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Orion clinches deal with major foam manufacturer

Herefordshire-based Orion Packaging Systems (UK) Ltd, the UK's leading manufacturer supplier of stretchwrapping equipment, has secured a major deal with one of the country's largest polyethylene foam manufacturers.

Croydon-based Zotefoams plc manufactures cross-linked block foams which are used in a wide range of markets including sports and leisure, packaging, transport, healthcare, toys, building, marine and the military.

The foam is manufactured in sheets which are laid horizontally onto pallets and then stretchwrapped for protection and securement before leaving the facility.

Zotefoams' existing wrapping machine was an old model which has served the company well over a number of years but did not offer the speed needed to keep up with growing demand for the company's products.

Zotefoam contacted Orion who responded quickly to design, manufacture and install an automatic turntable pallet wrapper which has now been fully integrated into mainstream production and is operating seven days a week to deliver optimum wrapping quality and consistency.

The machine is a bespoke LP500 featuring powered prestretch to make best possible use of the wrapping film, as well as an automatic top sheet dispenser to ensure the final wrapped pallet is waterproof. Zotefoams has also agreed a long-term maintenance contract with Orion.

Geoff Berry of Zotefoams explained: “Our foam needs to be secured to the pallet and protected from the elements but we had insufficient means of achieving this to meet demand. Orion immediately assessed our needs and then built and installed a machine within a matter of days.

“They've provided training for operators who are finding it very easy to use and given the excellent quality of wrapping and reduced consumable costs, we are delighted with our purchase.”

Walter Williams, Managing Director of Orion Packaging Systems (UK) Ltd, added: “Zotefoams is a leader in its field and we're delighted to have been chosen for this specialist installation. We're now looking forward to a long and successful partnership with the company.”

Established in 1987, Orion is today one of only a handful of UK-owned manufacturers of end of line stretchwrapping equipment for palletised and unpalletised goods. Orion offers a full range of automatic and semi-automatic systems, available either as stand-alone units or fully integrated into the production line. It has also diversified into materials handling, giving customers access to the complete offering for product movement and packaging prior to despatch.

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