HMPS is buying built-in machines as a part of its industrial growth plan

HMPS CEO Mark Emmett.

As one of Australia's leading machine builders, HMPS has now completed the takeover of Integrated Machinery from Pro-Pac Packaging Group (PPG). This follows the purchase of ProPac Industrial 18 months ago.

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Integrated Machinery is a Melbourne-based manufacturer of stretch wrapping machines, equipment and systems that HMPS CEO Mark Emmett describes as the "missing piece of the puzzle".

Mr. Emmett adds that the acquisition of Integrated Machinery signals the company's commitment to the industry as a complete packaging solution provider.

“By joining forces, we can offer our customers more than half a century of packaging automation,” says Emmett.

Integrated Machinery adds an end-of-line range to complement HMPS's current offering, while Propac manufactures Industrial Vertical Form Fill Seal (VFFS) systems.

"No packaging problem is too complex and our customers can now enjoy a complete packaging automation solution," said Emmett.

HMPS was originally founded in response to South Australia's booming wine industry in 1980 and has since developed into a wide range of packaging systems for customers both domestically and internationally.

"Today HMPS has more than 50 team members and as one of the few remaining local companies in the industry, we pride ourselves on being designed and engineered in Australia," said Mr. Emmett.

A strong packaging cohort

In addition, the acquisition of Integrated Machinery is intended to strengthen the company's manufacturing capabilities and increase its presence.

“We are very pleased about our expanded presence. We can now have manufacturing facilities and resources in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne; Melbourne accounts for 40% of HMPS 'customer base. Having local people in these regions, especially with ongoing lockdowns and challenges related to Covid, is a huge advantage, "adds Emmett.

He describes the synergies between the cohort as "endless".

“We are able to develop strategies and identify important growth areas for our customers. We offer holistic solutions and deliver know-how across the entire packaging line – from start to finish. "

What really stands out with this acquisition is the welcome boost for local equipment manufacturing.

According to Mr. Emmett, there is a growing demand for locally manufactured equipment and this acquisition allows them to further develop it by building capacity in Australia.

“We have hired a dozen people in the last four months, are hiring more apprentices and are looking for more project and mechatronics engineers. It also opens doors for our employees to move between states, gain new experiences, and grow in their roles, ”said Emmett.

“Business is about synergy and collaboration. We remain open to other possible opportunities. "

Samantha Saunders, General Manager of Integrated Machinery, commented on the acquisition: “Personally, I am delighted to be taking the opportunity to join HMPS after 18 years with the Integrated Packaging Group (now Pro Pac Packaging Group), and I look forward to it the future of everything that will bring us, while you can still work closely with and support the PPG team. "

HMPS, Propac Industrial and Integrated Machinery will be exhibiting at foodpro 2021 from 10.-13. October at the Sydney Showgrounds together at booth K27.

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