Heidelberg announces litho and digital Drupa launches

Steven Kiernan
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Heidelberg will show a new range of Speedmaster presses and a new brand of digital machines across the biggest stand at Drupa 2012.

The German manufacturer opened this week's Drupa International Media Conference in Düsseldorf by announcing the SX sheetfed offset range.

The Speedmaster SX range forms the manufacturer's "performance class" of sheetfed presses, positioned between the standard SM range and its XL peak performance machines.

The SX range comprises the SX 52, SX 74 and SX 102, covering everything from small format up to a 70x100cm sheet size.

Stephan Plenz, board member for Heidelberg Equipment, said the move into this middle ground followed the success of the CX 102 press, which has sold 1,000 printing units since its launch at Ipex 2010.

He promised that Speedmaster SX presses would offer productivity improvements of up to 30% over their SM counterparts but at a lower price point than their XL cousins. Plenz added: "All presses will be available shortly after Drupa in all formats."

This uplift is thanks to XL technology, bringing increased production speed and reduced makeready times. There are currently three beta machines installed at German printers, including Bexbach-based Kern, which has installed an eight-colour SX 102.

The German printer has reported production speed of up to 14,000sph in perfecting mode with the 4/4 press and steady printing with a fount solution using just 2.5% alcohol.

Meanwhile, Heidelberg's new digital offering - a result of its partnership with Richoh - will be sold under the same brand as its Linoprint inkjet label presses, but with the suffix 'C', to signify "commercial" printing rather than packaging.

The initial range will comprise two distinct digital technologies: an inkjet device developed following Heidelberg's acquisition of CSAT last August, and two rebadged Ricoh machines - the Pro C901 and Pro C751 - which are both toner-based digital colour devices.

Heidelberg said it would bring "60 equipment and service innovations" to Drupa. It has already announced a perfecting version of its XL 105.

The manufacturer will dominate two halls of the Messe Düsseldorf, with Hall 1 devoted to its own products and Hall 2 featuring its partners. Chief executive Bernhard Schreier said: "Essentially, we are building five different fully integrated print shops in Düsseldorf, in Hall 1.

"Heidelberg will again be the largest exhibitor at the trade show, and I promise you that the exhibits will be impressive."

Drupa takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany on 3-16 May 2012. The original version of this article appeared on PrintWeek's sister site ProPrint.


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