Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will be delivering the 1000th Speedmaster CX 102 printing unit to a customer in Germany by the end of this year. This confirms what initial sales successes showed soon after this press was presented at the UK trade show IPEX 2010 - the Speedmaster CX 102 has been completely accepted by customers as an answer to the market move toward maximum productivity and economic success. The combination of the proven platform of the CD 102 series and the innovative key technologies of the XL 105 series has impressed large numbers of customers in industrial advertising and packaging printing throughout the world - both in industrialized nations and emerging markets. Some customers have already ordered a second press.
Fifteen presses were sold following the press's presentation at IPEX, despite delivery of the series-produced presses not being able to start until September 2010. The Speedmaster CX 102 was also the highlight at Expoprint in Brazil and at the Open House events in Germany, Malaysia, Japan, and the U.S.
As a result of the ramp-up's completion in early 2011, it was also possible to target the Chinese growth market. The Speedmaster CX 102 also enjoyed further major success at PrintChina in Dongguan with sales of over 40 presses. China is today the most important sales market for the Speedmaster CX 102, followed by Germany, Italy, France, and Taiwan. The press is now being used successfully throughout the world - from Mexico to Australia and from Sweden to South Africa.
The Speedmaster CX 102 will be showcased at drupa 2012, in the packaging printing section in Hall 1, under the HEI Productivity banner.
Speedmaster CX 102 suitable for all applications
In a market in constant flux, the ability to offer a wide product range and cut throughput times for each job is vital for a company's success. The Speedmaster CX 102 meets these needs with shorter makeready times and consistently high production speeds of up to 16,500 sheets per hour. It also boasts impressively high color stability during the production run and excellent print results, with its high availability making it a reliable addition to any pressroom. Customers appreciate the broad spectrum of substrates, with grammages ranging from lightweight paper to stiff cardboard, and the excellent ease of operation.
The flexibility of the Speedmaster CX 102 enables it to cover all market segments in advertising, packaging, and label printing. The wide range of configurations and equipment makes it possible to adapt the press to the specific requirements of the relevant business model. From a straight press to a dual-coating configuration with offset before flexographic printing, it can be ordered with numerous surface finishing options such as UV coatings and cold foil applications with FoilStar. There is also huge demand for the Speedmaster CX 102 in packaging printing and roughly one in every three printing units is accounted for by this segment. The specific configuration options for the press are tailored perfectly to customer needs and the Speedmaster CX 102 can be found at leading packaging companies in the luxury, cigarette, and spirits sectors.
"Many customers are impressed with our XL technology, which, with the Speedmaster CX 102, they can now also use on their well-known and established Speedmaster CD 102 platform," explains Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment.
"With the Speedmaster CX 102, we have completed a successful technology transfer and are able to offer an interesting alternative for precisely these customers. The success proves that we are on the right track, as shown by the sales figures. We have scored a resounding success with the Speedmaster CX 102," adds Plenz.
Most environmentally friendly press in its class thanks to optimum energy efficiency
As a pioneer of ecological printing, Heidelberg develops solutions to eliminate or reduce CO2 and process emissions and waste. Consequently, the technology of the Speedmaster CX 102 sets standards in more than just productivity. Its high energy and resource efficiency make it the most environmentally friendly press in its class. The Star System peripherals are perfectly coordinated with the press. They are highly efficient and designed to save energy and resources. For instance, state-of-the-art turbo radial blowers used for the press air supply are twice as efficient as conventional alternative solutions. The highly efficient dryer systems are perfectly integrated and specifically designed to complement sheet travel. Incorporated into the Prinect print shop workflow, the Speedmaster CX 102 involves very little setup waste, while XL feeder and delivery technology also ensure stability and minimum waste in production. The Speedmaster CX 102 is certified as a low-emission press by the German Institution for Statutory Insurance and Prevention in the Printing and Paper Industry. Low-alcohol or alcohol-free printing poses no problems at all. The press can also be supplied on a carbon-neutral basis ex-works. These are all key factors in achieving sustainable print production.
Combining innovation and stability
The Speedmaster CX 102 features a perfect combination of stability and innovation. With over 50,000 printing units installed, the Speedmaster CD 102 represents the most successful platform in the straight printing press sector worldwide. This platform has been further enhanced and raised to a new performance level with innovative XL technologies.
The Speedmaster CX 102 thus benefits from the key experience, findings, and technologies obtained from the development of the Speedmaster XL 105 - the only press on the market whose design from the outset has been focused uncompromisingly on absolute maximum performance. Examples include the fully automated Preset Plus Feeder and Preset Plus Delivery, dynamic sheet brake, new cylinder bearings, and gripper systems. As a complete, finely tuned system, the Speedmaster CX 102 ensures
a crucial competitive edge.