Heidelberg Ramping Up for Debut of VLF Presses
Another element of digitalization is that there should also be digitalization on our presses and/or our finishing devices. This is why we care about ink-jet heads, for example. We see ourselves as integrators of ink-jet solutions into our existing devices. But we will not sell digital printing presses because there are already so many companies in the market providing them. That’s a commodity that can be purchased wherever.
PI: Can you discuss any of Heidelberg’s Drupa 2008 exhibition plans at this juncture?
SCHREIER: We also keep a few surprises for Drupa but, in general, the roadmap is clear for Drupa. On the press side, we will show the new very-large-format presses. There will also be some expansion within the Anicolor environment.
You will see workflow improvements that will better integrate prepress with press. The new very-large-format Suprasetter will satify the needs of VLF printers. And, on the finishing side, you’ll see an update in the packaging arena for folding cartons, including folding/gluing and diecutting. More automation in Polar cutters will also be shown.
Our scope is sheetfed printing, including prepress and postpress. We will cover this completely in even more sophisticated ways than the way we are doing it today.
PI: Aside from Heidelberg’s presence at Drupa, do you think there will be an overall theme that will prevail at next year’s event?
SCHREIER: As you know, the last Drupa was dedicated to JDF. There will be more JDF advancements at Drupa 2008, and I don’t think that will change. Many of our competitors will also be aware of us entering the VLF market. So it could be the very-large-format Drupa because, in the past, they didn’t display many very-large-format presses because it is expensive to bring in such a press. But us being there with a VLF press might encourage MAN Roland, KBA, Komori and Mitsubishi to come and say, ‘Hey, we are also there.’ Maybe this time Drupa will be remembered as the very-large-format or the high-productivity, high-quality Drupa.