HP APJ Media Summit 2014

At the HP APJ Media Summit 2014, HP demonstrated how it is uniquely positioned to help customers adjust to a rapidly changing business environment by driving them to a New Style of IT, delivering real-world impact on people, businesses and communities. Several announcements were made across its corporate initiatives like Enterprise Services, Converged Infrastructure, Printing & Personal Systems, and Security portfolios. A report by P&P editor SK Khurana. HP introduced new HP Advisory Services to help companies in their journey to the New Style of IT. They also awarded VFS Global with the HP Innovation Award for their IT transformation, and announced the expansion of e-health centres globally.

The company also announced new converged infrastructure solutions that span compute, storage and network technologies, and provide customers with the simplicity, efficiency and investment protection needed to build next-generation datacenters within a software-defined architecture.

Besides, HP unveiled new Printing and Personal Systems innovations that will deliver the best experiences. These include the announcement of HP DataPass in Asia Pacific & Japan - embedded mobile broadband connectivity in new HP devices; scaling HP PageWide print technology to desktop, enterprise and Designjet printers; workstation technologies to enhance collaboration; and digital printing expanded to more flexible substrates.

HP also announced three new encryption solutions that safeguard data throughout its entire life cycle across cloud, on-premises and mobile environments, to ensure continuous protection of an organisation’s most sensitive information. HP APJ Media Summit 2014 kickstarted with a press conference on New style of IT. The speakers consisted of Richard Sumich, VP communication- API and Jim Merrit, Sr. VP, Enterprise Group, HP. Jim gave clear view of their journey of 75 years of innovation. He said that their targets for next three years are set – recovery and expansion in 2014, acceleration in 2015 and become industry leading company by 2016.

He told that they have a healthy balance sheet now with the result of changes but their culture of innovation has remained intact. While, Bruce Dahlgren, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Services, Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific and Japan, discussed Enterprise imperatives to mega trends, driving demand for a new style of IT. His key message focused on smart phone and its potential and capabilities.

Nick Lazaridis, senior vice president, Printing and Personal Systems Group, Asia Pacific & Japan, Hewlett-Packard Company, talked about Indian healthcare facilities and challenges. He informed that ehealth centres are now reaching out to 2,000,000 people. With Narayana Health – an innovative movement, new tie-up was also announced. Later, for retail and hospitality media briefing was given, encompassing end-to-end portfolio of solutions. As per Anneliese Olson, vice president & general manager, Personal Computing Category, Printing and Personal Systems, Asia Pacific and Japan, organised or unorganised sector – HP is there to target. She also talked about global trends that drive retails. Talking about the technology trends, Oslon told that 40 percent shoppers feel digital displays like videowalls can impact buyers. And Sandeep Sharma of HP India demonstrated the applications supported by adopting solutions offered by HP.

A session on signage and wallpaper applications followed suit. Gido van Praag, vice president & general manager, Graphics Solutions Business, Printing and Personal Systems Group, Asia Pacific and Japan, gave the new style of IT – cloud (PSP central), security (track and trace), big data (unloads digital print value) and mobility (connect physical and digital). He said that HP produced maximum inkjet presses in world (Indigo, LEP and inkjet). He told that 1,9000 latex printers were sold in five years with 185 m sq m printed while 6,000 presses in label/packaging segment have been installed. He also mentioned about newly launched T-3500 and T-7200.

An interesting session was on end user experiences. Typical applications like labels, flexible packaging, folding carton, corrugated, etc with digital printing were discussed. A major application in India remains wedding albums as 10 million weddings happen every year and 3-4 wedding albums are produced in each wedding. Digital printing in education publishing is also gaining ground. Puneet Chadha, director, market development, Graphics Solutions Business, Asia Pacific and Japan, Hewlett-Packard, informed on the newly launched HP Designjet and HP large-format graphics solutions. He talked about ace prints – book, signage, commercial. He also talked about quality and versatility. “HP now focuses on environment-friendly products, so these prints can be used for children room, schools, etc. Water-based HP Latex inks combine the best characteristics of solvent inks and water-based inks. With HP Latex inks, one can obtain outdoor durability and versatility across all common media types used in sign and display applications, together with highquality, odourless prints, low maintenance, and health advantages—even over ecosolvent inks. The HP Latex 360 printer features a number of significant innovations that take all beyond the limits of ecosolvent printing, creating new opportunities to expand the business,” he said. Three new models of HP Latex series were launched – 54” (310), 64” (330) and 64” (360).

While, HP Designjet Z6800 photo production printer is 60-inch graphics production printer with unrivaled print quality. It can print as fast as 1500 sq ft/hr (140 sq m/hr) in fast mode and 212 sq ft/hr (20 sq m/hr) in high-quality mode. The newly launched HP Designjet D5800 production printer is a 60-inch dye-ink production printer for nonstop operation. It features high-speed printing—up to 128 sq m/hr in fast mode and 24 sq m/hr in production mode for polypropylene.

Last but not the least, Stephen Bovis, vice president and general manager, Servers, Enterprise Group, Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific and Japan, discussed labels and packaging applications of HP printers. He particularly mentioned about HP Designjet T7200 production printers with low cost of ownership. Mahesh Kumar Soni, country manager – design business – GSB printing and personal systems India, HP India Sales Pvt Ltd discussed about aqueous water-based inks and the newly launched Designjet D5800.

InterPrint Expo India 2014 @ Ludhiana

With the friendly policies of the state and central government, Ludhiana is a fast developing industrial town, known as the Manchester of India. It is centrally located and is very well connected to the entire Northern region even to the remote areas of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, J&K.

In this backdrop, Offset Printers’ Association (OPA) is organising a buyer– seller meet at Ludhiana from October 10-13, 2014 under the brand ‘InterPrint Expo 2014’. This exhibition cum buyerseller meet of printing machines and material is going to be unique in many ways. It will work as a platform to the buyers and the sellers at a common platform, nearest to their place of work.

The exhibition is being organised taking in consideration the constant demand of the printers of more than 34 cities of this region. It will be convenient platform for the printers of the region as they can learn the latest advancement in their own language near to their place of work.

The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of MSME, Government of India. Approx. 60 percent of stall charges will be reimbursed by the Government of India to the entrepreneurs registered under MSME with EM Part-II.

ExpoPrint Latin America 2014

-reinforces its position

ExpoPrint Latin America 2014 (Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 16-22, 2014) revealed a market that is willing to invest and transform its businesses, thereby increasing the optimism of those who are part of this sector which is fundamental for industry. A total of 48,866 visitors, including 4,082 foreign visitors, came during the sevenday event which showcased innovations of over 300 exhibitors who had on display more than 750 brands. The business generated during the fair reached, more than US$ 400 million.

The president of Afeigraf (Association of Agents of Suppliers of Equipment and Supplies for the Printing Industry), Dieter Brandt, believes that all the goals set for ExpoPrint Latin America 2014 were fully met: “We started small and are now the world’s third largest fair in the printing industry. ExpoPrint 2014 reached and surpassed all its goals. Four years of intensive work, which culminated in seven days of a flawless fair has been a great honour to be part of this big moment in the print media industry.” From India companies like Pressline India, Line O Matic and TPH were also amongst the exhibitors


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