Chris Jackson is to become product executive for labels at Heidelberg UK next month. He will be supporting Gallus front line representative John Hopkins by promoting the Gallus brand and technology. Chris has been with Heidelberg for four years, joining from KBA but he has product and marketing experience from his days with BASF
“This opportunity comes at a perfect time. Gallus is increasingly integrated into Heidelberg and we are seeing the results of the combined R&D push with the Labelmaster and the digital Labelfire 340 with the Heidelberg DFE or Digital Front End,” says Chris Jackson. “In addition CERM, which was bought by Heidelberg in 2011, has a strong reputation for MIS for narrow web applications. This is something that excites me. Connectability and workflows can make a significant difference to efficiency. Heidelberg has a comprehensive and effective sales and service operation in the UK so we are well positioned to give customers advanced support.”
The Labelmaster, a press with various levels of automation to meet different performance and budget requirements, has been available in 440mm width to date but this autumn the 340mm option will be added.
The Labelfire, using Fuji Samba inkjet printheads, is an eight-colour inkjet digital press. It can accommodate flexo units which is good for primers, varnishes and special effects. The Labelfire features the Prinect DFE and has an ”all-in-one-pass” capability with semi-rotary die-cutting.
Gerard Heanue, managing director of Heidelberg UK, says: “We have a number of product executives in place to cover our other equipment and it makes perfect sense to have someone in this role to monitor and market our expanding labels portfolio and give added-value advice to prospective customers. Packaging and labels is a very important part of the Heidelberg market and I know that Chris Jackson will do a great job of ensuring we find ways to meet the needs of our narrow web customer base.”