Merge Penguin and Random House- 29 October 2012

The company to be called Penguin Random House, will boast $4 billion in revenue and control about 25 percent of the worldwide consumer book market.

Bertelsmann owner of Random house among others would control 53 percent of the combined entity and Pearson 47 percent.

This merge will give greater scale to deal with the challenges arising from the growth of electronic books and the power of Internet retailers wielded by Internet giants like Google, Apple and, especially, Amazon.

The goal of the new company is not about cost efficiency, but about efficiency in better services.

Find attached a flow chart in order to clarify the structure.

Hope you find it interesting.

Orymu goes to Frankfurt Book Fair

Dear all!

 We are happy to announce that Orymu Graphic Arts will attend the Frankfurt book fair the 10th and 11th    October 2012.  (The world’s largest trade fair for books).

This will be a great opportunity to get to know the publishing arena worldwide!

A little bit of the fair history:

The first book fair was held in Frankfurt not many years after the first book came off of Gutenberg´s press in Mainz close to Frankfurt, around 1440. References to the Frankfurter Messe date back to 1150. According to some sources, book trade fairs have been held in Frankfurt since 1478 and have long been of international importance. In his book, The History of the Frankfurt Book Fair, author Peter Weidhaas (a former director of the fair, from 1975 – 2000), writes that King Henry VIII sent Sir Thomas Bodley as his personal emissary to the Frankfurt Book Fair to purchase books for the new library at Oxford University.

Representatives from book publishing and multimedia companies from all over the world come to the Frankfurt Book Fair in order to negotiate international publishing rights and licensing fees. For five days more than 7,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries and more than 286,000 visitors take part. The Frankfurt Book Fair is considered to be the most important book fair in the world for international deals and trading!

The Frankfurt Book Fair has a tradition that spans over more than 500 years. Until the end of the 17th century, it was the most important book fair in Europe.

It  is a critical marketing event for the launching of books. In 2006, more than 11,000 journalists from 66 countries reported on the fair which brought together 7,272 individual exhibitors from 113 countries, and more than 183,000 trade visitors. In 2009, there were 7,314 individual exhibitors from some 100 countries, presenting over 400,000 books. Some 300,000 visitors attended the fair.

Since 1976, a guest of honour, or a focus of interest is named for the fair. A special exhibition hall is set up for the guest country, and the major publishing houses are present at the fair.

The guest of honour for this year 2012 is NEW ZEALAND.

The Guest of Honour in 2009 was China, stirring a controversy about the country’s record on human rights.

 Some other choices aroused criticism and controversy. The 2007 fair attracted criticism from both the Spanish and German media. German news magazine Der Spiegel described it as “closed-minded” for its policy of not including the many Catalans who write in Spanish in its definition of Catalan literature. The decision to exclude any element of “Spanishness”, defined as literature exclusively done in Spanish, from the fair was made in spite of the fact that the Spanish government contributed more than 6 million Euros towards the cost of the fair.

   A few dates…: 
1150 First official mention of the Frankfurt fair (Autumn fair).
1157 A royal certificate historically substantiates the existence of the Frankfurt fair.
1240 Frederick II guarantees visitors of the Frankfurt fair safe passage to and from Frankfurt.This marks the beginning of Frankfurt´s tradition as an international trade fair centre.One year later, official tax documentation specifies Frankfurt as the German Empire´s Most profitable city.
1157  A royal certificate historically substantiates the existence of the Frankfurt fair 
1157 A royal certificate historically substantiates the existence of the Frankfurt fair.
 1478  Book merchants make their first appearance at the Frankfurt fair. In the decades to come, Frankfurt´sReputation and standing as Germany´s premier centre of trade continues to grow. Thousands flock to the annual fairs to sell and buy expensive consumer goods such as books, weaponry, fabrics,Herbs and spices; the first cashless payments are transacted.
1993 The European Monetary Institute (EMI) is established in Frankfurt.

Important people born in Frankfurt:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Erich Fromm, Anne Frank and Prinzessin Nataly von Preussen are some of them!

 Hope you enjoyed this quick review!


There are many wrong in ideas on paper, trees and forests, many inaccurate and misleading environmental statements.

Generally we don’t know that European Forests are still growing at a rate of 1.5 million football pitches every year.

Following some facts:

The growth of European forests is confirmed in the MCPFE (Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe) State of Europe’s Forests 2011 report which provides a comprehensive, up-to-date description of the status and  trends of forests and forest management in Europe.

  • 17 million hectares of forest growth has been achieved over the last 20 years, a rate which has been calculated as equivalent to 1.5 million football pitches every year.
  • In the same period 870 million tonnes of CO2 have been removed by European forest; equivalent to about 10% of the Greenhouse Gas emissions.

 This is why we tend to think that eBooks are more environmental friendly then printed books but what we don’t know is that  Paper industry is a relatively small user of wood. Of the wood extracted from the world’s forests, 53% is used for energy production, 28% is used by sawmills, and around 11% is used directly by the paper industry

Even in today’s digital age many young people states that reading printed text is still more comfortable than reading from a screen but undoubtedly eBooks is recognized  as being more environmental as printed books and this is why, among other reasons EBook use is certainly on the rise.

Using Apple’s own published environmental report regarding the iPad Green Press Initiative determined that an I Pad is responsible for 130 kg (287 lbs) of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions over its average lifetime. The average printed book, by contrast, is responsible for only 8.85 lbs.

Single e-book has 70 times the impact of a printed book on human health, owing to particulate matter resulting from energy use and the book’s production

Books can be recycled, E-readers can also be recycled, but it’s a more difficult process.  

We guess therefore that both ebooks and printed books have still a long way to coexist together….

Do you agree?



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First of all we would like to wish you all : Happy Summer Holidays 2012!

In this time of the year when normally the most of us are on holidays and usually the workload decrease, it is as well a time to disconnect and let new inspirational ideas come to us.

Orymu as a company has great expectations, as you may have read in previous posts, to export all around Europe, even America and one day soon all around the world.

The reasons why we think we can, you can find them in our post: “Printing books in Spain-The world is transforming itself!”

In that post we wrote:”give Europe a chance” and in this post we will add: “give Spain a chance…”

We are living very tumultuous times ending now with a bailout from the UE to Spain, (or a lending as our government likes to put it) but the truth is Spain is a big country and has been capable of great things as the resurgence of  the economy after an exemplary smooth transition from dictatorialship to democracy been one of the most important economies in Europe, been the twelfth-largest economy in the world, the fifth-largest in Europe and the fourth-largest in the Eurozone, based on nominal GDP comparisons. It is regarded as the world’s 23rd most developed country.

Our company expectations could easily come true but are undoubtedly negatively affected by those tumultuous times.

This is why we would like to reiterate our capacity to export and give our best to offer a great service and a high quality product.

Some as German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble choose to believe that Spain is in the right track.

Will you print with us and therefore will YOU give Spain a chance?


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We have recently acquired the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press, which delivers an unprecedented range of opportunities for PSPs, and sets new standards in quality, productivity and scalability, facilitated by innovative intelligent automation in both the press and the e2e production environment.

Intelligent automation and low operating cost.

Using the Vision System, the press performs automated calibrations and intelligent diagnostics, bolstering uptime and generating more

Top speed and productivity

Designed for high-volume production, the HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press can print up to 120 A4 pages per minute (ppm) in full colour
or 240 ppm in either monochrome or 2 colours.

Print quality that only HP Indigo can deliver.

Delivering the widest and most accurate digital colour gamut on the market, HP Indigo offers up to 7 ink stations, allowing 4-, 6-, and 7-colour PANTONE ®emulation, and off-press mixing, matching up to 97% of PANTONE ® colours.

Powerful HP SmartStream workflow solutions

The HP Indigo 7500 Digital Press is offered together with a range of workflow solutions to support the demands of complex jobs and scaling environments.



Please find her…


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Please find hereby a video of SIGNO PUBLISHING HOUSES with our CEO ELADIO MUÑOZ as one of the speakers:

Official Introduction of “Cómics Edición coleccionista en Expocómic 2011” Comic strip  Collector Edition in Expocómic 2011:



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Please find in this new post the interview of our Managing Director, MANUEL VACAS  done by Tajamar (An important Educational Center for all educational levels: kindergarten, primary, secondary school and vocational training, with great focused on Graphic Arts.)

Printing books in Spain-The world is transforming itself!


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The International Department of Orymu Graphic Arts is composed by Sara Grande (the manager), Angelica del Pozo (senior Assistant) and Natalia López (Assistant ).

Altogether we luckly speak: French, German, English, Italian and Gallego .

We already have in our portfolio several publishing houses in the UK ( including Oxford UP , you can see below their feedback), Switzerland and France, but of course this is not enough.

Our goal is to achieve international status all around the world and overall in Europe.

Which would be the obstacles in printing for Germany, Austria, Belgium, Nordic Countries, France etc….?:

  •                 Distance and fear from complications in transport and price increase  due to this fact.
  •                 Apprehensiveness due to an unknown market.
  •                 Lack of references.
  •                 Culture/language barrieres

We can reassure you on all those so called “obstacles” by:

  •                 Quality of printing
  •                 Great customer Service (in your mother tangue and    careful/exquisite      follow ups)
  •                 Speed
  •                 We do our best and more to give you the best service ever!

What can we do to convince you?

  •                 Great feedbacks from our clients, for instance Oxford University Press:

Orymu’s response time is very good…we like the information level, the titles printed have been to a high standard and stock dates have been met!”

                We can send you our printed books to prove it, in a lovely pack together with a printed presentation

  •                 Years of experience (moren then 40 years)

  We can gladly, send you a quote for you to see our great prices!

And those are our certifications :

FSC ®, ISO 9001-2002, ISO 12647, ISO 14001, UGRA FOGRA and AENGRAF.

Our outstanding machinery Park (including  the largest printing machine in the world, big format ): KBA RAPIDA 162 a:

For more information please check our Presentations:

The fact is, most of european publishing houses already print in China and even in Turkey.

Would it not be more convenient to print in Spain? A great an modern European Country (part of the UE since 1985)? Give Europe a chance!

And lastly but not least a little and informal introduction to our department in our next Post…come in and get to know us a little bit better!