The story of a Heidelberg XL 105-5+LX and a Heidelberg XL 106-5-L before, in and after Corona-times
End of October 2019, we were invited by a long-time relation to quote some Heidelberg XL 105/6-5 + LV printing presses, built in 2006 and 2012. The idea behind the quotation was a complete reorganisation and reorientation in the market from one company producing on two different locations. During our visit of inspection, we agreed a total for both printing presses as well as a price for each printing press. The estimated availability of the Heidelberg presses was early 2020.
As this company is working in a cooperative partnership, the company has a substantial number of employees involved as partners. Therefore, it took some more time than planned and some extra meetings with the partners before decisions could be made. In the end, it was decided that the Heidelberg XL 105-5+LX2 manufactured in 2006 was to be sold. The younger Heidelberg press built in 2012 should still stay. The purchase contract was signed in no time. In January 2020 we started dismantling the machine.
We sold the Heidelberg XL 105-5+LX2 soon after dismantling, to one of our long-term relations in Asia. The loading of the XL press was planned immediately after the dismantling. It was at that moment when we heard about the Corona virus emerging in China. This made us having to wait. Fortunately, we could keep the press packed and ready to load at site in the printer’s factory. We would like to express our gratitude to the printer for their patience.
Mid of March, the Corona-crises in China was under control. However, now it was Europe’s turn to fight against the Corona virus. Finding a loading and lifting company to take care of moving the Heidelberg was not evident. We got in contact with a brave and experienced company equipped with the lifting tools needed, willing to load in the last week of March.
In May, we purchased the second Heidelberg XL 106-5-LX from 2012 as well. The machine will be available within 3 – 5 months as the company will move to another building. Soon, the lockdown will be over and the company will prepare for post Corona times.