Looking Back on and Ahead to the Significance of drupa 2012 for Heidelberg

Harald Weimer, president of Heidelberg USA.

Weimer: At GRAPH EXPO this fall, we will introduce our comprehensive drupa offerings to the U.S. market. We will also show our new digital offerings, including the Linoprint C machines driven by Heidelberg workflow, our grand-format Rastek printer—both of which have been added to our line since the last GRAPH EXPO—and our comprehensive Prinect workflow.

PI: Benny Landa’s new Nanographic Printing process captured a lot of the headlines during drupa. Heidelberg was one of three sheetfed lithographic press manufacturers, so far, to have announced licensing agreements to incorporate this digital offset technology. What is Heidelberg’s time line for a new press design based on Nanography and how significant to do think it will be to your company’s digital printing product portfolio?

Weimer: Heidelberg’s offerings in short-run color now include our family of Linoprint C solutions for commercial applications, and our line of VUTEk and Rastek wide-format inkjet printers. Linoprint L is our digital inkjet solution for label printing. While we are not prepared to specify a timeline for the joint development and production of a Nanographic Printing solution at the present time, we are very excited to have undertaken this partnership and will have more to say on the topic soon.

PI: With the launch of the Speedmaster XL 75 with Anicolor inking unit technology moving up to the 29˝ format size, what are the advantages of this press series for very-short-run printing in comparison with short-run digital printing presses that are available in the market?

Weimer: Our Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor is unique. As the short-run color solution, it stands out by virtue of its extremely fast makeready, outstanding print quality, and dramatically lower waste. Keep in mind: referring to the last Digital Service Study from NAPL, three-quarters of pages printed on digital devices are static—this is the sweet spot for our Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor.

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