GEW started production in 1991 and AB Graphic was our first customer. We supplied them with our first UV system for installation on a Kopak 170 rotary letterpress machine and since then we’ve sold them over 600 units for digital printing applications and more than 100 for the flexo, semi-rotary and rotary letterpress processes,’ he added.
Tony Bell, sales director at AB Graphic International, took up the story: ‘We decided on the GEW UV system because we recognised the benefits of using an air-cooled design and GEW pioneered this type of technology. Most other companies at that time supplied high-maintenance water-cooled systems. GEW’s air-cooled system is unrivalled, not only minimising installations but also lowering investment costs.’
GEW presented a commemorative plaque and provided celebratory wine for AB Graphic International staff and thanked them for their business.
‘What stands out is that both GEW and AB Graphic International have grown and developed products that have enabled our businesses and the label industry to expand,’ commented Malcolm Rae. ‘This could not have happened without good management and people. Without the right people and work ethic there would be no business, no suppliers and no industry.’
Mike Burton, MD of AB Graphic International, endorsed these comments and thanked his staff for their efforts in bringing new products to market in time for launch at last year’s Labelexpo Europe.
AB Graphic International is represented in South Africa by CSM Machine Sales.