Anthony Thirlby, Commercial Printing Expert, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


Master of Speed: Anthony Thirlby

In a past life, Anthony used to be a professional soccer player. The fact that his soccer career didn’t go as expected was print’s gain: as managing director of ESP Colour in Southern England, Anthony became the world’s most productive printer – a Master of Speed. By consistently streamlining the processes around estimating, printing, and finishing, he managed to hit the ceiling with 165 million impressions a year on his Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 and XL 106 printing machines. Today, Anthony is heading the Commercial Printing segment at Heidelberg. Follow him on his path to ultimate productivity.

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Anthony Thirlby, Commercial Printing Expert, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Customer stories.

Cityprint Moscow

It would be a downright lie to claim Cityprint in Moscow had never faced challenges. The print shop has experienced difficulties on several occasions and has emerged stronger from each crisis. Its recipe for success? If you’re going to do something, do it right!

Aumüller Druck:
"It's all about the output"

Productivity is the watchword at Aumüller. “Our goal,” as the brothers Stefan and Christian Aumüller say in unison, "is not to optimize costs but output."


Navigated printing:
how does it work?

Similar to a navigation system in a car, the navigated printing features built in Speedmaster machines provide operators with the information necessary for the best possible workflow sequence for the job change.

Autonomous printing:
how does it work?

Autonomous printing represents the ultimate stage in automated print production. The patented Intellistart 2 operator guidance system from Heidelberg enables the fully automated job changeover - from the last to the first full sheet of the subsequent order to the start of the new production.

Autonomous plate production:
CtP imaging is on a roll

The newly updated Auto Pallet Loaders (APL) for the Suprasetter 106 and VLF formats support the uninterrupted loading of up to 1,200 printing plates in 106 format, or 600 in VLF format. That makes them a flexible, high-performance automation solution for highly efficient plate production.

Databased print shop management:
"Success needs facts and figures".

Prinect provides facts and figures - so that better business decisions are made.

From automated to smart production:
"On the way to a Smart Print Shop".

Push-to-Stop - a milestone on the road to autonomous print production.

Heidelberg Commercial Printing Technology


Our commercial printing equipment.

Opt for future-proof printing. We have the right type of equipment for every need, always developed with top quality and outstanding cost-effectiveness in mind, - a guarantee for maximum investment protection and value retention.

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Heidelberg Commercial Printing Technology

Our customers and their applications.

What customers say

“It now takes just five hours before the freshly printed magazines are shipped. That can only be achieved using exceptionally efficient processes and technologies such as Prinect Inpress Control.”
Darren Coxon, owner and managing director, Pensord Press Ltd., UK


Heidelberg's service contracts enable Pensord to calculate their operating costs reliably, ensuring high availability – around the clock.

Heidelberg Lifecycle Solutions


Software, consumables and services for the commercial printer.

We help you open up new areas of business and improve the overall performance of your company to achieve long-term success.

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Heidelberg Lifecycle Solutions


All the consumables
and service parts commercial printers need 24/7.

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