Columbia/Okura announces strategic partnership with Statec Binder

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Vancouver, WA, January 19, 2017:  Columbia/Okura LLC, a leading provider of robotic palletizing solutions, is excited to announce the formation of a strategic alliance with Statec Binder, a high performance packaging and palletizing supplier, specializing in highly efficient bagging solutions.    
This customer-focused alliance was initiated by each company’s desire to provide North American producers with end-to-end, fully automated bag line solutions from a single OEM provider.
This agreement combines Columbia/Okura’s industry leading robotic bag palletizing expertise with Statec Binder’s global experience and leadership with woven poly, FFS, multi-wall paper, and laminated paper/poly bag packaging technologies.  The alliance positions Columbia/Okura to provide customers in North America with “single source supply” of high-performance open-mouth and form-fill-seal bagging and palletizing lines. 
“Statec Binder is a leader in bag packaging technologies associated with free flowing materials and powders. Our relationship will allow Columbia/Okura to provide our customers with premium quality, complete bagging line solutions from a US based OEM.  Under this collaboration, we will be providing local sales and service support for the complete range of Statec Binder products” said Brian Hutton, President, Columbia/Okura LLC.
Okura Yusoki Co., Ltd., one of Columbia/Okura’s JV owners, established a relationship with Statec Binder in Europe years ago, when Statec Binder became a key integration partner for Okura’s line of dedicated palletizing robots for complete bagging line solutions for customer requirements around the world.  The alliance in North America marks the next step in the progression of the companies’ collaboration.
About Columbia/Okura
Columbia/Okura LLC designs, integrates, and commissions end of line robotic palletizing solutions for most major industries.  For over 20 years, Columbia/Okura has been a leading provider of robotic palletizing systems by delivering custom engineered solutions meeting demanding customer requirements.  Serving clients in agriculture, animal feed, seed, pet food, chemical, mineral, milling, food, building materials, and medical industries, Columbia/Okura provides a robotic palletizing solution to meet the needs of any application.  Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, Columbia/Okura is a joint venture of material handling leaders Columbia Machine, Inc. and Okura Yusoki, Co., Ltd.  For more information, visit
About Statec Binder
STATEC BINDER GmbH is a global specialist in providing flexible solutions for packaging and palletizing of bulk goods. Located near Graz in Austria the company has already supplied more than 1000 machines all over the world.
Whether petrochemical, animal feed production, rice, seeds, sugar, or fertilizer, the high-quality product range offers customer-specified solutions for all industries. The packaging systems are offered for polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and paper bags with filling weights of 5 up to 50 kg and big bags.
With more than 35 years’ experience STATEC BINDER is a worldwide market leader in high-performance open-mouth bag packaging and stands for absolute reliability, innovation and precision. More information:
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