Clean, tear-resistant and flexible; the trend is shifting to plastic packaging. UK cement manufacturer Hope Cement has recognized this trend and will implement polyethylene (PE) packaging with the ROTO-PACKER® ADAMS® 10 from HAVER & BOECKER at its Dagenham terminal near London.
In June the ADAMS® and the palletizer made by Newtec went into operation with a speed of 1200 bags per hour.
“We want the best benefits and services for our customers. PE packaging here plays an important role. Retailers and wholesalers can increase their stock levels and construction companies can leave their bags outside in the open without worry, no matter what the weather is,” says Gary Brennand, commercial director at Hope Cement. The interior space that is urgently needed thus can be used for other products. And that’s not the only advantage. “Safety also plays a large role and bag cleanliness provides our customers and ourselves with easier handling,” says Brennand.
The roughly 60 percent PE packaging found in England’s construction industry speak volumes. A survey conducted by Hope Cement reached the same result. After surveying construction companies and construction traders to find out more about the needs of their customers, the result was clear. “Both showed preference for plastic,” said Brennand. This served to enhance Hope’s aim of securely and successfully positioning itself on the market with complete plastic packaging.
PE bags bring advantages to cement manufacturers as well. Brennand adds, “It allows us to stock more product and thus achieve extraordinary and constant throughput times. The bags are cleaner, produce less dust and contribute to cleaner surroundings for our employees.”
The decision to change to PE was further spurred on by its cooperation with HAVER & BOEKER Brennand continued: “We aim to be the best and realized quickly that the ADAMS® technology is an important factor in doing so. In speed, dependability, accuracy and the end product, this technology is market leading and all were fundamental elements in our decision-making. The ADAMS® technology is the industry leader. A reputation that is as strong as our products.”
Also Sebastian Südhoff, Sales Manager for ADAMS®, looks ahead at the cooperation with optimizm and is upbeat about the future of the company. “Hope Cement is a young, innovative company which has recognized the market trend in England and has optimally positioned itself for the coming years with its investment in the large production site near London.”