Gietz USA to represent Swiss manufacturer in Canada and the U.S.

The Gietz management team (left to right) includes: Michael Grau - Sales Director, Gietz AG; Claudia Gietz - Managing Director, Gietz AG; Paul Mattle - VP Sales North America, Gietz AG; Alex Balke – President, Gietz USA; and Hansjörg Gietz – Managing Director, Gietz AG.
The Gietz management team (left to right) includes: Michael Grau – Sales Director, Gietz AG; Claudia Gietz – Managing Director, Gietz AG; Paul Mattle – VP of Sales for North America, Gietz AG; Alex Balke – President, ofGietz USA; and Hansjörg Gietz – Managing Director, Gietz AG.

Gietz AG (Gossau, Switzerland), a family-owned leader in flatbed hot-foil stamping and embossing machines, is partnering with Gietz USA to increase its direct representation to existing and new customers in Canada and the United States. Gietz USA is an independent company founded recently with the aim to distribute Gietz and associated products. As of July 2, 2018, Gietz USA was offering sales and service of the entire Gietz product portfolio from its headquarters in Southington, Connecticut. Gietz machines, service and spare parts will be offered directly and without intermediaries to the North American market “to provide the best financial and technical conditions.”

During a transition phase lasting until the end of 2018, Matik Inc., the long-time Gietz distribution partner for Canada and the USA, will continue to sell spare parts in the regions as before, while Gietz USA will immediately take over all service of Gietz equipment. Gietz USA was founded by Alexander Balke, President and owner, who brings over 10 years of experience in the foil stamping and embossing industry. Balke has worked closely with Gietz AG for more than 3 years and has been factory-trained and certified in all the technology. “Alex has been a great asset to Matik ever since he came to this country,” said David Siegel of Matik Inc. “His technical knowledge and attention to detail is second to none, and we wish him the best of luck with this new endeavour.”

Gietz sheetfed and webfed hot foil stamping machines have been sold in North America since the end of the 1970s. The majority of the 150 installations are still in daily use, proving their well-earned reliability and durability in the printing and converting departments of packaging and security printers. Hansjörg Gietz, Managing Director at Gietz AG, added: “The North American packaging market is considered to be the highest in value, but certainly the most competitive. We see ourselves as the leading manufacturer of hot-foil stamping machines in terms of quality and performance. While we appreciate what Matik has provided over the years, my goal is to expand our installed base in the USA and Canada through a sales and service approach that gives us direct access to customers. This enables us to offer attractive conditions for both machine sales and services.”

Gietz FSA 1060 Foil Commander.
Gietz FSA 1060 Foil Commander.

The Gietz portfolio includes the full-size sheetfed FSA 1060 Foil Commander, a foil stamping machine used widely for finishing of folded boxes in food and non-food applications, as well as finishing of greeting cards, labels and magazines. The FSA 1060 Foil Commander is also the machine of choice for many companies in the security industry. The Gietz ROFO 450 is used in the finishing of printed and non-printed narrow-web substrates for labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons and brand protection. It’s also ideally suited to the security industry. Both feature the patented Vacufoil foil transportation system, which enables processing of foil rolls with a large diameter and the longest foil pulls, resulting in excellent foil savings and huge production output. These products are complimented by the half-size sheetfed FSA 870 and the webfed ROFO 910 and ROFO 1020, ending up with the tray forming machine HTF 940/1270. Gietz foil stamping machines can also apply single-picture holograms and stripes in register for security applications. On sheetfed machines, the dwell time can be extended by up to 2.5 seconds for exceptional combination effects in foil stamping and embossing with both micro and nano effects.




Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.