The Group’s consolidated sales rose by 7.9 % or EUR 42.1 million to EUR 576.0 million (1Q 2015: EUR 533.9 million). This increase primarily results from higher business volumes in both divisions. Analogously, a rise in operating profit of 8.7 % or EUR 4.4 million to EUR 55.2 million (1Q 2015: EUR 50.8 million) was reached. It was therefore possible to maintain the Group’s operating margin with 9.6 % at the good level of the comparative period of the previous year (1Q 2015: 9.5 %). Financial income of EUR 0.7 million (1Q 2015: EUR 0.4 million) was offset by financial expenses of EUR -1.6 million (1Q 2015: EUR -1.6 million). Profit before tax thus rose by 11.8 % to EUR 53.2 million (1Q 2015: EUR 47.6 million). Income tax expense totaled EUR 13.8 million (1Q 2015: EUR 12.1 million), resulting in an effective Group tax rate of 25.9 % (1Q 2015: 25.4 %).
Originally known as “All American Label,” the Dublin, California company recently installed three Heidelberg machines to add packaging services to their list of product offerings – inspiring their new name: All American Label and Packaging. The new equipment includes a Suprasetter A 106 CtP, Speedmaster CD 102-6+L, and Easymatrix 106 CS (produced by MK Masterwork and distributed by Heidelberg).
“We want to be like a local convenience store for our customers — a one-stop shop for everything they need. Our customers can purchase their labels, sheetfed, offset-web, foiled embossed, inkjet, wide-format inkjet, grand format inkjet, all the way to simple signs, banners, and commercial print,” said Brad Brown, CEO of All American Label and Packaging. “This is what made us go with this large Heidelberg suite of products — we wanted to offer everything to our customers, and we wanted to offer the best.”
With customer requests for packaging and the company’s own desire to be “More Than Just Labels,” All American Label and Packaging looked to Heidelberg to expand their product portfolio.
First stop was installing the Easymatrix 106 CS. Running at speeds up to 7,700 sheets per hour, the Easymatrix allows All American Label and Packaging to keep all diecutting work in-house, which is important for projects on a tight timeline. With a full 41” format and non-stop functionality in the feeder and delivery, longer runs can be cut and stripped efficiently. All American Label and Packaging will now have shorter makeready times thanks to the intuitive touchscreen interface, along with the motorized cutting pressure adjustment and quick-lock technology for dies and stripping tools.
“For customers wanting to differentiate their packaging, we are now able to diecut, deboss, emboss, and strip in-line,” said Brown. “Thanks to the diecutter, labor is reduced, which will help us save money.”
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