Leo Designs & Packaging To Accelerate Production Plans with Acquisition of a New Gallus ECS 340

Leo Designs,a design and packaging company in India based in Himachal Pradesh recently acquired a Gallus ECS 340, a nine-colour flexo press in order to decrease the pressure of orders on the already existing three narrow-web flexo presses.Leo caters to customers from the cosmetics, food, beverage, pharmaceuticals and electronics industries.

The Gallus ECS 340 flexo press comes with screen printing and cold-foiling units.

Rao set up Leo Designs & Packaging along with his brother Varun Rao in 2008. Rao is in charge of production and sales and finance is headed by Varun Rao. The Leo Packaging 4-acre plant employs over 200 people.

The managing director of  Leo Design & Packaging, Vivek Rao, speaking on the recent investment said, “With increased capacities, we are able to give better client satisfaction. Our clients and their positive growth trajectory and newer growth opportunities prompted the investment.”

Rao said he chose the Gallus ECS 340 despite good global market leaders offering in the segment of pressure-sensitive labels, because he believes, “It is the best and the elite of the flexo world’.“Besides, Team Gallus came across very professionally in the entire exercise,” he added.

Varun Rao said the brothers decided to go for packaging because it seemed to be the right industry for a motley industry group. Rao also went on to state that, “We started with an offset machine in 2008, and in the last 11 years, we have installed five offset printing presses along with shipper carton set-up and four narrow-web flexo machines and soon will add lamitube manufacturing machinery,” Rao said.

According to Pravin Mahajan, AGM (Gallus) — Heidelberg India, a growing number of label printers are opting for Gallus ECS 340, mainly due to its various applications.

Pravin beleives,'The equipment will adhere to the critical challenges of the label market, which now faces rising cost pressures, complex designs, shrinking run lengths, and on-time deliveries.The Gallus ECS 340 goes beyond these label printing demands and ensures maximum productivity with cost-effectiveness.Exceptionally short web path of just 1.1 m results in significant waste reduction, providing cost-effective production.The ECS 340's modular design helps accommodate embellishing techniques like flexographic and screen printing, cold foil printing and rotary die cutting. production.

Mahajan also mentioned that ECS 340's industrial grade construction gives it an edge over its competitors. Mahajan states, 'Automated job data recall, electronic presetting function, short web paths and lightweight sleeve systems enhance setup times significantly.  Advanced features such as dynamic printing pressure, zero gap printing, enclosed ink tray systems, chilled printing cylinder help to deliver quality printing with minimum waste output.'

Leo's manufacturing floor is equipped with multiple Heidelberg printing presses, Nilpeter and Mark Andy narrow-web flexo printing presses, plus Kodak solvent-free thermal CTP, fully automatic inspection systems, and a UK-based developer's ERP system.

Rao of Leo, said, 'The idea was to offer our customers a single-point offering. We are still striving to work in that direction. Multiple vertical management has its set of challenges, of course, but there are also opportunities. Our focus is on customer service and customer satisfaction.'

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