A Frank (Romano) Take on the Industry
I would like to welcome special guest Frank Romano to my blog this week. A man who needs practically no introduction, Frank’s career has spanned 50 years and he continues to serve as a wealth of knowledge and insight within the printing and publishing industries.
Keeping up with the industry is no easy task. With constant announcements of partnerships, new technologies and equipment, the world of print is a fast moving one. I gathered a list of questions that I believe encompasses the crucial emerging areas of the industry and, with Frank’s insights, I hope you enjoy and learn something new.
It’s clear digital printing is replacing offset in certain current—and predicted future—market segments. How high of a priority is it for offset manufacturers to start developing technology to enable greater efficiency for shorter runs? Heidelberg’s Anicolor press comes to mind and seems to have had success.
Frank: Most presses made in the last few years are fantastic at short runs. But the printing industry still has a large contingent of legacy presses, and this is weighing us down. Thus, printers have installed digital printers to produce very short runs. I see Anicolor technology becoming a part of the entire Heidelberg line over time because of its superior advantage.
I am excited for Heidelberg’s partnership with Ricoh and re-entrance into digital printing. What are your thoughts on the partnership, and how dominant of a role do you predict Heidelberg will have in the future growth of digital printing?
Frank: It is good to see Heidelberg back in digital printing. Ricoh (for page printing) and EFI Vutek (for wide format) are great partners. I hope that someday we see Heidelberg-developed products for these markets.
Package printing has been a very steady and growing market in the United States. First, has this trend been taking place worldwide as well? Second, can you predict any future markets in the U.S. that you see emerging into similar levels of steady growth?