In the past few years we have heard an awful lot about the printers adding additional services to stay competitive in their respective markets. So it was particularly interesting when Bridgeport National Bindery in Agawam, MA, a trade binder at heart, took the opposite course and added digital printing as a service. For most of the company’s history its sales representatives traveled throughout the Northeastern United States convincing print shops to send them their printed material for binding and distribution. This meant shipping and storing printed pages, having extra printed pages on hand in case of errors, and finally distributing completed work or shipping it back to the printer. It’s easy to see how that business process could be streamlined, and since 2005 Bridgeport National has been active in the print-on-demand market (POD). Their origins as a trade bindery, however, left them in an advantageous position when it comes to POD book printing due to the wide variety of applications and experience they have gained.
Last month Bridgeport National Bindery hosted an HP “Print your Future” event at Read more »
As I roamed the aisles at TexWorld USA in New York City last week I was impressed by the high level of awareness of digital print. On top of that, of the two dozen or so booths that I stopped at, about a third were actively using digital printing technologies. Held bi-annually, TexWorld USA is where fabric and garment manufacturers and local buyers meet to exchange ideas and place orders for the coming fashion season. Exhibitors from Asia, the Middle East, North America and many other regions showed textiles for use in clothing for women, men, juniors and infants. About 300 exhibitors from 17 countries were on hand at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from January 19th to the 21st.
EFI Connect, EFI’s annual user conference is currently underway in Las Vegas. Over the years it has grown in size and importance, but has never been as big as this year. An estimated 1,500 attendees have taken three days out of their work schedule to meet and discuss trends in the industry and be educated on EFI and partner offerings. The conference has also attracted a record number of media and analysts; over 70 representatives from 17 countries came to Las Vegas; about 20 of them from Europe. This blog provides an update on some of the interesting happenings and identifies what InfoTrends sees as the biggest news at EFI Connect: the announcement of EFI’s Productivity Suite.
EFI CEO Guy Gecht talking to RR Donnelley CEO Thomas Quinlan III
EFI CEO Guy Gecht’s keynote is always an anticipated event Read more »
On December 5, 2014, OpenText announced its intention to acquire Actuate for around US$330M. One month later, on January 16, 2015, OpenText announced the successful completion of it. This acquisition follows a series of takeovers by OpenText throughout recent years with the objective to become the leader in the Enterprise Information Management (EIM) market. A market that OpenText estimates to be almost US$21B in size.
Some of OpenText’s earlier acquisitions were targeted to strengthen its Customer Experience Management (CEM) suite: Artesia (August 2004), a provider of Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions; RedDot (October 2006), a provider of web site management solutions; Vignette (July 2009), a provider of Web Content Management (WCM) solutions; and StreamServe (October 2010), a provider of Customer Communications Management (CCM) solutions. InfoTrends believes both OpenText and Actuate will benefit from this acquisition. This blog briefly explains why.
David Stabel, Deborah Hawkins, Kaspar Roos and Ralf Schlozer
Jan 16, 2015
On December 11-12, 2014, Ricoh Europe invited European industry analysts to a summit in Lisbon, Portugal, to provide an update on its corporate strategy and goals of its 18th mid-term plan (MTP) starting in 2015. This event follows a global industry analyst summit held in Japan, earlier this year. David Mills, CEO of Ricoh Europe Plc. and Corporate Vice President of Ricoh Company Ltd., together with his executive management team presented their growth plans for its Imaging & Solutions business. Ricoh’s new strategy can be summarized by an acceleration of a transition to services, a rekindled effort to grow through geographical expansion, a focus on new market opportunities.
This is the fifth year that I have done a video blog review of all the corporate greeting cards I received during the holiday season. This year’s collection includes InfoTrends’ own corporate greeting card, which was designed by the winner of the 2014 EDSF Charlie Corr Memorial Scholarship, Jessica Baratta. Jessica is a graduate student at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver. We were also very fortunate to have Mohawk provide the paper for the card, which has a rich beautiful feel because of the Mohawk Superfine Eggshell 120 cover that it’s printed on.
If you have an interesting greeting card you’d like to send me, my address is Jim Hamilton, 97 Libbey Industrial Parkway, Suite 300, Weymouth, Massachusetts 02189, USA
If you would like to see the previous videos, here are the links:
Frank Romano is at it again. His latest, History of the Phototypesetting Era, follows the publication last summer of his History of the Linotype Company. Both books have been aptly described as time capsules. Particularly notable throughout all his writings are Romano’s attention to detail, his desire to document events, and, in the case of this latest book, an “I was there” perspective.
Romano’s History of the Phototypesetting Era is remarkable as much for its Read more »
SPG Prints has announced Pike, a new single pass digital textile printer based on Fuji Dimatix’s Samba printhead. The new system is currently on preview at the company’s headquarters for a two-week period and is scheduled to be launched next November at ITMA 2015 in Milan, Italy. The machine is targeted at rotary screen printers printing between 3 million and up to 10 million meters annually. Initial target customers will likely be in fashion fabric printing, although home textile will also be a longer term target.
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 »