2020 was a yr like no other – cancelled trade reveals, buyer initiatives halted or postponed, new clearance and cleanliness regulations, much less client visits, adjustments to processes… “The year 2020 demanded a notably superior diploma of agility from us – as it does from all other businesses and people,” says Thomas Weber of ATS-Tanner Banding Programs AG, centered in Zug, Switzerland.
“We experienced a endeavor pressure that exchanged information many times a 7 days, depending on the latest predicament, to evaluate the situation and come to rapid decisions. The base line is that we can glance back again on a productive company calendar year,” suggests the manager. It was a understanding process for the firm: “We have questioned and learned a great deal – about ourselves as very well. We are incredibly differentiated and have packaging methods for a broad selection of industries, apps and specifications. That has surely aided us in this turbulent calendar year.”
Automation was an crucial subject matter this year, “Quite a few firms look to have turn into knowledgeable that though people can get unwell and split down for lengthy durations of time, machines do not. The pattern toward conclude-of-line automation has therefore intensified once yet again, in our eyes.”
But the perennial favourite, ecologically practical packaging, has not disappeared from the focus in this Corona 12 months either: “The desire for environmentally welcoming packaging was better also- especially packaging with less or no plastic. Below, of program, we are nicely positioned with content-preserving banding. For example, all the significant shops have set their sustainability targets and are now passing on the new specifications to their producers and suppliers. We have executed a lot of initiatives and, for illustration, replaced plastic bags and labels with printed paper banding for zucchinis.”
Even unbiased of the pandemic, ATS is continuously doing work on improvements and new solutions, Weber said. “As a technique company and machine builder, we are of training course continuously innovating, to satisfy demanding consumer demands, for instance. When it will come to banding materials, we should really emphasize our partly coated banding paper, with considerably much less than 5% international material.” For paper to be recycled in the paper stream, it should not incorporate too significantly foreign content. Based on the country, this lawfully regulated proportion can fluctuate. “Our partially coated paper meets the rigid necessities from France, amongst other folks. It is by now remaining employed properly there by various big apple producers.”
The partly coated banding paper meets the demanding French requirements as well.
For ATS-Tanner Banding Units AG, the coming yr will also be all about optimizing and lessening packaging. Weber concludes: “We are unquestionably not sitting nonetheless we are continuing to produce our banding equipment and programs as perfectly as the consumables with lots of thoughts and great enthusiasm. The identical applies to our companies and shopper assist. In general, we expect continued high demand from customers for automation solutions and packaging remedies that are both equally ecologically and economically sustainable.”