Finishing First 2018. Review

FINISHING FIRST 2018 shows variety of print finishing.

(Quickborn, September 2018) The continuing trend towards individualized products and short runs requires new concepts in finishing. This topic was the focus of the FINISHING FIRST 2018 event, attended by European printing companies from 18 to 20 September at the Horizon Academy.

FINISHING FIRST's successful concept includes live demonstrations of challenging applications from offset and digital production as well as lectures on trends and background information on finishing. Around 180 participants from Germany, Austria and the Nordic countries as well as dealers from several Eastern European countries took part in this year's event. FINISHING FIRST has thus established itself within a very short time as an important network event which, in addition to technical aspects, also takes into account cross-industry topics and current trends in the graphic arts industry.

The participants of FINISHING FIRST 2018 could convince themselves of the high variety of Horizon solutions in the in-house showroom. One highlight was the presentation of the StitchLiner Mark III: With the production of saddle stitched booklets from 74 x 105 mm up to 297 x 297 mm, Horizon fulfils the increasing customer demands beyond standard formats. The example of book production from inkjet-printed B2 sheets also met with great interest: After cutting and collating the book block on the SmartStacker, the books are bound on a 1-clamp perfect binder and cut to their final format on the Three-side Trimmer HT-30C. In this way, especially short runs can be produced economically. In contrast to this, Horizon presented the finishing of long runs from offset printing with the modular CABS 4000S perfect binding line, which can produce up to 4,000 books per hour fully automatically. Horizon and its cooperation partner Hunkeler also presented a new solution for web-fed inkjet printing - an integrated system for the production of variably folded flyers.

Focus on automation and networking.

The lectures at FINISHING FIRST 2018 covered a wide range of topics, from customer loyalty to postpress automation: While Mina Smolej, Marketing Specialist at Quadient, used concrete examples to demonstrate the possibilities offered by digital communication to improve the customer experience, the new Horizon Sales Manager Marisa Dütsch outlined the strategies with which the market leader will continue to meet customer expectations in terms of product, service and project support in the future. Ramona Weiß-Weber, Managing Director of Hubert & Co., gave practical experience during the introduction of digital book printing: Stable processes, flexible solutions and uncompromising quality were the main requirements for the new production system, which combines technologies from Screen, Hunkeler and Horizon.

Collaboration instead of isolated solutions.

"The maximum networking of the systems and a further increase in automation are currently among the most important concerns in the area of finishing," concludes Yoshihiro Oe, Managing Director of Horizon GmbH. Oe states that the goal of all efforts is maximum machine availability, which requires maximum flexibility on the part of the manufacturers. Horizon is thus focusing on open systems instead of offering isolated solutions, says Yoshihiro Oe: "Nobody can meet the challenges posed by concepts such as Print 4.0 and ongoing digitization on their own. As a manufacturer, working in partnership with customers and other vendors is as important to Horizon as the performance of our products."

Participants' comments 2018.

„Relaxed atmosphere, professional organization.“

„Dedicated, very friendly team, interesting technology.“

„Complete all-round service!“

„Demonstrations on all machines, competent answering of all questions“