The Goss Packaging Technology Center in Durham, N.H., established earlier this year hosts demonstrations for printers and converters from around the world.
The Packaging Technology Center serves as a catalyst for programs bringing packaging producers, brand owners and suppliers together to discuss market requirements and new production concepts. The 7,000-square-foot center is equipped with the versatile Goss Sunday Vpak 500 press system configured for printing on film and paper substrates.
“The Sunday Vpak platform can provide higher quality, lower costs and faster turn-around times for packaging printing,” President and CEO Rick Nichols said in a statement. “Our investment in the equipment and the resources to staff this center demonstrates our commitment to the packaging sector and our confidence in the advantages that web offset can deliver over traditional gravure and flexographic systems.”
The Sunday Vpak 500 press system at the Goss Packaging Technology Center features seven web offset printing units with a web width of 33.5 inches and a repeat range of 16 to 32 inches. The system is equipped with a flexo unit and UV and EB curing capabilities, and will accommodate film substrates from 12 to 75 microns thick and paper products as heavy as 176 gsm.
Goss hosts seminars and programs at the center to explore emerging demands in the market and share new ideas for addressing them. “This is an industry resource where suppliers can test inks, substrates, chemicals and auxiliary technologies for web offset production in a neutral, controlled environment,” says Peter Walczak, director of product management, packaging presses.
Partners supplying equipment and consumables to support the new Packaging Technology Center include Alwan Color Expertise, Energy Sicences Inc., Filmquest, Flint, Harris and Bruno, Harpper, Martin Automatic, Nela, Prime UV, QuadTech, Taghleef, Technotrans, Vetaphone and Wikoff Color.
“The packaging center is an investment we’ve made to show, demonstrate and test our equipment for customers and prospective customers,” Walczak says. So far, more than 60 printers and converters from North and South America, Europe and Asia have visited. Goss has recently hosted 10 in a single week.
Goss International supplies the most automated and productive web offset presses in the world, presses and finishing systems for magazine, newspaper, packaging, catalog, direct mail and other printing applications. The company is differentiated by its printing process knowledge, engineering expertise, high-tech industrial manufacturing capabilities and ability to execute and support large-scale capital equipment projects. As a global leader supplying web offset presses, Goss International is now expanding further into the packaging sector, Walczak says.
The Goss brand represents more than 170 years of innovation that has continuously enhanced the viability, value, impact and competitive position of print media. Brothers Fred and Sam Goss founded the original Goss Printing Press Co. in Chicago, aligning their innovative ideas with customer requirements to create new opportunities, the company says. “That vision was mirrored by subsequently acquired companies including Sheridan, Marinoni, Harris, Cottrell and Creusot Loire. The common denominator has been a culture of innovation and customer collaboration that has always delivered the most important breakthroughs in web printing and print finishing technology,” Goss International says.
For packaging, Goss observes consumption driving growth. It competes with multiple processes. Goss sees more SKUs, shorter runs and lower costs in the current marketplace. Goss equipment offers high print quality, faster turn-around and sustainability.
The company’s research and development efforts have borne fruit as it has developed many industry firsts and touts advanced and differentiated technology that offers clients faster return on capital investments, it says.
Goss International has again been named among the recipients of a prestigious InterTech Technology Award in 2014 for the Sunday Vpak. While extending a significant track record of technology achievements, this latest distinction marks the company’s first major award for innovation in the packaging sector.
“This award is particularly gratifying as it establishes Goss as a true innovator in providing a new print platform for the various packaging print sectors as well as in our more traditional sectors. It also formally acknowledges successful application in the field with user evidence that supports the value proposition,” comments Walczak.