History

1968 - Xanth Elastomers founded by Barbara and Carl Engel began manufacturing printing plate gum (rubber) for flexographic printing plate moulding. Factory size 700 sq. feet.

1974 - Littlejohn Rubber Products was acquired as part of a diversification project. Littlejohn was involved in hand cutting rubber gaskets, plastic foam and rubber bushes. Around this time photopolymer printing plates started to emerge and take over the rubber printing plate market. Factory size 1500 sq. feet

1976 - Xanth Elastomers and Littlejohn Rubber Products moved to a new location siting both companies under one roof. Factory size 6000 sq. feet

1978 - Acquired Rubber Bonding Company who manufactured offset rubber rollers. Combining of Xanth, Littlejohn and Rubber bonding was the foundation of one of Australia's leading rubber roll manufacturing businesses. Factory size 12000 sq. feet

1978 - Gell Nominees Pty Ltd was formed encompassing all current trading names.

1980 - Began to develop overseas Asian markets. Singapore, Malaysia.

1985 - Laserlife Australia was formed along with the purchase of the first high technology laser engraving system capable of engraving continuous printing plates and anilox rollers. The laser was the first in the Southern Hemisphere.

1987 - First Laserlife sales into Asia Regions. Japan and Indonesia.

1989 - Laserlife's insistence on quality led to the installation of the latest technology in Plasma spraying and metal spraying equipment. Littlejohn changed from hand building of rubber rollers to mechanically building the rubber rollers dramatically increasing productivity and consistency.

1989- In October Laserlife's growth meant shifting to a new factory location to allow for further development. Factory size 17000 sq. feet

1990 - Agency agreement between Laserlife Australia and Micalex Singapore representing Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.

1992 - Laserlife purchased a second laser with the ability to engrave "FAST INK" double hit cells. The laser engraved rubber rollers were digitally engraved directly from computers eliminating all films used in making conventional laser engraved rollers.

1993 - Continued growth meant a new factory was required. Xanth and Littlejohn moved into a much larger area allowing for increased efficiencies and workflow. Factory size 43000 sq. feet

1994 - Agency agreement between Laserlife Australia and PT Dwijaya Mandiri Cermalang representing Indonesia. Laserlife Australia became the first anilox manufacturer in the world to achieve ISO9002 quality accreditation.

1994 - In September Laserlife moved into the new factory together again with Xanth and Littlejohn.

1995 - Littlejohn Rubber Products became ISO9002 accredited.

1996 - Agency agreement between Laserlife Australia and Shanghai Auclean Printing Machine Company representing China.

1998 - The First YAG laser was installed and ultra fine anilox screens became possible.

1999 - A joint venture formed Laserlife Americas to produce and sell highest quality anilox rollers into the Americas market.

2000 - Research and Development is ongoing. We expect enormous changes in the next five years.

2000 - Laser cleaning of anilox is a success in the USA.

2001 - Laserlife Australia installs the worlds first Hercules Laser for engraving high screen direct engraving.

2002 - Construction of a new manufacturing facility begins in Shanghai

2003 - Today the Laserlife Group supply products to over 40 countries around the world.

2004 - Laserlife takes on new product agencies, including Ultrasonic cleaning systems, Twinlock and the Plate Cleaning Machine

2005 - LASERLIFE AUSTRALIA and LITTLEJOHN RUBBER PRODUCTS merge to become Laserlife Littlejohn.

2006 - Major investment in new equipment for the rubber roller manufacturing.

2007 - New product representation now includes Troika Systems from the UK and Hosokawa Alpine from Germany.

2008 - LASERLIFE LITTLEJOHN become the first company in Australia to install the new plasma thermal spray machine with "Atmospheric Plasma Spray Solutions".