IMA announces a cluster of specialised companies to act as a single provider in support of the Choco & Confectionery industry

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As a principal designer and manufacturer of automatic processing and packaging equipment, we have gathered our major strengths to create a cluster of companies with a view to accompanying key players in the chocolate and confectionery sector towards new goals and better business.

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The benefits of a single provider

Presenting ourselves as a unique source for this sector, we can count on a solid background and a number of assets. Firstly, our widespread presence in international markets and a track record of pioneering innovations in the field of packaging across several industries. Secondly, in-depth knowledge of all steps in the process going from raw material processing to end-of-line packaging. Each of the companies in this new cluster contributes with a specific expertise, experience and knowledge of market trends, all of which is merged synergically into a single-provider concept.

This approach allows us to serve the industry better than if we were acting separately. We can optimise resources, ensure global coverage and local services, share experience and guide our customers towards solutions that will respond closely to tomorrow’s market trends. From concept to installation, we supply turnkey lines or single machines on a case-by-case basis.

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The wealth of our experience at your service

Countless solutions are available from our cluster of specialist companies, starting with divisions that are the backbone of the IMA Group. Processing technologies are accounted for by IMA ACTIVE based on our experience in mixing, granulation, tableting and coating. Thanks to a dedicated laboratory both in Italy and in the USA, customers benefit from expertise and support to test, develop and optimise products and processes. IMA GIMA contributes with experience in primary packaging, providing solutions for gum, soft, chewy and hard candy and jellies. These include wallets, cartons, tins, jars and bottles; stand-up cartons also for chocolate and nougat. Furthermore, the division’s engineers also design the packaging lines starting from the package itself in order to supply a tailor-made solution. With experience stretching back over decades, IMA SAFE specialises in blister packaging, counting and cartoning for gums and candies. Already part of IMA FLX, our flexible packaging hub, where we develop the most advanced technologies for flexible packaging and research eco-compatible solutions, companies such as IMA ILAPAK, IMA DELTA SYSTEMS (USA), IMA EUROSICMA, IMA TECMAR (Argentina) all contribute to making the new cluster of Confectionery specialists a one-stop answer for packaging excellence. They account for Vertical and Horizontal Form Fill & Seal machines for any type of confectionery product, including lollipops, marshmallows, choco tablets and bars as well as those listed above. Packaging varies from Doypacks to block bottom and quad seal bags, and pillow bags. Secondary packaging or end-of-line solutions come in the form of overwrapping, stretch and shrink wrapping, top and side-loading cartoners for display boxes, wrap-around tray packers, multipurpose cartoners, side-loading, top-loading and wrap-around case packers, and palletizers. These are developed by IMA GIMA, IMA CIEMME and IMA BFB.

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Testing the future of the industry at IMA OPENLAB

Eager to partner our customers with more than the technological solutions and machines we provide, IMA offers a dedicated research service allowing us to innovate together with companies keen to develop packaging materials of the future. Focusing on sustainability as a key value, we are constantly testing new flexible packaging materials to ensure they guarantee maximum machinability on our equipment. This is just a part of our consultancy service, whose aim is to devise integrated processing and packaging lines to enhance the quality and efficiency of your production. Latest-generation solutions to increase your performance, developed as a team composed of IMA experts, material suppliers and companies from the confectionery industry.

Make the Most in the choco & confectionery market – our special online event

Ready to give a shape to this new cluster, we welcomed more than 150 users and companies interested in exploring the benefits of a single provider with a world of experience and a promise of innovation. On May 27th and 28th we hold a live online event to present the entire offering to participants, directly from our Sensing Future platform. The following day, the event was repeated to enable our North American audiences to enjoy the presentation at convenient times.

If you missed the event, you can now rewatch the video on-demand.

Register at the link below and enjoy an overview of our solutions for all stages of your process.

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