40 years …

… ago, Heidelberg launches its first perfecting press, the Speedmaster 102 ZP. At the end of the recession that resulted from the global oil crisis, it chimes with the spirit of the age. At a stroke, the perfector doubles efficiency. Since then, Heidelberg has continually raised the bar in perfecting, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. And what’s the driving force behind this? The desire to respond to changing market needs at the right time with the right solutions.


1975 – 1982


Energy is expensive, yet customers’ appetites start to grow again at the end of the year. Demand for operating instructions, packaging inserts and guarantee certificates is enormous. The Speedmaster 102 ZP, with a maximum speed of 10,000 sheets per hour, opens up a new dimension in cost-effective printing of two-color commercial jobs. The mechanical perfecting device is controlled manually. Using the synchronized single scale adjustment from Heidelberg, changeovers take less than three minutes.

Computer Print Control – or CPC for short – halves setup times for four-color printing. Color and register can now be adjusted and controlled from a central control console.

Almost all products come with brochures and 9,604 magazines are published in Germany alone. Color as a design element becomes more important. Perfecting increases speed and cost-efficiency in every format class. The Speedmaster 102 is also launched as a four- and five-color perfector.

With an ever increasing volume of products and advertising, it’s vital to stand out from other market players. Large numbers of companies devise their own corporate colors. Special effects are increasingly in demand for commercial print products. Five- or six-color presses with two perfecting devices from Heidelberg are therefore popular in the United States in particular. The dual perfecting presses and new Speedmaster 102-6-P enable unprecedented cost-efficiency and flexibility in multicolor commercial printing.

1990 – 2008

2010 – 2015