Italy-based press manufacturer Omet has opened a US subsidiary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Omet Americas will provide service and support for installations in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Located near the Gerald R. Ford international airport, the facility also houses spare parts and has room for expansion.
Angelo Bartesaghi, founder and president of Omet, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to have achieved this new milestone in our company's history. Added to Omet’s established facilities in Europe and Asia, our American organization further highlights our global presence. The last few years have been very successful for Omet, so we feel the timing is right for this important step. Having this organization in place will emphasize our commitment to our customers and the market.’
Jean-Pierre Penhoat, vice president of operations, Omet Americas, said: ‘Servo technology enables maximum productivity. To help Omet customers accomplish this, we saw the need for a conveniently situated facility. With our Grand Rapids, Michigan, location we can provide the necessary flexibility in service and support, as well as ease of troubleshooting.’ Penhoat, who speaks English, French and Spanish, has more than 25 years of experience in the converting industry.
Omet says the move will bring a number of benefits, including short lead times on spare parts, readily available technical personnel, local support for press installations, on-demand maintenance visits and training programs, and an online troubleshooting service.
Upcoming installations of Omet presses include a 10-color, 26 inch Varyflex packaging press with inline lamination and cold seal in the Midwest, and a 9-color 17 inch packaging press with inline hot melt coating in Canada.
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