Hunkeler Innovationdays, Lucerne – 25 to 28 February 2019

Digital print and automated inline finishing

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From 25 to 28 February 2019, the global elite in the field of digital paper processing will congregate at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland.
From 25 to 28 February 2019, the global elite in the field of digital paper processing will congregate at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 will take place from 25 to 28 February 2019 at the exhibition center in Lucerne, Switzerland, about a 2-hour train ride from Zurich. The biennial show will be focused on digital print and automated finishing, binding and mailing processes. Many of the almost 100 exhibitors have announced global premieres at their stands. The theme of the event that takes place every two years is ‘Success with automation.’

Continuous workflow automation will again be one of the focal points of Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019. Transactional printers, direct mailers, book manufacturers and commercial printers are seeing print run lengths decline, driving up the number of make-ready processes. Efficient new production lines must minimize or eliminate manual interventions to save costs and increase margins. The ‘white paper in, finished product out’ business model depends on advanced automation. Hunkeler itself will demonstrate the leading-edge automation now available on their Generation 8 production system platform.

Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 will have slightly more exhibitors than in 2017. Almost 100 partners will present their latest products in all areas of digital printing and processing in Halls 1 and 2. These partners include all the major manufacturers of printing and finishing systems, software developers and providers of finishing materials and consumables. As in previous years, some of the exhibitors will again use the exclusive surroundings of Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 to offer a global premiere of their latest innovations.

Hunkeler Innovationdays has always featured an interdisciplinary concept and a collegiate atmosphere, and that spirit continues today. In the two, comparatively compact, halls all major players in the space meet up with owners, CEOs and management staff, making this a unique international industry event. Several exhibitors collaborate closely to demonstrate tightly-integrated production processes. Visitors also gain insight into a wide variety of practical, real-world applications that have immediate business relevance.

Those interested in visiting Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 can register today at innovationdays.com. Entrance to the event is free of charge.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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