Ion Packaging is a newly launched business, based in Kidlington, Oxfordshire. Their primary focus is on corrugated boxes, offering eco-friendly and innovative solutions for businesses across various sectors. Driven by a desire to reduce plastic usage in packaging they want to support local businesses in their journey toward environmental sustainability.
Ioan Soporan, Managing Director, researched the market for box making machines and found Kolbus Autobox online. What he liked most was the ease of use, the compact footprint, the versatility in box styles, sizes, grades and run length capability.
Being a start-up business, it was critical to Soporan that his business was in safe hands. Investing in a UK manufacturer, with UK based engineers, and the manufacturing site just over an hour from his site gave him confidence. The fact that they also maintained a stocked and managed spare parts department was another benefit.
Soporan visited the Houghton Regis headquarters of Kolbus Autobox where they demonstrated an AB300 machine. He duly ordered an AB300 box making machine, SC100 Slitter-Scorer, and PG100 Progluer. The machine was installed, and training complete within a few days. The following week, Ion Packaging were making their first live jobs for a local customer. Their selling points to this customer were that their boxes would be the exact size, in the exact quantity, and produced quickly. They did not need to fill-out using costly void-fill or bubble wrap. With a lead time of only 48 hours, they only needed to order the number of boxes required, so saving on storage.
Arran Sethi, Director of Sales, Kolbus UK, said, “We were delighted to strike up a working relationship with Ioan and were excited to have contributed to his business flourishing so quickly. The Autobox is the perfect machine for Ion Packaging. It will give them the ability to say ‘yes’ to as many jobs as possible due to the machines versatility and flexibility producing close to fifty different FEFCO styles and even bespoke products in a near infinite range of dimensions and sizes.”