Italy (Italian: Italia [iˈtaːlja] (About this soundlisten)), officially the Italian Republic (Italian: Repubblica Italiana [reˈpubblika itaˈljaːna]),[10][11][12][13] is a European country[a] consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea and traversed along its length by the Apennines, Italy has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. The country covers a total area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi), and land area of 294,140 km2 (113,570 sq mi), and shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and the enclaved microstates of Vatican City and San Marino. Italy has a territorial exclave in Switzerland (Campione) and a maritime exclave in the Tunisian Sea (Lampedusa). With around 60 million inhabitants, Italy is the fourth-most populous member state of the European Union.

Due to its central geographic location in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Italy has historically been home to myriad peoples and cultures. In addition to the various ancient peoples dispersed throughout modern-day Italy, the most predominant being the Indo-European Italic peoples who gave the peninsula its name, beginning from the classical era, Phoenicians and Carthaginians founded colonies mostly in insular Italy,[14] Greeks established settlements in the so-called Magna Graecia of Southern Italy, while Etruscans and Celts inhabited central and northern Italy respectively. An Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom in the 8th century BC, which eventually became a republicwith a government of the Senate and the People. The Roman Republic initially conquered and assimilated its neighbours on the peninsula, eventually expanding and conquering parts of Europe, North Africa and Asia. By the first century BC, the Roman Empire emerged as the dominant power in the Mediterranean Basin and became the leading cultural, political and religious centre of Western civilisation, inaugurating the Pax Romana, a period of more than 200 years during which Italy’s law, technology, economy, art, and literature developed.[15][16] Italy remained the homeland of the Romans and the metropole of the empire, whose legacy can also be observed in the global distribution of culture, governments, Christianity and the Latin script.

During the Early Middle Ages, Italy endured sociopolitical collapse and barbarian invasions, but by the 11th century, numerous rival city-states and maritime republics, mainly in the northern and central regions of Italy, rose to great prosperity through trade, commerce and banking, laying the groundwork for modern capitalism.[17] These mostly independent statelets served as Europe’s main trading hubs with Asia and the Near East, often enjoying a greater degree of democracy than the larger feudal monarchies that were consolidating throughout Europe; however, part of central Italy was under the control of the theocratic Papal States, while Southern Italy remained largely feudal until the 19th century, partially as a result of a succession of Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Angevin, Aragonese and other foreign conquests of the region.[18] The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe, bringing a renewed interest in humanism, science, exploration and art. Italian culture flourished, producing famous scholars, artists and polymaths. During the Middle Ages, Italian explorers discovered new routes to the Far East and the New World, helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery. Nevertheless, Italy’s commercial and political power significantly waned with the opening of trade routes that bypassed the Mediterranean.[19] Furthermore, centuries of infighting between the Italian city-states, such as the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries, left the region fragmented, and it was subsequently conquered, exploited, and further divided by European powers such as France, Spain and Austria.

By the mid-19th century, rising Italian nationalism and calls for independence from foreign control led to a period of revolutionary political upheaval. After centuries of foreign domination and political division, Italy was almost entirely unified in 1861, establishing the Kingdom of Italy as a great power.[20] From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Italy rapidly industrialised, namely in the north, and acquired a colonial empire,[21] while the south remained largely impoverished and excluded from industrialisation, fuelling a large and influential diaspora.[22] Despite being one of the main victors in World War I, Italy entered a period of economic crisis and social turmoil, leading to the rise of a fascistdictatorship in 1922. Participation in World War II on the Axis side ended in military defeat, economic destruction and the Italian Civil War. Following the liberation of Italy and the rise of the resistance, the country abolished the monarchy, established a democratic Republic, and enjoyed a prolonged economic boom, becoming a highly developed country.[23]

Today, Italy is considered to be one of the world’s most culturally and economically advanced countries,[23][24][25] with its economy ranking eighth-largest in the world and third in the Eurozone by nominal GDP. Italy has the sixth-largest worldwide national wealth, the third-largest central bank gold reserve, and a very high life expectancy. The country plays a prominent role in regional and global economic, military, cultural and diplomatic affairs; it is both a regional power[26][27] and a great power,[28][29] and is ranked the world’s eighth most-powerful military. Italy is a founding and leading member of the European Union and a member of numerous international institutions, including the UN, NATO, the OECD, the OSCE, the WTO, the G7, the G20, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Council of Europe, Uniting for Consensus, the Schengen Area and many more. The country have greatly influenced and contributed to diverse fields, notably the arts, music, literature, philosophy, science and technology, fashion, cinema, cuisine, sports, as well as jurisprudence, banking and business.[30] As a reflection of its cultural wealth, Italy is home to the world’s largest number of World Heritage Sites (55), and is the fifth-most visited country.

 

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Sun October 23rd

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Tecnau Revolution 50-series and Stack 12...

At PRINTING United, Tecnau presented their Revolution 50-series and Stack 1212 finishing devices. In this interview, we talk to Pete Dolfis, Solutions Manager, Tecnau, to get an understanding of the market, and then we get a walk-through of both solutions. The Revolution 50-series was introduced last year and has been very successful for Tecnau, and so with the Stack 1212. Peter Dolfis also says that Tecnau produces a smaller Stack 1010 that is now configured and sold as part of a book solution. But see for yourself.

Wed September 28th

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Harm Jan Hulleman · Sales Manager EMEA ·...

The Horizon Finishing First event is about Horizon products and several partners. One of the partners is Tecnau. INKISH has made several films of Tecnau customers, and at one filming task in Madrid, Spain, we met with Harm Jan Hulleman. In this interview, we catch up from the filming session with Pullmen, but of course, it also touches upon Tecnau's revolution 50-series and why Tecnau attends the Finishing First event. Dig in, and get the story!

Thu September 22nd

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The Finishing Line · Tecnau Commercial W...

Robert Gubo explains in this great Learn With Us session about Tecnaus Revolution 50 series. High-speed and advanced binding equipment, including the zero-splicer enabling PSPs productivity gains you won't believe :-) But listen to Robert Gubo and learn.

Thu September 22nd

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The Finishing Line · Tecnau Cut sheet · ...

Tecnau develops advanced paper processing and binding equipment. An Italian company, but sales and production are in Sweden and the US. Tecnau develops binding equipment for both cut sheet and web, and in this Learn With Us session, Scott Peterson gives us an insight into the cut-stacker solutions Tecnau offers. Super interesting!

Mon September 19th

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Enabling the Digital Transformation with...

We have visited many great printing companies, but Rotolito is in its own league. It's among the biggest commercial printing companies in Europe, based in Milan, Italy, and it's a smart company. In this interview, we focus pretty much on the HP investments - counting a T380, T490, and an Indigo 100K, but besides investing in digital technology for print, Rotolito also invests in robot technology, workflow/automation, and talking to second generation owner Emanuele Bandecchi, you don't feel that we are even near the last investment. Smart company, great products, and a great example of how this industry can continue being interesting for decades to come! Enjoy!

Fri April 29th

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Sitha Sok · Assistant Manager · Italgraf...

Sitha Sok with Italgrafica offers label printing and has had a great experience using DURST presses. She describes how important it is for them to serve their customer base with a variety of products for every label sector.

Fri April 29th

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Marco Armentano · R&D Specialist · ...

Pixart Printing, a CIMPRESS company, was represented at the DURST Expo by Marco Armentano a Research and Development expert. He is looking at how these label presses can improve existing products they offer and possibly introduce new products to their portfolio.

Fri April 29th

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Christoph Gamper · CEO & CO-OWNER ·...

Christoph Gamper’s enthusiasm for producing the DURST EXPO 2022 Label event is evident in this brief interview. He describes the joy of speaking face-to-face with customers, watching the DURST technical experts go over both machines and technology one-on-one. Christoph ponders the future of trade shows and a bit of his vision for the future of print.

Wed April 27th

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Serge Clauss · Product Manager software ...

Serge gives us an overview of DURST’s software solution ecosystem, one of the best-kept secrets in print technology. From analytics to workflow to creative design to proofing options to eCommerce the goals of a more efficient production process, just about every pain point shop experiences can be addressed.

Wed April 27th

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Michael Deflorian · Business Unit Manage...

Michael describes the DURST suite of software applications that can create an ecosystem of total efficiency. Save costs, reduce waste, minimize manual process are all possible results. He explains how the professional services team makes sure the shop employees are properly trained on properly implemented solutions.

Wed April 27th

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Marco Panzeri · Hybrid Digital Product M...

OMET of Italy has integrated DURST technology into the Hybrid label printer. Marco Panzeri describes the advantages of flexibility with both long and short run jobs. OMET machines with a ‘platform’ concept. It supports printing, finishing and converting any product in one pass.

Wed April 27th

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Thomas Macina · Global Sales Director · ...

A last-minute cancellation of LabelExpo in Brussels kickstarted a lot of activities at DURST in Brixen. According to Thomas Macina, the decision to organize the DURST Expo Label event was taken the same day. In this interview, we talk about the event, the products, and also where Thomas Macina sees the future of digital label production. We liked this interview a lot... hope you like it too!

Wed April 6th

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Mikael Bryske · Valiani from Sign &...

Valiani is an Italien based, family-owned company founded in 1974. Until ten years ago, the company specialized in producing machines doing Passepartout - with that knowledge they entered into industrialized cutting up to B2 format. In this film, we talk with Mikael Bryske who is now Sales Director and responsible for sales of the very exciting machine on a global scale. But listen to what Mikael Bryske has to say in this film - we are confident that you will find it interesting!

Wed April 6th

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Thomas Olofsson · Tecnau from Sign &...

Thomas Olofsson is the area manager of the Asia Pacific and the Nordic for Tecnau, and a nice surprise meeting him at Sign & Print 2022 in Stockholm. After talking about exhibitions in general, we, of course, talk about the transformation that we all see - and that companies like Tecnau, of course, experience firsthand. Amazing opportunities and great insights from Thomas Olofsson!

Mon September 6th

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Marco Calcagni · Sales Director · OMET...

Marco Calcagni has worked with OMET for a long time, and in this 'Conversations' with editor Morten B. Reitoft, he, among other things, talks about the 'defining moment' for OMET. "When our competitors go one way, we go the other way," on why OMET is a success in the flexible/packaging business. OMET, just weeks before our visit, moved to a new build facility with more space for continuing growth - all in all, an inspiring visit in North Italy! LinkedIn Profile Marco Calcagni: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marco-calcagni-28bb5b31/

Mon August 30th

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David Triulzi · International Sales ...

In the suburbs of Bologna, the Italian vendor LOGICA recently moved to a new HQ. LOGICA has specialized in developing software bridging data from production to MIS systems, enabling printers to get a better overview of production and identify bottlenecks. In this 'Conversations,' International Sales & Marketing Director David Triulzi explains how the company started and the value of using LOGICA's products and services. David Triulzi points with particular emphasis on the company's ability to use data from analog equipment by converting mechanical data into electronic data. The other is the openness LOGICA has to integrate with MIS partners and hardware partners that integrate LOGICAs solutions into their products. Enjoy! David Triulzi LinkedIn profile.

Wed August 25th

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Christoph Gamper · CEO · DURST

CONVERSATIONS is a popular format on INKISH.TV. This time we feature CEO & Co-Owner Christoph Gamper from DURST. The confidence DURST has is inspiring and with a clear objective of being number one or two in the segments they address is encouraging and an important statement to all stakeholders. Great conversations and I feel confident that we will have more stories from DURST in the future! Enjoy! LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophgamper/   ----- If you read Dutch - please also read the article from our friends at Printmedianieuws.

Sun April 25th

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Replay: DURST Smartshop: Success with We...

With Smart Shop Durst offers a web-to-print solution for the wide format, graphics, label, packaging and textile market. Durst Smart Shop is scalable from a pre-configured out-of-the-box web shop to an individual enterprise e-commerce platform for various sales channels – B2C, B2B, reseller & franchise and marketplaces. Our team of experts from the print industry assists to implement, start and grow a successful e-commerce business. In our webinar we will give some insights on how to drive online sales by standing out of the mass with an exceptional print buying experience, on the necessary toolset to run a successful web-to-print business and on how to maximize cost efficiency with full web-to-print automation. Michael DeFlorian https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-deflorian-562455187/ Frederik von Ehrenstein https://www.linkedin.com/in/frederik-von-ehrenstein/ Thomas Schurzfeld https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasschurzfeld-a63a5434/

Tue November 24th

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From Pixel to Output · Michael Deflorian...

To establish a smart factory a digital mindset and 360-degree business solutions are needed. We present our interpretation of a smart factory with the goal of full automation of repetitive task and a self-optimizing production. The scope is not limited to the digitalization of production and print data workflows or to automate production lines with smart and connected machines but includes the sales process, customer communication and enterprise resource planning. To make it tangible, we discuss a potential end-2-end business solution using the example of a personalized face mask and cookie box from the creation of a business idea to the shipped product – from Pixel to Output.

Fri May 29th

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Harm Jan Hulleman & Scott Peterson ...

In this 'Learn With Us' session Harm Jan Hulleman & Scott Peterson from TECNAU gives us a presentation of some of the solutions some of their customers have chosen.

Fri April 24th

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Stefano De Marco · Over The Skype · Tecn...

Stefano De Marco recently became the new General Manager for Tecnau taking over from his father. Congratulations to him and Tecnau. In this 'Over the Skype', we talk about market opportunities, competitive situation, and of course also the new Revolution50 platform. One of the things I liked about the session is the discussion about the changing needs when high-volume finishing moves from transactional print to commercial print. 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!

Tue April 21st

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Christoph Gamper · Over The Skype · Durs...

Durst Group is a company with an amazing 80 years history. Though the company today produces amazing print-technology with inkjet printers for several applications, like ceramic, corrugated cardboard, textile, label, and more - the legacy is deep in the roots. Christoph Gamper several times in this Over the Skype session speaks over the values and the fact that being a privately owned company also in these coronavirus times is a huge advantage. Great session and we are sure you will like. 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!

Sun July 28th

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Section Sewn Binding from Roll · Stefano...

As production moves from conventional offset to digital print the need for binding equipment that matches the qualities known is in demand. Italian vendor Meccanotecnica deliver solutions for both digital and offset. At Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 in Luzerne, we got the chance to talk to Marketing Manager Stefano Formentini from Meccanotecnica. The solution they showed at the event consisted of an unwinder and a cutter from Hunkeler combined with Meccanotecnica's Universe Web solution that sections the cut sheets into a signature and delivers these for further processing. The quality is superior and the applications seamless. Watch, Like, and Share.