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June 2005
Gämmerler to Build Manufacturing Plant

HANOVER PARK, IL—Material handling and inline finishing equipment manufacturer Gämmerler plans to build a 80,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Palmetto, FL. Scheduled to open in April 2006, company officials say that the new facility will house the latest in automation equipment, provide roughly 35 percent of annual global production capacity and significantly improve Gämmerler's operational efficiency.

"The decision to build the new plant was based on an increase in demand for Gämmerler's products in North America and a desire for a more flexible and efficient international manufacturing platform," says Gämmerler CEO Gunter Gämmerler. "The Palmetto plant will complement our existing production facilities, improving our international manufacturing portfolio while allowing us to more efficiently meet the needs of the North American market."

The new facility will include 70,000 square feet of production space, 10,000 square feet of office space and will also serve as the company's North American headquarters.

Palmetto was chosen as the site for several reasons, including a generous tax refund incentive award provided by the State of Florida and Manatee County, assistance for which was provided by the Economic Development Council, Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

To ensure customer deliveries during the transition between the Hanover Park and Palmetto plants, both facilities will run concurrently for up to three months after the Palmetto plant begins operations. The Hanover Park office is scheduled to close by June of 2006.

Diecutter Debuts at Bobst Open House

OSELAND, NJ—During simultaneous global open houses held recently both here and in Switzerland, the Bobst Group debuted its newest Autoplaten diecutter, the mid-range SPanthera 106-LER. In addition, guests were able to see live demonstrations of Bobst's new Angle Lock blanking system, its newly developed InTouch Web-based customer connection for parts ordering and tracking, as well as nearly half a dozen other diecutters and folder-gluers that were on display and operating inside Bobst's expansive demo center.

The SPanthera is configured with the ORSIS feeder (Optical Register Sheet Infeed Synchronization), which minimizes the number of stoppages of the machine caused by mis-feeding; the Quick-Lock die/stripping/blanking tool mounting system; the CUBE II control system and more.

The SPanthera 106-LER combines diecutting, stripping and blanking into one machine and one inline operation. The 9,000 sph diecutter can accept materials from light papers (0.004˝) through 0.03˝ solid fiber and 0.08˝ micro-flute corrugated board. The machine running in the demo center has been sold to the Color Spectrum Network, Marietta, GA.


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