Editor’s pickSyntegon Technology’s Schiedam site celebrates anniversary and long heritage
Business origins with Tevopharm in the early 1960s.
Syntegon Technology’s site is celebrating over half a century of market presence. In October, the company’s Dutch site turns 60. As a provider of horizontal flow wrappers, infeed and distribution systems, the current Syntegon Packaging Technology took up business as Tevopharm, an acronym of Techniek for Voeding and Pharmacie in the early 1960s.
Neil Fowell, general manager at Syntegon Technology in Schiedam, explained: “Focusing on long-term economic success from the very beginning, we have continuously enhanced our portfolio according to our customers’ requirements. This desire to shape the future has set the company’s course from its very beginning – and will continue to do so as we continue to expand our products.”
In its early days, Tevopharm focused on delivering innovative machines that offer return on investment. This spirit saw the development of a capsule filling machine for pharmaceutical manufacturers, which was soon followed by flow wrapped solutions in food for “safe and smooth” operations in the confectionery and baking industries. In the mid-1970s, for instance, the Pack-5 catered to the automation needs of biscuit, bar and chocolate producers. In 1970, a German chocolate brand developed its signature packaging together with Tevopharm.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Tevopharm developed Pack-1000, the servo-driven flow wrapper tog package up to 1,000 products per minute. “Integrating servo technology was a milestone that strengthened the company’s position as an expert for complete line solutions from oven to package,” Fowell added.
The early 2000s brought forth Pack-2000, a solution for high-volume packaging, as well as the acquisition by Bosch Packaging Technology, the predecessor of Syntegon Technology, in 2003.
Operating today as Syntegon Packaging Technology since 2020, the Schiedam site today focuses on flexible, modern horizontal food distribution and handling systems for operators around the globe. The portfolio includes standard upright flow wrappers as well as inverted wrappers, and wrappers for hermetically tight sealing, as well as a wide range of matching infeed systems.