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A demonstration of the Evo-Fold wrapper from Marden Edwards (ME) at the PPMA Show has led to an order for the machine from Thomas Tunnock to wrap its teacake products.

The machine is the third ME wrapper to be purchased for the company’s Glasgow facility, where ‘snow ball’ and caramel wafer biscuits are also manufactured.

The Evo-Fold replaces a 10-year-old wrapper, also supplied by ME.

Jeremy Marden, marketing director at ME, said: ‘The old machine was perfectly serviceable, but Tunnock wished to upgrade the machine to improve productivity.

‘The new machine has a higher specification than the one it replaces, yet price comparisons are similar.’ The Evo is wrapping display boxes of 36 teacakes, and while output fluctuates according to seasonal demand, the machine produced more than 40,000 packs in the month prior to Christmas deliveries, working on a double shift.

Depending on pack size the Evo-Fold can wrap at up to a rate of 45 packs/min, said ME.

Products for export are shrink-wrapped prior to shipping in containers and the company has recently bought its first automatic L sealer from Wraps UK, a Marden Edwards Group company.

The machine now uses the same perimeter guarding as the Evo.

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