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INTERQUEST Reports Successful 2011 Digital Book Printing Forum at Frankfurt Book Fair

October 19, 2011

After lunch, executives from principal digital printing and finishing systems vendors provided updates of their companies’ strategies and developments in the book market. They also discussed topics and key issues that will help continue the growth of digital book manufacturing. Speakers included: Erwin Busselot, Marketing Director Digital Printing, Kodak Graphic Communications Group EMEA; Dragan Volic, Vice President Marketing & Sales, Müller Martini; Christoph Gauss, Manager Business Development Graphic Arts Solutions, Océ Printing Systems; and Robert Weiss, Head of Technology and Business Development, manroland Druckmaschinen AG.

Toby Cobrin, a Director at INTERQUEST then presented additional INTERQUEST research findings. The session was highlighted by special guest, Lynn Kaplarian-Buller, Director, The American Book Center, Amsterdam The Hague, who shared her experiences with distributed printing and the value of having an Espresso Book Machine in her bookstore.

Two additional panels rounded out the afternoon program. A panel focused on challenges and developments relating to workflow, paper handling and finishing, and ink and substrates in digital book printing applications. Speakers included Steve Fyfe, Director of Digital Development, Magnum Digital Solutions, Canada; Tracey Duffy, Business Development Manager, Cabot Corporation, United Kingdom; and Andrew Pate, Director of Digital Sales and Programs, Edwards Brothers, Inc., United States.

The day ended with a panel of publishers and distributors who shared their experiences with digital printing and discussed trends and perspectives of printed books and eBooks. Speakers from international publishing houses and distributors included David Hetherington, Vice President, Academic/ Educational Merchandising and Digital Printing, Baker & Taylor, United States; Oliver Lanka, Vice President Purchasing, Bertelsmann AG - Clubs and Direct Marketing Businesses, Germany; and Yves L’Hommée, Production Director, Groupe Flammarion, France.

The 2011 Frankfurt Digital Book Printing Forum is sponsored by the leading players in the market, including Cabot, Geese Papier, Kodak, Magnum Digital Solutions, Mondi, Müller Martini, Océ, Rotolito Lombarda, Salzer Papier, Screen, UPM, and Xerox.

About INTERQUEST
Founded in 1989, INTERQUEST is a market and technology research and consulting firm in the field of digital printing and publishing. INTERQUEST has conducted extensive research into digital book printing markets. Its studies of digital print manufacturing include Digital Book Printing: Market Analysis & Forecast, 2010-2015, High Growth Segments of Digital Book Printing: Market Analysis & Forecast, and The Digital Book & Manual Printing Opportunity: Market Analysis & Forecast. Every year since 2006 INTERQUEST has organized the Digital Book Printing Forum held during the Publishing Business Conference & Expo in New York City. In 2010 and 2011 INTERQUEST organized similar events in Paris, London, Toronto, and Montréal.

About the Frankfurt Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book and media fair in the world—with around 7,500 exhibitors from over 110 countries. The Frankfurt Academy is the new conference brand of the Frankfurt Book Fair in collaboration with the German Publishers & Booksellers Association. Find out more about the Frankfurt Academy program.

Source: INTERQUEST
 

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