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Heidelberg acquires Belgian MIS provider

Mar 24, 2011 12:00 AM

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Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has acquired software specialist CERM. The company, headquartered in Oostkamp, Belgium, specializes in the development, sale and implementation of management information systems (MIS) for commercial and label printing. Effective immediately, Heidelberg plans to launch and sell CERM’s existing portfolio worldwide and integrate it into the Prinect production workflow.

“By acquiring CERM, a well-known software specialist in Western Europe, Heidelberg is expanding its portfolio of management information systems. We aim to present a fully integrated MIS solution with central data management in combination with our Prinect print shop workflow at drupa 2012 and start the worldwide roll-out step by step,” says Heidelberg management board member Marcel Kiessling. “CERM is an excellent addition to our existing solutions, thanks to the strengths of the company's products and the customer segments it serves.”

Said Tom Musschoot, former owner and new Managing Director of CERM, “We’ll continue to serve all our existing customers in all our markets. Additionally, as part of Heidelberg, we will be able to extend our business to a truly global level by making use of Heidelberg’s worldwide presence and international sales channels.”

So far, Heidelberg has successfully connected around 50 third-party MIS solutions to the Prinect print shop workflow. At last year's IPEX trade show, the company also established an MIS partner program with four leading MIS manufacturers, including CERM. The aim is to enable users to boost their productivity by further improving interfaces between third-party MIS systems and the Prinect print shop workflow.