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Platypus Graphics unpacks new Asian gear

Friday, 09 February 2018
By Jake Nelson

The Winshine 9905D high-output carton erector.

Brisbane printer Platypus Graphics has expanded its packaging capability with the addition of a new carton erector. Unlike most of these machines, Platypus’ gear is Taiwanese – and just as good as European kit for half the price, says director Tom Lusch.

Platypus has invested in a Winshine 9905D high-output carton erector, supplied through Graph-Pak, and so far Lusch has been very pleased with how it operates. “The new machine’s going very well. We’ve only had it in for two months now, and it’s probably twice as productive as our old one. The service and training have been good, and we’re very happy with the result,” said Lusch.

Lusch made the purchase decision after accompanying Tom Ralph, managing director of Graph-Pak, and another Australian customer on a trip to Taiwan to see Winshine’s plant in operation. “Platypus has always been mostly European machinery, but of late we opted to go Taiwanese equipment. We find the Taiwanese gear very reliable and strong,” he said. “Our first Asian packing machinery was a Goodstrong double action board sheeter, which has proven to be extremely reliable over the last eight years.”

The carton erector, which folds, glues and re-shapes die-cut cardboard into cartons suitable for the food industry, has added much-needed production capacity to Platypus’ operations. “We’re happy with the service and the quality and value for money,” said Lusch.

Tom Lusch (left) with Tom Ralph in Taiwan.

Tom Ralph says Taiwanese kit like this represents a great way for small packaging printers, or even commercial printers looking for new revenue streams, to explore a new market for a much lower upfront investment than European machinery and without having to outsource their operations. “Printers like to print on everything they can, but would have been ruled out of this race before. These days, however, with affordable and reliable equipment coming out of Taiwan, commercial and packaging printers can enter – and be competitive in – markets they couldn’t before. Their only alternative previously would have been to purchase a European machine at four times the price, which doesn’t add up,” Ralph said.

As customer demand grows, Ralph says he and Graph-Pak will continue work with suppliers to meet his clients’ needs. “Graph-Pak has always followed the trends of what customers are looking for, and in this case there are more on-demand, just-in-time and short-run packaging jobs in the market. Graph-Pak then needs to supply good, robust, user-friendly and economical equipment to allow our customers to enter the market and compete with offshore companies. We continue to stay at the front of the race by dealing with blue-chip suppliers, and Winshine fits that mould perfectly,” he said.

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