Photo: (left to right) Pakorn Chotikorn of Techno Global Graphics and Finn Hinze of Vetaphone with Prepack Thailand’s Production Manager Veraphan Thiampu.
Established initially in 1973 from Prepac France, the company’s early work was for the Nongpho Ratchaburi Dairy Corp. for which it produced packaging for pasteurized milk under Royal patronage. Other early products included 5-kg rice bags for the Prathum Rice Mill. Today, the company has expanded its product range to supply flexible packaging to industries as diverse as food, personal care and hygiene, snacks, chemical and industrial, and various other consumer areas.
Setting such high standards of production quality is not without it problems, as Production Manager of 20 years at the plant, Veraphan Thiampu explains, “We are located close to the sea and there is always a high level of salt in the air, which added to the humidity levels that we experience in southern Thailand creates a perfect environment for corrosion. This was having a disruptive effect on production and creating high levels of waste.”
Disappointed that it was incurring such issues with well-known European brands of corona treaters, Prepack made contact with Techno Global Graphics, which represents Vetaphone in Thailand. The result was the replacement of the existing surface treatment unit on one of its extruders with Vetaphone VE2B station, and after twelve months of satisfactory performance, the replacement of the treater on the other extruder with a Vetaphone VE2C unit. The B station is 1.8m wide and runs at 90m/min with a 6kW (2 x 3) capacity. The C station is 1.6-meters-wide and runs at 80 mpm. It has an 8kW capacity and is fitted with a larger backing roller – both Vetaphone units are for double-sided treatment.
“There has been a big difference since we installed the Vetaphone units – performance is consistent and the regular maintenance requirements are easy to complete. Our investment in their technology has proved to be very good value for money,” he adds, explaining that Prepack now operates a double-shift work pattern for its 500 staff at the plant. This is consistent with the company’s proud tradition of providing a quality service. Among those independently certifying Prepack are: Walt Disney and Walmart, and the company also lists ISO 9001/14001, OHSAS 18001, GMP, HACCP, BRC-IoP, and FSC 22000.
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