Customer Marketing Group (CMG) is Iconic Media Group’s newest partner, offering another specialist skill – strategy commercialisation, specialising in delivering relevant, engaging stakeholder strategies that enhance the total customer/shopper experience to drive sustainable business/brand growth.
Understanding the evolving retail landscape partners Grant Rightford, ex-Group Managing Director of Geometry Global (WPP’s Shopper Marketing Business) with a long-time client and equally experienced Exec level Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) leader, Dries van der Sandt, established the Customer Marketing Group.
‘Our [CMG] existence is inspired by our love for brands and understanding consumer behaviour. In an ever-evolving world where consumers are in control, their expectations from brands and companies are changing. Technology advancement is changing the way brands and shoppers connect. This means we need to continue to evaluate and evolve or face the risk of becoming irrelevant. We believe that by starting with the Customer Experience and working our way backwards from there, marketing to people and not at them, not only increases a brands relevance but also its consumer/customer retention percentage and growth.’
‘Rightford and van der Sandt bring a wealth of industry knowledge and insights resulting from developing integrated consumer experience strategies for blue-chip clients across different industries, markets and continents,’ said Dermot Latimer, Founder and CEO of the Iconic Media Group.
‘I have had the fortune of working with Grant on a number of past projects in his capacity as MD of Geometry and I think we both grew a healthy level of mutual respect and admiration from those interactions. When I heard that he left his previous role, I jumped at the opportunity to team up with him again and invited him to join our board in an advisory capacity back in January 2019. Later when he shared his plans to team up with Dries, who recently returned from a successful consulting role with Heineken in Asia to start CMG, their own a shopper marketing council, I saw the opportunity for our business to partner with them.’
Demand for in-depth and bankable consumer experience strategies for the FMCG sector is at an all-time industry high. When walking into a boardroom nowadays, you need to have the talent that CMG brings to the table. It’s not just a nice to have, but actually an integral part of the success and growth of a company. This is especially true with the potential growth for the FMCG sector on the continent. While the Iconic Media Group is pleased to welcome these two legends to the fold, the feelings are mutual.
‘We have taken a personal interest in Iconic Media Group and Dermot’s team, and his vision for the business,’ said Grant Rightford, CMG Partner, ‘Not many companies can keep the momentum that they have [Iconic Media] been able to maintain. We are excited to partner with their business and make a real impact on the industry across the continent.’
Dries Van der Sandt, CMG Partner said, ‘There is a massive need for brands to delight shoppers and consumers with relevant brand experiences that build meaningful and enduring relationships. Having worked in the international market we realise how incredibly diverse route to market structures can be. This necessitates the need for bespoke solutions relevant to the needs of these very diverse shoppers.’ With the new addition to the already brimming pool of talent and expertise, the Iconic Media Group is excited to be able to offer this vital service to its existing and new clients.
Asahi Photoproducts has reported it will be again exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe, scheduled for 24 to 27 September in Brussels. Asahi will be located on Stand 5a34 at the show and will be displaying its full array of flexographic plates. Featured at the show will be Asahi’s CleanPrint, a technology which has evolved over time to become the industry benchmark for CLEAN flexographic printing.
‘Since Asahi first brought to market its innovative flexographic plate technology, which enabled complete release of ink onto the substrate for a cleaner image and fewer press stops for plate cleaning, our thoughts about the value of the technology have evolved,’ said Dr. Dieter Niederstadt, Asahi’s Technical Marketing Manager. ‘Not only do we continue to improve our plate quality and performance, but we have also learned from our customers that the value of the technology goes way beyond the quality and productivity benefits it enables. Not only does it eliminate the need for volatile solvents in the platemaking process, speed up the process to consume less energy and deliver the same high quality and press productivity (OEE) our customers have come to expect, but the technology reduces makeready times and waste as well as the amount of time the press needs to run. All of these benefits add up to a much cleaner platemaking and flexographic printing process than can be achieved with any other plates on the market.’
At Labelexpo, Asahi will be featuring its popular AWP-DEW water-washable plates, the first to use CleanPrint technology. ‘Our plan is to migrate this technology to other plates in our portfolio over time,’ Niederstadt added, ‘to ensure our customers can print CLEAN on the widest array of substrates in the market.’ Asahi CleanPrint is designed to facilitate kiss touch printing pressure. Lighter printing pressure ensures constant repeatability of printing quality during the production run as well as longer plate life. This characteristic is achieved with unique Asahi-engineered photopolymer chemistry that reduces the surface energy of the printing plate and enables better ink transfer to the substrate during printing.
CleanPrint has the beneficial effect of reducing ink filling-in the mid-tone area during the printing run, leading to fewer cleaning intervals and less press downtime for a highly sustainable flexographic printing process. Niederstadt noted, ‘Our customers are ecstatic about the quality of print they can deliver while also achieving as much as 50 per cent less makeready time and 30 per cent or more improvement in OEE.’
Terphane, a global player in specialty polyester films, has recently introduced its sustainable films Ecophane to the global packaging market. These new PET films address a growing demand for films that guarantee the production of recyclable packaging with recycled content. ‘The Ecophane line is the result of extensive research and development and the use of highly advanced technology. We are now able to create a PET film with a minimum of 30 per cent post-consumer recycled PET in its composition,’ explained Marcos Vieira, Global R&D Director of Terphane. This technological expertise has resulted in more than 10 different types of Ecophane films available for a wide variety of applications.
While guaranteeing a lower use of new raw materials, Terphane´s new Ecophane films are also aligned with the Circular Economy concept: disposable PET packaging and other products are collected, recycled, and become new packaging. ‘The development of Ecophane not only follows the sustainability metrics established by Terphane, but also fulfills brand owners´ search for more sustainable packaging,’ added Mike Nickens, North American Sales Manager.
Terphane has defined environmental, social, and economic positive actions in its plants, products, and communities as priorities for its sustainability jouney. Flexible packaging supports this journey because of its excellent performance in optimizing functionality and the use of resources. The Perfect Fit, a document produced by FPE (Flexible Packaging Europe), states that efficiency is a fundamental issue when defining the sustainability of a package, taking into consideration all aspects of the product’s value chain, the packaging itself, consumption, and all other impacts.
Nickens explained, ‘Flexible packaging is the perfect choice. With it, packaging producers and brand owners can achieve the “ideal point” that optimizes their functional and material efficiency. This is the perfect relation between product and packaging.’ The Perfect Fit document also emphasises the fact that flexible packaging is highly adaptable. Its intelligent design can guarantee even more sustainable benefits, including: correct portion sizes, reclosable packaging systems to minimize waste, printing of information that guarantees correct use and storage, functional and lighter packaging that reduces the impacts of storage, distribution, and transportation.
Due to its light weight, flexible packaging also reduces environmental impact and offers great advantages for product storage and transportation costs. ‘Definitely, flexible packaging is leading the discussion about sustainable packaging. Other than some issues regarding the recycling chain, flexible packaging is today’s ‘perfect choice’ in terms of being a sustainable solution in the market. The new Ecophane films close the loop for using disposable post-consumer packaging that can be recycled again,’ stated Vieira.
About one year after the business combination of manroland web systems and Goss International, the newly formed company has successfully completed its Post-Merger-Integration phase. The manroland Goss Group has been strategically positioned to be the leading solutions partner for all webfed printers around the world, be it Parts Solutions, Service Solutions, Engineered Solutions or System Solutions.
During the Post-Merger-Integration phase the company has realigned its product portfolio and its global footprint to the solutions partner setup. The company has been transformed into a business unit organisation, each of them managed by dedicated business unit leaders. The business units are designed to support the global sales and service network of manroland Goss, comprising own market organizations and well-established agents, for the benefit of all customers.
At this stage of the company development the manroland Goss Group is announcing that it puts a scheduled leadership change into effect. Alexander Wassermann, current CEO, is taking up a career outside the printing industry. Company, shareholders and employees are very thankful for the accomplishments of Alexander Wassermann. manroland Goss is also pleased to announce that Franz Kriechbaum was appointed new CEO by the shareholders L. Possehl and American Industrial Partners (AIP).
Franz Kriechbaum served as the Chief Operating Officer of the manroland Goss Group since 2017. Together with the manroland Goss management team he will continue to drive the company’s established and successful strategy as a reliable, stable and highly customer-oriented solutions partner for all webfed offset printers.
The World Packaging Organisation has announced that the entries for WorldStar Packaging Awards are now open and the closing date is 27 September, 2019. ‘We encourage every WPO member across the globe to help us promote the largest and most important global packaging award,’ stated Pierre Pienaar, President of WPO.
Packages eligible for WorldStar are those that have already received a national award recognised by WPO. ‘In its 52nd year, WorldStar is one of the major events of WPO and last year attracted over 300 entries from 35 countries around the globe. As always, our aim for the next competition is to increase the number of entries and countries participating,’ added Pienaar.
The dates schedule to the 2020 edition of WorldStar Packaging Awardws are:
• 27 September, 2019 – Closing date for entries which will be judged in Bali, Indonesia the week commencing 2 November, 2019.
• 01 December, 2019 – Results will be announced.
• 8 May, 2020 – Awards Presentations and Gala Evening, during Interpack 2020, Düsseldorf (Germany).
SAi has announced the introduction of Flexi 19, a more powerful and feature-rich update of its flagship signmaking software, engineered to meet the demanding design to production challenges of sign & display and large format print providers.
Central to the super-charged Flexi 19 is a faster and more high-performance 64-bit RIP engine. Thanks to an increase in speed of more than 30 per cent, the new solution delivers significantly more thrust to greatly improve the production capabilities for sign & display and large format print businesses. Created as an all-in-one solution for design, print, print-and-cut and direct-to-vinyl production workflow, Flexi 19 also comprises a host of invaluable, easy-to-use features and tools – some of which will be available free-of-charge to SAi subscription-based customers. These include more than a dozen brand new additions, each geared towards improving the design, production and business aspects of users’ operations.
Among the convenient new tools introduced to ensure a more efficient and hassle-free design workflow, is Find my Font. This lets users open different photo files – including Bitmaps – before automatically detecting the font or the best match of that used in the file. Another new addition is a PANTONE Fine-Tune Spot Color Matching Tool. Particularly useful for sign & display companies that regularly use Pantone books, this tool allows users to measure charts and make manual adjustments to achieve precise colour matching from ICC profiles – not only saving time, but also ensuring color accuracy.
Within Flexi 19’s suite of production tools is a newly-introduced Cut by Layers or Colors tool, which allows users to expand their ability to cut intricate designs based on the layer. This builds on Flexi’s long-standing use of colors to distinguish between the different vinyls to be cut. For added convenience, SAi has also enabled layers for those users that work with other software, but who can then take the job into Flexi. In addition, Flexi 19 includes a handy printed Ruler along artwork to let operators know where they left off.
Flexi 19 also comprises a raft of business-enhancing tools, including five completely new additions. Among them, Pulse, delivers ‘data in a dashboard’. This allows sign and display users to track production and media usage of projects in progress via graphs and pie charts. In addition, Sidekick lets users create quotes, manage customer accounts, and ultimately implement a CRM workflow so jobs can quickly and effortlessly be exported into the invoicing process.
Other highlight tools include:
• Improved Spot Color Mapping – a particularly useful feature that empowers users to rapidly and accurately map spot/corporate colors in the design file to exact output values. This ensures the printer matches the desired output colour for each new job. Using Custom Spot Color Mapping enables sign and large format print providers to easily build their own custom library of spot colours, ensuring such colours are precisely replicated every time they are printed.
• An enhanced Profile Wizard – designed to make it easier when setting ink limits and alleviating the invariably complicated process of splitting ink. The automated Profile Wizard lets users obtain such information from measuring charts, taking away the manual guess work required when creating profiles visually.
‘As the largest ever upgrade to our all-in-one signmaking solution, Flexi 19 packs an extremely hard punch in catering for the varied and sometimes
The German Federal Cartel Office has announced its decision to block the planned takeover of the MBO Group by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). Due to this decision, the takeover will not go ahead. ‘We take note of the decision with regret and moving on, even though we see the future market position of the combined company’s differently,’ commented Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer. The two companies remain convinced that integrating the offerings of MBO would have given customers added benefits in terms of smooth industrial processes in the digital future. Following the ruling, both companies will continue to run their businesses separately and independently as before.
Heidelberg publicly announced its intention to take over the MBO Group and concluded an agreement with the owning family in October 2018. This agreement was then submitted to the Federal Cartel Office for approval and had been under review since that time. Even though the takeover of the MBO Group is not going ahead, Heidelberg will continue to pursue its strategy of further developing its postpress portfolio in the direction of industrial-scale postpress operations. This includes the extremely successful positioning of the Stahlfolder TH / KH series folding machines, especially the patented high-performance P-class. Heidelberg is also investing in a new way of improving transparency in postpress production control for all products.
In parallel to this, the company is systematically aligning new business models with the growth segments of digital and packaging and tapping into new customer groups for its entire product range. This applies in particular to the segments of digital postpress and postpress for folding cartons and the associated inserts and outserts used in the pharmaceutical sector. It is also underlined by the company’s collaboration with the Chinese postpress specialist Masterwork Group, which was expanded with a capital measure in March and is designed to open up further potential on the growing packaging market.
The market for glass bottles is estimated to continually thrive over the next few years. This especially holds true for the beer market but also for other categories, such as Water, Juices and Carbonated Soft Drinks (CSD). To keep abreast of this development and adapt to the ever more rapidly changing market and product trends, manufacturers expect new solutions, which offer high production flexibility, while at the same time guaranteeing maximum quality for their premium products. These needs can be met with one innovative and flexible solution – Sidel’s EvoFILL Glass.
CSD represent an important drink category, showing positive trajectories globally, with USA, Mexico and China being the top countries per billion units. Players active in this segment are now selling value to consumers, rather than volume, by proposing smaller sizes, new packs and therefore contributing to the proliferation of SKUs. Beer on the other hand remains the largest category within the alcoholic beverage segment, representing more than 75 per cent of the volume of alcoholic beverages produced globally. Most of the breweries still prefer to use glass bottles, with more than 58 per cent of the global production done in glass, whilst also increasingly tending to the diversification of packaging. The glass bottle, with its high premium look and feel, therefore needs a filling that can ensure that the quality of the product inside matches the quality of the packaging on the outside.
‘EvoFILL Glass marks the latest milestone in Sidel’s filling portfolio. Product quality and an advanced level of versatility are more and more driving the development of our innovations. Our new solution is flexible, hygienic and sustainable, helping manufacturers to get ready for the upcoming challenges in premium drinks production,’ said Stefano Baini, Product Manager Filling at Sidel.
EvoFILL Glass especially stands out with a number of features which guarantee highest performance in the bottling process. First, the filling level is controlled by level probes, ensuring very high accuracy and flexibility: this is made possible by managing a wide range of filling set points without any adjustment or replacement of parts. In addition, by using swirling in the product deflection into the bottle, low foaming is secured, therefore contributing to production efficiency.
Furthermore, EvoFILL Glass has been engineered according to top hygienic standards. The new design includes the ‘no base’ architecture, the new drive system with servomotors, and – especially – its external beverage tank and integrated small product chamber. Overall, its features ensure the easiest operations during production and maintenance, while helping manufacturers deliver the highest quality products to their consumers.
The EvoFILL Glass especially supports brewers by managing to hold the dissolved oxygen pick-up down to 10 ppb and by processing a wide range of filling levels without the need for probe adjustments for enhanced uptime and top product quality. Additionally, with 48 to 192 valves on the filling carousel, manufacturers are able to handle a wide range of speeds – from 25 000 to over 80 000 bottles per hour– and bottle sizes from 200ml up to 1L. Fast changeover time for different bottle diameters is ensured by the re-designed handling parts, which are now lighter and smaller. This results in changeover time shorter than 30 minutes with one operator. Also, the bottle height changeovers are fully automatic for maximum productivity. A 98.5 per cent efficiency and possibility to handle a broad spectrum of drink types and filling temperatures are only some proof points of the excellent productivity that EvoFILL Glass delivers.
The ultra-clean crowner manufactured by Sidel, with its open design and off-set crowning ring, adds further performance to the bottling process with no internal lubrication needed. The stainless-steel construction with its dedicated nozzles for the washing of the crimping area underlines the high focus on optimal hygiene and product safety. The solution features an upgraded washing system with three washing areas for maximum safety in case of bottle burst.
Sidel EvoFILL Glass is perfectly complemented by the Gebo OptiFEED crown feeder, delivering quality and compliant crowns, in a compact space. This is achieved via its integrated vision device, allowing unsuitable crowns to be spotted and seamlessly ejected, without stopping the flow. Whilst developing the OptiFeed solution, sustainability was high on the agenda of the design team. As a result, the solution removes the need for air and thereby eliminates the risk of contamination that can sometimes occur during usage. Instead, mechanical discharge moves the crowns, keeping electrical power consumption to under 1kW. This creates a smooth handling process and improves hygiene while reducing the environmental impact.
Kornit Digital has announced that Chris Govier has been named Managing Director at Kornit Digital Europe GmbH. Govier is a proven leader who brings broad experience of supporting customers with industrial digital transformation, a proven record of driving growth, and solid experience building and managing world class teams. In his new role, Govier will oversee Kornit Digital’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and will be instrumental in scaling up Kornit’s business.
Govier previously served in sales and general management roles at Xerox Corporation, and holds a BA from the University of Wellington, New Zealand. Commenting on the appointment, Gilad Yron, Kornit Digital’s Executive Vice President of Global Business, said, ‘I welcome Chris on board as the new Managing Director of Kornit Digital Europe. He brings with him solid experience in the analog-digital transition in industrial print and deep regional understanding. Europe has traditionally been a strong performer for Kornit, and Chris’ expertise will help us grow the organization to the next level.’
‘This is an incredibly exciting time to join Kornit Digital – their technology, coupled with a passion and drive will significantly disrupt the textile printing industry,’ said Chris Govier. ‘EMEA represents a huge opportunity and I look forward to building on the fantastic success achieved so far.’
Xeikon, a subsidiary of Flint Group and market leader in digital colour printing technology for the graphic arts printing industry, launched ‘The Power of Dry Toner’ campaign during Xeikon Café North America. To coincide with the three day conference and exhibition, Xeikon announced the appointment of Monika Olbricht as Global Sales Director for Graphic Arts. Olbricht will take the global lead in shaping this important market and be instrumental in the roll-out of the ‘power of dry toner’ campaign.
Benoit Chatelard, Xeikon’s CEO said, ‘We are excited to show how dry toner can complement high speed inkjet solutions in the production environment offering the broadest array of high quality, high value and high coverage applications. Xeikon Café North America is a multi-vendor educational & networking event for brand owners, direct mail companies and commercial, label and packaging printers. Visitors will have the opportunity to attend a variety of panel sessions, keynotes and presentations as well as application and technology demonstrations. Visitors can also meet and network with pre-eminent industry suppliers and watch daily live production of creative label and packaging applications.’
Xeikon continues to work on new technology developments. By consistently improving the capabilities and widening the range of applications on Xeikon’s duplex dry toner platforms for graphic arts and commercial print Xeikon is supporting companies in their drive to improve productivity and add value to their business. Monika Olbricht is delighted to take up her new role. She explained, ‘With over five years experience in Graphic Arts sales for Xeikon I can see the broader picture and the exceptional possibilities offered by Xeikon’s innovative technology. For some time there was a gap in the provision of high quality print for a diversity of high value applications. This caused a zone of disruption in the commercial print market with no technological answer. Xeikon set out to develop solutions to exactly answer the needs of this sweetspot within the printing marketplace – enter the “power of dry toner” campaign.’
Chatelard concluded, ‘We are committed to helping our customers successfully grow their business. Dry toner technology is the most sustainable digital printing technology. It is complimentary to high speed inkjet and can produce high quality results on all types and weights of stocks.’