At the digi:media fair Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg)
and Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Ricoh) confirm the start of sales of the
combined digital and offset solution for the graphic arts industry.
At the Heidelberg booth under the motto HEI Flexibility visitors
will explore seamless print production, starting with a
web-to-print front-end, utilizing digital and offset printing
technology as well as professional Postpress production for mailing
and book production.
Heidelberg's global rollout of the joint offering with Ricoh
starts in Germany and the UK
digi:media marks the start of Heidelberg's sales in the
German and UK market, followed shortly by France and Switzerland.
By rounding off the offset portfolio with the new Ricoh ProTM C901
Graphic Arts Edition - including toner and services - Heidelberg is
providing its clients with the combination of best-in-class offset,
including Anicolor technology, and now also market-leading digital
printing technology. Using both technologies, customers are able to
offer variable data printing and shorter runs, next to their
established cost-effective and high-end quality offset printing.
"I'm pleased to announce that both Ricoh and Heidelberg are
moving fast to implement our global cooperation. The Heidelberg
organizations in Germany and the UK are well prepared to start
offering our combined solution. The joint training activities for
Account Managers, Digital Sales Specialists and Application
Engineers are close to being completed," says Bernhard Schreier,
CEO of Heidelberg. "Nearly 100 employees have been trained, and due
to the fact that we have had strong interest and positive feedback
from our customer base, those colleagues are already in close
Simon Sasaki, Corporate Executive Vice President &
General Manager of the Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh
Company, Ltd, says, "Together, Ricoh and Heidelberg are working to
play a leading role in opening up new opportunities for print
service providers, offering a seamless way for them to achieve
their goals of a more flexible, productive and profitable future.
It's a fresh approach that will help our customers add value to
their customers, both now and into the future."
For the global rollout Heidelberg will follow a sequential
approach in order to guarantee the highest available service level
to its customer base. Well-known global tradeshows such as
GraphExpo (US) or IGAS (JP) will mark the introduction of the Ricoh
Pro C901 Graphic Arts Edition by Heidelberg to specific regions.
Both companies are working on the rollout for the Asian market,
followed by North America, China and Latin America this year. The
Eastern European market is targeted to rollout by drupa 2012,
closing the worldwide process.
Effective from 1st of April 2011, Dr. Christian Compera (51)
will be responsible for the newly created Business Area Digital at
Heidelberg. Compera has been part of the Heidelberg team since 1990
and was working in different management positions before.
Heidelberg and Ricoh are committed to deliver a value-added
offering which drives long term profitability for their customers.
Both companies' future plans include integration with Heidelberg's
industry standard workflow solution in the graphic arts industry,
Prinect, as well as joint development activities for future
Integrated print job shows the possibilities available today
The centerpiece of the Heidelberg booth (Hall 06 / B45)
is the live demonstration of an integrated print job featuring
communication examples for a Golf Resort hotel. This communication
package shows in a practical way how digital print and offset print
work perfectly together to meet the print buyers and their end
On the neighbouring booth (Hall 06/ B50) Ricoh will also show
the production capabilities of the Pro™ C901 Graphic Arts
Edition as part of its portfolio. Ricoh will present solutions for
transpromo and personalized direct mail for one-to-one marketing
campaigns. Visitors will also see mailroom solutions and software
tools for digital input and output management.
Environmental printing for short-run color
The practical demonstrations of hybrid production will
enable visitors to find out how they can achieve economic success
with short-run print applications. Furthermore Heidelberg decided
to make its entire tradeshow presence at digi:media carbon-neutral.
This measure covers the whole carbon footprint, including the
assembly and dismantling phases, the trade show personnel's travel
to the fairground, as well as the paper used in the practical
demonstrations for visitors. The corresponding CO2 emissions have
been calculated to a total amount of 118 tons and will be
compensated according the Gold Standard by supporting a climate
protection project in New Caledonia.
The Speedmaster SM 52 Anicolor machine being displayed at
digi:media is an ideal example of how to harmonize ecological and
economical efforts at the same time thanks to its ability to reduce
the startup waste by nearly 90 percent and the corresponding
make-ready time by approximately 40 percent.
Ricoh is also committed to reducing its overall environmental
impacts globally, and is on track to reduce its environmental
impact by 88 percent by 2050 compared to 2000. In 2011, Ricoh
was also recognised by for the seventh consecutive year, as one of
the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World".
About Ricoh Company, Ltd.
Ricoh Company, Ltd. is a global technology leader,
specializing in the office and production printing markets. Ricoh
works with organizations around the world to modernize work
environments and optimize document efficiency. With more than
108,500 employees worldwide, Ricoh operates in Europe, the
Americas, Asia/Pacific, China, and Japan. Ricoh's worldwide sales
amounted to more than 2,016 billion yen ($21 billion USD) in the
fiscal year, which ended March 31, 2010.
For further information, please contact:
Linda Montefusco , Ricoh Americas Corporation
Abelene Hu, Ricoh Asia Pacific
+65 6830 5811
Grace Qian, Ricoh China Co.,Ltd.
+86 21 52380222-8403
Janice Gibson, Ricoh Europe PLC
+44 (0) 20 7465 1153
Francis Harrison, Ricoh Company, Ltd.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is the
world-wide leading provider of solutions for the print media
industry. The Heidelberg brand is internationally associated with
leading technology, top quality, and closeness to customers. In
financial year 2009/2010, the company had a sales volume of 2.306
billion Euros. As of December 31, 2010, the Heidelberg Group has
employed a workforce of 15,981 including 772 trainees and
The press conference was the kick-off for the
sales cooperation between Heidelberg and Ricoh: Simon Sasaki,
Corporate Executive Vice President & General Manager of the
Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Company, Ltd., and
Bernhard Schreier, CEO of Heidelberg.
Heidelberg booth at digi:media: Together, Ricoh
and Heidelberg are working to play a leading role in opening up new
opportunities for print service providers, offering a seamless way
for them to achieve their goals of a more flexible, productive and
For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0)6221 92 5900
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 5096
Phone: +49 (0)6221 92 5910
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 5096
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