Packaging Volpak’s 2019: Technology and Sustainability
Since 1977, Volpak, part of Coesia, is specialised in the design and manufacturing of horizontal form-fill and seal pouching machines for flexible packaging. In this journey of more than 40 years, the company has consistently focused on product innovation. 2019 has been a key year from a technology innovation perspective, with major developments in the areas of high speed and sustainability solutions as well as new services that improve machine availability and efficiency.
It isn’t simply a trend; the consumers are asking for more sustainable solutions and by December 31, 2030 all plastic packaging in the European Union will have to be made of recyclable or compostable material. At the same time, the collection and recycling of plastic waste will have to reach levels on par with other packaging materials. Pouches are one of the fastest growing packaging segments with an exponential increase of its use in established markets - such as snacks in the USA – as well as in emerging countries and new industries as personal care.
This poses new challenges to sustainability, especially for the packaging material, which will have to evolve further to transform itself into a low impact material. Other parts of the production chain will also have to change and become more sustainable as well: for instance, reduce energy consumption at manufacturing and transportation by adopting increasingly more compact packages, which then uses less resources and allow more products to be transported in the same load. Volpak is ready to meet these challenges.
Pouch Lab: the first of its kind
In this context, the opening of Volpak’s Pouch Lab in the spring of 2019 is milestone for the industry, offering a unique place where customers as well as material manufacturers can study the evolution and the behaviour of different types of packaging material. They can also gather precious data on packaging performance, thanks to the testing equipment infrastructure provided. Trials and tests are carried out with a rigorous scientific approach.
One of the objectives of Pouch Lab is to help customers to test and select the right materials for the application, allowing them to carry out operational testing with different types of materials in a protected environment. Also, Pouch Lab can help develop solutions to increase the efficiency and structural integrity of the pouch by adopting specific components based on the type and the shape of the package, making the reclosing systems more convenient for the consumer and resistant to transportation.
The right solution for every market
2019 has been an important year for the company as it has consolidated its market position as one the leading pouching companies worldwide. It has also successfully installed the first SC+ continuous pouching machine in a leading South American multinational company, achieving 99 % efficiency only after a few weeks. The SC+ is a breakthrough in the industry, 400 ppm – speeds never seen in the industry.
It was developed by Volpak’s engineering team in cooperation with Coesia’s central R&D department -. SC+ is suited for almost all industries: from Dairy to Confectionary, from Pet food to Chemicals, especially for the high-speed needs of the market. The company has also expanded the platform of intermittent pouching, adding recyclable ready features to the SI intermittent pouching machines as to the Enflex range. Enflex being the robust entry-level pouching machine of Volpak’s portfolio.
In 2020, the Spanish company will take part in many events, starting with Dusseldorf’s Interpack, May 7-12 and Chicago’s Pack Expo, November 8-11.