European Printing Industry Coverage

This section of WhatTheyThink focuses on emerging trends in the European printing market. It features commentary and analysis on technical and business trends relative to the print media landscape in Europe.

Commentary & Analysis

Heidelberg’s Digital Strategy After Discontinuing Primefire

WhatTheyThink European Section Editor Ralf Schlözer talks to Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer about the company’s decision to discontinue the Primefire inkjet folding carton press, as well as the company’s overall strategy.

CottonBee Customized Textiles Fly Across Europe—A New Business with Mimaki Technology

Digital printing technologies have enabled a wide range of entrepreneurs to get into the industry, something that was more difficult before. An example is Cotton Bee Fabrics in Poland, which has leveraged Mimaki printing technology to transform a side hustle into a viable business.

Print Applications in Times of COVID-19

WhatTheyThink European Section Editor Ralf Schlözer looks at how the COVID-19 crisis will impact various kinds of print products—both in the short term and the long term.

Kodak Celebrates 20 Years of Prinergy in Berlin

Kodak Prinergy celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and European customers marked the occasion with a gala held in Berlin, Germany, last October. WhatTheyThink’s Pat McGrew attended the event.

Labelexpo Europe 2019: Getting Ready for the Big Event!

drupa 2020 is only about eight months away and the rumors and anticipation are starting to heat up. Very much like drupa, Labelexpo is truly a global event. And don’t let the name fool you: it isn’t just about labels. There is also flexible packaging and of course lots of innovative finishing and media being showcased. Even if you are not in label or flexible packaging production, this event offers you a preview of things to come—although you may need to connect the dots.

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Polish Label Producer Arti-Bau Adds Xeikon's UV Inkjet Solution for Increased Flexibility

Amedia Bodö Gets Retrofit and Closed-Loop System from DCOS

Schmidt & Buchta Delighted with its Rapida 76

Interket Group Invests in the New Xeikon CX300

B&K Offsetdruck Invests in Two Speedmaster XL 106 Presses of the Latest Generation and a Subscription Smart Contract for More Efficient Processes

Heidelberg Digital Unit Once Again Singled Out by Capital as One of Germany’s Top Digital Labs

The Modularity of Xeikon’s Cheetah 2.0 Series Made it an Obvious Decision for Interket Group to Invest in the New Xeikon CX300

Digitak Services Always in Fashion with Mimaki Sublimation and Direct Printing

Roland DG EMEA Partner with Media Experts Gardiner Graphics

Third Mark Andy Press Implemented for Polish Printing House

Rospil’s Total Confidence in Durst Leads to Tau 330 RSC E Investment to Capture New Markets

Printful Launches French Version of its Website

SPGPrints Appoints Omigraf as New Poland Agent for its Rotary Screen Label Printing Division

L/M/B Druck Louko Fires Up a Second Rapida 106

New swissQprint Showroom in Barcelona

Lecta Presents Its New Adestor Fastline Service

Sorma Ibérica Grows With Installation of a New Nilpeter FA-14

Schibsted Trykk Boosts its Oslo Printing Plant with DCOS Closed-Loop Inspection System

Print Operations Shown How to Plan their New Normal with Ricoh and Inkish TV Collaboration

One of the Largest Packaging Printers in Russia Achieves Over 736 Million Prints with Speedmaster from Heidelberg

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A Look Ahead at FESPA 2020 in Madrid
A Look Ahead at FESPA 2020 in Madrid

Published: December 19, 2019

Graeme Richardson-Locke, FESPA's Technical Support Manager, speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the role of FESPA in the industry, its constituency, and its Profit for Purpose program. He also talks about some of the special experiential features that FESPA includes in its European event. Watch Video

Canon Offically Enters the Digital Packaging Market at Labelexpo in Brussels
Canon Offically Enters the Digital Packaging Market at Labelexpo in Brussels

Published: November 5, 2019

Crit Driessen, VP of Labels & Packaging for Canon, talks to David Zwang about the Océ LabelStream 4000 Series, Canon’s initial entry into the digital packaging marketplace. Watch Video

Zalsman b.v. Has More Than 160 Years of Experience
Zalsman b.v. Has More Than 160 Years of Experience

Published: April 22, 2019

Herman Verlind, Owner of the Netherlands' Zalsman b.v., talks about the company's 160-year history and the future of their offset and digital printing capabilities. Watch Video

Print Trends UK
Print Trends UK

Published: February 8, 2019

The EFI Connect Conference in Las Vegas attracts the second largest contingent of media and analysts after drupa. Frank took advantage of this unique audience to get a brief insight into print trends in some overseas markets. In this interview, he talks to Editor and Publisher Darryl Danielli and Contributing Editor Jo Francis of PrintWeek UK. Watch Video

A Look Inside Onlineprinters.com
A Look Inside Onlineprinters.com

Published: September 27, 2018

WhatTheyThink, in cooperation with INKISH.TV, was recently invited to visit Onlineprinters in Neustadt an der Aisch in Germany. Onlineprinters is one of the three biggest online printers in Europe with annual revenues exceeding US$233 million. Just a few weeks ago, the company announced that it had added its one-millionth customer. Watch Video

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