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Heidelberg Digital Unit recognised in innovation

The Heidelberg Digital Unit (HDU) is being honored with the Capital Award in the “core-business-related innovation” category as one of Germany’s top digital labs. Organised by German management consultancy firm Infront Consulting and Germany’s Capital business magazine, the Capital Award investigates successes companies are achieving with digital labs.

The Print Media Industry Climate Report published by Heidelberg at the end of April 2020 was a key factor in this success. In particular, the award recognized the company’s ability to continue developing innovative projects, even during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Its Print Media Industry Climate Report provides a weekly update on printing volumes for the market segments of packaging & label printing and commercial printing based on global, objective real-time IIoT data.

Some 5,000 selected offset presses in all format classes operated by customers worldwide that are connected by the Heidelberg Cloud, which has access to more than 13,000 machines, create the representative basis for the anonymized data. This random sample corresponds to around 20% of global industrial sheetfed offset production, which makes it highly significant.

Capital’s panel of judges commented as follows: “Not only is the company helping to tackle the crisis with this tool. It can also make a name for itself outside this otherwise rather unremarkable sector.”

No other company reports on developments in its industry in a comparable form based on IIoT data.

“The Heidelberg Digital Unit is making a key contribution to our digitization strategy. By winning the Capital Award 2020, it has once again highlighted the possibilities of data and the practical customer benefits of digitization solutions in our core business, especially in time of crisis,” said Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer. “In addition to giving our customers and the company itself a better idea of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the results of our Climate Report also provide sales and service units with a starting point for overcoming it.”

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