Australian Sunstate Cement makes the move to PE bags
Waterproof, UV resistant and clean – the advantages of packaging powder-type products in Polyethylene (PE) plastic using Form, Fill and Seal (FFS) technology are providing companies around the world with the opportunity to gain a competitive edge.
Recognizing the benefits of using PE especially for their clients, Sunstate Cement Ltd., one of Australia‘s leading manufacturers and suppliers of high quality cementitious products, made the decision to invest in new packaging equipment at its Port of Brisbane manufacturing facility. “We wanted to offer our customers a superior type of and the difference in packaging,” says Michael Fullelove, Operations Manager at Sunstate. “And PE offers a number of additional significant benefits. One huge advantage is that customers can store product outside all year long which means increased storage capacity and the ability to optimize overall logistic expenses.”
PE bags are also dust free which creates safer and cleaner working conditions, and an essential advantage at point of sale: “The bags are cleaner and we are able to print high-quality, eye-catching and individual branding,” says Fullelove.
Following its decision to implement PE bags, Sunstate sought out a highly efficient PE packing solution, selecting Haver & Boecker as its technology partner. The decision to partner with Haver & Boecker was based on the company’s full suite of solutions, ability to scale high efficient equipment and a high level of support.
“Haver & Boecker had a number of advantages over the other companies,” says Cameron Weir, Maintenance Manager at Sunstate. “It’s a ‘one-stop shop’ so we were able to buy all the equipment we needed from the one company. The total footprint of the equipment was a lot less than competitors and the capacity can be expanded more easily and for less cost compared to the alternatives. Haver & Boecker, with its local team of experts here in Australia, also has great customer support.”
Sunstate’s complete technology solution comprises:
packaging machine - Haver & Boecker Roto-Packer Adams 4
drymix mixer – Haver & Boecker IBAU Storage Technology
palletiser - Haver & Boecker Newtec Palletizing Technology
stretch hood machine made by Lachenmeier
The products from this production line started rolling off in November 2016. Alan Arbotante, Area Sales Manager for Packaging Technology at Haver & Boecker Australia, believes Sunstate’s solution will give the company a distinct edge in the market. “With the uptrend of the Do-It-Yourself market in Australia, the attractive and clean design of PE packaging will provide a competitive advantage to drymix manufacturers. ”Sunstate is positioning itself as a leader in this market by offering innovative products in PE, efficiently packaged using the high speed Haver & Boecker Adams technology.”