This Innovation Spotlight feature sees IMA Group introduce its new hub, where a full array of technologies are brought together in one facility with the aim of driving the quest for excellence and sustainability, and constantly researching innovative solutions and new eco-compatible materials.

Turn-key horizontal and vertical solutions

IMA FLX HUB, by taking advantage of synergies and integrations with IMA Group companies and thanks to proven expertise gained in food and non-food industries’ key applications, offers fully engineered solutions delivering highly efficient flexible packaging lines to maximise your line’s OEE, with real-time operator-specific production and diagnostics data.

From automatic loading systems to cartoning, from product feeding and handling to single and multiple flow wrapping. Weighing solutions coupled with vertical baggers and end of line equipment.   


IMA FLX HUB is your perfect partner for delivering turn-key horizontal and vertical solutions. Its high-speed flexible automation systems are capable of the highest production throughput requirements.

The portfolio also includes systems for modified atmosphere applications (MAP) and vacuum, as well as machines for four side seals multi-lane and sticks, fold pack, and sandwiching. The HUB also offers counting solutions, dosing devices and complete, fully automated Doy pouch lines.

The HUB companies

Besides HFFS flow wrappers and VFFS vertical baggers, IMA ILAPAK’s portfolio includes systems for modified atmosphere applications, feeding, counting and weighing systems, and complete, fully automated lines.

IMA DELTA SYSTEMS specializes in the supply of automated flow wrapping solutions for the North American market. In addition to our standard product line, we offer custom design engineering which will result in a best-in-class solution for your unique flow wrapping application.


Machines and fully automated lines for packaging candies, jellies, gums, chocolates, bars, biscuits, wafers, noodles are IMA EUROSICMA’s core business. Forming and packaging machines for beauty care and pharmaceutical items such as cotton swabs and plasters complete the range of products.

IMA RECORD designs and builds horizontal flow pack machines that are technologically advanced, durable, and reliable, interfaced with modular composed automatic feeders, easily integrated into automated packaging systems.

IMA TECMAR is a company dedicated to the design and manufacture of packaging machines and flexible packaging systems for South American market. Vertical baggers, four side seals multi-lane, and sticks machines are IMA Tecmar’s flagship products.


IMA CIEMME offers a complete range of carton packaging machines and automatic loading systems. The portfolio includes also complete and integrated solutions for the end of line.


OpenLab is the IMA Group’s network of technological laboratories and testing area, dedicated to the research on sustainable materials, technologies, and production optimization processes.

Thanks to the implementation of the most modern digital infrastructures, together with think tank spaces, environments dedicated to the generation of ideas and the prototyping of materials, we aim to build a connection between knowledge and skills coming from machines, packaging manufacturing and customers.


OpenLab analyzes most of the new sustainable and innovative materials as compostable, biodegradable, paper-based or ultra-thin film, before they are commercially available in order to run them on vertical and horizontal packaging lines.

Thanks to OpenLab, we are able to design turnkey solutions that perfectly match the sealing and flow characteristics of the chosen film. The offer also includes in-depth tests on new materials, from laboratory analysis to production tests that simulate real-life conditions, avoiding downtime and costly errors.

Service, support, and spare parts

IMA has an enviable position in providing global technical support throughout a global network of factory and regionally based technical support engineers. Our technicians are our ambassadors and reflect the highly professional, attentive and knowledgeable qualities that our customers expect.

This content was sponsored by IMA Group.