The Amstetten factory is one of the most up-to-date and efficient foundries in all of Europe. It acts as a center of excellence for the manufacture of cast-ings for the entire Heidelberg Group, which has annual revenues of 2.3 billion Euros (2009/2010) and 15,000 employees. The cast parts, such as printing press side panels and cylinders, are core elements of the sheet-fed offset presses, which Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG provides to customers in the print media industry worldwide. “For our customers, just like for ourselves, the decision for Heidelberg is always a decision for quality,” is how Jürgen Schimmel, Head of Pattern & Casting Engineering described the company’s vision, which the foundry implements on a daily basis together with the 450 employees involved in casting production. This is because the quality of each press depends to a significant degree on the quality of the castings produced in Amstetten.
Amstetten’s staff do not just produce castings for the Heidelberg Group: 50 external companies order large and small castings in differing batch sizes from the Amstetten foundry. Free market competition does not just make economic sense; it also serves to ensure that all processes are focused on achieving the highest quality.