Heidelberg research facility: open for innovation
Heidelberg is setting new competitive standards in the global printing industry. By opening its new Innovation Centre (IVC) at the Wiesloch-Walldorf headquarters in Baden-Württemberg, the company is stepping up its efforts to maintain its technology leadership and shape the digital transformation process in the printing sector.
In addition to securing numerous jobs, the new Innovation Centre also substantiates a recent analysis published in October by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva, which concluded that the innovative capability of Germany is superior to any other country in the world, including the United States. Only by investing over 100 million euros in research and development every year has Heidelberg succeeded in emerging stronger from years of structural change in the industry in these times of digital transformation.
Over 1000 staff will immediately start working on the digital future of Heidelberg and the printing industry at the new centre.
Heidelberg is also increasingly unlocking new market segments outside the graphic arts industry, such as electric mobility.
‘Germany’s mechanical engineering prowess is highly rated worldwide and we are still the number one in this field. The purpose of our new think tank is to ensure we continue to build on our technology leadership in the future – and that includes the digitization of the print media industry,’ said Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer.