Xeikon – the new digital printing solutions division of Flint

Ralf Schlozer
Nov 24, 2015

On Friday the 20th of November the news broke that the Flint Group has bought Xeikon from previous venture capital owner Bencis, almost two and half years after they bought the digital print and platesetter business from Punch International.

Xeikon will continue to operate in its existing lines of business and will now become a new division known as Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions. Even in terms of personnel, continuity is sought, with Xeikon CEO Wim Maes staying as president of the division. The deal needs the approval of European competition authorities, which is expected by end of 2015 as there should not be any concerns about the transaction.

In some ways the acquisition marks a U-turn for Flint after it sold its nascent Jetrion inkjet division to EFI in 2006. EFI paid around $40 million as its first investment in inkjet printing, in the process starting a new line of business, while digital activities pretty much stopped at Flint. Now Flint Group feels it is ready to throw their hat again into the digital arena, possibly seeing the success the Jetrion business is having today. A bigger driver is likely the changed ownership that Flint Group itself is now experiencing. Since 2014 Flint has been essentially an equity capital owned business, owned by Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division in partnership with Koch Equity Development. Prior to that, Flint had grown by acquisition and merger into a leading position in litho and packaging inks. To this day, Flint continues to acquire other ink businesses to consolidate its position.

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Survey Says… Smartphone winning for photo taking – traditional cameras cling to special occasions

Carrie Sylvester
Nov 17, 2015

When thinking about taking photos, in year’s past the first thing to come to mind was using a camera. But today since almost every mobile device has a camera, the traditional camera isn’t the first thing people actually pick-up when looking to take a photo. For many years InfoTrends has been conducting an annual mobile imaging survey to understand what camera people turn to when taking pictures in various scenarios –overall, every day, and special occasions.

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Xerox Announces Next Generation Workflow Automation Solutions and More

Allison Correia and Brendan Morse

On November 16th, Xerox announced two new workflow automation solutions for the insurance industry and HR departments, updated versions of two of their platforms (Digital Alternatives and DocuShare), and new components of their MPS strategy for the channel.

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NY Times Introduces Virtual Reality to the Masses

Ed Lee
Nov 13, 2015

On November 8, more than 1 million New York Times newspaper subscribers received an interesting gift with their Sunday paper – a Google Cardboard viewer. Google Cardboard is a simple device, made up of corrugated cardboard and a pair of plastic lenses, which turns any Apple or Android smartphone into a virtual reality (VR) viewing system.

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Trends in Output Management – Perspectives From Comparting 2015

David Stabel
Nov 4, 2015

The eleventh annual Comparting conference was held in Böblingen, Germany, near Stuttgart from October 15-16. The Comparting conference, organized by Compart each year, is a two-day international forum for Multi-channel Document and Output Management. This years’ focus was on how companies are dealing with customer communications that increasingly revolve around multi-channel-capable document processing.

About 375 people attended the event which is a slight increase compared to last year. With participants from 14 countries representing 37 nationalities, this years’ event had a stronger international character than ever before. In addition to keynote speeches and several presentations of customer cases, there were also special tracks focused on business and technology issues.

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Delivering on Customer Engagement at the XMPie User’s Conference

Ryan McAbee
Oct 30, 2015

Earlier this week the XMPie User’s Group conference was held in Miami, Florida. The theme of the conference was “The Art of Customer Engagement” and brought together users of XMPie software from around the globe for three days of networking and learning. The opening keynote titled “On Bridging Print and Digital” was delivered by Jacob Aizikowitz, president and founder of XMPie. Jacob urged attendees to become digital first, focusing as much on digital technologies as print – a point driven home by the fact that 75% of marketing spend is expected to be on digital channels by 2019.

XMPie continues to evolve and expand its product offerings to support a digital-first mindset which was reinforced by the introduction of Open XM at the show. Open XM is an XMPie technology stack that can be incorporated into any website without relying on any specific design tool.

User-driven conferences continue to provide an ideal environment for learning and networking with other service providers who face the same opportunities and challenges. This was evident in the sessions and conversations I had with attendees at the show, from discussing pricing strategies to users trading contact information to help out with technical issues once they arrive back home.
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Two Storage Giants To Become One

Alan Bullock
Oct 27, 2015

On October 21, Western Digital Corporation (WD) announced its plan to acquire SanDisk in a deal that values SanDisk at approximately $19 billion. This merger has some interesting possibilities for consumer and professional photographers.

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The Dell-EMC Deal

Brendan Morse
Oct 20, 2015

The Deal
Though a little sticker-shock—to the order of $67 billion—is certainly in order, we should not be entirely surprised that Dell acquired EMC and its 81% stake in VMware. After all, it was an open secret that EMC was actively seeking buyers after the recent struggles with shareholders, and the failure to conclude a deal with HP. Though the acquisition includes a 60-day ‘go-shop’ provision that allows EMC to seek other bids with minimal penalty, competing bids seem unlikely. Dell has offered a substantial bid, and the number of other companies that would be seriously interested in acquiring EMC’s business is limited. Under the terms of the deal, EMC will go private as part of Dell, and VMware will remain a publically traded company.

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Take-aways of Canon Europe’s EXPO 2015 Keynote in Paris

David Stabel

Last week, Canon Europe opened its doors for EXPO 2015, its quinquennial global event, in Paris, France. The EXPO is a major event for Canon’s partners and customers within the EMEA region. This year’s EXPO  covered over 15,000 square meters of exhibition space. It demonstrated innovations in business areas within consumer imaging products, office equipment, print production, broadcast and communications, medical systems, and security solutions.

Fujio Mitarai, Chairman and CEO of Canon Inc., and Rokus van Iperen, President and CEO of Canon Europe, Middle East, and Africa, opened EXPO 2015 with a keynote speech that shared Canon’s vision on the future of imaging, as well as Canon Europe’s strategy. Here are the key take-aways from this keynote speech.

Fujio Mitarai, Chairman & CEO of Canon Inc.

Rokus van Iperen, President & CEO Canon Europe

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MOO Bridges the Paper-to-Digital Gap with Paper+

David Haueter
Oct 16, 2015

InfoTrends has been promoting the idea of interconnectivity between the printed and digital worlds for years now, as a way to raise the value of printed products and make them more functional and integrated into our digital world. One very interesting new product that bridges the gap between print and digital is MOO’s Paper+ technology, which has the potential to add real value to business cards and eventually other products.

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