Heidelberg-Gallus India celebrate sales landmarks

Benefit to customer score – Gallus 100; Heidelberg 350

Heidelberg-Gallus India celebrate sales landmarks
L to R:Samir Patkar, MD, Gallus India, Klaus Bachstein Gallus CEO,Rene Ludvigsen, CEO, Heidelberg Asia Pacific,Klaus Nielsen,Heidelberg India MD, Heidelberg Switzerland CEO Ferdinand Reusch and his wife Karin Ruesch, and Christof Naier, head of sales and marketing, Gallus

Heidelberg Switzerland CEO Ferdinand Reusch, Heidelberg Asia PacificCEO Rene Ludvigsen, Klaus Bachstein Gallus CEO, Heidelberg India MD Klaus Nielsen, Christof Naier, head of sales and marketing, Gallus and Samir Patkar, head of sales – Asia Pacific, Gallus together with more than 75 team members of the two organizations in India and more than 200 CEOs and directors of Indian packaging and label companies in India held a celebration of the long innings that these two organizations have worked together in India.

The celebration marked the 100th narrow web label press sale to Pravesha Industries. Pravesha has purchased a 10-color ECS340 narrow web flexo press that will be installed in April 2016. The 350th brand new Heidelberg sheetfed press has been purchased by the headquarters in Mumbai and multi-location Parksons Packaging – another Heidelberg CX-102 6-color plus coater press, the third such press from Heidelberg that the company will be installing with a short time span of perhaps 15 months.

It is clear that in just a week after Asia Pacific journalists visited Gallus in St. Gallen and together with journalists and analysts from North America and Europe visited Heidelberg, the new Heidelberg (wherein the company now owns 100% of Gallus and Ferdinand Reusch is the anchor investor, or single largest private individual shareholder with about 9% of Heidelberg’s shares) is very focussed on a new hard-hitting and focussed innings in India and Asia.

The celebration on 5 March not just of the individual achievement of two companies that have dominated the industry in their respective areas but more of a pledge that the united company will leverage each component organization’s enthusiasm and strengths in bringing benefits to their customers. These benefits include technology, resources in servicing and spare parts and domain resources in achieving excellence. The word ‘family’ was used several times during the evening. And it was a family and community celebration in many respects – particularly in the way it points to the future of the industry and for the future of the new united company’s customers. The celebration also pointed to drupa in end-May 2016 in Dusseldorf and to the second Gallus Innovation Days to be held in St. Gallen in September 2016.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.