Australia’s QLM Label Makers has opened a new purpose-built plant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as it targets growth in emerging markets.
The AU$1.5 million (US$1.1 million) facility combines digital and conventional label printing equipment, including Cambodia’s first HP Indigo digital press. It also houses a range of equipment targeted specifically at the garment industry.
Simon Pugh, QLM Group CEO, confirmed that the group's investment in Southeast Asia is designed to give it a greater footprint in emerging markets, while remaining true to its core business values.
‘We have looked to Cambodia as a market with exciting growth potential and will be providing quality materials and converting equipment, something the market has been wanting for some time,’ he told Labels & Labeling.
Sokun Tep, newly appointed general manager of the QLM operation in Cambodia, added: ‘To compete, our facility needs to be modern, efficient and of world class standard. We are looking forward to providing the Cambodian market with a new quality option.’
QLM has installed Cambodia’s first HP Indigo label press, a ws4500. Digital technology is seen as the perfect tool to complement a range of industries, particularly for the garment industry, where personalized and variable data are an essential part of their requirements. With the ability to provide premium embellishments like foil, raised-screen varnish, embossing and die-cutting, QLM is looking to provide roll-to-roll production in a way not seen before in the region.
QLM Label Makers, an Australian company with headquarters in Brisbane, counts over 600 staff across eight plants in seven countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Read a review of the inaugural Labelexpo Southeast Asia in Labels & Labeling issue 3, 2018, and here