The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland [ˈneːdərlɑnt] (About this soundlisten); Papiamentu: Hulanda; West Frisian: Nederlân), informally Holland,[12] is a country in Western Europe with some overseas territories in the Caribbean. In Europe, it consists of 12 provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with those countries and the United Kingdom.[13] Together with the Caribbean Netherlands, consisting of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba, it forms a constituent countryof the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The country’s official language is Dutch, with English and Papiamentu as secondary official languages in the Caribbean Netherlands, and West Frisian as a secondary official language in the province of Friesland.[1] Dutch Low Saxon and Limburgish are recognised regional languages (spoken in the east and southeast respectively), while Sinte Romani and Yiddish are recognised non-territorial languages.[1]

The four largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht.[14] Amsterdam is the country’s most populous city and nominal capital,[15] while The Hague holds the seat of the States General, Cabinet and Supreme Court.[16] The Port of Rotterdam is the busiest seaport in Europe, and the busiest in any country outside Asia.[17]Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the busiest airport in the Netherlands, and the third busiest in Europe. The country is a founding member of the EU, Eurozone, G10, NATO, OECD and WTO, as well as a part of the Schengen Area and the trilateral Benelux Union. It hosts several intergovernmental organisations and international courts, many of which are centered in The Hague, which is consequently dubbed ‘the world’s legal capital’.[18]

Netherlands literally means ‘lower countries‘ in reference to its low elevation and flat topography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) above sea level, and nearly 17% falling below sea level.[19] Most of the areas below sea level, known as polders, are the result of land reclamation that began in the 16th century. With a population of 17.4 million people, all living within a total area of roughly 41,800 square kilometres (16,100 sq mi)—of which the land area is 33,500 square kilometres (12,900 sq mi)—the Netherlands is the 12th most densely populated country in the world and the 5th most densely populated country in Europe, with a density of 521 per square kilometre (1,350/sq mi). Nevertheless, it is the world’s second-largest exporter of food and agricultural products (after the United States), owing to its fertile soil, mild climate, intensive agriculture and inventiveness.[20][21][22]

The Netherlands has been a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a unitary structure since 1848. The country has a tradition of pillarisation and a long record of social tolerance, having legalised abortion, prostitution and human euthanasia, along with maintaining a liberal drug policy. The Netherlands abolished the death penalty in 1870, allowed women’s suffrage in 1917, before becoming the world’s first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001. Its mixed-market advanced economy had the thirteenth-highest per capita incomeglobally. The Netherlands ranks among the highest in international indexes of press freedom,[23] economic freedom,[24] human development and quality of life, as well as happiness.[25][i]In 2009, the Netherlands had the seventh highest economy as measured by GDP per capita. In 2013, it ranked fourth on the human development index.

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Fri September 10th


Dursun Acun · Owner/General Manager · OP...

Imagine how difficult it is to get ink to stick to a metal surface! Imagine how difficult it is with water-based ink - and voila, here is OPM-Europa and the LabelSaver solution. Or, to be more correct, almost there. The R&D is finished, and the first machines are assembled and soon ready for water-based inkjet printing on round surfaces like cans, bottles, plastics, glass, and metal. In this interview, owner and General Manager Dursun Acun share the journey with you - we find it inspiring. Once again, a vendor shows how the Memjet technology can be utilized in a new application. Enjoy! Find Dursun Acun's LinkedIn profile here.

Mon May 3rd

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David Dilling · Fast Forward · Johann Gu...

One of my favorite books brings to life the time when Johannes Gutenberg was alive. And what he accomplished and what he did. This was a real, true revolutionary time. Sort of like we're living through now. Which started, of course, back in the year 2000 with the dot-com bubble. So this is the Gutenberg Bible. And it - sorry, it's not a Gutenberg Bible. Gutenberg has been a big part of Markzware. Gutenberg would have probably used FlightCheck. Because quality control was obviously a big issue. Even back then. People don't realize who really Tesla is, I don't think still. To be able to reproduce those and get them in the hands with democratized content. To get into the hands of the average layman. The historical side having a Bible that's from 1800. Where you can see how they printed, how they hand wove and bound it together. It's amazing. And then another side is just like - I still to this day, if I open it up and I look deep in the in the crease I can find like a hair. I found like a sewing pin from, you know, who knows, 1800-something, you know. So my passion for all this stuff, for print is just that it's amazing to be able to pick up a book and read what someone wrote. And they can spread that to thousands of people just with the press of a button nowadays in the Internet, you know. So FlightCheck is our flagship product. This is a product that Patrick Marchese and Ronald Crandall got a US patent on. It was an immediate hit because back then, you know, there was no PDF. We're redeveloping FlightCheck. And if you like the beta test, the new version, please send email to Without video, who knows where we would have been. did a survey. And sixty percent of business owners now use video. Video is an easy way to get to digest information. The YouTube network is huge. And if you can get in there, it's just amazing. How to embed an Illustrator file in InDesign. Or how to fix a PDF. Or how to recover my corrupted design file. YouTube in general, it's just been amazing to help people.

Sun April 25th


Replay: WhiteLabelShop: the web2print so...

Intro about Prindustry Prindustry develops innovative online platforms for the ordering, editing and procurement of visual communication materials. With our WhiteLabelShop software we are the market leader in the Benelux for online print shops. From this solid basis we further expand our software to other countries and markets. Prindustry's e-commerce software can be flexibly connected to a brand portal. A brand portal is a closed web platform for brand owners. In this brand portal, employees of a company can manage, adjust and order their own brand communication. A brand portal is also available as a customer portal with the corporate identity communication of the customer. It is our core business to connect various specialized systems to our portals. Financial programs, ERP solutions or online editors. This way you always have the best tools and systems available. Demo web2print system: frontend and backend A WhiteLabelShop is an online print web shop with an extensive web-to-print platform. As the owner of this web shop you are completely in control of the daily management. You choose what your web shop looks like and which print media products you offer in it. There is a central backend system with everything you need for orders, quotations, invoicing, accounting, product information, stock and payment systems. Prindustry is a facilitating partner that connects all desired products, partners and systems for you. The WhiteLabelShop offers access to a unique online print marketplace where print media specialists offer their print and sign products. You choose which products from the marketplace you sell in your web shop. This can be white label, with your own name, with prices to the customers that you determine. Of course you can also sell your own products. It is a central ordering platform, sales system and web shop in one. Ramon van Wingerden Berend Withaar

Sun April 25th


Replay: What Is and How...

We'll speak about Print API and connected apps that let our customers streamline their print jobs for local printing in 104 countries. We'll also share our insights on how helps businesses increase their sales volumes and keep growing in the new post-Covid-19 reality. Apart from that, we'll tell how building a strong print partners network helps to make global printing even more beneficial for everyone: print houses that join us as print partners get the opportunity to grow their print volumes with no manual actions required — the process is fully automated! Martijn Eier Mogens Winther

Tue April 13th

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Dharminder Biharie · Fast Forward · Burn...

Business is also having luck. Being on the right time, on the right place. If you are a Sales Manager of Tesla or iPhone...are you brilliant? No! The product is brilliant because it's on the right time, the right place and at the right moment. I worked 12 years for Xerox. And I learned a lot about all the processes. So I'm a very successful company in the toner printing industry. From a leader to a follower. And what I really regret is that they still have Palo Alto Research Center. They have 11000 patents. Still they can't invent new business models. I believe it has to do with management style and egos of CEOs. And that's my Dutch directness about this topic. Price looks very important, but at the end, you're selling trust, not price. Because how many deals happened in the past where you think: Oh, I'm 20 percent cheaper than the competitor. And still the competitor buys the product that's 20 percent more expensive. But the end price is all about trust. Because what the customer wants has to do with the liability and the operation of my business. Tiny Habits has to do with how can you change your behavior? Your brain is conditioned. And that means your brain is unbelievably lazy. When you make a decision and always search for the fastest path. And your brain creates a neurotransmitter synapse. You think you are doing this rationally. That is not the case. To break this rule, you need to change habits. And changing habit means you don't have to go directly into the big steps. But do tiny steps. I donate two and a half percent of my annual revenue to the Brain Foundation. I'm in the consultancy business. But also about knowledge business. And I need this part to be successful. The reality is one out of four people will get a brain disease sooner or later. And it can be a very simple one. But also Alzheimer, Parkinson, depression. The things we can build, create but also destroy is all done with a brain. And that's why I really love the Brain Foundation.

Wed April 7th


Peter Luit · Fast Forward · printmediani...

I am the editor for printmedianieuws. The future remains online. Our public is growing and also our partners are still with us after this period. So I'm looking forward for the results in this year. I like a little bit to look at video. You inspired me on that. We also develop websites. Because we want to share our publishing knowledge to a wider audience. About 25 percent of our time we spend in developing websites for various markets. I have to cope with a lot of clients who set their steps in the online world and they need the experience of a publisher. After the pandemic we still use online communications a lot. And this tower represents all the online communications for me. Because it is a telecom company. So when I talk to you, I always think: OK, my first meters are over there. My son, who has Down syndrome, couldn't be at his work the whole week because of the influence of older people together. My son Joost was half time with me at the office. And he was making puzzles. Using his iPad. And he was using color books. I don't want to get rid of the stuff yet from my office. Because I'm still afraid that he might have to come back because of some pandemic reason. We analyze that there are losers and there are winners. The perspective I have on the site of the winners is that there are so many challenges in this printing industry. And we write about that of course. You have to see there is luck everywhere. But you have to grab it. And you have not to be afraid to try to do things.

Fri February 26th

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Kyocera Customers more happy than what t...

Kyocera is, of course, a well-known name in the printing industry - but being a supplier of sheet-fed inkjet presses is relatively new. In this film, Marcel Ebbenhorst from Kyocera talks about the TASKalfa 15000 printer and why this is something a printing company should be looking into. The film was made as part of our Learn With Us Inkjet event, so recorded remotely - but still really interesting - dig in!

Fri February 26th

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Enfocus Switch enables Wihabo to Handle ...

In this film, Robert Zegwaard explains how they use Enfocus Switch as the totally indispensable tool for managing more than 1,000 daily orders. Requirements from customers, combined with the requirements for efficient production, are handled by Switch. Wihabo has used Switch for a long time, but with more than a hundred flows, and an increasing need for automation, Switch is an essential tool enabling its growth! Enjoy!

Mon February 22nd


A match for all businesses, powered by i...

Inkjet technology is revolutionising the production print market and the production print industry has been in search of productive and reliable products, both of which are synonymous with the Kyocera brand. This makes us confident that the TASKalfa Pro 15000c will not disappoint as a unique business partner, no matter the company size, especially in consideration of this device’s small footprint, affordability, and exceptional productivity. Just ask the European Digital Press Association’s panel of experts who have just awarded this innovative device with the Best in Colour for SRA3. In this session, we will introduce you to our latest flagship product, a truly innovative and technologically advanced device that supports an array of media types and is kind on the environment with its low energy consumption. Let us welcome you to your brighter tomorrow. For more information on Kyocera’s latest inkjet device, click on this link.

Fri November 27th

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Jeroen van Drunen · Over The Skype · Jub...

After the Over the Skype conversation with XMPie Founder Jacob Aizikowitz it was interesting to gain insight to the real meaning of omnichannel related to a print innovation and marketing services business. So a number one candidate for a follow-up conversation is Jeroen van Druenen in Amsterdam, NL. Beside his job as CEO of Jubels — claim: smart printing. smart solutions. — Jeroen is as well member of the global Xerox Premier Partner network and President of the XMPie Unsers Group. Andreas Weber, CEO INKISH D-A-CH, raised some important questions because omnichannel is not a natural part of the DNA of printing companies. Jeroen shared some fantastic insights which are relevant to all of us in the D-A-CH region as well as in the rest of the world. --- Nach dem Over the Skype-Gespräch mit XMPie-Gründer Jacob Aizikowitz war es interessant, einen Einblick in die wahre Bedeutung von Omnichannel im Zusammenhang mit dem Geschäft mit Druckinnovationen und Marketingdienstleistungen zu erhalten. Ein Nummer-eins-Kandidat für das Folgegespräch ist Jeroen van Druenen aus Amsterdam, NL. Neben seiner Tätigkeit als CEO von Jubels — Motto: Smart Printing. Intelligente Lösungen. — Jeroen ist außerdem Mitglied des globalen Xerox Premier Partner-Netzwerks und Präsident der XMPie Unsers Group. Andreas Weber, CEO von INKISH D-A-CH, stellte einige wichtige Fragen, da Omnichannel kein natürlicher Bestandteil der DNA von Druckunternehmen ist. Jeroen teilte einige fantastische Erkenntnisse, die für uns alle in der D-A-CH-Region sowie im Rest der Welt relevant sind. LinkedIn Profile:

Wed November 11th

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Juriaan van Beelen · Over The Skype · PR...

In this 'Over the Skype' session Chief Co-creation Juriaan van Beelen of the online printing player - - talks with Jacques Michiels from INKISH Benelux about their business strategy, their focus on the professional market of Printers and print shops. offers online printing services in a "closed platform" and with App Connectivity. We talk about how see their own future and that of their customers, the Printers and Print providers in the BENELUX and the surrounding countries. All very interesting considerations and evolutions! We keep you Up to date! --- In deze 'Over the Skype' sessie spreekt Chief Co-creatie Juriaan van Beelen van de onlinedrukwerkspeler - met Jacques Michiels van INKISH Benelux over hun bedrijfsstrategie en hun focus op de professionele markt van drukkerijen en printshops. biedt online drukwerkservices in een "gesloten platform" en met App Connectivity. We praten samen over hoe zij hun eigen toekomst zien en die van hun klanten, zijnde de drukkerijen en Print providers in de BENELUX en haar omringende landen. Allemaal interessante overwegingen en evoluties! Hou dus samen met ons de vinger aan de pols!

Thu April 9th


Jutta Hendrikx & Hayco van Gaal · O...

In this conversation with Jutta Hendrikx and Hayco van Gaal from Canon Europe, we get a chance to talk about the new iX-series sheetfed inkjet printers from the global print-giant. We also get the very first view of the machine in action, filmed by Hayco van Gaal from their experience centre - so that's all very cool. 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 6th


RPI Is a Global Digital Solution Provide...

RPI has operations in the US and Europe, and partners in Australie able to deliver consistent digital print globally down to the copy of one. We met with Joris Kuper, Account Manager New Sales, RPI Europe, at the recent Online Print Symposium in Munich. Great story.

Tue March 17th


New and Existing Clients in Munich · Ann...

The annual Online Print Symposium is about gathering some of the smartest minds to share information and knowledge about online printing. One of the exhibitors this year was Anna Oñate, who is the CEO & Founder of OctoBoost. OctoBoost is a software company that deliver various online print solutions. One of the quite exciting products is called OctoSprint, which help printers to optimize their production. But instead of reading, you should watch it. Enjoy!