Heidelberg Sets Its Sights on the Packaging Market, Exhibiting Its Solutions at FachPack 2009

  • Integrated solutions for sheetfed offset and on-demand printing offer greater transparency and productivity
  • Focus on Prinect Packaging Workflow and Linoprint innovation project
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will be exhibiting at FachPack in Nuremberg from September 29 through October 1, 2009, thereby underlining its objective of further strengthening its position in the packaging segment. Heidelberg will be using the trade show to showcase solutions for integrated sheetfed offset packaging and flexible, variable printing of packaging and labels using inkjet systems. Its slogan for the event is: "Integrated packaging solutions - think economically, print ecologically". The company's presentation is aimed at packaging printers and manufacturers, manufacturers of branded goods, and bottling plants.

The Prinect Packaging Workflow integrates the subprocesses and machines used by packaging printers in a transparent end-to-end process, thereby offering customers the chance to optimize packaging production while also factoring sustainability into the equation. In the production sect ...

Innovative Materials and New Printing Processes Driving Printed Electronics Ahead

  • The partners of the "Forum Organic Electronics" Excellence Cluster - BASF SE, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and Darmstadt Technical University - are working at high pressure on the printing technology of the future
  • Intelligent production processes creating numerous applications for flexible components
With nanoparticulate functional materials and innovative printing processes, researchers from BASF SE, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and Darmstadt Technical University are revolutionizing printing technology. Organic electronic products of future potential, such as photovoltaic films or bendable light-emitting diodes, head their list of achievements. As part of the "Forum Organic Electronics" Excellence Cluster sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the partners in the NanoPEP project (Nano-structuring & Plastic Electronics Precision Printing Platform) are planning to present the first printed results within three years. ...

New PrintCity Alliance Member Ambassador Elected

PrintCity announces that Arno Dürr of Weilburger Graphics GmbH has been elected as ambassador to represent level two members

Gröbenzell, Germany, July 28, 2009 – PrintCity announces that Arno Dürr of Weilburger Graphics GmbH has been elected as ambassador to represent level two members within its Advisory Council.   

Arno Dürr is the Sales Manager of Weilburger Graphics GmbH and is located in Gerhardshofen, Germany. He has worked at Weilburger Graphics for 17 years. Starting as technician and later serving as the head of technical service, he is now responsible for all worldwide sales activities of the company. Mr. Dürr has been involved in PrintCity Alliance activities for many years.

He indicates, “As a level 2 ambassador I´ll use my long term experience in PrintCity activities to represent the interests of my level 2 colleagues. Weilburger Graphics was a foundation member of the PrintCity Alliance and my colleagues and I have been working in different projects & groups since the beginning.

“PrintCity is an excellent platform to create networking with other companies from the printing industry. In sharing the knowledge we are able to offer solutions for internal use ...

Swiss dealer appointed for Rollin printing blankets

Trelleborg has strengthened its distribution channels in Switzerland with the appointment of Chromos AG to handle sales and support of the Rollin range of blanket solutions in the sheet-fed, web offset and newspaper markets. The new agreement does not affect sales in Switzerland of Vulcan blankets, which continue to be sold by Manroland.


“The Rollin brand has an excellent reputation throughout Europe and we also heard very good reports from other distributors about the support provided by Trelleborg both to them and end users,” says Daniel Broglie who heads the offset department.  “Rollin is a perfect fit with our existing product portfolio and our strategy of representing leading brands.

An impressive operation

“I was impressed when I visited Trelleborg’s French factory in Cernay, where Rollin blankets are manufactured.  A huge amount of research is involved in bringing a blanket to market and walking around the facilities at Cernay certainly confirmed Trelleborg’s position as a leading global player in the blanket arena.  We are confident that the Rollin range has a very exciting, long term futu ...

BOBST: New developments in the diecutting of corrugated board with the VISIONCUT

The latest BOBST Autoplaten® arrival is a flatbed diecutter designed to deliver quality diecutting for corrugated board, nano & microflute, double wall, and litho-laminate.

A number of features contribute to making the BOBST VISIONCUT the best flat-bed diecutter in its category, not least of which are its highly competitive price and its 4,800 sheets per hour production speed. In terms of job changeovers, the VISIONCUT has carefully thought out ergonomics that ensure a particularly productive workflow, and which makes it possible to change jobs in less than 10 minutes. Especially robust construction ensures maximum uptime and the cherry on the cake is its precise cut-to-print register, which can be further enhanced when equipped with the Power Register system. The design of BOBST corrugated diecutters has been extensively rethought and this new line benefits from developments made when The Next Generation machines were introduced in 2008.  ...

Annual General Meeting of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG for financial year 2008/2009

Annual General Meeting of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG for financial year 2008/2009 approved all items on the agenda with clear majority

Around 1,700 shareholders today participated in the Annual General Meeting of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) for financial year 2008/2009, which was held at the Congress Center Rosengarten in Mannheim. Approximately 57 percent of the company's share capital was represented at the meeting.

The Management Board discussed the company's strategy and the balance sheet for the past financial year (April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009).

Approval from the company's shareholders was needed for six of the seven items on the AGM's agenda. Key items included appropriation of the retained earnings and the decision to approve an increase in capital stock. Shareholders also voted on a further four resolutions.

Note for editors:

A recording of the speech given by CEO Bernhard Schreier at the AGM - complete with text and charts - is available on the internet. More ...

Record for the King of Pop with Large-Format Rapida 162a perfector

Butler, Tanner & Dennis in UK Delivers Jackson Tribute

Colour book printing in the UK has been given a huge boost following the decision by major publisher Harper Collins to produce what is set to be one of the year’s best-sellers at Butler, Tanner & Dennis.

The 100,000 initial print run of Michael Jackson Legend Hero Icon: A Tribute to the King of Pop by James Aldis, was produced in less than a week by the Frome operation on its eight-colour large format KBA Rapida 162a.
The heavily inked 192 pp biography of the self-proclaimed King of Pop, whose death on June 25 shocked the world, was printed four-back-four the on the Rapida 162a that has a maximum sheet size of 1,120mm x 1,620mm and a production speed of 9,000 sph in perfecting mode.

6 days production time instead of 2 to 3 weeks
Darran O’Connor, Butler, Tanner & Dennis Clients Services Director, said: “For this sort of run we would normally expect the job to take two to three weeks. To condense it down to less than a week is unusual and being able to perfect on the KBA helped to achieve this”. ...

Saarbrücker Zeitung successfully switches to new ad workflow system

Third production stage with ppi solutions

From July 2009 ppi’s ad workflow will combine all areas of the ad department at the Saarbrücker Zeitung in a single workflow. All processes in the ad management workflow, from ad booking through reservation and production to pagination and verification, are now automated. ppi Media GmbH, a subsidiary of manroland AG, is also responsible for implementing a standard interface to the newly installed SAP Media solution. At IFRA Expo 2008 in Amsterdam the Saarbrücker Zeitung commissioned ppi Media to install its ad solution. Along with modules for edition planning and output management, ppi’s AdPag, AdMan, AdCept and ProPag solutions now optimize the ad management workflow of the highest circulation daily in Saarland. “The joint solution by ppi and SAP offers major savings potential and a transparent, flexible and, above all, secure workflow,” says Dr. Joachim Meinhold, CEO of the Saarbrücker Zeitung, substantiating its decision in favor of ppi’s solution. Unlimited workflow ...

manroland latina looks after South America

manroland establishes Market Organization headquartered in Mexico

Since May 2009 manroland latina, a subsidiary of manroland AG, has been responsible for the Mexican market as well as the markets in Bolivia, Ecuador, the Caribbean, Central America, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. manroland has a large installed base of sheetfed as well as commercial and newspaper web presses in Latin America. Brazil and Mexico are the largest markets in the region which is why the two central Competence Centers are located in these countries. Stefan Deuster, Managing Director of manroland latina, reports that: “We now offer the entire manroland portfolio of products and services across the whole region. With manroland USA and my colleagues at manroland do Brasil we have established what we call a Transamerican Supply Chain to provide the entire continent with spare parts and service.” Besides printing systems, the manroland portfolio includes a comprehensive range of services (printservices, printcom, printnet, printadvice). In addition to selling new printing systems and consumable materials, manroland will be supporting its customers in Latin America to acquire pre-owned and reconditioned presses. ...

manroland establishes a new Market Organization for Brazil

Latin America: manroland now directly active locally

Since May 2009 manroland do Brasil, a subsidiary company of manroland AG, has been responsible for sales of the entire manroland product range in Brazil and will very soon also be responsible for service of the range in Brazil and other Latin American countries. Franz von Fürstenberg, Managing Director of manroland do Brasil, is optimistic: “manroland has always been regarded in Latin America as a very powerful brand that stands for high-tech and the highest quality. Every day at the moment, and particularly in Brazil, customers welcome us and are very relieved. Therefore we are now building on the positive aspects of the past and offer products, services and consultancy which have already made manroland users successful in other markets. Various customers that have products from our competitors want to be looked after by manroland for both webfed and sheetfed presses which is a clear indication that our profile in the marketplace has been much too low in recent times. We are about to rapidly and noticeably change this and will be placing special emphasis on service.” ...