Heidelberg Successfully Launches Digital Printing Business and Expands Portfolio
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—Sept. 20, 2011—Over the past half year, the digital printing partnership between Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and Ricoh has been launched with great success. While sales units in Germany and the U.K. have been actively marketing the Ricoh “C901 Graphic Arts Edition” digital printing solution since the start of April, Heidelberg has been expanding the strategic partnership with local Ricoh teams to implement the global sales agreement in other countries.
Sales have been launched according to plan in Thailand, Malaysia, and France and the collaboration is also being rolled out in North and South America this September. The official announcement about the start of digital printing solutions in the U.S. was made at the beginning on the occasion of the GRAPH EXPO show, which took place in Chicago from Sept. 11-14, 2011.
As of September, Heidelberg is now also offering Ricoh systems in Mexico and Brazil. Switzerland and Poland will also begin selling combined solutions that enable offset and digital printing to run side by side. All other countries are to follow suit by drupa in May 2012.
“The collaboration with Ricoh is running smoothly and developing very successfully. Customers are showing a great deal of interest in integrated offset and digital printing solutions,” says Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment.
“Recently, there has been a shift from supplying just print to supplying broader marketing oriented services such as cross media. The Ricoh and Heidelberg partnership is helping printing businesses to achieve these goals through its extensive offerings, range of services and support,” says Yasuhiko Hosoe, Associate Director of Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Company Ltd.
First sales successes – global demo center up and running
Several customers from the UK, Germany, and Asia have already purchased Ricoh digital printing systems through. All countries are also reporting high levels of interest from customers and anticipate additional orders in the near future.