Colbert Packaging Expands Capacity with New G&K-Vijuk Equipment

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Outsert folder and tabber tackle complex pharmaceutical inserts/outserts with patented folding procedures

Kenosha, WIS – Colbert Packaging Corporation (colbertpkg.com), a paperboard packaging manufacturer, announces expanded capacity for pharmaceutical and consumer customers with the purchase of three new pieces of G&K-Vijuk equipment: an outsert folding system (MV-11 and MV-X10); a flat pile feeder; and a tabber (Sigma). Colbert Packaging is one of less than 20 companies in North America authorized to use G&K-Vijuk patented systems.

Customer Benefits
Today’s high speed packaging lines require an outsert solution that won’t jam up and interrupt production. G&K-Vijuk outsert folding systems are for the production of RTA (right-turn-angle) cross-folded outserts. Outserts, which have become the standard for providing information in the pharmaceutical industry, are leaflets that are folded to a small size and secured to form closed leaflets which will not spring open during packaging operations or while affixed directly onto product containers. The tabber complements Colbert’s secondary packaging capabilities, bringing more specialty packaging functions under one roof, an added benefit to stringent customer audit requirements.

“Specialty folds are important to our pharma customers, and the new Vijuk machinery will enable us to more efficiently increase our volume,” said Kenosha Production Manager, Pat Gibbons.

G&K–Vijuk International Corporation, with over 30 patents worldwide, is an industry leader in providing insert/outsert leaflet folding equipment for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and small-items packaging markets.

Strategic Timing
“Pharmaceutical packaging, with its complex folds and specifications, is in greater demand than ever before,” said G&K-Vijuk Sales Manager Kevin Boivin. “Some companies have taken a ‘wait and see’ posture regarding capital equipment investments in 2021, whereas Colbert took a calculated, aggressive approach.” He added, “As a family-owned corporation, they can be more nimble when the time is right.”

In response to escalating customer demand, these and other recent equipment acquisitions have increased manufacturing capacity for Colbert’s Kenosha, WI and Elkhart, IN locations, all the while maintaining quality assurance. Colbert now offers 100% vision inspection capabilities, enabling defect detection without affecting the production run, an important distinction for pharmaceutical and consumer paperboard packaging customers.

“When customers visit,” Gibbons continued, “the first comment we get is usually about how immaculate our facilities are, and second, how new the equipment looks. While Colbert has been steadily investing in new equipment, it’s also true that we take pride in maintaining all of our machinery in pristine condition.”

Colbert Packaging Corporation is a family-owned business with extensive R&D capabilities and a solid reputation for excellence. Founded in 1959, Colbert Packaging has grown its repertoire of paperboard packaging solutions into one of the most comprehensive, diverse and inventive portfolios in the industry. Colbert’s Kenosha, Wisconsin facility produces offset and flexographic printed folding cartons, pressure-sensitive roll labels and package inserts; the Elkhart, Indiana operation includes folding carton production and paper tray forming. Learn more at www.colbertpkg.com.

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