With the establishment of two fully autonomous divisions, Gallus is making sure that the interests and resources of each area are tailored exclusively to customers in both the label printing and folding carton manufacturing segments. We generate synergies, above all, from the shared technology platforms and broad application experience that we employ across the divisions.
In future, Gallus's experience with the needs of customers specialising in folding carton printing and manufacture and the conclusions that can be derived from these for label printing will generate benefits for customers in the label printing sector, too.
In 2012, drupa once again generated important momentum and set key trends for the industry, with a noticeably high number of exhibitors reporting on visitors' willingness to invest. The trade fair was also a success for Gallus.
Many experts identified packaging printing as the dominant topic at drupa, with trends towards inline processing, automation and digital printing / digitisation of the value added chain in the manufacture of print/packaging products.
Inline processing has long been an established feature of the label printing sector, with label printing being used at a very early stage to map as many processing steps as possible in inline machines. However, the topics of digitisation and automation are still relatively uncharted territories for this sector.
Gallus is tackling these two topics in label printing and, at Labelexpo 2012 in Chicago, plans to launch the manufacture of labels in a hybrid production environment, i.e. with digital and conventional machines and specialised workflow products in cooperation with the Heidelberg Group companies CERM and CSAT. This will demonstrate how digital and conventional printing processes complement each other in label print shops by using appropriate software products to select the printing process best suited to each job and workflow software for controlling the entire process.
Let us now turn our attention to the contents of this edition of Gallus In Touch.
Developing the new Gallus EM 430 S involved introducing a new control platform along with numerous machine innovations. The Gallus EM 430 S is based on the same platform as the Gallus ECS 340. Read more about how Gallus is making systematic use of the resultant synergies between the two machine systems: The new Gallus EM 430 S
As mentioned in the previous edition of Gallus In Touch, Gallus Screeny packaging has had a complete makeover and been totally rejuvenated, with a new design and new functions. Redesigning the packaging also involved revising the label function and introducing the new “Genuine Plates” seal of quality: New seal of quality – Gallus Screeny Genuine Plates
Grupo Fibrafil, based in the Peruvian capital Lima, is one of the leading Latin-American manufacturers of two agro-industrial products for sun protection materials and binding twine for tomatoes used in greenhouses. The company is now entering the label market and has therefore invested in a Gallus ECS 340 flexographic press. Read more about this here: New label printer in Peru
The global sleeve label market is growing faster than any other labelling technology. The introduction of new label materials and labelling technologies and the associated cost savings in label production help explain this growth. Read more about the success and challenges of sleeve labels in Sleeve labels – trends and challenges.
In a series of three articles we are devoting special attention to low migration, currently one of the most hotly discussed topics in the label industry. Find out more about how standards and regulations are designed to ensure food safety, how label printing is affected, the consequences and how the situation can be successfully handled in practice. In this first article, David Baumann focuses on the basic relevance of regulations for label printers: Low migration in UV label printing – part 1
Gallus India Private Limited, our sales and service centre in India which was founded at the end of last year, is responsible for the markets of southern Asia, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. The company is headquartered in Mumbai and has branches in Bangalore and soon in Delhi. Managing Director is Samir Patkar, who has been responsible for Gallus products at Heidelberg India for many years. The article Global Gallus sales and service centres – Gallus India Private Limited introduces you to Gallus India Private Limited and Samir Patkar.
The recently founded Gallus Parts & Services profit centre will ensure that all services and parts logistics for Gallus letterpress machines will be provided entirely by the Gallus Group. Read more about the full customer service for older generation Gallus machines: Gallus Parts & Services for Gallus letterpress machines.
Having devoted a series of articles in the previous four editions of Gallus In Touch to factors influencing quality in offset printing, we are now turning our attention back to flexographic printing. In a two-part article, Roger Oberholzer takes a closer look at the features and key influencing factors of flexographic printing and explains the enduring popularity of this method of printing.
This time round in our series of articles We are Gallus, we introduce you to Sebastian Gombert. Sebastian's links with the Gallus Group date back to his student days. Today, as product line manager for the Gallus ECS 340, he is responsible for the technical aspects and further development of this machine series.
We very much hope you enjoy reading this 30th edition of Gallus In Touch.
Klaus Bachstein Stefan Heiniger
CEO Gallus Group COO Label Business