One day before the opening of drupa, the print media
industry's most important trade show in Düsseldorf,
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG's CEO, Bernhard Schreier, is
optimistic regarding the company's expectations of the trade
show: "After three years of extremely slow investment activity
and a phase of consolidation in the industry, we observe improving
conditions, which could lift demand for printing solutions from the
current modest level." He believes that the industry has
turned the corner, expecting a slightly more stable second half of
For Schreier, drupa is a key indicator for the industry. He believes that the trade show can add to the industry's accelerating momentum. Whether the currently positive upwards trend proves sustainable or not depends mainly on further economic development. "drupa does not influence the economy, the economy influences drupa," emphasizes Schreier. Heidelberg expects the trade show to generate incoming orders of well over one billion Euro in the current fiscal year's first quarter (April 1 to June 30, 2004).
As the largest exhibitor in Düsseldorf, Heidelberg, will be showing a total of 50 product innovations, in two halls, comprising around 7,800 square meters of exhibition space - roughly 30 percent more innovations than in the year 2000. "Despite the economic slump, we have continued to invest constantly in new products and technology in recent years," states Schreier. The main focus is on solutions along the entire added-value chain, relating to the core business area of sheetfed offset printing, from prepress to postpress. Heidelberg's integrated workflow systems will be at the very heart of all of presentations and will be shown in customer application demonstrations. "Our Prinect workflow system enables an entirely networked print shop and, in combination with the new products, provides the opportunity for customers to reduce their costs by around 30 percent," continues Schreier. This also marks the trend, he believes, the trade show will set for the industry: "drupa will show what a powerful, lasting influence the rapid development of digitization is having on processes, including advances in productivity at the man-machine interface." In his view, Heidelberg solutions in prepress, sheetfed offset and finishing, the proven networking potential and the resulting customer benefits will provide the ideal platform for the company to maintain its pole position within the industry. Schreier is convinced that the company can keep its market share of around 45 percent in sheetfed offset, and even extend its share in some areas.
drupa will take place in Düsseldorf from May 6 to May 19, 2004. More than 1,860 exhibitors from 52 countries will demonstrate the latest technology in 17 exhibition halls on approximately 161,000 square meters. Up to 370,000 visitors are expected during the 14-day period.
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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 47 47
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