Log In | Become a Member | Contact Us


Market Intelligence for Printing and Publishing

Connect on Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

Featured:     WEBINAR: Keeping Print in the Mix in Customer Communications     European Coverage

Stefan Hunkeler Previews Innovation Days Event 2013

Published on November 8, 2012

Stefan Hunkeler, CEO of Hunkeler AG speaks with Cary Sherburne about the Hunkeler Innovation Days event, giving a preview of the next event February 11-15 in Luzerne Switzerland.

Cary Sherburne: Hi, I’m Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor at WhatTheyThink and I'm here with Stefan Hunkeler who is the CEO of Hunkeler. It must be a family business.

Stefan Hunkeler: It is, yes actually.

Cary Sherburne: How long have you guys been in business? A long time.

Stefan Hunkeler: Yes it’s 90 years old this year. We have 90 years.

Cary Sherburne: But you weren’t there when it started.

Stefan Hunkeler: Not yet. I was five years old then.

Cary Sherburne: Five years old then, okay. And one of the really interesting things about Hunkeler is the event that you do every couple of years called Hunkeler Innovation Days. So I had the honor of being there last year, last time with WhatTheyThink and it was quite an impressive event. So maybe you can talk a little bit to our viewers about why you do the event and what it means to the company and to your customers.

Stefan Hunkeler: Oh it’s the main target is to bring together the whole world of digital printing, digital finishing, suppliers and to bring all the executives together in one hall so that they can discuss their solutions, their ways, their strategies with all the experts.

Cary Sherburne: So the visitors that come, come time after time after time. They come back because it’s such a valuable focused conference.

Stefan Hunkeler: Yes, I think it has established in the last years as a good event and an interesting event for the customers and the suppliers also.

Cary Sherburne: So now last time actually that was where Xerox chose to make the announcement about their inkjet press, the CiPress. And also I think you had something like 20 full manufacturing lines so people could see end-to-end from the time the file came in to the time it was finished and out the back end. So are we going to see a similar kind of thing this next time?

Stefan Hunkeler: Yes, we will show a lot of integrated solutions, combined solutions. There will be also announcements from other vendors for new world premieres, let’s hope like that. So what we will show to the customers the whole work flow and the whole connectivity between the solutions.

Cary Sherburne: And they also love the networking opportunities.

Stefan Hunkeler: Yes.

Cary Sherburne: And so what’s the dates?

Stefan Hunkeler: We will have it from February 11 to 15 so it’s in the Valentine’s week again. So some of the customers will bring their wife with them.

Cary Sherburne: And some of the customers will bring chocolate back to their wives?

Stefan Hunkeler: Well, of course. Yes. That’s something you cannot miss in Switzerland. Bringing back chocolate.

Cary Sherburne: Because it’s held in Lucerne, right? Lucerne, Switzerland. So you fly into Zurich and take the train down.

Stefan Hunkeler: Yes, Zurich is the main airport. Take the easy train for 40 minutes to Lucerne and…

Cary Sherburne: And how many – do you have an idea of how many people will be attending? I mean usually it’s what? In the thousand people range?

Stefan Hunkeler: We had 5,000 attendees last time.

Cary Sherburne: Oh my gosh, I was off a little bit, wasn’t I.

Stefan Hunkeler: Five thousand attendees. We expect more or less the same. We don’t want to grow to 10,000. We want the right people there to concentrate. We will do the show one day longer than before and that’s for two reasons. One is because that’s not so overcrowded and the second one is that it’s Carnival in Switzerland in Lucerne so Monday at the beginning of the show there will be a big party here in Lucerne. So the ones who like that can combine it with Carnival and the other ones at the end of the week for the second weekend.

Cary Sherburne: That’s great. So some people might come for one or two days and some people might come for the whole duration.

Stefan Hunkeler: For the whole show, yes. But the on an average time the people stay two days.

Cary Sherburne: Two days. Well, we will be there also. WhatTheyThink will be there doing video and we’ll look forward to talking to you when we get there.

Stefan Hunkeler: Yes, perfect. Thank you very much. See you in Lucerne.

Cary Sherburne: Thank you so much for sharing this.

Email Icon Email         

 

Post a Comment

To post a comment Log In or Become a Member, doing so is simple and free

 

 

Recent Videos

 

Video preview: iLearning from Printing Industries of America: All new, available 24/7

iLearning from Printing Industries of America: All new, available 24/7

Published: January 17, 2018

Michael Makin, CEO of the Printing Industries of America, shares information on PIA's iLearning University for the printing industry, which has been completely retooled and includes the opportunity for certification across a variety of disciplines, including Customer Service. Core content included in PIA affiliate membership fees.

 

Video preview: Thayer Long on NPES Rebrand and New Mission

Thayer Long on NPES Rebrand and New Mission

Published: January 17, 2018

Richard Romano talks to Thayer Long about the name change from NPES to Association of Print Technology, as well as the association's new mission to drive the industry forward.

 

Video preview: Idealliance: Taming the Wild West of the Packaging Supply Chain

Idealliance: Taming the Wild West of the Packaging Supply Chain

Published: January 16, 2018

Tim Baechle, Vice President at Idealliance, talks about how Idealliance is repositioning itself around three primary goals: communication, education and validation. With offices around the world hte organization's evolution to a think tank has changed the model of how it works. Programs like G7 and BrandQ create a swim lane for the packaging supply chain to create seamless communication. Baechle shares thoughts about how the organization is serving some of the worlds largest brands and converters to tame what he calls the Wild West of Packaging.

 

Video preview: Frank's Favorite Books about Paper

Frank's Favorite Books about Paper

Published: January 12, 2018

Frank is an unabashed paper lover and is into trees. He describes some of his favorite books about paper that are on paper. He also manages to mention Zip disks.

 

Video preview: Sell Workflows Not Print

Sell Workflows Not Print

Published: January 10, 2018

Solving workflow issues for a customer opens up the door to long-term repeatable business. Jennifer Matt cites recent project work where building workflows brought in significant print business.

 

Video preview: Being an Entrepreneur in the Graphic Communications Industry

Being an Entrepreneur in the Graphic Communications Industry

Published: January 8, 2018

Dr. Joe Webb speaks to Dr. Erica Walker, Assistant Professor in the Department of Graphic Communications at Clemson, who talks about teaching a course on entrepreneurship.

 

View More Videos

 

Become a Member

Join the thousands of printing executives who are already part of the WhatTheyThink Community.

Copyright © 2018 WhatTheyThink. All Rights Reserved