Wessex Packaging, the West Country based packaging solutions provider, has announced that the company has become an approved UK distributor for the US-based Sharp Packaging Systems.

Sharp Packaging Systems design and manufacture systems for flexible packaging, enabling businesses to improve efficiency and productivity in their manufacturing and logistics operations.

Based in Wisconsin, and now part of the Pregis LLC Group, Sharp have been at the forefront of auto-bagging and packaging technology for over 30 years. Sharp’s product range includes semi-automatic machines, through to inline fully automated packaging systems, and customers that range from small, single machine operations to multi-national companies with manufacturing plants across the globe.

Wessex Packaging provides businesses with packaging materials and machines across all industry sectors throughout the UK, and has been in operation, and family-run, since 1975.

The appointment by Sharp for Wessex to distribute their auto-bagging machines enables Wessex to offer customers another cutting-edge solution to their packaging requirements, and capture the business benefits of increased efficiency and productivity, whilst lowering their operating costs.

The introduction of Sharp machines into the Wessex portfolio adds to the existing packaging products and systems of X-Pro®, ErgoPack, SafeStretch® and PowerWrap® that Wessex are providing to the ecommerce, fulfilment, 3PL and co-packing industries.

Wessex will be providing UK customers with the Sharp SX Tabletop semi-automatic bagging machine, and Sharp’s Max 12, and Max 20, continuous roll automatic bagging machines.

Both machines are ideal for packaging almost any product, quickly and accurately, and are being widely used in the US in e-commerce, retail, medical, automotive, injection-moulding, hardware, craft, beauty, food and electronic industries.

The Sharp SX Tabletop semi-automatic bagging machine simplifies hand loading operations by feeding Sharp’s ‘E-Z Bags’ through the machine, which are then labelled or addressed and opened automatically. The product is then inserted and the bag sealed. The SX Tabletop runs bags from 2”-11” wide and 4”-32” long, making it versatile and viable for many operations.

The Sharp Max 12 , and Max 20, continuous roll bagging machines run bags up to 20” wide and 40” long and are perfect for larger scale operations, with faster print times delivering gains in throughput and productivity.

Micah McDowell, Director of Sales at Sharp Packaging Systems, says: “We are delighted to appoint Wessex Packaging as an authorised distributor for our technology in the UK. Their proven expertise in the packaging industry and network of businesses for which they provide packaging solutions is extensive. We look forward to working with the Wessex team to deliver clever automated bagging solutions to businesses throughout the UK.”

Mark Barter, Managing Director of Wessex Packaging, says: “The introduction of the Sharp Packaging Systems technology into our portfolio of products and services is very exciting. The benefits that many UK businesses can gain through this proven global manufacturer are immense, and we are already gaining a lot of interest from customers who can see the value that these automated bagging solutions can deliver. We look forward to working in partnership with Sharp and continuing to strive to change lives in the workplace through packaging innovation.”