazing, and recently Seiko Instruments in Germany employed Fabio Tallarico, who has an engineering background in textile. With his background, he is supporting the growing interest in the textile industry in inkjet. Interesting!

Mon July 4th

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Aliasgar Eranpurwala · Seiko Instuments ...

Ali Eranpurwala leads the printhead division of Seiko. In this interview, we get an idea of the potential with inkjet and Seiko, but also why Seiko Open Week is a recurring and important event. Enjoy!

Thu June 23rd

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Thomas Heininger · CEO · MBO Postpress S...

German language with English subtitles Thomas Heininger is the CEO of MBO and is responsible for developing MBO as a company and integrating it 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!

Mon November 15th

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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/

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Some Segments in the Printing Industry A...

EFI is one of the largest software companies in the printing industry - and of course, also d