Heidelberg’s upcoming B1 digital inkjet printer is likely to be fitted with Steinemann coating technology in time for its drupa launch.
The Swiss manufacturer has developed a digital B1 spot coating line called the Dmax that handles formats from 300x300mm to 1080x780mm and can coat at up to 10,000sph or 100m/min, with 600x600dpi resolution.
Incorporating Steinemann coating tech means Heidelberg could show variable content B1 inkjet printing, with accompanying variable spot coating, at the drupa launch.
Steinemann is one of several companies sharing hall 1 with the press giant at next year’s trade show, the first time Heidelberg has not had the whole hall to itself.
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A Heidelberg spokesperson told ProPrint sister magazine PrintWeek it is looking to leverage partnerships with other manufacturers for its foray into digital.
Heidelberg chief executive Gerold Linzbach made partnerships one of his key strategic goals when he took over, eschewing the previous pathway of the company doing everything itself.
“We are convinced that partnerships with renowned international experts along the value chain are the most efficient and fastest way to develop, manufacture and sell integrated technologies and services,” the spokesperson says
“It is not a secret that digital technologies will play a major role in the upcoming Drupa. Steinemann is a highly innovative company for digital finishing applications and therefore an ideal partner for Heidelberg and its digital printing equipment.”
Steinemann head of marketing and sales Markus Müller says collaborating with Heidelberg is a ‘good combination’.
“Together with Heidelberg we can establish a complete concept for the customer for printing and finishing,” he says.
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