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Gallus adds digital printing solutions from Heidelberg to its portfolio for label printers

The demand for short and/or variable print runs is growing extremely rapidly on the label printing market. As a result, professional label printers increasingly require digital printing systems that enable flexible, high-quality and cost-efficient production of such runs. Gallus is therefore adding the Heidelberg Linoprint L digital drop-on-demand (DoD) system to its portfolio. It is offering these systems with immediate effect in Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia via its sales and service organisations. Further markets will follow gradually. In this connection, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and the Gallus Group have signed an international sales and service agreement for the Heidelberg Linoprint L digital printing systems.

“Digital label printing is a key growth segment in our industry and offers our customers the potential to obtain additional business. In conjunction with the Heidelberg Linoprint L digital systems, our solutions for flexographic, offset and screen printing enable label printers to significantly boost their competitiveness by meeting even the toughest requirements in terms of flexibility and quality,” says Klaus Bachstein, CEO of the Gallus Group.

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Jason Oliver (Heidelberg) and Stefan Heiniger (Gallus) signing the global sales agreement for the Heidelberg Linoprint L.

“The sales agreement with Gallus means greater market access for our Heidelberg Linoprint L systems in the growth segment of digital label printing. It enables us to benefit from Gallus’s comprehensive application know-how in the field of label production. For their part, users gain access to inkjet and workflow technologies from Heidelberg that have already demonstrated their credentials in the packaging sector,” adds Jason Oliver, head of the Digital Printing business area at Heidelberg.

Heidelberg Linoprint L for integrated digital full-colour label printing

The Heidelberg Linoprint L uses the drop-on-demand inkjet method. It offers a resolution of 600 dpi and a printing speed of up to 48 metres per minute in four-colour mode. This makes the system an ideal addition for high-quality flexographic, offset and screen printing applications where small batches need to be produced cost-efficiently as and when required or variable data needs to be printed on prefabricated labels. The digital printing system is also suitable for new applications such as smart labels, security printing or trackable labels.

Heidelberg supplies its Heidelberg Linoprint L with the Prinect Digital Print Manager Label, a digital front end specifically developed for this press and based on the Prinect workflow technology that Heidelberg has been using for more than ten years in commercial printing applications. The Prinect Digital Print Manager Label also uses the company’s tried-and-tested colour management. It automates the production workflow and can also be integrated into the user’s existing workflow.

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The Heidelberg Linoprint L for cost-efficient, high-quality digital label printing.

“The Heidelberg Linoprint L and our management information system are the ideal complement to our existing portfolio of solutions for the cost-efficient production of short runs – the revolutionary Gallus ECS 340 flexographic press and the Gallus ECS C digital finishing system based on this unit,” says Stefan Heiniger, COO Label Business at Gallus.

Gallus will be showcasing the functions and benefits of combined label production with digital and conventional production equipment with its print shop concept at the upcoming Labelexpo from 24 – 27 September 2013 in Brussels.
Heidelberg unveiled the Heidelberg Linoprint L at drupa 2012. The system is a further development of the drop-on-demand technology of CSAT GmbH, which Heidelberg acquired in 2011. It is suitable for label printing applications and for integration in the production lines of pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of branded goods. Sales to these customers will continue to pass via Heidelberg.