The Brausse Forza 1100 C6 machine is used to fold and glue trays, and food packaging such as cake or food boxes at Amipak’s UK Croydon site, and is part of an 18-month £1.5m facility upgrade.
Food to go trends
“Investment is critical to meet increasingly growing demand for more sustainable packaging with the flexibility to match fast moving food to go trends,” said Daniel Schwitzer, director, communications and sustainability, Amipak.
“The carton packs we produce on this improved line are often made from recyclable material and are pulpable or compostable in an industrial facility, which fits well with current consumer expectations.”
Schwitzer added, fully operational from mid-January 2020, the machine delivers shorter lead times, with increased capacity, reliability and flexibility to meet the fast-changing demands of this sector.
As part of a refurbishment of its facilities, Amipak has installed a Heiber and Schroeder Triple stream nested gluer, a twin stream window patcher and Kempner shrink wrapper. The upgrade has also allowed for an additional 1,000 pallet spaces and the addition of a dock leveller, cutting some offloading times by 75%.
“Installing the machines has increased our capacity in some areas by around 37%, as we prepare to respond to the rapidly growing demands of the food to go category,” said Schwitzer.
“These are investments for the future of Amipak, enabling the business to increase stock holding while building on our consistent reputation for flexibility in serving our customers.”
Founded in 1999 – as a result of the merger between Home Supplies (Paper) and F&Z Packaging, established in 1953 and 1965, respectively – Amipak is a third generation family business that specialises in manufacturing environmentally-friendly recyclable and compostable packaging from paper-based products.