ILAPAK Italia, an IMA Group company, which produces vertical packaging machines for primary packaging in the food sector with use of flexible material, continues to grow with the inauguration of its new 6 thousand square metres plant in Foiano della Chiana, Arezzo. The ILAPAK Group, which has other plants in Italy (Bologna), Switzerland, Germany, the United States and China, was acquired by IMA in 2013 and has seen its turnover rise in the last few years.
The new ILAPAK Italia’s plant in Foiano della Chiana employs about 100 people and has been designed to respect the environment that surrounds it: thanks to specific plant installations, the building is in fact able to ensure reduced energy consumption, healthy environments and maximum attention to the safety and well-being of employees. From photovoltaic panels to domotics with weather station, from the use of low energy consumption lights to twilight outdoor lighting, everything is designed to ensure efficiency and comfort.
In developing the project, environmental eco-sustainability was taken into careful consideration: the company is in fact plastic-free and very attentive to reducing consumption. Eco-company plans are shared with employees.
ILAPAK Italia, as well as the other companies of the IMA Group, pays a lot of attention to the new needs of customers: tests are underway on recyclable films (paper) and biodegradable ones (eco-compatible films are also expected in the future), as well as machine designs with energy-saving electronics, in order to produce solutions for sustainable packaging, in view of a strategy that combines corporate and sustainability objectives.
The ribbon cutting in the presence of Alberto Vacchi, IMA’s Chairman and CEO, and Francesco Sonnati, Mayor of Foiano della Chiana, was followed by a visit to the new plant. The welcome of Fabio Agnoletti, ILAPAK Italia Site Manager, and the projection of a video entitled “A path towards an eco-sustainable company”, was then followed by the testimonials of Stefano Cataudella, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ILAPAK Group, Klaus Peters, CEO of the ILAPAK Group, and Francesco Sonnati, Mayor of Foiano della Chiana.
The inauguration ended with the intervention of Alberto Vacchi, IMA’s Chairman and CEO, who declared: “We are delighted to inaugurate ILAPAK Italia’s new plant, which is part of the Group’s philosophy focused on sustainability, as a shared and essential value to face global challenges. Innovation in manufacturing processes and products is going hand-in-hand with sustainability and respect for the environment in which we live and work. In particular, in the coming months, we will focus on IMA NOP (No Plastic), a project at the service of packaging that uses new environmentally-friendly materials. The Group has already developed some extremely innovative solutions in collaboration with the major market players, thereby anticipating the needs of the market in question. This project demonstrates IMA’s environmental sensitivity and the strong commitment to innovation that has always distinguished the Group”.
Fabio Agnoletti, Site Manager of ILAPAK Italia, commented: “We are very proud of this new head office, built in compliance with environmental sustainability, which represents a turning point for us towards new goals. We are happy to be part of the IMA Group, a world leader in the field of advanced mechanics and industrial automation. We thank IMA’s top management for their trust in us and we will strive to continue pursuing the Group’s objectives and principles in Val di Chiana. Only a company that is sensitive to the future of the environment will be able to design automatic machines for eco-sustainable packaging”.