Posts tagged: Linoprint L

Markem Imaje Bets on Growth in Color Digital Labels, Buys “Linoprint L” from Heidelberg

Bob Leahey
 Jan 15, 2014

On January 10, Markem Imaje announced it has purchased from Heidelberg that company’s Linoprint L business for an undisclosed price. The news puts an established CMYK label press under the wing of Markem Imaje, a global supplier of coding and marking systems, and a key competitor to companies such as Domino and Videojet. Before discussing strategic upshots, we first offer a few basic details:

  • The Linoprint L is the former CSAT iTS600, the Kyocera-based, 600 dpi inkjet web press for labels that Heidelberg bought from CSAT and re-badged in mid-2011.
  • CSAT, the German supplier of digital printers to pharma companies, had initially targeted the printer at the drug industry, but Heidelberg expanded its market focus to include label converters.
  • After its 2011 purchase of the printer, Heidelberg modified it, renamed it Linoprint L, and handled its marketing to flexo label press manufacturer Gallus (Switzerland), which is 30% owned by Heidelberg.
  • Per the most recent deal, while Markem Imaje becomes owner of the Linoprint L business, Gallus will stay as the main distributor for the printer in the label and converting space.

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Heidelberg-Fujifilm: Upshots for Digital in Packaging & Beyond

Bob Leahey
 Nov 12, 2013

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and Fujifilm Corporation announced last week that Heidelberg and Fujifilm’s Global Graphics Systems subsidiary have established a strategic partnership in the area of inkjet printing. For observers of digital printing for packaging, the news could be important because of the market role of each company: Heidelberg is one of the world’s top suppliers of offset presses for folding carton printing, as well as key workflow tools; Fujifilm is a major supplier of both offset and inkjet technology, and has leading role in CTP, workflow software and other pre-press technology. The partnership could result in Heidelberg’s marketing of an existing Fujifilm inkjet system for packaging or, longer term, the development of other printing presses based on Fujifilm technology. Read more »

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