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Harald Schulz, CEO, AR Packaging

Rising demand in North AmericaGidue expanding operationsIn April 2015, Gidue has announced the opening and expansion of the Gidue North American operations. Lance Shumaker, president of Gidue North America, is working in close cooperation with Gidue’s headquarters in Florence, Italy in order to strengthen the presence of the Gidue technology to new companies, and to locally support the existing Gidue customers. The expansion of the Gidue North American operations includes the addition of service personnel in both the Central/Eastern region and Western region, warehousing of Gidue parts in Chicago, demonstration center for the Gidue M5 Digital Flexo press located in Chicago, in cooperation with All Printing Resources (APR). The company has even added a senior application specialist in Chicago and expanded the sales organization with the addition of Lance Shumaker with Mat Jones.

Gidue was awarded with the 2014 Label Global Award for Innovation for the Digital Flexo Excellence Project, the latest revolutionary technology launched by Gidue for the labels and packaging industry“I’m very pleased to be the president of Gidue North America. I know
that Gidue is a true leader in innovative technologies. Gidue’s
technology has been supporting the success of many converters worldwide
for years, and I strongly trust in its advanced solutions for the labels
and packaging industry. Our main objective is to strengthen the Gidue
image worldwide and make the North American customers aware of what can
be produced with its revolutionary innovations.” said Shumaker.

Mat
Jones, national sales manager of Gidue North America, said, “I am
pleased to have Lance as a part of the North America sales management.
After a few years as a pioneer in the promotion of Gidue, it is great to
have the successful opening of the new Gidue Demonstration Center at
APR in Chicago with the support of APR Technical Solution Group,
dedicated to being up to date on new technologies, armed with the latest
in diagnostic tools, and experienced in problem solving that can
achieve consistent and sustainable results. I believe that today, Gidue
can be considered a good partner for all North American converters of
the labels and packaging market.”

“Currently Gidue has over 700
installations of presses worldwide, in more than 100 countries assisted
by its sales and service network spread over five continents. With the
birth of this new Gidue North American division, we believe we can face
the North American market demand in a better and much more productive
way. The positive background already shows that Gidue is able to
organize its team worldwide. What we expect from Gidue North America and
from the future, is an experienced sales and service organization,
which will be able to satisfy the needs of prospects and customers
everywhere in North America. There is no doubt, it’s time to demonstrate
that Gidue is not just a printing press manufacturer; but it is a
choice for print quality and productivity,” commented Federico
d’Annunzio, CEO of Gidue.