Gallus group achieves turnover of CHF 201 million (previous year CHF 178 million)
Stable Label business
Despite the uncertain economic situation and a clear decline in demand in the second half of 2011, the volume of the label business was slightly above that of the preceding year.
The development of the sales and service presence in developing countries played a decisive role in this regard. The further development of the Gallus ECS 340, which had been introduced in 2009 and to which essential functions were added in 2011, supported the development as well. This machine system is remarkable for being the first in the printing press industry to use technical granite as the carrier material for the printing and processing units. Together with other innovations, this machine enables considerable productivity gains in the production of commodity labels.
Strong increase in the folding cartons business
Thanks to a satisfactory level of business from orders received in 2010 and the first installations of the Gallus ICS 670, there was a significant expansion of business in the folding carton business unit. The Gallus ICS 670 is an inline printing press concept that permits various printing and finishing processes and allows the manufacture of blanks from the cardboard roll in a single pass. This ensures maximum efficiency and economy for the manufacture of highly embellished folding cartons.
Gallus will exhibit the Gallus ICS 670 machine system with further important improvement features and expansion possbilities at DRUPA 2012, the most important trade fair in this sector.
The Gallus Group
The Gallus group is the world market leader in the development, production and sale of narrow-web, reel-fed presses designed for label manufacturers. Its folding carton business is being developed with a range of wide-web, reel-fed presses and die-cutters for the cost-effective in-line production of folding cartons and cardboard products. Its range of machines is complemented by consumables, local service and spare parts throughout the world. In 1999 Gallus entered into a cooperation agreement with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, the world market leader for print and media industry solutions. Gallus employs around 590 people, of whom 280 are based in Switzerland. The group headquarters is in St. Gallen.