Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) supports the Blue
Competence sustainability initiative of the German Engineering
Federation (VDMA). Blue Competence networks the mechanical and
plant engineering sectors in the field of sustainability and pools
resources, know-how, and strengths of the VDMA. Within the
association various VDMA bodies and other organizations from the
mechanical and plant engineering sectors are involved. Individual
companies and institutions are also able to take an active part in
Environmental protection and sustainability are global issues
and are becoming increasingly important in the print media
industry. More and more print buyers are demanding ecological
production processes for print products and the call for
climate-neutral printed matter is continuing to grow. At the same
time, cutting-edge machinery and improved processes are helping to
lower costs. Eventually, to print ecologically and to think
economically are not mutually exclusive.
Improving energy efficiency, preserving resources, reducing
emissions, and honing lifecycle management are all crucial aspects
of the production and operation of printing presses. Sustainability
is a core element of the strategic agenda pursued by Heidelberg.
Agreed at the end of 2011, the company's environmental policy
sets out a binding framework for all Heidelberg divisions and
external partners and suppliers. It maps out the comprehensive and
holistic approach that Heidelberg has adopted in its sustainability
concept. Every single stage in the product lifecycle is taken into
account, from development and production to operation by the
customer and recycling or disposal.
"Heidelberg is the only company in the printing press
industry with a tool for accurately analyzing the
footprint of its products and services and managing them
accordingly. Many of our customers follow this process very
carefully and recognize that we offer numerous ecofriendly
solutions and can therefore provide them with crucial support as
they work towards implementing ecological printing practices,"
explains Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Management Board
responsible for sustainability. If they wish, Heidelberg customers
can choose to procure any of the machines manufactured by the
company on a climate-neutral basis. In fact, presses with Anicolor
technology are only available ex-works with carbon offsetting.
On the path to ecological production
In October 2012, a cogeneration plant was taken into
service at the company's largest production site in
Wiesloch-Walldorf, Germany. In the future, this plant will cut the
site's energy costs by 10 percent and save 3,700 metric tons of
each year. Since February 2012, the Amstetten site, which is home
to the foundry, has been operating an energy management system
certified to DIN EN ISO 50001. Ongoing projects aimed at reducing
and recycling waste, putting resources and energy to efficient use,
emissions are all helping the company as it strives to implement
The second focal point alongside the manufacture of products
is their use and operation in print shops. Energy consumption and
utilization are subject to continuous optimization throughout the
entire life cycle. Measuring energy efficiency in the press, use of
advanced drier technology with heat recovery, and efficient motors
and peripherals are just some of the areas where Heidelberg
undoubtedly leads the way in the sector.
Regular reporting - both internally and externally - and
information events for managers and personnel are helping raise
awareness of the company's ecological commitment throughout the
Time and again over recent years, Heidelberg has found that
ecology and economy go hand in hand. In the face of ever-rising
energy prices, this symbiosis is become increasingly evident.
The VDMA Blue Competence initiative
Responsibility is the driving force and thus the backbone
of sustainability. Accordingly, responsibility for sustainability
is also the value basis and the compass for Blue Competence - the
sustainability initiative of the mechanical engineering industry.
Sustainability is understood here to mean balancing and
integrating economic, ecological, and social aims. It is thus about
responsibility in a wider sense, for instance for wealth, education
and security, the natural world, and the economic consequences of
globalization, structural change, or demographic trends.
Mechanical and plant engineering companies not only feel an
obligation to do this, but they are in fact also the driving force
and engine behind pioneering technologies which in fact enable many
sustainability ideas to actually get off the ground. However,
sustainable production processes and products are not always
obvious at first glance.
This is why Blue Competence defines credible and resilient
sustainability criteria and standards that all those who join the
initiative must meet. Blue Competence therefore ensures greater
transparency, makes it easier for people to know what they are
dealing with, and provides certainty - for all those who are
looking for sustainable solutions and products or companies that
act in a sustainable way.
Speedmaster presses from Heidelberg that feature
Anicolor - available ex-works on a
basis only - feature exceptionally short makeready times. Anicolor
inking units have far fewer rollers than a conventional unit. This
means that inking up is extremely quick and very few startup sheets
are required, which both protects the environment and enables the
cost-effective production of short runs.
The new cogeneration plant at the
Wiesloch-Walldorf site run by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG cuts
energy costs by 10 percent and stops 3,700 metric tons of
being released into the atmosphere.
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The Heidelberg Sustainability Report can be downloaded from:
Information on Blue Competence can be found at
For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 92-5705
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 92-5069
Phone: +49 (0) 69 6603-1751
Fax: +49 (0) 69 6603-2751