The first Heidelberg Presses came to Canada in the late 1920's. These machines were imported by two brothers named Manton who distributed the letter presses throughout Canada. The brothers were quite successful with the Heidelberg product line as well as the distribution of Linotype Equipment. They later named the company "Grapic Equipment Limited." The Manton brothers expanded the business after the second world war with hundreds of windmill and cyclinder presses installed each year. In 1962 the brothers sold Graphic Equipment Limited to Sears Limited, and with it, the Heidelberg distributorship.
Sears Limited was started in 1925 and by 1962, had become the country's leading graphic arts equipment supplier. With sales and service throughout Canada, Sears Limited was well positioned to expand the Heidelberg product.
In 1984, William H. Sears, grandson of the company's founder, started Heidelberg Canada in conjunction with Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG. The company sold three product lines; Heidelberg printing presses, Polar cutters, and Stahlfolder folding machines.
In June 1992, Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG acquired full ownership of Heidelberg Canada. Today the company serves over six thousand customers from centres in Toronto and Montreal along with resident sales and service staff in other Canadian cities.
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