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

Following the keynote, Gilles Biscos, President of INTERQUEST, Ltd., presented key results from recent research the company has conducted in North America and Europe. He also shared industry book printing trends and recent developments in technology.

The audience heard from leading European printers in a Book Printers Progress Report Panel. Speakers included: Oliver Schimek, CEO, Digital Print Group, from Germany; Esben Molls Kabell, CEO and President,, from Denmark; Emanuele Bandecchi, Marketing Development Director, Rotolito Lombardas, from Italy; and Guillaume de Courcy, Marketing Director, SAGIM, from France.

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.