Heidelberg Realigns Postpress Portfolio
HEIDELBERG, Germany, August 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –
- Postpress Packaging: improved competitiveness thanks to strategic partnership with Chinese manufacturer - Postpress Commercial: folding machine business to be restructured, manufacture of all other own products in this business area to be discontinued, and Leipzig site to be closed - Measures expected to improve result by a total of approx. EUR 30 million annually, largely taking effect from next financial year - Important step in achieving target EBITDA margin of at least 8 percent in financial year 2015/2016
As already announced, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) realigns its
postpress portfolio. In-house production at the Heidelberg sites in Germany is no longer
competitive under the new market conditions. The relevant operations are therefore being
discontinued, except for production of folding machines at the Ludwigsburg site.
Postpress Packaging products and solutions will in future be developed and
manufactured by the new Chinese OEM partner Masterwork Machinery Co., Ltd, with Heidelberg
retaining responsibility for sales and service activities.
In the Postpress Commercial business area, Heidelberg will only continue to market the
established folding machines and cutters. Swiss company Mueller Martini will take over
service activities for installed equipment from discontinued series. These measures will
not affect business with Polar cutters and Heidelberg folding machines.
“We were able to win two renowned suppliers as partners for our realigned Postpress
portfolio,” said Stephan Plenz, Member of the Board, Heidelberg Equipment. “They will help
us provide our customers with competitive products and ensure continuity in services and
The reduction of in-house capacities will result in the closure of the Leipzig site
and a corresponding reduction in the workforce at the Ludwigsburg and Wiesloch-Walldorf
sites. A total of around 650 employees worldwide will be affected.
Important step in optimizing portfolio to achieve target EBITDA margin of at least 8
percent in financial year 2015/2016
At its Annual Press Conference, Heidelberg announced the development of new business
models for products with weak margins as part of its portfolio optimization.
“The competitiveness of postpress product lines at Heidelberg was limited, so these
activities are being placed on an entirely new footing,” said Heidelberg CEO Gerold
Linzbach. “Realigning these areas is an important step in improving the company’s economic
situation and getting closer to the target EBITDA margin of at least 8 percent.”
This press release contains forward-looking statements based on assumptions and
estimations by the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft.
Even though the Management Board is of the opinion that those assumptions and estimations
are realistic, the actual future development and results may deviate substantially from
these forward-looking statements due to various factors, such as changes in the
macro-economic situation, in the exchange rates, in the interest rates and in the print
media industry. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft gives no warranty and does
not assume liability for any damages in case the future development and the projected
results do not correspond with the forward-looking statements contained in this press
For further information, please contact: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG Corporate Public Relations Thomas Fichtl Phone: +49(0)6221-92-5900 Fax: +49(0)6221-92-5088 E-mail: email@example.com Investor Relations Robin Karpp Phone: +49(0)6221-92-6020 Fax: +49(0)6221-92-5189 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG