Heidelberg focusing on digital future

Heidelberg is planning to create a digital division for developing, manufacturing and supplying digital technologies and products for new business models.

Heidelberg says it is realigning its organisation to accelerate the company’s digital transformation and thus ensure the correct business models are in place for the high-growth customer segments in the years ahead.

According to the company, a new division will devise and market these models. The global sales and service network will be strongly focused on the digital challenges customers face.

[Related: Heidelberg on target for annual profit]

Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberg says, “Heidelberg goes digital. We are getting the company fit for the digital future. To do that, we will develop and roll out our own innovative business ideas. However, we will also be strengthening our position in this area through acquisitions.”

Heidelberg is in partnership with Ricoh for cutsheet toner based digital printers, and with Fujifilm for its digital B1 sheetfed and digital label presses.

Third quarter results were released this week and saw Heidelberg with lower sales than the previous year, this was due to series production ramp ups. Heidelberg claims it are still on target for the year as several orders from drupa still need to be processed.

Sales for Q3 finished at €608m compared to last year’s results, which came in at €640m. The total sales for the three quarters came in at €1.68bn, where last year’s results equaled to €1.802bn. 

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