First Speedmaster XL 145 in operation at FREUND GmbH
Official commissioning of new large-format press from Heidelberg/emphasis on packaging printing
New format class from Heidelberg
The new large-format presses have been designed to meet the specific requirements of the packaging printing sector. The new portfolio extends the Heidelberg one-stop supplier concept for folding carton production - with prepress, press, and postpress solutions all being supplied from a single source. The 102 x 142 cm format of the XL 145 press is currently the most popular format in the packaging printing sector. Analyses carried out by Heidelberg show that the 3 cm (1.18 in) larger print sheet supported by the XL 145 (106 x 145 cm or 41.73 x 57.09 in) delivers around ten percent more space for nesting individual repeats on the sheet. The packaging printing sector is also making increasing use of the 120 x 162 cm format - the format of the new XL 162. Both presses are manufactured on a standardized platform.
The workmanship, durability, and print quality of the new presses match the Heidelberg standards that customers have come to expect. Several configurations are available for processing substrates ranging from 0.06 to 1.6 millimeters (0.0024 to 0.063 in).
Both presses will be capable of operating at a production speed of up to 15,000 sheets per hour. As with all presses, this maximum print speed is determined by a range of parameters. The most important of these include the quality of the materials, substrates, inks, and coatings used, as well as the temperature and humidity.
There are currently some 3,000 presses installed with 102 x 142 cm and 120 x 162 cm formats, a number boosted by an additional 1,000 or so new printing units every year. The key regions are currently central Europe and the Middle East (50 percent), North America (30 percent), and Asia Pacific (20 percent), particularly Japan and China. Italy leads the way on the European market for large-format printing with more than 20 percent. This relates primarily to letterpress printing, which has traditionally enjoyed a high share of the print industry in Italy.
Packaging accounts for a large share of the print jobs (around 50 percent), followed by letterpress (20 percent) and commercial printing (also 20 percent). The remaining 10 percent is made up of various smaller-scale applications.
FREUND GmbH - a 100-year success story
It was 100 years ago that Friedrich Freund founded the company that laid the foundation for the FREUND Group. In its centenary year, FREUND is keen to carry on the strong tradition of innovation with continued specialization of production at its sites. Key milestones include the opening of the Nordhausen plant with its Asitrade system for manufacturing corrugated board on May 31, 2008 and the installation of the new XL 145 press from Heidelberg with its 106 x 145 cm sheet format in Georgsmarienhütte in May 2008.
The FREUND Group employs a workforce of 300 at its four sites in Georgsmarienhütte, Krefeld, Dresden, and Nordhausen and generates annual sales of EUR 44 million.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Die Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG ist mit rund 24.200 Mitarbeitern in mehr als 170 Ländern weltweit führender Lösungsanbieter für die Printmedien-Industrie. Mit Hauptsitz in Heidelberg, Deutschland, bietet das Unternehmen Produkte von der Druckvorstufe über die unterschiedlichsten Druckverfahren bis hin zur Weiterverarbeitung. So entwickelt und fertigt die Heidelberg Gruppe Software, elektronische Prepress-Produkte, Bogenoffset-, Rollenoffset- und digitale Druckmaschinen sowie Weiterverarbeitungssysteme. Das Unternehmen hat bei weitem das größte Service- und Vertriebsnetz der Branche. Mit 18 internationalen Standorten und 250 Vertriebsniederlassungen werden 240.000 Kunden weltweit optimal betreut. Heidelberg generiert seinen Umsatz zu 85 Prozent durch eigene Vertriebsgesellschaften. Im Geschäftsjahr 2002/2003 erreichte Heidelberg einen Umsatz von rund 4,1 Milliarden Euro.