Interview series: What’s the next game-changer? – Answers from Colognia Press
NarrowWebTech asked label printers and converters as well as label associations to give their views about the past, the present and the future of the label industry. What was the most important thing to note in 2016? What will be relevant in 2017? Read here what Jaroslav Vendl, CEO at Colognia Press, think about the latest developments within our industry in the past year and in the immediate future!
CEO, Colognia Press
- Looking back at 2016, what were the most important developments in terms of technology and production workflow to affect the label industry?
Our company is focussing more and more on digital print (inkjet and conventional HP Indigo) with special finalisation features such as variable data, smart labels. But also narrow web biz of flexible packaging plays a significant role.
- Some describe Industry 4.0 as the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’. What is your opinion on this evolution of communications within the production chain, and how does it affect your workflow?
Digital culture connected to the complete biz process. Biz process understand internet/intranet interface directly to our customers=external process. Internal processes allowing simplification of data entry and internal technological/IT workflow.
- What are your concerns and expectations for the label industry in 2017? What do you consider will be the game-changing developments? How does your view relate to what you might see at Labelexpo Europe 2017?
In my personal opinion the most developments will be in the digital world, technological features, smart labels, flexible packaging as an information carrier, more direct print, combination of flexo and digital as well as the reduction in use of offset technology.
- Do you currently have digital printing capability? Will you be investing in a digital press (or presses) in 2017?
We have invested in 2014 and 2016 into digital technology. 2017 is going to be a “consolidation year” only with finishing features investments.