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Thomas Beguin
Market

Artificial intelligence has been the dominant topic across all industries for almost two years. But AI itself is not new. Even in the printing industry, there were business models based on artificial intelligence long before ChatGPT. One example of this was the Dutch company "Resnap", which first used classic algorithms and later AI models to revolutionize photo book production.

Dr. Sebastian Klapdor
Technic

Data is the new oil? Not so, declared Dr. Sebastian Klapdor from Vista at the Online Print Symposium 2024, explaining that data should not be like oil, difficult to extract, transport or even toxic, but like water: clean (processed), easily accessible and easy to share. Just as water creates life, data could generate innovation and growth for companies - when it is perceived as a product. Especially since data is the basis for AI applications.

Market

Following the keynote speech, visitors on the first day of the Online Print Symposium can traditionally look forward to the presentation by Bernd Zipper, CEO of zipcon consulting GmbH and from the outset a co-organizer of the OPS. This year, he spoke of a new era of print and of the fact that we have never had so many opportunities to earn truly good money with print. In doing so, he echoed Henrik Müller-Hansen's positive sentiment.

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Henrik Müller-Hansen, founder and CEO of software manufacturer Gelato, is convinced that the digital printing industry is one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors in the world. At the Online Print Symposium 2024, he explained what makes him so certain. There are four macro trends that play a central role.

Trends

Anyone who believes that artificial intelligence will go away is sorely mistaken. AI has long been used in numerous applications - including in print production. The facets that need to be considered when using AI and where it has already changed processes were discussed on the second day of the OPS. There was also valuable input on the general question of how to survive in highly competitive markets - keyword: "all in". Here is a short wrap-up.

Online Print Symposium 2024
Trends

The 11th Online Print Symposium is entering its second day. But before the "AI-powered Print Revolution" picks up speed again at the Science Congress Center Munich, we would like to take a brief look back at yesterday's event. In addition to the countless networking opportunities, OPS2024 had one thing in particular: trend-setting topics and exciting business ideas from renowned speakers and innovative start-ups.

Trends

From megatrends, AI-based customer service and books that literally bring memories to life all the way to the potential of data products or intergalactic encounters with OPS partners: the first day of the Online Print Symposium provided the more than 280 participants with important impulses, new perspectives and plenty of reasons why the online print industry has great potential for exponential growth right now.

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It was a record-breaking IOP spring conference: nearly 50 members accepted the invitation of Dr. Ralph Dittmann from WKS Druckholding GmbH to Wassenberg and gained unique insights into production on site. At the subsequent meeting, two more members were also accepted into the Initiative Online Print - bringing the IOP to a total of 53 member companies - more than ever before.

Tinderprinting
People

From "Tinderprinting", virtual service employees or tools that help with production planning: Artificial intelligence has also arrived in the online print industry. David Zwang from Whattheythink spoke to Bernd Zipper about the developments and products that are already available. Another interesting question was whether not all printers are actually also online printers.