Heidelberg USA (Kennesaw, Georgia) has reached an agreement with AN Corporation of Japan (ANC Machinery) to represent its range of Kawahara Blank Separator Equipment in the Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. ANC Machinery is the export division of Kawahara and is responsible for worldwide distribution outside of Japan. Kawahara Blank Separators complement the Heidelberg-Masterwork range of die cutters by offering automated solutions for separating die cut blanks from a printed sheet. Kawahara Packaging (Nagoya, Japan) created the TXR series of offline blanking units in 1992. For the past 30 years, folding carton and In-Mould Label (IML) manufacturers around the world have installed the TXR-1100 to boost converting productivity. The new agreement enables ANC Machinery to leverage Heidelberg’s expertise and sales and service coverage in the folding carton and IML markets.
In today’s market where increasing levels of automation are in constant demand, Kawahara blanking equipment will help bring increased efficiency to Heidelberg’s Easymatrix and Promatrix die-cutter customers. “We look forward to working together with our customers to see how the addition of Kawahara products can help them achieve new levels of productivity,” said Felix Mueller, President of Heidelberg North America. Gary Compton, Sales Director for ANC Machinery based in the UK, added: “We’re excited to partner with Heidelberg – their knowledge and strong relationships within our strategic industry segments will be invaluable as we seek to grow our market share in North America.”