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 »
Nov 4, 2013
A few years ago, you could not turn around without hearing or seeing something about digital printing. The noise has quieted down, but the changes keep on coming.
Offset press manufacturers now send out a press release every time they sell a system because it is such a unique event. There is still a good market for offset presses, but it is smaller that ever and getting smaller.
Komori and KBA were the only press makers at the PRINT show. Komori actually had a press. “Find us by following the noise,” I was told.
Digital printing volumes are growing nicely, but no one notices. Read more »
Jul 1, 2013
This year’s Doxnet conference and exhibition, held from June 17th to 19th in Baden Baden, Germany, was remarkable for two reasons: strong attendance and a focus on Enterprise Content Management (ECM). Doxnet (www.doxnet.eu) is a not-for-profit association for document experts and companies active in document management – usually for mission critical documents and traditionally with a focus on print output. The geographic focus is on German speaking countries and for obvious reasons the majority of members come from Germany with smaller shares from Austria and Switzerland. The event had 613 attendees pre-registered from a total of 218 companies, setting a new record attendance. The exhibition hall had strong representation from manufacturers of inserting equipment, but less so for printing system manufacturers, with only Canon/Océ, Pitney Bowes, and Ricoh exhibiting. There was also a strong showing in the area of electronic document solutions from software to service providers for electronic alternatives to printed statements.
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Oct 1, 2012
Last week, InfoTrends was invited by Océ to visit its continuous feed headquarters in Poing, Germany for a drupa follow-up event to see Océ’s InfiniStream product and hear about its strategy to enter the packaging space. Océ also took the opportunity to present a few product updates and they announced a new model in the Inkjet Wide Series. Key highlights include:
- New JetStream Model in the Wide Series; Océ Jetstream 5500 mono. The printer can produce up to 5,140 ipm (A4) with a web speed of 254m/min and a web width of 30 inch. The Jetstream 3300 mono and Jetstream 4300 mono are both upgradeable to the new 5500 mono.
- Océ announced a premium black pigment ink for the publication market. This new pigment ink allows them to obtain a higher density black, especially on standard uncoated paper, which is especially desired in book printing.
- Océ demonstrated a manroland book production line (manroland VFF-2) together with the JetStream 5500 mono. The line has been optimized for digital book block production, but is suitable for brochures and flyers as well. Additionally a newspaper production line (manroland VPF-211) for tabloid and broadsheet papers has been announced as well, but was not shown live.
- Océ InkControl is a new software development for pre-print estimation of ink consumption; as well as monitor and feedback actual consumption. This closes the loop as its existing TrueProof solution can only estimate ink consumption, not feedback actual results
- Océ talked about its alignment with the Canon organisation. Poing has become a Strategic Business Unit (SBU) that develops continuous feed products and delivers support for Canon’s regional sales headquarters, based in London (EMEA), New York (Americas), Singapore/China (Asia), Sydney (Oceania) and Tokyo (Japan)
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May 15, 2012
One of the more interesting drupa 2012 announcements took place not in DÃ¼sseldorf, but in Poing Germany. Canon Océ held an event with 20 or so press and analysts to introduce the new Océ InfiniStream technology. Although the prototype B2 lithographic liquid toner press looked like a finished product, Canon Océ executives stressed that theirs was a technology announcement, because they continue to refine the new platform. Nevertheless, substantial progress has been made toward productizing the technology, and Canon Océ says a full launch of the InfiniStream press can be expected within 12 to 18 months.
The Océ InfiniStream technology
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May 10, 2012
Wide-format developments were in evidence at drupa, but weren’t the centre of interest. The biggest noise at drupa was Benny Landa’s nanography and the other big noises were B2 sheetfed digital presses and the universal interest by vendors in applying their products to packaging and label printing. However, there were some launches and technology demonstrations of wide-format printing hardware that highlight developments in the sector.
Screen Truepress Jet W1632UV
The following is a list of some of the wide-format printer and press developments listed alphabetically.
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Feb 29, 2012
One interesting aspect of a company’s market impact is how much it is willing to spend on trade shows. Booth size, while not an exact measure of spending, does provide insight into a company’s level of investment. InfoTrends has explored this topic on a number of different occasions, most recently in a blog on Graph Expo 2011 called “Tracking the Digital Market through Graph Expo Booth Space.” With drupa 2012 right around the corner I decided to conduct a similar exercise. Here’s how we came up with the rankings. We based these on the show floor map that is displayed on the drupa 2012 web site and confirmed them where possible by public statements or private confirmations with the vendors. Keep in mind that this is an InfoTrends calculation, not official numbers from the drupa 2012 organizers.
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Feb 28, 2012
Fespa Digital was held last week and the overarching theme was workflow for wide-format. While the single biggest launch at Fespa was the Mimaki JV-400 with its Latex or solvent UV ink options (see Tim Greene’s recent blog here for more information), the area where there were the most announcements and developments was in the workflow space. Wide-format has long lagged small format digital, and for that matter analogue print in the sophistication of its workflow. Recent developments show it is catching up at least and may even be overtaking those sectors.
At Fespa new products were announced by GMG, SAi, Esko, ONYX and Xanté, while other established wide-format workflow vendors such as Caldera refreshed some products for SGIA in the USA at the end of last year and plan further developments around Drupa in Germany this May. Read more »
Feb 16, 2012
And I almost believe them. The truth is publishers have been dealing with mounds of data for quite some time. Now that enterprise marketers are facing similar issues, there’s a term (Big Data) to explain the problem. Graphics, text, links, rich media, and more are all versioned and stored with metadata to ensure they’re findable when needed. New media and technology has just added a new layer of complication to the already expanding databases. To capture the changing demands of publishing technology, O’Reilly has once again hosted its Tools of Change conference, bringing publishers, authors, and technology companies under one roof to discuss the problems and solutions facing today’s publishing industry. Read more »
Feb 10, 2012
The most significant news from Océ’s recent launches in the technical document sector was the move into the cloud in this sector of the market with two new tools, mobile print application MobilePlot and document distribution and management service Eneo. Both are responses to the changing work landscape and designed to make it simpler to use documents in the ever-more mobile, collaborative and complex environments that businesses operate in.
MobilePlot is an app available for Apple’s iPhone and iPad iOS devices as well as Android-based smart phones and tablets. It provides a simple scan and print workflow for registered users, which works with a range of Oce printers as long as they are on a wifi network. Up to five printers can be controlled at any one time by the app. From within the app print functions include control over number of copies, media, scaling and folding. It is also possible to scan to the app and to set up pre-set workflows. The app integrates with a number of third party tools include Adobe Acrobat, Evernote and Dropbox.
Eneo is a cloud-based Software as a service (SaaS) system for document distribution and management. It was developed to simplify the document workflow and to make it as easy as possible for the stakeholders to work with digital and printed documents when most appropriate. To support hard copy in the workflow it enables simple printing to connected devices on a user’s network or via third-party print service providers connected to the Eneo network. It also integrates with scanners to enable annotations and comments to be captured and tracked.
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