Frimaq Cardboard Base Machines

Consumers are demanding more effective eco-friendly packaging options (read the full article here). That is why Vacpak has brought Frimaq cardboard base machines to New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

These systems can help reduce plastic waste by as much as 80% while enhancing shelf-appeal, convenience and food quality.  

Frimaq cardboard base machines provide a complete ‘start to finish’ thermofromer systems as well as modular ‘clip-in’ systems. As a result, Vacpack offers an extensive range of cardboard base products as well as stand alone, semi-automatic and automatic cardboard base packaging systems. Bases can even be pre-printed with individualised business logos and images to increase visual appeal, brand awareness and consumer recognition.

Vacpack is currently the only company in New Zealand that can offer this range of innovative machinery and cardboard base products.

Frimaq Cardboard Base Systems – Quick Overview

Frimaq cardboard base systems help you create safer, more visually appealing products in a few simple steps.

What the Frimaq Cardboard Base machines include:

  • Pre-made trays and bases
  • Stand-alone tray-making machines
  • Semi-automatic tray making, packing and sealing systems, and
  • Fully automatic tray making, packing, sealing and thermofroming systems.

How the Frimaq Cardboard Base machines work

  1. Pre-made trays can be purchased or die-cut and formed using a range of Frimaq machines
  2. Product is packed onto pre-formed pre-formed trays or boards.
  3. From here a variety of Frimaq systems can be used to hermetically seal the product with a crystal-clear transparent barrier film.

The vacuumed barrier film creates an atmosphere-free environment. This stable packaging environment helps keep food fresher for longer. As a result, the systems reduces waste while enhancing quality and shelf appeal. It also acts to lock in flavours, helping items such as marinated meats reach their full potential.

This means the Frimaq range is ideal for items such as meat, fish, ready-meals, marinated products, delicatessen meats, cheese and poultry.




MC-1000 Tray cutter / former

 Frimaq MC-1000 Tray cutter / former
Frimaq MC-1000 Tray cutter / former

Frimaq linear food loading and film sealing

 Frimaq integrated linear system
Frimaq integrated linear system

The MC-1000 Tray Cutter / Former works as a stand-alone tray-making machine. However, as a linear automatic machine it can also provide the first stage of a larger packing and sealing system.

Stand-alone tray Maker:

This involves 3 easy steps:

  1. Trays are die cut from a roll of board.
  2. Board is pressed to make a formed tray.
  3. A light film is adhered to the board.

With the correct tooling, these trays can be used as individual bases on any tray-sealing machine.

Die Cut Trays

First stage of an integrated linear system:

As part of a larger integrated linear system the MC-1000 allows producers to:

  1. Make the tray
  2. Place product in the tray.
  3. Film seal the top with either a top or a skin film.

Carton Machines


The role of Thermoformers in Frimaq cardboard base machines – Overview

TFF Cardboard Die Cut Tray

Frimaq TFF for Cardboard Die Cut Tray Maker
Frimaq TFF for Cardboard Die Cut Tray Maker

The TFF Cardboard Die Cut Tray Maker produces cardboard trays of any depth and is an effective first step in the thermoforming process.

Starting with a roll of unlaminated cardboard trays are die cut into shape and then laminated with a film.

Product is then placed into the container for thermoforming.

Thermoformer with a cardboard base

Thermoformer for Frimaq Cardboard Base Systems
Thermoformer for Frimaq Cardboard Base Systems

A major benefit of this system is that it creates an atmosphere-controlled pack. This improves shelf life and eliminates any contamination or liquid spillage. 

The trays created are similar in shape to polystyrene trays currently used in New Zealand supermarkets. This familiar look and feel builds on existing consumer good-will with the added incentive of purchasing a product with eco-friendly food packaging.  

With this system, the cardboard base is press formed into a shallow tray.

TFF Skin +60 Carton

Frimaq Skin +60 Carton Thermoformer
Frimaq Skin +60 Carton Thermoformer

The Skin +60 Carton is a cardboard thermoforming machine. This system forms a tray from a cardboard reel by passing it through a die with the desired shape.

A thin layer of film is then added to seal the porous surface of the cardboard. Product is then be added to the tray for thermoforming.