Heidelberg increasing opportunities for expanding industrial customer business

A broad range of industrial production solutions - from prototype construction to series production

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First presentation of the range of services at the CastForge trade fair in Stuttgart. Photo Heidelberg

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) sees increasing opportunities for the further expansion of its industrial customer business. This includes an extensive range of state-of-the-art industrial production solutions for third-party customers, primarily from the mechanical engineering sector and comparable industries with complex mechatronic products. Here, customers include start-ups with innovative products as well as major corporations. Heidelberg intends to grow further in this environment with its comprehensive services as a system supplier for the industry.

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With a capacity of up to 85,000 tons of castings, the foundry in Amstetten is one of the most efficient in Europe.
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This includes the entire range of services offered by the foundry in Amstetten, which with a capacity of up to 85,000 tons of castings is one of the most efficient in Europe. In the field of mechanical processing, Heidelberg offers individual parts, small batches, series production, or customized production solutions as a highly qualified partner. In the company’s assembly department, mechanical products or complex assemblies, including electronic components and optimized processes, are offered from a single source. To this end, Heidelberg industrializes and assembles customers’ products as a system provider and supplements this assembly service with other modules such as logistics services, service, and spare parts management. For the growth segment of electronics, tailor-made control, and power electronics as well as automation solutions – from the assembly of printed circuit boards to the construction of complex devices and systems – are available.

“With the industrial customer business, we are increasingly establishing Heidelberg with its comprehensive technological competencies in new growth markets,” said Ludwin Monz, chief executive officer of Heidelberg. “In this way, we are also making our technological expertise available in a targeted manner for new markets outside the print industry.”

With major global uncertainties due to the armed conflict in Ukraine and pandemic-related

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The Electronics growth segment offers customized control and power electronics as well as automation solutions.
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disruptions to international supply chains, more and more companies are looking at ways to shift their supply chains to more local solutions. For European production sites, for example, this means reviewing further relocations or reverse relocations from Eastern Europe. This would then also have a positive impact on the CO2 footprint. Heidelberg is also noticing this trend among third-party customers in the industrial customer business with increased demand in the foundry field, for example. Heidelberg benefits from this by offering the manufacture or production of sophisticated castings.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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