1998: the Google search engine was launched, Cher’s Believe was the UK’s best-selling single of the year, Arsenal won the Premiership title – and tray sealing specialist Proseal produced its very first machine.
Since then, the company has grown to become the world leader in tray sealing technology and an expert in the design and installation of complete packing line solutions. Today Proseal has nearly 600 employees worldwide and, alongside its near 250,000 sq. ft. manufacturing headquarters in Adlington, UK, has manufacturing facilities in the USA and Australia and a worldwide network of distributors. The company became part of the JBT Corporation in 2019.
Founded by Steve Malone and Robbie Hargreaves in a small unit in Bollington, Proseal launched its first tray sealer, the PR30, now known as the GTR, in May 1998. This was the start of a series of ground-breaking tray-sealing solutions from the company that revolutionised the top sealing of trays in a variety of sectors, including ready meals, meat and poultry, pet food, plant-based protein, and, most notably, soft fruit. Indeed, the company estimates that as much as 95 percent of top-sealed trays in this sector in the UK are sealed on Proseal machines.
In the past 25 years, Proseal has developed a comprehensive range of products to meet all types of customer and market requirements, diversified its offering into complementary equipment, including conveyors and case packers, and introduced a variety of technical innovations, such as its unique E-sealing and Pro-Motion technologies, alongside a number of patented developments.
To date, the company has manufactured 6,000 machines for nearly 3,000 customers worldwide. Staggeringly, if all the Proseal machines produced to date were placed on top of each other, they would stand at a vertical height of around 12,500 metres – nearly one and a half times the height of Mount Everest.
Alongside its technical expertise, a key reason for Proseal’s success has been its commitment to exemplary customer service. The company’s ability to deliver customised solutions to meet the individual requirements of every customer has been supported by its comprehensive support services, with engineers on hand 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to provide a fast response whenever needed to avoid unnecessary downtime and ensure packing lines can continue to operate to maximum efficiency. More recently, this has seen the introduction of the company’s innovative preventative maintenance programme, PRoCARE.
Proseal has also supplied nearly 200,000 spare parts and undertaken over 50,000 service visits.
The company has always been quick to adapt to changing market trends. For example, the future-proof designs of its tray sealers mean that the machines can be easily adapted to handle trays in different formats and materials, in particular the switch from plastic to board and pulp alternatives, allowing Proseal to be at the forefront of sustainability movements.
For more information:
Proseal UK Ltd
Tel.: +44 (0) 1625 856600