We see a rapidly growing trend for firewoood in smaller formats from consumers that want less hassle and less occupation of storage space from the wood they burn. To them, firewood have gone from being a primal source of heat to a commodity to symbolise joy and tradition. As the change in demand kept shifting over to smaller formats, the slow and repetitive manual operations of stacking logs into bags has become a growing cost and concern for the firewood producers.
Something needed to be done in the production of the bags
Vepak was founded with the mission to automate and remove the bottle neck in the production of firewood in bags, and to ensure that the professional producers of logs could be located not only in low-salary countries with long transport distances, but as close to the end users as possible.
Idea and first prototype
Birth of the concept and development of the first prototype by Ole Holtet
A team is formed to research and develop a performing firewood packing machine. Vepak becomes the first and only company dedicated to automatic firewood packing
Roll-out of 8 prototypes
Several versions came out during three years of R&D. These machines are still operating and were upgraded by Vepak in 2018
With an improved design and performance, serial production starts and machines are delivered every month to European firewood producers
Launching in Canada
The first CSA-certified machines are delivered to firewood producers in Quebec and Ontario, Canada.
Launching in the US
The first UL-certified machines are delivered to firewood producers in the US.
Launching in Australia
The first Vepak machines to go south of the equator are delivered to customers in Australia.
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