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Graph Expo: Heidelberg Introduces New Web Press Model

10/07/2002


A24 version of M-600 now available in North America

An additional model of the best-selling 16-page web press in the world is now available in North America.

Heidelberg will feature the M-600 A24, a 40,000-impressions-per-hour version of its popular M-600, at Graph Expo and Converting Expo 2002. Southwest Offset Printing will be the first in North America to install the press in Gardena, California this fall.

Heidelberg will continue to enhance and expand the capabilities of the
M-600 line of web presses as an alternative for printers that do not require the higher productivity of its gapless Sunday presses, according to Senior Vice President Mark Levin. "The M-600 is a proven performer, and the expansion of the A24 into North America gives commercial web printers another high-value option in the 16-page format," Levin says.

The Omnicolor control system on all M-600 presses allows the use of digital prepress data for presetting and is compatible with closed loop color and registration systems. The presses can also be equipped with Autoplate. The exclusive Heidelberg automatic plate changing feature allows a single operator to change all the plates on the press in less than two minutes.

Automation, fast make-readies and reliability led Southwest Offset Printing to select the M-600 A24, according to Warren Dow, vice president and chief operating officer. "We do a lot of make-readies, and this is a closed-loop press with Autoplate that will allow us to do them very quickly with extremely low waste," Dow explains. Heidelberg has installed nearly 1,600 M-600 printing units worldwide. More than 100 of the A24 presses have been installed in Europe and Asia since 1994. The M-600 is also available in B-24 and C-24 models capable of printing at up to 55,000 impressions per hour.

Southwest Offset Printing has facilities in both southern and northern California. The company specializes in short-run publication printing and offers complete prepress, heatset and non-heatset web printing and postpress capabilities. The M-600 will be the ninth web press line at Southwest Offset. The company was established in 1990 and has 275 employees. Titles printed at the 85,000 square foot facility in Gardena, near Los Angeles, include the Financial Times, Daily Racing Form, Christian Science Monitor, Radio and Records and the Washington Post National Weekly.

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The A24 version of the Heidelberg M-600 is now available in North America. The 16-page web press prints up to 40,000 impressions per hour and can be equipped with Autoplate.

For further information: 
Heidelberg USA
Manager, Public Relations
Barbara Touchette
Tel.: +1 770 419 6964
E-mail: barbara.touchette@heidelberg.com

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Communications
Hans-Dieter Siegfried
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 63
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 50 46
E-mail: hans-dieter.siegfried@heidelberg.com

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