Approximately 150 packaging industry executives attended the Somic Open House in Amerang, Germany on May 24. Several packaging presentations were followed by a guest appearance and the unveiling of the new Somic ReadyPack, an end-of-line packaging machine that will make its North American debut at PACK Expo in September.
"We were excited about the number of people who attended this event and the introduction of the Somic ReadyPack," said Somic CEO Patrick Bonetsmüller. "Our research indicates there is a market for more simple packaging applications. The challenge was to produce a machine to fit industry requirements and meet specific criteria such as speed, efficiency and price points."
"Seven months ago, we introduced the Somic FLEXX III at PACK Expo in Chicago as a flexible solution for one-piece wraparound shipping cases, or two-piece tray and hood for retail ready," said Peter Fox, senior vice president of sales for Somic America. "It is extremely fast at placing stand-up pouches, flow packs, rigid containers, and other units and has generated a lot of interest. As a customized solution for shelf-ready packages, we anticipate the Somic ReadyPack to do the same."
The event began with messages from Bonetsmüller, CEO Ralf Kettner, and director of sales Stefan Julinek, followed by a presentation on Somic innovation. Next was the introduction of the Somic ReadyPack. Thermoformed packages of cut sausages and soft candy in pillow pouches were demonstrated in both single and double rows while standing upright.
Two presentations about packaged foodstuffs and packaging materials in regards to future influences to the packaging process, took place directly before and after lunch.
Somic’s guest speaker of the day was Italian mountaineer, adventurer and explorer Reinhold Messner. Known as the first person to make a solo ascent of Mount Everest, his presentation, "Success founded on Strategic Risk Management," contained a mix of personal experiences and advice for those with business challenges.