Good Design Award for Two Innovations from Heidelberg
Award goes to the Speedmaster XL 162 and Prinect Press Center
for their new and innovative New_Arc design
The Speedmaster XL 162 sheetfed press and the Prinect Press
Center press control station from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
(Heidelberg) have been selected to receive the prestigious Good
Design Award. Both products are based on the innovative New_Arc
design developed by Heidelberg with meticulously planned ergonomics
and intuitive operation for enhanced productivity.
The Good Design Award rewards new, advanced, and innovative
product concepts. Organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of
Architecture and Design in collaboration with the European Centre
for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Planning, it is the longest
standing award of its kind and enjoys global recognition. An
international panel of judges in New York and Los Angeles selected
500 products from 34 countries from the hundreds of submissions.
The Speedmaster XL 162 and the Prinect Press Center were successful
in the "Industry" category thanks to their impressive
overall design concept.
New_Arc design based on technical emotion and intuitive
The Speedmaster XL 162 is a completely new, large-format
sheetfed press for print format 7b (1,210 x 1,620 millimeters/47.64
x 63.78 inches) which is primarily aimed at commercial, publishing,
and industrial packaging printers. It wins over customers with its
fully automated equipment and excellent ergonomics. For the benefit
of the customers, good industrial design promotes functionality,
performance, economy of operation and ease of use, despite the
enormous scale. The entire press is operated from the Prinect Press
Center and the large, integrated wallscreen provides press
operators with an unprecedented overview of all process parameters.
The innovative process-oriented "Intellistart" operator
guidance system boosts the productivity of all Heidelberg sheetfed
offset presses in the Speedmaster range.
Both products with their innovative New_Arc design were
unveiled at industry trade fair drupa 2008. "Previously, both
the brand and the product focused on a key aspect of machine
operation such as the printing unit. With the New_Arc design, we
have dared to widen our horizons to include trend statements,
environments, and our corporate identity," explains Eckhard
Köbler, Head of Heidelberg Industrial Design. The geometric
structure and large surfaces with striking elements are key
features of the product design. The feeder and delivery portals on
the Speedmaster XL 162 draw their inspiration from European and
Asian urban environments and symbolize an input-output concept. The
Prinect Press Center combines with the press delivery to form the
end of the printing process and represents the focal point of the
press control system and quality assessment.
A team of ten works in the Industrial Design department at
Heidelberg, which is a regular recipient of international design
awards. Since the end of 2007, Heidelberg Industrial Design
services have also been available to outside companies. For further
details, please go to
The Good Design Award dates back to 1950. In 2004, the Speedmaster
XL 105 was also recognized for its successful new design.
The Speedmaster XL 162 has been recognized with the Good
Design Award 2008. This new large-format press has been
specifically developed to meet the demands of packaging an
The Prinect Press Center, recipient of the Good Design Award
2008. This is the new, standardized high-performance control
station for all Heidelberg presses in the Speedmaster series.
More details on the Good Design Award can be found at:
For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 66
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 50 69