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21 October 2015

Sitma will host the industrial laboratories of the consortium Liam
The consortium Liam -Industrial laboratory for the automation of packaging machines- inaugurates in October 2015 its new premises in Spilamberto, near Modena. Sitma, historical company of Spilamberto, world leader in manufacturing in post-print processing for the publishing sector, packaging and distribution systems, makes an area of nearly 300 sqm available to the consortium Liam, to be used for offices and logistic services as well as for the use of common space. The very year in which celebrates the 50th anniversary of activity in the industrial automation sector, Sitma is very proud of hosting a research centre highly specialized in developing innovative technology for packaging processes automation. Sitma was established as a company producing machines for the packaging industry in general. Subsequently it has been specializing more and more in the processing of graphic products and obtained the leadership in this sector manufacturing machines and systems for newspapers, magazines, books and the mailing industry. Sitma is one of the founding members of Liam and has contributed from the very beginning to the research and development activities of the consortium. The Liam laboratory
Liam is an industrial laboratory of joint ownership. It has been established in 2011 for the research and development of technologies, innovative tools and equipments for the automation of packaging machines. The companies participating in the Liam project are: Ima Spa, Sacmi Scrl, Selcom Spa, Sitma Spa and Tetra Pak Packaging Solutions Spa. Moreover, the Departments of Electronics and Computer Science of Bologna University as well as the Department of Mechanics of Modena and Reggio Emilia University took part in establishing the laboratory. Today the Liam staff consists of 11 university graduates holding a degree in technical disciplines, mainly electronic engineers. At the beginning Liam was operating in the premises of CRIT in Vignola (a private company specialized in research and analysis of scientific-technical information and in research and development activities) but over the years the consortium has extended staff and field of activities to such an extent that the offices needed larger room. Nowadays, in the premises of Spilamberto, Liam has at its disposal rooms and structures which are suitable for the development of its potential. Sitma's role
“We are convinced that hosting the consortium Liam within our company site - Aris Ballestrazzi, Sitma President, explains – represents a surplus value to strengthen the competitiveness of our company and the whole territory. One of the targets of the consortium Liam is indeed to work not only for the companies involved but also for external customers and, thus, becoming a national and international reference for the solution of manifold technological matters in the field of automatic packaging machines. Thanks to the space within our structures, the well-organized logistics and the excellent position in our territory, we are sure that we will be able to contribute to the future activities of the laboratory to a considerable extent.” Aris Ballestrazzi - Sitma President “The presence in competitive and international markets requires continuous research activities aiming at innovations for which the consortium Liam and its networking are an important multiplier“, adds Fabrizio Della Casa, Sitma General Manager.

25 September 2015

Join us from 29 September to 1 October 2015 at the booth no. 4-607 in Hall 4 at the FACHPACK to be held in Nuremberg Exhibition Centre.
European Trade Fair for Packaging, Technology, Processing and Logistics. The packaging industry meets from 29 September - 1 October 2015 in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. FachPack is one of the important European Trade Fairs for Packaging, Technology, Processing and Logistics offering every aspect of packaging for industry and consumer goods. Whether it’s packaging materials, packaging machines, package printing / PrintPack and processing, logistics systems, services for the packaging industry - FachPack covers every subject with just the right emphasis.

On the occasion of Fachpack 2015 Sitma will be exhibiting on the booth of its German representative arisma the following solutions: - WM60, brand-new automatic side-seal wrapping machine is equipped with infeed conveyor, shrink tunnel and delivery conveyor in the basic version and can be extended according to customer requirements. The focus is on the versatility and easy operating and maintenance. - WM-PACK, flexible packaging machine is capable to wrap a wide range of products with different kinds of films and sealing processes. Thanks to the variety of sealing options Sitma customers may select a number of different product presentations, such as Zipper Closure, Flow Wrap, Magazine Finishing, Film Wrapping with Header Banner or Shrinking and many more.

Visit us at the arisma booth no. 4-607 where you will be introduced to all the possible solutions for your packaging needs.

24 September 2015

Join us from 29 September to 1 October 2015 at our booth no. 4110 at the POST-EXPO to be held in Paris, Porte de Versailles.
POST-EXPO provides the most significant opportunity the postal, courier and express industries have to debate current issues and form business relationships on a global scale. 2015 will be the 19th international conference and exhibition for postal and parcel technology, equipment, services and innovation.
On the occasion of the Post-Expo 2015 in Paris, Sitma will be exhibiting the following solutions:
- 853, automated modular tray sorter.
- Latest technology for Unaddressed Mail.
- New VC23, vertical collator for flyers with 22 selective feeders and carrier folder.

Visit us at our booth no. 4110 where our technical and commercial staff will be at your disposal to show you the machines on display and give you all the possible solutions for your packaging needs.

26 May 2015

Sitma Machinery and Sitma France are proud to inform you that will participate to the next edition of GRAPHITEC 2015, in Paris - France, from 9 to 11 June 2015. Graphitec 2015 is one of the most important events for the graphic arts and for all suppliers within the printing industry, from pre-press to post-press, paper handling, materials, services and logistics and many others. For the 2015 edition, Graphitec is aiming to boost up the tradeshow experience through the creation of centres of expertise as well as with several additional contents such as conferences and workshops. At Graphitec 2015 Sitma, together with its subsidiary Sitma France, will present the SM8, compact entry-level envelope inserting machine for C6 through C4 envelopes in the cost competitive market segments with a mechanical speed of up to 10,000 products/hour. Visit us at Booth E28-F27, where we will be pleased to show you the Sitma SM8, and to discuss any requirement you may have for your production needs.

06 May 2015

We are glad to inform you that we will participate to the next edition of IPACK-IMA 2015, in Milan-Rho, from 19 to 23 May 2015. At Ipackima 2015 Sitma will present some important news:

  • WM-PACK, new packaging machine which, thanks to a complete set of configurations with different sealing systems, allows to offer solutions for all packaging needs.
  • WM60, new packaging machine intermittent with side sealing.
Visit us at Hall 14 - Booth F21-G20 where our technical and commercial staff will be at your disposal to show you the machines on display and give you all the possible solutions for your packaging needs.
About the show: IPACK-IMA is among the most attractive global exhibitions for suppliers of technology and materials for processing and packaging, as it is capable of giving room, voice and momentum to all industry players by providing new ideas, initiatives and anticipations at each edition. For the 2015 edition the joint staging of 6 complementary trade exhibitions and their conjunction with the EXPO 2015 is expected to bring over 2,500 exhibitors and more than 100,000 visitors. Discover more! »

16 April 2015

We are pleased to inform you that Sitma will attend the above exhibition to be held on April 21-24 in Barcelona, Spain. On the occasion of Hispack 2015 Sitma will show the new WM-PACK solution. The WM-PACK is a flexible packaging machine capable to wrap a wide range of products with different kind of films and sealing processes. Thanks to the variety of sealing options Sitma customers may select a number of different product presentation, such as Zipper Closure, Flow Wrap, Magazine Finishing, Film Wrapping with Header Banner or Shrinking and many more. We invite you to Hall 3 - Booth D444 and see what we offer as innovative solutions to your production needs.

07 April 2015

March 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Sitma’s founding. In 1965 the company started with a small plant in downtown Spilamberto, close to the local railway station.
Five decades later, Sitma Machinery is an international, multi-million euro business with 3 subsidiaries and 70 agents worldwide even if the headquarters are still located in Spilamberto in a new, futuristic plant.
Sitma's history is complex but in many ways it parallels the evolution of packaging technology, underlining an extraordinary capability of this company into adapting to new market needs and providing a window into how the industry and its services and products have changed.
"The 50 year anniversary scores an important milestone for the company as we look back on our incredible history of talent and accomplishments. Sitma is continually investing in new generations of talented staff through mentoring and education as we continue to push the limits of what Packaging technology can do," says Aris Ballestrazzi, President and co-founder of Sitma Machinery. "A key element of our success, and one that we are very proud of, is our long and enduring relationship with suppliers and customers."
In its present role as designer and manufacturer of complex systems, Sitma continues to exploit advances in technology. Apart from the new field of letterbox marketing, in which during these past years Sitma developed new solutions proving great success with customers, the main business today serves three market sectors, each of which is treated on a global basis with a complete range of high speed machines manufactured.
The largest covers finishing applications for Printed Paper market segment, followed by Intralogistic and General Packaging. A great effort has been made to identify a growth path to follow in the coming years to bring high technology innovation in mature markets.
Beyond system engineering, Sitma is known for ancillary services to further assist its clients to include support services and technical consulting.
"This is an important result but not the finish line." continues Aris Ballestrazzi, "We are now planning our next 50 years, together with a staff of both experienced and young motivated colleagues."

05 March 2015

Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment reports on his last visit at Sitma and Cambridge Assessment installation of new machines from Sitma. Our Group Director of Operations and I took a quick trip to Italy at the end of January to visit SITMA near Bologna. SITMA manufactures the counting and verification machines which we use to envelope and address all of the 36 million question papers which we sent to 170 countries worldwide last year.

Cheese blog simon machine small - image We now have three of these machines, each of which costs around £1 million and which have enabled us to reduce the numbers of people involved in what was previously a tiresome, lengthy and error prone process.

These machines were originally developed to bundle up and envelope flyers for insertion with Sunday newspaper supplements and we've worked closely with the Italian manufacturer over the last seven years to refine the technology, in particular, incorporating precision counting and weighing capability so that we can make sure we get the right number of papers in each envelope and can identify immediately any errors in packets being sent out to individual schools.

The Italian manufacturer was so proud of the innovation we developed together that they came to film a promotional video at our distribution centre, DC10, where the machines are housed. This is something we also like to include in tours when our various international customers come to Cambridge as it is a good illustration of the complex operational and logistical support functions that are needed to underpin our ability to deliver on our educational mission.

Bologna small - image In contrast, the following day SITMA owner Signor Ballestrazzi (who is also a great gastronome) took us to visit a nearby artisan Parmesan manufacturing co-operative. This takes in milk from local herds milked that morning which then goes straight into their craft processing operation being turned within hours into enormous rounds of Parmesan through a process of heating, salting and compression (there are no other added ingredients except for the setting agents), before being left to dry out on wooden shelves in their warehouse. I estimated there were around 25,000 cheeses there of 38kg each which are required to mature for two years before they can be sold. Each wheel can sell for up to 420 euros and they are so valuable that a local bank offers to hold them as collateral on loans.

Cheese tasting - image It is an eerie sight seeing long rows of cheeses stacked high on their shelves with a forklift truck with robotic attachments going up and down the rows turning the cheese to ensure they are aired equally on all sides.

This sort of factory is being squeezed out however by the march of big dairy companies and increased regulation from Brussels. There are also natural hazards - the 2012 earthquake led to large losses for manufacturers as warehouse shelves across the affected region collapsed, spoiling stock and creating an unusual health and safety hazard.

Cheese making - image Of course it is difficult to protect against natural disasters such as earthquakes and although these are not a feature of East Anglian life, we did suffer disruption a couple of years ago when the Icelandic volcano exploded.

These sorts of natural calamities are difficult both to anticipate and protect against, but we have invested heavily over recent years in our logistics and distribution capability (which as recently as eight or nine years ago was housed in a series of small warehouses along the Newmarket Road in Cambridge) and although they are probably not earthquake proof, they are certainly much more resilient than they ever were in the past; proof we hope against most anticipatable problems, and an absolutely key element in our capacity to operate on a global scale and to deliver our educational mission.

11 February 2015

We hereby inform you that Sitma will attend the Hunkeler Innovationdays exhibition to be held on February 23 - 26 at Messe Lucerne Exhibition facility, Lucerne, Switzerland. From February 23 to 26, 2015, the Hunkeler Innovationdays will be held for the 11th time. As for every new edition, the event has enhanced its international reputation retaining its compact scope, providing a deep and complete industry overview.
Approximately 80 exhibitors will present their latest products. Integrated total solutions that address every aspect of the workflow and for every industry segment will be shown at the Hunkeler innovationdays 2015. Technical advances provide access to the economies and advantages of digital printing and finishing processes in an increasing number of segments and applications, including the printing of packaging. At this years Hunkeler Innovation days Sitma, one of the market leaders in printed media distribution, will be presenting their new innovations developed over the last two years. They include new feeding technology as well as further developments on the WM30 , their high speed paper wrapping line making it the most advanced system on the market today. The Sitma WM30 paper wrapping system is ideal for wrapping C6/5 to C4 documents in paper at speeds of up to 30,000/hour. Advanced features on the line include patented perforation, scalloping & window applications as well as various chip removal capabilities to remove a fixed or variable size to accommodate a full colour print bleed. We invite you to come and see us to discover more of what we offer as innovative solutions to your production needs.

01 August 2014

Sitma Machinery will develop an innovative and unique solution for the packaging industry.

Recognized as a worldwide leader in film wrapping systems, Sitma started in the general packaging markets. Subsequently, Sitma expanded into the graphic arts industry, becoming the market leader in this segment, with over 8,000 systems installed in over 70 countries.

Thanks to its extended sale organization, Sitma has been successful in offering film wrapping solutions to major producers in the food industry (frozen pizzas, confectionary, boxed items, etc.) as well as household products (sponges, plastic dishes, cups, cleaning cloths). As a result of these recent successes, Sitma will be reinforcing its position in the general packaging market by offering new and innovative solutions based on this experience and the reputation achieved.

As a result of recent market research and specific customers’ inquiries, a new “universal” wrapper will be launched by Sitma to serve a wide range of film packaging needs. This wrapping solution will offer a unique combination of features including flow pack, production of packages with a zipper closure, as well as regular overwrapping with either a longitudinal center or side seal.


To promote these innovative solutions to a wider range of potential end users in new potential market segments, Sitma will attend two major Exhibitions during the month of September. These include: East Afripack 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya and Eurasia in Istanbul, Turkey.
We look forward to providing more information as these events approach.

Thank you all for your attention.

Paolo Mazzoni, Commercial Director

09 June 2014

Sitma is member of the LIAM, an industrial laboratory focused on researching and developing innovating technologies, tools and equipments in the field of automatic packaging machines.

The companies that have gave birth to laboratory are: IMA SpA, SITMA Machinery SpA, SACMI SC, SELCOM SpA and Tetra Pak Packaging Solutions SpA. Click here to know more about this cooperation...

26 February 2014

We are pleased to announce that we will be participating at the next Ipex in London from March 24th to 29th, 2014 where we will be launching the Sitma WM10 and WM30.


Sitma WM30 is our latest development in High Speed Paper Wrapping.

This system allows making envelopes from a paper reel, thus reducing raw material costs and increasing throughput and the Sitma WM30 now brings this concept to the high volume direct mail and door drop manufacturer. It can create envelopes with dimensions from C6 up to C4, with a mechanical speed of up to 30,000 cycles per hour.

The machine displayed will be equipped with scallop flap, window, perforation system inline and with edge stacker.

Depending on Customer's requirements, this machine can be supplied inline with paper reel, with cutsheet or with double infeed system from paper reel and cut sheet to match different documents.  


Sitma is pleased to present at the next Ipex, the new patented WM10 machine, developed for the automatic production of plastic covers with two pockets protecting the books.

The flexibility of its design means that this machine allows to produce different sizes of protective covers with few adjustments. The dimensions of the of the books -and consequently of the covers- can be entered into the machine manually, via company network or with a simple optional system that automatically recognises the dimensions of the book to be protected.  

Each cover is ideal to protect softback and hardback books. School books may be different in size and can be personalized with individual data (name of the user/customer, class, logo, book title, price, etc.) by means of a thermal printer installed on the WM10.

The plastic cover will then be used for the corresponding book at the end of the process.

The WM10 runs at the speed of up to 1,000 books per hour.

To know more and have a look at our machines, we wait you on our booth S3 - E250.

25 February 2014


La pubblicità non indirizzata in Italia è ancora uno strumento forte e molto utilizzato. Come pubblicato qualche tempo fa sul sito della Dma Italia – – nell’immaginario, è uno strumento che molto spesso finisce sprecato. Quante volte si vedono i volantini intasare le caselle postali? O sui marciapiedi, magari buttati via cinque minuti dopo essere stati presi? O ancora venir presi, essere appoggiati in casa da qualche parte e poi essere ritrovati casualmente giorni dopo, destinati a quel punto a finire nella carta da buttare?

Invece, il volantino è tutto fuorché uno strumento inefficace. E' stato calcolato che nel solo 2011 in Italia ne siano stati stampati qualcosa come 12 miliardi, spediti e distribuiti con una spesa complessiva di 1 miliardo di euro. Un giro d’affari non indifferente e che merita approfondimenti. Anche perché è lo strumento principe di comunicazione di tutto il settore della GDO (o Grande Distribuzione Organizzata) dove si esprime con un'efficacia tangibile.

Ogni operatore postale che si rispetti offre un servizio di tracciabilità della spedizione, dando modo al cliente di sapere sempre con buona precisione a che punto del tragitto è il suo pacco. Con alcune piccole modifiche questo sistema di tracking è applicabile anche alla distribuzione di volantini door-to-door.

Bene. Da oggi c'è uno strumento in più che consente di far fronte a diverse problematiche: quella dell'intasamento delle caselle postali e dei costi della distribuzione in primo luogo, ma anche quella della garanzia dell'integrità del volantino stesso fino alla lettura da parte dell'utente.

Sitma ha lavorato per ottimizzare gli invii e ridurre i costi di distribuzione: oggi questo consente di imbustare diversi volantini pubblicitari nella stessa busta, attraverso un confezionamento con film plastico, garantendo la tracciabilità e l'avvenuto recapito grazie a dei codici inseriti sulla busta.

La tecnologia è molto interessante ed è già utilizzata con successo in altri Paesi 40 Paesi, tra cui come Belgio, Germania, Finlandia, Polonia.

In Italia Queen Spa ha ideato, in collaborazione con Sitma, il sistema Qbox, che garantisce una distribuzione non solo capillare, ma ordinata e d'effetto per l’utente che riuscirà a scegliere i prodotti da acquistare poichè i volantini arriveranno puliti – in qualsiasi condizione meteorologica – ordinati e puntuali nella propria cassetta postale in un'unica busta.

Perché, infatti, passare più volte da una cassetta postale se aggregando più volantini ci si può passare una volta sola? La risposta è nel collegamento al video qui sotto, che vi spiega nel dettaglio come funziona questa tecnologia.

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07 November 2013

Sitma will present its latest news for printed media packaging, envelope inserting and automated distribution systems at Polygraphinter 2013 in Moscow, together with its Russian sales and marketing partner Muller Martini in booth number A113.
The 24th International Exhibition for Printing Equipment, Technologies, Materials and Services Polygraphinter will take place from 12 to 15 November 2013 in Pavilion 1 of Crocus Expo (Moscow, Russia).
Polygraphinter is the only exhibition in Russia which features equipment, materials and technologies required for printing labels and packaging; publishing books, magazines and newspapers; making advertising printed products. 
Polygraphinter covers every area of the printing industry with its dedicated sectors:

  • Pre-media
  • Pre-press
  • Press
  • Post-press
  • Supplies
Link to the tradeshow official Website:

08 October 2013

A new success for Sitma

13 September 2013

Sitma Machinery S.p.A. is world leader in providing solutions in the mailing and distribution of newspapers, magazines, books and in direct marketing. Over a long period of time Sitma has gained expertise in many different sectors, such as newspaper mailrooms, postpress commercial printing and mailing / direct marketing, and is now in a position to provide value-added solutions to the world of newspaper processing. Nowadays Sitma offers a wide range of solutions which can combine together inserting into a magazine or into a jacket, gathering, wrapping into foil or into paper, addressing and personalization. In-house developed PC based controllers coordinate these processes and provide reporting. The Sitma SM gatherer is a new solution to be easily configured for gathering and inserting advertising material into paper jackets, or in combination to a wrapping system. This solution is compact and cost-effective, and the market has reacted very positively after its launch made at IFRA 2012. Sitma offers its solutions in different speed levels ranging from 15.000 to 20.000, 30.000, 40.000 up to 60.000 products / hour.

17 July 2013

Sitma will be exhibiting its newest printed media printed media packaging, envelope inserting and automated distribution systems at Print 2013 to be held September 8-12, 2013 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, IL.  Sitma will be exhibiting with its U.S. Sales and marketing partner Muller Martini in booth number 831.
PRINT 13, this year combined with the  CPP EXPO, will be the most comprehensive trade show for Digital, Offset, Flexo and Hybrid technologies, products and services for the Commercial, Transactional, Converting and Package Printing, Publishing, Mailing, In-Plant, Photo Imaging and Marketing industries this year.

17 July 2013

Sitma takes part in the exhibition FACHPACK in Nuremberg through the German agency Arisma who will show a Sitma 1002 wrapping system.
FACHPACK taking place in Nuremberg for more than 30 years is one of the leading trade fairs in Europe dealing with packaging and presenting the complete packaging process chain compactly under one roof.
Sitma 1002 is a wrapping machine with modular configuration, designed for the packaging of a wide variety of products. Thanks to its flexibility the machine satisfies many different packing requirements from production and from service companies and provides the reliable performances which are typical of all Sitma equipment.

06 March 2013

May 14 - 18, 2013 - Beijing, China

23 January 2013

Sitma will be an exhibitor at the next edition of the InnovationDays tradeshow in Lucern, Switzerland.

07 January 2013

The Cardiff-based specialist in high-quality web and sheetfed printing has spent around £500,000 on the new setup, which includes a Sitma 1005 polywrapping line from Integra International, a Domino Bitjet inkjet printer for addressing, and an AMS offline addressing system for envelopes and carrier sheets. 
Managing director Alan Padbury said the new kit was "a nice addition" to the firm’s offering. "It’s quite useful for certain customers who like us to handle the whole job for them, from start to finish," he said. "We’re only going to do mailing on work we print ourselves, and for customer who want us to. 
"The more you have under control on your own premises, the more confident you can be about doing a good job on time," he added. 
The system went live earlier this month, and four new positions have been created at the £19.7m company as a result. 
The mailing line can wrap 15,000 products per hour, and features Sitma’s "tight wrap" system. "This stretches the film prior to sealing it, so it’s really nice and tight. It looks better and works well within the Royal Mail limits," explained Integra sales director Richard MacLean. 
"Westdale’s system has a fully-automated backend, so it’s very efficient," he added. 
Westdale has made a number of significant new investments this year, including a Goss Purlux saddlestitcher. However, installation of the ten-colour KBA Rapida 106 ordered at Drupa has been delayed until next year. 
"We are reviewing our position and hope to sort it out before Christmas," Padbury stated.  By Jo Francis/ Printweek, 11 December 2012 

09 October 2012

Sitma will be an exhibitor at the next edition of the IFRA tradeshow in Frankfurt, Germany.

28 February 2012

The machine manufacturers, Muller Martini (Switzerland) and Sitma (Italy) have signed a business cooperation agreement. Graphic Arts Industries will now benefit from a wide range of systems for inserting and for single copy film wrapping as well as a comprehensive technical support.

13 February 2012

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