Log In | Become a Member | Contact Us


Market Intelligence for Printing and Publishing

Connect on Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

Featured:     January Economic Webinar     Printing Business Outlook 2017 Report     European Coverage     Production Inkjet Analysis

Steve Reny of Standard Finishing on Hunkeler and Innovation Days

Published on November 26, 2012

Standard Finishing President Steve Reny speaks with Cary Sherburne about their long standing partnership with Hunkeler and about how North American printers can benefit from Hunkeler Innovation Days in Luzerne Switzerland.

Cary Sherburne: Hi, I’m Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor at WhatTheyThink and I’m here with Steven Reny whose president of Standard Finishing. Welcome.

Steven Reny: Thank you.

Cary Sherburne: So you have quite a long history in the industry. We were talking earlier about going back to those purple ditto machines.

Steven Reny: That’s right.

Cary Sherburne: But for the last 40 years or so you’ve been focusing on feeding and finishing.

Steven Reny: Absolutely, yes.

Cary Sherburne: You, personally.

Steven Reny: Me, personally and a few others in the organization.

Cary Sherburne: And you’re the exclusive distributor for Hunkeler products in North America.

Steven Reny: Yes, we’ve had a nice long affiliation with Hunkeler. I’m proud of that. It’s been over 15 years that we’ve represented their products here in North America and really working very seamlessly with them to represent their interests both on the, sort of, marketing and sales of the product as well as the service here in the North American market.
Cary Sherburne: Okay, terrific. And, you know, personally I’m looking forward to – even though it’s February – I’m looking forward to another visit to Switzerland for Hunkeler Innovation Days.

Steven Reny: Absolutely.

Cary Sherburne: The middle of – the eleventh through fifteenth of February.

Steven Reny: Yes, before we know it, it’ll be here.

Cary Sherburne: It’ll be here in Lucerne. And so for North Americans who may be interested in attending that, how do they go about – I mean, what happens?

Steven Reny: Well, it’s – this is the tenth Innovation Days that Hunkeler’s had.

Cary Sherburne: And they do it every other year.

Steven Reny: Every other year. And it’s a wonderful event. I think one of the unique things about it is it brings together so many different vendors. Solutions for the continuous feed world, the continuous print and feed world. And it’s a wonderful environment, I think, if you have a chance to participate in it, it’s a really unique show. It has a very European feeling to it. I think it’s an intimate scale so you get a lot of hands-on ability to really see equipment from, really if you will, from start to finish and the whole process side-by-side. And it’s definitely a worthwhile venture. Historically it’s been a little bit by invitation.

Cary Sherburne: Okay.

Steven Reny: And in this instance I think it’s grown from that. There’s over 5000 people that have attended the most recent Innovation Days a few years ago and we anticipate probably a larger crowd. So in terms of coming there’s the ability to get in touch with us for more sort of scheduled visits. There’s also the ability to register and to show up in Lucerne and to enjoy all that it has to offer.

Cary Sherburne: And all you have to do is Google Hunkeler Innovation Days and you can find it. I’ve done that.

Steven Reny: I think you can do that and that’ll work just fine.

Cary Sherburne: And I had the pleasure of attending last time in 2011 and when I was reminded that there were 5000 people there I was amazed because it doesn’t feel crowded. I mean it’s a very nice facility, very spread out, lots of different things for people to do, the conferences, the demo, the exhibit center.

Steven Reny: Yes.

Cary Sherburne: And then I learned about plow folding. I never knew about that before.

Steven Reny: Right, a very important area especially in the on-demand book publishing area.

Cary Sherburne: Right, exactly.

Steven Reny: Yes.

Cary Sherburne: So and what I really also liked about it was the fact that you’ve got a multi-vendor fully integrated line – well they had 20 of them but you know – so that you bring all the vendors together and it’s not just vendor A – I’m showing you my stuff. It’s how do I interact with the whole workflow. And that’s so important.

Steven Reny: Yes, both in the sort of trans promo space as well as sort of the on-demand book publishing space.

Cary Sherburne: Newspaper.

Steven Reny: Newspapers and direct mail. So it’s really – it has a wide variety of, I think, solutions that appeal to a lot of people in the industry.

Cary Sherburne: Well, WhatTheyThink is looking forward to partnering with both Hunkeler and Standard and doing some more video there in 2013.

Steven Reny: Thank you.

Cary Sherburne: So we’ll see you there.

Steven Reny: Look forward to seeing you there.

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: Learn About Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in Packaging

Learn About Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in Packaging

Published: January 17, 2017

Christine Gallagher, Director of Commercialization at Sonoco Trident, a division of the $5.2 billion packaging organization Sonoco, comes from a brand owner background. She speaks about the latest trends in anti-counterfeiting in packaging and how Sonoco Trident controls anti-counterfeiting measures, including reporting, and next generation developments that empower consumers.

 

Video preview: Leveraging Standards and Specifications to Get to Great Color

Leveraging Standards and Specifications to Get to Great Color

Published: January 16, 2017

Don Hutcheson of HutchColor, one of the industry's most knowledgeable color experts, shares his thoughts on the latest developments in color management and the tools print service providers should have to be able to print to the numbers and deliver against customer color expectations. He explains how industry standards are driving more process control into the art and science of printing.

 

Video preview: Are You Ready for the MarTech Explosion?

Are You Ready for the MarTech Explosion?

Published: January 16, 2017

Marketing technology is exploding. Michael Chase of St. Joseph Communications says that there are now more than 3,500 providers of "MarTech" services. But, building efficient marketing platforms requires more than just cherry-picking technology solutions. Chase notes that all the MarTech in the world won't help if there is no content strategy in place to guide the effort. The first tasks are to define the kinds of content to be created and to identify the audiences to whom the content will be presented. Armed with this knowledge, says Chase, marketers can choose the right channels and work toward achievable outcomes.

 

Video preview: Frank Looks Back at Early Variable Data Printing

Frank Looks Back at Early Variable Data Printing

Published: January 13, 2017

Frank talks about some of the earliest Variable Data Printing from when digital color first came into play in 1994. He shows the now classic Alphabits piece and many others.

 

Video preview: Change Management in Print MIS

Change Management in Print MIS

Published: January 12, 2017

When your Print business is faced with changing your Print MIS, the attitude towards the change can make all the difference. Are you looking to force the Print MIS software to work just like you work today or are you willing to adapt your workflows to optimize how the Print MIS software was built?

 

Video preview: The Impact of Production Inkjet on Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions

The Impact of Production Inkjet on Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions

Published: January 11, 2017

Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions in Minneapolis, kindly hosted the WhatTheyThnk team to view the digital transformation the operation is undergoing. Larry Soler, its Director of Prepress, Press and Digital, explains that while offset will be a core functionality for the foreseeable future, web and sheetfed production inkjet is driving change, including a 3-to-1 replacement of toner devices and migration of shorter runs from offset to digital.

 

View More Videos

 

Become a Member

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

Copyright © 2017 WhatTheyThink. All Rights Reserved