ITALY • The year 2016 ended positively for Grafikontrol with an increase in turnover of 14% (10% in direct sales to end customers) compared to 2015.
Grafikontrol was able to increase sales on the Italian market for new orders of printing machine systems. The company cites retrofits and installations on already operational printing presses as one of the biggest growth segments. Customers such as the Goglio Group and Sititalia–where Grafikontrol’s control systems are used for gravure facilities in Pesaro and in flexographic plants in Padua– invested in Grafikontrol’s technologies.
According to the company, the second-largest market remains the United States. Another growth market in 2016 was Spain. There Grafikontrol was able to display new inspection and defect tracking systems. “This has been a year packed with trade fairs all around the world,” said Paolo De Grandis, Grafikontrol’s Sales Director and Partner. “In particular, we took part in two of the most important trade fairs, drupa and K. Though they took place within a few months of each other, we met our goals and then some, thanks to the many visitors to our stand.”
Grafikontrol’s technological makeover culminated in 2016 with the development of the TQC-360° platform, which was launched globally at the 2016 drupa fair. Grafikontrol says it can reach a broad spectrum in the printing and converting industry sectors as an “all-round provider” with the new system. TQC-360° products are modular, and, according to the company, can be integrated into any printing process.