Heidelberg to show Primefire 106

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Heidelberg Primefire 106. Photo Heidelberg

Heidelberg wants to use drupa 2016 to project itself as the driving force behind the industry’s digitization of the entire supply and print production chain. This entails using its Prinect software, eCommerce and the cloud for everything from creating the fully integrated and automation friendly pressroom; to maintenance and performance monitoring including performance and productivity enhancing consulting; to pressroom consumables.

The new Primefire 106 7-color digital printing system to be shown has been developed in close collaboration with Fujifilm and the 70 x 100 cm press is clearly aimed at the industrial printing market which can be also be read as the board packaging market. Using aqueous inks and the robust Fujifilm Dimatix Samba 1200 x 1200 dpi inkjet heads that have also been used on the Fujifilm Jetpress 720 B2 press with 70 installations so far, the Heidelberg Primefire 106 is designed to open up new market segments by making industrial printing even more flexible.

Gallus Labelfire 340
The Gallus Labelfire 340, the 8-color digital engine configured to run white and Heidelberg’s own Multicolor fixed set of UV inks consisting of CYMK, orange, violet and green will be demonstrated. Already running 24 x 7 at a beta site, the first installation of series production presses is expected soon with as many as 20 delivery slots in Europe and America in the first year.

Simply smart
Heidelberg will be presenting the industry’s digitized future under the motto ‘Simply Smart’ at drupa 2016 in Düsseldorf. In addition it is planning to create its own mini-drupa at its factory in Weisloch near Heidelberg where it expects perhaps 4,000 or 5,000 drupa visitors to have a more complete and detailed look at its entire array of sheetfed offset and digital presses.

Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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