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Gämmerler posts record order levels for Q2

Jan 3, 2002 12:00 AM

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Gämmerler, (Hanover Park, IL) a manufacturer of inline finishing equipment and systems, announced record orders for the second quarter of fiscal year 2000--reporting a 34 percent increase in orders over the same period last year. The high order volume is attributed to a number of new orders placed by R.R. Donnelley & Sons and multiple purchases received at the Print 01 tradeshow held this past September.

Orders received from R.R. Donnelley and Sons include several robotic palletizers, compensating stackers, offline feeders as well as multiple trimming and overhead conveying systems. Highlights from Print 01 include purchases by Shuttle Printing of Maspeth, NY and Suttle-Straus of Wanuakee, WI. The combined Print 01 orders are comprised of compensating stackers, horizontal log stackers, rotary trimming systems equipped with Gämmerler’s new SuperSet Knife System, and custom designed flat conveying systems.

R.R. Donnelley’s new post-press equipment will be used in the Gallatin, TN, Mattoon, IL, Lancaster, PA and Torrance, CA plants and was purchased in conjunction with R.R. Donnelley’s previously announced $300 million investment to create a cost-effective, integrated and flexible print platform of the future for its customers.

"State of the art material handling systems were viewed as critical components of the plan," stated Dave Coggins, director of manufacturing, platform optimization for R.R. Donnelley. "Standardization and optimization were identified as two of our key objectives. Using R.R. Donnelley’s Continuous Improvement methods, our team of subject matter experts thoroughly evaluated the top material handling systems available and determined Gammerler was able to deliver the best value from a performance and service perspective."

R.R. Donnelley is a long-time user of Gämmerler products. "We enjoy a strong working relationship with R.R. Donnelley," noted Mark Legac, vice president of sales and marketing for Gämmerler. "Our sales and production teams work directly with R.R. Donnelley’s people to understand and solve the problems they face on the production floor every day. This approach has been instrumental in our success."

Shuttle Printing will use their new Gämmerler equipment to replace existing competitive equipment. "We wanted to make a change," stated Richard McGerald, vice president and general manager of Shuttle Printing. "We visited a number of companies using Gämmerler products and have heard nothing but favorable comments."

Suttle-Straus purchased the equipment as part of the company’s print expansion strategy along with its purchase of a new Diamond 8 web press from Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses U.S.A., Inc. Suttle Printing recently acquired Straus Printing to form Suttle-Straus. The newly formed company employs about 130 people and provides a variety of printing, imaging, mailing and distribution services.