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Heidelberg and Ricoh announce Global Strategic Cooperation

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GLOBAL –
Japanese equipment supplier Ricoh Company Ltd and German press manufacturer Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG have signed a global strategic cooperation agreement, the first phase involving a global distribution contract for Ricoh’s Production Printing Product portfolio.

 

The distribution agreement – the first step of the strategic partner cooperation between the two companies - enables Heidelberg to sell Ricoh’s latest color digital press, the Ricoh ProTM C901 Graphic Arts Edition – Ricoh’s high speed color digital press with Ricoh PxPTM Chemical toner, as well as appropriate future production printing offerings in Ricoh’s pipeline.

The global strategic cooperation, which includes Ricoh services and support, will start in April 2011. The first markets will be UK and Germany with a phased rollout to follow in other geographies with completion targeted for drupa 2012

Both companies say their partnership will help support offset printers who are increasingly seeking to complete their portfolio with a flexible digital solution integrated into their existing high quality offset environment so they can offer a wider range of services to customers.ricohheidelbergcooperation

“Today, offset printers have access to a nearly unlimited range of printing substrates, spot colors and state-of-the-art coating applications as well as speciality inks through Heidelberg's market leading offerings,” the companies explained in a press statement. “By adding Ricoh's leading digital production printing technology, professional printers will be able to offer the well-known advantages of variable data printing, instant delivery of urgent print jobs and cost effective production of shorter run lengths.”

Heidelberg's and Ricoh's future plans are to include integration with Heidelberg's industry standard workflow solution in the graphic arts industry, Prinect, as well as joint development activities for future printing applications.

Shiro Kondo, President and CEO, Ricoh Company, Ltd. says, "In today's climate it is important that commercial printers have the right tools to be versatile, and meet both long and short run requests. Heidelberg is the gold standard in commercial and packaging printing. This partnership demonstrates its confidence in our digital technology and the ability of Ricoh to meet the needs of the graphic arts industry. Together, we are in a strong position to support businesses seeking to extend their existing equipment and services with a digital solution."

"In Ricoh we have found an ideal strategic partner who shares our values of customer focus, environmental sustainability, innovation, quality, and customer service. By rounding off our offset portfolio including Anicolor technology with new digital printing equipment, we are providing our clients the combination of best-in-class offset, and now also digital printing-technology. Utilizing both, our customers are able to offer variable data printing as well as shorter runs, next to their established cost-effective and high end quality offset printing," says Bernhard Schreier, CEO of Heidelberg.

"With this new partnership we will also address customer demands in the broad spectrum of hybrid print applications, i.e. the combination of offset and digital printing within a single print product."

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