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viscom re-loaded: over 30% more visitors

Posted on: 18-01-2019

One visit, all the perks – a brilliant idea, well received. Featuring a total of 1,084 exhibiting companies, the new trade show network consisting of PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom underscored its ambition of becoming Europe’s largest combined event for advertising and selling. More than half of the exhibitors came from outside Germany, representing a total of 38 countries. “An outstanding result that makes a clear statement on the international level. A real power pack that represents virtually all the key players across all areas of visual, textile and haptic advertising – the trendsetters and innovators of the market”, says Michael Freter, Managing Direct [...] Read more

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HEXIS to promote global awareness

Posted on: 02-01-2019

According to Caroline Mateu, Chair of the Hexis Board, Hexis is committed to a continual investment of 2.5% of its turnover into research and development HEXIS, the French vinyl manufacturer, is looking forward to next year. Indeed 2019 will be the company's 30th year in business churning out some 25 million m2 of film, with an expected turnover well in excess of €100 million and a workforce of more than 400 people worldwide. With its innovative technology, diversified product range and progressive marketing and distribution, Hexis has captured a respectable market share in the self-adhesive vinyl and large format digital printing business. Hexis has expanded consider [...] Read more

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Stora Enso and Sulapac for renewable and biodegradable straws

Posted on: 19-12-2018

Stora Enso and Sulapac continue to combat the global problem of plastic waste by launching a demo for sustainable drinking straws at Slush 2018, a leading startup event that gathers 20 000 tech enthusiasts from around the world. The demo, which targets production on an industrial scale, is designed to replace traditional plastic straws with renewable ones. The straws are based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders – designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environments. “This is an important step for Stora Enso and showcases our long-term commitment to gradually replacing fossil-based material [...] Read more

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Fespa Global Print Expo 2019 returns to Munich

Posted on: 05-12-2018

FESPA has launched its visitor campaign for the FESPA 2019 Global Print Expo and the co-located European Sign Expo 2019, which take place from 14 to 17 May 2019 at Messe Munich, Germany. The campaign strapline for both events is ‘Explosion of Possibilities’, celebrating the multitude of commercial and creative opportunities within the screen and digital wide format, textile printing and signage markets. “Our insights from previous events and from this year’s FESPA Print Census affirm that print service providers (PSPs) and sign-makers are continually looking at new openings and ways to grow their businesses”, comments Roz Guarnori, Exhibitions Director at [...] Read more

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EFI Announces New Nozomi Print Capabilities

Posted on: 30-11-2018

was highlighting its complete portfolio of advanced corrugated packaging production technologies at last week's All4Pack tradeshow in Paris, including the launch of new print modes for the EFI Nozomi C18000 - the ultra-high-speed, single-pass inkjet corrugated board press with high-graphic, direct-to-board digital printing. EFI's exhibit highlighted the complete EFI portfolio of print and workflow solutions for advanced, integrated and automated corrugated production. "EFI's new print modes for Nozomi and our new white ink further strengthen our overall portfolio for efficient corrugated production with the industry's best digital print engine and packaging workflow s [...] Read more

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Big completes Building in Stockholm

Posted on: 11-11-2018

Picture: Laurian Ghinitoui The 25,000m2 wooden hillside at the edge of Stockholm’s treasured national park Gärdet celebrates its official opening together with the city’s tallest new structure, OMA’s Norra Tornen. Both buildings were inaugurated recently by BIG Founding Partner Bjarke Ingels, Mayor of Stockholm Anna König Jerlmyr, City Architect Torleif Falk, CEO of Oscar Properties Oscar Engelbert and OMA Partner Reinier De Graaf. “As far as I know a city has never inaugurated two buildings by two world-famous architects on the same day. Norra Tornen and Residential Hillside 79&PARK are proof that it is possible to change and improve the cityscape of Stock [...] Read more

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Durst with P5, LED and MAPS at SGIA Expo 2018

Posted on: 26-10-2018

Highlights over the three days at SGIA Expo 2018 included Durst unveiling the P5 Series with the flagship P5 250 HS machine as well as the successful Rho 512R production machine with new LED UV curing technology, which offers additional production features and application possibilities, Benefits of the Rho 512R LED include higher adhesion and less odor, but still retaining the same high performance and reliability of a standard configuration. Durst Professional Services (DPS) GmbH, which will provide customers with consulting and integration services, software development, contract management and trainings in the future, was also formally unveiled at the show. The highlight of the DPS [...] Read more

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Battery market in high speed

Posted on: 15-10-2018

The battery market has suddenly become alive again in recent years. On one hand, batteries are moving to new form factors, becoming ultra-thin, flexible, rollable, stretchable, etc. On the other hand, manufacturers are scrambling to offer large batteries aimed at addressing the large-sized electric vehicle, residential and grid applications. IDTechEx have released a new report titled 'Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2019-2029'. This market study is focused on the former. IDTechEx has been tracking the technology development, market progress and player activities of global flexible, thin-film, printed batteries (or batteries with novel form factors) since 2014. P [...] Read more

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Technical Partnership Hexis and Renault Sport Formula One Team

Posted on: 06-10-2018

The Hexis Group have signed a major technical partnership for the supply of self-adhesive vinyls that will support the French racing team in the implementation of their graphic guidelines at racing venues and the company headquarters. This cooperation aims at showcasing technological self-adhesive films, made in France by HEXIS for Renault Sport Formula One Team, the only French car manufacturer involved in the Formula One World Championship. HEXIS will supply their coloured cutting plotter films as well as their digital print series so that Renault Sport Formula One Team, based in Enstone (UK), can efficiently respond to the constant need to update and produce liveries and signage [...] Read more

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Big’s pleated Skyscraper completes In Shenzhen

Posted on: 15-09-2018

The new home for Shenzhen Energy Company looks different because it performs differently: the building skin is developed to maximize the sustainable performance and workplace comfort in the local subtropical climate of China’s tech and innovation hub in Shenzhen. The 96,000m2 office development for the state-owned Shenzhen Energy Company is designed to look and feel at home in the cultural, political and business center of Shenzhen, while standing out as a new social and sustainable landmark at the main axis of the city. BIG won the international design competition in the city known as China’s ‘Silicon Valley’ with ARUP and Transsolar in 2009 and started c [...] Read more

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viscom 2019 offers more live experiences for digital printers and sign...

Posted on: 28-08-2018

viscom 2019 turns signmaking and digital printing into an experience. Held with the slogan “viscom – go for it!” from 8 to 10 January, the hands-on trade show will offer far more to trade visitors than a chance to try out new technology live: they’ll also be able to experience skilled practitioners in action, get ideas for their businesses and engage in peer-to-peer discussions. The heart of the new live experience for printers, signmakers, textile finishers and promotional products professionals is the “viscom live signmaking workshop”. On each of the three trade show days, experienced digital printers and signmakers will set up a signmaking fan sh [...] Read more

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Esko Identifies Shopper Behaviors in New Packaging Study

Posted on: 05-08-2018

ESKO released a new study, “Packaging and the Digital Shopper: Meeting Expectations in Food & Beverage,” highlighting what primary shoppers want from food and beverage packaging. Brand and marketing managers, design leaders, packaging professionals and tech leaders gain knowledge of shopper’s preferences in packaging within the food and beverage category in this study, along with the how and why they buy.  With this knowledge they can better optimize, evolve and connect packaging through technology platforms that support end-to-end packaging value chain and leverage packaging as an enabler for product innovation. Some statistics from study are highlighted below: [...] Read more

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25 years of PDF – Celebrating with GWG

Posted on: 19-07-2018

The Ghent Workgroup is inviting the global printing, packaging and publishing community to join them in celebrating 25 years of PDF – a quarter of a century of technical research, dedication and collaboration. Invented 25 years ago with office communication in mind, PDF has changed the way the global community handles file processing.  There were many steps along the way and development was slow at times but the key players who have brought PDF to where it is today are rightly proud.  Chairman of the Ghent Workgroup, David Zwang says, "This is a milestone for GWG.  It has been my privilege to be involved with the evolution of PDF from those early days.  It took a lot of developm [...] Read more

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Stora Enso evaluates its Oulu Mill in Finland

Posted on: 03-07-2018

Stora Enso has started a feasibility study and an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a possible investment in Oulu. The feasibility study and the EIA evaluate a potential conversion of the Oulu paper mill into packaging board production. The feasibility study is expected to be concluded by the end of 2018, and the EIA process is expected to take a minimum of 6 months. Currently, Oulu Mill has a production capacity of 360 000 tons of chemical softwood pulp and 1 080 000 tons of woodfree coated papers on two paper machines. The potential investment would include a new chemi-thermomechanical pulp (CTMP) plant, a brown-based cartonboard line with a capacity of 450 000 t/a and a kraft [...] Read more

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Touchpoint Packaging 2020 at drupa

Posted on: 25-06-2018

Drupa recently announced the partners who will contribute to the touchpoint packaging 2020 steering committee. After a successful premiere at drupa 2016, touchpoint packaging will once again be the place to be for converters and brand owners involved within the packaging industry. The representatives cover the full spectrum of packaging: Agfa, BOBST, Danone, ESKO, Heidelberg, HP Indigo, Kurz, Nestlé and Siegwerk. All members of the drupa touchpoint packaging 2020 project, printing and converting industry manufacturers and international brand owners will closely work with packaging designers and students bringing to life the latest possibilities in packaging. The objective of the commi [...] Read more

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Quality paves the way to new opportunities

Posted on: 11-06-2018

For Frederik Möller and wide-format print service provider CCL in Hamburg, Germany, superior quality and perfect execution are what counts. He opted for a Zünd digital cutting system to increase productivity and expand the company's product offering. One of the first things one notices about CCL Hamburg is the enormous product palette. There is almost nothing within the scope of wide-format digital printing the company doesn't handle – from textile to films and vinyls, to wall coverings, canvas and leather, PVC, aluminum, as well as glass, plexi, and wood. As an additional service for its retail and wholesale customers, CCL also contour routes, finishes, and on request, [...] Read more

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Departing to sublimation transfer?

Posted on: 03-06-2018

TTS notices that more and more printer manufacturers are departing from the direction they took several years ago. At that time, they decided to develop only 320-cm machines for the direct printing of textiles for visual communication (soft sign). Now they are reverting to machines that are suitable for sublimation transfer paper. This medium and the machines have been developed to such an extent in recent years that the benefits of printing with transfer paper overshadow those of direct printing. TTS is completely prepared for this development, and is introducing a number of new and suitable papers that have been tested on these fast, new, 320-cm wide transfer printers. The advantages [...] Read more

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TDC set to shine at Vivid Sydney 2018

Posted on: 02-06-2018

Australian entertainment technology company TDC – Technical Direction Company – is providing large scale projection mapping and technology for this year’s Vivid Sydney, which takes place over 23 nights from 25 May – 16 June. This year Vivid Sydney celebrates its tenth anniversary. Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. It takes place annually, and features immersive light installations with performances from local and international artists as well as an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers. “This year, visitors to Vivid Sydney can expect even brighter, clearer, be [...] Read more

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New Southern European Location for Fespa Global Print Expo 2020

Posted on: 21-05-2018

FESPA Global Print Expo will return to Spain in 2020, this time to Madrid, with dates confirmed from 24 - 27 March 2020. The event will be located at Fiera de Madrid and will cover screen, digital and textile printing and will be co-located with European Sign Expo. Roz Guarnori, Exhibitions Director, FESPA, comments: “After three successive years in Germany, we are looking forward to moving back to a Southern European host city in 2020. Madrid was a clear favourite among exhibitors and visitors when we canvased their opinions on preferred cities for a FESPA event. This enthusiasm for the host city, combined with the success of the FESPA Digital event in Barcelona in 2012, makes [...] Read more

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Exhibitor Line Up for Inaugural Digital Corrugated Experience

Posted on: 07-05-2018

FESPA has revealed more details of its Digital Corrugated Experience, which will take place at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 from 15 to 18 May at Messe Berlin in Germany. 17 exhibitors will take part in the feature, which aims to illustrate solutions for digital printing on corrugated packaging, including file management, substrates, inks, printing technologies, varnishes and finishing. Exhibitors include: AstroNova, BCS, Color Alliance, Era Automation, EFI, ESKO, HighCon Systems Ltd., HP, Inca Digital, Kao Chimigraf, Koenig & Bauer, Kiwiplan, Lamina System, Macarbox, Sun Automation, Xante and Zund. Throughout FESPA’s ten halls, there will be over 100 companies exhibiting pro [...] Read more

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DSS Europe 2018 set to change the narrative

Posted on: 24-04-2018

At this year’s Digital Signage Summit Europe, more than 40 experts will explore the most compelling business strategies in the international Digital Signage and Digital out of Home industry. DSS Europe focuses on a conference theme of ‘Digital Storytelling – Changing the Narrative with Digital Signage.’ The two-day event will explore how digital storytelling and digital touchpoints are adding value through improving customer engagement and bridging the online and offline worlds. DSS Europe takes place on 4-5 July, 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel, Frankfurt Airport, Germany. This will be the first time DSS Europe will be staged in a city other than in its long-te [...] Read more

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5 th drupa Global Trends Report: positive mood in the printing industr...

Posted on: 17-04-2018

Printers and suppliers from the majority of market sectors reported growing confidence in their companies’ economic performance. The opportunity was taken this year to track patterns of performance over the years. Packaging remains the most buoyant market and there has been a steady improvement in confidence over the five years amongst Commercial printers. Functional printers were following a similar positive story but there was a puzzling increase in uncertainty this year for both printers and suppliers to this market. Publishing printers probably face the most challenging strategic changes and there is a decline in assurance this year, despite the reducing threat from E-books. [...] Read more

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Flying drops printing 2000 products per minute

Posted on: 14-04-2018

At Label & Print 2018 in Zürich, Leibinger was recently presenting the flying ink drops: printing 2000 products per minute, or the JET3up industrial inkjet printer. At a bottling plant, a mineral water bottle speeds along a conveyor belt moving at 36 km/h. A few milliseconds later, the best-before date appears as if by magic on the bottleneck. This is made possible by Leibinger’s JET3up industrial inkjet printer, which prints up to 2000 products per minute with flying drops of ink. Information such as best-before date, batch number and data matrix codes have become an integral part of most products. You can find the small letters and graphics on water bottles, milk cartons and [...] Read more

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British bomb under Brexit passport

Posted on: 29-03-2018

The mood is high among the British. Their printing industry is fishing behind the net. The order for the after-Brexit passport goes to a French-Dutch company. Trade unions and a national newspaper are taking action to block this. Those high spirits in Britain are understandable. The island is just heading for independence from the EU, looks forward to reintroducing their own familiar blue passport and then it appears that 'their' printer seizes next to the order. Back to the British; the printer who is most obvious according to the islanders is the British secured-printing producer De La Rue. The order seems to go to, as French company described, Gemalto. It has a Dutch touch, [...] Read more

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Printed Electronics Europe: 11 and 12 April

Posted on: 16-03-2018

An estimated 2,500 people will attend Printed Electronics Europe, part of the world’s largest series of events on printed, flexible and hybrid electronics, which will be held on 11-12 April at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin. The unique focus of the event is to speed up the adoption of printed electronics by bringing together end users with suppliers across the value chain. Presentations from end users will cover their progress and use cases involving the technology, with speakers from a variety of global organizations representing different industry verticals including Beko, Johnson & Johnson, Cartamundi, Saati, Panasonic, Huawei, GE Healthcare and many more. Key themes at P [...] Read more

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Graeme Richardson-Locke Head of Technical Support at FESPA

Posted on: 10-03-2018

FESPA announces the appointment of screen and digital printing specialist, Graeme Richardson-Locke, to the newly-formed role of Head of Technical Support. Graeme is a print expert with over 30 years’ experience in the screen and digital print industry, where he has worked in design, production, sales and operational management positions. As Head of Technical Support Graeme will provide technical expertise on all matters relating to screen and digital printing on behalf of FESPA and its stakeholders. This will include managing and developing technical content in the form of workshops, guidance documents and research to support FESPA and its national Associations and their mem [...] Read more

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ISE confirms position as European destination for global AV

Posted on: 20-02-2018

The largest and busiest Integrated Systems Europe in its 15-year history drew record numbers of exhibitors and attendees from around the world for four days of business, education and networking at the RAI Amsterdam between 6-9 February. Throughout 15 halls, visitors experienced a vibrant showcase of the latest AV and systems integration technologies, products and solutions as ISE confirmed its position as the international destination of choice for AV professionals. The number of exhibitors totalled 1,296, of which 294 were exhibiting at ISE for the first time. Combined, they filled 53,000sqm of exhibition floor space. Floor space already confirmed for ISE 2019 currently stands a [...] Read more

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ISE Tech Tour to visit Amsterdam ArenA

Posted on: 06-02-2018

An ISE 2018 Tech Tour will take place at the hi-tech Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday 7 February between 18:00 and 20:00. ISE Tech Tours take participants on technology-focused tours to local buildings and places of interest. The specially curated trips reveal the details behind unique AV and integration projects, including why, how and where technology is used and the core design principles involved. The tour of the Amsterdam ArenA will be presented by Huib Pasman, a technology expert at Amsterdam ArenA Innovation Centre. He commented: “Anyone and everyone involved in IoT will be able to find out more about mobility, sustainability, fan experience, security and urban farming us [...] Read more

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Stretchable and conformable electronics to reach 600M dollar by 2027

Posted on: 05-02-2018

Stretchable and conformable electronics (SCE) is already commercial. Interestingly, the commercialized parts are often not fancy or high-end. Instead, they are down-to-earth elements performing a simple yet useful function in a hybrid system. The IDTechEx Research report 'Stretchable and Conformal Electronics 2017-2027' finds that the market, across all its diverse components and applications, will continue its growth, reaching $600M by 2027.   In this article, we will provide high-level descriptions of the activity taking place for various stretchable and conformable components. To learn more we refer you to the IDTechEx report on 'Stretchable and Conformal Electronics 2017-2 [...] Read more

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E-Textiles 2017-2027: Technologies, Markets, Players

Posted on: 28-01-2018

We are in contact with textiles for up to 90% of our lives, and they are starting to become intelligent. The basis of this new functionality is the integration of textiles and electronics. From clothing to bandages, bed linen to industrial fabrics, new products integrating e-textiles are being created. The market has been slow to start due to many challenges, but with large companies investing heavily and releasing early products, this industry is poised to change very quickly as soon as the right conditions are achieved. In their purest form according to the definition, e-textiles based on the integration of inherently electrically or electronically active fibres have begun to see in [...] Read more

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Stora Enso to set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets

Posted on: 23-01-2018

The renewable materials company Stora Enso has become the first forest products company to set ambitious science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets to address significant emissions along the company’s value chain. The targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. “For over a decade we have been actively reducing the energy-intensity of our operations and our dependence on fossil fuels,” says Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström. “As a company operating in a bioeconomy and using renewable raw materials, we are in a unique position to take the next step. We are now committing to further reducing our CO2and other greenhouse g [...] Read more

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installed base Kornit Digital in China has exceeded 125 systems

Posted on: 11-01-2018

Kornit Digital has announced that its installed base in China has exceeded 125 systems. Kornit’s customer base in China includes renowned brands such as JNBY, Lilianz, JoeOne and Seven Brand. Many Chinese Kornit users produce high-margin fashion pieces digitally, either for their own distribution or for leading brands around the globe, benefitting from the current trends affecting the textile supply chain: mass customization, direct-to-consumer sales models, drastically reduced delivery times, and a strong influence of social media on buying decisions. Typical products produced with the help of Kornit’s industrial-grade technology are jeans, pants, socks, stockings, footwear [...] Read more

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IDTechEx Show combines different emerging technologies

Posted on: 07-01-2018

The IDTechEx Show, from 11-12 April 2018 in Berlin, tries to combine new, emerging technologies from different aspects in our market in one, big event, in fact more special events but co-located because there’s a strong overlap across the topics. IDTechEx provides market research, business intelligence and events on these emerging technologies. Each of the events (as listed below) are full two-day executive conferences, co-located with a common exhibition at the Estrel Berlin Hotel and Convention Center Sonnenallee 225 12057 Berlin. Attendees at the conference will gain a comprehensive understanding of the state-of-the-art in the following segments: 3D Printing, including [...] Read more

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East Austin District unites the Best of Austin under One Roof

Posted on: 21-12-2017

The new East Austin District created by Austin Sports & Entertainment and designed by award-winning architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is an entirely new sports and entertainment neighborhood tailored to celebrate world-class sports and cultural experiences under one checkered roofscape. Austin Sports & Entertainment today announced plans to launch East Austin District, the city’s first and only sports, culture and entertainment destination located east of downtown Austin. Designed by New York and Copenhagen-based architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, known for 2 World Trade Center in Manhattan and Google Headquarters in Mountain View, in partnership with Austin-based architects S [...] Read more

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Caldera - Oschatz: printing productivity squared

Posted on: 06-12-2017

When you first meet Daniel and Joel Oschatz, the two printing brothers, as they call themselves, of Oschatz Visuelle Medien GmbH, the first impression is that they are really embracing their roles of CEOs of the company. Daniel is in charge of sales, while Joel heads up technical. The company was founded by their father as a photolab in 1983, and together, the two brothers have successfully brought it into the digital market. In 1992, they had just one digital printer; today they are internationally recognized as a market leader in cosmetic branding, museums and exhibitions – and the company handles more than 100 000 jobs per year from their base in Niedernhausen, near Frankfurt [...] Read more

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