Heidelberg Ramping Up for Debut of VLF Presses
Packaging printers, though, might be more focused on a certian type of work. Our daughter company, Gallus, has acquired BHS in Germany, which manufactures web package printing machines. It will even be a discussion whether a very-large-format sheetfed press or such a web press would be the right solution for packaging customers.
By offering such a comprehensive portfolio, we think we can provide the right solution for any customer. Our total portfolio is more and more about completing our solutions approach.
PI: As such, do you see some type of digital press offering coming back as part of Heidelberg’s portfolio down the road? Maybe not a device you manufacture, but perhaps something you distribute?
SCHREIER: Up to now, we are not being asked by our customers to do so. Many of our customers are not getting into high-volume digital printing. They are going mid-volume just to get started or to satisfy the variable data printing needs of their clients. Then they go shopping for the KonicaMinoltas, the Canons, the Indigos, the Nexpresses, or a Xerox with its entire range of products.
We are providing value through our Prinect workflow systems. We provide the plug-in for these workflows. We have cooperations with all of these companies. They can just plug their digital device into our workflow. We think Prinect is the best product to manage commercial print shops, whether they’re solely offset or both offset and digital.
We’ve been primarrily discussing very-large-format presses, but consider what we offer with our Anicolor short inking system available on the SM 52 that enables very short runs. This is the perfect solution for the printer that’s doing very short runs, but with no demand for variable printing. The Anicolor press does offset and very short runs at much less cost than a digital press. But you cannot print variable data via offset. This is why digital presses are necessary but in most of the cases mid-volume presses, not high-volume devices.