Interpak was created in 1992 after Mark Schmissrauter visited the Interpack Exhibition Show in Dusseldorf, Germany. Mark had a vision of bringing machinery into areas which fit his family’s printing and packaging business operating since 1924.
Following the Interpack Exhibition, a partnership was born between Interpak and Adolf Illig Maschinenbau GmbH, a blister packaging and thermoforming giant located in Heilbronn, Germany. With little more than a handshake between Mark and Wolfgang Illig, Mark came back to the US and began to sell Illig equipment for all of North America.
After Mark’s first couple of orders, his customers showed interest in more automation and end packaging. With requests for automatic loading systems for Illig lines and automated case packing after the Illig lines, Mark once again searched for the perfect partner.
The search was over in 1994, in the small town of Remshalden, Germany (outside Stuttgart) when Mark met Hans Paal. Paal Verpackungsmachinen a small yet talented company was being taken to the next level by the second generation of ownership lead by Claus Paal. Mark believed Claus and his company would be able to fill Interpak’s need for automation and end of line packaging machinery. Interpak continued its successful and healthy relationship with Paal Verpackungsmachinen for 15 years installing over 200 production lines until the sale of Paal to Bosch in 2009.
Interpak has recently entered into an exclusive representation agreement with Somic Verpackungsmaschinen for all of North America. Somic is located in Amerang, Germany just outside of Munich. Somic Verpackungsmaschinen has focused on specialty product collations and end packaging since 1974. The addition of Somic will replace PAAL Verpackungsmaschinen in Interpak’s delivery program due to the recent Bosch purchase of PAAL.
The privately held Somic builds high quality case packers, tray formers, carton closers, display tray packers, and multi-variety packers for an infinitely wide variety of products. We are pleased to announce that along with this fine addition of Somic our customers will enjoy some cost savings due to the efficiencies practiced by Somic’s manufacturing operations. Somic has also worked with our other partner Illig, packaging discharged thermoformed products.
As we announced a few weeks ago, we recently formed an agreement with HDG Verpackungsmaschinen which specializes in premier form/fill/seal pouch machines. HDG and Somic can be integrated together to form an integrated packaging line, and have worked together many times in the past. HDG Verpackungsmaschinen is located in Kürten, Germany just outside of Dusseldorf. HDG competes with Laudenberg, Rovema, Bossar, Volpak, and others with its heavy duty pouch machinery and custom dosing equipment.
Interpak has partnered with three outstanding privately held German packaging machinery manufacturers: Illig Maschinenbau (Thermoforming, FFS Equipment), HDG Verpackungsmaschinen (Pouches), and Somic Verpackungsmaschinen (End Packaging). Interpak sells packaging equipment in more than five countries.
Jeff Cowart continues to head up the company’s project management and sales since joining the company in 2003. The company is focused on customer service, continued growth and expansion of sales offices throughout North America.