Multinational packaging and paper company Mondi has partnered with German machine producer Heiber + Schröder to develop eComPack, an automated packaging machine for e-commerce.

The machine combines Heiber + Schröder’s knowledge of paper and board packaging automation with Mondi’s proprietary packaging solutions.

The automated erecting, filling and closing process enables the machine to process up to 500 parcels an hour.

Mondi said that eComPack will meet the process, efficiency and safety requirements in e-commerce fulfilment operations.

It will also address the demand for automated paper-based packaging solutions in e-commerce operations.

eComPack will complement the company’s fully recyclable corrugated EnvelopeMailer for maximum performance.

Launched in 2020, EnvelopeMailer is designed to fit single or multiple items, as well as rectangular and irregular shapes measuring up to 7cm in height.

Mondi Corrugated Solutions sales and marketing director Tarik Aniba said: “In the rapidly growing world of eCommerce, the combination of an excellent paper-based product and an efficient and economic automated packaging machine is a key differentiator for our customers.

“The successful introduction of Mondi’s EnvelopeMailer solution increased manual packaging output by 8% compared to standard C-folder packaging.

“With eComPack, we are now enabling our customers to double their output and optimise packing operations in fulfilment centres handling high volumes.”

Heiber + Schröder managing director André Garmer said: “Together with Mondi, we developed the machine in a very dynamic co-creation process.

“The result is a robust, user-friendly machine with top-class usability.

“Through clever and responsible creation, we were able to synchronise packaging design and machine functionality into a solution that offers tremendous potential if combined with the right packaging solution.”

In May this year, Mondi partnered with German machine supplier beck packautomaten to launch FunctionalBarrier Paper, an e-commerce packaging solution made 95% from paper.

The flexible, paper-based packaging has stronger barrier properties and can be recycled in all European paper waste streams.