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Originally established in 1991 as a Mexican commissary for 3 restaurants in South Australia, Mexex has evolved into an industry leading food manufacturer. ​They specialise in Aseptic and Hot Fill processing of dairy and vegetable-based products for both domestic and export markets.


Mex Ex bought their first Propac machine nearly 20 years ago, Mex Ex Managing Director Ian Young said “They were hand packing and labelling pouches at the time which was very labour intensive and the materials were costly.” They wished to increase their output and needed to replace the machine in order to keep up with production and market demand.


 A Propac AV-2.2-CB-HF vertical fill form seal machine, this machine is designed to work specifically with hot fill of all pumpable liquids, pastes and sauces. With and without particulates. It is a continuous motion machine capable of bagging at up to 100 bags per minute.

• Allen-Bradley® control system for proven, reliable
• Color touch screen for easy operator interface
• 200 product presets
• Touch-screen adjustable, servo-driven operation
• Touch-screen controlled film tracking/adjustments
• Tool-less unwind mandrel with end of roll-change sensor
• Tool-less quick-change forming collar assembly for rapid
• Vacuum-assist film-splice table for quick roll-change.
• Touch-screen controlled print-registration (SelF Teaching)
• Stainless steel construction for sanitation and long life.
• ZERO Head Space Voiding System



The machine installation has allowed Mex Ex to increase production by as much as 40% and keep up with market demand. Mex Ex Managing Director Ian Young said “Buy right, buy once, we wouldn’t even get a quote from anyone else.”


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Instant Asset Write-Off

Instant Asset Write-Off Extended to 31st July!

There has never been a better time to invest in packaging equipment. The new coronavirus-driven instant asset write-off of up to $150,000 means that business owners effectively receive an instant 27.5 per cent discount on capex. But you will need to be quick, the scheme finishes 31st December 2020.

For investments in machinery over that amount, you can take advantage of a 50 per cent instant depreciation, which is similarly attractive. Both these schemes are effectively bringing forward depreciation from future years, but nonetheless represent a significant incentive to buy now.

Please see below for a examples of machinery provided by HMPS and Propac that would fall within the $150,000 threshold:

HMPS Entry Level Palletiser



Propac Vertical Form Fill Seal Machine

Who qualifies?
Any business with turnover less than $500m.

When does it run from?
12 March this year.

When does it run to?
31st December 2020.

Is that when machinery has to be ordered by or installed?



How do I claim?
On your tax return as normal.

Is it just for one asset?
No, multiple assets for multiple $150,000s can be claimed for.

What if the machine I want is more than $150,000?
The instant write-down will then be 50 per cent.

Golf For Sight 2019

Join us for our 4th annual Golf For Sight and enjoy a fantastic day on the green whilst supporting Sight For All’s sight-saving initiatives.

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October 25, 2019 7:30 AM

Kooyonga Golf Club

$1,100 for a team of four

$275 for an individual player

$1,500 for a team of four and a hold sponsorship (and save $100 on team costs)

$500 for a hole sponsorship

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*This an input taxed event

Indulge in on-course catering and a delicious lunch following the game where raffle and auction prizes will be up for grabs.

Breakfast from 7.30am and shotgun start at 8.30am.

Ambrose competition. Ladies, men and mixed teams welcome.

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HMPS Greatest Hits

HMPS are a South Australian based company who specialise in the development and manufacturing of high quality machinery for packaging processes and show the greatest hits in this industry.
We design and engineer robotic and automation machinery specifically to suit our clients packaging needs. Our bespoke approach to creating packaging machinery allows our clients to tailor the machines to their requirements, enabling them to react to the changing market conditions and their customers wishes.

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HMPS wins project ahead of international competitors

HMPS wins project ahead of international competitors

While this particular project might come as a surprise to you, HMPS is the natural fit for any packaging problem. As South Australia’s finest machine building company, HMPS has established a reputation for designing and engineering world-class solutions uniquely matched to every customer requirement.

With a history stemming more than 70 years, Electrolux Cooking Products Plant in Dudley Park is one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of appliances. Producing free-standing and built-in ovens and stoves under the Electrolux, Westinghouse and Chef brands, their plant in Dudley Park employs around 450 South Australians.

Being part of a large multinational listed company on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, and consistently ranked as the world’s second largest appliance maker by units sold, Electrolux had their pick of OEM’s. The company had offers to pick from any machine builder in the world. Electrolux awarded the contract to HMPS, benefitting local companies and the local Australian economy. HMPS won the contract against a range of international competitors.

According to Christian Martin, Manufacturing Engineer for Electrolux Home Products, HMPS was selected based on their technical expertise and significant experience in the packaging industry. These attributes together with their ability to develop flexible solutions made HMPS the idea supplier for the job.

“The proposed solution and initial consultation gave us a great level of confidence in the HMPS solution. This was proven when the team was able to accommodate special requests and resolve issues during the commissioning. The execution of the project was to a high standard and we believe we have a best in class solution generated for us right here in Adelaide by a local supplier” comments Christian.

HMPS conceptualised and designed the EPS Packaging Automation Cell. The maintenance team required more uptime, improved efficiencies and less labour coupled with a degree of stringent specifications, safety and quality requirements. In fact, this solution needed to run for 17-hours per day and 230 days per year.

Glen Foreman, Sales Manager for South Australia and Applications Engineer on the project says that contrary to popular belief, this project is similar to what HMPS is normally involved in. “Essentially, we engineer and develop solutions to pick and pack stuff. In this case, what we needed to pick and pack just happens to weigh quite a lot more, and it happens to be an oven rather than the foodstuff coming out the oven which we normally pack”.

The EPS Packaging Automation Cell specifics 

“This new automation cell is designed to run at an overall OEE of 90% based on 1800 assemblies in 476 minutes; this gives a cycle time of just under 16 seconds per unit,” says Glen.

By selecting six ABB robots for the job, HMPS achieved the desired speed and the bonus is that no operator interaction is required for two hours at a time. Of particular interest in this application is the Just in Time Manufacturing (JIT) and cycle time management. “The cell is able to package six variants through one robot to three magazine conveyors systems. The intelligence built into the system means that as soon as the product bar code is detected, the correct packaging and sorting is activated by the system. The auto change is driven by production. This gives Electrolux the flexibility they need to run their production.”

According to Glen, the biggest challenge on this project was the layout.
“Six parts magazine conveyors serviced by two robots needed to be laid out. With the high stacks involved, reach was an issue which had to be constantly considered” he says.

“The managing of the slats was another challenge if you take into consideration that we were dealing with six pallets of 40 slats each which needed to be placed into a particular configuration based on the product line.”

In the end, HMPS was pleased to be the chosen as the automation partner to Electrolux. “This project is being installed and we hope that this is the beginning of two SA companies collaborating well into the future” concludes Glen.

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HMPS to show its stuff at ProPak Asia

HMPS will be one of the Australian companies heading to ProPak Asia from 13-16 June in Bangkok, Thailand.

In 2016, the demand for consumer product packaging reached 3.4 trillion units, which was due to influence from the Asian market, it is believed.

Aussie machine building company HMPS will be at ProPak Asia to demonstrate its latest innovations and product launches to more than 44,000 visitors.

HMPS designed and developed the first Bag in Box machinery in the world, and has since grown to cover entire end-of-line solutions in the automated robotic space with a strong focus on advanced manufacturing to develop machines which help to significantly improve productivity whilst embracing the future of manufacturing, such as Industry 4.0.

What’s on show

HMPS recently launched its IoT service, HMPSConnect. This solution ensures remote machine servicing and troubleshooting from anywhere in the world.

Linh Bui, export manager for HMPS, says the company will use ProPak Asia as a platform to launch its new machinery, and introduce HMPSConnect to a captive audience.

“This prototype will be on display and it sports a solid mechanical design, a smaller footprint, better torsion and less vibration, paired with IoT technologies for ease-of-use,” Bui said.

“The added visibility features allow operators to view the operating status and the modular design makes this model scalable for most applications.”

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HMPS wins Moore Stephens Service Provider Award – SA Food

HMPS, the proudly Australian-based machine builders wins the Moore Stephens Service Provider Award for 2017 at the largest food and beverage industry gathering in Australia. The event is put on by Food South Australia (Food SA)

According to the prestigious show organisers, the show sees an audience of approximately 700 guests and the winners typify the diverse food and beverage products manufactured in Australia – ranging from on-trend functional foods to traditional family favourites.

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HMPS Impact Award Winner 2017

HMPS was announced as the winner in the Impact Awards 2017.

HMPS was among the forty entries who had been judged by international business leaders to determine who would best represents South Australia’s future for globalisation. HMPS is rec-ognised as having the capability to have a significant impact on global markets and generate high value opportuni-ties for South Australia’s economy.

The judges were impressed by the year on year growth, advancement and ambition of HMPS. As a business, it is an exceptionally well run and managed enterprise, with a leadership team who understand the market and how to add value to customers.

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