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Bobst celebrates 75 years of innovation

Research and development has always been a key objective for Bobst – in 2017 and when they first began designing and producing folder-gluer machines for the packaging industry 75 years ago.

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Bobst has developed and evolved folder-gluer machines for 75 years, budgeting six percent of its annual turnover for research

The company invests 6 percent of its annual turnover into research and development, and this has allowed the folder-gluer to evolve and improve, beginning with the blank aligner, to the four-corner box folding system, all the way through to zero-fault quality checks. Bobst now provides its machinery in over 50 countries around the world, and continue to move forward despite being 75-years-old.

Head of business unit sheet-fed, Philippe Milliet, says: “The success of our folder-gluer equipment over the past 75 years is the proof that passion and innovation are part of our DNA. Over the years, customers have demanded equipment that runs faster and faster, is more and more efficient, and can deliver boxes that meet increasingly stringent quality requirements across a whole range of packaging markets.

The success of our folder-gluer equipment over the past 75 years is the proof that passion and innovation are part of our DNA

“We are continually developing the sophisticated materials and technologies that allow us to deliver all this, while maintaining the same reliability and longevity as those very first machines.”

One of Bobst’s first machines—the PCR382—was installed in 1942 at the Zeiler company near Bern, in Switzerland. It may now be called Limmatdruck Zeiler, but it is still a Bobst customer to this day.

The Swiss company also has twelve production facilities in eight different countries. It was set up in 1890 by Joseph Bobst in Lausanne, Switzerland and continues to be at the forefront of technology for the packaging industry.

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