SGL Co-Packing Novus VFFS

The new Novus 350 packing machine in situ at SGL Co-packing's clean room at one of its factories in Nelson, Lancashire, UK

SGL Co-packing Limited, the Nelson, Lancashire-based contract packer and contract manufacturer, reports that it has invested in new packaging equipment this year in response to customer demand – extending its ability to provide flexible, high-speed packing solutions. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Keswick Enterprises Group – the UK-based supply chain services specialist.The investment includes a new Novus 350 continuous motion vertical form fill and seal packing machine from Hayssen Flexible Systems. This robust, reliable and flexible unit may be adapted to create various pack styles – including quad pack, Doy and block bottom, as well as the standard pillow pack.

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The new Novus 350 will extend SGL Co-packing's ability to provide flexible, high-speed packing solutions

Andrew Palmer, Chairman of SGL Co-packing, commented: “We are looking to build on our success as a leading UK co-packer by investing further in systems and equipment to support the development of customers’ products. The new Novus machine meets our requirements for high quality, flexibility and cost-effective operation, and has already generated considerable interest from existing and prospective customers.”

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Fox’s Biscuits, one of the UK’s leading biscuit manufacturers, located in Batley in the UK, has recently purchased a new Rose Forgrove Merlin HSE flow wrapper from HayssenSandiacre.

Fox’s Biscuits, who are part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, a food manufacturer with 47 sites based throughout Europe, have been working in partnership with HayssenSandiacre on their Caffè project to assist with a new product launch. Their recently purchased Merlin HSE is currently packing Thins and Snaps in trays, through a hand-fed line.

Fox’s Biscuits is an existing Rose Forgrove customer, with over 5 flow wrappers on site in Batley, Leeds.

Chris Rogers, Project Engineer at Fox’s Biscuits in Batley, explained why they opted for the Merlin HSE flow wrapper, “Partnering with Rose Forgrove for this project could not have gone more smoothly. The installation was carried out professionally, efficiently and on time. HayssenSandiacre promised us a machine on a short lead time. This was essential to enable us to meet consumer demand and the launch of our new product.”

According to Chris Rogers, having the opportunity to utilise HayssenSandiacre’s well-equipped technology centre was a key factor in deciding on pack specification. “HayssenSandiacre assisted with all initial products and packaging trials, ensuring a high seal integrity.”

Fox’s Biscuits Merlin HSE is producing packs at a throughput of approximately 70 packs per minute.

WalkersNonSuch Purchases Rose Forgrove for Wrapping Toffee Sweets

WalkersNonSuch Purchases Rose Forgrove for Wrapping Toffee Sweets

Existing customer, Walkers NonSuch has purchased their second  Rose Forgrove  flow wrapper in the space of a few months at HayssenSandiacre’s in-house packaging event.  Walkers NonSuch, a family-owned business based in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK, produces an assortment of toffee sweets and bars, sold in over 35 countries worldwide.

Prior to imPACKED 2013, Walkers NonSuch purchased a Rose Forgrove Merlin HSE flow wrapper to replace an existing mechanical Merlin and thereby increase their production rates. Walkers NonSuch was so impressed with the efficiency of the Merlin and the quality of the packs produced, that they attended the imPACKED 2013 show, with the intention of purchasing the Merlin exhibition machine.

Ed Walker, Director of Production at Walkers NonSuch, explained his decision to purchase another flow wrapper, “We have been customers of HayssenSandiacre for many years now, so when we decided to update our packaging machinery it was an obvious choice to buy the Merlin. The Merlin is an extremely reliable flow wrapper and has always produced high quality packs. When we were offered the latest Merlin HSE on a short lead time from the show, we did not hesitate to take up the offer.”

The next imPACKED event will be held Oct 13-17, 2014 in Venice, Italy at Simionato’s World Headquarters.


Jakemans Confectioners Ltd is producing pillow packs with euroslot application for their Throat & Chest sweets using HayssenSandiacre’s Novus 250 VFFS continuous motion machine.

Jakemans Confectioners Ltd., part of the Lanes Health group based in Boston, Lincolnshire, UK has recently purchased their third HayssenSandiacre packaging machine. According to Jakemans, they decided to opt for a HayssenSandiacre machine because of the reliability of previously bought machines and the outstanding level of customer service provided in the past.

Jakemans’ Plant Manager Tony Bradshaw said: “The increasing popularity of our Throat and Chest sweets meant that we were having difficulty producing packs to meet consumer demand. I always had it in my mind that we would purchase from HayssenSandiacre. I have worked with HayssenSandiacre machines for 15 years and have always found them to be extremely reliable and very user-friendly.”

“The support that we have received from HayssenSandiacre in the past has been fantastic. There is always someone available to help, even outside of normal working hours. We bought our first HayssenSandiacre packaging machine in 2007 and have always been pleased with the quality of bags that HayssenSandiacre machines produce and the variety of options available, such as the euroslot application.”

Jakemans will be producing packs at approximately 150bpm with the HayssenSandiacre packaging machine Novus 250.

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