Quest Graphics recently installed the first eCon sheeter at their Saint Louis facility. Quest is a high quality, large format printing company that specializes in Litho Label and Top Sheet for packaging applications. The eCon adds capabilities to their printing line.

The eCon features the industry leading MarquipWardUnited knife technology with features such as, on machine grinding, low power consumption, and 1000gsm capacity. At 1650mm (65”) width and a maximum speed of 300m/min, the eCon offers fantastic value for Quest Graphics with straightforward paper or board sheeting needs. The eCon is designed to work and priced to sell.

Delivering over 40 years of excellence, Quest Graphics has long established themselves as an invaluable resource for printers, publishers, designers and packagers, worldwide. Quest offers consistent quality, reliability and outstanding customer service. Please visit

For additional information, please contact Lucas Kok – Sheeter sales executive – Western USA & Canada, (608) 255-4220.


MarquipWardUnited, Inc., a Barry-Wehmiller company, has executed a definitive agreement to acquire- the operations of Körber AG’s Papersystems companies: E.C.H. Will GmbH, Pemco Inc. and Kugler-Womako GmbH, pending the approval of the respective antitrust authorities. The combination of these industry leaders expands MarquipWardUnited’s sheeter footprint, establishing BW Papersystems as the leading supplier of sheeting and sheet packaging machinery in the world with solutions for the widest range of applications for the paper converting, manufacturing and packaging industries. In addition, MarquipWardUnited, Inc. will add machines for stationery manufacturers and bookbinders to its portfolio and will assume a leading position in the production of machines for  the manufacture of passports.

E.C.H. Will, Pemco and Kugler-Womako generated combined sales averaging $125 million (USD) over the past five years. As part of the transaction, their 350+      associates will join MarquipWardUnited’s 1,100 team members worldwide.

“We are excited to partner with these industry leaders whose expertise naturally dovetails with MarquipWardUnited’s,” said Tim Sullivan, Barry-Wehmiller Group President. “We have watched the successful synergy between E.C.H. Will, Pemco and Kugler-Womako and feel that MarquipWardUnited’s capabilities will complement theirs. We look forward to welcoming them into our family and introducing them to our dynamic people-centric culture. This combination presents many exciting opportunities for our customers, our suppliers, and Barry-Wehmiller’s 7,600 team members around the globe!”

“We are pleased to have found a strategic and long-term oriented operator with Barry-Wehmiller for the Papersystems companies,” commented Körber CFO Stephan Seifert.

“Together, we enlarge the range of our technologies and products quite considerably. At the same time, we will continue our commitment to providing outstanding Customer Service,” said Christoph Golombek, Managing Director of Kugler-Womako. “We look forward to pursuing our corporate aims in the long term with these companies and their team members.”

“This merger brings the leading names in the sheeting industry under one banner and positions us to increase the scope of products for Sheeting and Ream Wrapping,” commented Steve Brimble, VP Sales, MarquipWardUnited. “The combination of these key brands and their technologies ultimately means better products and more comprehensive support of our customers.”
As a group, these companies become a frontrunner in technology for cut-size, folio and digital sheeting and packaging, and ream wrapping, to benefit the most complex mill to the smallest converter. Their individual capabilities include:

MarquipWardUnited (with headquarters in Phillips, WI-USA) manufactures high-speed sheeter equipment for the paper converting and folding carton converting industries worldwide as well as machinery for the worldwide corrugated board industry

E.C.H. Will (based in Wedel, Germany) manufactures cut size sheeters for the production of copy paper, folio-size sheeters for paper and board, machines that produce ruled notebooks, and provides solutions for the industrial converting of digitally printed books.

Pemco (based in Sheboygan, WI-USA) offers complete packaging lines for cut-size, digital and folio reams. SHM small converting Sheeters and Wrapmatic folio ream wrappers complete the range.

Kugler-Womako (based in Nürtingen, Germany) supplies machinery for the stationery and bookbinding industries and is the world market leader in the production of machines for the manufacture of passports.

In addition to the enhanced sheeter presence made possible by the transaction, MarquipWardUnited continues to maintain its robust corrugator and finishing product lines which include corrugators, rotary die cutters and flexo folder gluers; as well as its corrugated line products, flexo folder gluers (manufactured by Curioni in Milan, Italy) and VortX starch kitchens (manufactured in Milton, PA-USA).

About MarquipWardUnited, Inc.
As one of the largest global suppliers of advanced corrugating, sheeting and finishing machinery, MarquipWardUnited, Inc. has achieved international success through a combination of technical innovation and superb reliability. With more than a century of experience, MarquipWardUnited has become a leading manufacturer of high-speed equipment—including sheeters, splicers, slitter/scorers, direct drive knives, rotary die cutters and flexo folder gluers—for the folded carton, corrugated box and paper converting industries worldwide.


Colussi Group is an Italian private company that operates in the food sector. Its activities include the production and selling of high quality products such as pasta, rice, bakery products and confectionery. The Group includes five of the most excellent brands of Italian tradition: Colussi, Misura, Agnesi, Flora, Sapori di Siena 1832. The adoption of modern procedures guarantees the authenticity, health and hygiene of the products from the factory to the table in our homes.

Simionato has provided Colussi Group with several systems, including weighing and packaging machines. The oldest machines dates back to 1990. Throughout the years, the relationship between the two companies has strengthened, through intensive cooperation that was implemented by a tailored service program.

Service scheduled through Simionato gives the opportunity to plan and reduce maintenance costs, without incurring any downtime with relative inconveniences. The maintenance contract includes a scheduled service by a qualified Simionato team member, intervention priorities and spare parts discounts.

“We are very pleased with this service, it has strengthened the collaboration between our two companies, establishing a relationship of continuity and reliability. The proposed maintenance contract gave us the opportunity to organize interventions in different plants, warranting ongoing maintenance of the machines. The positive results led us to a renewal of the contract,” says Mr. Pennisi,  Industrial Management of Colussi Spa.


Lion Dairy & Drinks has just recently  installed a Novus 350 in their cheese packaging facility in Allansford, Victoria, Australia. This customized form fill seal bagger forms a Quad stand-up packagewith re-closeable zipper using continuous motion sealing technology.  Lion’s dairy portfolio includes market leading brands across the milk, juice, cheese, dairy products and soy categories, and four out of the top 25 grocery brands in Australia. Lion’s cheese brands include Coon, Cracker Barrel and Millel, sold in retail supermarkets.

The Novus 350 Quad bagger is key for packaging two different product offerings from Lion; one is a mozzarella & cheddar mix with re-closeable zipper in 250g and 500g stand-up quad packages.  Lion also packages single serve cheese for pizza toppings in a 125g package. The Quad stand-up package will differentiate their brands among store competition. Michael Murphy,  Engineering Leader at Lion’s facility, comments on their choice of the Novus VFFS system, “We have a long-standing relationship with HayssenSandiacre and had full confidence in their ability to deliver this not-so-simple application for our new cheese product introductions.”

This site had also purchased a Hayssen Servo Ultima vffs with combination scale for their bulk shred line and (2) RT horizontal form fill seal wrappers with reclose from HayssenSandiacre in recent years. This facility has multiple RT hffs systems in operation for over 20 years.

Gordon Wood, Australian Sales Manager for HayssenSandiacre adds, “We have been proud to support Lion with their previous projects in packaging cheese on our horizontal RT systems and I am excited for the growth of their brands.  Our offerings for VFFS mean that we can provide Lion with future-proof systems that package a wide range, from single serve cheese packs to large format foodservice bags.”


MINNEAPOLIS,Minn.— March 4, 2014 — Larry Smith, President and CEO of Thiele Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-speed integrated packaging equipment solutions headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. (USA), has announced the acquisition of Symach palletizers business based in Terneuzen, The Netherlands.  Symach is an industry leader in end-of-line palletizing and load-securing technology. This is Thiele Technologies’ seventh acquisition in nine years, creating one of the largest and most well-balanced providers of comprehensive end-of-line packaging equipment solutions for a broad range of global markets.

According to Smith, “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Symach to our team.  Throughout the process, we’ve found their team to be superb.  Each person is dedicated to what they do – building quality equipment that contributes to their customers’ success.”  He continues, “The combination of Thiele and Symach will provide excellent value for all of our customers by expanding not only our product offerings, but adding richly to both companies by sharing our strengths and experiences.”

The acquisition of Symach impacts both the Flexible and Rigid Business groups of Thiele Technologies.  Thiele’s Flexible division handles bagged products – ranging from flour mixes to soil to pet food.  The addition of Symach’s line will strengthen Thiele’s capabilities as a supplier of total bag handling solutions for the industrial markets. Combining Thiele’s weighing, bag filling and bag closing solutions with Symach’s palletizing and load securing technology further expands its capabilities to serve the global markets.

Thiele’s Rigid division handles products packaged in cases and cartons, including bliss and tray equipment, often used in the produce industry.  Symach also plays a dominant role in the Produce Bag/Case Palletizing market segment, handling challenging products including potatoes, onions and more. With a dedicated manufacturing location in Reedley, California, Thiele has a strong presence in the Corrugate Tray and Bliss forming/erecting machines for the agricultural produce industry.

Established more than a decade ago, Symach has been building innovative, quality palletizing solutions for customers in a variety of industries worldwide.  With many successful past installations, Symach has tripled in size during that time.  Sacha Bakker, Sales & Market Development Director for Symach says, “This will be an exciting new chapter in our history.  We look forward to joining the teams of Thiele and Barry-Wehmiller, continuing to offer the fantastic service and top-notch equipment on which we’ve built our reputation and business.”



Tony Jimenez, a splicer operator at Independence Corrugated, Oak Creek, WI, is the current record holder in the MarquipWardUnited Century Belt Buckle Club for the most consecutive, successful splices on a MarquipWardUnited Splicer.  Tony stands at 3553 splices.  His co-workers and MarquipWardUnited representatives in an upcoming ceremony at Independence Corrugated will recognize Tony.

The Century Belt Buckle Club is a very popular MarquipWardUnited program that was re-established in the spring of 2013.

As an incentive to your operators, MarquipWardUnited would like to reward them for their successful splices on the MarquipWardUnited Splicer.

Every corrugator operator who successfully completes 100 consecutive splices will receive, in recognition, a Century Club Belt Buckle.

To join the Club, you must schedule an appraisal of your MarquipWardUnited splicer with Field Training Specialist, John Podmolik.  While at your facility, John will work with your operators to perform the best techniques for operating the splicer.

Contact John today to schedule an appraisal of your splicer and get your operators started on their way to the Gold.

John can be reach at (715) 492-2852 (cell) or (715) 339-2191 (work) or e-mail at


HayssenSandiacre will be exhibiting at Ishida’s open house event from 23rd to 28th February in Dubai. If you are attending the Gulfood show, this is an opportunity to also see HayssenSandiacre equipment in action at Ishida’s Dubai facility.  In the meantime, check out this video of Ishida CCW integrated with Hayssen Novus, packaging IQF chicken.

Ishida will be  demonstrating their new RV CCW multihead  weigher, working in conjunction with HayssenSandiacre’s Novus 350 pillow pack machine. This particular system is ideal for IQF (Frozen Food)  applications, due to its waterproof qualities, stainless  steel construction, robustness and dependability. Ishida’s equipment and HayssenSandiacre’s Novus can be used for a variety of  applications, like snacks, IQF products, powders, confectionery and fresh produce.

This open house event, which will be held at Ishida’s Dubai office in the Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA), will feature a variety of high quality equipment, such as Ishida’s X-Ray and Check-weigher.

Please contact HayssenSandiacre for any further information or to arrange  a visit to Ishida’s open house.


Surgital spa, an Italian company situated in Lavezzola, each day produces more than 135 tons of fresh pasta, 8 tons of sauces (in pellets) and 60,000 ready-made meals. Surgital began as a home-made operation in 1980 and today is a leading company in the fresh pasta sector, exporting worldwide its ‘Made in Italy’ products. One of the highlights of Surgital is continuous investments in the growth of the company, including the recent renewal of its production site and a new storage warehouse, which is fully automated with more than 14,000 pallet spaces at -20°C.

The vast product line of Surgital is filled and sealed by Simionato VFFS equipment, complete with multi-head weighers entirely embossed on parts which contact food. The multihead weighers feed pasta into the stainless steel Logic 35 packaging machines. The machines are easily managed via remote devices such as Iphone, Ipad and Smartphone with Android. In addition, Surgital uses the downloading data system of the weighing machines to have complete control of its production site.

Ettore Ferrario, sales agent for Simionato, comments on the project, “Simionato is proud to be a part of Surgital in its updates to the packaging facility. Surgital is a great Italian company, providing the freshest pasta products by incorporating quality and leading technology in their operations.” Simionato packaging machines are available in two versions: painted or stainless steel Aisi 304 or 316. Surgital chose the stainless steel version, which is recommended for frequent cleaning and packaging wet product in brine.


Thiele Technologies, Inc., a leading manufacturer of placing, bagging cartoning, casepacking and palletizing equipment, will promote its latest technology and equipment at the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo, January 28-30, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.  A team of professionals from Thiele will be available in Booth 7539 throughout the show to discuss the company’s complete range of product offerings.


Thiele and SWF have long been recognized as industry standards in the poultry packaging landscape. In addition to Tray and Bliss box forming options, Thiele also offers casepacking and palletizing solutions. Our product lines are customizable and contain a wide variety of solutions to fit your needs, including top load (pick and place) case packers and robotic packing and palletizing.
From case packing and cartoning to bliss and tray and robotics, Thiele has equipment to handle a wide variety of carton and corrugate applications. We’re proud to offer solutions for case erecting, tray forming and sealing, case/tray packing and handling, bundling, cartoning, poly bag inserters and uncuffers.


Our complete system solutions include filling, weighing, packing, sealing and palletizing. We offer high-speed fully automated options, including robotics, as well as low-speed, manual systems to fit any application needs.
The Streamfeeder product line features automation solutions for commercial printing, contract packaging, and mailing and fulfillment. From stand-alone feeding, dispensing and placing units to complete automated systems for collating, batch counting, tip-on/affixing and kit fulfillment, we accommodate a wide variety of industries.


Hudson-Sharp, now part of Thiele, offers complete design and manufacture of plastic bag-making machinery, pouch-making equipment and reclosable packaging solutions. We offer a full line of plastic film converting equipment to make a wide variety of plastic bags and pre-made pouch styles.


About Thiele Technologies, Inc.

Thiele Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Barry-Wehmiller, is a leader in the design, manufacture and integration of high-speed packaging equipment solutions for a variety of industries, including fresh and frozen food, pet food, beverage, brewery, dairy, bakery, pharmaceutical, health and beauty, chemical, horticulture, industrial goods, paper goods, medical devices, and consumer mailing and collating. Its complete range of end-of-line packaging machinery includes placing, feeding, bagging, cartoning, case packing, premade bag and pouch equipment as well as palletizing systems for a broad range of domestic and international markets.


N&C Building Products based  in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, produces various Nicobond products for the  building trade in the UK. Nicholls and Clarke is currently using an integrated Simionato Logic system, complete with 2 augers to pack their brand  of tile grout. N&C is a long established builder’s merchant, established in  1875, and now provides over 60,000 building products to various trade professionals around the UK.

The Logic intermittent motion packaging  machine is highly flexible and can pack a range of bag types, such as doy, quad pack and pillow pack. N&C Building  Products’ packaging line system has been installed with a twin auger feed system with supporting  gantry, which has been specifically designed to fit their unique requirements.  For this particular system, both augers load two different types of grout,  which produce a bag with mixed product.

The system is capable of mixing two  different products of specific weights, with the option to pack either one or two products.
Michelle  Crayton, Production Manager at N&C Building Products, explained their  recent purchase, “We decided to purchase the Simionato system because we were  looking for a machine suitable for our packaging requirements that would fit in  our budget. We are confident that we will always have great support.”

N&C Building Products’ Simionato system is currently packing  1kg, 2.5kg, 5kg and 10kg block bottom bags of tile grout in various colours in their factory in Stoke-on-Trent

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