It’s easy to see how producing small folding cartons on reelfed presses, rather than on sheetfed offset presses, can offer real economic advantages. Also, the best of UV flexo will readily match offset quality. Yet, despite the best efforts of most narrow web press manufacturers, it represents a different type of culture and consequently has never achieved mainstream acceptance, or not at least among European converters. Therefore, it’s interesting that the Gallus Group should take a sideways move into this sector by buying a 30 percent stake in BHS Druck- und Veredelungstechnik GmbH. BHS is a familiar name among midweb and wide web packaging printers as a manufacturer of high end shaftless presses and converting machines. The company has a turnover of €28 million ($33.60 million) and employs 120 people.
Gallus Group will integrate its folding carton business within an autonomous business unit. The deal also gives it useful access to BHS’s expertise in high quality diecutting technology. Cutting and creasing thin, preprinted carton board at speed, with integrated waste handling and conveying procedures, tends to divide the men from the boys. It is also possible to recognize a synergy with Heidelberg’s sheetfed range of offset carton presses, including postpress systems. As is widely known, the German press manufacturer holds a 30 percent stake in the Gallus Group. Therefore, by association, the BHS deal opens up several possibilities for all concerned in the webfed packaging world.