Heidelberg to Sell Ricoh Digital Color Production Printers

Ricoh Pro C901

Under a new global distribution agreement just negotiated with Ricoh Company of Japan, Heidelberg, maker of “big iron” industrial and commercial printing solutions, will distribute Ricoh’s latest digital color presses, starting with the Ricoh’s Pro C901 Graphics Art Edition, a 90-ppm digital color production printer.

Heidelberg will also sell “appropriate future production printing offerings in Ricoh’s pipeline.” The global agreement, which includes Ricoh services and support, will start in April 2011, and first markets will be in the United Kingdom and Germany, with a phased rollout to follow in other geographic regions, with completion targeted for the Drupa 2012 trade show.

In the future, Heidelberg and Ricoh plan to include integration with Heidelberg’s Prinect, an industry-standard workflow solution for the graphic-arts industry. The firms will also jointly develop other printing applications.

In world premiere, Heidelberg will display the new strategic partnership with Ricoh at the digi:media tradeshow from April 7-9th in Duesseldorf, Germany. The two firms will demonstrate a live production-printing process, starting with job offering and ordering using the Internet, Prinect workflow integration combining Heidelberg Anicolor Offset, and printing by Ricoh’s Pro C901, with third-parties Stahlfolder and Eurobind demonstrating book and mailing production. Among digital printing’s advantages versus offset printing are variable data printing, faster delivery of print jobs, and more cost-effective short-run print jobs.

Ricoh and Heidelberg’s first joint press conference will take place April 6th, 12:00 – 14:00 CET, at the digi:media tradeshow to be in  Duesseldorf.

Ricoh Company President and CEO Shiro Kondo commented, “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.”

Heidelberg CEO Bernhard Schreier commented, “In Ricoh, the rising star in production printing, 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. 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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