• 2000 in 25 years: A B Graphic celebrates
    2000 in 25 years: A B Graphic celebrates

A B Graphic International has reached a major milestone in the global supply of its finishing systems by recently installing the 2000th Vectra turret rewinder.

The 2000th machine, a Vectra ECTR, was purchased by the largest privately owned label converter in the US, Ohio-based Omni Systems. Here in Australia and in New Zealand, A B Graphic is represented by Currie Group.

A B Graphic (ABG) began manufacturing turret rewinders in 1995 with the entry level ECTR 4 in 330mm, 430mm or 530mm web widths, becoming the rewinder of choice for many self-adhesive label manufacturers.

Designed to enable increased production speed and workflow efficiencies, the ECTR is also upgradable with a wide range of options, including automatic core loading, finished roll closure with print and apply label application, and ABG’s own fleyeVision 100 per cent camera inspection system.

Able to work in-line or off-line as a stand-alone system with a separate unwind module, Vectra turret rewinders offer shorter lead times, reduce inventory, and cut waste.

As a long-standing customer of ABG, Omni was initially looking for a turret rewinder that had the capability of running wound-in rolls along with eliminating tail tie gluing. The company made its first order in March 2013 and currently owns 16 Vectra ECTR rewinders.

Dave Lawson, director of ABG’s turret rewinder production site, said, “Reaching 2000 Vectra orders is a significant achievement within 25 years. The landmark reflects our global reach, and the excellent professional relationships we have developed with key customers. Without our loyal and dedicated team at ABG we would not be celebrating this milestone.

“We now look forward to innovating and updating the designs so we can provide our customers with increased efficiencies for the future. We are particular proud that Omni was our 2000th order, which was especially fitting given our long association.”

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