Following an investment of some $18 million over the past six years, Melbourne flexographic printer and converted Charles S. Gabb has lifted its public profile this year, picking up a swag of medals in the 2004 AFTA Awards.
In fact Gabb, which has no gearless wide-web press at present and was not able to enter all categories of the Awards, picked up seven out of a possible nine medals, including three Golds, to tie with better-known converter Finewrap also on three Gold medals.
It was a big result for a company which a few years ago was known mainly as a converter of paper packaging and run-of-the-mill bag printing and converting. Today it numbers companies like Nestle and Hallmark Cards among its regular customers.
Marketing manager mark Wilcock said Charles Gabb has invested some $18 million in the last six years. Today it has four flexo presses, all Uteco, and can print up to eight colours on both narrow and wide-web presses.
The company is also due to install another flexo press over Christmas, this time a wide-web gearless press. Wilcock will not release any details, but it is believed to also be an Uteco.
“Obviously, we are positioning ourselves as a major player in the high-quality film and laminates packaging, but we will continue to retain an interest in paper-based packaging as well,” Wilcock said.
The company had recently purchased land next door to its Port Melbourne premises with a view to future expansion.
Charles R. Gabb is a family company about 100 years old and managing director Richard Gabb and manufacturing manager Andrew Gabb are the third generation of their family to work in the business.
Full details of the AFTA awards can be found on page 28.