The new sheetfed offset press from Heidelberg has exceeded expectations, with the company officially presenting the 1 000th Speedmaster CX 102 printing unit to a print shop in Saxony.

The new press has an extensive array of equipment, comprising the automatic InkStar ink supply system, the Prinect Axis Control colour measurement and control system, the dynamic sheet brake, and large wallscreen. The press also impresses with the high energy efficiency of the press itself but also with the peripherals such as the AirStar air supply cabinet and DryStar dryer. The IPA package enables Druckerei Löhnert to offer alcohol-free and alcohol-reduced production. These factors also played a role in our investment decision, as both we and our customers are attaching ever more importance to sustainable production, said Thomas Löhnert, owner of Löhnert Druck. Thanks to all these measures, we are well positioned on the market and will continue to improve our workflows. We regard Heidelberg as an expert partner that helps us expand our market position further with consulting, services, and, of course, technology.

The press enables customers to respond to the market trend for maximum productivity and economic success. The wide range of configurations and equipment makes it possible to adapt the press to the specific requirements of the relevant business model. It can be ordered in a variety of configurations, from straight press to dual-coating configuration and even as a Duo press with flexographic printing before offset. A very broad spectrum is covered with numerous application options ranging from UV equipment, foil packages, and sheeters to cold foil applications with FoilStar. There is therefore huge demand for the CX 102 in packaging printing and roughly one in every three printing units is accounted for by this segment, a trend that is continuing to rise.

The Speedmaster CX 102 is exactly the right press for us at exactly the right time, said Löhnert. This full-service print shop has been using a Speedmaster CX 102 five-colour press with coating unit, which integrates the 1,000th printing unit, since the end of last year. The press is also the first of its kind in Saxony. The Speedmaster CX 102 was unveiled by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) at the UK trade show IPEX 2010 and has been used successfully since then for advertising and packaging printing throughout the world. The combination of proven platform and technology transfer from the Speedmaster XL 105 is an ideal investment for many customers.

The press already has pride of place in the pressroom. This press is used for extremely high-quality production with protective, spot and drip-off coating and spot colours, said Löhnert. The companys core customers from publishing houses and agencies are impressed with the high quality and Löhnert Druck is looking to use the new investment to attract further customers in Germany and the rest of Europe. Printing is performed using inks from the Heidelberg Saphira series, which are optimized for the presses.