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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft (Heidelberg) has been a major provider for the global printing industry for a number of decades. The company develops, produces and distributes technology for commercial and packaging printing. With its own sales and service branches and via partners, Heidelberg reaches its customers in around 170 countries worldwide, generating Group sales of around € 2.7 billion in the 2012/2013 financial year.

Around 60 percent of sales are generated from new machinery; in addition to printing presses for sheetfed offset, digital and flexo printing, this includes prepress and finishing machinery and our Prinect software for integrating all of the processes within a print shop. Contract manufacturing is also becoming increasingly important. Around 40 percent of sales are generated from services, consumables and service parts. Additionally, the company supports its customers by offering financing concepts for their investment projects. In all business areas, Heidelberg cooperates with strong partners.

The central functions as well as the research and development business are bundled at the head office in Heidelberg, Germany. Furthermore, Heidelberg is active in eight countries with development and production sites. Its printing presses, prepress equipment, and postpress finishing systems are mainly produced in Germany. Standardized presses for all common format classes and folding machines - primarily for the Chinese market - are also manufactured in Qingpu near Shanghai, China. All in all, around 14,000 people are currently working for Heidelberg worldwide.

In the established industrialized nations and, increasingly, in the emerging economies, considerable emphasis is placed on the ecological optimization of the production of Heidelberg machinery right through to operation and the consumables used. Measures relating to the development, manufacture and use of machinery are aimed at reducing resource consumption and hence the carbon footprint, as well as other emissions and process-related waste. The Saphira Eco products launched in 2011 meet the most stringent industry standards and statutory requirements. Printed materials manufactured using products from the Saphira Eco line are allowed to bear the "Printed with Saphira Eco" seal.

Our market consists of four submarkets that have considerable differences in terms of customer requirements. Demand ranges from high-performance standard machinery through to highly specialized machines that are tailored to specific customer needs. Sheetfed offset technology is the most common technology in the commercial and packaging printing market. Heidelberg is the market leader for sheetfed offset printing. Heidelberg equipment is used around the world to make high-quality print products such as advertising materials, brochures, posters, folding cartons and labels.

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