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Heidelberg acquires manufacturer of digital presses for packaging market

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

General acquisition CSAT GmbH digital press Heidelberg

Acquisition of CSAT GmbH expands digital print portfolio in the growth market of packaging printing.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG has acquired CSAT GmbH, based in Eggenstein, Germany for an undisclosed purchase price.

CSAT specializes in the development, manufacture, and worldwide sales and service of digital printing systems, including consumables for the packaging industry. Employing some 70 staff, it is a market leader for industrial digital printing systems that can be integrated into production lines.

This takeover expands the existing digital print portfolio of Heidelberg for the packaging sector and widens its customer base in this market segment. Heidelberg also gains access to technology and expertise in the areas of drop-on-demand inkjet (DoD) and electrophotography.

“Acquiring CSAT is in line with the digital print strategy of Heidelberg. Parallel to our digital print activities in advertising printing, we are expanding our portfolio for the cost-effective production of short and variable print runs in packaging and label printing,” says Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Management Board responsible for the Heidelberg Equipment division. “In doing so, we are strengthening our strategic position in these markets. At the same time, this acquisition is a further step in our plan to build up promising new business areas that offer additional growth potential for Heidelberg.”

Hans Mathea, the former owner of CSAT and now that segment’s managing director, adds: “With an international customer base and comprehensive expertise in digital printing for the packaging industry built up over many years, we have established a strong position in the pharmaceuticals industry. Integration with the global Heidelberg Group will improve the efficiency of our operations and enable us to unlock the considerable potential of our digital printing technology by expanding into previously untapped areas.”

CSAT has supplied tailor-made digital print solutions for almost 25 years  and currently boasts a portfolio based on dry toner technology, including the DTS 1200 printing system with a resolution of 1200 dpi (dots per inch) used in the pharmaceuticals industry for inline or offline printing of blister packs and package inserts.

Two years ago, CSAT expanded its portfolio by launching the ITS 600, featuring the new DoD inkjet technology. With a resolution of 600 dpi, the system is ideal for high-quality and variable full-color label printing.

“The acquisition of CSAT gives us access to new technologies and pioneering know-how that will speed up the expansion of our current digital print activities for the packaging industry,” explains Daniel Dreyer, head of the Digital Packaging Printing business unit and responsible for the joint DoD inkjet and electrophotography activities. “All current and future users of Heidelberg digital printing technologies will benefit from our global presence as a leading solution provider for the print media industry,” adds Dreyer.

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