Gallus – Open House at new US Avery Dennison demo centre
Gallus staff and partners convene prior to the open house at Avery Dennison’s Mentor Ohio facility (Source: Gallus / Avery Dennison)
USA • Gallus organised an open house event for label printers at its new Avery Dennison demo center in Mentor Ohio on June 1, 2017 demonstrating its Gallus ECS 340 press. Headquartered in St. Gallen, Switzerland, the company was accompanied by several business partners presenting complementary technologies on UV curing, air drying systems, mounting systems, finishing equipment and materials.
Christof Naier, general manager Gallus Label Business, opened the session by outlining some of the improvements coming to Gallus customers by virtue of the pending acquisition by Heidelberg US. They include increased cooperation and training with Heidelberg service personnel to handle more first-level support, especially for the Gallus ECS 340, the new Gallus Labelmaster press and the Gallus Labelfire 340 digital-hybrid press lines.
In his remarks, Ferdinand Rüesch, anchor shareholder of Heidelberg and vice chairman of the board of Gallus, connected the past to the future by talking about the close relationship his father and grandfather established with the founder of Avery in the 1950s and 1960s.
Michael Ring, Gallus general manager of digital solutions, presented the case for digital and hybrid label printing, pointing out that short-run and personalization have become leading drivers for emerging technologies. He outlined the features and advantages of the new Gallus Labelfire 340, and spoke about the close collaboration between Heidelberg, Gallus and Fuji.
Dan Maurer introduced Omnifire, a new robotically operated print head which can be used to custom-print 3D objects for instant personalisation at the consumer level, to be released for sale in summer 2017.
The open house event was accompanied by further presentations by Brian Wenger from GEW, Claudia Fabbri from Prati, Chuck Irons of XDS and Gregg Gayle of AGFA. Visitors were also able to participate at a tour through Avery’s R&D department and to see the demonstration of the Gallus ECS 340.