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Heidelberg Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Printmaster GTO 52 Launch

April 19, 2012
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—April 19, 2012—The Printmaster GTO 52 from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) turns 40 this year. The GTO, which stands for Grosser Tiegel Offset (large platen offset), was unveiled at drupa 1972.

With its exceptional flexibility and print quality, this very robust press set the standard for small-format applications. The GTO’s format (14.17x20.47˝) established a new class in professional high-quality offset printing. With more than 106,000 printing units sold, the Printmaster GTO 52 is the best-selling press in its format catgegory.

Customers appreciate its high quality, which matches that of larger presses. The GTO is a flexible entry-level model based on manual operation that can be used for applications such as numbering, perforating, imprinting pre-punched products, envelope printing, leaflets, forms, cards, and labels. Its high-precision single-sheet feeder supports a wide range of different formats and substrates - from light-weight paper to cardboard.

Heidelberg is marking the anniversary by offering four exclusive GTO anniversary models on attractive terms. Customers ordering GTO single- to four-color presses between May 1 and Oct. 31, 2012, will also receive selected accessories and a specially designed printing unit guard. A column in the Commercial Flexibility section of the Heidelberg stand at this year’s drupa will display the four different designs of the GTO press over the years.

“The Printmaster GTO 52 is a global success story. In the years ahead, we will see continued demand for this ideal entry-level press from customers in both industrialized countries and emerging markets,” states Stephan Plenz, member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment.

In successful operation the world over

“The Printmaster GTO 52 has more than doubled our sales and won us numerous additional orders because our customers know we have a new Heidelberg press,” stresses Liuping, who runs Yi Nuo Wie Printing in Xi’an, China.

The company purchased the GTO in 2009 at China Print in Beijing and has been extremely happy with its print quality and flexibility from the outset. With its 20-strong workforce, the print shop produces items such as invitations, labels, brochures, and postcards. It also prints special papers for customers from the automotive industry and the telecommunications, banking, and financial sectors.

“Printing on special papers with a pearly luster coating is particularly popular with our customers. We are also able to deliver faster because, instead of processing just 10 sets of plates a day as we did previously, we now manage 30,” continues Liuping. In addition to the GTO, the print shop also operates an SORS two-color press and a Suprasetter CtP platesetter from Heidelberg.

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