GSE praised for digitalisation as regional winner of Netherlands’ annual ‘Smart Manufacturing’ award

21 January 2019

Ink logistics provider GSE has been confirmed as one of six national regional winners of the Metaalunie Smart Manufacturing Award 2019 in the Netherlands. The company, based in Brummen, was declared the winner for Gelre.

The annual award is organised by Koninklijke Metaalunie, a confederation representing over 14,000 small and medium metalworking firms across the Netherlands. It recognises organisations that distinguish themselves with modern production techniques and processes, choice of materials, well-thought-out systems, digitalisation and a self-managing and self-learning organisational culture.

Maarten Hummelen, marketing director for GSE, said: “For over 40 years, GSE’s ink logistics solutions have been helping printers to eliminate waste and optimise efficiency. These solutions are inspired by our creative, team-oriented culture and values, such as continually striving to beat customer expectations and seeking new opportunities for improvement. As pioneers of smart working methods and digitalisation, we are delighted to that our efforts to lead by example have been recognised, as we reach the final stage of this prestigious competition.”

GSE and the five other regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be revealed on 13 March at the Evening of the Manufacturing Industry ceremony, staged at the Utrecht Jaarbeurs exhibition centre.

Anita van Gils, award jury leader and lecturer at the National Expertise Center for Family Businesses at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, said: "The winners are all good examples of small-medium enterprise metalworking companies, which understand that the power of our manufacturing industry lies in 'inventing' in combination with 'making', now and in the future."

GSE’s modular dispensing systems provide fast, accurate mixing and dispensing of flexo, gravure and screen inks and are available for label, flexible packaging, paper, carton and textile applications. GSE Ink manager software, launched in 2018, enables converters to minimise ink-related waste, providing improved ink yields, enhanced reporting and business planning and reduced setup times.

Besides GSE, the other five regional winners of the Metaalunie Smart Manufacturing Award 2019 were:

  • AW Machinery bv in Emmeloord, winner East
  • Metafas bv in Asten, winner Southeast
  • Otolift Trapliften bv in Bergambacht, winner Zuid-Holland
  • Sunshield bv in Raamsdonksveer, winner West-Brabant
  • Vanmac bv in Amersfoort, winner Middle.

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