The mechanical engineers of Illig Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG have evolved from constructing such a thermoforming system to an advanced system that allows plastic processors to produce biodegradable packaging, in-mold label decoration, and combinations with cardboard and post-consumer films .
Heilbronn, Germany — The mechanical engineering company Illig Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and is focusing on the future.
CEO Carsten Strenger and Chief Sales Officer and Chief Technology Officer Jürgen Lochner were appointed as managing directors by the Illig and Schäuble families in 2020, and they stated that they will continue to align the company with sustainable solutions required by circular economy principles .
“Illig molds, machines and packaging systems are flexible in terms of materials. They process biodegradable plastics, recycled items, plastic cardboard combinations or post-consumer films in a process-safe manner, including pure cardboard applications,” Lochner said in the news. .
Illig was founded by Adolf Illig on May 27, 1946 as a mechanical repair shop. The store developed into a company specializing in thermoforming technology and packaging tool systems. The company took off in 1956 after manufacturing the first Illig UA 100 vacuum forming machine.
Other developments occurred in the 1960s, including the world’s first automatic reel-type vacuum forming machine using pre-printed film to produce lids and the first automatic pneumatic rapid prototyping machine for combined forming and die-cutting operations.
In the 1970s, Illig expanded the machine program and introduced the first packaging line that combined the formation of basic packaging with subsequent filling and sealing to produce finished consumer products.
In the 1980s, Illig invented the mold tilting technology, which is said to have created a new standard for packaging hygiene. The company has also developed a program that automatically calculates the basic settings of the vacuum thermoforming machine to simplify operations.
The 1990s brought in-mold labeling and decoration technology and the first completely aseptic forming, filling and sealing (FFS) machine with a daily production capacity of 700,000 yogurt cups-a world record at the time.
In the new millennium, Illig has improved machine productivity and the quality of molded parts through advanced servo motor drives and motion control technology, which also improved energy efficiency.
Company officials said that in this year and beyond, new developments are expected to set milestones in the thermoforming industry.
Strenger said: “Due to the ongoing plastic discussions and the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the challenges posed by the market’s global uncertainty are well known.” “This is a highly flexible and strategically focused issue. To respond to actual customer needs from these global markets.”
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Post time: Aug-27-2021