Online print shop SAXOPRINT investing in new large-format press from Heidelberg – substantial increase in productivity and efficiency
- Partnership-based relationship driving innovations
- New Speedmaster XL 162 with world’s first CutStar roll sheeter in this format nearly doubles efficiency at SAXOPRINT
- Heidelberg increasing its share of the growing online printing market
Klaus Sauer, Managing Director of SAXOPRINT, is very satisfied with the CutStar for the Speedmaster XL 162. This means that for the first time, the full flexibility to use sheets or roll-fed stock is available in 7B format.
The business model of the online print shop SAXOPRINT is based on bundling orders into so-called gang runs. Everything is checked on the Prinect Press Center of the Speedmaster XL 162.
SAXOPRINT’s press room is now home to six large-format presses as well as two Speedmaster XL 106 presses.
A new paper roll is inserted in the Speedmaster XL 106.
SAXOPRINT’s postpress area boasts an entire phalanx of Stahlfolder machines from Heidelberg.
Packagings are a strong growth segment at the online print shop SAXOPRINT.
The online print shop SAXOPRINT based in Dresden has recorded double-digit sales growth in recent years, and last year generated sales of over EUR 100 million in the area of commercial online printing as part of the CEWE Group. Its product range has undergone a significant change in this time. Standard commercial printed matter such as flyers, posters, catalogs, and brochures are still the main focus and account for 80 percent of its business, however packaging and finishing represent a large growth market. “Our business model is based on cost leadership,” explains Managing Director Klaus Sauer. “We use special algorithms to bundle the orders received via the web shop into gang runs and distribute them to the respective machines.
“With us, every order is individual. As well as a good price, delivery reliability and speed are important,” confirms Sauer. Customers from all over Europe order from SAXOPRINT, whether private individuals, business customers, agencies, or resellers, who now account for a not insignificant share. International customers are looked after by a call center in London staffed with native speakers. According to SAXOPRINT; the answer quota, in other words how quickly telephone calls are answered, is 98 percent, and the repeat order rate is over 80 percent.
High efficiency and speed are important here. Up to 5,000 orders are produced daily in three shifts. This is only possible using industrialized processes and the most modern equipment. With this in mind, the company has invested over EUR 70 million in new solutions in the past seven years.
The latest installation in the press room comes in at an impressive fifty meters: a Speedmaster XL 162 eight-color perfecting press with the world’s first CutStar roll sheeter in this format on a machine of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). CutStar in other formats, such as 50 x 70 or 70 x 100, has been available from Heidelberg for many years. This means that the full flexibility to use sheets or roll-fed stock is now available in 7B format. More than anything, this significantly reduces the makeready times. This means that SAXOPRINT now has eight printing presses with a total of 36 printing units from Heidelberg: five large-format Speedmaster XL 162 presses, one Speedmaster XL 145, and two Speedmaster XL 106 presses, both of which are equipped with the CutStar roll sheeter. “We saw the benefits and so entered into negotiations with Heidelberg at drupa 2016 to include CutStar in the next large-format press,” recalls Sauer.