Nov 5, 2013
The World Publishing Expo, the largest global trade fair for the newspaper and news publishing industry was held in Berlin, Germany, from the 7th to the 9th of October. It was the 43rd annual exhibition and conference and featured 267 exhibitors from 35 countries, including printing press manufacturers, editorial and advertising system providers, new media providers and other suppliers to the industry.
About 8,500 visitors from 90 countries attended. The 8,500 visitors were an increase from 7,000 who attended the 2012 Expo, which was held in Frankfurt, Germany. It is nevertheless a far cry from the heydays of the newspaper industry when publishers ordered presses by the dozen, invested in dedicated editorial systems, and newspaper publishers routinely had a return on revenue in the 20% range. These cases are pretty rare nowadays as newspapers are on one of the most embattled print segments. Not only is there a massive shift of readership from printed copies to electronic displays, additionally the base business model of publisher is under threat: charging for news content in the light of free electronic news sources. As a result, circulation is dropping across the industrialised countries. According to WAN-IFRA, newspaper circulation dropped by about 25% in Europe in the last four years, with North American circulation dropping by 12% in the same timeframe. There are bright spots however with noticeable gains in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Still with anÂ average daily circulationÂ of over 522 million newspaper copies worldwide in 2012, printed newspapers is a very sizeable market.Â Newspaper publishers know that they need to shift their business model from traditional mass print production to different forms of publishing however. Read more »
Oct 2, 2013
InfoTrends Group Director Jim Hamilton has recorded eight short videos (four minutes or less) that highlight some interesting print samples from PRINT 13:
Of course this is only a small selection of print samples from the show. If you saw a print sample that you think deserves attention, please send it my way: Jim Hamilton, InfoTrends, 97 Libbey Industrial Parkway, Weymouth, MA 02189.
For other InfoTrends PRINT 13 coverage, see The Top Trends of PRINT 13.
Aug 29, 2013
Print is driven by applications and production digital printing is no exception. Demand for certain applications, however, changes over time due to various reasons, such as growth in usage, electronic replacement, personalization, and the move to shorter runs. The change in demand will have a profound impact on production digital printing in competition with other processes as well as between different digital product groups. InfoTrends just published its 2012-2017 production digital print application forecast for the U.S. and Western Europe. It details application volumes and volume growth for 28 print applications in seven main application groups for the main categories of production digital printing devices.
Main Production Digital Printing Applications and Application Groups
The application forecast draws from many sources. InfoTrends’ consulting staff conducts ongoing primary and secondary research in the marketplace to determine the print volume share of the applications and volume trends. The underlying print volume forecast is based on published forecasts, which provide market size in terms of installed base, average monthly print volume, retail value of print, and other factors.
As an example, here is a view of some of the top production digital print applications in Western Europe (by absolute page growth).
10 Fastest Growing Applications in Production Digital Print in Western Europe 2012 to 2017
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Mar 1, 2012
A couple items caught my eye this morning as I read the Boston Globe … on my iPad. I still subscribe to the paper edition of the Globe. I have enjoyed reading it over breakfast ever since I was a paper delivery boy back in the 1970’s. But it was raining quite hard this morning and I was running a few minutes late, so instead of going down to get the paper I pulled out my iPad and perused a variety of sites.
At the site The Atlantic was a blog titled “The Collapse of Print Advertising in 1 Graph“. After looking at the chart my reaction was -Â Holy Schlitz!
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Christine Dunne Dunne
Jan 13, 2012
The Little Printer
I recently learned about a London-based design firm that’s got some big plans to integrate cloud-connected technology and creative design. BERG has named its new effort “BERG Cloud”; its first project is a little printer called — well, the Little Printer. It’s expected to launch this year in beta form. Read more »
Nov 25, 2011
Thanksgiving morning I go out to get the newspaper, which normally can be found midway up the driveway where the delivery guy heaves it from the street. To my amazement, it’s sitting on my doorstep and I do a doubletake because it looks suspiciously like the Sunday paper. It’s humongous. As I pick it up I see why it wasn’t thrown. It’s oozing with inserts and weighs a ton. The delivery guy would have separated his shoulder if he had thrown it. I bring it inside, groggily checking the wall calendar to be sure that it’s Thursday (not Sunday). It soon dawns on me that tomorrow is Black Friday, the biggest retail shopping day of the year, and therefore Thanksgiving, when most people have time to settle in with a newspaper and its advertisements, is most probably the biggest day of the year for newspaper insert printers.
Black Friday newspaper inserts from the Boston Globe
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Apr 14, 2011
Earlier this month I/O Data Centers opened their latest modular data center facility at the former site of the New York Times printing plant in Edison, NJ. Apparently printing plants and paper mills have many characteristics that are desired for mega-sized data centers being constructed around the world. How ironic.
The New York Times Co. originally opened the state-of-the-art printing plant in 1992, less than one year after Tim Berners-Lee posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project he had been working on at CERN. Noted Berners-Lee in his post, “The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system.”
Fast forward 16 years and the publisher announced it was shutting down the facility, reducing the size of the paper by one and a half inches and consolidating production operations at its College Point facility in Queens New York. Read more »
Feb 11, 2011
In the late 1970’s I read an article by a well-known strategic-planning guru (whose name I have now forgotten) that, among other good points, contained the observation that changes driven by technology often take longer than expected — sometimes MUCH longer — to develop, but once they start, they tend to accelerate rapidly. Another observation in the same article was that “technology giveth, and technology taketh away”. Both statements are apt right now for the paper industries in the advanced economies. After more than thirty years of availability of computing power at all levels (I attended the first “paperless office” demonstration in 1977), and 20 years of widespread Internet availability, it is only in the past decade, and more especially in the past five years, that all this technology has started really biting into demand for printing and writing papers. The fruition of these technology trends has made the current recession one in which, for the advanced-economy paper industries, the end of the recession will only staunch the bleeding, not heal the wounds. Read more »
Jan 21, 2011
Niiu, the first and most high-profile individualised printed newspaper, ceased printing and distributing its newspaper. I covered the first steps of niiu almost exactly one year ago in two blog posts (available atÂ The personalised newspaper is here and The personalised newspaper followe up) .
On 19 January 2011, Inter-Ti, the publisher of the niiu, stopped printing and distributing the newspaper. Niiu’s e-paper issue also ceased publication. According to Inter-Ti, the primary reasons for ceasing production included the failure to attract sufficient subscribers and the high cost of distribution. Niiu’s publishers set themselves a target of 5,000 subscribers, but they missed this goal.
It is sad to see the trial end, although it is not entirely unexpected for the first attempt to change a paradigm. I felt there were several shortcomings in the implementation, primarily in the composition process of the personalised paper (e.g., missing content, too little possibilities to fine-tune content, breaking of articles across pages, not enough content personalisation options, and no personalisation of ads. Sadly, I did not have the opportunity to check whether these challenges had been overcome until now.
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Jan 12, 2010
On the 16th of November the first personalised newspaper went live in Berlin. Its name ‘niiu’ is also a reminder that we embark on something new here. Long have been the discussions on producing a personalised printed newspaper, but it took some youthful outsiders to the industry to take the charge. It is too early to judge a commercial success, but it is surely interesting to have a look at how the personalised newspaper is achieved.
There are several things a subscriber can personalise with niiu. First the subscriber can add some gimmicks to the first page, like giving the paper a self selected title and motto or add a personal picture. More useful is a weather forecast info box for a town you can select and a stock chart. For the different sections of the newspaper the subscriber can select editorial content from a set of newspapers. Moreover he can choose how many pages he wants from any paper, he can even choose content from several papers for the same section or skip sections altogether. The range of newspaper supplying editorial content rank from the yellow press (like Bild and BZ) to the more reputable papers like a leading German financial paper (Handelsblatt). The geographic spread covers local German papers from cities as Berlin to less well known places as OsnabrÃ¼ck and includes international papers such as the New York Times, Washington Times or the Komsomolskaya Pravda. For example a subscriber can choose the title page from the a leading national paper, add the local pages for Berlin and one page from the town his family lives in, combined with the economy section of a leading financial magazine, the New York times culture pages (for the next trip to the big apple) and the sports section from a more cheerful & colourful paper.
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