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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.02  Workflow and data handling software
  • 01.02.030  Workflow systems

Workflow systems

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.02  Workflow and data handling software
  • 01.02.055  Color management software

Color management software

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.02  Workflow and data handling software
  • 01.02.095  Web-to-print solutions

Web-to-print solutions

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.03  Software
  • 01.03.010  Job costing and project management software

Job costing and project management software

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.03  Software
  • 01.03.015  Production planning and control software

Production planning and control software

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.03  Software
  • 01.03.025  Management information systems

Management information systems

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.03  Software
  • 01.03.080  Software for remote maintanance

Software for remote maintanance

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.03  Software
  • 01.03.090  Quality management software

Quality management software

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.04  Software for packaging prepress
  • 01.04.015  Software for packaging design

Software for packaging design

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.05  Equipment & systems for printing forme production
  • 01.05.020  Computer to plate systems for offset printing

Computer to plate systems for offset printing

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.06  Sheet-fed offset printing machines
  • 01.06.015  Sheet-fed offset printing machines – inline foiling

Sheet-fed offset printing machines – inline foiling

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.06  Sheet-fed offset printing machines
  • 01.06.025  Sheet-fed offset printing machines with perfecting capability

Sheet-fed offset printing machines with perfecting capability

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.06  Sheet-fed offset printing machines
  • 01.06.030  Sheet-fed offset printing machines without perfecting capability

Sheet-fed offset printing machines without perfecting capability

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.06  Sheet-fed offset printing machines
  • 01.06.035  Sheet-fed offset printing machines UV

Sheet-fed offset printing machines UV

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.06  Sheet-fed offset printing machines
  • 01.06.040  Sheet-fed offset printing machines – waterless

Sheet-fed offset printing machines – waterless

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.08  Flexographic printing machines
  • 01.08.015  Wide-web flexographic printing machines

Wide-web flexographic printing machines

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.08  Flexographic printing machines
  • 01.08.020  Narrow-web flexographic printing machines

Narrow-web flexographic printing machines

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.15  Printing machines and systems for special printing applications
  • 01.15.030  Printing machines for label printing

Printing machines for label printing

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.15  Printing machines and systems for special printing applications
  • 01.15.085  Coating machines

Coating machines

  • 02  premedia / multichannel
  • 02.03  Online Service
  • 02.03.095  Remote Services

Remote Services

  • 02  premedia / multichannel
  • 02.04  E-Business Print
  • 02.04.090  (Print)Workflow Management

(Print)Workflow Management

  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.080  Folding machines, folding units and accessories

Folding machines, folding units and accessories

  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.085  Sheet folding machines
  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.370  Rotary die-cutting machines

Rotary die-cutting machines

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.010  Assistence systems

Assistence systems

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.015  Autonomous printing
  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.020  Automation solutions
  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.030  Cloud-based business models

Cloud-based business models

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.035  Cloud-based solutions

Cloud-based solutions

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.055  data-based services

data-based services

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.060  Digital platforms

Digital platforms

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.080  Process monitoring and control

Process monitoring and control

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.085  Smart factory

Smart factory

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.090  Smart Products

Smart Products

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.100  Supply chain management

Supply chain management

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.105  Networking solutions and standards

Networking solutions and standards

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.04  Industry 4.0
  • 04.04.115  Predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance

  • 05  materials
  • 05.06  Ink, varnish, toner
  • 05.06.010  Printing inks for sheet-fed offset

Printing inks for sheet-fed offset

  • 05  materials
  • 05.06  Ink, varnish, toner
  • 05.06.175  Oil-based overprint varnishes

Oil-based overprint varnishes

  • 05  materials
  • 05.06  Ink, varnish, toner
  • 05.06.180  Dispersion varnishes

Dispersion varnishes

  • 05  materials
  • 05.06  Ink, varnish, toner
  • 05.06.185  UV curing varnishes, UV varnishes

UV curing varnishes, UV varnishes

  • 05  materials
  • 05.06  Ink, varnish, toner
  • 05.06.190  Special printing varnishes

Special printing varnishes

  • 05  materials
  • 05.08  Printing unit interior
  • 05.08.010  Formes for offset printing

Formes for offset printing

  • 05  materials
  • 05.08  Printing unit interior
  • 05.08.040  Coating plates and coating foils

Coating plates and coating foils

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.095  Colour measurement and control systems

Colour measurement and control systems

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.205  Quality inspection systems

Quality inspection systems

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.250  Dryers


  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.290  UV dryers (conventional and LED)

UV dryers (conventional and LED)

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.16  Consultancy services
  • 06.16.010  Business consultancy

Business consultancy

Our products

Product category: Sheet-fed offset printing machines without perfecting capability

Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor 2.

The Speedmaster XL 75 with Anicolor 2 zoneless short inking unit is designed to guarantee you high productivity, especially with short runs – for fast and cost-effective production in 100 percent offset quality.

The Anicolor 2 technology

The inking unit of the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor 2 consists of a single-speed screen roller with ink chamber blade. The ink is transferred from the screen roller to the printing plate by an ink form roller. The ink density can be markedly changed and adapted to a wide range of substrates and spot colors by adapting the temperature and activating the Anicolor booster.

Economical even with short production runs

Even short production runs can be economically produced with the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor 2. The fast and constant inking means that print jobs are ready for production after just a few sheets. With longer runs, you benefit from the advantages of the offset technology.

Benefits at a glance

·       Cost-effective production of very short runs

·       Shortest makeready times

·       Cost savings thanks to least possible paper waste

·       High standardization and automation of the printing process

·       Fast, uniform inking and high production stability

·       Wide variety of substrates

·       Printing of spot colors, metallic colors, and UV or special coatings

Market-specific solutions

One of the main areas of application of Anicolor 2 is commercial printing , where the Anicolor technology provides the optimal solution for fast and economical printing of very short runs.

In label and packaging printing (e.g. in the pharmaceutical or cosmetic industry), Anicolor 2 opens up huge savings potential for very short production runs. Spot colors can be changed extremely quickly or replaced by means of the Multicolor workflow.

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Product category: Production planning and control software

Prinect Press Center XL 3.

The Prinect Press Center XL 3 with the new Speedmaster Operating System on the 24-inch multi-touchscreen simplifies operation through one-of-a-kind navigation, Intellistart 3 and new assistance systems, thus ensuring predictable results and increased performance.

The Prinect Press Center XL 3 sets new standards in operating philosophy. Immerse yourself in the world of the Heidelberg User Experience (UX): completely rethought and clearer than ever before, it sets new standards for the user experience on the Speedmaster.

Focus on you, the user - 24-inch multi-touchscreen

The Speedmaster Operating System with intuitive touch control on the 24-inch multi-touchscreen turns the convenient control of the new Speedmaster into an experience. Settings can be called up with a click, and the scalable operation can be flexibly adjusted in accordance with the requirement profile (Smart Setup).

Intuitive operator guidance, innovative gesture control, and integrated help functions in 27 languages eliminate lengthy searches. The Speedmaster Operating System delivers fast, simple and navigated use of all your machine’s functionalities.

For optimum illumination of the printed sheet: Integrated LED daylight lamp

The integrated LED daylight lamp with Fresnel lenses provides optimum illumination of the printed sheet for coordinating the inks. The option of switching directly from D50 to D65 and vice versa, each with or without UV component, facilitates color matching according to the old and new standards.

LED-based navigation with Intelliline

The new Intelliline LED-based navigation support for the first time extends this logic to the machine, and thus represents the logical expansion of the Intelliguide process display in Intellistart 3 and Intellirun on the Wallscreen XL. The unit status during changeover is visualized in color on all printing, coating, and drying units on the operator and drive sides via Intelliline. The unit status is thus available at a glance anytime, and the user is immediately prompted when intervention is required.

Reliable performance day after day through one-of-a-kind navigation and automation: Push to Stop.

For the first time, navigated printing with Push to Stop is possible on all Speedmaster machines. The patented Intellistart 3 defines all the steps required for the job change without any operator intervention and provides maximum transparency across all active and queued processes. Intelliguide simulates the time-optimized sequence live and, if necessary, also includes the steps to be executed manually.

Perfect data and color management in the pressroom: Prinect workflow and Prinect color and quality measurement systems

The Prinect Press Center XL 3 links the printing press to the print shop’s Prinect workflow. Job data can be transferred and made available in an automatically defined sequence. The production data is returned fully automatically. Benefit from excellent data management, one-of-a-kind presettings, up-to-date production data, and informative reports.

Various Prinect color measurement systems are available to you for optimal, reproducible color stability, minimum paper waste, and maximum process reliability:

Prinect Inpress Control 3

Prinect Image Control 3

Prinect Axis Control

Prinect Easy Control

Prinect Inspection Control 3

Note: Components are not always available for all models.

Heidelberg UX on the Prinect Press Center XL 3

Experience the Heidelberg UX on the Prinect Press Center XL 3, and the Speedmaster. Every time you operate a component you are experiencing the Peak Performance concept. From the seamlessly ergonomic design, to the pioneering control panels, the simple handling of the washup devices to the unique preset functionality, every Speedmaster delivers an unparalleled user experience.

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Product category: Assistence systems

Push to Stop end-to-end

Push to Stop end-to-end for more profit.

More profit, satisfied customers and motivated employees thanks to digital workflow and intelligent operator guidance.

Tap into significant profit potentials with automated processes, from PDF to shipping. Jump to the next level: This is how you produce your current print volume with twice the efficiency. No operator intervention required.

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Product category: Autonomous printing

Autonomous production in commercial printing

Autonomous production in commercial printing.
Everything runs all by itself – this is how completely autonomous production works – including postpress.

Tap into significant profit potentials with automated processes, from PDF to shipping! Jump to the next level: This is how you produce your current print volume with twice the efficiency. No operator intervention required

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Product category: Printing machines for label printing

Push to Stop sheeter CutStar

Push to Stop sheeter CutStar.

Innovation for reduced makeready time and higher speed.

The Push to Stop CutStar offers impressive processing of thinner substrates thanks to higher printing speeds and steady sheet travel. The platform is synonymous with more automation, simple handling, and ease of maintenance.

The CutStar shortgrain sheeter combines the lower costs of web offset with the flexibility of sheetfed offset. The high level of automation in combination with the Prinect Workflow integration saves up to 50% makeready time. Many new innovations make the Push to Stop CutStar more productive even with foils and thin materials.

50% less make-ready time, 30% higher mileage with the new Push to Stop CutStar

It is installed directly in front of the feeder. The printing stock is unwound from the reel, cut to the required format in the sheeter, and then shingled. The stream of shingled stock is then fed into the feeder for a cost saving of up to 15 percent. With special printing materials such as foils or aluminized paper, the saving is often even greater.

During job changes, you can disconnect CutStar from the feeder at the touch of a button. The press can then continue working in sheetfed mode. The high level of automation, connection, and the control panel adapted to the press make CutStar extremely easy to operate.

CutStar at a glance

·       Make ready time savings up to 50%

·       Higher speeds of up to 30%

·       Complete new platform, new design

·       New drive technology

·       New knife geometry

·       High level of automation

·       Ease of use

·       Digital Integration

·       Push to Stop

·       Reduced maintenance

·       Benefit from both - the cost advantages of roll-fed stock

·       and the flexibility of sheetfed offset printing

·       Ideal complement for processing thin label papers or foils

·       (e.g. in-mold labels) at high production speed

Key features

Platform and design

·       New sheeter for economical reel stock

·       Easy access to infeed rollers and knives

·       Less maintenance

·       Quick and easy disconnection for excellent flexibility

·       Easy handling of reel ends

Intellistart 3

·       Digital integration

·       Settings for jobs are done via Intelli data

·       Automatically adjustments of sheet length, shingling and format-size

·       Push to stop

Processes reel stock

·       Grammages ranging from 40 to 300 gsm and web widths from 480 to 1,060 millimeters (18.90 to 41.73 inches), depending on the press

CutStar display

·       Indicates the length of printing stock remaining on the reel

New cutting technology

·       CutStar supports foils as thin as 50 microns (0.0020 inches) for e.g. inmould labels

·       Up to 30% quicker with thin substrates

What customers say

“The biggest benefit CutStar offers us is the high level of flexibility when using lower paper grammages than in the past. We now process lightweight papers with 32 g/m2 compared with the 40-70 g/m2 paper normally used. Another plus point is the ability to optimize paper consumption by trimming the paper to the necessary formats, which reduces waste."

Paola Pantaleoni, Managing Director Grafiche Pizzi

Available on the following presses

The new 2020 Push to Stop CutStar is available as an option on the following presses.

Offset presses format 50 X 70

·       Speedmaster XL 75

·       Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor

Offset presses format 70 X 100

·       Speedmaster CD 102

·       Speedmaster CX 102

·       Speedmaster SX 102

·       Speedmaster XL 106

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Product category: Sheet-fed offset printing machines – inline foiling

Special applications in packaging printing

Special applications in packaging printing.
Generating profitable wow-effects: Special applications in packaging printing open the door to more profitable jobs.

Everything in a single pass: Individual machine configurations enable efficient production of high-grade packaging. The Speedmaster turns you into a specialist for special applications while remaining flexible and cost-effective in day-to-day business – because complexity can be managed.

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Product category: Sheet folding machines

Stahlfolder TH 56 – Pharma. Flexible production of package inserts.

The production of package inserts for the pharmaceutical industry is an attractive growth market, however, it comes with special challenges - especially when it comes to folding. With the Stahlfolder TH 56 - Pharma, we offer the perfect solution for these challenges. Thanks to the complete automation of the folding machine, you can produce package inserts for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries in no time at all, while complying with the prescribed process monitoring. Learn all about the possibilities and technological advantages of the Stahlfolder TH 56 - Pharma in this video.

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Product category: Automation solutions

Stahlfolder P-Stacker - Autonomous stacking of signature packages

The Stahlfolder P-Stacker, the new autonomous stacking system for the folding machine, boosts folding machine productivity and reduces the physical workload of employees. It offers many unique technological advantages, such as automatic insertion of intermediate layers or automatic turning of signature packages. Watch the video to find out what other advantages you can benefit from!

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Company news



16 Mar 2021

Open to all – print shops now have free access to Zaikio’s digital procurement platform

• Digitized procurement of consumables and paper at the latest prices
• For the first time, print shops can access the portfolios of participating suppliers directly from their MIS
• Zaikio Procurement free of charge to print shops
• Heidelberg reaches a further milestone on its way to becoming a platform provider

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is offering all print shops free access to the Zaikio Procurement industry platform with immediate effect – a further milestone on its way to becoming the printing industry’s leading platform provider. Zaikio networks print shops’ IT systems with those of their suppliers, which enables print service providers to establish an automatic link with these suppliers. Following a successful test phase with selected print shops and suppliers, all print service providers who wish to do so can now register on the Zaikio platform free of charge. They will then have direct, automatic access from their management information system (MIS) to the portfolios of the suppliers already linked to Zaikio and can place orders at the latest prices with just a few clicks. Following approval by procurement staff, the orders are transferred directly into the relevant supplier’s ERP system, which reciprocates by providing the print shop’s ordering system with information about availability and delivery options. This process lays the foundation for fully automatic orders based on various factors – from the current paper or ink consumption to stock levels. It also optimizes the digital procurement processes of print shops and suppliers alike.

“With Zaikio, Heidelberg is gradually establishing an industry platform that is open to all companies, digitizes and automates numerous value-adding processes between participants, and makes these operations transparent,” explains Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer. “By making overall processes and collaboration in the printing industry far simpler, Zaikio is boosting the competitiveness of everyone involved,” he adds.

Zaikio networks big-name MIS providers with established suppliers

Prior to the launch of the Zaikio Procurement platform, Zaikio already had some well-known MIS providers on board. Alongside Heidelberg with its Prinect Business Manager, the other participating MIS providers are Printplus, Printvis, Datamedia, Utraxx, Keyline, and EPMS – and Zaikio is currently in talks with many others. In the future, this means print shops will be able to access the ranges of suppliers such as Sappi or Metapaper and place orders directly from their MIS, once it has been networked with Zaikio.

Zaikio Procurement costs print shops absolutely nothing. Zaikio’s business model is based on its relationship with the supplier – the print shop has no monetary involvement whatsoever. Activating Zaikio Procurement in a print shop’s MIS is quick and easy, too.

“There are solutions on the market that already promise orders can be placed directly from an MIS. On closer inspection, however, it often turns out that all these solutions are doing is sending e-mails to the suppliers,” says Matthias Prinz, Managing Director and Head of User Experience at Zaikio GmbH. “With Zaikio, print service providers can now access the portfolios of a growing number of suppliers direct from their MIS in an automated process, which means they benefit from maximum transparency and needs-based supplies. It goes without saying that this also works to the advantage of MIS providers and suppliers, who can massively improve their level of service,” he explains.

Zaikio Procurement is just the first step

Zaikio’s vision is to network all relevant printing industry systems to enable quick and easy data communication. Using Zaikio Procurement to digitize the procurement process between print shops and their suppliers was just the first step. In the foreseeable future, Zaikio will be using Web2Print solutions, workflow tools, and the further involvement of partners to fully digitize and link other key processes between printing industry players.

About Zaikio

Around a year after the takeover of cloud software business Crispy Mountain by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, the company launched Zaikio – a new open and independent cloud-based collaboration platform for the printing industry – in the summer of 2020. Zaikio unites all industry players on a single platform. The free Zaikio Account enables each and every user to log into all connected software systems with a single login. The aim is straightforward, standardized data exchange between software, hardware, and the partners involved on the basis of end-to-end automated process chains. So far, over 1,300 people have registered on the platform and set up their own personal Zaikio Account.

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16 Mar 2021

New cloud-based service significantly boosts machine availability

·       Maintenance Manager supports fully automatic planning, creation, and management of maintenance orders based on machine data

·       Seamless and readily accessible documentation of maintenance history

·       Cloud application forms part of Heidelberg contract model

·       Developed in collaboration with DOCUFY GmbH

The rapid progress of digitization is transforming the print media industry. Print shops are facing the challenge of dealing with all kinds of different jobs ever faster and, above all, more flexibly, while still producing top-quality results. Machine stoppages and/or damage due to inadequate maintenance or the absence of a maintenance strategy can quickly jeopardize the competitiveness of print shops. For a number of years now, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has therefore been digitizing service operations by equipping machine systems with ever smarter preventive functions such as eCall and Predictive Monitoring. The aim in all cases is to maximize machine uptime.

Maintenance Manager for fully automatic planning, creation, and management of maintenance orders

The company is now taking the next step in digitizing its service portfolio and transferring smart, preventive maintenance to the cloud with the new Maintenance Manager. Most machine maintenance has to date been based on hard copies of lists and a maintenance schedule specified by Heidelberg that customers adhere to with varying degrees of precision.

In the new web application, maintenance operations that are due can be planned and managed using machine data in an automated process, in line with maintenance intervals and machine usage. Heidelberg service engineers receive orders via an app on their mobile devices and deal with these on customer premises. The app helps by providing detailed descriptions of specific steps in the form of texts, graphics, and videos. The customer’s maintenance staff also have access to the Maintenance Manager app, which enables customers themselves to handle maintenance tasks for which they are responsible. Prioritization based on urgency is combined in an intelligent way with the time required and the IoT data generated by the press to show staff exactly what needs to be done when.

Seamless and readily accessible documentation of maintenance history

On completion of the work, all the relevant information is saved in the Maintenance Manager. This ensures access to the complete maintenance history and seamless documentation – in the case of audits, for example, and as proof for particularly exacting customers from the packaging or pharmaceuticals industry. The digital maintenance process makes planning service operations and machine downtimes far easier. It also significantly improves machine availability. On a Speedmaster XL 106, for instance, unscheduled downtimes can be reduced by up to 20 percent.

Customers can obtain Maintenance Manager as part of a volume/usage-based Print Site Contract.

The Maintenance Manager was developed in collaboration with the Heidelberg-owned software company DOCUFY, whose contribution focused primarily on its technical documentation expertise.

“The new Maintenance Manager was developed in close cooperation with customers’ users and now enables fully digital maintenance management,” says Klaus Kohl, Head of Product Management Service, Parts & Consulting at Heidelberg. “With this digitization drive, our customers are benefiting from far higher machine availability, reduced downtimes, and seamless documentation,” he adds.

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About us

Company portrait

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is the global printing industry’s dependable partner and leading innovator. For the last 170 years, the company has epitomized quality and sustainable business practices. But while Heidelberg takes pride in its history, the company is also perfectly positioned to respond to future trends by offering cutting-edge technologies and innovative business ideas.

Heidelberg is forging the print media industry’s digital future. We aim to offer customers an end-to-end digital ecosystem for creating and adding value. Our customers already benefit from smart services such as predictive maintenance, but also from groundbreaking business models such as pay-per-outcome. Here, Heidelberg provides the machines, software, consumables and services, while customers simply pay for the number of sheets. This “on-demand productivity” model gives our customers the flexibility they need to adapt to business growth and market demand.

As a dependable partner and technology pioneer, Heidelberg adds value by delivering the digitally connected, smart, highly automated print shop of tomorrow. Making our customers more competitive by boosting their productivity and efficiency.

With a share of over 40 percent of the sheetfed offset press market, Heidelberg is a market and technology leader. Around the world, some 11,300 employees work closely with sales partners in 250 locations and 170 countries to fulfill customers’ wishes and steadily develop the company’s market presence.