“We want to gradually transform Heidelberg into an automation and technology company that still builds the best printing presses,” said CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. The small but fast-growing business with wall boxes should form a kind of blueprint for this. These are chargers for electric cars on the wall at home.
The company only expanded this offer in the field of electromobility at the end of 2021 with the takeover of the charging station technology from the energy company EnBW. These public charging points are intended to attract new customers, for example from public utilities, municipalities or companies.
According to Hundsdörfer, the wall box business should initially be expanded in Europe and then globally in the long term. In addition, the group wants to offer plug-and-play solutions for energy management in houses in the future, for example to control photovoltaic systems on the roof, electricity storage in the basement and, in the future, perhaps hydrogen storage in the garden. The company can still make the necessary investments itself. At the same time, there are considerations to bring an investor on board or to list the new business on the stock exchange.
The manager of the newspaper mentions printed electronics as another future field. The procurement platform Zaikio is to be expanded with other printing machine manufacturers on board to become a global procurement platform for the printing industry. Discussions with competitors are already underway. Hundsdörfer assumes that only packaging printing will continue to grow worldwide, classic advertising printing no longer.
The group therefore wants to continue investing in packaging printing, but only wants to defend the commercial printing business. However, the traditional group does not want to say goodbye to its core business. This had to be rehabilitated again and again in recent years due to the burdens caused by the advancing digitization of the press and advertising landscape. (dpa/rs)