Edition 41 / March 2015

MP switches over to Gallus

MP S.r.l., based in Alba, in the Langhe region of Italy, has always printed wine labels. The company was founded in 1973 by partners Manissero and Pelassa (hence MP), at a time when all labels were printed on paper sheets. The company has invested a great deal of effort, produced millions of labels and always worked with the latest generation of Heidelberg printing presses to ensure it achieves the best possible quality and performance. Over the years, sons Maurizio Pelassa and Fabio Manissero joined the company, bringing a fresh burst of enthusiasm to the business.

Due to the burgeoning demand for printed self-adhesive labels, the company decided to embark on a strategic realignment. However, a move like this brings with it a whole range of issues and concerns for any company. The first question was which technology would be best, since wine labels are printed in short to medium runs to the highest standards of print quality and with subsequent finishing.

Investment decisions such as these, which are crucial for cost-efficiency and technology, can herald a successful start in a new market – if the right decisions are taken. Get them wrong, however, and it can mean the end of the line.

MP opted for a Gallus TCS 250 with five offset printing units, a hot foil embossing unit, a flexographic varnishing unit, a rotary screenprinting unit and a semi-rotary die cutter. The press is also equipped with an insetting control system for orders involving more than five offset inks or a second pass through the screenprinting unit. The engineers from Macchingraf, the Gallus subsidiary in Italy, installed the machine in July in a record time of just one week, ensuring that the large volume of orders that had already been taken could be processed quickly.

MP chose a Gallus machine system due to the outstanding print quality, varied finishing processes (hot foil embossing, screenprinting and flexographic printing) and superior technological features of the presses. However, another reason the company opted for a Gallus machine was the peace of mind that comes from knowing that the Gallus sales and service partner Macchingraf is close at hand. The Italian team provides customers with extensive advice and support both prior to installation and afterwards, as they build their success.

Sons Maurizio Pelassa and Fabio Manissero in front of the new Gallus TCS 250

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