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MHI signs agreement with VPK and Viallon Emballage for supply of new EVOL 100 casemaker at Viallon’s facility in France

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MHI signs agreement with VPK and Viallon Emballage for supply of new EVOL 100 casemaker at Viallon’s facility in France

November 15, 2021 - 04:44

TOKYO, Nov. 15, 2021 (Press Release) -Giovanni Bettini, Sales Director of MHI Europe, is very pleased that the company has signed an agreement with VPK and Viallon Emballage for the supply of an EVOL 100 high speed flexo folder gluer casemaker, complete with an MPF pre-feeder. The line is currently being ramped-up at Viallon’s facility in Saint-Just-Malmont and was commissioned early November 2021.

Viallon Emballage, which is now part of the VPK Group, has chosen the new casemaker based on the proven high efficiency of the Evol and its excellent die-cutting possibilities.

“We are happy to have signed this supply agreement with Viallon Emballage and the VPK Group,” confirms Giovanni Bettini. “For us, the major significance of this deal is that it will be the first EVOL to be installed in France. But it also reaffirms our excellent relationship with VPK Group, who are running Mitsubishi corrugators and converting lines throughout their rapidly expanding geographic business. This will be the eighth EVOL and the second MPF pre-feeder to be running in the VPK Group. The Evol will also contain the latest developments on the rotary die cutting section: the pre-mounted pin system and the ring lock system”.

Christian and Christophe Viallon, respectively Member of the Board and Managing director of Viallon Emballage, explain their decision to go for the MHI Evol inline: “The Viallon plant in St Just Malmont is a highly efficient plant, focused on short runs and highend products. The plant needed a casemaker to bring extra capacity to support the growing market position of Viallon in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and beyond.” “Based on the excellent track record of the Evol within the VPK group, the choice was obvious. This investment will further strengthen the position of VPK in France and we are proud to have already invested in this ambitious project, barely about a year after we concluded the Alliance with Viallon Emballage. With 7 integrated and well invested corrugator plants, VPK has become a major player in France able to deliver all customers nationwide” adds Philippe Tran (Managing Director of VPK France).

About VPK and Viallon Emballage

Thanks to their 150 experienced staff, a well-invested infrastructure and a 45,000 tons capacity, Viallon Emballage has maintained its pole position for 45 years in the corrugated board industry. Viallon Emballage is a proud member of the VPK Group, which produces recycled paper, corrugated cardboard packaging, solid board packaging and cores. In addition to VPK Packaging, VPK Group’s overall brand portfolio includes Corex for the production of core board and cores, Smart Packaging Solutions for the production of solid board packaging and Aquila for the production of corrugated board sheets. Employing over 6.500 people across 70 locations in 20 countries, the group records a turnover of €1.6 billion.

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world’s leading industrial groups, spanning energy, logistics & infrastructure, industrial machinery, aerospace and defence. For industrial machinery, the company manufactures a wide range of equipment for commercial printing and the corrugated packaging sectors. For corrugated, the company designs and manufactures full line corrugators and high speed flexo printing and converting equipment. The company operates throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa via its wholly owned subsidiary, MHI EMEA. With the headquarters for The Corrugated & Printing Machinery Division in Almere, The Netherlands, MHI EMEA offers sales, support, service and training for customers throughout the region.