Joint Venture in Gravure

January 23, 2009
The leading manufacturers of gravure cylinder making equipment join forces.

Peter Daetwyler, owner of the MDC Max Daetwyler Group und Max Rid, owner of the companies Hell Gravure Systems, K. Walter, and Bauer Logistik unite their activities in developing, manufacturing, selling, after sales, and service of gravure cylinder making equipment.
By unifying their enterprises they will now be able to offer the full spectrum of technologies as seamlessly integrated systems, which will enhance the competitiveness of the gravure process. The joint venture will be effective January 1, 2009.

Max Rid and Peter Daetwyler have founded a new corporation with the name Heliograph Holding GmbH for this purpose. From now on this holding company will be home to the newly founded Daetwyler Graphics as well as the corporations HELL GravureSystems, K.Walter, Bauer Logistik, Schepers, Daetwyler R&D Dayton and their world wide daughter companiess. Within the new holding structure these daughter companies will continue to distribute Daetwyler doctor blades and diamonds.

Max Rid will head Heliograph Holding as Chief Executive Officer. Additional officers of the holding corporation will be the CEOs of Daetwyler Graphics, Hell Gravure Systems, and K. Walter.

A group of independent brands with a complete product line

The new Daetwyler Graphics AG in Bleienbach, Switzerland, will continue MDC Daetwyler AG´s business of developing, manufacturing, selling and servicing gravure cylinder making equipment.

The companies joined together inside Heliograph Holding will offer their products under their own names and their individual brands. The distribution channels including daughter companies and independent representatives will be united.

In the future, customers will be able to chose between electromechanical and laser based engraving technologies of Daetwyler, Hell Gravure Systems, and Schepers from one single source. These products can be combined with plating and automation technology from K.Walter, surface finishing technology from Daetwyler Graphics, and storage and transportation technology from Bauer Logistik into completely integrated systems.

Daetwyler SwissTec with its international manufacturing plants for doctor blades located in Switzerland, USA, China, and India, as well as the Industrial Manufacturing Branch of MDC Max Daetwyler AG with its Swiss sites in Bleienbach and Ursenbach as well as its site in Estonia will not be transferred into Heliograph Holding. They will continue to be lead independently by Peter Daetwyler.