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Screwcap manufacturer Guala Closures opens US design studio

Published:  02 October, 2014

Screwcap manufacturer Guala Closures has opened a design studio in California which will allow wineries to choose design and have it printed in one location.

Screwcap manufacturer Guala Closures has opened a design studio in California which will allow wineries to choose design and have it printed in one location.

screwcapsGuala has opened a design studio in the USThe aim is to allow customers to design their closures in house, and leave with the finished product, all from one facility, says Guala.

Based in Fairfield, California, the studio is designed to offer in-house artwork creation and on-site production for runs of screwcaps as low as 1,000 units.  The facility has fast output printing techniques developed by its engineers to combine digital printing, embossing and plasma technologies and allow colour, logos and artwork to be applied to its screwcaps.

"Wineries can walk into our offices, work with us to come up with their perfect screwcap design and walk out with the actual article," said Guala Closures US manager Alessandro Bocchio.  "We've had an administration office here for the last four years, and in that time we worked out exactly what type of production facility would meet the needs of our customers.  Now producers large and small can take advantage of the all the benefits our screwcaps can bring to their wine."

Last year the company launched a screwcap closure for sparkling wine - Viiva - which is suitable for up to 5GV (gas volume) liquid pressure, it claims to keep a sparkling wine's correct level of carbonation for weeks after opening.It launched in Australia with De Bortoli's Willowglen and Trevi ranges, following a five-year collaboration between Guala Closures and O-I Glass.

The company was founded in Italy in 1954 and now has 25 manufacturing plants around the world.  It has a fully accredited sustainability programme in place and last year off-set the CO2 emissions on the production of 1 billion screwcaps.

A recent survey showed that in the UK, screw caps and natural cork are favoured equally by consumers, with 40% saying they like buying wines closed with screw caps and another 40% saying they like natural cork. However US-based consumers indicated a preference for cork - only 21% saying they like buying screw cap wines versus 64% preferring to buy wines sealed with cork, according to a survey carried out by Wine Intelligence.