Strongest label growth is in Asia
Although the label market accounts for just five percent of the worldwide print volume of around EUR 400 billion, it has the biggest growth potential in the industry. The annual growth in self-adhesive labels is over four percent, increasing to double digits for digital inkjet printing.
Asia is now the fastest growing label market in the world with over 40%, followed by Europe with 25% and the USA with almost 20%.
According to Heidelberg, Asia is a big market for conventional Gallus machines.
Label printer Fine Webtech Label Solution System in South Korea installed its fourth Gallus EM 430 S this year. Fine Webtech is a leader in label production for the household, personal care, cosmetics, and industry market segments. Its regular customers include brands like LG, Samsung and Amorepacific.
“The Gallus machines have increased our productivity and flexibility, and enabled us to expand our range of substrates,” said vice president Sunghwan Jang. “With the Gallus machines, we are competitive and can offer our customers the highest quality with the shortest delivery times.”
The Indian company Sonic Labels in Mumbai decided on a Gallus ECS 340. Founded seven years ago, the label printer serves the household, cosmetics, and industry market segments.
“We want to offer our customers high-quality labels at low prices, with delivery within 48 hours. The Gallus ECS 340 lets us do this,” said Aditya Ojha, head of marketing and design.
The Gallus ECS 340 has been the most successful and highest selling label printing press in its class since its introduction in 2009. Nearly 500 machines have been sold worldwide.
Heidelberg reported that it has sold over twenty Gallus Labelfire digital printing systems worldwide.
Heidelberg and Gallus are working intensively on new service offerings to promote digitization in businesses and offer customers a concrete added value. For example, the product “M-Call” offers automated ticket creation based on an autonomous process from the machine to the Gallus help desk that enables a faster response by the service team.
Customers also benefit from the virtually completed integration of the Gallus sales and service organisations into the Heidelberg Group, which means they can take advantage of Heidelberg’s worldwide service network.