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Aditya Ojha and Kapil Vaidya with the new Gallus ECS 340

Sonic Labels is a 7-year-old first-generation business that provides print for plastic houseware, pens and cosmetic industries. Recently, the Mumbai-based company purchased a Gallus ECS 340 9-colour flexo press with cold foil, lamination and chilled impression cylinders for printing self-adhesive, shrink sleeve and in-mould labels on thin, extensible and unsupported films.

“The Gallus ECS 340 supports our near-term objective of supplying high-quality labels at affordable rates with turnaround-times as short as 48 hours,” Aditya Ojha, head of the Design and Marketing department at Sonic labels says enthusiastically. “The industrial grade construction of the ECS 340 with automation including electronic presetting functions and job data recall, along with design features such as short web paths and light weight sleeve systems aid in faster job set up. Features like dynamic print pressure, zero gap print, enclosed ink tray systems, chilled impression cylinder ensure very high quality print with minimum waste,” states Kapil Vaidya, head of the Technical department at Sonic Labels.

With its tried-and-tested Gallus sleeve technology, the ECS 340 has an exceptionally short web path of 1.1 meters that reduces production waste significantly, resulting in cost-effective label production. “The Gallus ECS340 continues to be the best-seller in its class of equipment. Configuration flexibility is a compelling advantage for this flexo press that can be freely extended by adding two modules at a time. The modular design also helps accommodate optional embellishing techniques such as screen printing, cold foil and rotary die-cutting,” adds Pravin Mahajan, assistant general manager of Gallus-Heidelberg India.

“Rave reviews simply reaffirm the excellent after-sales support and service we have experienced first-hand. The Heidelberg team has been a huge pillar to rely upon. We look forward to taking our business to a new level to deliver sustained growth and profitability. The ECS340 boosts our production capacity to cater to customers’ distinct and diverse requirements. We are targeting new revenue avenues, including the cosmetic, lubricant and liquor segments, in addition to existing businesses,” concludes Vaidya.

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