Michael Hill returns to EyeC as sales manager for the UK and Ireland

Previously worked at EyeC as sales director and sales and support engineer

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Michael Hill

EyeC UK recently announced the return of Michael Hill as sales manager for the UK and Ireland, now representing EyeC’s complete range of user-friendly and innovative artwork and print inspection systems which ensure accuracy and quality of printed packaging materials.

Michael is well-known in the industry from his previous employment with EyeC UK for over six years as a sales and support engineer and sales director, working alongside his father Keith Hill who was the managing director before his retirement.

“We are pleased to welcome Michael Hill back to the EyeC UK team,” said Dr Ansgar Kaupp, chief executive officer of EyeC GmbH. “Michael brings over nine years of field sales experience, deep technical knowledge of EyeC’s range of print inspection and artwork comparison systems, and established connections with many EyeC customers in the pharmaceutical, printing, and converting industries.”

EyeC UK has represented EyeC artwork and print inspection systems in the UK and Ireland for over 13 years and provides local technical support with a dedicated field service technician.

Founded in 2002 in Hamburg, Germany, EyeC is the market’s supplier to ensure the product quality throughout the entire printing process – from the first artwork file to the finished product. The product portfolio includes file-to-file comparison for artwork revision control and prepress applications, as well as print-to-file inspection systems for press sample testing and 100% print quality control of products such as folding cartons, labels, leaflets, or flexible packaging.

The market’s most intelligent algorithms ensure that the systems show only relevant defects. With EyeC products, users avoid recalls, keep production costs and material waste in check and optimize their quality control.

Worldwide, there are over 1,800 EyeC inspection systems in use by pharmaceutical companies, printers, and branded good manufacturers. The company currently has over 60 employees in Hamburg and has international sales partners in more than 20 countries.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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