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Adpro Litho buys Speedmaster SM 52 6-color perfector plus coater

Press release from the issuing company

KENNESAW, Ga. – August 29, 2007 –"Out with the old, in with the new!" could have been the motto of Gary and Chris Smith when they decided to replace their shop"s two 1983-era Heidelberg GTO 52 presses.  But, "some things never change" is probably what the father and son co-owners of Adpro Litho Inc. thought when they chose another Heidelberg, the Speedmaster SM 52 6-color perfector plus coater, to replace the GTOs in the shop"s all-Heidelberg lineup.
Vice President Chris Smith says he initially was attracted to the short makeready times and high level of efficiency offered by the automated SM 52. He also appreciates the versatility of the three-month-old press and the accompanying boost in productivity.
"All the work we used to do on two GTOs is handled by the SM 52," Smith said.  "We"ve even been able to pull some of the higher quality work from the [classic Heidelberg Speedmaster 102 and Speedmaster 72 presses] and give it to the new press."
In fact, the SM 52 is making such a good impression that Adpro Litho plans to increase its investment in Heidelberg presses by upgrading to a top-of-the-line Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 in the near future.  Adpro Litho, located in scenic Mukilteo, WA, is a trade print shop with 27 employees and clients all over the state of Washington.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
With a global market share for sheetfed offset printing machines of more than 40 percent, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is the world"s leading solution provider for commercial and industrial customers in the print media industry. Headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, the Company focuses on the entire process and value chain for popular format classes in the sheetfed offset and flexographic printing sectors. Apart from printing presses, the product portfolio includes plate imaging devices and finishing equipment, as well as software components designed to integrate all print manufacturing processes. In addition, Heidelberg offers a wide range of spare parts, consumables, used equipment and services, along with extensive training programs provided by the Print Media Academy. Furthermore, the Company assists its customers" investment plans by offering financing concepts.
Heidelberg is most active within the major OECD industrial regions and is expanding its involvement within growing markets such as Asia and Eastern Europe. With development and production sites in six countries and some 250 sales offices world-wide, the Company offers services to more than 200,000 customers around the globe. Heidelberg generates 85 percent of global sales through company-owned sales offices and well above 80 percent outside of Germany. In fiscal year 2006/2007, Heidelberg achieved sales of Euro 3.803 billion referring to the divisions Press, Postpress and Financial Services as well as a net profit of Euro 263 million.
As of March 31, 2007, the Group employed 19,171 staff worldwide.