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AN award winning fresh produce company, which prides itself on the highest quality products and service, has chosen Packaging Automation Ltd 's equipment to help expand its export operation.

Matilda Fresh Foods Pty. Ltd, through Packaging Automation's agent MPI, selected a PA182 tray sealer to pack some of the thousands of tonnes of broccoli it produces annually, and which it intends to export into South East Asia later this year.

With quality and service key factors in Matilda's operation, it needs machinery suppliers who can live up to its high standards. Based in northwest England, Packaging Automation's equipment has proven itself throughout the world, with the reliable PA182 being used globally to seal many millions of packs of food every week.

Matilda's business development manager Andrew Waddell explains that, during 2005, the company built a new processing facility in Toowoomba, Queensland, and invested in a variety of new equipment for processing and packaging broccoli. This move is part of Matilda’s strategy to increase its exports this year and further develop its market in South East Asia. Packaging Automation's agent MPI has a proven record with some of the project team so Waddell says Matilda was happy to work with them and they haven't let Matilda down.

Amongst the key benefits of the PA182 highlighted by Mr Waddell were the fact that the PA182 was simple to learn and use, and easy to clean as well as offering multiple options for sealing head size and shape.

In addition, the PA182 is renowned for its robust construction, reliability and ease of use. Operators can switch from one tray size or shape to another in just two minutes and the machine's compact design and portability mean it can easily be relocated to accommodate changes in production.

At Matilda, the machine is currently operating at a speed of up to 10 tubs per minute but this capacity will increase as the processing line is developed further.

Mr Waddell added that he has had excellent service from MPI to date and the machine is operating well, allowing Matilda to maintain the high quality standards it is built on. It is currently working with MPI on an expansion using a variety of Packaging Automation equipment, and Waddell recommends Packaging Automation to anyone else looking for this kind of packaging solution.

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