Manroland Sheetfed has appointed Bernhard Schaaf, former manager of Heidelberg’s large-format press business, as head of large-format at Manroland Sheetfed, as well as a board member. The move follows on the heels of Heidelberg ending the production of its Very Large Format (VLF) presses about a year ago, as well as the departure of some senior managers. For over 14 years, Schaaf was Heidelberg’s Vice-President for the Speedmaster XL145 and XL162 VLF press lines. Before that, he held senior project development and market development roles for VLF presses, as well as the Primefire 106 B1 Inkjet Press, which was later discontinued. Before joining Heidelberg, Schaaf worked at German consultancy firm Eurografica Systemplanungs for almost 11 years, specializing in strategic investment planning for sheetfed offset presses. He left Heidelberg at the end of 2020 and began his new responsibilities this month.
Manroland Sheetfed Chief Executive Officer Rafael Peñuela added: “With the launch of the Roland 900 Evolution last summer, coinciding with an increase in global demand for large-format machines in packaging applications, and Schaaf’s intimate knowledge of the sector, the timing is perfect to strengthen our team and build upon the latest incarnation of Manroland’s iconic large-format presses.”
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