Toray and Heidelberg Celebrate Long-Term Partnership

Installation of Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75 5-color offset press in Toray R&D Centre latest joint project

Toray Graphics in the Czech Republic, a leading manufacturer of waterless offset plate technology, today reported that the long-term relationship between Toray and Heidelberg continues to deliver benefits to customers of both companies and to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Toray installed a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75 5-color offset press in its Czech Republic R&D Centre, scheduled to open in 2018.


Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75 5-color offset press

“We’ve been working with Toray for more than 30 years, since they first brought waterless offset plates to market,” said Joachim Hueber, Product Manager at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen. “About 20 years ago, Toray installed its first Heidelberg press for testing purposes; and today, we are proud to be included in Toray’s brand-new R&D Centre with the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75. Customers are looking for the high quality that waterless offset printing delivers, especially for security printing applications, and they are also looking for more environmentally sustainable options, which waterless offset delivers.” Hueber estimates the company installs between 10 and 15 waterless offset presses annually.


“As we considered adding a new offset printing press to our R&D Centre, we compared the options available on the market and determined that most of the printing companies in Europe are using Heidelberg presses,” said Mitsunori Hayashi, General Manager Sales Department, Graphics Division of Toray. “In addition, our timing was fortuitous since Heidelberg had just introduced the Speedmaster XL75, a press that is perfect for the niche markets we are addressing, including security printing and other speciality segments. We are delighted to be continuing our ongoing relationship with Heidelberg.” A key attraction of waterless offset printing, Hueber adds, is that it is a process proven to work. “When we are working with customers looking to add an offset press,” he states, “we take an in-depth look at all of their needs and requirements, including the applications they are producing today and those on the horizon. When waterless offset is the best solution, we have no hesitation in recommending it. And we also partner with Toray in providing the training required to ensure a successful installation. The training is critical; if the press operator hasn’t been properly trained, the company will think the problem is with the press. If you want to drive a Formula One race car but don’t know how, you won’t be happy with that either!”


Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75 5-color offset press already installed in R&D centre, TTCE Prostejov

Hueber notes that while some segments within print are contracting, there are other segments that demonstrate good growth. “These are often segments in which waterless offset is the best choice,” he concludes. “This includes security printing, packaging and other specialty segments.”


The Print Media Center in Heidelberg, Wiesloch-Walldorf

Why Waterless Offset?

Not to be confused with dry offset printing, waterless offset is an attractive alternative to the flexographic printing process for short and medium run applications because of the lower print form preparation cost. In addition, the Toray's IMPRIMA line of waterless offset printing plates provides superior printing results on a wide variety of paper stock and non-absorbent substrates such as foils and synthetic materials. Waterless offset printing not only reduces water of substrate, but also eliminates the need for toxic chemicals in the printing process.

About Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft has been a reliable and highly innovative partner to the global printing industry for many years. For more than 160 years we have stood for quality and future viability. This means that we are a company with a long tradition, but at the same time we help define the future trends in our industry thanks to state-of-the-art technologies and innovative business ideas. Our mission is to shape the digital future of our industry. The effects of the general digitization of society can always be seen – moving away from mass production and towards individualization. With a market share of more than 40 percent for sheetfed offset presses, we were able to consolidate our position as the printing industry’s market and technology leader in the current financial year as well. Consolidated sales amounted to around € 2.5 billion in the 2016 / 2017 financial year. Together with our sales partners, around 11,500 employees in total at 250 production sites in 170 countries around the globe ensure the implementation of our customers’ requirements and our continuous development on the market.

About Toray

Toray Industries Inc., the leading manufacturer of waterless printing plates worldwide, was founded in 1926 and has a global presence with factories and sales offices in Asia, Europe, Middle East, South and North America. The main businesses of Toray are fabrics and textiles, plastics and chemicals, IT-related products, environmental and engineering solutions, carbon fiber composite materials, life science and others. Many of the products are developed from its proprietary polymer technology base and are commonly used by the electronics, packaging, textile, automotive and aviation industries. Recent annual sales approached € 15 billion. Toray Graphics, a subsidiary of Toray Textiles Central Europe (TTCE), is based in the Czech Republic and features a state-of-the-art manufacturing line for waterless printing plates. Located in Prostejov, in the heart of Europe, the facility consolidates all business operations, including sales, customer service, marketing, production and R&D, for faster, more efficient support of Toray’s independent network of dealers and distributors in the European market.