Italian manufacturer Gidue has expanded into Australia and New Zealand through a collaboration with its distributor Gulmen Engineering Pty Ltd (G.E.). Presson Labels of Auckland, New Zealand and Rapid Labels of Victoria, Australia have both recently installed Gidue presses.
Presson Labels is a manufacturer of self-adhesive labels which is based in New Zealand and founded in 1990. In December 2012, the Gidue Combat M1 press was installed and, since then, Presson Labels says it is successfully using it to produce high-standards of labels. The 370 mm width configuration offers eight-color UV with chilled drums, servo-motor in-feed, pre-register and the SnowBall. Presson Labels' machine gives the possibility to run different substrates for the production of self-adhesive labels, sleeves and wrap-around labels. Kevin Aisher, Presson Labels’ chief director, says, “The Gidue M1 press was the best choice we could make! Our market is extremely demanding, therefore we needed a quick change press to be flexible on delivery time as well as quality. GIDUE M1 is a lethal “weapon” printing press!”
Rapid Labels is an Australian self-adhesive label company established in 1982. Its wide label range includes products for several field applications, e.g. food and beverage, wine, cosmetics, chemical and pharmaceutical products. Last September, during Label Expo Americas, Rapid Labels decided to invest on the new Gidue M5 Digital Flexo to print unlimited materials such as self-adhesive, unsupported film, aluminum foils, carton, tubes, etc.
The machine is a fully servo driven press width 430mm, equipped with eight-colors UV and Final Air Dryer, HD Cameras (PrintTutor) which reads the printed image on each print unit and automatically adjusts the print pressure, register and density, thanks to the seven servo-motors in each print station. The converting section has the waste material rewinder SnowBall and three die-cutting units equipped with Digi-Gap for automatic die-cutting pressure disengagement and “digital” die-cutting pressure control. According to the company, Rapid Labels found it to be the best option within the market in terms of printing consistency, waste reduction, quick set up and high speed.
Sean Kennon, the owner of the Australian company, says, “I purchased Gidue press after watching a video. I watched the same video on many occasions and I felt so confident about my final decision that I ordered over the telephone. The Press looks even better in real life than in video. The Gidue team together with Gulmen Engineering made it all happen within a short space of time”.
According to the company, Gidue's move into Australia and New Zealand is the direct consequence of a working partnership between the Italian manufacturer and Gulmen Engineering Ltd (G.E.). The relationship between Gidue and G.E. started almost 7 years ago. Since that day, G.E. has been the exclusive provider of the Gidue product range in Australia and New Zealand. In those regions, G.E.’s collaboration allowed the installation of about 15 Gidue machines.