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Heidelberg acquires CSAT

August 9, 2011

The German press giant makes further inroads into digital printing with the acquisition.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), the world’s largest manufacturer of printing presses, has acquired CSAT GmbH, based in Eggenstein near Karlsruhe, Germany. CSAT manufactures digital printing systems, and recently entered the label industry. The takeover expands Heidelberg’s digital print portfolio 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 the next logical step in the digital print strategy of Heidelberg,” says Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Management Board responsible for Heidelberg equipment. “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. 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, former owner of CSAT, 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 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.” Mathea stays on as managing director of CSAT.

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 used for variable full-color label printing.