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Sollich KG: Innovative view into the future
|Ralf Schäffer, executive director|
Delicious chocolate bars, exquisite pralines, tasty candies — most of the sweet delights worldwide involve processing technologies from Bad Salzuflen, Germany-based Sollich KG.
Now in its third generation, the family-owned company has been designing and manufacturing machines for the confectionery industry for 85 years and is exporting them all over the world. Virtually all manufacturers of pralines or chocolate bars are producing their products with systems made in Bad Salzuflen.
The machines are designed and built by well-trained engineers and technicians — each machine individually tailored to customers’ requirements. The timely and flexible production as well as the reliability and long service life of the machines are the hallmarks of Sollich systems.
A worldwide network of service technicians ensures that these machines will still be used in 20 or 30 years.
Sollich combines machine and processing know-how with an “innovative view into the future.” The company does not build a machine for the purpose of running a machine; rather it builds a machine to produce a finished product.
Thus, innovation at Sollich is not about solving a problem by adding or changing a component; innovation at Sollich begins with the finished product for our customers. The company then evaluates the processing steps and necessary components to tailor-make the equipment to address the client’s needs.
It is no surprise the company is investing significant resources and effort into its R&D center and laboratory to continuously optimize the equipment.
In having the widest range of equipment for the chocolate and candy industry under one roof, Sollich - in conjunction with its commitment to innovation and ongoing technological developments - is laying the cornerstone for the company’s leading position worldwide.
Besides innovations to improve the processing technology, energy savings, improved hygiene and increased overall efficiency of the production lines remain the R&D department’s focus at Sollich.
A variety of technical improvements in the main machine portfolio like Turbotemper, Enromat, Conbar and Sollformat has been developed in the past few years. In the future Sollich will also concentrate more closely on the Sollcofill, Sollcocap and Sollcotop systems, which are adding a higher value to biscuit lines.
All these innovations will be shown at interpack 2014 from May 8 until 14 in Düsseldorf, which is always a milestone for showcasing the capabilities as a leader of innovation in the industry.