As further proof of the popularity of Heidelberg’s Push to Stop technology, and in one of the biggest combined equipment sales in the OEM’s history, leading European publishing printer Wilco (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) has invested in 11 Speedmaster XL 106 Presses for a total of 61 latest-generation printing units for a massive boost in productivity. This landmark installation also included a Print Site Contract to supply consumables. With over 500,000 works published each year, Europe’s book industry has performed exceptionally well despite the pandemic. This trend resulted in a much better investment climate for book printers. This mega-installation included various press configurations, as well as four models just for the Speedmaster XL 106 8P. Just last year, Heidelberg installed 18 new XL 106 printing units at the Wilco site in Amersfoort. After ordering another eight Speedmaster XL 106 presses with a total of 43 more printing units, Wilco has now become one of the biggest users of the latest Speedmaster XL 106 offset press.
“If, like us at Wilco, a company wants to be able to supply a whole range of products – from books, annual reports, and magazines all the way to direct marketing materials and flyers – in the shortest possible time, in the best quality, and on a sustainably competitive basis, it needs a motivated team, maximum efficiency, and state-of-the-art technologies,” said Robert Jan de Rooij, founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Wilco. “When it comes to cutting-edge technology, the portfolio and services offered by Heidelberg completely won us over. We see our investment decision as a groundbreaking move for boosting productivity and tightening our focus on the customer.” Construction work in Amersfoort is due to be completed this September, by which point all the presses will have been installed at the new Wilco site.
“We are seeing investments steadily rise in markets and regions that are important for us. The Smart Print Shop of the future offers our customers the opportunity to reposition themselves and invest, even in challenging times,” said Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer. “This deal is one of the biggest combined equipment sales in our company’s history.”