Heidelberg’s new chief executive Rainer Hundsdörfer has outlined a five-year plan that would see Heidelberg return to being the “high-growth and profitable lighthouse of the industry”.
It also revealed further details of its new digital strategy, first discussed at its annual results last month, when it announced a yearly sales boost after a strong Q4.  The deal for Fujifilm’s EMEA pressroom chemical plant is set to be completed in July and will add around €25m in sales to the group’s consumables division. The 70-staff operation is made up of two sites, one in Reutlingen, Germany and one in Kruibeke, Belgium.
Heidelberg said the acquisition is the next logical step after the buyout of Belgium-based consumables business BluePrint Products in 2014 and UK coating manufacturer Hi-Tech Coatings in 2008.
The move is Heidelberg’s second acquisition this year, after it picked up German software developer Docufy on 1 May. Hundsdörfer announced in February that the group would be ramping up its M&A strategy. Ulrich Hermann, head of the newly formed Heidelberg Digital Business & Services (HDB) division, said that through its new portfolio the group was now “making a productivity promise to our customers”.
Speaking at its annual investor press conference at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site, Hundsdörfer revealed further details of the group’s new segmented structure, which comprises of HDB and Heidelberg Digital technology (HDT), implemented on 1 April.
HDT comprises sheetfed, post-press and label printing operations, and places priority on development, production and supply of digital technologies and products. it is headed by Stephan Plenz, previously board member for equipment.
HDB consists of consumables, services, digital print, digital solutions and remarketed equipment, placing priority on devising and marketing new business models. Digital print includes the Versafire, Omnifire, Primefire and Labelfire models.