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New Offset /Flexo Xpannd 450 for labels and sleeves introduced during the next GIDUE Open House

Larger print width and top printing quality for shrink sleeves and self-adhesive labels

GIDUE latest combined offset/flexo press Xpannd 450, will be presented during the next GIDUE Open House on the 27th and 28th of November. The wider width of the press, 450mm, is convenient for printing both self-adhesive and shrinkable sleeves and makes offset/flexo combination a valuable choice for a larger number of converters.

The offset/flexo Xpannd 450 is a viable solution for label converters who want to increase profitability during the actual market slowdown. With its characteristics of high printing quality at lower operating costs, full versatility on the choice of the substrates (from rough papers to shrinkable materials), total flexibility on the choice of the available technologies (offset, flexo, silkscreen, gravure, hot stamping, etc.), limited ‘risks’ on difficult high-end jobs, 'glocal' standardisation and lower offset plate costs for short runs printing, full digital flow integration with the digital process, the Xpannd 450 is an efficient tool to be proactive and flexible in any competitive market.

The Xpannd Hi-Offset system meets the BVDM (German Association for Printing) guidelines in terms of dot gain, colour fading, slur and doubling, ghosting and streaking and obtained for this reason the SID certification.

The accurate GIDUE web tension and temperature controls on the Xpannd 450, and the Universal Platform concept (modular printing station for the interchange of different printing processes – flexo, silkscreen, hot stamping, gravure), make the printing of offset/flexo and multi-process on several filmic substrates a realistic opportunity to enter new markets.

The Digital Automation of the Xpannd 450, in combination with offset and multi-process, helps reducing waste and set-up times and represents a choice for owners of digital, intermittent offset, sheet-fed offset presses and for label converters whose need is to print short runs cost-effectively.

The high-end offset/flexo combination quality is an alternative solution for UV flexo label printers who look for product and market differentiation or want to serve their existing customers offering new and higher standards.

Due to the wider size of the press, special attention is given to safety and to the ease of use through the multi-process Organizer (Patent Pending). This Organizer allows the handling and storage of the Offset Cassettes and of the multi-process heads and is positioned in front of the machine for its entire length. No load handling, no stress and no risks for the operator are involved. A ‘lean’ working environment makes format and process change simple, fast and well-organized.

“Despite the present recession times, 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 - states Federico d’Annunzio, President of Gidue S.p.A. – 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 (4-colour offset, 6-colour flexo) has been successfully installed at I.B.E., Industry Business European, of Merate (Lc), Italy. One Xpannd 370 (5 offset, 3 flexo, 1 hot stamping and 1 silkscreen) will be on display at GIDUE plant, in Italy, during the next Open House. GIDUE Team is looking forward to meeting you on the 27th and 28th November, write to to receive detailed information on the event.