Two Smooth for MIG 2011

MIG Packaging in Melbourne installed a second SBL Smooth 106 diecutter in November, just five months after the first Smooth 106 installation in Australia by Graffica in June. The second machine replaced an eight year old SBL 1050 that was in excellent condition, but nevertheless was refurbished by the manufacturer's technicians and sold within Australia.

Both Smooth 106s handle projects on sizes ranging from 1060 x 760mm on materials from 80gm up to B-flute. A small sheet device is available to handle 320 x 320mm media. The diecutters feature quick lock stripping, raised 300mm, thin plate system and high performance up to 8000 sph with 300 tons of pressure.

MIG and the SBL Group have an eight year history with local distributor Graffica, since the packaging company purchased its first SBL 105 in 2003. MIG visited the plant in Taiwan for final inspection, and to view additional equipment that will be needed for further expansion. The company's guillotining and window patching is already performed on SBL Group equipment.

Neil Southerington reports that despite the tight economic conditions Graffica has had its best capital equipment sales in 2011." It is the best for ten years, with two machines for New Zealand and twelve within Australia, all into the display, finishing or packaging fields. We have orders for four machines - a folding box gluer, die cutter / foiler, 1650 auto Die cutter and 1850 guillotine - to be installed in the first part of 2012."

SBL will release new products at drupa 2012 where Graffica and SBL invite customers from the region to visit the stand.