Sparck Technologies to mark 100 years of engineering and innovation

Sparck Technologies headquarters

AUTOMATED ‘right-size’ boxing specialist Sparck Technologies is gearing up to celebrate 100 years of engineering and innovation this month.

Established in The Netherlands as HaDeWe on June 20, 1924, the business moved in its early days from repairing windmills to developing and building machines to boost production of wooden clogs. By the 1950s, the company had reinvented itself again, enhacing the productivity of office workers with its mailroom solutions capable of folding and filling thousands of envelopes per hour.

HaDeWe factory

As part of Quadient for over 30 years, the business continued to tap into its creative DNA and engineering know-how, culminating in 2013 with the award-winning development of ‘right-size’ auto-boxing technology. Using 3D scanning technology to optimally size, create and label each box in one process, Sparck’s CVP Impack can produce 500 boxes per hour.

The machine is described as heralding a ‘revolution’ in e-commerce packaging, with Sparck’s CVP systems supplied, installed and supported in over 15 countries globally.

CVP Impack

Technological advances continued and in 2019 the CVP-Everest was launched. The machine offered businesses throughput rates of up to 1,100 boxes per hour, with dual input stations and up to three cardboard stock feeds.

As an independent company for the last three years, Sparck Technologies continues to innovate with advances including: a high-speed print-on-box facility; the capability to produce ultra-low profile boxes of just 28mm; and most recently auto-induction, which removes the need for an operator.

To date, over 220 million ‘right-size’ boxes have been produced on Sparck’s packaging machines worldwide.

Today, Sparck Technologies is based in Drachten, a site it has occupied since 1947. From here the business serves an international market for automated, sustainable packaging solutions suited to e-commerce applications.