Posts tagged: offset

Digi:media – a new trade show on print-media integration

Ralf Schlozer
 Apr 11, 2011

There are countless tradeshows addressing the whole or parts of the graphic arts industry and apart from half a dozen global flagship trade shows most receive only regional attention. However when the organisers of drupa, the mother of all graphic arts trade shows, come up with a new event, it is worth having a look.

Digi:media is billed as an addition to drupa, not only to bridge the three years between the drupas. Digi:media has been set up to cover the entire digital process chain for digital media. Print is covered from content creation and creative stage to the finished product with special focus on print’s integration with other media. The exhibition is flanked by numerous conferences and special events. Read more »

The first sizeable offset press manufacturer files for bankruptcy

Ralf Schlozer
 Jan 17, 2011

The downturn in offset press sales has claimed its most prominent victim so far. While several finishing and press component suppliers have folded in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Shinohara is the most prominent press manufacturer to file for bankruptcy protection so far.

With debts of over €70 million and revenues down to €20 million in the 2010 business year, Shinohara Co. Ltd. filed for bankruptcy protection last week on January 11th. This Japanese civil law filing is similar to a U.S. Chapter 11th. Shinohara’s sales dropped drastically in their past fiscal year from €45 million (5 billion Yen) in 2009 to €20 million (2.2 billion Yen) in 2010.

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Big Offset Press Manufacturer Moves Back into Digital – Océ and manroland Announce Worldwide Partnership

Ralf Schlozer
 Dec 1, 2010

It was expected and it happened… but it was not Heidelberg who came out first announcing a return into digital. On the 1st of December 2010, Océ and manroland issued a press release announcing that they will be entering into a worldwide strategic alliance. Particularly the alliance will focus on inkjet-based digital printing solutions for the graphic arts industry. This alliance will come into effect at the beginning of 2011.

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Kodak’s Prosper S10 Imprinting System Now Capable of Process Color

Jim Hamilton
 Aug 11, 2010

When Kodak first launched the S10 Imprinting System, the users were only printing monochrome or spot color with it. Process color printing was the next logical step. Today Kodak announced the first customer to run process color with an S10 Imprinting System. It’s a U.S.-based direct marketing company called Lehigh Direct. This type of “hybrid” on-press use of inkjet in conjunction with web-fed offset presses is a fascinating opportunity. So interesting, in fact, that InfoTrends recently wrote a white paper on this topic and used a Prosper S10 Imprinting System customer, Wilen Direct, as an example of this developing trend. The white paper (entitled “Opportunities for High-Speed Monochrome and Color Inkjet Mounted on Offset Web Presses”) is available for free through Kodak on the Prosper page of the Kodak web site. I recommend that you have a look at this document because it describes and defines key aspects of the use of inkjet and offset in hybrid combinations. I also believe that Kodak is in a very good competitive position to lead this developing market, which is another reason to pay attention to this announcement. When InfoTrends finished its white paper in March, Kodak had not yet specified a release date for on-press process color capability with the S10 Imprinting system. Here we are now in August and it’s arrived, which is very good news for Kodak and for those users who want to take advantage of the best that offset and inkjet have to offer together.

Transaction Printers Are the Leading Adopters of High-Speed Continuous-Feed Process Color Digital

Jim Hamilton
 Aug 9, 2010

Who is buying high-speed continuous-feed process color printers? Early evidence indicates that it’s transaction printers. About 200 print engines in this class were placed around the world in 2009 but it hasn’t been entirely clear which environments have been most likely to buy them. It was my assumption that the quality and running cost capabilities of these devices made them attractive to transaction, direct mail, and some publication environments but I wondered whether that was really the case. I decided to look at the public announcements of companies that have placed such products to see what this said about market preferences. Read more »

What’s a Digital Press?

Jim Hamilton
 Jan 5, 2010

One of the more remarkable on-line discussions I have seen in recent memory is revolving around a very basic question on LinkedIn posed by Rick Ciordia, a Regional Sales Manager at MGI USA. Rick asks “What is the difference between a ‘digital press’ and a ‘copier’?” As of early Tuesday evening January 5th Rick’s question had prompted 68 comments. See for yourself. Most of it is on topic, but it ranges from discussions of duty cycle to reliability to liquid versus dry toner. I’m pleased that the topic generates so much interest.

It reminded me of what I wrote after Graph Expo 2006: 

“What’s a Digital Press? Visitors to the show floor may have noticed that everyone from the big players all the way down to Xitron with its new Prism called their digital color print offerings “presses.” These devices are all printers by any logical definition, but vendors like them to sound big, heavy, and productive, so they call them presses, even though traditional printing presses are handicapped by the inability to do anything other than printing the same image over and over again. Calling a production color printer a “press” ignores the inherent advantages of digital print–electronic collation, cost-effective runs of one, and variable data. When vendors call these devices “presses,” InfoTrends does what we do with any term whose intent is marketing rather than truth-telling: we call it by an accurate name, which in this case is production color digital printer.”

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What’s Keeping You Up at Night?

Jim Hamilton
 Nov 17, 2009

I recently met with a group of Kodak NexPress users and I asked them, “What keeps you up at night?” They started throwing out a range of ideas and didn’t stop until we came up with a list of about twenty things like keeping up with technology, driving growth, new competition, automation, legislation, solution selling, and government regulations.

I dutifully wrote everything down and then grouped them into about eight or nine topics areas. I gave everyone three votes to apply to their top three nightmares. After the smoke cleared the top issue by far was the future of print. In short, what is the viability of print in an age of Internet, social media, and mobile communications? Read more »

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