News from Heidelberger: ‘4D Printing,’ Ricoh and FujiFilm Partnerships, Inkjet, More
Ricoh and FujiFilm Parternships
FujiFilm Partnership and New Inkjet Printing System
Heidelberg is announcing the first steps in its collaboration with Fujifilm. In the fall of this year, Heidelberg and Gallus are presenting a new digital printing system for the label-printing market that incorporates Fujifilm technology. This solution is designed to meet the growing demand for a cost-effective means of producing short runs and customized labels.
Heidelberg and Fujifilm are also initiating a joint project to develop a new industrialized inkjet-based digital printing system for use in commercial and packaging printing.
With more than 400 Linoprint C digital printing systems already sold worldwide, Heidelberg says it’s the only manufacturer in the industry to successfully market integrated digital- and offset-printing applications. The company is working closely with its Japanese partner Ricoh to broaden its offerings for this sector in the near future. Heidelberg currently generates sales of Linoprint products in the low eight-figure euro range, and these figures are set to grow, as more and more presses are installed and demand for the associated consumables continues to grow.
Along with this, Heidelberg offers its Prinect print-shop workflow software for managing production-print processes in the print shop into one standardized workflow. The firm says Prinect has already generated sales in the mid eight-figure euro range with these offerings, and plans to expand this sector with new products, for example in Web-to-print, and multi-channel publishing.
New “4D” Printing Solution
The Jetmaster Dimension from Heidelberg is an inkjet-based digital press for printing on three-dimensional objects. The very first application for this system is being implemented at one of Europe’s leading online print shops – flyeralarm, where standard “sports balls” are to be embellished with personalized printing. The next step is to move into industrial applications in the automotive or aerospace industries. For instance, this 4D printing could be used to print customized full-color motifs on cars, trucks, and even on airplanes, dramatically reducing costly labor-intensive processes used today. The overall market volume for printing on objects – in the consumer goods and industrial sectors – is estimated at several hundred million euros in the medium and long term.
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