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  • 08 Nov 2004

GiDue and Praxair alliance cuts anilox lead time

Italian press manufacturer GiDue has announced a strategic alliance with Praxair Surface Technologies that will enable turn around of Anilox rollers for GiDue customers within one to two weeks.

States Cristina Toffolo, managing director of GiDue,  ‘There are many excellent Anilox printing roll suppliers that operate on a international scales as we do.  However, we found that the product specifications and supporting documentation from various suppliers were not identical and sometimes confusing.  This move means we can offer our customers standardisation and a quicker and better service.’

Praxair will concentrate the production of GiDue Anilox rollers at their facilities in Novara, just West of Milan, Italy, which will serve press customers on five continents.  The concentration of production of Anilox rolls near GIDUE’s manufacturing facility will allow customers or distributors to obtain the rolls in only one or two weeks.

Denny Giugovaz, of Praxair Surface Technologies Novara, confirms,  ‘We maintain a sufficient stock of GiDue bases in sizes of 280, 370, 430 and 530 mm ready to be engraved as per customer specifications.  We have worked closely with GiDue to put in place standardised specifications that we believe will significantly eliminate misunderstanding and confusion for press owners and operators.  Also, like GiDue, we have worldwide facilities to support this alliance.’

Traditional Anilox rolls can be made in a variety of methods in addition to those of lightweight material such as sleeves or non-metallic composites.  The actual engraving will be made on the newer CO2 or YAG laser depending on the engraving specification.