First EVOL in France for VPK-Viallon

Giovanni Bettini, Sales Director of MHI EMEA, confirms that the company has recently concluded an agreement with VPK and Viallon Emballage for the supply of an EVOL 100 high speed flexo folder gluer, complete with an MPF pre-feeder. The line is currently being ramped-up at Viallon’s facility in Saint-Just-Malmont and was commissioned in early November 2021.

Viallon Emballage, which is now part of the VPK Group, says it chose the new casemaker based on the proven high efficiency of the EVOL and its excellent die-cutting possibilities.

“We are happy to have signed this supply agreement with Viallon Emballage and the VPK Group,” confirms Bettini. “For us, the major significance of this deal is that it will be the first EVOL to be installed in France. But it also reaffirms our excellent relationship with VPK Group, who are running Mitsubishi corrugators and converting lines throughout their rapidly expanding geographic business. This will be the eighth EVOL and the second MPF pre-feeder to be running in the VPK Group. The EVOL also contains the latest developments on the rotary die-cutting section, specifically the pre-mounted pin system and the ring lock system.”

Christian and Christophe Viallon, respectively Member of the Board and Managing director of Viallon Emballage, explain their decision to go for the EVOL. “The Viallon plant in St Just Malmont is a highly efficient plant, focused on short runs and high-end products. The plant needed a casemaker to bring extra capacity to support the growing market position of Viallon in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and beyond. Based on the excellent track record of the EVOL within the VPK Group, the choice was obvious.”

“This investment will further strengthen the position of VPK in France and we are proud to have already invested in this ambitious project, barely a year after we concluded the Alliance with Viallon Emballage,” adds Philippe Tran, Managing Director, VPK France. “With seven integrated and well invested corrugator plants, VPK has become a major player in France, able to deliver to all customers nationwide.”

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