LAST month, readers were given a sneak peek of the latest round of investments undertaken by Shave & Gibson (S&G), with a tantalising picture of the arrival of covered containers in Durban’s South Coast Road. Now all those items of equipment are unpacked, installed, commissioned and operating at full tilt . . . and the full story can be unveiled.
Undoubtedly, the star of the show is a new Bobst Visioncut 145PER die-cutter. In traditional S&G style this machine is already amusingly and affectionately known as ‘the beast’, and, judging by a video of its remarkable performance, it’s an apt sobriquet!
However, although the Visioncut is the centrepiece, the extensive shopping list also included a BW Papersystems sheeter, a Heiber & Schröder window patcher, a Focusight Technology carton proofing system, and Solarco box-making technology.
Following last year’s extensive factory reorganisation that improved material flow – including the creation of a separate Sheeting Department and a new Die-Cutting Hall – this impressive line-up is taking S&G to fresh levels of competence and quality when it comes to the production of folding cartons.

Nabbing the world’s first Bobst Visioncut 145PER is another triumph for S&G. Bobst had already sold 300 of its highly-successful Visioncut 160 models (into the corrugated sector) and decided to extend the marque to include the latest 145PER; S&G ordered the first one prior to its official launch. At the time of going to press, it remains the only one of its kind installed in the world.

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