Since the financial and economic crisis, there has been a trend towards more short-notice demand for label and folding carton printing machinery. This helped the Gallus Group put in a strong performance in the second half of 2014, achieving record sales in the final quarter with a positive impact on earnings.
Gallus has a positive view of the future. The Gallus DCS 340 digital label printing machine introduced at the Gallus Innovation Days is set to become a sales hit. Company management has decided to reinforce the team responsible for this digital converting system, recruiting specialist and management staff with expertise in digital printing.
QuadTech has formed a partnership with the Gallus Group to provide closed-loop color control and color measurement systems for its offset, flexo and gravure presses. Utilizing QuadTech technology, Gallus customers can quicken makeready and offer ultimate print quality and productivity, with inline color management.
The 28th edition of packagePRINTING's Excellence Awards competition lived up to its name. A wide array of entries representing the breadth of the package-printing industry—labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, and corrugated—again reflected what is happening throughout the industry as a whole.
The label market continues to be amazingly dynamic and presents an immense range of opportunities for converters no matter which technologies they use. And best of all, it's only going to grow and expand. No one, after all, wants to live in a world without labels.
On the heels of five years of losses, Heidelberg has achieved its key goal of making an annual profit. The net profit for 2013–2014 financial year (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014) was $5.44 million compared to a $159 million loss in the previous year.
Strategic cooperation between Heidelberg and Gallus has reached a new level. After completion of the latest transaction, Heidelberg will directly and indirectly hold 100 percent of the shares in Gallus Holding AG. Gallus a leading supplier in the packaging industry for labels and folding boxes.
There have been some notable developments in the digital production landscape for folding cartons, but overall the landscape has not changed significantly in the past year and a half.