manroland Sees Growth in Incoming Orders, Records Earnings LossMarch 17, 2011
On Jan. 1, 2011, the new manroland Industrial Services business unit was established to provide the services of highly qualified personnel to customers. Drawing on the company’s core competence—unparalleled technological expertise—manroland was able to once again expand its portfolio of services.
Highlights in 2010
• Strategic alliance in digital printing—Since December, manroland has worked together with Océ Printing Systems GmbH, one of the leading international manufacturers of high performance printing systems for web offset digital printing, cooperating at the global level in the area of inkjet-based digital printing solutions for the graphic arts industry. This cooperation permits access to a promising growth market that is closely related to manroland’s core expertise. manroland and Océ will appear together for the first time at digi:media in early April 2011.
• Product portfolio expansion with Tensor—Since August, manroland is marketing and distributing products from the Tensor Group from its own distribution and service network, and is thus able to provide low-cost solutions from a leading U.S. manufacturer for single-width newspaper presses as well as strengthen its product range in high-growth markets. As part of this cooperation, a Brazilian printing company already bought the first system. manroland AG has sustained its position as world’s market leader in web offset.
• Cutting-edge product innovations in sheetfed and webfed offset printing—In the sheetfed sector, manroland has set new standards for sheetfed offset efficiency with the Roland 900, XXL Perfector in format 8. manroland equipped the new XXL perfecting press with a number of performance characteristics unknown in large-format perfecting up to now. The press is geared especially toward service providers in the areas of commercial, advertising, and publication printing.
Moreover, with the development of the high performance Roland 700 HiPrint HS sheetfed press, manroland optimized its product range for larger runs in the areas of packaging and high-volume commercial printing: this press allows customers to increase their productivity by up to 25 percent with runs of 18,000 sheets per hour.
In the webfed sector, manroland’s engineers have entered new dimensions with the 96-page Lithoman S in long grain with a web width of 2,860 mm. This will once again enable new levels of productivity and competitiveness in high-volume commercial printing. With this investment, a printing company advances to print-run volumes that until now were reserved for gravure printing. The first three presses will be manufactured respectively delivered in the current year.
• Successful presence at trade fairs—The trade fair appearances at the IPEX and Expoprint in the first half of 2010 were very positive, and manroland’s products were greeted with strong interest by visitors. Sales of nearly 250 printing couples at the Ipex, with over 100 printing units as well as six systems for newspaper and magazine printing shipped to Brazil, attest to this fact. Moreover, the new bold trade fair concept for the IPEX received a strong response: manroland was once again able to live up to its claim of being a groundbreaking provider with an excellent customer orientation.
• Good progress for the market organization—Due to the importance of growth markets for manroland’s business, the company decided to take over control of the sales and service networks in South America, southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This market organization, developed in-house in 2009, was able to achieve great success in 2010. In Brazil, for example, all well-known high-circulation newspapers are now printed on manroland presses.
Source: financial release.