Mannok has invested a further €2.1m in its cement bagging facilities with the acquisition of state-of-the-art technology which will double the output capacity of the company’s weatherproof bagged cement product range. The recent outlay is one of a number of key investments for Mannok this year which align with the company’s growth plans on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Leading German brand, Haver & Boecker were contracted to design and manufacture a new ROTO-PACKER® ADAMS® 10 spout bag filling system for packing powdery products in weatherproof bags and a new automatic film reel changer, designed to run at 1,200 bags per hour. The new machinery has been fully integrated into Mannok’s existing line in order to expand the packing capacity.
Installation of the industry leading technology was completed in Q2 of this year after eight weeks of installation and is now in production. The latest phase of investment will give Mannok the capacity to bag c50 tonnes of cement in weatherproof bags per hour. This is addition to a similar packing capacity for traditional paper bags.
Clean filling, coupled with the packaging’s tear-resistance, means waste is minimised and ensures a clean working atmosphere, and thus high protection for operating personnel.
The latest acquisition sees the company’s overall investment in its cement bagging facilities over the last 3 years reach over €5m, following an initial multi-million euro investment in 2018, when the installation of Mannok’s first weatherproof bagging line enabled the successful launch of its extended bagged cement range.
Despite the twin challenges of Brexit and Covid, the demand for Mannok’s popular bagged cement products remains high on both sides of the Irish Sea. The sustained success of the range in both the UK and Irish markets has prompted the recent investment to double the output capacity of the popular weatherproof bagged products.
Joining the company’s Irish Sales Team on a plant visit to see the new technology in action, Mannok CEO, Liam McCaffrey, commented: “This is a major investment in our Cement operations which completes the second phase of our investment in our weatherproof bagging line, upgrading it from a single to a double bagging line with a significant increase in output capacity. Our initial investment to bring our weatherproof PE bags to the market was in response to demand from GB based merchants and we later introduced the bags to the Irish market, where the response was equally positive.
“We’ve seen customers moving to the weatherproof bags because they’re a cleaner solution that helps reduce product waste and ensure healthier, dust-free surroundings. The packaging also offers greater flexibility, allowing outdoor storage without concern about weather conditions thanks to the tear-resistant and easy handling waterproof bags.
The success of the bags in both UK and Irish markets gave us the impetus to invest further in order to increase our output and, despite the challenges presented by Covid and Brexit, we have followed through with our investment plan, demonstrating our commitment to continued growth on both sides of the Irish Sea and placing us in a strong position for the new post-Brexit landscape.”