Syntegon Technology’s Schiedam site is celebrating over half a century of market presence. In October, the company’s Dutch site turns 60. Today a market-leading provider of horizontal flow wrappers, infeed and distribution systems, the current Syntegon Packaging Technology BV took up business as Tevopharm, an acronym of Techniek for Voeding and Pharmacie (Technical solutions for food and pharma) in the early 1960s. “We are proud of this long legacy,” Neil Fowell, general manager at Syntegon in Schiedam, explains.
“Focusing on long-term economic success from the very beginning, we have continuously enhanced our portfolio according to our customers’ requirements. This desire to shape the future has set the company’s course from its very beginning – and will continue to do so as we continue to expand our products.” To celebrate its 60th anniversary and express its gratitude towards its long-standing customers, the Schiedam site offers a special discount of up to 60 installation hours for every new machine order placed between 22 September and 22 December 2020.
Six decades and many milestones
Even in its early days, Tevopharm focused on delivering innovative, fast, and reliable machines that offer a good investment return. This pioneering spirit saw the development of a capsule filling machine for pharmaceutical manufacturers, which was soon followed by flow wrapped solutions in food for safe and smooth operations in the confectionery and baking industries. For instance, in the mid-1970s, the novel “Pack-5” catered to the automation needs of biscuit, bar, and chocolate producers. In 1970, a major German chocolate brand developed its signature packaging together with Tevopharm. During the 1980s and 1990s, over 250 employees, Tevopharm developed “Pack-1000”, the first fully servo-driven flow wrapper to package up to 1,000 products per minute.
“Integrating servo technology was a milestone that strengthened the company’s position as an expert for complete line solutions from oven to package,” Fowell states. The early 2000s brought forth “Pack-2000”, a dedicated solution for high-volume packaging, and the acquisition by Bosch Packaging Technology, the predecessor of Syntegon, in 2003.
A specialist for horizontal packaging
Operating today as Syntegon Packaging Technology BV since 2020, the Schiedam site today focuses mainly on highly flexible, modern horizontal food distribution and handling systems for customers worldwide. The portfolio includes standard upright flow wrappers and inverted wrappers and wrappers for hermetically tight sealing and a wide range of matching infeed systems.