The Key Point Blog

07/02/2019

Ron Gilboa & Colin McMahon

Observers of the global print industry recently got more evidence of the power Japan-based Toppan’s drive to expand its industrial print operations and marketing. On June 24, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., announced it has acquired 100% of Interprint GmbH (Germany), a global printer of décor materials such as wallpaper and laminates. Dubbing Toppan as just a printing company does not do justice to this giant organization, which has been an innovator in print and related activities for over a century. Today, it is a leading supplier of print, equipment, and services to a wide range of segments, including décor, packaging, and other industrial applications. On June 27th, 2019 Toppan also announced a new president, Mr. Hideharu Maro. As part of the announcment, Toppan stated “Mr. Maro takes over at a time when digital transformation and changing market dynamics are creating new openings and opportunities for the printing industry. Toppan has identified packaging, décor materials, and security solutions as its main growth engines globally and is strengthening the well-established international network of its electronics business.”

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06/26/2019

German Sacristan & Eve Padula

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Xerox announced the launch of its new Baltoro HF Inkjet Press. This fully Xerox engineered cut-sheet production press uses what is basically an iGen platform, and it enables clients to print high-volume transactional work and direct mail/catalogs on a single press. A new High Fusion (13.76 inches) print engine with Xerox W-Series inkjet heads provides true high definition 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution. This enables the creation of a range of applications on a variety of offset coated media types like matte, silk, and satin with High Fusion ink.

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06/24/2019

Keypoint Intelligence

Music City USA, or the more commonly known Nashville, TN, was the locale for the 28th EskoWorld – a gathering of brands, premedia, and producers of all things packaging. The annual event continues to grow, along with Esko and the digitization of packaging, setting a record attendance of 550 attendees with a little over 20% now representing brands. Last year’s theme of Packaging Connected was repeated this year with a slight emphasis on the desire to interconnect the supply chain through Esko’s technology.

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06/18/2019

George Mikolay

Security, Production, and uniFLOW Also Highlighted at Atlanta Event

“The smaller, more intimate setting of our regionalized dealer events allows for more access to individuals that don’t typically come to a larger national dealer event, such as sales reps and service technicians,” said Canon U.S.A., Inc.’s Hiroyuki “Hiro” Imamura.

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06/12/2019

Keypoint Intelligence

HP Indigo recently made public six new US installations of the HP Indigo 8000: Innovative Labeling Solutions (ILS), Dion Label Printing, Nosco, Info Label, Quality Tape and Label, as well as Natural State Label. If you’re not familiar with HP Indigo 8000, it is essentially a double version of the company’s flagship label web, HP Indigo 6900. Following a single in-line priming unit and driven by a single digital front end (DFE), the 8000 joins two HP Indigo 6900s in sequence; the first prints images 1 and 3, the second prints 2 and 4. This allows the HP Indigo 8000 to reach 80 mpm/262 fpm speed in “Enhance Productivity Mode” (just CMY colors), twice as fast as a single HP Indigo 6900.

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06/05/2019

Keypoint Intelligence

Today Heidelberg announced its acquisition of Crispy Mountain, a small company not known far outside its base in Mainz, Germany. For those in the U.S. who are unfamiliar with the company, they do not make mountains of light and fluffy doughnuts. Instead, Crispy Mountain develops a light print MIS solution, called Keyline MIS, that is cloud-delivered and mainly sold in Germany with a reseller agreement also in the United Kingdom.

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05/23/2019

Keypoint Intelligence

No other company captured the attention and imagination of drupa 2012 and 2016 like Landa Digital Printing. Some time later there was a launch event in September 2017 for the first Landa press installed at Graphica Bezalel in Israel including announcements of more presses to be shipped soon.

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05/06/2019

Keypoint Intelligence

On May 2nd, Electronics for Imaging (EFI) announced it had reached a deal to acquire privately-owned Turkish company BDR Boya Kimya (BDR). BDR is a worldwide supplier of textile inks and will be incorporated into EFI Reggiani, expanding the company’s digital textile solutions. EFI has stated that BDR’s Turkish operations will remain as they are, with all BDR employees joining the EFI team and continuing product support and development.

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05/02/2019

Keypoint Intelligence

Print China, Asia’s largest printing industry exhibition, has been held every 4 years since 2007. The 4th iteration of the show took place from April 9th to 13th at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center.

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05/01/2019

Keypoint Intelligence

The line that clearly separated a web-to-print (W2P) solution for print e-commerce from a print MIS solution to manage those and other orders through production continues to blur. Think of the first iteration as a divided highway with a solid do-not-pass line in the center where information from online orders traveled on one side and needed to be re-entered to travel in the print MIS lane. The second phase allowed for a passing lane where the systems had a base level of integration to send order information and status back and forth. Today, we are increasingly seeing solutions that combine the two functions into one product or have enhanced integrations to act as one solution. In other words, W2P and print MIS are now traveling together on the same super highway.

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