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Heidelberg launches new next-gen Versafires

Friday, 04 May 2018
By Print21

Marcus Unterlieder, Unterlieder Medien Gruppe, with the Heidelberg Versafire EP digital press.

German press giant Heidelberg has announced its new Versafire EP digital press for high-performance, high-volume print. Having undergone testing at Unterlieder Medien Gruppe in Rödermark, Germany, the press will become available in Europe from June, with the rest of the world to follow.

Stephan Plenz.

The EP joins the EV, announced in March, in the next generation of Versafire toner-based presses. Running on the Prinect DFE, the Versafire EP offers four-colour printing with redundant toner supply, according to Stephan Plenz, member of the management board responsible for digital technology at Heidelberg. “With the machines from the new Versafire generation, we offer our customers in commercial printing exactly the right solution for their applications,” he said.

“The Versafire EV comes into its own in creative applications with many spot colors, while the Versafire EP is the high-performance machine for high volumes.”

The Versafire EP produces 115 or 135 A4 pages a minute, and can process papers up to 450 gsm. Marcus Unterlieder, managing director of Unterlieder Medien Gruppe, says the press’s ease of use and Prinect DFE are among its hallmark features. “The new Versafire EP delivers extremely stable production at a constantly high speed,” he said. The press has enabled Unterlieder Medien Gruppe to produce applications it couldn’t previously, such as personalised double-sided eight-page flyers and high-quality textured linen papers.

No Australian release date has yet been announced, but it’s expected to be available in Australia in the next few weeks, according to Dierk Wissmann, national sales manager for label, digital, and Prinect at Heidelberg Australia and New Zealand. “I’m really looking forward to bringing the Versafire EV and EP to Australia. In combination with the new Prinect DFE software, both models will be game-changers in the digital cut-sheet market.”

6 Responses to “Heidelberg launches new next-gen Versafires”

  1. May 04, 2018 at 2:52 pm,

    Banksy
    said:

    Is this just another rebadged press from Brother?

  2. May 06, 2018 at 6:07 pm,

    Fred
    said:

    This is a Ricoh Pro C9200!
    Interesting that Ricoh has locally not yet announced any details of the new Pro C9200 and Pro C7200 platforms.
    What are they waiting for?

  3. May 08, 2018 at 7:06 pm,

    Fairgo
    said:

    Fred they are waiting for new paint as the Hbg version uses left over paint from the Bismark!

  4. May 08, 2018 at 7:24 pm,

    said:

    Hi, thanks for mentioning the Ricoh 9200. The Ricoh team is very excited about the new colour cut sheet platforms that have been announced globally by both Ricoh and our strategic partner, Heidelberg. The Australian availability typically follows a few months after the USA and Europe markets. Rest assured we will be making a lot of noise about these new solutions in the very near future, because they build on the outstanding capabilities of our current range.

  5. May 09, 2018 at 9:34 am,

    Fred
    said:

    Very clever comment Simon.
    It was globally announced, so is Australia not part of the same globe?
    How come that Heidelberg already receives training in Japan, yet the Ricoh guys are still in the dark.
    I couldn’t buy a machine right now, as no stock of old or new.
    Smart thinking at the end of the Aussie financial year.
    Don’t worry though, your competition has done this before as well.

  6. May 09, 2018 at 1:12 pm,

    said:

    Hi Fred, I’d love to sell you product right now! Yes, they have been globally announced, and manufacturing typically ramps up region by region. That’s not an unusual situation. Launch dates are independent of the Aussie financial year, but I can understand why it might appear that way. Purely coincidental. The products are usually launched/announced early in the Northern Hemisphere financial year. Happy to chat about it further if you want to give me a call or email at slane@ricoh.com.au.

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