FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS….
From a single hand-fed business card press installed under the house of Del and David Pugh in Windsor (Brisbane) in 1973,
QLM Label Makers has grown to become Asia Pacific’s most dynamic and responsive label manufacturer,
Those family values are really important to us as we grow, and you grow with us.
If you get a chance to visit our Brisbane office you can still see the original Heidelberg Golding Press in our warehouse.
QLM IS BORN
QLM was initially registered with the business name: Queensland Marking Systems.
RELOCATION TO KELVIN GROVE
Moved premises to Kelvin Grove and received first label job from the Department of Primary Industries for labels on a roll resulting in the purchase of a Label Press (259 Single Colour label Press affectionately known as "The Kathumpa".
QUEENSLAND LABEL MAKERS
The company relocates to larger premises in Kelvin Grove & company name is changed to Queensland Label Makers.
IWASAKI LABEL PRESS
In 1987 QLM purchases their first high volume production press: an Iwasaki Label Press.
BIGGER PRESSES & FACTORY
In 1992 QLM purchases a high volume Mark Andy Press & moves to a 'bigger' factory in Kelvin Grove to accommodate the growing business.
SYDNEY SALES OFFICE OPENS
1995 sees the opening of its first interstate sales office in Sydney.
WE ARE 'QLM LABEL MAKERS'
After moving again to larger premises, the company name is changed to QLM Label Makers to reflect the intended 'national' focus of the company.
QLM MOVES TO ACACIA RIDGE
In 2000 QLM moved to much larger premises at 1/13 Murdoch Circuit, Acacia Ridge in Brisbane.
QlM PURCHASES FIRST 'GALLUS' PRESS
A long held dream to operate the industry leading 'Gallus' Presses is realised in 2005 with the installation of a Gallus EM280, the opening of which is attended by the founder's grandson Ferdinand Ruesch and his wife Karin.
OSSIE LABELS JOINS QLM GROUP
OSSIE LABELS based in Brendale, QLD joins the QLM Group.
LABEL PRINT PTY LTD JOINS QLM
Renowned print company LABEL PRINT in Northgate, QLD joins the QLM Group.
MELBOURNE OFFICE OPENS
QLM opens their first Melbourne Sales Office and purchases a second Gallus label press.
QLM ENTERS MALAYSIA WITH PYRAMID LABELS INDUSTRIES ACQUISITION
QLM proudly acquires Pyramid Labels Industries in Puchong, Malaysia to become QLM Label Makers first overseas manufacturing operation.
SA PRINTED LABELS JOINS QLM
SA Printed Labels based in Adelaide joins the QLM Group.
After 39 years QLM Label Makers is rebranded to reflect the company's vision and values. Read more about it in our DESIGN section.
QLM ADELAIDE RELOCATES TO CITY
QLM's Adelaide operation moves to a new facility in Bowden.
QLM ENTERS VIETNAM
QLM Label Makers acquires Hoang Ha Label Co., Ltd in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. HHLC was the first company to operate letterpress printing technology in Ho Chi Minh City and is a well respected company in the label industry with a dedicated and skilled team. A strong existing local customer base served by a broad range of flexographic, letterpress, flatbed and offset printing is complemented by the addition of DiGI FAST Print - adding VIetnam's first HP Indigo label press, in addition to HP Indigo Offset printing.
SELF-ADHESIVE MARKINGS JOINS QLM GROUP
Self Adhesive Markings (SAM), based in Melbourne, is a leader in the use of high end digital print technology for labels. In joining the QLM Group it adds 2 HP Indigo Printing Presses to the extensive range of Flexographic equipment used by QLM Label Makers in Australia.
PYRAMID LABELS REBRANDS AS QLM LABEL MAKERS MALAYSIA
Pyramid Labels Industries (PLI), based in Puchong, is officially rebranded as QLM Label Makers Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
NEW Malaysian Head Office Location
QLM Label Makers Malaysia move their manufacturing facility to an incredible new facility in Puchong, Malaysia.
QLM ESTABLISHES NEW FACTORY IN CAMBODIA
QLM Label Makers Cambodia factory is established in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
3P SYSTEMS SDN BHD JOINS THE QLM GROUP IN MALAYSIA
Three-P Systems, founded by Mr. Tan Tek Seng in 1985 was a pioneer in introducing barcode systems to Malaysian businesses and is a complimentary addition to QLM Label Makers Malaysia.
SHIRE LABELS JOINS QLM GRORUP
SHIRE LABELS based in Sydney joins the QLM Group.
NEW Head Office Location
QLM Label Makers officially open their new manufacturing facility and Corporate Headquarters in Berrinba (Brisbane), QLD, Australia. Due to restrictions the factory was opened with a 'virtual' celebration.