GTECH Printing Corporation’s new state-of-the-art instant game printing facility in Lakeland, Fla., is officially open for business. Production of live games began in May, meeting GPC’s original production schedules.

The 100,000-sq.-ft. facility will house all GPC personnel and was completed ahead of schedule and in less than one year. The opening of this facility culminates a strong, two-year partnership with Gallus, the world’s leading press supplier to the worldwide printing industry

“The press sets new standards in our industry for quality, throughput, and security,” said Ross Dalton, senior vice president of GTECH’s Printed Products and Licensed Content group. “We are beyond excited to introduce the largest, fastest, highest quality press in the history of the industry.”

GPC’s press is capable of printing 48,000 tickets per minute and has an annual production capacity of more than 11 billion tickets. The facility also includes state-of-the-art security, quality and environmental systems and controls.

The world-class press is complemented by the most efficient, sophisticated in-line packaging system ever designed. It has the largest processing capability ever seen in regards to both throughput and flexibility, offering customers a new range of options in how their product is packaged. GPC anticipates going from a blank piece of paper to a finished lottery product, boxed and on a pallet, in under five minutes. Tri-Factor, a world renowned packaging systems company located in Lakeland, teamed up with GPC on this advanced packaging system.

GPC’s Lakeland facility is the result of a sound, collaborative effort between GTECH, its partners and the City of Lakeland, Polk County and the State of Florida. GPC’s other printing facility, located in Plant City, Florida, will remain in operation and serve as additional, redundant capacity. With the opening of the Lakeland facility, GPC now has approximately 20% of the world’s instant game printing capacity.

GPC will host monthly customer production orientation sessions this summer in the Lakeland facility.

GPC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GTECH Corp., is currently servicing 18 customers in the United States and 19 more worldwide.