Volpak at the forefront of sustainability

Technology & sustainability in response to the crisis

The SC+ machine is the leader in the HFFS range. Photo - Volpak

The Spanish Company, part of Coesia, specialized in the design and manufacturing of horizontal form-fill and seal machines for flexible packaging, continues its expansion in the pouch market, which – despite the current situation – is experiencing a growing phase. Volpak has a wide range of solutions to support consumer goods companies’ packaging needs, from high to low speed and ample flexibility in terms of formats, from “flat pouch” to resealable “doypack style pouch.” At the top of Volpak’s portfolio stands the SC+, the high-speed HFFS machine on the market, available in many different configurations.

SC+ — one machine, three versions, endless possibilities

According to Volpak, the SC+ machine is the leader in the HFFS range, and a global client base has already adopted it. Among the different versions, which are already operational, three are especially significant. The first one is the pilot version of the machine, which has been working since 2018 in the plant of an essential brand from Latin America and is set up to form and fill stand up pouches for home care products, boasting high performance and sturdiness. A different model is producing stand up pouches with “corner cap” closing — this specific configuration is capable of reaching a speed of up to 280 pouches per minute, boasting features such as quick size changeover and package size optimization, offering customers a high performing and sustainable solution. The third one is a special version without forming groups since it’s set up to fill pre-made pouches. This configuration attests to Volpak’s versatility; the company, starting from a standard platform, is capable of developing different solutions according to its clients’ specific needs, even in the case of a technically advanced unit such as the SC+. This specific configuration is suitable to cover the needs of co-packers effectively.

Volpak PouchLab R&D center

The Spanish company makes extensive efforts in developing state of the art technologies and studying both packaging materials and their applications. Volpak has an actual R&D laboratory inside its premises — the PouchLab. In this place, customers and material manufacturers can experiment with the evolution and behavior of different packaging material types while also gathering precious data on packaging performance, thanks to the testing equipment infrastructure provided. Recently, leveraging its knowledge and the possibilities offered by its Pouch Lab, the company has successfully sealed a recyclable All-Pe material from a leading flexible packaging film manufacturing company with an anti-choque type cap. The parameters of sealing quality, airtightness, and finish quality have been satisfactory and guarantee the success of the product when running in an industrial environment. This is indeed another important milestone on the path for a more and more sustainable packaging process, it said.

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Volpak Pouchlab

Volpak, part of the Coesia group, is a company built on robust technological foundations, specialized in horizontal form-fill-seal solutions for the pouch-type packaging industry. Founded in 1979, Volpak was acquired by Coesia in 1996. In 2001, Volpak acquired Enflex, a company specialized in the design of entry-level horizontal pouching machines, thus expanding its product portfolio. Today, the Volpak and Enflex brands offer the market a wide range of automatic pouching machines able to form, fill and seal pouches of all sorts of type and size, for a variety of industries, operating low-, medium- or high-speed. The company can count on more than 300 employees’ expertise mainly based in the Barcelona headquarters, consisting of a facility of 12.000 square meters, where products are designed, manufactured, and marketed. The company has a second production plant in Pune, India, and is present in over 130 countries worldwide.

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