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17 September 2009
Canada crowns top printers
14 young offset printers go head-to-head at WorldSkills 2009 in Calgary
Heidelberg provides presses for the competition
Fourteen participants from across the globe put their skills to the test in a tough but fair
competition. The winners in the “Offset printing” category at WorldSkills 2009 in Calgary,
Canada, were decided after two days of competition. Martin Ernst from Switzerland and Noriaki
Kikuchi from Japan took gold, while Stefan Gross from Germany and Simon Beauchamp from
Canada both won bronze. A silver medal was not awarded.
The candidates each had to create a print product in two passes and within a set time while
reproducing the density and color values of the original. The finalists also had to mix a spot color
to match an original and resolve various printing problems with the aid of a simulation program.
The panel judged their performance based on evaluation criteria including time management,
the volume of paper waste generated, accuracy and color deviation.
Heidelberg – a supporter of WorldSkills since 2005
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has sponsored both the international WorldSkills
event and the preliminary SkillsGermany competition, which determines the finalists from
Germany, since 2005. Heidelberg provided two latest-generation Speedmaster SM 52 presses
and a Polar cutter for the competition in Calgary.
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats: Dr. Mark Wössner
Vorstand: Bernhard Schreier, Vorsitzender · Dirk Kaliebe · Stephan Plenz · Dr. Jürgen Rautert
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“WorldSkills 2009 has once again proven that the job of an offset printer is both fascinating and
challenging. Heidelberg is delighted to use this opportunity to showcase this occupation on an
international platform and to demonstrate its appeal to young people,” says Karl Kowalczyk, an
expert in offset printing at WorldSkills and employee of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.
At this year’s international vocational world championships, the best trainees from 45 key
occupations pitted their skills against one another. Some 900 participants from all around the
world traveled to Calgary to take part in the competition. The initiative, which was founded 59
years ago, is designed to arouse young people’s enthusiasm for interesting occupations and
highlight possible career paths.
More information on the initiative is available online at www.worldskills2009.com and
Information on Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG can be found at www.heidelberg.com.
Figure: Stefan Gross, who works at Druckerei Kösel GmbH in Altusried, Germany, wins a
bronze at WorldSkills 2009 in Calgary.
Further information for journalists:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
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