Print & Pack Australia and New Zealand, a supplier of packaging, printing and converting equipment, has kicked off 2020 with the announcement that it is now the sole distributor of Bobst printing and packaging technology in the region.
Print & Pack has for the last two decades distributed Bobst’s sheetfed production lines but from January 1, 2020 it will now manage the distribution and servicing of the Swiss manufacturing giant’s whole range.
The decision to shift its webfed and labels machinery to Print & Pack was made in mid-2019 but did not come into formal effect until January 1, 2020. The webfed side of the business was previously distributed through TCL Hofmann with the narrow web and mid-web labels offering managed by Gulmen Engineering.
“We have been distributing the Bobst sheedfed products for the last two decades and now we are taking on the labels and webfed activities as well,” Print & Pack managing director Carsten Wendler told Sprinter.
“It was all split in three and now it is all under one roof.
“We have to thank both TCL Hofmann and Gulmen Engineering for what they have done.
“All the activity has now come under one roof so we are literally becoming Bobst Australia.”
The new equipment coming on board at Print & Pack includes Bobst’s cl flexo presses from its Bielefeld site in Germany; its rotogravure presses, coating and laminating lines from Bobst Italy; its narrow/mid web inline flexo and hybrid presses from Bobst Firenze as well as metallizers from Bobst Manchester.
Wendler has welcomed Bobst’s decision for Print & Pack to become a fully extended arm of the Bobst organisation, adding this is an exciting time for webfed production and other new technologies with a number of new technologies unveiled in 2019 with more expected at drupa 2020 in June.
Print & Pack has 25 staff members in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland with a key focus on the packaging, printing and converting industries. The company boasts a service structure that supports Bobst with dedicated and highly skilled factory trained team of electro mechanics and mechatronic engineers.
Since 2018 Print & Pack has also been fully integrated into the SAP system from Bobst to manage the spare parts activities in this region for its principal.
The changes have prompted Wendler to now employ a new sales person and a technician with a team of service engineers due to head off to Europe at the end of the January to receive necessary training.
Wendler said once the decision was made it took six months to be finalised.
“It was a joint decision because Bobst had to ask us if we wanted to do it and of course we said we would do it. It fits into our core activities and our product portfolio and it makes a lot of sense,” Wendler said.
The decision to consolidate was made by Bobst head office in Mex, Switzerland.
Print & Pack has distributed Bobst’s sheetfed range of products since the early 2000s and has 25 staff members in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland with a key focus on the packaging, printing and converting industries.
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