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CoCoCo announces partnership at drupa

The newly established printing platform has celebrated success with a new partnership

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[L to R] Florian Käsbauer and Bernd Remus from Impressed; John Maxwell, Andreas Aplien, and Karl Ciz from CoCoCo

CoCoCo, a print industry SaaS company established from former colleagues from Zaikio, has announced a strategic partnership with Impressed, a provider of solutions and services for media production and digital prepress.

The collaboration aims to integrate CoCoCo’s advanced integration technology with the Impressed Workflow Server (IWS) which is utilised across various input and output systems in print production.

CoCoCo was launched in May by Andreas Alpien, John Maxwell, and Karl Ciz following Zaikio, a Heidelberg-owned business, went into liquidation in April.

The company’s goal is to offer connectivity for existing assets in print shops with a vendor and manufacturer neutral solution.

The three main products of the platform are CoCore, CoConnect, and CoCollab. CoCore is an AI-enabled, open platform and data storage while CoCollab enables rule-based job routing and CoConnect connects any software and machine on-site or in the cloud.

The latest partnership has been made in order drive automation within the print industry which is seeing increasing numbers of small orders with low print runs. 

IWS is a tool that automates the PDF workflow in prepress and postpress stages, acting as a middleware to integrate MIS applications, web shops, and print broker platforms with output systems like workflow solutions, RIPs, and printing and finishing machines.

CoCoCo co-founder, Alpien, comments: “The Impressed Workflow Server already supports a wide range of applications and machines. Our integration with IWS is a major milestone for CoCoCo. 

“Furthermore, IWS will benefit from the new integrations we develop. Currently, we have integrations with Müller Martini, Prinect, Horizon, and Hunkeler, and at drupa, we showcased our integration with MBO Postpress Solutions.”

Alpien adds: “Our focus is on the seamless transfer of order and production data between applications and machines, creating a central data pool that IWS can leverage. Regardless of the number of systems we support, IWS only needs to interface with our CoCore platform.”

Florian Käsbauer, co-leader of Impressed with Bernd Remus, comments: “For many printing companies, ‘integration’ can be daunting due to perceived time and financial costs. We simplify this by taking over the integration tasks, allowing companies to focus on automating their existing environments.”

Remus adds: “The era of ‘jack-of-all-trades’ software is over. Companies now seek optimal solutions for each purpose, necessitating integration with other applications and machines. Our collaboration with CoCoCo ensures that printing companies can achieve this seamlessly. This not only optimises internal processes but also enhances external cooperation with customers and partners.”

Drupa was a chance for CoCoCo to introduce itself to the market, exhibiting in Hall 7, where a variety of software and interactive booths resided in order to network and collaborate with visitors and exhibitors.

When Print Monthly visited the team was extremely positive of how the show had gone so far as it was an ideal time and place to officially showcase CoCoCo and its branding. 

Commenting to a post on LinkedIn by Morten B Reitoft, Ciz said: “It was my first Drupa, and for us, as a startup, it was a great chance to showcase something extraordinary, so like many, I think we were positive, overall.”

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