Bertelsmann signs up with Heidelberg

Bertelsmann Printing Group (BPG), based in Gütersloh, Germany, has signed a subscription contract with Heidelberg for two of its sites, Mohn Media in Gütersloh and Vogel Druck in Höchberg near Würzburg.

From left: Roland Witte, Production and Technology Manager at Mohn Media; Niklas Darijtschuk, Chief Operation Officer at BPG; Julia Isabell Schäfer, Head of Sheetfed Printing Department at Mohn Media; and Jörg Kuchenmeister, Managing Director of Vogel Druck.

BPG is the umbrella company responsible for Bertelsmann’s print and marketing service businesses, offering everything from full-service printing services and data-based multi-channel marketing to comprehensive campaign management services. In total the Group includes more than 20 individual companies in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, and the USA, which together employ over than 8,000 people.

Both Heidelberg and BPG analysed the data and job structures for sheetfed printing at these sites before agreeing the potential for increase in performance with a defined product portfolio. BPG took into account the long-term performance of the Heidelberg press, as well as the process control, automation, data management, benchmark-based management, and autonomous production sequences. In theory, the subscription model should allow both companies to consistently improve the overall equipment efficiency.

As a result, next Sprint Heidelberg will install a a Speedmaster XL 106 ten-color perfecting press with coating unit at Mohn Media, and an identical nine-colour press at Vogel Druck, both with the Prinect Production Manager and the Heidelberg Assistant platform, including services such as Predictive Monitoring and “Performance+-Consulting. These presses will replace two competitor presses at each site.

The subscription model also includes Heidelberg’s app-based Vendor Managed Inventory system, where Heidelberg takes over inventory management of selected consumables and wearing parts on behalf of BPG.

Dr. Niklas Darijtschuk, Chief Operation Officer at BPG, says that the goal is to continuously increase productivity over the next five years, adding “The subscription contact with the performance partnership is therefore key for us. It gives us the confidence of knowing that for the next five years Heidelberg is responsible for performance and availability.”

You can find further details from and BPG here.



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