Heidelberg has acquired German digital press manufacturer CSAT as part of plans to expand its offering in the packaging sector.

The German press giant said that the acquisition would grow its digital print portfolio and widen its customer base in the packaging sector. Heidelberg will also gain access to CSAT's drop-on-demand inkjet technology and electrophotography through the deal.

CSAT, which employs 70 staff, specialises in the development, manufacture, and worldwide sales and service of full-colour digital printing systems, including consumables for the packaging industry. The company focuses mainly on the pharmaceutical sector while Heidelberg's digital unit has a broader range of clients in industries including cosmetics and food.

CSAT's current portfolio includes the DTS 1200 printing system with a resolution of 1,200 dpi, which is used in the pharmaceuticals industry for inline or offline printing of blister packs and package inserts. The company launched the ITS 600 two years ago, which features drop-on-demand inkjet technology and is geared towards high quality, variable, full-colour label printing.

A spokesperson for Heidelberg said that products would continue to be sold under the CSAT brand for the time being but that this could change over the coming weeks and months.