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Filip Weymans promoted as VP marketing for Xeikon

Xeikon has promoted Filip Weymans to vice president marketing. Previously serving in the role of director - segment marketing, labels & packaging, Weymans has been with Xeikon for 18 years. During that time, he has driven growth, supported significant change in emerging market sectors and helped ambitious customer companies change their approach to embrace the opportunities presented by digital print.

“Xeikon was the first digital press manufacturer to bring full colour digital print to the market in the early nineties and Filip joined shortly after,” states Wim Maes, CEO, Xeikon. “He has watched and played an instrumental role in the phenomenal growth of the digital print market. Now Filip will apply what he has learnt to the broader responsibilities he will have in this new role.”

Over the past few years, Weymans has focused on the labels and packaging market, bringing Xeikon to an undisputed number two in the industry for digital solutions in this space. Weymans says, “Now that we are part of the Flint Group, we will be able to even further develop the marketing department with a strong focus on our positioning and roadmap for the future. I am looking forward to the new challenge of taking on this new role, and excited about leading Xeikon’s experienced and creative marketing team.”

Screen ties up with Insight Communications for better service

Screen HD Singapore Pte Ltd (formerly Dainippon Screen Singapore Pte. Ltd) has appointed Insight Communications as its service partner for servicing its huge install base of thermal CTP machines.

Keiichi Kometani, director – Graphic and Precision Division, shared, “Existing Screen users require prompt service and availability of spares immediately. Screen directly and through existing channels, in India, provide technical service and spare part support at all levels. With Insight, Screen will be adding a valuable pool of engineers across India to strengthen Screen’s technical support and reach in all geographical locations, ensuring customers get service immediately. Screen customers can choose the best service solution for themselves.”

Kometani continued, “Insight is already handling sales and service of Screen’s POD Truepress Jet 520 series of Roll feed inkjet press and Digital Label press Truepress Jet L350, it was a logical extension for us. Also Insight has a very good service setup spanning all over India and a very big team of service engineers who already know how to handle CTPs, Processors and Workflow - so the time from decision making to implementation has been cut short drastically. Fourteen engineers from all over the country have already undergone the training and are ready.”

While, Ajay Aggarwal, MD and CEO, Insight Communications, added, “Insight has traditionally been a very customer-centric and support-centric organization and we have decided to expand our business in customer services moving forward. This new initiative of customer support will also strengthen brand image for both the organizations in the market.”

Insight also represents Kodak, Komori, Soma, Mimaki and HP - and provides a wide variety of print solutions to the Indian printers.

GST and its affect on Indian IT environment

The ‘Constitutional Amendment Bill’ was passed in the Rajya Sabha recently to introduce a country-wide goods and services tax (GST), shifting the focus on the tax rates. So, how will it affect the Indian IT environment? “We see GST as a big move towards a ‘One Nation One Market’ concept that turns India into a single largest common market. It will lead to savings in not only logistics & distribution costs, but also in the overall tax savings for companies that have pan-India operations like Xerox. While the rate of GST is yet to be decided, a rate of around 18-19% in which multiple levies get consummated, should reduce the overall tax impact on companies - thus resulting in further savings. With respect to channel partners, we believe it will also enable a faster supply fulfilment and efficient allocation of resources,” said Ashraf ElArman, managing director, Xerox India.

EFI reports record second quarter revenue

For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, EFI has reported a record second quarter revenue of $245.7 million, up 21% compared to second quarter 2015 revenue of $202.7 million. For the six months ended June 30, 2016, the company reported revenue of $479.8 million, up 21% year-over-year compared to $397.3 million for the same period in 2015.

“The EFI team delivered a solid quarter despite the disruption caused by global events during the last week of the quarter,” said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. “At the same time, EFI’s market position at the drupa tradeshow validated both our strategy and product roadmap, and we’re particularly encouraged by the exceptional reception to our new Nozomi platform. The drupa momentum is feeding into the strength we are seeing in the Industrial Inkjet and Productivity Software segments which keep us on track to deliver our stated goal of $1 billion in revenues for the year.”

Print Business Outlook Conference focuses on latest trends

Organised by NPES, ICC, and BMPA, a day-long conference in Mumbai — Print Business Outlook Conference — saw serious deliberation on the latest trends in the printing industry.

Colour management

Colour experts shared their first-hand knowledge and solutions to the ongoing challenges in the global print market. William Li, ICC co-chair and colour technology manager, Kodak, discussed the need for standardisation in colour management to get consistent results; while Phil Green, who has many years of experience in the field of colour imaging, provided a preview of iccMax and its status in India. Besides, Green, professor of colour imaging at the Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory, explained about the working and technicalities of the latest iccMax technology which is an upgraded version of ICC software. Whereas Steve Smiley of Smiley Color & Associates Global Brand Solutions, a G7 Expert on standards for specifying print, highlighted the various standards pertaining to PDF/X like ISO 15930 and the ISO CD 20654 for spot colours and halftones.

Elie Khoury, president, Alwan Color Expertise, stressed on the need for standardisation in colour and discussed the ways to build an ISO and ICC compliant workflow. Discussing colour management for digital photography, Ray Cheydleur, printing and imaging portfolio manager at X-Rite, discussed the need for profiling the camera and the targets, which are used for colorimetric reproduction.

Packaging design & branding

At the conference, a panel discussed packaging design and branding. Topics discussed during the panel discussion ranged from wastage to sustainability, the environmental impact of packaging, counterfeits in packaging and the recent trends and development in the industry. “The Smithers PIRA estimates the growth of packaging in India, through 2018, to be on the order of 10 percent per year. Also, with per capita packaging consumption in India low, the potential for growth in packaging is high,” said BMPA’s president Faheem Agboatwala, who moderated the panel discussion.

Ashwini Deshpande, co-founder of Elephant Design, discussed the leading trends observed in India. The trends being eat fresh and local, the role of the internet and increasing user focus in design. She said, “The solution for a package design is endless, but the solution should be a responsible one.” While, Abhimanyu Nohwar, founder and director of Kiba Design, discussed the humancentered approach in package design and stressed on the need for a design which will be ‘good and responsible’.

Digital printing trends

Marco Boer, vice president at IT Strategies, provided a snapshot of the industry trends, with specific reference to the digital printing industry. His presentation revolved around the importance of innovations by smaller companies in order to map out successful business solutions. He discussed the future opportunities and challenges of inkjet technologies.

While, Faheem Agboatwala, BMPA’s president and the man behind BMPA's annual Print Summit conference and Share to Benefit monthly programmes, said, “The turnout of printers and brand owners is heartening. BMPA’s partnership with NPES and ICC was to promote awareness about colour processes and digital print systems prior to drupa 2016, I think the conference achieved it.”

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