Syntegon shows upturn in annual revenues transitioning from Bosch Packaging Technology
German-based process and packaging technology business Syntegon, reported an upturn in its performance in 2019, with sales increasing year-on-year to €1.33 billion in 2019 from €1.28 billion for the previous twelve months.
As the business, which was formerly Bosch Packaging Technology, reported, its levels of new orders also rose slightly across the food and drink sector, despite the onset coronavirus crisis which has impacted on global markets.
Since interpack – the largest trade show in the industry that was originally scheduled for May – has now been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company is presenting its latest process and packaging technology at a virtual trade show from today until May 13.
In this context, a special focus is on intelligent and sustainable technologies for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Following the introduction of the Syntegon corporate brand at the beginning of the year, the company is also unveiling its new product design for the first time at the event.
According to the company, sales are divided roughly equally between the company’s two product segments Pharma and Food. In North America and China in particular, the business saw a significant sales growth in the pharmaceuticals sector. The company has also grown significantly in the food sector in these regions and in Europe. Overall, sales are divided roughly equally between the regions of Europe, North and South America, and Asia, with Europe being the company’s largest market.
New orders in the Food segment grew strongly in 2019 and also remained at their usual high level in the Pharma segment. After the sale of Bosch to CVC Capital Partners in 2019, the company implemented the formation of a stand-alone organisation and the launch of the Syntegon brand without any issues.
Speaking on its expansion of orders, it has introduced several new measures. These include increased spare parts deliveries and providing customer service via digital platforms. The specialist for process and packaging technology is conducting key meetings within the scope of customer projects, including model presentations and factory acceptance tests, virtually.
Thanks to Syntegon’s global presence with local employees, the company is able to carry out urgent service assignments in almost all cases, despite the current travel restrictions.
According to Michael Grosse (above), CEO of Syntegon: “Syntegon’s mission is to provide process and packaging technology for a better life. We therefore see it as our responsibility to support the pharmaceutical and food industries with our technologies and be there for our customers as a service partner – especially when things get difficult.”
One focus of the company’s first virtual trade show, which it is holding from May 7 to 13, is technologies for more sustainability. For example, the company is unveiling its new TPU paper form, fill and seal machine for fibre-based primary packaging. Manufacturers of food, hygiene products, and cosmetics, for example, can use it to produce a predominantly fibre-based packaging solution for their disposable and single-serving packs that were previously packaged in plastic. In combination with the special FibreForm paper from paper manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs, the machine forms structural shells that stand out on store shelves and can be completely fed into the paper recycling process.
Syntegon offers retrofit kits that can be used to modify existing systems for use with sustainable materials as well as comprehensive advice on environmentally friendly and efficient packaging processes. One innovation in this field is the “paper-ON-form” retrofit set for horizontal flow wrapping machines, which can be used to process cold-sealable and heat-sealable barrier papers. The set consists of a flow-wrap forming unit and sealing jaws specially designed for the packaging paper. It is already being used on global chocolate manufacturers’ systems to package their products in paper.
In addition, Syntegon is collaborating with partners on other innovative approaches. For example, new kinds of materials, such as transparent paper, can expand the range of applications for fibre-based packaging – like paper bags with a window, for instance, or replacing plastic trays for cookie packaging with paper solutions.
The new ACE (Advanced Carton Erector) platform is another example of Syntegon’s intelligent technologies. The platform features high-speed forming capabilities and can handle a wide range of carton sizes. It forms cartons and trays without glue, instead using a special lock-style or ultrasonic technology for this purpose. The ACE platform is suitable, for example, for packaging used for baked goods, snacks, cereal bars, and frozen goods, as well as for products outside the food sector.
New machine design
After leaving the Bosch Group, Syntegon has relaunched with its new corporate brand. The name Syntegon stands for synergy, technology, and a focus on the future. The new corporate colour green underscores the importance of sustainability and health. These aspects are also reflected in the new machine design, which the company presented today for the first time.
An important feature is the user-friendly interaction zone highlighted in white. It creates a clear user interface and generally makes the machine easy to operate. Components include the optimised human-machine interface (HMI) and a status display. In the future, it will be possible to integrate additional components, such as a wireless charging station for tablets that can be used to run augmented reality service programs. The new design is also easier to clean, which further improves hygiene. All of the company’s new machine platforms will feature this design in the future.