During the show, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) presented its packaging and commercial printing solutions under the motto “Simply Smart,” showing itself the driving force behind the industry’s digitization.
“Customers showed great interest in our new products and services for the digitized future,” said Rainer Hundsdoerfer, CEO of Heidelberg. “China still plays an important role for Heidelberg, and is among the top three markets for Heidelberg together with Germany and USA.” Heidelberg generates approximately 10% of its total sales in China, thus making it one of the biggest markets for the company.
During China Print 2017, a Speedmaster CX 75-4 press with DryStar LED technology from Heidelberg was showcased for the first time. This press is the combination of the platform of Speedmaster XL 75 and components of Speedmaster SX 74. The new Speedmaster CX 75-4 on the show is digitally integrated with Prinect Press Center 2 and the patented Intellistart system, presenting the highly automated and integrated print production as a result. The most innovative DryStar LED technology achieves the highest energy efficiency. No drying time is needed, which means the sheets can go straight into postpress, no more waiting times, and delivery times are shorter.
In addition, it is the first time for Heidelberg and its subsidiary Gallus to make joint efforts to present the integrated Packaging and Label solution at China Print. A Gallus ECS 340 10-color label press was shown, to offer customers the possibility of even more cost-effective label production.
Another particular highlight at the Commercial Area is the hybrid printing done by a Speedmaster SX 74-4 sheetfed press together with a Versafire CP digital printing press.