Dec 16, 2014
Recent Intuit acquisition Check will now be known as Mint Bills.
When the mobile bill pay company’s acquisition was announced earlier this year, Check co-founder and CEO Guy Goldstein noted that his team looked forward to merging their “talent, mobile mindset and spirit of innovation with Intuit to build products that delight consumers and become a part of their everyday financial lives.” This rebranding helps to publicly solidify that intent to integrate the services.
Intuit has simultaneously used this opportunity to refresh the Mint logo, with each of its products having a subtle difference in the colored line in the leaf to distinguish them from one another. Read more »
Without much fanfare a new continuous feed inkjet printing line has appeared on the market. The new system is called PageMaster, and it was introduced at an open house in the middle of November at Bielomatik’s facility in Neuffen in Southern Germany. PageMaster is an integrated inkjet printing and converting line for booklets or notepads that is being marketed by a new organization called Bielomatti, as part of a joint venture between Bielomatik and Matti. Bielomatik has a 60% stake in the joint venture and therefore will have a larger role in marketing and driving the product. So far the joint venture has no permanent staff and draws resources from both companies as needed. Once the demand takes off, the company will add staff accordingly.
Matti has a lot of experience designing paper transport and print towers for a range of vendors including Kodak, Xerox, and Xerox Impika. The company also markets printing solutions directly to end customers. These are typically custom solutions integrating paper transport and inkjet heads.
Bielomatik is the by far larger partner with 900 employees worldwide (Matti has about 25 employees). Bielomatik focusses on paper processing and plastic welding equipment. In the paper processing the company manufactures complete lines for a somewhat diverse range of applications: the production of copybooks/notepads (the types used in schools), lines for converting bank notes, attaching RFID tags, and wrapping of cut-sheet papers. Apart from basic flexo units that print lines or grids into the copybooks no printing equipment is offered. Accordingly the company’s expertise is in folding, sheeting, collating, and binding in high volume 24/7 environments. Not surprisingly a decline in the established copybook markets is driving the company to seek other opportunities. Read more »
Dec 12, 2014
The Landa marketing machine had gone a little quiet recently. No word from them at Graph Expo or All in Print China. It wasn’t like them to be so reserved but that all changed this week with a media push that included a video showing their progress with their B1-format cut-sheet digital color printer; a blog by Benny Landa; a couple of quotes from printers who were shown samples (see more on this below); and a few other things such as the announcement of two new hires, a partnership with AVT, and an award to Benny Landa (the Ernst & Young Israeli Entrepreneur of the Year).
Landa said that it will be starting beta tests sometime in 2015 after potential beta customers visit the Landa headquarters in Israel in March. It seems likely that Landa should have a market-ready product Read more »
The Strategy Institute held its annual Digital Marketing for Financial Services Summit in New York City on December 9th and 10th. Over the course of the two days, speakers, vendors, representatives, and attendees all met to discuss best practices, new digital marketing techniques, and experiences that have brought both successes and failures. A majority of discussions were about how financial services can better connect to customers through mobile, content marketing practices, and leveraging data in an effective way. Here are some of the key observations gained from our time there:
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Dec 9, 2014
I’ve recorded nine short videos (each is three and half minutes or less) that highlight some interesting print samples from Graph Expo 2014:
Dec 3, 2014
A recent announcement signals a change in the relationship between Xerox Corporation and Fuji Xerox. In the past they have not competed head to head in any market. Now they will. The battleground will be Asia Pacific and the product class is high-speed continuous-feed inkjet.
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Dec 2, 2014
Hewlett-Packard’s Graphics Arts Division demonstrated its ongoing commitment to digital printing for packaging with two major events in Eastern Europe. The first event, the worldwide premiere of a printing and finishing solution developed and integrated by Kama and HP Indigo in Israel, was covered in InfoTrends’ blog on November 24. This blog covers the demonstration of the HP T400 at the Obaly Morava open house. The T400 is a high-speed inkjet press for the full color printing of liner stock that is later laminated to corrugated board and then converted into packaging and displays.
Obaly Morava (Otrokovice, Czech Republic) is a privately-held manufacturer of corrugated cardboard and packaging. The company manufactures corrugated packaging using three- and five-layer cardboard to create various configurations, including tuck-in flap boxes and specialized packaging. Obaly Morava’s equipment list includes the finishing elements needed to manufacture packaging (e.g., die-cutting, folding, gluing, sewing), equipment for various print processes (e.g., rotary screen and flexo printing for up to 5 colors), and now CMYK (with HP’s T400 inkjet press). Read more »
Bob Leahey and Ralf Schlozer
The new generation of ‘B2’ format sheet fed presses from HP Indigo and several other suppliers has caused interest and excitement since their first unveiling two years ago. Today about 140 B2 presses are operating worldwide, and that total is growing. InfoTrends recently interviewed 40 current users of B2 presses and also surveyed 200 prospects for the technology in Europe and North America, in order to understand the status and outlook for B2 digital systems, which are available now from Delphax, Fujifilm, HP Indigo, and Screen, with more to come. The results are charted and interpreted in the new report, Opportunities and Challenges in B2 Digital.
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Dec 1, 2014
The skeptics have all but written us off
The pundits call us a sunset industry
Misguided marketers think electronic substitution replaces print
But print will prevail
Yes, some print has become electronic
But you cannot replace all print
An e-greeting is not the same as a Read more »
Nov 24, 2014
HP’s Graphic Arts division demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the future of digital printing for packaging applications by announcing a partnership with Kama, a major manufacturer of finishing automation.. The announcement came a part of a recent open house that Kama held at its Dresden, Germany headquarters; also at that event, Kama, a 120-year-old manufacturer of automatic die cutters, hot foil stamping systems, and folder-gluers, revealed its collaboration with HP Indigo to launch a prototype of the FlexFold 52, a folder-gluer that will become commercially available in Q2 2015. During his introduction, Kama CEO Marcus Tralau proclaimed that “packaging is coming home” to Germany with this new technology introduction.
The FlexFold 52 offers automatic setup for rapid changeovers from one job to the next, making it ideal for producing short runs of folding cartons. Setup is handled via JDF and JMF commands, and the device can automatically adjust the length and width of the folding elements before gluing them together at a speed of 200 meters per minute with nearly whisper-quiet operation. Developed in collaboration with HP Indigo’s team, the system complements the capabilities of the HP Indigo 30000 printing system when producing folding carton applications.
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