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Heidelberg opens new digital innovation centre

Friday, 14 December 2018
By Wayne Robinson

Open for Innovation: Heidelberg

Heidelberg says its new Innovation Center (IVC) for the graphic arts industry is now Open for Innovation, at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site.

The focus at the IVC is on industrial digital printing, Smart Print Shop, and digital business models. It has an open development process which Heidelberg says will adapt dynamically to market requirements.

Together with sites in Kiel, Ludwigsburg, Weiden, and St. Gallen it forms a European development network with what Heidelberg says is unrivalled industry expertise

A former production hall has been converted to create the industry’s most state-of-the-art development center. By opening the new Innovation Center, Heidelberg is looking to accelerate the digital transformation at print shops, and its own company.

Dynamic environment: Heidelberg’s IVC

 Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Management Board responsible for Digital Technology says, “The digitisation of the graphic arts industry is progressing at top speed and we are actively driving this process with our Heidelberg goes Digital strategy, so our new Innovation Center plays a key role in safeguarding the future of Heidelberg and the entire industry in a number of ways.

“Our technology leadership is continuing to grow thanks to the unrivalled expertise of the center’s highly skilled workforce of around 1,000.

“We are increasing the speed of the entire industry’s digital transformation. The IVC’s proximity to our production operations also encourages an agile, multidisciplinary development process.

“The Innovation Center is the new hub of our company and the future high-tech campus we are gradually creating at our Wiesloch-Walldorf site,” he adds.

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