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We often meet up with the Nettuno team at these international shows but this time, rather than look for familiar faces, we were stopped in our tracks by an unusual piece of equipment. When we asked Francesca Fratus about it, she grinned and said: "Oh yes, we've just made a big investment in that!" When questioned further, she revealed that the purchase - an automatic filling machine - was so new that it hadn't even appeared at the factory yet; it had just been purchased a couple of days previously and delivered direct to the stand where it was quickly assembled. What better way to show your customers just what you're soon to be capable of!
Francesca talked us through how the machine would carry out the complete process, from manufacturing the pouches to filling and then sealing them. "It will be able to produce 2,400 pouches an hour!" she exclaimed, before telling us that Nettuno had previously had to buy the pouches from a supplier, which sometimes had a six week lead time.
As well as enabling Nettuno to react quickly to large new orders - perhaps switching quickly from the manufacture of one product to another - and supply customers within days rather than weeks, this capability will provide greater control of the quality and production of the product and improve delivery schedules, making the whole process a lot more streamlined.
"Customers will no longer have to hold lots of stock," said Francesca. "We can say to them, 'let us be your warehouse'!
"We'll also be able to supply industrial customers for the first time and make inroads into smaller markets such as restaurants. We'll be able to move into cleaning in a different way by selling to janitorial suppliers too. So often we've been asked for dispensing systems providing the trio of protective cream, handwash and aftercare product and this new filling machine will allow us to finally do that."
23rd May 2013