German-based Colorpress is investing in a Speedmaster CX-102-5 in conjunction with a Subscription Smart contract from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg).
The contract covers all service operations, Prinect Workflow components, and consumables, including Vendor Managed Inventory services from Heidelberg. According to Dr. David Schmedding, Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberg, concluding an output-based subscription contract when purchasing a press is the ideal way for many customers to secure their company’s future viability. ‘Especially during a period as difficult as the Covid-19 pandemic, they benefit from dealing with a single contact and also from our supportive partnership, with both parties sharing the same goal of improving the print shop’s performance,’ he explained.
This means the SME with a 20-strong workforce will obtain equipment, service, and all consumables from a single source in the future. It is investing in the latest-generation Speedmaster CX 102 to replace a Speedmaster CD 102-5 that has clocked up over 300 million prints.
‘As an online print shop with a regional focus, Colorpress works in close partnership with our customers,’ said Managing Director Ralph Fetzer. ‘This substantial investment in a package solution combining state-of-the-art Heidelberg equipment with a Subscription Smart contract is getting our company fit for the future in a challenging market environment,’ he added.
Colorpress is expecting its overall productivity to increase sharply by some 30 percent. By concluding a Subscription Smart contract, under which payments are based on the actual output of the press, it is looking to make machine processes far more efficient, meaning it will be able to handle a large number of short and very short runs with fewer than 30 sheets more competitively.
The rollout is going according to plan and is to be expanded further. Establishing pay-per-use models in industrial offset printing is the result of the ongoing digital transformation at Heidelberg, and also the company’s software and data expertise.
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