Heidelberg takes over DOCUFY and becomes full supplier of digital and printed documentation

Just like Agfa Graphics with its Eversify for magazines and newspapers, Heidelberg sees an opportunity in offering complete solutions for vertical markets. For this purpose it has acquired DOCUFY, developer of professional software solutions for technical documentation.
Dr Ulrich Hermann, member of the Management Board Heidelberg, responsible for Digital Business and Service, thinks that Heidelberg can become an important player in what is nowadays called Industry 4.0. Within Industry 4.0 technology such as web services, smart devices, internet technologies, augmented reality and cloud computing play an equally important role as publications on paper.

DOCUFY will remain an independent unit for now, led by its founder and managing director Uwe Reissenweber. A good decision because the integration with other Heidelberg business units will not be simple.

Read more about this quite spectacular acquisition in the press release below.


Heidelberg expanding its Industry 4.0 offering – takeover of software provider DOCUFY strengthens the Digital Platforms division

DOCUFY develops professional software solutions for technical documentation and will complement the portfolio of Heidelberg Digital Platforms
Digital Platforms offers IT solutions for designing, producing, and servicing industrial customers’ innovative high-tech products
Focus on customer segments such as automotive, mechanical engineering, medical technology, and high-tech industrial

The next milestone in Heidelberg’s evolution to becoming a digital system provider has been reached: Heidelberg is acquiring DOCUFY, a specialist in software for technical documentation.

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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has reached another milestone in its digital growth strategy with its takeover of DOCUFY GmbH in Bamberg (www.docufy.de) with effect from 1 May 2017. DOCUFY develops professional software solutions for technical documentation and is the first provider of multi-level documentation. DOCUFY’s solutions optimize the processes involved in the creation of technical documentation and make them available digitally to all departments, along the entire value chain. The company has recorded strong and profitable growth in recent years and generated turnover of around EUR 6.5 million last year. DOCUFY has around 80 employees.

The acquisition will complement the portfolio of the Heidelberg Digital Platforms division. Digital Platforms offers IT solutions for digitizing and automating processes involved in designing, producing, and servicing innovative high-tech products. This division is where Heidelberg concentrates its technologies and expertise around product life cycle management, which it has spent decades acquiring, in order to be able to offer them to industrial customers also. Heidelberg Digital Platforms addresses a worldwide market with a volume of around EUR 1 billion.

The solutions for digital transformation result in a considerable improvement in efficiency and a significantly shorter time to market for new products, so very much in keeping with Industry 4.0.

DOCUFY counts well-known industrial companies among its customers and will continue to support them as usual as well as additionally offering them Heidelberg solutions in the future for further digitization of their value chain. The takeover will extend Heidelberg’s existing base of industrial customers, and as such offers additional turnover and revenue potential for the company. The founder and Managing Director of DOCUFY, Uwe Reißenweber, will be staying on in his current role.

“With the takeover of DOCUFY, we are gradually implementing our strategy ‘Heidelberg goes digital!’. But the investment in the growth market of digital product life cycle management will also strengthen our own competitiveness,” says Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberg.

The Heidelberg Digital Platforms division is part of the Heidelberg Digital Business and Services segment under the leadership of Board Member Dr. Ulrich Hermann. In this segment, Heidelberg implements intelligent linking of equipment, services, and consumables to develop new business models in the digital environment aimed at allowing customers to access new revenue potential against the backdrop of continuing digitization.

“With DOCUFY, Heidelberg is gaining access to other Industry 4.0 technologies and expertise such as web services, smart devices, internet technologies, augmented reality, and cloud computing. The gradual integration of the DOCUFY solutions into the overall portfolio of Heidelberg Digital Platforms will enable us to offer our industrial customers end-to-end process support in product life cycle management in the future. In this way, Heidelberg is underlining its leading position in the area of digitization,” says Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Management Board responsible for Digital Business and Services.

Rob van den Braak

Printer’s devil (1964), phototypesetter, offsetprinter, teacher of graphic techniques, salesmanager, productmanager, trade journalist, founder of BlokBoek e-zine (2011). But above all husband, father, friend and lover of life in southern Spain (since 2010).

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