Rondo-Pak Continues To Expand Through Equipment Investments
Rondo-Pak, LLC, a provider of folding cartons and printed components for the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer industries, has continued to enhance its capabilities and expand capacity at its primary facilities in Camden, New Jersey and San Juan, Puerto Rico, through extensive equipment investments. The latest additions will allow Ron- do-Pak to meet the heightened market demand for specialized packag- ing, which has been accelerated by a need for COVID-19 related prod- ucts including vaccines, adjuvants, test kits, pain relievers and treatment medications. The newly-added equipment is highlighted by a Heidelberg 10-color Offset Press, which is scheduled for installation to begin in the second quarter of this year. Capable of production speeds of 18,000 sheets per hour in straight printing or perfecting mode, as well as continuous pro- cess optimization through artificial intelligence, the machine will allow Rondo-Pak to increase capacity to meet the continually expanding de- mand, said the company. The company has also added a Xerox Versant 4100 Press. A press with smart automation for virtually touch-free quality control, the ma- chine is reportedly capable of printing 100 pages per minute, allowing for fast, high-quality output with many features for automating and sim- plifying operation. Expanding on this investment, a Xerox Nuvera EA/MX Production Sys- tem has also been added to the Rondo-Pak equipment line up, which features the ability to merge variable images and data at the same speed as its print engine. Lastly, Rondo-Pak has purchased a Kongsberg X20 Cutting Table said to enhance the entire structural design process. All machines have state-of-the-art features and operator-friendly ele- ments which increase productivity and minimize downtime. The four new equipment pieces are part of a $6.5 million-dollar total equipment investment by Rondo-Pak over the past six months. Installa- tion of the equipment has taken place in first quarter of 2021 with com- pletion of the Heidelberg installation expected by Summer 2021. Rondo-Pak, LLC is a joint venture with Körber Pharma, with locations in Camden, New Jersey; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Allschwil, Switzerland; and Ejpovice, Czech Republic. Both the San Juan and Camden facilities are Tier-1 Diverse supplier locations as part of the nationally certified SBA HUBZone program, allowing customers to apply Tier-1 spend from either location. AF&PA Releases April 2021 Packaging Monthly Report The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its April 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in April in- creased four percent compared to April 2020. They were up one per- cent when compared to the same four months of 2020. • The operating rate was 95.1 percent, up 9.6 points from April 2020 and up 5.2 points year-to-date. • Mill inventories at the end of April increased 9,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 20,000 short tons compared to April.
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