Heidelberg Officially Opens Cogeneration Plant at Press Manufacturing Facility

WIESLOCH-WALLDORF, GERMANY—Oct. 22, 2012—Franz Untersteller, Baden-Württemberg’s environment minister, and Gerold Linzbach, CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, officially opened a cogeneration plant at the company’s Wiesloch-Walldorf manufacturing site.

Around 300 guests attended the opening ceremony and were able to take a tour of the plant. They included representatives from political and municipal bodies, the media, the project team and the Heidelberg management team. The power and heat generated by the new plant will enable Heidelberg to reduce total energy costs at the site by around 10 percent.

Linzbach, who took over as Heidelberg CEO on Sept. 1, 2012, underlined the importance of the new plant for Wiesloch-Walldorf and the region as a whole as a contribution to responsible environmental practices. “Ecological and environmental objectives do not need to be mutually exclusive. In the ideal case scenario, as here with our cogeneration plant project, it is possible to combine the two. In this way, Heidelberg is also actively contributing to the energy revolution in Baden-Württemberg,” he explained.

Untersteller, who was in the Wiesloch electoral district at the invitation of state parliament member Dr. Kai Schmidt-Eisenlohr, commented, “My visit to Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG today has given me an initial, impressive insight into the company’s wide-ranging commitment to the environment and sustainability. We need companies that invest in advanced resource-conserving technology and plants and always take the issue of sustainability seriously. It’s the only way to ensure the energy revolution is a success.”

Energy requirements at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site

With 36 production halls and office buildings occupying some 860,000 square meters of land, the world’s largest printing press factory requires around 60 gigawatt-hours of power each year. Total annual energy costs at the site are in the low tens of millions of euros. One out of every five euros spent to operate the site goes on heat and power.

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