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Tue July 16th

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Arno Duerr · Sales Director · Weilburger G...

Before drupa, INKISH visited Weilburger Graphics in Germany. Arno Duerr has been on INKISH a couple of times explaining the value proposition Weilburger Graphics offers - and it is an exciting company. Focusing on water-based- and UV-based Varnish has given the company success, and at drupa, we also got the chance to talk to several customers who appreciated both the products and the people from Weilburger Graphics - but take a listen for yourself - and enjoy! LinkedIn Profile:

Wed July 3rd

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Ukraine stripped · Morten B. Reitoft · Edi...

This is Morten from Inkish. It's my last night in Ukraine after four intense days. There weren't many direct threats, but the experience was unique. Crossing from Poland to Ukraine, I had little idea what to expect. My friends here assured me it was safe, and I trusted them. This mission felt important personally and for INKISH to tell crucial stories supporting our industry and democracy. Books have historically represented knowledge and free speech. They are one of many information sources today, but their role remains vital. When Martijn from Cloudprinter.com told me about the bombing of Faktor Druk in Kharkiv, I realized the gravity. This attack by Russia on a printing company producing schoolbooks was an attempt to destroy education and culture. Language is a key part of identity. An attack on a printing company is an attack on democracy and free speech. The Russian invasion aims to erase Ukrainian culture, starting from the 2014 annexation of Crimea. The West's lack of action then has had lasting impacts. Visiting Kharkiv, I saw the devastation firsthand. The printing company, once producing a million books a month, was severely damaged by missile attacks, killing employees and destroying equipment. Despite this, the resilient staff is determined to rebuild. The war's impact on civilians is profound. Many have lost lives and limbs, and the societal fabric is torn. In Kharkiv, I saw how war disrupts daily life and education. The printing company needs work, not money, to recover. Supporting them by giving them printing jobs can help them rebuild. This mission was eye-opening. The Ukrainian people are fighting for their culture and democracy against an aggressor. It’s crucial to support them and stand against such aggression globally. If you believe in democracy and free speech, consider supporting Ukrainian businesses and sharing their story. Thank you for listening. I hope you understand the importance of this cause and appreciate the peace and stability in your own lives. LinkedIn Profile:

Fri June 28th

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Russians Attack Ukraine · Rob Ens

Hello, everyone! This is Morten from INKISH. Today’s episode is a bit different from what we usually do. I’m excited to talk to my good friend, Rob Ens, from Toronto, Canada. Welcome to INKISH, Rob! Thank you, Morten. It’s a pleasure to speak with you. Likewise, Rob! It wasn't too long ago that we met in Düsseldorf at Duba. It was great you could come and see me, even though I was a bit stressed. That was one of the main reasons I went—to see you in action. And it was worth it! Recently, you reached out to me after I announced my plans to visit Ukraine next week. I'm going there to cover a story about a printing company, Faktadruk, which was deliberately bombed by the Russians on May 24th. Seven Heidelberg operators were killed, and more than 20 people were injured. Seeing the devastation on CNN and other major networks, it's a miracle more people didn't die. You mentioned this resonated with you because your family has roots in Ukraine and faced similar hardships after World War I and before World War II. I’d love to hear your story. But first, can you share your thoughts on the current situation in Ukraine? I usually avoid discussing politics online, but here we are. I support Ukraine. I have many Russian and Ukrainian friends, and I love them dearly. However, my family lost their land and privileges in Ukraine, and many family members died during the Bolshevik Revolution. So, I deeply sympathize with the Ukrainian people. They want to live in peace, and I believe they deserve our support. I bring this up because I, too, have Russian friends. Most of them now live in Denmark, the USA, or Canada. Of course, I still have connections in the industry in Russia. I believe that most individuals are not to blame for the war. In my opinion, which is political, Vladimir Putin bears most of the responsibility for the tragic events in Ukraine. There are similarities to the Bolshevik era you mentioned, which was around the 1920s, right? It was around 1919. My family kept detailed records and even wrote a book about it. The story feels different when read from a distance. Let me tell you a bit about the background. This book, housed in the Mennonite Archives in Winnipeg, was partly written by my great-grandmother when she came to Canada. I hadn’t read it until the war broke out, and it was an emotional experience. My great-grandmother wrote in factual terms about their hardships. Mennonites, originally Germans living in Ukraine, were pacifists invited by Catherine the Great to farm the land. They thrived peacefully for over 100 years. My great-grandfather, a learned teacher and lay preacher, was tragically killed by bandits during the revolution, which targeted landowners. The family faced immense hardships, including typhus brought by occupying soldiers. Despite these challenges, my great-grandmother's resilience shone through, seeing even the foggy day of her husband's funeral as a blessing for its safety. Hearing these stories makes us appreciate our fortunate lives today. They remind us of the resilience and hope that can emerge from the most difficult circumstances. Do you still have distant relatives in Ukraine, or did your entire family leave or disappear from there? Most of our direct relatives left Ukraine. An aunt who visited in the 1970s, whose husband had been sent to a Siberian gulag, initially thought our life in the West was staged because she couldn’t believe our prosperity. This underscores how fortunate we are to live in a part of the world with security, education, free speech, and other freedoms. That’s why I decided to go to Kharkiv, despite the risks. Faktadruk is one of the largest printing companies in Europe, printing schoolbooks for all of Ukraine. When the Russians attack such a significant institution, it’s a deliberate attempt to undermine Ukrainian culture and education. Ukraine is a vast country, as big as the entire Midwest in the US. Covering this story is essential to highlight the impact on the printing industry and the resilience of the Ukrainian people. Your heart drives you, Morten. You consistently seek the truth, which is why we admire you. I believe you’ll uncover important stories that can’t be orchestrated. I received a message from a Ukrainian woman who hopes I’ll see some of Kharkiv’s beauty despite the war. Documenting the damage to the printing company and its importance to the industry is crucial. Rob, do these family stories still resonate with your family, or do they fade over time? I’m the one reviving these stories. My cousin, a historian, and I keep history alive, ensuring we understand both sides. My uncle shared insights about the challenges wealthy landowners face, emphasizing the need for benevolence. Thank you for sharing your story, Rob. After my trip to Ukraine, I might call you again to share my insights. I’d love that. Stay safe, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Wed June 26th

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Meccanotecnica Walktrough · Stefano Forment...

Meccanotecnica is a family-owned company located in Bergamo, about 40-50 minutes east of Milan. A beautiful landscape, the best food in the world, and then - in the middle of Bergamo, you find Meccanotecnica, where we meet with Stefano Formentini. We, of course, meet because of Drupa, but maybe more importantly because Mecannotecnica, known for its fantastic machines for sewn books - both offset and digital, is now introducing its first perfect binding machine - and what an entry. We go through the machine in this walkthrough so you can hear and see what makes this setup fantastic. Enjoy!

Wed June 26th

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Markus Klopf · Team Leader R&D · Weilburg...

Markus Klopf is today the Team Leader of Weilburger Graphics R&D department. He has been with Weilburger Graphics for many years and finds the job very interesting - as he explains, it's about developing new coatings for packaging and label converters. About 70% of the production is water-based coatings, and the rest is UV-based. Interesting behind-the-scenes film - enjoy! Interview by James Quirk Filmed by Jan Majnik Edited by Jack Fisher

Sat June 15th

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Bruno Müller · CEO · Müller Martini

The interview features Morten B. Reitoft from INKISH speaking with Bruno Müller from Müller Martini about the significant transformations the company has undergone over the past 35 years. Bruno Müller discusses the evolution from his early days in the newspaper division to adapting to major shifts in the industry, particularly the decline in newspaper production and the rise of digital printing technologies. Bruno highlights the company's focus on listening to customer needs and adapting its culture, products, and strategies to market demands. He emphasizes the challenges of managing spare parts for older machines, which were not originally designed to last as long as they have. This has necessitated a shift in the company's approach to production, moving towards modular designs that use common components to streamline operations and reduce complexity. The interview also touches on the recent acquisition of Hunkeler, describing it as a strategic fit that complements Müller Martini's strengths and enhances its product offerings. Bruno Müller notes the importance of evolving business models in response to digital technology advancements, which is crucial for staying relevant and competitive in the printing industry.

Sat June 15th

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Patrik Moser · CEO · Steinemann DPE

In this interview with CEO Patrik Moser, he also emphasized that he is the CTO. Steinemann DPE produces the machines exclusively sold through the Kurz network. In the interview, we talk about technology, how it is part of development, and what people should expect at drupa. Enjoy!  

Sat June 15th

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Patrik Moser · CEO · Steinemann DPE · Walk...

The MaxLiner 3D is an industrial-scale digital varnishing and metallization machine made by St. Gallen-based Steinemann DPE. Steinemann DPE is part of the Leonhard Kurz group and produces several digital embellishment machines for packaging and labels. In this film, CEO Patrik Moser offers a walkthrough of the Steinemann DPE MaxLiner 3D to learn how the machine is built—it's a big and very productive machine! You can see it at drupa 2024 in Düsseldorf!  

Sat June 15th

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Patrik Moser · CEO · Steinemann DPE · Wal...

Here, CEO Patrik Moser, for the first time, shows the new MaxLiner 2D - a new cut-sheet version specifically made for commercial printers. Fast setup time, high speed, and high quality are the ingredients that make this machine unique. When Patrik Moser talks about the 2D version, it's essentially since it's printed on the back of the foil and transferred to the substrate, you won't be able to have a raised varnish the same way as when you print directly to the substrate. Both technologies are good and can be used for different applications. Great to learn from!  

Sat June 15th

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Ingolf Fritzsche & Ron Reddmann · Müller Ma...

170 m2 is all it takes to have a fully automated book production site based on the latest Müller Martini products. In this Walkthrough, you will see each part of the process, filmed by INKISH and explained by Ingolf Fritzsche and Ron Reddmann—both fun guys and proud of what has been built! We know it's a long Walkthrough, but we also believe it's a complex solution from rolls into finished books delivered! LinkedIn Profiles: Ingolf Fritzsche: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ingolf-fritzsche-195b47142/ Ron Reddmann: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronald-reddmann-2463a811a/

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Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · arifiQ · Carina Karlsso...

arifiQ started as an estimation tool in times when estimation took a while. Their claim was a quotation in less than a minute, and not only has arifiQ developed into a full MIS system, but calculations are now instant and offer an interesting approach to pricing, for example, an InDesign plug-in enabling the designers to get quotes based on the design, format, number of pages directly in InDesign - and even ordering directly as well. arifiQ can also make an estimate based on an uploaded PDF, where arifiQ takes the size and number of pages and matches this to a product - and return an instant price. The ideas are solidly based on in-depth knowledge of being printers themselves. The Swedish company started with domain knowledge and added programming to the solution - now globally available, also integrated into HP PrintOS and many other OEM workflow solutions. Enjoy the presentation! LinkedIn Profiles: Eva Rosén https://www.linkedin.com/in/eva-ros%C3%A9n-69375520/ Carina Karlsson https://www.linkedin.com/in/carina-karlsson/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · CERM · Fran Boey & Steff...

CERM is by far one of the most thought-after MIS/ERP solutions among label converters - and as we have visited Converters who work with CERM, there is a reasonable reason for the choice. The demos are excellent, the software solves the challenges Converters have and then supports the product, and now the integration to Microsoft Power BI is giving customers options like never before. In this webinar, CERM has decided to focus on the BI functions and the 18 standard reporting tools provided in the optional solution. Fran Boey has a background in the BI-World, and guides us smoothly through how reports can be created, giving customers THE overview! LinkedIn Profile: Fran Boey https://www.linkedin.com/in/fran-boey-951a08169/ Steffen Haaga https://www.linkedin.com/in/steffen-haaga-2b4942/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · Dataline ·  Robert Har...

Getting into the hands of Dataline is a safe experience. Covering all aspects of the process, from estimations, planning, web portals, APIs, invoicing, and ERP functions, to mention just a few of the features that make Multipress from Dataline a safe choice. In the presentation, you will see how even complex jobs like hardcover books are calculated, how quick quotations are fast, still comprehensive, and integrated into the entire flow of an order into the production. Dataline is working on extending its presence in the market and has today more than 10,000 users in Europe, but even see other continents as potential play-grounds :-) Enjoy this REPLAY session! LinkedIn Profile: Robert Hartman https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-hartman-a0561618/ Christoph Krohn https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophkrohn/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · DURST Lift · Leland Mor...

Leland Morgen takes us through the Durst Lift solution with ease and confidence. Leland has experience working with multiple ERP/MIS solutions, and during the presentation, it feels that Durst Lift is 'home' and, therefore, an answer that he can easily vouch for. Lift differs from other solutions, as almost the entire user interface is shared with customers, who can view orders, specify quantities, proof a project, and essentially do everything from a browser. Lift customers can use Lift for all types of job, but no question that Lift is developed with the product that Durst deliver in mind! LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lelandmorgan/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · Omikai · Mathias Erlands...

Omikai is a Swedish Browser-based MIS solution and is a one-solution fits all MIS solution. All updates are applied to all customers, requirements accepted by the development team are delivered to all customers, and with a flexible pricing model, Omikai fits all types of customers. In the demo, CEO and Founder Mathias Erlandsson showed us the flow in Omikai, which includes changing variable data as an end-customer in an uploaded PDF, pricing, integration to various solutions, planning, shipping, etc. A great presentation :-) LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathias-erlandsson-aa780b15/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · PrintIQ · Craig C. Powe...

In the last session of our #LearnWithUs, we meet Craig from PrintIQ in the US. The US is a relatively new market for the New Zealand-based MIS developer, but according to Craig C. Powell, America loves PrintIQ. After a presentation and overview of PrintIQ, we get into the more interesting part of this session, where we see how PrintIQ addresses different topics differently from the other solutions - but see it for yourself - PrintIQ also looks like a nice software to consider :-) LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craigpowell/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · PrintVis · Michael Bradl...

This session was nothing but super great, as Michael Bradley from Printvis did an excellent demo and involved Scott and Hugh (customers) in the presentation. Built on Microsoft Business Software makes PrintVis capable of almost everything, and though it can do much, the upgraded Microsoft UI makes the system look and feel smooth as butter. Great presentation! LinkedIn Profile: Michael Bradley https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-bradley-50a0926/ Scott Carritt https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottcarritt/ Hugh Cleveland https://www.linkedin.com/in/hughcleveland/

Thu August 17th

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#LearnWithUs MIS · Rogler International · ...

The Rogler platform is the only solution that specifically mentions the integration of robots and AGVs, and also the only solution where planning is mentioned as one of the most important features. The Swim Lane overview is excellent, and Hannes Rogler explains how AI is used to plan jobs in the best way utilizing the equipment to its max. A few hiccups because of some technology issues, but reach out to Hannes for more information! LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannes-rogler-b74869130/

Thu October 22nd

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#metoo #GirlsWhoPrint LIVE on INKISH.TV from 10.00 AM CEST - we need to listen. We need to talk.

Mon June 1st

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#thankaprinter

Ladies and Gentleman… #thankaprinter Please use the hashtag when sharing. Print Long and Prosper! And when the virus came, people turned to their leaders and their community and said: “We need to keep our families and our loved ones safe. We need to know how. We need somebody willing to get up at dawn in the cold, in the rain, in the blistering heat and open their doors so we may keep ours closed. Somebody who will work tirelessly, with ink-stained clothes and calloused hands to fire up the presses, to feed the paper, to fold and score and distribute hope.” So they called a Printer. And when supplies ran low, when our heath care heroes on the front-lines desperately needed protection, Printers forged facemasks, face shields and partitions and answered the call of their nations to help their citizens heal. They answered by reinventing and retooling and constructing 3D printed parts for respirators, breathing life into patients and hospitals and communities suffocating without . They answered the call to transform children and parents into students and teachers, and kitchen tables into classrooms … and cathedrals. They made the signs, the clings and the decals to arm their communities in the fight to stay open and distanced and educated. They sent the mail that delivered checks that kept food on the table and lights overhead, and protected packaged goods on the shelves in storerooms and backrooms and pantries. They worked in split shifts to keep us safe from harm while struggling to keep their doors open, not once asking for anything in return. When we look back, when we have distanced ourselves from this moment in time and are reunited with each other, let’s not forget to remember who stood, fearless, at the gate, and said this community, this family, this business won’t go down on my watch. Let us not forget to Thank a Printer. Written by Deborah Corn, Print Media Centr. Produced by INKISH and PrintMediaCentr. Video editing by Jan Majnik · INKISH

Wed October 18th

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1 Billion pages + · Marc Johnson · Senior G...

At the HP #PrintAhead event, visitors were invited for cake and champagne to celebrate a 1-billion pages milestone for the new Advantage T-2200 inkjet printer - a milestone - for sure, but 'only' part of a bigger story about how the digital transformation is changing the printing landscape forever. With Brilliant Ink, faster machines, and better drying, Senior Global Market Development Manager Marc Johnson sees HP as a front runner - and obviously both happy and proud about the milestones HP and its customers have achieved - very nice interview, enjoy!

Sat January 11th

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100% Digital Natural · Print Sample TV · Pa...

Konica Minolta and MGI are well-known equipment manufacturers in the printing industry. In this Print Sample TV episode with Pat McGrew, she will show great applications from the two. It would help if you made your own print samples and actively use these in your marketing. Customers do not always know what's possible with the latest technology and showing what's possible will increase your sales.

Mon June 24th

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160.000.000€ and still growing · Ulrich St...

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.

Sat October 26th

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2019 Girls Who Print Girlie Award Winner Sabi...

Sabine Geldermann was awarded with the Girls Who Print 'Girlie Award 2019.' In the motivation for the price the Intergalactic Ambassador Deborah Corn states the importance of Sabine Geldermanns work, and how she is seen as a role model for women globally. We congratulate Sabine Geldermann and are proud of supporting women who prints.

Fri September 27th

2nd Show Report LabelExpo - Brussels, Belgium

After a slow start, LabelExpo took off, and for the people we spoke to, everything was great! The number of visitors, along with the quality, was two significant important comments. The media people we met in the Press Office were positive, though a few commented that there weren't that many new technological breakthroughs. I am not sure if that is 100% correct since shows don't only show products, but also represent trends. One of the more important trends at LabelExpo is the adaption of IoT and Industry 4.0. For many printers, this is most likely words with little resemblance, and we will, of course, tell more about what this is and how this can influence you as a printer.

Mon October 18th

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3A Composites introducing new Sustainable Sol...

With well-known brands like DIBOND, FOREX, HYLITE, FOAM-X and many more, 3A composites emblazoned being part of Schweiter Technologies AG. As leading manufacturer of sheet materials in the field of visual communication materials it immediately became clear that all were happy to return to a more human and personal interaction. With some interesting new products in their portfolio the group is clearly putting environmental challenges and sustainability high on the agenda. LinkedIn Profile