Heidelberg launches inkjet system Gallus One in Asia Pacific

Heidelberg has launched the company’s first fully-digital label press, the Gallus One inkjet press, into the Asia Pacific market following a four-day label printing open house at Heidelberg Indonesia’s showroom in Jakarta.

Heidelberg welcomed 230 delegates from the Asia Pacific region at the open house event, with Dario Urbinati, CEO of the Gallus Group, and Thomas Frank, Heidelberg’s regional director for Asia Pacific, also in attendance.

The open house provided attendees the opportunity to see live demonstrations of the Gallus One inkjet press and the Gallus Labelmaster 440 flexo press.  

Gallus One is equipped with a range of automation features, to ensure the most competitive TCO while maintaining the highest print quality, consistency, and reliability. Additionally, with the fully digital printing press, ease of operation is taken to a new level by including a newly developed automated print head cleaning method, eliminating the need for manual cleaning and extending the lifespan of the print heads.

Gallus One can print 70 meter/minute, even with high opacity white of up to 85 per cent. It has a printing width of 340 mm and is able to print on a wide variety of self-adhesive materials such as papers and plastics as well as unsupported materials.

Gallus One can also be fully integrated into the Prinect workflow from Heidelberg. Developed jointly by Heidelberg and Gallus, the system combines the digital printing and software know-how of Heidelberg with the extensive expertise of Gallus in label printing.

Frank told attendees label printing is an increasingly important area of focus for the Heidelberg Group in the Asia-Pacific region.

“For this reason, we have opened the new showroom here in Jakarta, right in the center of our region, in a country where packaging and label production are growing well above the global average,” said Frank.

The launch of the new Gallus digital press in the Asia Pacific market follows successful installations in Europe and the US.

“This is a sound basis for our regional launch here. We have the infrastructure in Asia to handle press hardware, software, and consumables,” said Frank.

Urbinati and Gallus Group head of global sales Thomas Schweizer also discussed the rise of smart, connected printing and the future of the label and packaging industry during the event.

Further extensions to the Gallus One will be displayed during Drupa 2024 – the world’s leading trade fair for print technologies – which takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 28 May to 7 June.

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