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Video preview: Frank on Print Publications Declines

Frank on Print Publications Declines

Published: July 1, 2016

As the number of print publications declines, the number of places where you can buy them declines as well. We may be running out of places to buy printed pubs.

 

Video preview: IDEAlliance Welcomes Epicomm: the Chairman's Report

IDEAlliance Welcomes Epicomm: the Chairman's Report

Published: June 30, 2016

On July 1, Tim Johnson will officially step into his role as chairman of the board of IDEAlliance, a trade association that has incorporated Epicomm and welcomed the members of the three former trade groups of which Epicomm was composed. With the work of blending staffs, cultures, and management procedures satisfactorily under way, says Johnson, members can look forward to obtaining all of the advisory services they need from a single source.

 

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"Bucket List" Trip Turns into Cornucopia of Info

Published: June 29, 2016

What could make a busy printer travel all the way from Buffalo, New York, to Düsseldorf, Germany? drupa 2016, of course, and Steve Zenger, president of the Zenger Group, says that the big show—his first drupa—gave him all the trend and technical information he was looking for. Zenger came to the fair as a member of a productively organized "drupa experience" tour organized by Printing Industries Alliance, a trade association representing his state and part of Pennsylvania.

 

Video preview: Xerox Technology President Jeff Jacobson Touts Xerox Diversification

Premium Content Xerox Technology President Jeff Jacobson Touts Xerox Diversification

Published: June 28, 2016

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Jeff Jacobson, President of the Xerox Technology business (and tapped to become CEO when Xerox separates into two companies). Jacobson contrasts the Xerox drupa 2016 presence with that at drupa 2012, reflecting a significant amount of diversification the company has achieved in the past four years.

 

Video preview: What’s the Story? Ask a Package

What’s the Story? Ask a Package

Published: June 28, 2016

Packages used to have just two principal functions: to protect their contents and convey them safely to the point of sale. Now they also have to be “brand narrators” that hold consumers in sustained post-sale engagements with the brands. Digimarc Corp.’s Larry Logan explains how technology can ensure that packaging remains “the most salient touch point between the consumer and the product.”

 

Video preview: 4over CEO Zarik Mergerdichian Provides Business Update

4over CEO Zarik Mergerdichian Provides Business Update

Published: June 27, 2016

4over CEO Zarik Mergerdichian talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the company's expansion to better serve its customers. He outlines the benefits of outsourcing some work to improve service levels, build new offerings and benefit from 500 line screen printing. The company now has 17 locations across the US and Canada.

 

Video preview: drupa 2016: Good for the Industry. Good for EFI.

drupa 2016: Good for the Industry. Good for EFI.

Published: June 24, 2016

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne chats with EFI CEO Guy Gecht about his drupa experience. Gecht characterizes drupa as terrific on every level and a great moment for the industry with vendors more than ever willing to invest in solutions that are necessary for the future success of the industry. And customers were in a buying mood.

 

Video preview: Frank Visits Scodix at drupa 2016

Frank Visits Scodix at drupa 2016

Published: June 24, 2016

Once again, Frank waxes poetic about a machine. We think he likes machines more than people. This time it is the B1 Scodix press for embellishment of all kinds.

 

Video preview: HP Inc.'s Enrique Lores Discusses Deals Closed at drupa 2016

Premium Content HP Inc.'s Enrique Lores Discusses Deals Closed at drupa 2016

Published: June 23, 2016

It would be hard to turn in a stronger performance at a trade show than the one HP Inc. achieved at drupa 2016. The company held hundreds of customer meetings, sold most of the equipment (more than 50 digital presses) at its stand, and announced record deals with the likes of Cimpress and Shutterfly. But, says Enrique Lores, president of HP Inc.'s Imaging and Printing Business, the splash at drupa is only typical of the success the company has been enjoying as HP Indigo presses and other products continue to gain market share.

 

Video preview: From Container to Showcase: Mike Ferrari on the Evolution of Branded Packaging

From Container to Showcase: Mike Ferrari on the Evolution of Branded Packaging

Published: June 22, 2016

Now a branding consultant, Mike Ferrari spent more than 30 years at Procter & Gamble as a specialist in producing branded packaging. He says that over that period of time, packages have taken on a central role as promotional vehicles in omnichannel shopping for consumer goods. At drupa 2016, he saw how workflow and other advances in production are making packages even better able to meet the marketing objectives that brand owners have for them.

 

Video preview: Xeikon Trillium One: A Bright Future — Interview with Xeikon CEO Wim Maes

Xeikon Trillium One: A Bright Future — Interview with Xeikon CEO Wim Maes

Published: June 21, 2016

Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor, talks with Xeikon CEO Wim Maes about the reception at drupa 2016 to the new Trillium One liquid toner press. He also stresses the positive future for dry toner and document printing and explains the company's Fusion technology for inline embellishment of labels.

 

Video preview: Guy Gecht Talks about EFI's acquisition of Optitex

Premium Content Guy Gecht Talks about EFI's acquisition of Optitex

Published: June 20, 2016

In this exclusive WhatTheyThink video interview, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks with EFI's CEO Guy Gecht about the company's most recent acquisition. Optitex, a leader in 2D and 3D software solutions for the garment industry, broadens EFI's presence in the textile ecosystem.

 

Video preview: Frank Gives an Overview of Landa at drupa 2016

Frank Gives an Overview of Landa at drupa 2016

Published: June 17, 2016

Frank climbs to the top of the Landa booth to give both a verbal and visual overview of the hottest ticket at drupa.

 

Video preview: drupa 2016 software trends: everything cloud

drupa 2016 software trends: everything cloud

Published: June 16, 2016

InfoTrends analyst Ryan McAbee discusses drupa trends in the software space with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, including expansion of cloud-based solutions beyond web-to-print and using the cloud for production performance analysis — the Internet of Presses!

 

Video preview: How Canon Solution America's Inkjet Technologies Impact Their Customers

How Canon Solution America's Inkjet Technologies Impact Their Customers

Published: June 16, 2016

Senior Vice President of Canon Solutions America Francis McMahon talks to Adam Dewitz about the impact their production inkjet technologies is having on their customer base. They also discuss the new media lab in Boca Raton and how it helps bring new technologies to market.

 

Video preview: For KBA, the Key Product is Progress

For KBA, the Key Product is Progress

Published: June 15, 2016

How did a manufacturer of newspaper presses become a supplier of equipment for nearly all major printing applications, including digital output? That is the story of KBA, and the company's president, Claus Bolza-Schünemann, tells it with justifiable pride. Among the latest highlights is KBA's ongoing development, with Xerox, of the VariJET 106, an innovative hybrid sheetfed press targeting the folding carton market.

 

Video preview: In Inkjet,

In Inkjet, "Ink is the thing that makes it all work"

Published: June 14, 2016

Marco Boer of I.T. Strategies and Senior Editor Cary Sherburne discuss the latest developments in inkjet inks being shown at drupa 2016. Expect to see inks that act and feel differently.

 

Video preview: NPES President Thayer Long Sees Positive Industry Attitude at drupa 2016

NPES President Thayer Long Sees Positive Industry Attitude at drupa 2016

Published: June 13, 2016

In this interview with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, Thayer Long, NPES President, shares thoughts about his first drupa, and the state of the industry it portrays. It reflects a clarity of vision and positive attitude that are good signs for the industry.

 

Video preview: Zwang and Sherburne Review the True Digital drupa

Zwang and Sherburne Review the True Digital drupa

Published: June 10, 2016

Cary Sherburne and David Zwang offer their insights on drupa 2016, by all accounts a very exciting show. Zwang tags it the digital drupa representing the ubiquitous nature of digital processes integrated into the overall workflow. "Inkjet is bringing a democratization of printing itself." They also discuss digital direct to corrugated trends and 3D.

 

Video preview: Jim Hamilton's take on trends at drupa 2016

Jim Hamilton's take on trends at drupa 2016

Published: June 10, 2016

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne reviews drupa 2016 with InfoTrends Group Director Jim Hamilton, who feels like a kid in a candy story at this broadest-ever drupa. Hamilton calls it the Inkjet drupa 4.0, signifying the maturity of inkjet technologies. He also emphasizes the broad array of digital embellishment technologies.

 

 

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