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Heidelberg brings KAMA to Australia

Friday, 18 December 2009
By Print 21 Online Article

German equipment manufacturer, KAMA GmbH, makes its way to Australia and New Zealand in deal with Heidelberg.

The move sees the Dresden-based manufacturer’s finishing cutters and folder-gluers distributed across a fifth continent for the first time. The first ProCut 74 finishing die cutter including a hot foil stamping module and a ProFold 74 for folding, gluing and add-on processes will be making their way to Sydney and Melbourne at the start of 2010.

Andy Jensen, managing director of Heidelberg Australia New Zealand sees the KAMA range as complementary to the company. “The KAMA machines and their wide range of applications for A2 and A3 print finishing fit perfectly into our sales portfolio,” he said.

According to Marcus Tralau, managing director at KAMA, the decision to enter the Australian market was a result of success in Japan 2008. “After entering the Japanese market last year, we are using this new cooperation to expand our involvement in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said. Tralau believes that the region has been less severely affected by the global crisis than Europe and America.

“Many printers in the Australasian region see the expansion of their post-press and finishing activities as a chance to use high-end services to increase in-house added value, enhance their profile and stabilise their market position,” he said.

The deal comes hot on the heels of Heidelberg’s recent announcement that it is now the exclusive distributor of Kodak consumables, workflow solutions and CtP equipment into the commercial sheetfed market and reflects Heidelberg’s local evolution into a complete graphic arts solution provider.

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