Heidelberger Druckmaschinen's Qingpu assembly site near Shanghai, China has just produced its 1,000th machine: a Speedmaster CD 102 with four printing units. The machine is destined for the print shop of Jinangxi Jinrui Printing Co, in Nangchang. The Qingpu plant was opened in 2005, originally to produce folding machines.
"Our strategy of establishing our own production facilities for standard equipment in China is paying dividends. It has enabled us to strengthen our position on the local market, and we now assemble around a third of all Heidelberg machines sold in China at our site in Qingpu," says Heidelberg CEO Bernhard Schreier.
The plant employs 310 staff and is currently undergoing a third construction phase, to be completed by mid-2011. This will expand the plant size to 66,000 square metres. The plant started producing small-format presses in 2006, with a second construction phase in 2007, after which the plant started producing medium-format presses.
"For years now, we have been seeing an increase in quality requirements on the Chinese printing market and among our customers. To be able to deliver this quality with the requisite reliability, we rely on the equipment and services from Heidelberg," says Zhu Kailin, General Manager of Jinangxi Jinrui Printing, at acceptance testing of the new press in Qingpu.
According to Heidelberg, one out of every three Heidelberg machines in China is now produced locally.