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at FachPack 2018

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Dear Visitor

We would like to sincerely thank you for your visit of our exhibition stand at FachPack 2018 and for the interest shown in our packaging solutions. We are looking forward to a continuing pleasant collaboration and the common and efficient implementation of your packaging projects.

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Dear Visitor

We would like to sincerely thank you for your visit of our exhibition stand at FachPack 2018 and for the interest shown in our packaging solutions. We are looking forward to a continuing pleasant collaboration and the common and efficient implementation of your packaging projects.

Your FAWEMA-Team

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A DAY AT FAWEMA

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One day in the life of 'Max Mustermann.'

Fawema has been in business for 98 years and one of the key reasons for the company´s continued success, is the maternal way in which it brings young people, both male and female, into the firm, nurtures them and trains them in a highly professional and structured manner. Let´s look at a typical example of this during a day in the life of Max, one of Fawema´s many rising young stars.

8am   Max reports for duty at the Fawema plant in Runderoth. It´s early Autumn and outside the temperature is becoming chilly. The sky is still dark but already inside Fawema it´s a hive of activity.

8.10 am   Max is changed into suitable work attire. This means overalls and safety shoes and now the day´s work begins. As Max is currently undergoing an apprenticeship at Fawema, his tasks are a mixture of learning new skills from certified and experienced technicians and also contributing to the manufacture, assembly and testing of new equipment in the workshop.

8.15 am – 11.00 am.   Important work in the filler manufacturing department. Max Is learning some important 'tricks of the trade' from an experienced Fawema technician with over 30 years´ service. With packing machines working with volumetric fillers, it is absolutely essential that the filling system is designed, manufactured and fitted correctly. It´s equally important that the materials used (usually food-grade stainless steel) are of suitable quality and engineered to the precise dimensions. This hands-on approach enables Max to fully understand the intricate nature of the business and allows him to grasp the importance of one of the key elements in the complete packing line.

11am – noon.  Max now spends an hour recording on his laptop everything he has learned during the last 3 hours of practical experience. This is a fundamental part of the apprenticeship and means that he can refer to his notes at any time for guidance. The notes will also form part of the final written thesis which Max must present in order to gain the apprenticeship qualification.

Noon – 1pm    Max takes lunch together with his fellow workmates in the staff canteen at Fawema. The canteen serves a range of food and beverages and allows the workforce from both the factory and the offices to join together in a nice environment, enjoy some lunch and conversation before it´s back to work again.

1pm – 4pm   Most of the afternoon is taken up with work on a FAT job. An FAT is a 'factory acceptance test' which is what every packing machine manufactured by Fawema undergoes before it´s allowed to leave the factory. Today Max will be part of the team conducting tests on a new machine for a client in South Africa. The procedure is very similar to what happens when your car is tested annually for road worthiness. Each component is checked while the machine is in operation to determine that every part of the total packing line is built to specification and is in perfect working order. 
The machine today is a flour packing line purchased by a leading South African milling group for packing paper bags of 10 kg and 12.5 kg at high capacity speeds. Max diligently ticks off, one by one, all of the checked items until finally he and his supervisor are happy that all elements have been checked and are functioning properly. Now the machine is put through some rigorous tests using wheat flour itself and so the in-feed hopper on top of the machine is filled with product, empty bags are placed into the magazine and the ‘start‘ button is pressed. Here Max must check that the packing machine runs smoothly, packs the bags without any problems and achieves the speed and weight accuracy which has been agreed. Due to the limited volume of the hopper, several repeat runs must be made throughout the course of the afternoon until Max is finally happy and signs the machine off as being ‘certified & tested by Fawema GmbH‘ and duly approved for release to the client.

4pm – 5pm   The final hour of Max’s day is made up of again logging down into his computer, all of the work done on the FAT machine testing. The apprenticeship program is a complex mix of practical work and theoretical study and the notes which Max make will all count towards total points at the completion of the apprentice course.

5pm.    As Max heads to the changing room to change out of his work clothes and take a shower, he reflects on another day at Fawema. For a young man just starting out on the first rung of his career he feels happy and very fortunate to work at Fawema. It´s the perfect workplace for a young person, a place in which to learn a trade and obtain special skills and in such a welcoming and friendly environment.  Max is just one of the latest young recruits to join the 'Fawema family'; over the last 98 years there have been many and it´s thanks to young men and women like Max who grow and develop with the company that Fawema has such a bright future.  Innovation for the future is the key to success and this means investing in young talent who will create that innovation.     


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SCHEDULE TIME FOR MAINTENANCE

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Good preventative maintenance planning!

Keeping your packaging machine running is at the core to any business packaging. It is the piece of equipment that is producing your product, that makes or breaks your business and more often than not, the equipment is in your control. Unfortunately, all too o

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Good preventative maintenance planning!

Keeping your packaging machine running is at the core to any business packaging. It is the piece of equipment that is producing your product, that makes or breaks your business and more often than not, the equipment is in your control. Unfortunately, all too often packaging machines are not given the attention they need to perform. They are silent work horses of the company that even under immense stress, running 3 shifts daily, do not say anything. This is all well and good and what they are designed to do, but before inevitable wear and tear takes hold and if not properly attend to can lead to catastrophic failure, not only to the current production run but the company as a whole.
This incredibly valuable asset that the business cannot do without should be treated as such, like your car that brings you to and from work every day. Most people could not be without their car and therefore, take the necessary precautions in order to keep it running. Normally, this includes an annual visit to the garage for a check-up, regular topping up of oil and tire pressures and the occasional wiper change. A packing machine should also be given the same love and attention. This means those responsible maintenance managers should have a good preventative maintenance plan scheduled every year. Shut downs can often be planned in advance; when busy seasons are known this makes planning even easier.
What makes a good preventative maintenance plan and how do you juggle this with the pressures of production schedules.

  1. When in the year makes the most sense for the machine to be shut down, to do a preventative maintenance check-up? Most of the time this is before or after busy run times, usually associated with Holidays like Christmas and Eid or for some Sporting events.   

  2. Have I got the knowledge within my company to go through the machine in enough detail to accurately identify parts that need replacing and/or fine tune? This is something most maintenance crews can pick up over time, after working with the machine for a few years. It is important to give them that training from the manufacture so they can learn and understand what they need to be looking for.

  3. Do I have the necessary parts on stock or can I access these parts in enough time to be able to complete the works, in line with my shut down schedule? This means having an inventory and becomes especially necessary when the machine gets older. Make sure that you have a good communication line with your supplier to understand lead times to receive those necessary parts in an orderly time.   

  4. Am I confident in fitting parts and not throwing the machine out of sync? Like a car we can do the basics but sometimes it is better to get the professional in. This again works best when enough time is given to the manufacture, as the number of days needed to fit parts can be given and returned back to the schedule and guaranteed support can better be given and schedule for the dates you need.

FAWEMA can work with your maintenance team to help bring about a good preventative maintenance plan. We can offer an annual contract that ensures that you get an engineer at the same time every year, which often includes some saving benefits. A recommended spare parts list can be created for your machine, giving you an idea of what should be stored on site. Our engineers can compile a list of parts that will need changing in the next year, that may not be on the list and appropriate warning given, so these parts can be manufactured.
Speak with us today, so we can build the right plan for you and insure peace of mind that your machine continues to run for tomorrow and the years to come.
       

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Another one bites the dust

CASE STUDY - Milling and Grain
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Another one bites the dust

After lengthy technical research conducted in conjunction with strategic industry partners, Fawema from Germany is delighted to report that the they have successfully installed and commissioned their first flour packing machinery for one kg retail flour packs, which now delivers Dust-Tight Paper Bag Packaging.

For many years, one of the main challenges for millers has been in trying to eliminate occasional flour dust spillage from conventional paper bags.
With this challenge in mind, Fawema began the process to ‘figh ... and bite’ into the problem of dust emission with the objective of being able to offer new technology which was both simple to implement and cost-effective for the flour miller.
Retailers in particular have been demanding improvements in the way that food products, and especially powdery food products such as flour and associated products are packed and delivered to them.
Flour dust residue on supermarket shelves is a problem which they are naturally keen to avoid. Not only was the hygiene question of dust an issue but also the vitally important aspect of food security and the requirement to have tamper-proof products.
Cost-effectiveness was the key element in the project: if the initiative was to be of interest from the millers´ point of view, then it had to be a cost-effective solution for them.
The message coming from the market was loud and clear; the industry needed innovation both on the packing machinery, but also on the packaging materials i.e. the ready-made paper bags which the vast majority of mills utilise for packing retail flour destined for supermarkets, grocery stores etc.
In order to achieve a workable solution, Fawema appreciated the need to talk in technical detail with leading paper converters (individual companies around the world who purchase paper in bulk and then convert it into the finished, printed paper bags), which are then filled and closed automatically on the Fawema equipment.
It was clear that the expertise of the bag makers, in their particular geographical areas of the world, would need to be ‘married’ with the expertise of Fawema as manufacturers of the packing machinery, in order to achieve a system that had perfect functionality and compatibility, while at the same time ensuring that the new type of dust-tight sealable paper bags were locally available from regular bag suppliers thus guaranteeing rapid delivery, easy replenishment and avoiding costly long-distance shipments and high importation levies. Furthermore, the new sealable paper bags had to be able to work on either new or existing Fawema flour packing machinery with a system that was economically viable, and which ensured that the production output speed of the packing line was not unduly affected.
With the criteria clearly defined, the technical aspects of creating a new section of the Fawema packing machine and creating a new sealable paper bag were projected and ultimately placed into production and the first results firmly indicated that the initiative was on the right track. Before any definitive trials could be carried out at a reference mill, however, lengthy tests first had to be done at Fawema´s manufacturing base near Cologne in Germany and this took several months to complete.
The new, dust-tight paper bags, which have been devised, incorporate a narrow inner layer of dry adhesive on the top part of the bags. As the bags are identical to conventional paper bags, except for the additional very fine adhesive, the converters (the bag makers) can easily integrate the new adhesive applicator unit into their existing bag making machines. The adhesive is tested, approved and certified according to European food safety regulations and already, some bag suppliers are able to deliver the new bags to the market.
Fawema´s part of the project is in providing apparatus within the packing machine to work with the new bags and this consists of a cleverly-designed and integrated thermo-application station that immediately activates the dry adhesive on the paper bags.
One of the primary objectives was in making sure that the seal was strong, but not too strong. The consumer needed a bag which was tightly sealed but which could still be opened simply without ripping or damaging the pack in any way, except of course on the bag mouth itself. The way in which this was achieved was a perfect balance between sealing time and temperature. Fawema´s new sealing device also had to ensure that the production speed of the packing machine wasn´t reduced. The Fawema packing machinery operates at high speed and it was imperative that the new innovation didn´t diminish the output of the line. Thanks to the immediate activation of the sealing, the throughput of the line isn´t affected at all.

In conclusion:
The final results achieved are perfect and everybody involved is happy.
The retailers: because they can now aspire to dust-free shelves and tamper-proof food products packed in environmentallyfriendly paper bags leaving no carbon footprint.
The millers: because this innovation now gives them an additional marketing tool, reduces wastage and allows them to continue using paper bags without the need to radically change the way of packing or make costly changes to their existing equipment.
The consumers: because they can continue to buy top quality flour packed in familiar paper brick packs, safe in the knowledge that the product is risk-free from any potential external agents.

May 2018 - Milling and Grain

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Kansas State University at FAWEMA

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It was a real pleasure this week to be joined by representatives of Kansas State University at our factory in Germany. The team from KSU joined Luke Oliver Thomas and Thomas Krimmel and the rest of the FAWEMA team to discuss ongoing cooperation and to get a sense of what we are building here in Germ

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It was a real pleasure this week to be joined by representatives of Kansas State University at our factory in Germany. The team from KSU joined Luke Oliver Thomas and Thomas Krimmel and the rest of the FAWEMA team to discuss ongoing cooperation and to get a sense of what we are building here in Germany.
A plan has been laid out in which we will see FAWEMA supporting the University for a long time into the future. We will be working to build educational courses around the topic of packaging, giving students a chance to branch out into a different industry.
Keep following us to find out where we are heading on this journey together and for more information about how you can get involved and support us.

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Presentation - NEW FAWEMA TECHNOLOGY

FOR 100% DUST-TIGHT and LEAK-PROOF PAPER BAGS
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Dear Sir or Madam

We are delighted to inform you and your interested colleagues that our new system for dust-tight and leak-proof paper bags is available for presentation at our factory near Cologne during the week beginning 28th May.

Thanks to in-depth studies together with ­strategic industry partners, FAWEMA is proud to present to the market our new system for dust-tight and leak-proof paper bags to be packed on FAWEMA equipment. 

This inno­vative new system can be included as standard on new FAWEMA equipment or it can be ­­retro-fitted to older FAWEMA machinery already ­installed and working on-site.

Furthermore, due to the fact that the system is universal, it means that local paper bag ­suppliers, in all parts of the globe, are able to furnish the bags without any problem and at very little cost difference compared to a regular SOS paper bag.

 

The Benefits:

  • Totally leak-proof finished packs.
  • No risk of tampering or introduction of foreign bodies into the packs.
  • Hygienic and approved for use when  packing human food-stuffs. 
  • Overall cleaner supply chain from packer  to supermarket shelf.  

 

Please let us know if you will be visiting us, so that we can make the necessary preparations.

We will meet you at Cologne or Düsseldorf Airport and bring you to our factory, and we’ll be pleased to arrange hotel accommodation for you.   

 

Yours sincerely

FAWEMA GmbH Wallefelder Straße · 51766 Engelskirchen, Germany
Tel.: +49 2263 716-0 · info@fawema.com

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A New Generation
Packaging Machine

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FAWEMA, a company of bright ideas and tireless innovation, has been listening to the market and indeed the Milling community, about what is wanted from a packer of the future. FAWEMA already had a great base to work with, with its FA217 model, offering a robust high-speed machine, with its Ultra-hygienic design and quick changeover times. The conversation however, is moving on and FAWEMA is again leading the way with its latest incarnation of the FA217 small retail packer (1lb to 10lbs).

In the Western World Traditional Wheat and Whole Wheat flours have been packed into pre-made or Roll stock paper bags. For Milling companies, it was always about Volumes and how they could increase these whilst still making a profit. Now Companies are looking to utilise every part of the process and are hoping to offer a large variety of premium products. The public are expecting more and more of the Milling industry, looking now at Organic flours, specialty flours and cake mixes to add into their diets and shopping karts every week. With new products comes the public’s desire to see new packaging and this is also true of the marketing teams at the companies, so they can show off their premium products on the supermarket shelves. Many people in the Industry now see this as a great chance to delve into Value Added Products but not at the expense of new machinery to do so. So, what is needed from a packer going forward? A machine that can be flexible and forgiving, to the ever-changing requests asked of it in the future.

FAWEMA has looked at this problem and now brings forward solutions. Whilst, retaining the FA217 design, a work horse of a machine, which is capable of running 3 shifts daily, we are now able to retrofit Value Added Modules. These are Modules that can be retro fitted to any existing FA217, in turn 'Future Proofing' the machine for the customer, against packaging changes that can or cannot be foreseen. A heat sealing unit can now be retrofitted for the sealing of pre-made paper bags with reactivated glue, allowing for a dust-tight seal to be achieved. A plastic bag magazine can also be fitted, to allow the running of premade plastic bags, giving packers the ability to pack Value Added Products as well as traditional flour. Plastic bags have been seen as the bag of choice when it comes to packing Value Added Products, with resealable closures and a large variety of digital prints available that paper bags cannot offer at this time.  

FAWEMA also retains the ability to integrate a Vertical Form Fill and Seal machine into the FA217, allowing the customer to use plastic film as a preferred packing material. Format changes, for example from 5lb to 10lbs, are now down to 45 minutes, thanks to the utilization of servo motors throughout the machine. There are 12 change parts in the settling station that need changing and these have been upgraded to easy open bolts. Furthermore, enough room has been given to allow the operator to get in, clean and change the parts without hassle. The FAWEMAs FA217 design of chambers for settling mean the machine is very forgiving on bags, and promotional weights requested from the supermarket can be easily provided for.

The world is demanding and FAWEMA is providing. Milling companies are already looking at Value Added Products as a way of diversifying their businesses within a familiar market and need to be looking at how these Products can be successfully marketed and sold, whilst keeping costs in mind. The FAWEMA FA217 is the only machine to provide both the traditional packing process and the ability to pack a wide range of Value Added Products, ensuring our customers are ready for anything the future might hold.   


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FAWEMA office opens in Kenya

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FAWEMA LTD opened its doors for business in Nairobi, Kenya recently. Situated just off Enterprise Road, close to the Mombasa road in the heart of Nairobi´s industrial district, the new office is now fully staffed with 2 full time engineers and office administration staff. These new members of the FAWEMA team along with After-Sales Service Manager Norbert Wessollek have worked diligently to get the office up and running as soon as possible. The first shipment of spare parts arrived from Germany last month and now a fully-functioning parts storage facility is available to support customers by reducing time on spare parts orders and service.

The ever-growing demand in East Africa for high quality German-made packaging machinery, comes with an expectation that technical support must immediately be locally available to carry out routine work if and when necessary. FAWEMA has committed to its customer base in East Africa providing the service and care required from a supplier, to run a functioning business at the heart of this rapidly expanding part of the continent. From the team at Fawema HQ in Germany we wish our new colleagues in Nairobi every success and we know they will do a fantastic job in keeping with the traditions of FAWEMA.

FAWEMA LIMITED
Alliance House 
Road C, 3rd right  (off Enterprise Road)
Industrial Area
P.O. Box 2087-00608
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 790 633802

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KOIN 6 News visited Bob

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KOIN 6 News visited Bob's Red Mill at their plant in Milwaukie, Oregon. On show is FAWEMAs latestline for both premadepaper and plastic bags, packing in Bob's good old Whole grain flour. Check out the link to see what Bob thinks and get a really good look

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KOIN 6 News visited Bob's Red Mill at their plant in Milwaukie, Oregon. On show is FAWEMAs latest line for both premade paper and plastic bags, packing in Bob's good old Whole grain flour. Check out the link to see what Bob thinks and get a really good look at what a FAWEMA packer can do for your business.

 

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FAWEMA expansion project

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FAWEMA GmbH have begun a large expansion project at their Manufacturing Plant in Engelskirchen Germany. Work began at the end of 2017 and has great progress has been made. The new works include new offices and meeting rooms fit for working in a fast moving digital world.

This expansion work is needed

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FAWEMA GmbH have begun a large expansion project at their Manufacturing Plant in Engelskirchen Germany. Work began at the end of 2017 and has great progress has been made. The new works include new offices and meeting rooms fit for working in a fast moving digital world.
 
This expansion work is needed due to the rising demand for high quality German made packaging machinery. We hope to have the works completed in 2018 and will keep everyone posted on the progress.
 
Exciting times ahead for a healthy growing business.

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New FAWEMA technology for 100% dust-tight & leak-proof paper bag packaging

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Thanks to in-depth studies together with strategic industry partners, FAWEMA is proud to present to the market our new system for dust-tight and leak-proof paper bags to be packed on FAWEMA equipment. This innovative new system can be included as standard on new FAWEMA equipment or it can be retrofitted to older FAWEMA machinery already installed and working on-site.
Furthermore, due to the fact that the system is universal, it means that local paper bag suppliers, in all parts of the globe, are able to furnish the bags without any problem and at very little cost difference compared to a regular SOS paper bag.
After lengthy tests at the FAWEMA HQ in Germany we can guarantee that the new system works perfectly on FAWEMA packing machinery and causes absolutely no reduction in machine speed.
 
The results have been outstandingly positive:
    •    Totally leak-proof finished packs.
    •    No risk of tampering or introduction of foreign bodies into the packs.
    •    Hygienic and approved for use when packing human food-stuffs.
    •    Overall cleaner supply chain from packer to supermarket shelf.
 
NEW and NOW AVAILABLE:
The perfect FAWEMA solution for cost-effective, dust-free and leak-proof packaging of all your products.

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FAWEMA at IAOM MEA 2017, Dubai

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IAOM MEA 2017 – The products and the people
by Zasha Whiteway-Wilkinson, Milling and Grain

 

In 1896, The International Association of Operative Millers was founded. It is an organisation comprised of flour millers, cereal grain and seed processors and allied trades representatives and companies all devoted to the technological advancement of all of these sectors, all over the word. IAOM has 16 districts around the globe, thus providing an international forum for networking,enabling the exchange of ideas, technical and educational opportunities, as well as the discovery of new products and services. IAOM MEA equally has a lengthy history within the industry, with the first meeting taking place in March 1989. This meeting was attended by 15 millers, five mill manufacturing company representatives and four guest speakers, incredible really when you think what the event has become today. The attendee countries came from Bahrain, Syria, Kenya, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey and the UAE. 

 

A follow up
In the last edition of Milling and Grain, Tom Blacker gave an overview of the whole event from where he was on the ground deep in the action of the conference. He gave a brief overview of some of the incredible, innovative products that were on display there saying that, 'Special products were being exhibited for the first time. Stif exhibited the NovaPorte® product for dust proof inspection doors. Fawema introduced the innovation with a fine inner layer of the USA’s FDA-approved to all regulations of glue to seal 0.5kg to 5kg bags. The glue can be hermetically heat sealed, with the advantages of tamper-proof and dust-proof.’ He also described that, ‚Henry Simon had both a roller mill and colour sorter machine. Sangati Berga exhibited plastic sieve frames, which are stackable to be totally flush, which improves food safety and prevention of dust.’ Before finishing off by divulging that, ‚I-Grain were proud to be introducing the Toxi-Scrub® which provides the efficient removal of mycotoxins and fumonisins from raw materials such as grains and nuts. Many exhibitors brought fully operational products to show to delegates, which allowed for the tactile hardware to be examined and inspected. A symbol of the strength of any exhibition is the technology and it can be reported that this year the technology was at a very high standard.’ This issue we’re going to follow Tom’s product overview with a few first hand views and accounts of some of these products from the very people there, proudly presenting them. You can also see our interview this month is with Dr Ali El-Sayed Ali Al-Moselhi, who is the Egyptian Minister of Supply and Internal Trade. This provoking and in-depth interview is a real pleasure to bring to you, especially with our current focuses on IAOM MEA and for our final edition of 2017.  

 

Mark Wild is Sales Manager for Fawema GmbH, an international market leader in the design and manufacture of automated packing equipment for handling ready-made sos paper bags, open mouth industrial sacks and form, fill and seal plastic bags made from reel-stock. Having held this position for 5 years, and after nearly three decades in the industry in full, he spoke to Milling and Grain about Fawema´s latest innovation for the flour milling industry. 

It’s very simple, but very effective 

Mark Edward Wild, Sales Manager, Fawema It’s a very simple but very effective new innovation in our industry. It consists of a regular paper bag, but now this regular paper bag has a very fine inner layer of dried glue on the top part, which is food approved for use universally throughout the globe. This glue has been approved now by the FDA, a universal standard that covers pretty much every place in the world. It can be done on a range of bag sizes from half a kilo, typically to five kilogrammes, which is what we call our retail range of bag sizes. This means that now on our packaging machine, we can seal the bag completely. So we’ll first heat seal the bag to render it hermetically sealed, then we’ll fold the bag, apply another layer of glue and then fold again to make the final brick pack. The final package looks exactly like the traditional package, which is already on the market, but the difference is this one is totally dust tight, leak proof and tamper proof. The industry has been looking for this for a long time. That’s driven mainly by the supermarkets, who are insisting that they don’t want dusty floors or dusty shelves; they want clean floors and clean supermarkets. The key factor in this smart new innovation is that it´s extremely cost-effective from the millers point of view. Fawema can install the new sealing module inside the packing machine either as a new item or as a retrofit and, BINGO... the job´s done! As always it’s a pleasure to be at the IAOM MEA; Dubai’s a nice place; the exhibition is always a successful event for Fawema. We meet friends, we meet new people, new potential customers. It’s always a good event for us and we shall continue to participate and support the event in the future.

Thank you for visiting us!

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FAWEMA at ALIM 2017, Colombia

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Gracias por tu visita. Estuvimos muy felices.
Thank you for visiting us.
Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch. Wir haben uns sehr gefreut.

A synergy of expertise for better feed

by Tom Blacker, International Aquafeed
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The JBL story started in 1960 with a small specialist pet shop in Ludwigshafen, Germany, which Joachim Böhme, a trained chemist, beetle expert and aquarium enthusiast opened. This turned his hobby into a profession. When diseases in ornamental fish became a problem in the early days of fish keeping, he developed a remedy named Punktol for 'white spot disease' (Ichtyo). It can still be purchased to this day.
To bring this remedy to market, he needed a brand name, which he created from his own initials JB, and the 'L' of his location at the time, Ludwigshafen.
After the launch of the JBL brand, the JBL company (based in Neuhofen/Pfalz since 1984) - rapidly developed to become one of the biggest full range suppliers for aquarium, terrarium and garden pond products in Germany. 180 employees work on the company site of about 2.5 ha. Today JBL supplies 60 countries worldwide with a range of over 1000 products and over 300 spare parts covering all apects of aquarium and pond fish keeping.
I visited their premises in Neuhofen along with our Chinese milling expert partner, Dr Wenbin Wu and a contingent from London and South East Milling Society (LSEMS), to take a look at the Pro Pond feed range (just one of a plethora of specialist feed products that the company produces).
Current Head of Research and Development (R&D) and Quality Management at JBL, Michael Donner led the group through a presentation and factory tour. Michael is a fisheries biologist and expert in fish nutrition and fish health, having received his education at Ifm-Geomar Kiel and University Konstanz.
His role in the R&D department is of huge importance to JBL because of the need for continous product innovation in the competitive ornamental fish market.

Company ethos
On the JBL website, the General Manager of JBL, Roland Böhme, says, ‚We follow the commitment of my father, who founded the company 50 years ago. He loved animals of all kinds and made it a central issue to create products that would optimise the keeping of animals, and thus stop their removal from the wild. I am happy to continue this aim!’
The fishmeal that is an ingredient in the feed is from certified and sustainably farmed aquaculture facilites located in northern France. This gives sustainable and high-quality fish protein at the correct scale for JBL, which also promotes protection of the environment with no wild fish necessary. The offcuts from human fish fillet production are used, so co-products of aquaculture are an important raw material.
Another raw material is wheat, sourced only from local farms. Continuing the theme, JBL’s building itself was adorned in many solar panels that generate electricity for its own power; impressively displayed on a live board above the main door.
Michael showed us around the main halls on site with a close view of the Pro Pond range with Neo Index®. This range is available in several different protein to fat ratios to allow targeted nutrition depending on the time of year (or water temperature) with versions of Pond Pro feed available for spring, summer, autumn and winter. There are also specialised versions formulated to boost growth or colour as well as diets optimised for specific species requirements.
JBL is a company with a strong set of values. These values extend to the full quality control examination of the feed ingredients, along with the controlled cultivation, freshness and pollution control in Pro Pond products.

Customer support
The packaging for the Pro Pond range provides a link to JBL's online portal ‘MyJBL’ . A gateway to JBL’s expert team for advice regarding their products, along with a blog and more information about the companies activities.
Additionally, there is an annual JBL fan meeting, catalogues, newsletters, guide booklets and community calendar for adding value far beyond their core products to their customers.



Fawema and JBL share a passion for innovative technology to assist their industrial customers, which is a perfect synergy. This is a true complementary relationship between Fawema and JBL that provides excellent value and benefits on many fronts: feed safety, efficiency and professionalism of commercial feed to the ornamental fish and aquarium sectors.

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