Customers Attest to Price-Performance Ratio of Heidelberg Large-Format Presses

HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—May 31, 2011—Leading print shops specializing in packaging printing, point of sales (POS), publishing, commercial work, and short-run color printing achieve excellent price-performance ratios with the Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 presses. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) unveiled its large-format presses at drupa 2008 and has been manufacturing them in series production since early 2009. Heidelberg won a substantial share of the market shortly after market launch—and sales have continued to rise.

For the new series, Heidelberg invested in state-of-the-art assembly equipment and a print media center in Hall 11 at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site. Today, the company supplies the Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 in four-to eight-color models with coating unit, dual coating, UV equipment, perfecting technology, and material logistics. The presses are mainly sold to companies specializing in packaging printing and short-run color jobs. The other presses go to POS and display printers as well as to publishing and commercial businesses.

“We have achieved our goal of positioning our large-format presses successfully on the market. State-of-the-art technologies cover all the key market trends and our customers benefit from the best price-performance ratio available on the market today. We are currently extending the product line,” explains J¸rgen Grimm, Head of Product Marketing Equipment at Heidelberg.

High flexibility of the Speedmaster XL 145 and XL 162 presses covers key market trends
The large-format presses from Heidelberg are based on Speedmaster XL 105 technology and score with extremely short makeready times, minimal paper waste, high flexibility with a range of substrates, and high availability. They offer the perfect answer to global market trends, such as lean manufacturing, i.e. industrial print production, these days primarily achieved through process optimization.

The market is still calling for ever-larger formats suitable for processing ever-shorter runs. Packaging printing is exhibiting a trend towards print-on-demand or repeat jobs with ever-shorter runs. This demands optimum warehousing solutions with extremely short throughput times. Solutions from Heidelberg are second to none when it comes to making print products stand out through extremely versatile surface finishing and thereby giving companies a vital edge over their competitors.

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