Posts tagged: Printing

Mimaki’s Mantras at Virtual FESPA Press Launch: Bigger is Better, Collaboration is Key, and Flexibility is Favourable

Catherine Cresswell
 Apr 2, 2020

In light of the postponement of FESPA 2020, Mimaki Europe responded quickly by announcing its planned product launches via a webinar. Ronald van den Broek (General Sales Manager, EMEA) provided an overview of the product announcements, Bert Benckhuysen (Senior Product Manager, EMEA) went into more detail on the products, and Danna Drion (Senior Marketing Manager) outlined Mimaki’s upcoming series of virtual meetings and customer/press communications as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s strategic objectives for this year include continued investments in innovation, efficiency, and competitiveness for all business units. The actual FESPA event, which is now scheduled for October 2020, is expected to bring further announcements. The primary sign & graphics and textile printing announcements from the webinar are outlined below.

The 3DGD-1800 Modelling Printer

The 3DGD-1800, a new gel dispensing 3D modelling printer with UV LED curing, is bigger than any other 3D device in Mimaki’s portfolio. It is capable of printing 3D objects up to 1.8m H x 1.45m W x 1.11m D. By using two interchangeable printheads at 1.8mm and 2.6mm, the device can also print two objects in a single print run or two halves of the same object with different printheads.

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The Softer Side of Innovation: Kornit Announces Neopigment Robusto Softener Solution

Catherine Cresswell
 Mar 27, 2020

Kornit, an Israeli manufacturer of direct-to-garment (DTG) and roll-to-roll digital printers, was scheduled to hold an in-person press conference at FESPA to launch its new NeoPigment™ Robusto Softener Solution. FESPA has been postponed due to the coronavirus, and the company instead invited press members to an impromptu webinar. During the webinar, Kornit provided its perspective on industry trends that drive the adoption of digital fabric printing, including the growing requirement for individualism, the increase in e-commerce, and the demand for greater sustainability (i.e., less water consumption and textile waste). In response to these trends, the company has completely overhauled its DTG and roll-to-roll digital textile printer portfolios over the past two years with new devices, a new workflow platform, and new inks and consumables.

With its NeoPigment Robusto Softener Solution, Kornit hopes to address major retail fashion brands’ demand for quality printed fabrics that require a rich colour gamut. The solution has proven successful in beta testing. According to Omer Kulka, Kornit’s Chief Marketing Officer, the softener enables printed fabrics to feel as soft as they do in their unprinted states. This improved hand closes an important gap in the ability of roll-to-roll digital pigment inks for high-end clothing applications, particularly womenswear. It can be used on most natural and synthetic fabrics, including cotton, silk, polyester, and even nylon. The softener complements the NeoPigment Robusto ink and Fixation on Fly (FOF) agent used in Kornit’s new Presto roll-to-roll direct-to-fabric printer range, which was launched at ITMA 2019. This product line brings increased permanency as well as the wash- and rub- fastness standards that are required in the fashion industry.

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How Will COVID-19 Affect My Business? bliQ Subscribers Speak Out

Eve Padula
 Mar 24, 2020

The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us in a variety of ways. Many employees are being advised to work from home to help slow the spread of the virus, businesses are attempting to manage their remote workforces, people are practicing social distancing, non-essential businesses in many communities are temporarily shutting down, and virtually everyone is wondering how long this will last and how it will impact our personal and professional lives.

The big question is, how will COVID-19 affect our industry? Keypoint Intelligence very recently conducted a survey of its bliQ subscribers to determine how dealers, vendors, salespeople, and others are responding to the outbreak. People were asked to provide their thoughts on the coronavirus and how they expected it to affect their businesses, and they were given the option to publish their comments anonymously or publicly (i.e., disclosing their names and companies). Many of the responses were quite candid and eye-opening, and a synopsis of subscriber comments is provided below.

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PRINT 19 Innovations Acknowledge Consumers’ Changing Preferences

Marc Mascara
 Nov 12, 2019

Introduction

Since the beginning of time, human beings have always striven to communicate with one another. The ways in which we communicate have changed with each new discovery or innovation, and the need to share information has only increased throughout history. As we progress through Industry 4.0 and make our way toward Industry 5.0, we are witnessing a time when the sheer number of communication channels has more than tripled. Citing recent research from Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends and news from PRINT 19, this article explores the ongoing shifts in customer communications.

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Diversity on Display at PRINTING United 2019

Pat McGrew
 

A show like the first edition of PRINTING United, hosted by SGIA in partnership with NAPCO Media, brings optimism to the print community. It was a large show that filled 6 halls and 720,000 square feet. Over 600 exhibitors gathered at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, and the event attracted printers from a diverse range of segments. The show floor was divided in to three main areas, including decorative printing (screen printing and direct-to-garment), sign & graphics printing, and document printing and finishing (new to the SGIA visitors but right at home for PRINTING United).

A view of the show floor at PRINTING United
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Happy Anniversary Prinergy!

Pat McGrew
 Nov 6, 2019

Kodak GUA Europe Celebrates!

Bringing together a group of passionate workflow people, Kodak hosted the European edition of the Graphic Users’ Association in Berlin from the 29th to the 31st of October. Together with their partners IC3D, Callas, and Arden Software, the event was designed to celebrate the innovations Prinergy has brought to market over two decades as well as to provide lab experience and knowledge sharing opportunities.

Todd Bigger at the Opening Gala welcoming GUA attendees.

The Gala kicked off with KODAK Chairman Jim Continenza reinforcing the message that KODAK is in the Print business, and Prinergy is an essential element of that commitment. That message came through in all of the messaging from Todd Bigger, President of the KODAK software division, and the many Kodak speakers.

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The Rise of Digital B2

Ralf Schlozer
 Aug 29, 2019

Personally, I always believed in the potential of B2 digital since it become mainstream at drupa 2012 with several vendors showing or previewing products. Of course, new product concepts often take longer in hitting the market than expected, accordingly it took some time for real placements to arrive at customer sites. In our research we already identified a number of benefits these presses bring, and therefore it was no surprise to see installations rise quickly for several years.

For 2018 we feared to see some slowdown, as the printers with investment interest should have already made their calculation by then whether there is a business case for a B2 digital press or not. But it seems there is quite a bit of continuing interest for the devices, and 2018 placements held up reasonably well, despite drupa 2020 looming large. There are ongoing improvements on the existing devices, but there will be a lot more choice in models at drupa 2020, including next generation improvements on existing ones. But it seems that even in the meantime companies interested in B2 still find new opportunities, business cases, or are still only beginning to explore the capabilities of existing devices.

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The Ecosystem Might Be Digital, but the Print Volume Share Isn’t Even Close!

German Sacristan
 Aug 7, 2019

Can a company consider itself digitally transformed simply because it manufactures digital printers or uses them to put ink on paper? If that was the case, how is the digital printing page share only in the single digits?

We have been entrenched in the digital revolution for a few decades now and, in that respect, printing is actually ahead of the game in relation to some other industries. At the same time, however, there is still much to be done to fully align the reality of digitally printed pages to its full potential.

What Type of Commitment is Needed to Grow the Digital Market?

Regardless of whether you’re a digital print equipment manufacturer, vendor, or purchaser of the product – true commitment requires more than just initial investments in a technology, as the technology itself can never guarantee success. The printing industry must undergo a fundamental change in its DNA to grow, which will involve becoming completely immersed in the full value of digital, not just from a technical perspective but — more importantly — from a strategic printed product perspective.

We all know the printing industry is driven by communication, and digital technology can help empower the human communication skill of establishing personal contacts. Digitally printed communications can’t overtake the printing industry and obtain a greater share of the overall communication market without becoming a greater contributor to the personal interaction or the 1:1 space. Print is still very relevant to the overall communication market – bringing incredible value year after year. It would be a shame not to use this channel to its true potential.

Although we’re not saying anything new, it’s clear that something isn’t working—otherwise, digital printing would have a larger share by now. Read more »

Print On Demand Forecast shows high growth in Colour Inkjet

Ralf Schlozer
 Jul 16, 2019

Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends just launched their latest digital printing forecast for the POD market. For years we have been tracking and forecasting digital production printing markets, including placements, installed base, print volumes, equipment, service and supplies revenues. The data can be broken down by multiple device classes and features to allow for further insights. Our latest POD forecast has 2018 as base year and looks at developments until 2023.

It is always interesting to see how types of devices with a small number of placements can have a big effect on other metrics, such as print volumes. Continuous feed (CF) colour inkjet started to gain traction in 2008, and while sales crept up, the total number is barely reaching 291 units in the US and about 160 in Western Europe. This even includes counting these devices by engine, which means the number of installed print lines is about half. It pales against 12,000 (WE) to 16,000 (US) toner-based devices installed in 2018, even when excluding entry level devices.

Looking at print volumes we see how the small group of CF inkjet colour devices already has a big impact on colour volumes. By 2018 inkjet print volumes overtook colour toner volumes, mostly due to the impact of CF inkjet devices, which contribute about 95% to the colour inkjet print volume.

POD Digital Colour Print Volume Forecast

CF colour inkjet will be a major driver not only in the future growth of inkjet impressions, but for colour impressions in general. Although we expect the colour toner volumes to increase by 10 to 15% by 2023, the colour inkjet volumes are expected to grow by around 80% between 2018 and 2023. This is leading to an average annual growth in the range of 8 to 9% for all colour digital impressions. Not only because of the recent success in CF inkjet sales will the US remain the larger market, the US market has a larger potential in replacing black & white volumes as well. Converting digital black & white volumes into colour has been a big driver in the past, but offset conversion and application growth will drive this colour growth more and more.

The dominance of CF colour inkjet will wane somewhat in the future as more cut-sheet inkjet devices are launched and prove to be very productive. We expect drupa 2020 to be a major launch pad. Still, even by 2023 the vast majority of inkjet print volumes will be contributed by the continuous feed devices.

For more details on our latest US and Western Europe POD forecast and all the other digital print and imaging forecasts we produce please contact us at or check out our report store

 

 

Epson Announces Revamped EcoTank All-in-One Printers & Multi-Year Partnership with Shaquille O’Neal to Promote Brand

Barbara Richards
 Jul 9, 2019

On July 9th Epson America, Inc. announced six new additions to its Supertank line of EcoTank printers.  The new all-in-one printers offer cartridge-free printing, using bottles and easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks for zero cartridge waste. End-users get up to two year of ink with each included or replacement ink set.  According to Epson, this unique printing technology empowers users to print by saving them up to 90 percent on ink with low-cost replacement bottles versus traditional cartridge-based systems.

Epson’s New EcoTank All-in-One Portfolio

Branded as “easy, economical, ecological,” the new printers offer standard wireless and borderless printing and color displays that are easy to set up and navigate. One of the key benefits to this technology is the long-life consumables. According Epson, one set of replacement bottles is equivalent to about 80 individual cartridges, which helps save on costs, trips to the store, and environmental impact. Additionally , Epson has stated cost per page is only one cent for color and 1/3 of a cent for black. Furthermore, Epson’s integrated front-facing ink tanks and unique keyed EcoFit™ bottles make it easy to fill each color tank, providing added convenience and ease of use. The new printers are available in a clean, sleek white finish and all include a two-year limited warranty. Epson’s EcoTank printers are available through major computer, office and electronic superstores and online at the Epson store.

In addition to the new EcoTank printer announcement, Epson has unveiled a multi-year partnership with NBA Hall of Famer, business leader and philanthropist  Shaquille O’Neal. This partnership will include several high-profile commercials and ad-campaign around the benefits of the EcoTank technology. The marketing campaign is expected to start in time for the back to school activities. https://epson.com/ecotank-ink-tank-printers

Epson’s New EcoTank Commercials “Just Fill & Chill” with SHAQ

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