Volpak’s form-fill-seal solutions for packaging

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The Spanish company Volpak, part of the Coesia group, is a world leader in design and sales of high-speed horizontal automatic machines for forming and filling pouch-type packaging: a solution applicable to a wide range of industries, from food to pharmaceuticals, chemicals and cosmetics. Through its Enflex brand, Volpak designs and produces entry-level solutions for low and medium speeds, characterized by top quality and meticulous construction.

The pouch: an ideal solution for consumer goods
Volpak specializes in form-fill-seal solutions for the pouch-type packaging industry. Pouches are one of the most popular types of packaging for consumer goods and come in two types: flat or stand-up. They are used in many industries, to package liquids like juices, milk and oils, but also solids such as snacks, chocolates or pet food. Geographically, the pouch is particularly popular across the entire American continent (in Latin and North America) and in Europe, but is rapidly expanding into countries such as China and India.

One company, two brands
Founded in 1979, Volpak merged with the Coesia group in 1996, subsequently benefiting from its expertise and the solidity of what is now one of the biggest and most important packaging groups in the world. In 2001, Volpak acquired Enflex, a company specializing in the design and sale of medium-speed horizontal flexible packaging machines, further expanding its portfolio of solutions. Today, Volpak and its Enflex brand offer the market a range of automatic machines operating at low, medium or high speed, able to form and fill pouches of various types and sizes. These pouch packs are very popular with the market and include the Brickpouch, a sturdy, stand-up type offering excellent sealing features, and Duopouches, which fit a straw and a special opening system, designed specifically for beverages. The company’s offer is further complemented by a wide range of solutions for secondary packaging, which allows Volpak to meet the demands of the various stages of packaging, from pouch forming to its assembly inside cartons.

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Strategic and competitive advantages
In the flexible pouch packaging sector, Volpak vaunts the unique know-how that comes from constant technological research and over 40 years of experience. This translates into the ability to handle various packaging materials and the possibility of customizing solutions to suit the product to be packaged, whether it be solid or liquid, and with different levels of viscosity and density. It also offers technical support in tandem with customers, from the preliminary design stage to machine run-off and the subsequent installation of equipment. Post-sales is considered particularly important and the company’s engineers will travel to sites anywhere in the world for maintenance and optimization of production lines. There is also the ARA – Advanced Remote Assistance system, fitted to all the latest generation machines manufactured in Barcelona, with qualified personnel providing ‘virtual’ support 24/7.

Volpak currently has a staff of 220, based mainly in the Barcelona headquarters, a plant of 12,000 square metres where products are designed, manufactured and marketed. The company also has a second production site in Pune, India, and a sales network covering the globe, present in over 34 countries. The close rapport with the specialized CEC – Coesia Engineering Center – makes it possible to share innovative packaging and industrial solutions developed by the group and its 15 companies, expanding the technological know-how available to customers who seek optimal solutions from Volpak/Enflex for retaining leadership in reference industries.

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