It is part of a Heidelberg Druckmaschine, here you see the machine in full:
It’s a 18 x 23 Heidelberg Cylinder (Ger., Eng.). Basically there are Zylinderpressen and Tiegelpressen (Ger., Eng.), Heidelberg built all sorts. In fact modern newspaper printing is based on cylinderpresses, and the Herren KOENIG (Ger., Eng.) & BAUER (Ger., Eng.) (KBA, Ger., Eng.) have earned their place in history here. Everything else, like accidentials (Akzidenzdruck) and books and whatnot – what is not newspaper – is, or better: was best made on a Heidelberg.
Black. Heavy. Reliable. Seemingly indestructible. Those who learned on them, loved and respected them … recklessly.
The Drucksaal, where these pictures were taken, does not exist anymore: The whole equipment was sold via a specialized Belgian broker: A crew came by and within 48 hours the hall was empty. A (big) part of the machinery was to be shipped directly to Karatchi (Ger., Eng.), an entrepreneur had bought it: The machines were put into wooden crates, these stuffed into containers, put on a truck (it took two trucks for the whole thing, four small containers) and off it went to Amsterdam. It is possible that the machinery was working again within four weeks. That is what we call globalization.