Heidelberg USA reports that Jean-Francois (“JF”) Colpron has been appointed to direct Heidelberg USA’s Product Management team as Vice President, Prinect and Consumables Product Management. Colpron previously held the position of Vice President, Product Management and Marketing for Heidelberg Canada.
“Jean-Francois has successfully established Heidelberg Canada as a key player in prepress and consumables,” said Richard Armstrong, President of Heidelberg Canada. “His experience will be invaluable in helping to expand the product portfolio in the USA.”
“I am pleased to welcome Jean-Francois to our U.S. management team,” said James Martin, Senior Vice President, Marketing Communications, Heidelberg USA. “His product knowledge, insight and expertise will be of enormous assistance to us in enhancing our consumables portfolio.”
Jean-Francois Colpron has more than 22 years of management experience in the graphic arts industry, nine of which were spent at Heidelberg Canada. This experience includes serving as Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, and Vice President of Sales and Service Graphic Supplies and Prepress. During this time, Colpron reorganized independent sales departments into cross-functional teams, implemented the use of sales automation tools, and managed the merger of three different business units. These efforts resulted in increased customer satisfaction and reduced operating costs for Heidelberg Canada. Colpron also has experience as Western Canada Business Manager at Fuji Graphic Systems Canada and Western Canada Sales Manager at McCutcheon Graphics.
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is, with its sheetfed offset printing machines, one of the leading solution providers for the print media industry. All over the world, the name Heidelberg is synonymous with state-of-the art technology, top quality, and closeness to the customer. The core business of this technology group covers the whole value-added and process chain for the 35 x 50 cm (13.78 x 19.69 in) to 121 x 162 cm (47.64 x 63.78 in) format classes in the sheetfed offset sector.
Heidelberg develops and produces precision printing presses, platesetters, postpress equipment, and software for integrating all the printshop processes. Environmental protection has an enduring importance in this regard. Solutions for the development, production, and utilization of presses help to conserve resources, reduce emissions, and cut wastage. The Heidelberg portfolio also provides general and consulting services ranging from spare parts and consumables to the sale of remarketed equipment, and training at the Print Media Academy.
Based in Heidelberg, Germany, with development and production sites in seven countries and around 250 sales offices across the globe, the company supports around 200,000 customers worldwide. All Heidelberg presses destined for the world market are manufactured at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site in line with strict quality standards. Standardized presses in all standard format classes and folding machines for the Chinese market are produced by Heidelberg in Qingpu near Shanghai.
Heidelberg presses worldwide produce high-quality print products such as business cards, brochures, posters, and folding cartons.
In financial year 2008/2009, Heidelberg recorded sales of EUR 2.999 billion. As of March 31, 2009, the Heidelberg Group had a workforce of 18,926 worldwide, including 707 trainees.