Press Release


AUTOPAK EXHIBITS AT FORUM INNOVATION 2004
AFTER WINNING PRESTIGIOUS PRIDCO AWARD


AutoPak Engineering Group, the only Puerto Rican company dedicated to the design and manufacture of packing and material movement systems (conveyors), will be taking part in Forum Innovation 2004, an event hosted by Induniv (Industry University Research Consortium), May 12 - 14, at the Wyndham Condado Plaza Hotel, right after winning the 2003 Outstanding Company Award in the Innovation category, given by the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) on April 29 last year.

Engineer Ignacio Muñoz-Guerra, president of AutoPak, reported that this award was bestowed on his company for the important innovations implemented during the last year, especially for the design of the XA Modular Conveyor system, patented in the US in September 2003. “This new stainless steel modular conveyor provides the flexibility to adapt to each client’s particular needs, since it is made of standard components and there is no need to drill or weld,” said Muñoz-Guerra. He also emphasized that, “the XA has an extremely hygienic design, which makes it easier for companies to comply with the stringent sanitary regulations of the pharmaceutical and food industries.”

Regarding Forum Innovation 2004, Eng. Muñoz-Guerra said that they will be exhibiting precisely the XA together with other services offered by AutoPak, “because our company focuses on both the pharmaceutical and the food industry. Our work as designers, manufacturers and integrators of packing systems and their different components is aimed at analyzing and solving all our clients’ needs. We really are customer driven. This is what has boosted our consistent development and success since our founding in 1985.” AutoPak’s booth at Forum Innovation is #20.

AutoPak’s president expanded on the XA, explaining that its great innovative feature is its modularity. “The modular design has standard components, which makes it simple to add or modify the system to meet the different manufacturing needs of each customer. A new feature, called ToughKlamp, allows the placement of all conveyor accessories on the body without drilling or welding. ToughKlamp allows infinite positioning of accessories, even when the production line is running! Another advantage of the XA over other conveyors in the market is easy clean-up, to comply with the strict regulations of the industries we work with.”

As part of its expansion strategies into other markets, AutoPak has contracted with A.B. Isacson & Associates, Inc. (ABI) in the United States —a business-to-business marketing and public relations firm— and will be going back to PackExpo International, November 7 - 11 this year, at McCormick Center in Chicago, the annual tradeshow hosted by the US Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), where AutoPak is a member. AutoPak’s booth at this important international event will be N-3724.

AutoPak Engineering Group is located in Caguas in a 40,000-square foot site with over 50 employees, including engineers, designers, packing technicians and managerial and clerical staff.
Induniv, created by the private industry in 1985 to combine the efforts of industry, academia and government, hosts the Forum for Innovation each year so that these three sectors may converge at one time and place to facilitate mutual collaboration. The event is sponsored by the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, Hewlett Packard, the Material Characterization Center (MCC), and the Center for Packaging Technology (CAPTech).

Contact: Vanessa Droz 721-4669, Cel. 486-4669
Eng. Ignacio Muñoz - AutoPak 723-8036

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