Edition 40 / December 2014

South Africa’s first Gallus ECS 340 for RAKO Tamperseal

A Gallus ECS 340 forms the new centrepiece at T/A RAKO Tamperseal (Pty) Ltd., part of the global RAKO GROUP. The eight-colour UV flexographic printing machine with cold foil unit for finishing is the first of its kind in South Africa and another competitive boost for this relatively young company.

It was primarily the ability of the Gallus ECS 340 to produce both self-adhesive and SSL labels that led to its deployment a few weeks ago in Cape Town – as this was a major factor in the decision by RAKO Tamperseal to opt for this particular press. The 29-man company can now offer both kinds of technology under one roof and, thanks to the Gallus ECS 340, meet the ever-growing demands of its customers.

The ECS 340 is the first machine from Gallus to be used at RAKO Tamperseal, and so far managing director Uwe Bögl has nothing but praise for the new press: “At just 1.1 m, the extremely short web path between the printing units has dramatically reduced the waste, and the optimized settings of the impression cylinders are another key success factor. The Gallus ECS 340 has helped us to reduce our setup times to an absolute minimum.” Steve Skerrett, managing director at RAKO Tamperseal, adds: “We can totally rely on the register accuracy of the Gallus ECS 340 for our production needs. It allows us to focus on preparing the next job without constantly having to check the print results. What I like best about the press is its technical granite base, which means it runs extremely quietly and with little movement. This enables us to maintain excellent printing quality for our customers, despite running at the maximum production speed of up to 165 m/min.”

Uwe Bögl and Steve Skerrett, managing directors at RAKO Tamperseal, have nothing but praise for the new installed Gallus ECS 340.

RAKO Tamperseal recently attended the “Gallus Innovation Days” at Gallus headquarters in St. Gallen. “When we learned that Gallus would be running an open house event, we certainly didn’t want to miss out on the world premiere of the new digital printing press for labels,” explains Uwe Bögl, “and I have to say that the prototype of the Gallus DCS 340 really convinced us. The growing demand for short runs and personalised or versioned labels is also an increasingly decisive factor in our competitiveness. I can’t see any print shop bucking this trend over the next few years. Gallus is the only all-round supplier to offer tried-and-tested conventional products alongside brand new digital printing methods under one roof – which is a key advantage from our point of view.”

The entire RAKO GROUP has benefited from using Gallus machines for a number of years now – the fact that it has acquired five new machine systems this year alone speaks for itself. Sundrin Moodley, African Region Sales Director at Gallus, is delighted at the company’s evident trust and the progressive establishment of the Gallus brand on the rapidly growing African markets: “With its global network of regional sales and service organizations, Gallus guarantees fully comprehensive, locally based customer service. The economic and quality assurance aspects of Gallus machine systems are also highly appreciated on the African market and provide evidence that top print quality and cost-efficient production do not necessarily have to be mutually exclusive. This all leads me to believe that Africa will form another growth area for label printers in the future – and one where Gallus can offer success and security as a long-term partner in this field.”


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