Industry prepares for Innovationdays 2019

The 13th Hunkeler Innovationdays, a much anticipated feature on the global printing calendar, returns to Messe Luzern, the Lucerne exhibition centre, Switzerland, for four days from February 25 to 28 2019.
This year the focus of the biennial digital printing and paper processing event is on automated processes with more than 90 exhibitors having planned worldwide launches on their stands.
As transactional printers, direct mailers, book manufacturers and commercial printers see the length of print runs decline, the number of makeready processes is driven up. 
Continuous workflow automation is an ongoing necessity, and is one of the focal points of next year’s Innovationdays.
Designers and manufacturers of new production lines are driving efficiencies to minimise or eliminate manual intervention to reduce costs and increase margins. 
The business model, ‘blank paper in, finished product out’ is dependent upon advanced automation, and to this end, Innovationdays organiser and host Hunkeler, will demonstrate the further leap in automation now available with their Generation 8 production platform.
Presenting their innovations in digital printing and processing in Halls 1 and 2 at the Luzern Messe are manufacturers of printing and finishing systems, software developers and providers of finishing materials and consumables.
Hunkeler Innovationdays was founded on an interdisciplinary concept and a collegial atmosphere, and that spirit continues today with products presented in context: concentrated, practical and easy to understand.
Exhibitors will collaborate closely to demonstrate as many as 40 tightly-integrated production processes so that visitors are able to gain insight into a wide variety of practical, real-world, end-to-end applications that are of immediate business relevance.
Among exhibiting partners at this year’s event are: Canon, Heidelberg, Horizon, Hohner, HP, Hunkeler, Koening & Bauer, Konica Minolta, Mondi, Müller Martini, Neopost, Renz, Ricoh, Riso, Scodix, Schneider, Screen, Sitma, UPM, Winkler + Dünnebier, Xanté, Xeikon and Xerox.
Innovationdays stands for networking at its best along with the latest trends in automation for digital printing and finishing; online, nearline and offline and will assist digital printers and finishers to scope out their business investment plans for the immediate future.
Entrance to Hunkeler Innovationdays 2019 is free and intending visitors should register online at to avoid delays at the registration counter.
Travel advisory
Flights from Australia, for example, from Sydney to Zurich were around $1400 return when AP went to press and among the carriers flying this route are Etihad, British Airways, Swiss, Singapore Airlines and Emirates.
Then it’s a just a matter of taking one of SBB’s (Swiss Federal Railways’) comfortable IR70 train services from the airport to Luzern, taking exactly one hour and two minutes according to SBB. This service operates from 4:55am to 11:35pm and costs around A$20 one way in second class.
But remember, there will be a lot of travellers going the same direction as you, so make your arrangements early to secure your seat. Gute reise!

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