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Granite press is on a roll

Tuesday, 22 December 2009
By Print 21 Online Article

Two ECS 340 label presses are bound for Australia as Gallus sells 20 of the granite-based presses in less than 3 months.

“This press will change the way people do labels, “ said James Rodden, managing director, Gallus Australia. “It is designed to cater for the commodity label market. So far the results have been sensational.”

The press has been such a success that the German manufacturing plant is fully booked through to the 2nd quarter of 2010.
The first Australian ECS 340 will be installed at a local label converter in April, while the second machine will be available for a Gallus Open House in Melbourne. The press is the company’s entry into the huge commodity label market. It attracts a much lower price point for a Gallus machine, yet still has full servo control and sleeve technology.

One of the attractions of the model is waste savings with an 11-metre web from unwind to rewind on an eight colour. This can be compared with up to 40 metres in the machine on some other presses. As substrate cost can account for up to 50% of a label’s cost, this is an important saving.
Gallus has positioned the ECS 340 at below AUD$650,000 for a seven colour machine. At this rate a confident Rodden maintains, “there will many be more in Australia.”

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