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Announcing Gietz-Vinfoil Americas


March 5, 2021
By PrintAction Staff

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A new business has been created to bring premier cold transfer and hot foil technologies to the North American market. The four entities of Gietz AG (Gossau, Switzerland), Vinfoil (‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands), Chris Leary, and Alex Balke have joined forces to create Gietz-Vinfoil Americas. Based near Chicago, I.L., this company will be responsible for the sales and service of Gietz and Vinfoil machines in North America.

Founded in 1892, Gietz has experience in the U.S. market since the late 1970s with about 150 machines installed. “The Gietz brand is recognized for precision foil stamping and embossing, and along with our HTF tray forming machine we believe there is a lot of future potential in this market. We started in 2018 to offer customers direct local services with Alex Balke of Gietz USA LLC. Now with Chris’ leadership, and Vinfoil products we are positioned to offer the complete range of foil embellishment solutions. We have a great team in place and can achieve a lot of synergies”, says Hansjörg Gietz, CEO, Gietz AG.

Vinfoil, founded in 2007, has developed unique cold transfer solutions with revolutionary technology. “Our patented Multiple Foil Use, and Vinfoil Intelligent Foil Optimizing Software has already helped more than 75 customers achieve optimal foil savings, and further develop their cold transfer business. With the support and experience of both Chris Leary and Gietz, Vinfoil is confident we can work on sharing and showing all the great things of foil embellishments to the North American printing industry”, says Vincent van der Heijden, CEO, Vinfoil.

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Alex Balke has over 12 years of technical service experience in this industry segment, and will assume the role of technical director. Chris Leary brings more than 20 years of equipment sales experience in the folding carton industry, and will be the president/CEO of Gietz-Vinfoil Americas. Jody LeBlanc, with 25 years of industry experience, will also join the company being responsible for operations and customer service. Spare parts and technical service of Gietz machines will now be handled through Gietz-Vinfoil Americas.