Gulf Packaging System (GPS) is part of the Gulf United Investment Group and has a purpose-built production plant in Jeddah, dedicated to the flexible packaging industry in and around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since then, GPS has grown rapidly and now has a vast product range which comprises PET preforms, PET bottles and jars in various shapes and sizes for soft drinks, mineral water and edible oils, the pharmaceutical industry, collapsible laminate tubes for personal care products, caps and closures and flexible packaging materials.
To meet increasing demand for slit reels of flexible materials in narrow widths, especially for printed sleeves and narrow labels for mineral water bottles, GPS decided last year to invest in an additional slitting capacity to meet its requirements. “Our customers are continually looking to reduce the cost of materials, especially in the highly competitive mineral water market,” explains Ali Hashem, CEO of GPS.
The Titan ER610 recently commissioned at GPS is a 1,350 mm wide duplex slitter-rewinder with the option to run at 550metres a minute and includes a laser core positioning system and electric unwind roll pick-up from the floor. Rewind reel diameters can be up to 610 mm with slit widths as narrow as 20 mm. The Titan ER610 also complements the production of the older Titan SR8 slitter-rewinder running a wider range of flexible packaging materials in various thicknesses for plastic films, laminates and paper.
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