Austria’s Statec Binder recently opened an office in Bangkok to support sales and customer service in Thailand and Vietnam.
Gerhard Steinmayr, executive manager of key accounts, said the Bangkok office is currently serving customers in both markets, but plans to expand its business across Southeast Asia in the near future.
The company has named Attawit Armincen as its managing director. The Bangkok office which opened in January 2014 is run by a marketing and after-sales team with extensive experience in fertilizer, petrochemicals, sugar, rice and the animal feed industry.
Presently, Statec Binder has the largest market share in Korea, India and Thailand. It plans to penetrate further in Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan.
Statec Binder has been a leader and pioneer in packing systems for over 30 years with more than 900 references on all continents.
Mr Steinmayr believes that robots and palletizers will play an important role in the near term due to increasing scale of operations and higher labour costs.
In the feed industry, an automatic bagging machine together with a palletizer can do the work of 4-5 men in a manual operation.
A typical automatic packing line in the feed industry with a 1,200 bags/hour capacity would require only 1-2 workers to operate, said Mr Steinmayr.
Statec Binder’s “Net Weigher SB-G” is popular in the sugar industry due to its high accuracy. The margin of error is below 25 grams for a 50-kg bag, vs over 40 grams for other machines.
Statec Binder offers palletizers ranging up to 2,400 bags/hour.
Statec Binder has been operating in Asia for over 30 years. At present, Statec machines are manufactured solely in Austria.