Preview of What’s to Come at drupa 2012March 7, 2012 By Julie Greenbaum, Associate Editor
Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, CEO and president of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, noted in his welcome address that he was happy to report the show is sold out, with all 19 halls reserved by more than 1,850 exhibitors coming from 50+ countries. He added that more than 350,000 visitors are expected to attend the international printing equipment expo during its two-week run this May (with the majority coming from outside of Germany).
Heidelberg then took the floor and announced its stand will feature close to 60 new innovations under the banner “Discover HEI.” One of the major highlights will be the launch of the Speedmaster SX sheetfed press series, which includes the SX 52, SX 74 and SX 102 models. This series is said to offer the leading technology of existing Heidelberg presses in a new performance class to meet the changed market requirements, including heightened pricing pressure.
Heidelberg also announced that it has expanded its digital print portfolio through a partnership with Ricoh, with all of its offerings now bundled under the Heidelberg Linoprint product name. Its digital lineup includes the Linoprint C 901 and C 751 (for commercial printers), and the Linoprint L (for label and packaging printers). The next stage of this partnership will see Ricoh digital presses integrated with Heidelberg’s Prinect software.
Heidelberg will also unveil the DryStar LE UV (low energy) dryer that is specifically designed for commercial printers, as well as the DryStar delivery dryer for the Speedmaster XL 75 press. In addition, it will exhibit a new and improved version of the Eurobind 1300/1300 PUR adhesive binder, along with the new Diana X 80 folding carton gluing machine, Varimatrix 82 CS diecutter and Dymatrix 106 Pro diecutter.
In its own stand, Ricoh will be showcasing its TotalFlow workflow portfolio, the Ricoh Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition and Pro C751 color cut-sheet digital presses, and the InfoPrint 5000 VP continuous-feed color inkjet press, which prints at speeds up to 722 fpm. The company will also launch the new Ricoh Carbon Balanced Printing Programme (initially just in the European market), which helps print providers reduce the environmental impact of printing, and the next generation of the Ricoh Business Driver Programme for the European market.