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Heidelberg and Papier Union Agree on Strategic Partnership for the Sale of SAPHIRA Consumables in Germany

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- Comprehensive range of SAPHIRA products immediately available to Papier Union customers
- Customers benefit from premium Heidelberg quality and industry-specific logistics network of Papier Union


Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and Papier Union GmbH, a subsidiary of the international INAPA Group headquartered in Portugal, have agreed on a strategic partnership for the sale of SAPHIRA consumables in Germany. Customers of Papier Union in Germany now have the option of buying products from the comprehensive SAPHIRA portfolio using the company's standard ordering channels. Customers will benefit in particular from the renowned Heidelberg quality and the efficient and industry-specific logistics network of Papier Union.

The partnership with Heidelberg significantly expands the product portfolio of Papier Union and cuts out the middle man when its customers are looking to purchase consumables.

"The sales cooperation with Papier Union provides a far wider customer base with easy access to our SAPHIRA portfolio. What's more, this enables print shops that were not previously Heidelberg customers to benefit from the high SAPHIRA quality standards for stable and sustainable print production," said Reginald Rettig, Chairman of the Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH.

"With a nation-wide sales model that covers all print sectors in Germany, Papier Union is highly committed to make this strategic partnership with Heidelberg a true success. I am sure, that we will bring a very positive contribution to the market by penetrating our customer base with Saphira products. We are very excited to start cooperating with Heidelberg", said José Félix Morgado, CEO of Inapa Group.

Figure: Heidelberg and Papier Union have agreed on a strategic partnership for the sale of a comprehensive SAPHIRA portfolio in Germany.

About Inapa Group

Inapa Group is a top leading European paper merchant with an annual sales volume of around one million tons of paper. Inapa Group is an international company with a strong presence overseas and in seven European countries (Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Portugal) as well as in Angola. The complementary businesses - in particular the distribution of graphic supplies, office supplies, logistics, packaging and visual communication - are Inapa's other key business areas, defining the Group as a "full service provider". Inapa is the only European paper merchant that is listed on the Euronext-Lisbon Stock Exchange (ticker: "INA").

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About Papier Union

Papier Union, a fully owned subsidiary of Inapa Group, is one of the leading German paper merchants focusing on sales of graphic papers, office papers, packaging material and equipment for visual communication. Papier Union is known for the outstanding quality of its product range offered to the graphic industry as well as for its effective and reliable logistics system. Papier Union puts highest emphasis on customer focus.

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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is the world's leading solution provider in the print media industry. All over the world, the name Heidelberg is synonymous with state-of-the art technology, top quality, and closeness to the customer. The company's core business covers the whole value-added and process chain with equipment, services, and consumables for sheetfed offset printing as well as digital print solutions. In fiscal year 2010/2011 the company achieved sales of EUR 2.629 billion and had a global workforce of around 16,000.

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