Hall 8 of Ipex 2002 houses 5,075 square meters of Heidelberg
equipment which took 174 technicians or 2,516 of manpower (the
equivalent of 11 years of one person's life) to construct.
George Clarke, Managing Director of Heidelberg UK, says:
"The Heidelberg stand has been built in response to customer
needs, a reflection of the type of one stop shop (or solution
centre) which has become the normal production environment for
today's printer. Although we can still sell products and service
specialists, such as trade bureaux and finishers, we recognise that
our customers need advice and support, reasoned response to
specific production and business issues.
This Ipex integration is centre stage, physically with our
theatre centrepiece, and it will be the key issue as production and
business operations are married up to make greater efficiency and
profit for our customers. This workflow revolution is as important,
and will make as much profit difference to our customers, as the
arrival of Autoplate did in the mid 1990s. Less easy to display or
demonstrate, workflow is the weapon that will allow printers
operating in a challenging market to regain margin and to build
their business on real life data, not on a wing and a prayer."
Around this core are the solution centres, each with a full
range of prepress, press and finishing equipment. Top items in the
industrial centre are a Speedmaster 102-12P with CutStar, a
Speedmaster SM 102-10P, a POLAR 137ED and the new Stitchmaster
ST400 saddlestitcher, the most automated to date.
There is an adjacent straight printing area with both
packaging and commercial versions of Speedmaster CD technology (the
plate size of the commercial version is slightly smaller to match
that of the SM 102).
Commercial printing area includes the SM52-5P with inline die
cutting and the other B3 options, the Printmaster QM 46-2 and
GTO-2, and an entry level B2 press, the Printmaster PM 74-2.
Postpress items include the Stitchmaster ST 100 saddlestitcher.
In the digital print solutions area see two NexPress machines
and two Digimasters as well as DI options, the SM DI 74-5PL and the
Quickmaster DI 46-4 with in-line and off-line finishing options.
The commercial web area includes units of the Sunday 4000
64pp and Sunday 2000 24pp press technology, with a new PFM folder.
Heidelberg has matched the Ipex 1998 floorspace. The results,
working with German stand builder Born & Strukamp, have been
stunning and the creation of our Ipex showpiece trouble-free. This
is the fourth and final IPEX project managed by Dennis Egerton, UK
National Projects Manager, who retires in June after 20 years with
At the stand over Ipex the company expects to consume 350
tonnes of paper, 1,000 litres of solvent, 2,000 litres of
water-based inks, 850kg of inks, 1,000 litres of developer and
machine room solutions and over 1,000 plates. The chemistry
consumption is about ten percent down on last Ipex, an indication
of the greater efficiency of today's automatic cleaning devices and
plate consumption is reduced, too, as a result of more Direct
Imaging and digital technology on show.
For further information:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 63
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 50 46