Quebec book printing company plans to double revenue with Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106

From left are Francis Cote, Genevieve Cote and Robert Cote, co-owners of Imprimerie HLN, in front of their Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106-5P+L.

Imprimerie HLN, a family-owned company specializing in book printing located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, has increased its sales by 30% only six months into operation of a Speedmaster XL 106-5P+L Offset Press from Heidelberg. The highly automated XL 106 gives Imprimerie HLN the cost-effective solution they need to continue to expand their share of market. Replacing a previous Speedmaster SM 102-4P, Imprimerie HLN expects to double its revenue by increasing capacity with its 5-colour Speedmaster XL 106 with perfector and coater. With maximum production speeds of 18,000 sheets per hour, the OEM’s peak-performance press can handle a wide range of substrates – from 27-lb. offset to 32-pt. board.

Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106.

The new press is equipped with a long list of innovations including Heidelberg’s groundbreaking “Push to Stop” technology, Prinect Pressroom Manager, and Prinect Inpress Control 2 – which together provide the autonomous production needed to help improve make-ready times while significantly reducing waste. “The ease of use and new technology on the press is really what’s going to set us apart from competition,” said Robert Cote, co-owner of Imprimerie HLN. “You can’t even compare the XL 106 to the SM 102 – it’s far superior.” “Push to Stop” technology means that the Speedmaster’s jobs are autonomously changed over without operator intervention – and will continue to print until the operator interrupts it. This software system reduces the number of operating steps during a job change and enables all operators to achieve uniform results. With Prinect Inpress Control 2 on the press, the Speedmaster can handle even the most complex job changes at the fastest speeds possible. With this technology on the press, the Speedmaster XL 106 delivers the first measuring result in less than 60 sheets, and the run is ready to start in less than one minute!

Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102.

This isn’t the first time that the leading Quebec shop has utilized Heidelberg equipment. Back in 2009, Imprimerie HLN bought a Speedmaster CD 102-5+L at drupa, which they still view as the best investment in the company’s history. As the world’s most popular range of machines in the 70 x 100 cm format, the CD 102 provides flexible processing of a large variety of jobs and materials, while offering short make-ready times and an attractive price/performance ratio – thus maximizing the profit potential of its output.

Alongside the XL 106 and CD 102, the company also has Polar cutters and Stahlfolders and uses Saphira consumables, including blankets and ink foils. “All of Heidelberg’s equipment and consumables work well together, which is why we choose to partner with them,” Cote added. “If anything ever goes wrong, service is always there to help us, which is one of the reasons why we keep partnering alongside Heidelberg.”


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.