Company’s acquisition of Gallus, collaboration with FUJIFILM are keying its move into digital printing.
David Savastano, Editor12.15.15
The press manufacturing industry has changed tremendously in the last 10 years. Yesterday, I wrote a blog post on the evolutions of KBA; today, I want to look at the changes being made at Heidelberg.
When I first attended drupa back in 2000, Heidelberg was the king of the show, taking up both Hall 1 and 2. This was still the case in 2008, just before the global recession took its toll; by 2012, Heidelberg had consolidated to Hall 1. Meanwhile, digital press leaders such as HP, FUJIFILM, EFI and newcomer Landa were taking over increasingly larger areas on the show floor.
Heidelberg has been a lot of really rough years, cutting jobs and losing money. Any thought that the sheetfed market is going to return to its past glory is long gone, and the company is going to have to survive by being a lot more flexible and diversified.
To meet the demand for inkjet printing, the company has been expanding its digital printing portfolio. Back in 2011, Heidelberg and Ricoh signed a dis
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