“Open for Innovation” – Heidelberg drives printing industry’s digital transformation with new Innovation Center
- State-of-the-art industry development center opens at Wiesloch-Walldorf site
- Focus on industrial digital printing, Smart Print Shop, and digital business models
- Open development process adapts dynamically to market requirements
- Sites in Wiesloch-Walldorf, Kiel, Ludwigsburg, Weiden, and St. Gallen form European development network with unrivaled industry expertise
The new Heidelberg Innovation Center at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site is the industry´s most state-of-the-art development center. The office area in the former production hall comprises 13 sections whose transparency creates a new working environment with a creative atmosphere.
One focus of the numerous development projects in the new Heidelberg Innovation Center is on expanding the industrial digital printing portfolio - here a test stand with the Primefire 106.
The new Innovation Center is the headquarters of Heidelberg's European development network. Almost 1,000 experts research and develop all relevant topics in the print media industry, for example ink developing for digital printing.
"Open for Innovation" - the new Heidelberg Innovation Center (IVC) at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site, with its proximity to customer centers and production, promotes the agile and cross-departmental development process.
Hall function plan of the new Heidelberg Innovation Center (IVC).
The new Innovation Center (IVC) of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) for the graphic arts industry is now “Open for Innovation” at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site. A former production hall has been converted to create the industry’s most state-of-the-art development center. By opening the new Innovation Center, Heidelberg is looking to accelerate the digital transformation at print shops and its own company. “The digitization of the graphic arts industry is progressing at top speed and we are actively driving this process with our “Heidelberg goes Digital” strategy, so our new Innovation Center plays a key role in safeguarding the future of Heidelberg and the entire industry in a number of ways. Our technology leadership is continuing to grow thanks to the unrivaled expertise of the center’s highly skilled workforce of around 1,000. What’s more, we are increasing the speed of the entire industry’s digital transformation. The IVC’s proximity to our production operations also encourages an agile, multidisciplinary development process,” explains Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Management Board responsible for Digital Technology. “The Innovation Center is the new hub of our company and the future high-tech campus we are gradually creating at our Wiesloch-Walldorf site,” he adds.