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Making Heidelberg Fit for the Future

Ralf Schlozer
 Jun 18, 2014

The announcement of annual results is always a good opportunity to provide an update on company strategy or present a new organisational alignment. The latest Heidelberger Druckmaschinen annual press conference, however, had far deeper implications than that.

A main message to investors, debtors, and the whole graphic arts community was that Heidelberg delivered on its promise of returning to profitability. Although the net revenue of €4 million was not particularly impressive, it is nevertheless an encouraging sign because it implies a turnaround. In the last five years Heidelberg has accrued a net loss of almost one billion Euros. While financial analysis will certainly have a feast on the numbers, the announced strategic reorganisation and several other organisational moves have important implications for the future of the company.

In the last year Heidelberg has conducted an in-depth analysis of the business areas the company is active in. They have been clustered into four strategic fields of action:
– Digital printing
– Service and consumables
– Sheet-fed Offset
– Weak margin operations Read more »

Xeikon Buys Plate-Making Technology for Packaging Converting from RSD and a Key Brand Name from Kodak

Bob Leahey
 Jan 19, 2012

Xeikon had two recent news items relevant to its role in label and packaging markets: (1) it acquired the “Flexolaser” flexo plate-making technology and business of RSD Technik GmbH, which has been a supplier to packaging converters in Europe and (2) it bought the rights to the “Thermoflex” flexo platesetter brand name from Eastman Kodak. Xeikon is best known as a digital press supplier. Being able to also offer key supplies for flexo presses used in label and packaging, though, increases Xeikon’s influence with converters, even ones without digital presses. (Within the Xeikon family, there is already an accomplished supplier of pre-press technology, a sister company called basysPrint that offers CTP systems to create aluminum plates for offset). While the Flexolaser deal involves established products, customers, and brand, the purchase of the “Thermoflex” brand from Kodak is only that; Thermoflex in fact is a discontinued line of narrow platesetters from Kodak, one that Kodak still supports, but for which it offers only reconditioned products. Read more »

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