The Commerce Department data show that current dollar printing shipments for November 2015 were $7.27 billion, +3.4% compared to 2014, and +2.8% adjusted for inflation. The industry has now registered nine months of shipments more than $7 billion. This is the longest number of months greater than the $7 billion level since the ten month period of March to December of 2010. The 12-month-moving-total of inflation adjusted shipments is $86.3 billion, the highest level since January 2012. Inflation-adjusted shipments are growing at a rate better than US real GDP, which is likely to end 2015 in the +1.8% range when the fourth quarter report is released at the end of January.
Bertelsmann Printing Group (BPG) based in Gütersloh has concluded a subscription contract with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH (HDD) for its two sites, Mohn Media in Gütersloh and Vogel Druck in Höchberg near Würzburg. “Our goal is to continuously increase productivity over the next five years, and in this way boost overall equipment efficiency,” explains Dr. Niklas Darijtschuk, Chief Operation Officer at BPG. “The subscription contact with the performance partnership is therefore key for us. It gives us the confidence of knowing that for the next five years Heidelberg is responsible for performance and availability.”
The deal is the culmination of comprehensive consultation sessions and intensive discussions. Together, the data, figures, and job structures for sheetfed printing provided by the sites were systematically and professionally analyzed and evaluated. This enabled both sides to gain a shared understanding of the future increase in performance with a defined product portfolio. “We look forward to, and are proud of, the partnership with the Bertelsmann Printing Group. We see it as an important milestone in the acceptance of our subscription model,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Management Board responsible for Lifecycle Solutions and Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberg. “More and more printing companies are recognizing that the profitability of their installed resources is no longer just a question of “horsepower and displacement”, but rather of “proven lap times”. When choosing the subscription model, the main factors to the fore in BPG’s mind, in addition to the long-term high performance of the Heidelberg press, were process control, automation, data management, benchmark-based management, and autonomous production sequences. The subscription model provides what all the parties involved are looking for, namely the consistent targeting of increased overall equipment efficiency (OEE) over the lifecycle. This ensures the long-term profitability of the printing company and thus a return on investment in the equipment.”
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