Heidelberg Rebrands Digital Printing Portfolio, Debuts Primefire 106
HEIDELBERG, Germany — February 22, 2016 — Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is extending its digital printing portfolio for drupa 2016 with a world premiere for the industrial production of digital printing applications in B1 format: the company will be presenting the Heidelberg Primefire 106 based on the leading inkjet technology from its development partner Fujifilm and the proven peak performance platform from its own offset technology. Core competencies of Heidelberg such as the non-contacting paper sheet guide or the proven feeder and delivery technology are therefore incorporated into the system. The company is thus smoothing the way for the industrial production of digital printing applications in a new format class. Heidelberg is also taking account of the demanding market requirements of many companies, particularly from the consumer goods industry. They want an integrated solution for fast, flexible, versioned or personalized, demand-oriented and economic production of innovative printed products in short to medium production runs to support their increasingly digitized production processes, with quality on a par with the standard familiar from offset printing. At the same time, Heidelberg is opening up new business models for users which meet these requirements head on.
“With the world premiere of the Heidelberg Primefire 106 we have reached another milestone in our digital strategy: achieving success in working with partners to bring systems to the market within the shortest time. This will help our customers to address the increased market challenges in a digitized world in the future also. Now we are the first provider to enable the industrial and integrated production of digital printed products in the Smart Print Shop. At the same time, in doing so we are also opening up opportunities for the future growth of Heidelberg,” commented Stephan Plenz, member of the management board and responsible for Heidelberg Equipment, during an advance presentation of the new system.
World premiere of the “Fire” product line: Heidelberg introduces a standardized portfolio name for its entire digital printing offering
As of drupa 2016, Heidelberg will be repeating its approach with the Speedmaster series by presenting its entire digital printing offering under a standardized family name, the “Fire” product line. While the Speedmaster range predominantly stands for maintaining the competitiveness of a print shop’s core business (operational excellence), the digital printing portfolio is aimed at particularly innovative business models and pioneering printing applications (business innovation). With this rename, Heidelberg is increasing both the clarity of the entire offering and the recognition value of the brand for customers.
“The name 'Fire' for our digital printing portfolio stands for performance, dynamism and growth – and also for digitally 'transmitting' data and ink onto different surfaces. We want to send a clear message to our customers that we have one of the highest performance digital printing offerings in our industry,” explains Jason Oliver, head of the digital division at Heidelberg.
The Heidelberg digital printing offering will therefore have the following structure as of drupa 2016:
Heidelberg Primefire 106: The new digital inkjet printing system for the industrial production of digital and innovative printing applications in B1 format meets the highest standards.
Heidelberg Versafire CP/CV is the new name for the existing Linoprint CP/CV digital printing systems. The Heidelberg Versafire is therefore the all-round system for the economic production of short and personalized runs in combination with a large choice of substrates and an impressive price/performance ratio. Heidelberg launched the system in cooperation with its partner Ricoh in 2011 and has been continuously refining it ever since.
Gallus Labelfire 340 is the new product name for the former Gallus DCS 340 for the growth market of digital label printing. The machine was successfully launched at Label Expo 2015 in Brussels. It is distributed by Gallus, the Swiss subsidiary of Heidelberg.
Heidelberg Omnifire 250/1000 is the new name for Heidelberg’s 4D printing systems, replacing the former name Heidelberg Jetmaster Dimension 250/1000. Heidelberg uses the term 4D printing to describe the personalized and flexible printing on various three-dimensional objects such as balls, drinking bottles and other mass-produced items, especially from the consumer goods industry. In addition, Heidelberg is working on the development of systems also suitable for industrial applications, for example in the automotive industry. The launch of the Heidelberg Omnifire 1000 is planned for the end of 2016.
Smart Print Shop: integration of digital and offset printing
The entire digital printing portfolio can be integrated into the overall workflow of a print shop together with the Heidelberg offset systems via the new Prinect Digital Front End (DFE). Web-to-print applications as well as multi-channel publishing business models are also supported. Heidelberg is thus making the Smart Print Shop a reality, with a solution where users can largely automate their offset and digital printing processes as well as manage them in a uniform and transparent way.
A comprehensive range of services and consumables is also available for all products to enable users to exploit the potential of their value chain as fully as possible.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft (Heidelberg) has been a major provider and reliable partner to the global printing industry for many years. We offer our customers all the components tailored to their requirements for successful business operations, primarily focusing on efficient and reliable production processes, economically optimal investments and smooth access to all necessary materials. Our business model is based on the three pillars of equipment, service and consumables. These form the foundation for our future growth as we continue to develop from being a technology-driven company to a market- and customer-oriented one. Heidelberg’s goal is to increase the share of consolidated sales attributable to services and consumables to over 50%. With our own sales and service branches and via partners, we supply our customers all over the world with products, services and consumables, generating consolidated sales of around € 2.3 billion in the 2014/2015 reporting year.
About The Gallus Group
The Gallus Group with its production sites in Switzerland and Germany is the world market leader in the development, production and sale of narrow-web, reel-fed presses designed for label manufacturers. The machine portfolio is augmented by a broad range of screen printing plates (Gallus Screeny), globally decentralized service operations and a broad offering of printing accessories and replacement parts. The comprehensive portfolio also includes consulting services provided by label experts in all relevant printing and process engineering tasks. The Gallus Group is a member of the Heidelberg Group and employs around 430 people, of whom 253 are based in Switzerland. The group headquarters is in St. Gallen, Switzerland.