Printing Is the Same in Any Language

As his summer internship winds down, Nick Gawreluk shares the new perspective on printing he has gained from Heidelberg—the company and city. (Double click to enlarge photos.)

Greetings from Germany, everyone. I have been having the time of my life here and I am now approaching the last month of my internship with Heidelberg. I want to share with you what I have been up to for the past four months, the influences of German culture in Print Media and how this experience is shaping my career goals.

Working in the Prinect Product Management group keeps me extremely busy and every other week brings about a new and exciting project. I have gained a great amount of knowledge from my internship at Heidelberg because it forces me to become extremely well rounded and further my insight within the industry. You have to understand the current and forecasted trends, master the product/services you are working with and fully understand your customers’ current situations and future needs.

I have also had the opportunity to meet print shop owners and Heidelberg employees from literally all over the world. This has been a favorite experience of my mine, along with interviewing customers throughout Germany for an ROI project. Even through print shops greatly differ around the world, when the owners are together talking, it’s ironic how they all seem to be facing very similar problems and have a lot more in common than you would imagine.

Working in Germany has also allowed me to grow as an individual. Being outside the United States and in a new culture has helped me open up my mind to a different way of life and new ideas and philosophies.

In regards to print, I’ve seen first hand how the German culture helped develop Heidelberg into the world-renowned company that it is. The people in the company have such a strong passion for print and are among the hardest and most focused colleagues I have worked with.

Nick Gawreluk is product manager of integrated solutions at Mimeo. His passion for print has spanned across the globe to South America and Europe in addition to many unique work experiences inside the United States.

He enjoys sharing his insight and involvement within the industry and is always searching for new experiences. Nick’s goal is to lead his generation into the future of the printing industry.
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  • Tex Johnson

    Hi Nick:

    I enjoyed your Blog regarding your Internship with Heidelberg; however, as a Printing Equipment Manufacturer, I would find it interesting to learn what their take might be on how they plan to compete with the advent of e-Publishing, which I am finding, and in my opinion has many, many benefits over the old form of hard print copies.

    Tex Johnson,
    Minneapolis, MN

  • nick gawreluk

    Hi Tex,

    I cannot speak for Heidelberg, but in my opinion, I am yet to be convinced that e-Publishing has or will ever evolve enough to produce that big of a change in corresponding printing segments/markets. I feel there is still only a small percentage of e-Publishing users and the growth factor is limited. I do agree though that there are benefits over hard printer copies but not enough for that market to completely shift to electronic.