Customers Invest in Heidelberg Offset Press SolutionsMay 9, 2012
“drupa 2012 is giving the industry the investment impetus that had been anticipated. At the show halftime, Heidelberg has already concluded numerous contracts from around the globe and in all commercial and packaging printing sectors across the entire product portfolio. We are equally confident about the rest of the trade show,” stated Bernhard Schreier, CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.
Heidelberg successful in large-format market in China
The large-format presses introduced by Heidelberg at drupa 2008 have also become firmly established in China. Packaging printer Huizhou City Guopeng Printing Co. has invested in the Speedmaster XL 162 flagship printer with five inking units and one coating unit. Changchun Boshiheng Printing, the largest commercial printer in north-east China, has opted for the same configuration. It has also ordered a Speedmaster CD 102 from the Heidelberg production facilities in China and a Polar cutting system, and has therefore invested in a complete Heidelberg solution.
The sale of another Speedmaster XL 162 to a Chinese packaging printing company is also close to being concluded. The total investment in euros for all three presses runs into eight figures and makes Heidelberg one of the leading suppliers of packaging printing presses in China.
Heidelberg has also succeeded in selling several Speedmaster CD 102 presses from both its German and Chinese production facilities to packaging printing companies in China.
North American customers invest in cutting-edge technology
The U.S. commercial printer DS Graphics based in Lowell, MA, has invested in two brand-new Speedmaster XL 106 perfecting presses, one eight-color and one 10-color, both with Prinect Inpress Control for measuring and controlling color and register on the fly, and AutoPlate XL for simultaneous plate changing. Both presses print at a speed of 18,000 sph and are the first worldwide to be sold in this configuration.
“With these new presses, we’ll be running 20 percent faster with shorter makereadies, giving us a significant productivity advantage against our competitors,” said Jay Pallis, CFO of DS Graphics.
New Speedmaster SX platform records sale in Brazilian market
The Speedmaster SX machine platform launched at drupa 2012, which makes technologies from the high-performance Speedmaster XL class available to the medium market segment and is thus accessible to a broader user base, has immediately recorded a sale in the Brazilian market. The Midiograf commercial print shop from Londrina/Paraná in the south of Brazil is the first printer in South America to invest in a Speedmaster SX 102 perfecting press with eight printing units.