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Bertelsmann Printing Group USA buys Speedmaster XL 106 from Heidelberg

May 20, 2022  By PrintAction Staff

Left to right, front row: Devon Phillips, manager, BPG USA; Tim Cotter, continuous improvement director, BPG USA; middle row: Steve McGahan, director of manufacturing, BPG USA; Marty Moran, vice-president of east region sales, Heidelberg USA; back row: Mike Progen, account manager, Heidelberg USA; Tom Cummings, account manager, Heidelberg USA.

Bertelsmann Printing Group USA (BPG USA), a book printer, recently purchased a new Speedmaster XL 106-6P+L from Heidelberg for its Hicksville, NY, location. The press, complete with the most up to date Speedmaster technology, was purchased with Heidelberg’s Subscription Smart plan, which includes extensive performance and consulting services.

BPG USA’s new XL 106 will replace several older presses at its Hicksville plant, which produces covers, jackets, and inserts for book production. “Optimization is the key word for us,” said Christof Ludwig, CEO of BPG USA. “When replacing several presses with one machine, you want to ensure that you’re going to see significant improvements to overall productivity and efficiency.” Prior to purchasing the XL 106, BPG USA, which is part of Bertelsmann Printing Group headquartered in Germany, looked to its colleagues in Europe, who have several Speedmaster presses installed in various locations. “When we saw the success of these presses in Europe,” said Ludwig, “we created an internal project team to determine if installing a similar press in Hicksville would help our overall production.”

In addition to optimizing internal processes, the advanced technology and automation capabilities of the new press will aid in the company’s goal of enhancing customer experience. “The XL 106 is going to help with overall customer satisfaction by helping us provide on-time delivery and high-quality products,” said Jorge Velasco, president and COO of BPG USA.


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