German manufacturer and partner, HEUFT SYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH, recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. Founded on 1 April 1979, HEUFT is 40 year long amazing success story.

Plastic and Chemical Trading have been involved with HEUFT since 2002, and are proud to be partnered with this extraordinarily focussed and professional outfit. It has taken attention to detail and extensive and unrelenting investment in research and development to see HEUFT not only dominate an entire field but in fact define it. Today HEUFT is a giant in the field of packaging line quality inspection.  As their Southern African partner, Plastic and Chemical Trading provide sales, project and technical support of all HEUFT SYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH technology and solutions delivered in our market.

Established in 1979, when Bernard Heuft, then a student on vac work noticed that water bottling lines his father ran were sorely in need of a solution to control if bottles had been correctly filled and then to be able to successful reject these underfilled bottles from the line without disturbing production. This invention and his passion for technology lead from one solution to the next. Today the company has more than 100 R&D scientists honing inspection solution and making sure they actually work reliably in the demanding heat moisture and syrup of the modern packaging environment. Since those humble beginnings HEUFT has grown from a team of 12 to 1,200 members and the company currently has locations in 18 different countries around the world.

HEUFT provides products and services for the beverage, food and pharmaceutical sectors. From labelling and quality inspection to fault rejection: HEUFT offers a range of valuable product offerings and holds more than 500 patents worldwide.

HEUFT owes a part of their significant growth to their proprietary reflexx image processing system and pulsed X-ray technology. These 2 paired together enabled the firm to gain a strong foothold into the food industry at the start of the 2000s. This new technology empowered companies in the food industry to detect foreign objects carefully and precisely.

The company also prides itself on a dedication to in-depth training. More than 250 people have undertaken apprenticeships at HEUFT since the first apprenticeship appointment in 1982. The company is firmly committed to not only developing the theoretical and practical skills of apprentices, but facets like character and social development are also fostered during in-house training.   Plastic&Chemical Tradings technical team are all HEUFT trained, a process which requires continuous development and training in new technologies as these spread to our market. We are part of the global technical support pool and often supply technical support in areas not directly under our responsibility as far as North Africa and India and even once in China.

HEUFT is a proudly family business. The current CEO, Alexandra Heuft, is the daughter of the company’s founder, Bernard Heuft. Speaking at the company’s 40-year celebrations in August, Alexandra emphasised HEUFTS’ strengths and commitment to research and development; “Research and development- that was and is our strength.”

Plastic and Chemical Trading is proud to work together with international partner HEUFT.  Working together to deliver world-class plastic manufacturing and fault detection solutions. We would like to congratulate them on the occasion of this momentous anniversary. We wish them many more years of prosperity and innovation!

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