Makro appointed UK and Ireland agents for Mas Pack

Makro Labelling UK have added a further agency to their growing portfolio for quality packaging machinery supply having been appointed as UK and Ireland agents for Mas Pack, who are based in San Marzano, Oliveto near Canelli in Italy.

Currently Mas Pack employs 85 people in a 7,500m2 facility, though an extension is currently being built to add a further 50% production capability. Mas Pack specialise in the end of line packaging machinery, manufacturing a full range of carton erectors, division inserters, laning devices and then de-palletising and palletising, together with turnkey project management for complete bottling line installations and manufacturing of bottle conveyor and case conveyors. They have also developed their own range of robots for pick and place packing and palletising.

Richard Portman, Managing Director of Makro Labelling UK said, "I have been looking for a suitable end of line specialist for some time and when I first visited Mas Pack I was very impressed with the build quality of their equipment. I had the chance to see a number of installations in the Italian wine & spirit industry that gave me the chance to speak to their customers directly, which gave me a huge amount of confidence to take on the agency as Mas Pack look to broaden their horizons."

The ink was hardly dry on their agreement when Makro picked up their first order from Halewood Wines and Spirits for a Mas Pack laning system, case erector, pick and place loader, division inserter and case sealer, which will be installed in the early summer onto the premium spirit bottling line recently supplied by Makro Labelling UK.

Richard continued, "What has impressed me about Mas Pack is that they have developed their €18m business independently from any of the OEM’s, which has been a strategic decision for them. They have also been involved in many Italian bottling line projects, the latest one was supplying all the de-palletising, case packing and palletising equipment for a Bertolaso project for 2 x complete bottling lines in Soave region of Italy, where Makro labellers will also be installed. They have established sales and service offices in France,Spain, and California, and now the UK. The Mas Pack equipment sits in the mid-size range so ideal for all wines and spirit producers, beer, cider and premium soft drinks. It is going to fit with our other equipment very well."

Fabio Porto, Commercial Manager at Mas Pack said, "I am very pleased that Richard and Makro are now representing us in the UK and Ireland, his customer base is very similar to our own, so it makes a good fit for us. We have for some time been looking for a reliable partner in the UK and having been to the UK to meet some of their customers we were convinced they would be a good partner."