This phase saw many important developments:
• The introduction of the Gallus RCS, the first completely servo-driven label printing press with maximum process flexibility.
• The use of technical granite as the core module for the printing and converting units in the Gallus ECS 340, which went on to become the top-selling label printing press in its class.
• The development and introduction of the Gallus Labelmaster, a fully scalable machine platform with maximum configuration flexibility for the label printer.
• The development and introduction of the Gallus Labelfire, the first industrial digital label printing press with upstream and downstream finishing steps, which handles all process steps from the roll to the fully finished and die-cut label in one production cycle.
• The development of the screen printing plate business through new electroplating and coating processes for the production of printing plates for a wide range of applications in the label business and for functional printing
• The development of lean methods in the development and production of label printing presses.
The Gallus Group was taken over by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG in mid-2014. Important business units and functions with synergy potential to increase customer benefit in the Heidelberg Group have been integrated since then, while still maintaining the Gallus brand. This includes market development by Heidelberg’s sales and service organizations, the development and production of joint technology platforms such as the inkjet unit and the software of the Gallus Labelfire’s digital printing unit, and the use of Heidelberg service platforms to improve Gallus’ services.
The continued corporate development of Gallus as part of the Heidelberg Group will be headed up by Christof Naier from January 2018 onwards. Naier joined Gallus in July 2012, first as head of sales, marketing, and service label business, and since July 2017 as GM label business.