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Heidelberg acquires manufacturer of digital presses for packaging

Aug 5, 2011 12:00 AM


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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has acquired CSAT GmbH based in Eggenstein near Karlsruhe, Germany. Both parties have agreed to keep the price of the acquisition confidential. CSAT specializes in the development, manufacture and worldwide sales and service of digital printing systems, including consumables, for the packaging industry. It employs 70 staff.

CSAT is one of the market leaders 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 GmbH is the next logical step in 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 products in packaging and label printing, too. 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,” says Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment.

“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 manufacturing pharmaceuticals industry. Integrating with the global Heidelberg Group in this way 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,” says Hans Mathea, the former owner who continues as Managing Director of CSAT GmbH.

Opening up new cutting-edge digital printing technology expands the Heidelberg portfolio for the print media industry “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 CSAT DoD inkjet and electrophotography activities.

Current users of Heidelberg drop-on-demand technology and existing CSAT customers will not be affected by the acquisition as it will have no impact on day-to-day business operations or the quality of service.

CSAT has supplied tailor-made digital print solutions for almost 25 years CSAT's current portfolio based on dry toner technology includes the successful DTS 1200 printing system with a resolution of 1200 dpi which is used in the pharmaceuticals industry for inline or offline printing of blister packs and packaging inserts. Two years ago, CSAT expanded its portfolio by launching the ITS 600, featuring the new drop-on-demand inkjet technology. With a resolution of 600 dpi, the system is ideal for high-quality and variable full-color label printing.