Stronger together: GALA is part of the MAAG Group
GALA is the global leading manufacturer of underwater pelletizing systems and centrifugal dryers. GALA enjoys an outstanding reputation among national and international customers in the plastics manufacturing and processing industry. Customers rely on the company’s high level of design, manufacturing and application expertise, across a wide range of materials.
Since 2015, GALA has been the specialized product brand for underwater pelletizing systems within the global MAAG Group. Combining the products, know-how and technologies of the MAAG Group and GALA optimizes innovation and processing capabilities for the polymers and compounding industry. Our employees are strategically located around the globe and our footprint of production sites and sales and service organizations allows customers access to our consolidated know-how and product portfolio. The MAAG Group through GALA offers innovative turnkey systems, high-performance modules, sustainable components, comprehensive services and new opportunities in polymer production and processing.
Underwater Pelletizer with spring-loaded blade advance – SLC
Underwater pelletitzing system for frequent product and color changes – PEARLOFLEX SYSTEM®
Underwater pelletizers for highly profitable throughput rate systems – PEARLO®
Efficient Centrifugal Pellet Dryer for any application of spherical pellets around underwater pelletizing – CYCLO®
Micropellet technology used with unterwater pelletizing systems; for example, for rotational molding processes – MicroPellet Technology
Hot melt extrusion using an underwater pelletizing system for pellet production – Hot Melt Adhesives HMA
Die plates for underwater pelletizers and underwater cutting for polymer processing – Die Plates
Tempered process water systems for underwater pelletizing system/s – PURO®
Technologies for underwater pelletizing from GALA
GALA has been the embodiment of innovative technologies in underwater pelletizing and drying for polymer, compounding and masterbatch processing, production and recycling applications for over 60 years. Within the MAAG Group, GALA develops tailored, turnkey underwater pelletizing systems and dryers. Its plants process polymers, hot-melt adhesives, color masterbatches, compounds, thermoplastic elastomers, soft and rigid PVC, chewing gum bases, and many other plastics and composites.
In addition to in-depth industry and product know-how and decades of experience, GALA and the MAAG Group are united by respect for our interactions with customers. Reliable performance fulfillment of customers’ needs and requirements is how we measure ourselves. GALA’s product range and services within the MAAG Group are consistently designed to achieve the results required by customers with maximum availability, support backup, and a strong sense of responsibility. The combined innovative strength and high qualification levels of the MAAG Group’s workforce guarantee the ongoing optimization of the systems and the sustainable development of new products and services in line with demand.
Research and development – together with the customer
The needs of our customers are the starting points for new developments. That is why GALA’s research and development activities as part of the MAAG Group often involve its customers. Projects are run jointly to analyze actual situations and define goals. To support customers in their product development, research and development tasks, or in the production of pellet samples for market launch, GALA operates pilot plants and test centers. They are also able to test finished underwater pelletizing systems in terms of their suitability for the given application. The state-of-the-art information, demonstration and research centers are equipped with processing systems such as compounders featuring single-screw and twin-screw extruders, as well as systems for the production of hot-melt adhesives, including for low-viscosity applications.
The technology at the Maag Group GALA test centers:
- Pellet drying
- Crystallization of PET after pelletizing
- Fluidized bed drying
- Equipment for moisture analysis in ongoing experiments
- Bagging systems
- Powdering after pelletizing
- Surface moisture analysis (weight loss)
- Rotational viscometer (measuring range up to 500,000 mPas)
- Melt flow index measurement
- Screening analysis
- Karl Fischer Titration Method
Products through changing times
Technology is constantly evolving. New technologies and processes are the driving force leading us to continually improve our machinery and plants. In doing so, it is important for us to apply the best of our current generation into the next, and to establish the foundations for efficient state-of-the-art polymer production and processing by integrating new technical possibilities. We work to achieve that every day, in keeping with our promise of delivering NEXT-LEVEL SOLUTIONS. Our comprehensive services providing inspection, maintenance, repair using original spare parts and machine upgrades are guaranteed in relation to all legacy models as well as all our current machines.
Here is a brief overview of the history of our model series and products:
Milestones in the history of our products
|1969||Sale of the first GALA centrifugal dryer|
|1976||First GALA underwater pelletizer in laboratory testing|
|1977||The first GALA underwater pelletizer is sold|
Top-class service for MAAG Group GALA customers
Our focus is always on the customer. Consequently, technical support and reliable service are of the utmost importance to GALA, as they are across the MAAG Group. With its own global service network, GALA offers fast, reliable service whenever the customer needs it. Experienced GALA specialists in the electrical, mechanical and process engineering fields are available around the clock within the MAAG Group. With preventive maintenance, operator training, and seminars on underwater pelletizing, we will help you to keep GALA pelletizing systems and centrifugal dryers running smoothly and efficiently at all times.
GALA – Milestones in our company history
GALA has been supporting the polymer industry with reliable and innovative systems for underwater pelletizing since 1959. As part of the MAAG Group, we are strong and well positioned to meet all the challenges and new demands of the future posed by the market and our customers.
|1959||Gala Industries is founded in the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA. Gala’s first product was a baby diaper fastener, the “Di-D-Klip”|
|1970||Gala moved to current location, Eagle Rock|
|1976||First lab test with Gala Underwater Pelletizer|
|1980||First lab demo at Gala pelletizing micropellets with customer’s LDPE material|
|1987||Founding of Gala GmbH|
|1991||Gala’s ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) was established|
|2003||Gala Industries became a 100% owned ESOP|
|2007||Gala GmbH celebrated its 20th Anniversary|
|2008||Founding of Gala Industries Asia Ltd|
|2009||Gala Industries celebrated its 50th Anniversary|
|2015||GALA becomes part of the MAAG Group|