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Goss to print labels on full-size web presses

Tuesday, 10 September 2013
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Web press manufacturer, Goss International, better known for its high-speed newspaper and heatset presses, is setting its sights on the label market. As a first time exhibitor at this year’s LabelExpo it will promote the benefits of printing labels on big, fast, web presses.

Goss sees its Sunday Vpak presses as an alternative to flexo and gravure for printing wraparound and in-mould labels, shrink sleeves and pouches, claiming it offers the same production versatility on flexible and non flexible substrates with the ability to print unsupported films as thin as nine microns.

Goss Vpak 500

While the benefits of offset printing on board and paper are understood for sheetfed applications, Goss contends that a broad spectrum of production advantages offered by web offset are not yet fully appreciated. The web press manufacturer argues the Sunday Vpak presses have the ability to print at the same premium quality as sheetfed, often in excess of double the output speeds, on less costly substrates and to finish in-line thus reducing work in progress and cutting lead-times.

“We’re excited to be exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe for the first time. This key European trade show gives us a perfect opportunity to showcase Sunday Vpak capabilities to brand owners and converters. We want to emphasize how this game-changing, web offset solution can meet their growing demands for higher print quality, lower costs, shorter runs and faster turn-around times.” said David Muncaster, director of EMEA business development for packaging at Goss International.

Goss will have on display the Vpak 3000 and Vpak 500 on stand 7L22 at the Brussels Expo on September 24-27. The two machines offer six standard web-widths from 521mm to 1905mm. They feature quick-change sleeve technology and come with the Goss Sunday gapless blanket technology.

“Consumer markets are looking for ever more variety from brands they know and trust, so the requirement to cost effectively produce more packaging variations in smaller quantities is a trend that will continue to build,” said Muncaster.

The rise of SKU’s (Stock Keeping Unit) is one of the key drivers behind the growth of web offset in packaging today, claiming the web offset ROI advantage versus flexo and gravure becomes evident when looking at the cost of plates and plate imaging, which becomes more critical as the number of image changes increases.


One Response to “Goss to print labels on full-size web presses”

  1. September 11, 2013 at 10:06 am,


    Who will be representing these presses in Australia?

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