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Our Journey | Packaging Automation

Established back in 1963...

To understand what makes us the business we are today, it helps if you know a few things about our past...

Packaging Automation Limited was established as 'designers and manufacturers of special purpose machinery' on the 16th May 1963 by Arthur Penn. Nearly 60 years later, the business is still owned and managed by the Penn family and is still very much involved in the design and manufacture of machinery.

Arthur could not have forseen in 1963, the changes that would take place over the coming 50 odd years.  Nor could he have predicted the huge demand for machines and in particular packaging machines that these changes would create.

PA has grown and developed with this demand but still retains the same principles that Arthur had in 1963 - a passion for invention, innovation and engineering.

Arthur Penn registers Packaging Automation Ltd on the 16th May 1963

Machine 1... actually Machine 101 as it was named

Cheadle Light Engineering

Dreaming up new ideas

Customer requests flooding in

Anthony Penn joins his fathers company

Golden Wonder approach PA to help with a new product idea - the Pot Noodle

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Company Re-Brand

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1955

1963

1964

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1965

1968

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1977

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1980

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High speed Vision 2000 was launched

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Anthony Penn is appointed Chairman

The PA231 was unveiled at the PPMA Show

Anthony Penn becomes Managing Director

Acquisition of Volumet 

Volumet range is re-designed and re-launched

1989

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1990

1993

Factory re-location to Knutsford together with another re-brand

1994

High speed Vision 2000 machine is launched

1997

1998

Anthony Penn takes the role of Chairman

PA Fabrications was born

Another Re-brand to the current style

2000

Launch of the Vison 182 and Vision 4000 machines

2003

2010

2012

Samantha and Neil Ashton join the board of directors

Eclipse range of equipment is unveiled

2013

PA is 50!

2014

The launch of the Revolution machine

2015

Crawford Provincial become the appointed distributor of PA equipment in Canada, USA and Mexico.

Skinpac tray sealer is launched

SL4  Motion tray sealer launched, incorporating the same patented robotic motion technology as the Revolution machine

2016

PA online spares website is launched

2017

MiWeigh range is launched

Milbor PMC become the appointed distributor of PA equipment in Poland

Rotofill pot filling and closing machine is launched

2018

The MiWeigh product wins the PPMA Industry award for the most Innovative Processing System.

The business wins the EEF National Future Manufacturing award in the Business Growth category

2019

FlatSkin machine is launched providing capability to skinpac products on a flat board tray

Pulp and board tray sealing is developed and exhibited at Fruit Logistica and PPMA exhibitions

2020

New Website is launched

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Z-Web Team 2020

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