Order intake for new offset presses at Manroland Sheetfed reached a 10-year record high in June of 2021. Back in February of this year, the company cancelled short-time working and started ramping up production at its factory in Offenbach, Germany in anticipation of increased demand, as countries around the world slowly emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The OEM’s strategy is now paying off. This recent 10-year record high in press orders coincides with the OEM celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.
“The reasons for the very strong order intake in June, and for the year to date, are two-fold,” said Dr. Peter Conrady, Head of Global Sales. “Since the beginning of 2021, we’ve been seeing an increasing number of projects for both 700 and 900 size presses, as printers around the world began to regain investment confidence post Covid-19. Moreover, the Roland 700 Evolution and the recently launched Roland 900 Evolution series are absolute state-of-the-art technology that offers significant commercial advantages. Our customers recognize this.” Manroland Sheetfed is now returning to full production in anticipation of increased post-pandemic demand for its popular Evolution line of offset presses.
“As in many other businesses, our growth path was disrupted by the pandemic,” said Rafael Peñuela Torres, CEO of the Manroland Sheetfed Group. “But finally, we have observed during the last months in most of the countries, a significantly increased number of projects for new machinery – especially in large size. The level of new orders in the first weeks of 2021 confirms this change of trend in our industry. In order to anticipate a higher demand for our printing presses, we are increasing with immediate effect our factory’s output to shorten lead times.”