Japanese printer buys landmark Heidelberg press

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The 2,000th Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 recently left the company’s production line in Wiesloch-Walldorf, Germany and is now being installed at Japanese packaging printer Toyama Sugaki.

Toyama Sugaki is taking delivery of a 7-color Speedmaster XL 106 with coating unit and extended delivery. The Speedmaster XL 106-7+L, with anniversary cover on the printing unit, will be inaugurated with a certificate on site by Heidelberg Japan and the customer. It will be the company’s second Heidelberg press alongside a Speedmaster SX 74-4-P-H.

Toyama Sugaki specializes in packaging for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.

The Speedmaster XL 105 was introduced at drupa 2004, and the 1,000th printing unit was celebrated at Graphitalia in Italy in 2006, followed by the 2,500th printing unit at the UK’s Benson Box in 2007. New features like the perfecting device, AutoPlate XL, and double coating applications followed, leading to the 1,000th Speedmaster XL 105 being sold to Colordruck Baiersbronn in Germany in 2011. Further developments like a perfecting rate of 18,000 sheets per hour, a new 106 format and new washing concept were introduced in 2012, and the press was renamed the Speedmaster XL 106. This was followed in 2014 by the sale of the 10,000th printing unit to Sim‘Edit in France. The 15,000th Speedmaster XL 106 printing unit is due to be shipped shortly.