Heidelberg hosts International Printers Network members at its Print Media Academy

Press release from the issuing company

Heidelberg, Germany, November 4, 2003 — More than 40 members of the International Printers’ Network met recently at Heidelberg in Germany for three days of programs, including a two-day introduction to the company’s latest digital printing and digital finishing technologies. The IPN members, who represented 27 companies from the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Iceland and nine European countries, convened at the Heidelberg Print Media Academy - a training center available to the entire graphic arts industry. The group also visited Heidelberg’s Print Media Demonstration Center, which contains a complete range of Heidelberg equipment, from traditional offset printing, to digital printing and finishing, as well as a trip to Muelhausen to see Heidelberg’s digital print finishing team. IPN members also had the opportunity to see live demonstrations of Heidelberg’s Prinect Workflow as well as digital solutions, including the Digimaster print system product family and the NexPressTM 2100 digital production color press. “This session was a tremendous success because we were able to see how Heidelberg solutions address the business challenges we are faced with, as well as the state-of-the-art development and manufacturing facilities,” said Brian Hibbitt, IPN treasurer. “The visit to Muelhausen was especially insightful for many members, who were impressed with the new ProbinderTM solution for flexible wire comb binding and the variety of finishing offerings.” The International Printers’ Network is an exclusive group of independent printers with combined annual sales of more than $1 billion and includes member companies from North and South America, Europe, Japan and Australia. “For more than 150 years, our emphasis has been on maintaining excellent customer relations,” said Holger Reichardt, member of the Heidelberg Management Board, responsible for Marketing, Sales and Service: “This three-day program was another opportunity to build our relationships with some of the largest international commercial printing companies and show them our latest digital innovations.”