First event held at Heidelberg’s Print Media Center Atlanta showcases future technology

Clarence Penge, Heidelberg USA Vice President of Sheetfed, delivers a presentation on the Speedmaster XL 106-8P+L at the first event held at Heidelberg’s Print Media Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Clarence Penge, Heidelberg USA Vice President of Sheetfed, delivers a presentation on the Speedmaster XL 106-8P+L at the first event held at Heidelberg’s Print Media Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

At a recent open house, German press manufacturer Heidelberg hosted over 150 customers from Canada, the United States and Brazil for a full day of demonstrations and seminars. Customers viewed live demonstrations of the latest technology across Heidelberg’s print portfolio, the North American launch of the new DryStar LED, and the unveiling of the OEM’s newly branded demonstration center, Print Media Center Atlanta.

“We strive to not just be a provider, but a partner,” said Andy Rae, Senior Vice President of Equipment at Heidelberg USA. “Customers were able to get a first glimpse of our extensive offerings and brand new, cutting-edge technology we hope will support them in surpassing their business goals in today’s highly competitive environment.” Highlights included the Speedmaster XL 106-8P+L with full UV, LE UV and LED UV (the first of its kind in the world), and the Speedmaster XL 75-5+L Anicolor with UV, the first to be installed in the United States. Also on display were the Linoprint CP and CV digital printing systems, Polar and Stahlfolder post-press solutions, the Promatrix 106 CS die cutter and the most up-to-date innovations in Prinect workflow. Customers also got a deeper understanding of the wide range of consumables and services that Heidelberg provides.

Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 8P+L with X4.
Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 8P+L with X4.

“We credit much of our success to the innovative and unique solutions we deploy for our clients’ most complicated print needs. Heidelberg’s commitment to providing support for our relentless desire to push the limits of technology in order to create greater value adds is clear,” said John Falconetti, CEO of Florida-based Drummond Press. “Understanding first-hand Heidelberg’s UV technology, analogue solution and latest digital improvements, are helpful as we continually strive to adapt our capital investment strategies.”

“Heidelberg always does a first rate job,” said Bernie Elzer III, CEO of Pennsylvania-based Grafika Commercial Printing. “In the past year, we purchased an XL 106 press, Prinect workflow, a Suprasetter CtP and a Linoprint. The efficiency, I believe, in today’s market needs to happen with a system of purchases that work together. Prinect gives us the power to do that. It can speak to any of the equipment in the plan. That’s the type of integration I think the printing companies of the future are going to need.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.