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Gidue to launch wider version Xpannd at open house

Gidue’s latest combined offset/flexo press, the Xpannd 450, will be launched during an open house at the company’s Turate, Italy, facility on November 27-28.

The wider width of the press, 450mm, allows it to print shrink sleeves as well as self-adhesive labels, and therefore brings Gidue’s offset and flexo combination machine to a new range of customers.

The flexible, modular machine, which can print of a variety of substrates and can also include silkscreen, gravure and hot stamping units, has met with SID certification from the BVDM (German Association for Printing).

The press contains a patent-pending multi-process organizer, which allows handling and storage of offset cassettes and multi-process heads, thus reducing load handling by the operator.

‘Despite the present recession, Gidue has decided to “re-launch” itself in a series of new R&D projects. I believe that the label industry is suffering a general crisis due to production over-capacity and lack of differentiation within label converters,’ stated Federico d’Annunzio, president of Gidue. ‘The new Xpannd 450, with its “uncommon” width and its total flexibility, can be the answer for label printers who seek for better profit performances for their companies and not simply for a turnover increase.’

The first Xpannd 450 (6-color offset, 4-color flexo) has been installed at I.B.E., Industry Business European in Italy. One Xpannd 370 (5 offset, 3 flexo, 1 hot stamping and 1 silkscreen) will also be on display at the open house.