Compact engineering will be a theme for ProPak Asia’s Australian contingent, with at least two suppliers exhibiting devices with small footprints.

HMPS will show off its compact modular frame design, which according to commercial manager Linh Bui, offers flexibility around growth and expansion to help ensure “future fitness”.

“HMPS believes that our flexible approach to packaging and the scalability of the solutions we offer are of interest and value to Asia. HMPS offers machinery which can pack a large variety of sizes and configurations,” he said.

“All machines are custom designed according to the customer’s unique requirements. Machines are built to the highest quality standards and the solution is designed and engineered by our team of over fifty qualified staff who include design, mechanical, electrical, electropneumatic, and software engineers.”

End-of-line packaging machinery specialist Fibre King will have its new compact modular palletiser on stand, which is designed for palletising in space-limited facilities; the footprint is two by three metres.

The company will also offer visits to its Thai factory in Rayong.

“As a local manufacturer in Thailand, it is a great opportunity to showcase Fibre King capabilities and generate local enquiries for our solutions,” says CEO James Windsor.

“Even before we established our manufacturing facility in Thailand in 2012, the business had been exporting to the ASEAN region for over 20 years. Now that we are local, it is fantastic to have a world-leading tradeshow right on our doorstep,” Windsor said.

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