Heidelberger Druckmaschinen

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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Traded as FWBHDD
Industry Engineering, manufacturing
Founded 1850
Headquarters Heidelberg, Germany
Key people
Dr. Gerold Linzbach (CEO and chairman of the executive board), Robert J. Koehler (Chairman of the supervisory board)
Products Printing presses, platesetters, printing software
Revenue €2.512 billion (2015/2016)[1]
€95.7 million (2015/2016)[1]
Profit 28.1 million (2015/2016)[1]
Total assets €2.202 billion (March 2016)[1]
Total equity €286.5 million (March 2016)[1]
Number of employees
11,500 (March 2016)[1]
Website www.heidelberg.com
The Print Media Academy in Heidelberg

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (English: Heidelberg Printing Machines AG) is a German precision mechanical engineering company with head offices in Heidelberg (Baden-Württemberg). It is a manufacturer of offset printing presses sold globally. The company has a worldwide market share of more than 47% in this area and is the largest global manufacturer of printing presses. Sheet-fed offset printing is used predominantly for high-quality, multi-colour products, such as catalogues, calendars, posters, and labels. Heidelberg produces equipment for prepress, press and postpress, and is the only company in the world that does so.

Heidelberg is particularly well known in letterpress circles for their "Windmill" platen presses, which were both power-driven and power-fed, deriving their common name from the "windmill" feed mechanism. They were manufactured in enormous quantities from 1927 through 1985, and many are still in service well into the 21st Century.[2]

Heidelberg "Windmill" platen press, 1950s vintage

On 23 February 1997, Heidelberg announced a partnership with Ricoh, entering into a global distribution agreement contract to sell and support the Japanese company's latest production digital colour press, the Pro C901, alongside their extensive offset press portfolio.[3]

Like much of the printing industry, Heidelberg has suffered and its employees have been subject to layoffs and pay cuts in past years.[4]

There is a subsidiary called Gallus Holding. Heidelberg is cooperating closely with Adolf Mohr Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG.


Heidelberg Printing Press

In Offset: Printmaster GTO 52, Printmaster QM-46, Printmaster PM 52 (only sold in China), Speedmaster SM 52, Printmaster PM 74 (only sold in China), Speedmaster SM 74, Speedmaster SM 102, Speedmaster CD 74, , Speedmaster XL 75,Speedmaster SX 74, Speedmaster SX 102, Speedmaster CX 102, Speedmaster XL 106, Speedmaster XL 145 and Speedmaster XL 162. (GTO stands for Grosser Tiegel Offset; CD for Cardboard Diameter; and XL for peak performance class, not for extra large.)


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report 2015/2016" (PDF). Heidelberger Druckmaschinen. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Howard Iron Works - Printing Museum and Antique Printing Machinery Restoration". www.howardironworks.org. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Whipp, Matt (23 February 2011). "Heidelberg names Ricoh as digital partner". PrintWeek. Archived from the original on 25 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Kemper, Gustav. "German unions agree to more layoffs at Heidelberg". World Socialist Web Site. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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