This collaboration is intended to create high-quality solutions for
the entire value added chain - from developing the production plant
right through to quality assurance and service. The accompanying
training courses will shortly be provided by the Heidelberg Print
Media Academy. The Speedmaster XL 105 will serve as the platform
for this new print and embossing technology.
"Together with SSI we are offering our customers
completely new methods to print and emboss security features
inline, thereby establishing a quality standard in the printing
sector," explains Dr. Jürgen Rautert, Director for
Engineering and Manufacturing at Heidelberg. "We're
delighted to join Heidelberg in developing print solutions that
embrace the knowledge we've acquired from years of experience
with hidden security solutions," adds Udi Ronen, Managing
Director of SSI.
Various security features and additional finishings such as
embossing offer greater protection against forgery for packaging
printing. This enables printshops to expand their operations and
stand out from the competition.
It is already possible to use special software solutions to
integrate varied and complex security elements in the printing
process. With the help of one or more decoders, the images can then
be made visible on the print product. This process can be performed
with all Printmaster and Speedmaster series. One of the first users
is the French print shop Autajon, which already provides
high-quality packagings with security features.
Everything is forged nowadays, from luxury goods and
cigarettes to medicines and even vehicle spare parts. As a result
of increasing globalization, forgeries have risen dramatically in
the last five years and their quality is constantly improving.
According to estimates from customs authorities, forgeries account
for seven to ten percent of world trade, which represents a value
of 600 billion US-Dollar (approx. 508 billion Euro).
Saueressig Security International
Saueressig Security International (SSI) was founded as a
GmbH (German limited liability company) in Vreden in mid-2005. The
founding members are Saueressig + Co. GmbH in Vreden and StarBoard
Technologies Ltd. in Israel.
Since it was founded in 1953, Saueressig + Co. GmbH has been
a service and production company and is today one of the
world's top suppliers of print and embossing technologies. An
internationally oriented midsize group of companies with over 700
employees at its head office in Vreden, Saueressig has production
operations on three continents. Its export activities cover more
than 50 countries.
Saueressig is an innovative system supplier for customers but
offers so much more besides, going well beyond impression and
embossing cylinders and extending to quality control and creative
StarBoard Technologies Ltd. was founded in Israel in 2001 and
is an international supplier of hidden security solutions to
protect brands against forgery and piracy. The technologies
developed facilitate invisible labeling of products and packagings
and straightforward decoding. The company employs seven staff.
Together with Saueressig + Co. GmbH, it evolved the processes,
using the StarBoard patents as a basis, and bundled them in SSI.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
With a global market share for sheetfed offset printing
machines of more than 40 percent, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
(Heidelberg) is the world's leading solution provider for
commercial and industrial customers in the print media industry.
Headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, the company focuses on the
entire process and value chain for popular format classes in the
sheetfed offset and flexographic printing sectors. Apart from
printing presses, the product portfolio includes plate imaging
devices and finishing equipment, as well as software components
designed to integrate all print manufacturing processes. In
addition, Heidelberg offers a wide range of spare parts,
consumables, used equipment and services, along with extensive
training programs provided by the Print Media Academy. Furthermore,
the company assists its customers' investment plans by offering
Heidelberg is most active within the major OECD industrial
regions and is expanding its involvement within growing markets
such as Asia and Eastern Europe.
With development and production sites in five countries and
some 250 sales offices worldwide, the company offers services to
more than 200,000 customers around the globe. Heidelberg generates
85 percent of global sales through company-owned sales offices and
well above 80 percent outside of Germany. In financial year
2004/2005, Heidelberg achieved sales of 3.207 billion Euro
referring to the divisions Press, Postpress and Financial Services
as well as a net profit of 61 million Euro. As of September 30,
2005, the Group employed 18,774 staff worldwide.
Protection against brand piracy: on an apparently normal
… a decoder is used to reveal the hidden
"Autajon" image. These types of security features open up
new areas of business for print shops.
Further information for journalists:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 66
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 50 46