Prinovis UK Wins Gold For Its Environmental Achievements
Prinovis UK has taken gold at this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards in the Environmental Achievement category. The award recognizes manufacturers and supply chain firms that have made an enormous effort to improve their overall environmental performance and to enhance sustainability. The awards are presented annually by EEF Manufacturers Organisation, the UK employers’ federation for the production industry.
In the Environmental Achievement category, Prinovis UK competed with a range of businesses – small and large – from across the economic region in the northwestern UK. A panel of judges drawn from business leaders, industry experts and academics selected the company after impressing them with their clear plan and long-term direction which harnessed employee engagement. With the regional title secured, the Bertelsmann Printing Group subsidiary will now go on to compete for the national title, which will be presented in January 2018 in London.
“Fantastic to get this far”
John Morris, Health, Safety, Environment and Security Manager at Prinovis UK, said: “This award is a testament to our hard working and dedicated team, and we are delighted to have won. This puts us on the map as a modern and innovative company and goes some way to demonstrate the efforts made by manufacturers to boost sustainability and minimize the impact we have on the environment. We can’t wait to share this news with all our staff, customers and suppliers. It’s fantastic to get this far, and now we’re all looking forward to the national finals in January to see how we measure up against the rest of the UK.”
Prinovis UK Celebrates Success At ‘Print Week Awards’
The “Print Week Awards”, also known as “Prism”, are considered the most important awards of the UK print industry. The announcement of this year’s winners was therefore even more delightful for Prinovis UK. The Bertelsmann Printing Group subsidiary was “Highly Commended” in two categories – honors that award the best companies along with the winners of each category. Prinovis UK achieved these successes in the “Customer Service Team of the Year” and the “Environmental Company of the Year” categories. Prinovis UK had been short-listed for the “Print Week Awards 2017” along with 19 other providers from the print industry. “Print Week”, a trade journal for the UK print industry, initiates the awards.
“We are very happy to have received the ‘Highly Commended’ honor in two important cate-gories at the ‘Print Week Awards 2017’,” said Richard Gray, Managing Director of Prinovis UK. “Our efforts for our customers go hand in hand with our commitment to the environment. We strive for perfection in service and, at the same time, invest in the environmental sustainability of our company. I am delighted for all our teams that their efforts were recognized by the jury members.”
Another iron in the fire
Darryl Danielli, Editor and Publisher of “Print Week”, commented on the website of the awards: “The awards aren’t just about celebrating the craft of print; they’re also designed to single out those that have best embraced the evolution in the business of print. There’s little doubt that the sector still faces challenges, but, as the Awards prove, there are countless companies not just rising to those challenges but turning them to their advantage.” Prinovis UK has another iron in the fire at the “Training Journal Awards” this year. The awards are presented by the magazine for HR development and address companies from all sectors. For twelve years, the awards have been honoring companies that have launched programs and initiatives for the training of their employees on an above-average scale. Prinovis UK is shortlisted in the “Best Leadership Development Programme” category. The winners will be announced on 5 December 2017.
The city of Nuremberg can look back on a long tradition of printing. In the 15th century, Anton Koberger operated Germany’s most successful printer of the time in this city. It was therefore a perfect location to look at the future of the industry during the two-day ERA conference under the motto “Print in the digital world”, and to deal with the further improvement of products and processes as well as the possibilities of digitalization.
During the conference, Thomas Hebes, Head of Gravure at Prinovis Nuremberg, gave a lecture titled “Print on! Improved process standards for better color communication between print buyers and gravure printers”, for example. Other speakers included Clemens Hadtstein, Metro Advertising (“Role of print in the marketing of an international retailer”), Jürger Freier of HP (“Considerations when going digital”), and Markus Kaiser of the University of Nuremberg (“Publishing in the digital age – how to take print publications online”).
The participants were given a guided tour through the production halls of Prinovis on the first day of the conference, adding a bit of concrete experience to the academic agenda.
The Campaign unit, part of the Bertelsmann Printing Group, now supports Apollo-Optik with its marketing solution “Loop”. The platform enables the franchise partners of the ophthalmic optics company to individually adjust centrally provided advertising material to local situations and prepare cross-media marketing campaigns for their shops. They can approach customers in their environment in a more targeted way and, at the same time, comply with the overarching design stipulations of the Apollo brand. In addition, the franchise partners can now individually plan their participation in central ad campaigns and flexibly manage and combine local measures.
With the successful introduction of “Loop” Campaign continues expanding its longstanding and successful business relations with Apollo-Optik. The close interconnection of the marketing platform with the CRM database of Apollo operated by Campaign, which includes all relevant information about the franchise partners, is characteristic for this project. “Loop” is an in-house development of Campaign and was custom-tailored to the requirements of Apollo during the implementation.
The interaction between Apollo’s central campaign management system and the regional marketing platform via data interfaces especially convinced Apollo, as Campaign states in an announcement. Thanks to the individual adjustment of the advertising measures, regional campaigns can be implemented in a much more efficient way, which results in a noticeable and sustained cost reduction. For now, the use of “Loop” is reserved for the franchise shops only. Due to the benefits, however, the plan is to provide the offer to all Apollo shops in the future.
rtv Media Group to produce and market the “Stern” supplement “TV-Magazin”
“Stern” is switching production partners for its “TV-Magazin” supplement. From November, rtv Media Group will design, produce and market the supplement as part of a cross-divisional collaboration at Bertelsmann: Gruner + Jahr publishes “Stern,” and rtv Media Group is part of the Bertelsmann Printing Group.
The change means that “Stern TV-Magazin” will be larger and have a more upscale look-and-feel. The full-run listings pages, which rtv produces as a standard for its clients, are supplemented with exclusive content for “Stern,” including the title, editorial articles and the puzzles its readers love. The thematic focus will be on TV recommendations and reviews of selected movies and programs.
Alexander Schwerin, Publisher “Stern” at G+J, said: “Our market research shows that the ‘TV-Magazin’ is always very intensively read. For years, ‘Stern’ readers have appreciated the supplement as a great extra, for its quality and service. We would like to continue offering them this. In rtv Media Group, we have picked the partner with the greatest expertise and reach in TV listings information.”
Ulrich Buser, Managing Director of rtv Media Group, added: “rtv Media Group has around 60 years of experience in the TV information segment and the production of first-class content. Our strong presence in the weekly TV listings market – rtv achieves a weekly circulation of 7.2 million copies – makes us an indispensable partner. We are delighted to be able to offer our advertising clients the highly attractive readership of ‘Stern’ as an extension in future.” Buser said the aim is “to produce the best possible TV magazine for ‘Stern’ readers, so as to further strengthen reader loyalty.”
The Campaign division, part of the Bertelsmann Printing Group, has been honored as “Partner-Level Supplier” by John Deere for the fourth time. This is the highest award presented by the world’s largest agricultural machinery manufacturer to its suppliers and service providers. The company states that Campaign “outperforms the service standards of John Deere, achieves a world-class level and measurably contributes to higher customer satisfaction.”
Campaign has been collaborating with John Deere since 1993 and supports the American company with its customer dialogue in Europe, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East. Every year, Campaign sends out over 450,000 exclusive, highly individualized mails and 2.5 million customer and employee magazines for John Deere. Thanks to a complex data management system, end customers get a personalized magazine or mail from their dealers, each at the most favorable postage fees for international delivery to up to 29 nations.
Mark Brenner, Director Sales & Key Account Management of Campaign, says: “We are very pleased and proud that the performance of our employees and team in charge has once again led to this above-average evaluation by John Deere. For us the award is another incentive to continue the international collaboration with John Deere at the absolutely highest level in the future, as well.
Sonopress Honored as Innovation Leader in SME Sector
Sonopress GmbH is one of this year’s leading innovators among German SMEs. The Guetersloh-based company was awarded the TOP 100 seal, which was given out for the 24th time by Ranga Yogeshwar, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke and compamedia last firday. In the independent selection process, the company especially impressed the judges with its innovative success.
The printing press produces a near endless stream of paper, one page after another, precisely folded; 40,000 copies per hour. The dark background and white typeface race by in a blur. The scene would almost be hypnotic save for the incessant clatter of the conveyor belts. Richard Gray takes a quick look at the printed sections rushing past him, before fishing one out and checking it. The Managing Director of Prinovis UK is holding the new edition of “Weekend,” the Saturday supplement of the “Daily Mail.” It is one of five weekend editions that has been printed by Prinovis in Liverpool since April 2016. “We’re very pleased we were able to win these orders,” he says.
Last year, the publishers of the “Daily Mail” and “The Daily Telegraph,” two of the highest-circulation daily newspapers in the United Kingdom, commissioned Prinovis to produce the weekly magazines of their print-edition newspapers. “Saturday Telegraph Magazine” is produced for the Telegraph Media Group, as is “Stella,” which is included in the Sunday edition. “You” and “Event” are produced for DMG Media’s “The Mail on Sunday,” and “Weekend” is included in “Daily Mail” Saturday edition. Together they have a total print run of six million copies per week and some appear with additional inserts. The printing plant in Liverpool produces a weekly volume of around 2.5 million copies of “Weekend” alone. “For our clients in the newspaper industry, the magazine supplements are important because they support sales of their weekend editions. At the same time, they can sell ads in the magazines,” explains Gray.
70 new full-time jobs
In view of decreasing volumes in the printing market, winning these two large and well-known customers can be considered a coup for Prinovis UK. The Liverpool site is therefore well utilized for the foreseeable future, as both contracts have been signed with five-year terms. To be able to fulfill the orders reliably and with the usual quality, the management has created around 70 new full-time jobs. Prinovis UK now employs 491 people. Machines have been relocated, reactivated, or bought new, such as a Ferag Unidrum saddle-stitcher, to combine sections and add inserts into finished products.
“We’ve invested in several areas to be able to cope with the high print runs,” says Gray, leaving Press No. 2 and crossing the production hall on the green-and-yellow safety routes. Several meters above him, conveyor belts carry the “Weekend” supplements, pegged like a clothesline, across people and machines. They snake among pipes, shafts and struts, on the way to the next station in the finishing process. About a year after the start of production in May 2016, Gray draws a very positive interim balance: “We enjoy what we do and, most importantly, the customers are satisfied.”
At the same time, he makes it clear this is not a standard job, not just because of the size of the print runs; but the above-average size of the “Weekend” title also required adjustments in the work flow and equipment. Even as these tasks are completed, the biggest challenge they bring has to be overcome anew every week: “The supplements are very time-critical productions, where we have to meet tight and precise deadlines. Fortunately, there have been no major difficulties to date. But we have to constantly keep renewing our commitment and concentration so that no mistakes occur.”
Volatile print market
Richard Gray has worked in the printing business for almost 30 years. He has run the Liverpool site since 2007. He knows the situation in the industry very well and knows that quality and customer focus are more important than ever before. The printing market in the UK as well as in other European countries is “very volatile,” in other words, subject to constant change. Many products that were once printed are now only published digitally. On the other hand, in certain areas print runs have remained stable or are even increasing: Flyers, catalogs and brochures play a major role for retailers and traders in promoting their products and attracting buyers. JD Williams, for example, one of the UK’s largest mail order companies and one of Prinovis UK’s largest customers, uses print heavily in its marketing mix and prints most of its catalog and direct mail offers in Liverpool. “The market is declining, but print is definitely still very much alive and indispensable in the media mix,” emphasizes Gray.
However, remaining indispensable as a provider of print products requires thoughtful positioning. Since opening the Liverpool site in 2006, Prinovis UK has established itself as a reliable print partner that combines high quality with comprehensive services. As the last active gravure printing company in the UK, Prinovis occupies a strategically valuable position. Although by now many of the orders are for offset printing, which is cheaper for smaller orders, gravure printing remains the first choice for many customers, especially for high print runs, which need to be produced quickly – like daily newspaper supplements. “In the end, it’s not a question of which printing method a customer prefers,” says Gray. “The overall package of price, performance and service is always decisive. And here, gravure puts us ahead in many cases.” Prinovis UK printed 155,000 tons of paper last year – equivalent to the weight of 560 Airbus A380s.
The high-performance plant-list is another decisive factor for rapid, high-quality production. Prinovis has four roto-gravure presses in Liverpool, along with five saddle-stitchers, two adhesive binders, and eight polybagging lines, which wrap a specific number of magazines in clear plastic film at high speed, creating packages that are ideally suited for transporting on pallets. As he walks alongside one of the polybagging machines wrapping the finished and stapled copies of “Weekend,” Richard Gray explains: “We intend to further expand our finishing and inserting capacity during the course of the year, and will be investing here.”
A solid group
The team in Liverpool benefits from support from its sister sites in Germany. In fact, DMG Media and Telegraph Media Group, awarded Prinovis UK the bid partly because the company operates as part of a powerful network. The German Prinovis sites in Dresden, Ahrensburg and Nuremberg take over parts of the production of less time-critical orders for their colleagues in the UK. The resources freed up by this can be devoted entirely to the weekend magazines. “Without this support, we wouldn’t have been able to cope with the new volumes. This is a very big help for us and shows the value-add that the Bertelsmann Printing Group offers all of us,” praises Gray. Bertelsmann’s commitment to the printing business not only helps in the specific case of this order, but also in general: “Our customers know that we are part of a solid group of companies and can offer vast capacity thanks to the international network.” The message of the most famous soccer anthem in the world, which was first sung in Liverpool’s famous Anfield stadium by thousands of passionate fans, is true for Prinovis UK as well: “You’ll never walk alone.”
But to where exactly is Prinovis UK walking? Winning the two major contracts last year coincided with the site’s tenth anniversary. Now the task at hand is to continuously improve the production processes for these orders, to increase profits for Prinovis UK and keep the customers satisfied, explains Gray. “A renewal of the two contracts in five years’ time must, of course, be our goal.”
There is no question for the Managing Director that the Liverpool site will face changes in the medium to long term: “We are already thinking about what our company might look like five or 10 years from now. Perhaps at that point we will be a hybrid site and offer offset as well as gravure printing.” However, Gray is hesitant about making specific predictions. He is familiar with the great challenges and fluctuations of the print market, and says that it will be crucial to keep up the sales push at a high level, to compensate for declining circulation with new orders. In addition, the team is constantly examining all options for optimally adapting to customer requirements.
No matter what tasks Prinovis UK may face in the future, Richard Gray is optimistic about the future. “We have a strong position in the market, based on which we can further expand our business and hopefully win new orders for Bertelsmann Printing Group.” He leaves no doubt about who has played the greatest part in recent successes: “Our employees are the key to our company. We have a really outstanding team at every level and in all departments. Everyone works very hard and tirelessly caters to the customers’ needs. I’m happy that we have such a strong team here in Liverpool – as well as the backing of our colleagues in Germany.”
Four Gold, three Silver and one Bronze – this is the impressive result of the Bertelsmann Printing Group USA at the 2017 FSEA Gold Leaf Awards. The awards recognize creative excellence in the design and execution of printed specialty effects, foil stamping, embossing, die cutting, UV and specialty coatings and laminations. They are presented by the Foil and Specialty Effects Association (FSEA).
Among the award-winning products from the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the POS display the team produced for a holiday campaign of the New Jersey Lottery especially stood out: the nutcracker figure not only won a Gold Leaf Award for “Most Creative Use of Foil and Embossing – Miscellaneous” but was also the star of the FSEA’s Road Trip Social Media Campaign on the way to the Chicago convention.
The RCA Records soundtrack for “Trolls” won Silver for the “Creative Use of Special Diecut” on an elaborate Academy Award Edition Record Jacket that featured a pinwheel in the design. In the “Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Book Cover or Jacket”, the two-piece “Horizon” jacket for Scholastic took Gold, while Scholastic’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” jacket took Silver. Similarly, Sentinel Risk Advisors took Silver for “Best Use of Foil and Embossing – Folders” on a beautiful, heavily gold foiled presentation folder.
Award for Penguin Random House titles
The team also pocketed an award for a Penguin Random House title: The Penguin Random House imprint Dutton designed a Gold Award winner for “Best Use of Specialty UV Coatings” with the book jacket for “Right Behind You”. This remarkable and well executed title looks like a cracked mirror. The “Best Use of Holographic Foil”, according to the judges, was applied to “Genius”. The jacket shows a human brain that shimmers with life when the book is moved. The eighth award, a Bronze for “Best Use of Ink Over Foil”, went to “Christmas Days”: the jacket shows holly, unicorns and snow crystals on a dark blue background.
The sophisticated, creative design of a book jacket can have a considerable influence on sales. A survey done by the Bertelsmann Printing Group USA in 2015 showed that printed specialty effects were used for 87 percent of bestseller books in order to drive sales.
Prinovis UK has received an award for its achievements in leadership development. At the “EEF Developing People Award”, the Bertelsmann Printing Group subsidiary has been named runner-up. The award recognizes businesses that have done the most to build skills, harness talent and develop employees. It is part of the “Future Manufacturing Awards” presented by the EEF Manufacturers Organisation. The awards were presented at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford near Manchester.
The businesses nominated in the “Developing People” category have all improved or increased skills, training and development opportunities through accredited qualifications programs or local workplace initiatives. According to the company, Prinovis UK has delivered over 40,000 hours of training and development to its employees since 2010.
Vicci Tatton, Human Resource Director of Prinovis UK, said: “We are extremely pleased to receive this award. It is a demonstration of our ‘People Matter’ HR strategy in action and a testament to the team responsible for the design and delivery of our leadership development programs. 2016 has been an exceptional year for Prinovis UK in winning significant contracts and securing the future of the UK business. The leadership excellence demonstrated by our dedicated team at Prinovis UK has been pivotal in delivering this great achievement.”