Danish converting equipment manufacturer Grafisk Maskinfabrik (GM) has celebrated its 40th anniversary. The company was formed by Erik and Randi Nielsen in 1981 and remained a family-owned business.
The company has experienced rapid growth over the past three to four years. To support this growth, GM moved into a brand-new 9,000 sqm factory in Birkerød, just north of Copenhagen, last year and, in the process, more than doubled capacity.
Logistics, warehousing, and production have been set up following lean manufacturing principles, with a new showroom ready to welcome customers face-to-face or present virtual remote demos.
‘It is a great achievement to reach 40 years in business, and I’m pleased to say that GM is stronger than ever,’ said CEO Uffe Nielsen, who has been leading the company since 2017, when his parents, Erik and Randi Nielsen, retired and handed over the reins to the next generation. ‘We have come a long way since my father started out making electronic systems at home on the kitchen table, but in many ways, our journey still lies ahead of us. Having consolidated our old workshops into a state-of-the-art factory and showroom, we are now ready to embark on the next chapter.’
With more than 6000 machines in operation worldwide, GM has offices in the US, Latin America, and the UK, along with a network of agents and a large team of global engineers to support customers.
One of the significant milestones over the four decades is introducing a digital label finishing system in the 1990s. Today, GM offers a range of different models for the label and flexible packaging market, from the DC Nano and Mini compact systems to the top-of-the-range DC350 premium label converting line, which can be configured with a variety of modules and features high levels of automation.
‘With our strong focus on converting machinery for digital label and packaging printing, both for OEMs and under our own GM brand, we are well placed to further build on our success as that market is accelerating. We are also expanding on the work we are doing with the scientific community in solar cells – another exciting string to our bow – so the future is looking very bright. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued business partners for putting their trust in us and our products and for sharing this great journey with us. We could not have done this alone,’ concluded Nielsen.