VPK Group has chosen Universal’s Fanfold solution for the production of corrugated packaging in Alizay, near Rouen, France.
The UniFold features fully automatic Fanfold production as well as options for gapless order changes and e-commerce board production at 220m per min. The new 2.8m corrugator from BHS Corrugated will be equipped with a two-colour printing unit, allowing the production of printed Fanfold corrugated packaging for brand differentiation, and cost competitive printed solution.
Wim Messiaen, Divisional CEO, VPK Corrugated Packaging, explains, “We want our corrugated plant in Alizay to have the highest productivity for the production of Fanfold. Our central technical team made a screening of the different solutions on the market and visited a number of Fanfold installations across Europe and the choice was obvious. We simply acquired what we think is the best solution available for Fanfold production – the Universal machine with the new UniFold 220. Our new integrated plant in Alizay will be a highly efficient plant, supplied by a green energy paper mill located on the same site.”
“With the booming of e-commerce and consumer trend towards more sustainable space-saving solutions, the Fanfold corrugated market is expected to grow close to double digits according to experts, and we needed a state-of-the-art production unit to support the growing Fanfold market in France, where the domestic offer for Fanfold is limited,” adds Philippe Tran, Managing Director, VPK France. “This will also reduce the carbon footprint of Fanfold distribution, which can currently travel long distance from adjacent countries. This investment will definitely strengthen the position of VPK in France and beyond.”
Johan Oude Wesselink, Sales Manager, Universal Corrugated, adds, “We are really pleased to have signed an agreement with VPK for the supply of such innovative Fanfold production. The equipment is currently being built in The Netherlands and will be commissioned in early November 2022 in Alizay, France.”