Heatset press giant, manroland Goss, says orders for packaging solutions will drive growth in the current year, along with commercial and newspaper applications.

With the fully automated and high-performance Varioman and the new Thallo business, which the company acquired last year, manroland Goss is positioning itself with two variable-sleeve models for the growing packaging printing market segment.

Despite the 2020 year seeing orders fall below expectations, as Covid dashed growth plans around the world, overall, sales of €220m and positive earnings before interest and taxes of €3.2m million (a margin of 1.4 per cent) were achieved. Net debt improved by €7.5m compared to the previous year.

The order situation in the service business remained largely stable last year, and the company is now launching new service programmes onto the market. This includes Maintellisense, the agile maintenance platform for optimising daily business, and Participate, the collaborative approach for optimised spare and wear parts supply to printing companies, using 3D printing.

"Since the merger of manroland and Goss in 2018, the principle of 'rethinking the existing' has become firmly anchored in our company," says Franz Kriechbaum, company CEO.

"We are constantly on the move and are seizing many new opportunities created through rethinking our processes. And all of this equipped with benefits and added value for our customers.”

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