SUN AUTOMATION GROUP CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF SUCCESS

GLEN ARM, MD, May 5, 2020— SUN Automation Group®, a leading global provider of innovative equipment to the corrugated industry, celebrates 35 years of continuous operation this week.  The company, founded in 1985, plans to virtually celebrate its 35 years with its employee-owners around the globe and continuing to provide the highest level of support and service to its customers stretching across six continents.

What began in a small townhouse in northern Baltimore County, Maryland, has grown into one of the most well-respected equipment and product development companies serving the global corrugated industry. SUN was founded in 1985 by corrugated industry veterans Lou Sardella and Pat O’Connor with a mission to provide innovative corrugated-industry product solutions.

Among SUN’s most notable achievements are the 1987 introduction of the Lead Edge Feeder to the corrugated industry.  This innovation helped revolutionize corrugated sheet feeding by providing increased accuracy, efficiency and precision.  By working directly with corrugated converters and global equipment partners (OEM customers) for more than three decades, SUN has been able to adapt this technology to over 11,000 machines around the globe.

Building on the success of the Lead Edge Feeder, SUN developed unique printing innovations in the years that followed, including its introduction of Rainbow Graphics and its Spectrum Color Unit to the corrugated market.  In 2000, SUN introduced the MicroGrind Die Cut Accuracy Trimmer and acquired the Langston Corporation in 2001 which more than doubled the company’s size.

Following other notable innovations, like its ColorMaster Blade System and several other retrofit solutions like the SunTrac Vacuum Transfer and SunSet Control Systems, SUN transitioned to an ESOP in 2003 and officially became an OEM in 2012 with the introduction of the SUN625 Rotary Die Cutter.  In 2016, SUN expanded to a 180,000 square foot facility in Glen Arm, Maryland and installed the world’s first Aqueous Ink Single Pass Digital Printer for Corrugated which is still in full production today.   In 2019, SUN partnered with Latitude Machinery Corporation to become its exclusive representative and service provider throughout North and Central America.

SUN has built locations and partnerships around the globe, with SUN facilities in Guangzhou, China; Bristol, UK; and its headquarters in Glen Arm, Maryland.

“As we step into our 35th year amidst a global pandemic, SUN reflects on the resilience of its employees, the company and the corrugated industry,” says Chris Kyger, President, SUN Automation Group. “It’s remarkable to consider that since 1985, SUN Automation has supported corrugated converters through three wars, two recessions, many natural disasters and now the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.  We intend to continue to support the industry for years to come.”

In 2016, SUN adopted its new “Where You’ll Find Everything Corrugated Under SUN” tagline. With a strong foundation, committed employee-owners and a robust understanding of the corrugated industry of the past, present and future, it is clear that the future of SUN is bright.

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SUN AUTOMATION GROUP® CONTINUES FULL 24/7/365 ON-SITE AND REMOTE SERVICE & SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

–Company’s No-Contract Service Program Highlights SUN’s Customer-Centric Approach–

Glen Arm, MD— As a leading global provider of innovative solutions to the corrugated industry, SUN Automation Group® remains fully operational, offering on-site, remote and online diagnostic, repairs, surveys, assessments, troubleshooting and more for Latitude Machinery Corporation (LMC) equipment, SUN/Langston equipment and other OEMs machinery to support its customers during the COVID-19 crisis.

As SUN and the rest of the corrugated industry continues to  face tremendous challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis, SUN is providing customers with all the support they need, without interruption and with no service plan needed.  This commitment to service enables customers to stay supported and run optimally during this critical time when box-making plants are pushed to capacity and the supply chain faces ongoing challenges.

When on-site support is required, SUN’s expert technicians are fully prepared with all necessary personal protective equipment like masks and gloves when the customer requests it and follow rigorous protocols including frequent hand-washing, personal hand sanitizer use, and by utilizing social distancing measures when appropriate.  In addition to our own safety measures, all SUN field service technicians are willing and prepared to follow each customer facilities’ safety protocols.

“Our customers are under uncommon production pressures and staffing challenges during these difficult times,” says Greg Jones, Executive Vice President, SUN Automation Group. “We remain more committed than ever to providing them the uninterrupted service and support they demand and deserve,” says Jones.

With a growing staff of service and support technicians around the world, SUN continues to shine, even when so much of the world goes dark.  To contact SUN Automation Group Service Team day or night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, visit www.sunautomation.com/service.

 

 

SUN Automation Group’s response to COVID-19

During this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19, SUN Automation Group wants to reassure our customers that we are running full operations and intend to continue servicing all of your equipment, parts and support needs without interruption.

The health and safety of our employees is of utmost importance and SUN has taken the necessary precautions suggested by our local, state and federal authorities to further stop the spread of COVID-19. Each and every employee-owner at SUN Automation Group is dedicated to preserving the health and safety of their colleagues and yours. All SUN employee-owners have committed to following the CDC’s recommended hygiene practices. Through our investments in technology, SUN Automation administrative employees are able to work at full capacity, both in the office and remotely. Additionally, all SUN field service technicians are willing and prepared to follow each customer facilities’ safety protocols, with a commitment to providing the same quality of support you know and trust.

Should there be any changes in our ability to provide SUN equipment, parts and/or service, we will notify all affected customers and partners immediately. Until that time, SUN administrative offices will remain open, Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM, in addition, SUN Service and Support teams will continue to provide services 24/7.

  • To contact our US headquarters, call +1-410-472-2900
  • To contact our 24/7 Support line, call +1-800-253-7278 and dial 1 for parts or dial 2 for service
  • To contact our UK location, call +44 117 940 1777
  • To contact our China location, call +86-20-2860-6593

Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your SUN contact person. We truly appreciate you and we wish you, your colleagues and your loved ones health and safety.

Best Wishes,

SUN Automation Group’s Senior Leadership Team

SUN AUTOMATION GROUP PROMOTES NEW DIRECTOR OF SALES IN NORTH AMERICA

– SUN Automation Group Promotes Frank Reynolds to Director of Sales –

 

Frank Reynolds SUN Automation

Frank Reynolds, Director of Sales

Glen Arm, Maryland (November 3, 2019) – SUN Automation Group®, a leading global provider of innovative equipment to the corrugated industry, is pleased to announce Frank Reynolds has been promoted to Director of Sales. In this new role, Reynolds will be leading the direct external sales team to drive growth and profitability of core SUN products and new products across the North American market.

Reynold’s expanded responsibilities will also include managing the product development cycle and collaborating cross-functionally across the SUN organization to ensure all activities align with bringing value to box plants. He will continue report to Greg Jones, Vice President of Global Sales and Aftermarket.

“Promoting Frank to Director of Sales significantly strengthens our pivotal growth around the external direct domestic sales team. His accumulated industry knowledge and leadership skills will empower our sales team to continue to grow our business,” commented Jones.

Reynolds has been in the industry over 34 years, and has served SUN in many roles in both the engineering and sales sectors for the past 28 years. “Although I have a strong engineering background, I’ve connected deeply with the sales arm of the business. Cultivating relationships with customers and prospects to address their business needs is tremendously fulfilling,” said Reynolds.

“Frank has unequivocally contributed to SUN’s exponential growth for the better part of three decades. He’s proven his abilities as an engineer and sales manager, and we look forward to his team leadership,” said Jones.

About SUN Automation Group®

SUN Automation Group® is a global industry leader providing corrugated box plants with innovative equipment for feeding, printing and converting. The wide range of products are proven solutions for increasing production, efficiency, and profitability. With 24/7 on-site technical support, SUN Automation is known for its exceptional service and care. Headquartered outside of Baltimore, MD, SUN Automation has service centers around the globe. To keep up to date with SUN Automation’s innovations and news, visit www.sunautomation.com or follow the company on twitter @SUN Automation.

SUN AUTOMATION GROUP ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH GREENE HOUSE GROUP

– Greene House Group to Represent SUN Automation Group’s Line of Solutions for the Corrugated Industry –

Hayden Greene and Frank Greene of Greene House Group

Glen Arm, Maryland (October 1, 2019) – SUN Automation Group®, a leading global provider of innovative equipment to the corrugated industry, is excited to announce Greene House Group will represent SUN equipment and parts to its customers in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Frank Greene, Greene House Group’s founder and President, brings over 30 years of experience in both the corrugated and converting segments of the industry. His vast skillset and knowledge base translates to consistently providing top of the line equipment solutions for box plant corrugators. Working alongside Greene is his son, Hayden Greene, whose industry acumen and sales aptitude further enhance Greene House Group’s capabilities.

“I’ve long admired SUN Automation Group’s dedication to innovation and its commitment to listening and responding to customers’ needs. As their newest regional sales representative, I’m excited to share with my customers how SUN’s products deliver efficiencies and maximize ROI,” says Frank Greene.

SUN believes this partnership will enhance its presence in these regions, resulting in increased market share. “We’re proud to be represented by Greene House Group, and have full confidence in their ability to convey SUN’s value to customers. Our network of sales partnerships continues to be an integral component of our growth strategy,” says Greg Jones, Vice President of Global Sales & Aftermarket at SUN Automation Group.

SUN Automation Group Enters Exclusive Strategic Partnership Agreement with Latitude Machinery Corporation

Glen Arm, MD (May 6, 2019)—SUN Automation Group (SUN), a global leader in providing innovative solutions to the global corrugated industry, is proud to announce it has entered into an exclusive strategic partnership agreement with Latitude Machinery Corporation (LMC). Effective August 16, 2019, SUN will be the exclusive North and Central America representative of all LMC machinery and support its current customers with parts and service.

LMC is a rapidly growing and world-class manufacturer of Flexo Folder Gluers and other solutions to the corrugated industry, with approximately 100 machines in the field across North America.

“SUN continues to expand around the world,” said Chris Kyger, President of SUN Automation Group.  “On behalf of our board, senior leadership team and our employee-owners, we welcome LMC to the SUN Family.”

Under the leadership of retiring LMC USA President Lance Head, the company has enjoyed growth and earned a  reputation for providing reliable and dependable FFG machines. Head and his team of professionals have grown LMC’s customer base from 30 machines in the field to almost 100 in just seven years.

“We established a good reputation in the marketplace for LMC and this agreement with SUN Automation Group will continue the excellent sales and service support our customers have come to expect and deserve,” said Head.

SUN leadership also views the partnership with LMC as an opportunity to expand its technology and service offerings to its current customers.

“We are honored to work with LMC management and excited to introduce LMC’s technology solutions to our current customers in North and Central America,” said Greg Jones, Vice President of Global Sales and Aftermarket, SUN Automation Group.  “Under Lance Head’s leadership and his working closely with Pamila Lin of LMC, the company has experienced consistent growth in the United States,” said Jones.  “We are excited to continue that growth and support LMC’s current and future customers with SUN’s world-class parts and service. Additionally we look forward to working with Lance and his team to make this a seamless transition for the LMC customer base.”

This partnership agreement is just the latest example of SUN’s revolutionary ‘culture of listening and responding to customers needs’ at work– which enables SUN to invest in innovation and devise customized customer solutions.  SUN Automation Group currently fields a team of 12 internal parts and service coordinators, 15 field service technicians, and the largest inventory of parts in North America which will be on hand to support LMC’s current and future customers.

About SUN Automation Group®

SUN Automation Group®, as an OEM, services the corrugated industry with innovative new equipment to customers around the world.  The company SUN engineers and builds the SUN625® Rotary Die Cutter and CorrStream® Single Pass Aqueous Ink Digital Printers.  SUN is also the OEM source for Langston/Staley equipment parts and service. With 24/7 on-site technical support, SUN is known for its exceptional service and customer support. SUN is headquartered in their 184,000ft2 facility near Baltimore MD, with SUN has service centers throughout the globe. To keep up to date with SUN Automation’s innovations and news, visit www.sunautomation.com or follow the company on twitter @SUN Automation.

JOIN SUN AUTOMATION GROUP AT THE DIGITAL CORRUGATED EVENT OF THE YEAR IN CHARLOTTE NC

Sean Moloney, SUN Automation Group’s Global Product Manager- CorrStream will be leading an informative session on February 28th at 11:15am on the “Sales Value Proposition for Digital.”

With over 20 years in the corrugated industry Sean is well placed to provide first hand insight on both sides of the technology use case. Hear Sean explain a day in the life of a true water based, single pass digital printer providing true access to packaging products, as well as display type solutions.

Many box plants see over 90% of their output focused on packaging applications… especially in the sensitive food and beverage sectors. Lets take a look at some real world examples of packaging being produced digitally.

Realistic ink % to box price
Opening new markets
Increased flexibility with sensible costs
Ultimate flexibility to switch between papers
Producing more than the box!

Learn more here! http://sunautomation.digital/aiccdigitalxperience/

Looking forward to seeing you in Charlotte!

SUN AUTOMATION GROUP ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH SUBA SOLUTIONS TO REPRESENT SUN’S INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN INDIA

–Suba Solutions bring over 15 years of engineering, sales, marketing and customer service experience to SUN’s Customers in India—

Glen Arm, Maryland (July 2, 2018)  SUN Automation Group®, a leading global provider of innovative equipment to the corrugated industry, is pleased to announce a partnership with Suba Solutions to provide equipment and parts and support its customers in India.  

Suba Solutions headquartered in Chennai, India, specializes in value-added solutions for the folding carton packaging and corrugated packaging industry. Founded in 2003 initially as an offline UV curing manufacturer, the company shifted its focus to machine trading in early 2005. Today, Suba Solutions has over 900 machines installed throughout India, Sri Lanka, the Middle East and Africa. Suba’s territory in India for SUN Automation Group includes Southern States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Pondicherry.

At the helm of Suba Solution’s management are four dynamic professionals, each heading separate product divisions and supported by over 90 colleagues situated across India. Of the partnership, Director of Suba Solutions Mr. C Naresh said, “This partnership will increase Suba Solution’s value proposition to its customers in India by offering them SUN Automation Group’s world class solutions and exceptional customer service and support  for the corrugated industry.”

“We are thrilled Suba Solutions is adding our products to their portfolio of solutions for the corrugated industry in India,” says Greg Jones, Vice President Global Sales & Aftermarket.  “SUN is perfectly poised to meet the high demand for corrugated packaging technology in India in a way that reduces costs while enhancing efficiencies.”

SUN AUTOMATION GROUP FEATURED ON MARYLAND’S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE WEBSITE

SUN Automation is proud to be featured as a Maryland Success on open.maryland.gov.  We’re in great company too, surrounded by other successful Maryland businesses like Marriott International and McCormick!

“We thought outside the box when choosing Sun Automation Group for a success story. Have you ever thought about where your pizza box or Amazon delivery box comes from? It all starts in Baltimore County, where Sun Automation creates equipment to transform corrugated materials into boxes,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “We want to make sure Maryland – and the rest of the world – knows about our impressive manufacturing industry and Sun Automation’s global presence.”

Visit the website to see our story and a video featuring our very own Greg Jones.

SUN AUTOMATION GROUP REVEALS ITS LATEST INNOVATION TO THE CORRUGATED INDUSTRY: SUN EZ-COVERS, AT CORRUGATED WEEK 2018

–Replaceable feed roll covers reduce labor and significantly reduce downtime, costs associated with changing feed rolls —

SUN Automation Group, a global leader in providing innovative solutions to the corrugated industry, is excited to introduce its latest advancement; SUN EZ-Covers, at Corrugated Week 2018 in Indianapolis, IN., September 24-27th.  The new patent-pending feed roll covers are replaceable in ~10 inch wide sections without removing the roll from the machine, enabling installation by one operator.

“At SUN Automation Group, we constantly ask our customers, ‘What is your pain point?’ and the significant downtime and costs associated with replacing entire feed rolls was a frequent answer,” says Chris Kyger, President of SUN Automation Group.  “Our innovative engineers worked tirelessly to develop this unique and groundbreaking solution with our customers’ needs in mind.”

SUN’s feed roll covers will also be the topic of conversation during the coveted “What’s New Sessions” on the show floor on Tuesday, September 25th at 3pm. SUN Automation Group’s Vice President of Global Sales and Aftermarket, Greg Jones will discuss the unique values of this breakthrough innovation to attendees and exhibitors during the show.

The SUN EZ-Covers’ intuitive design allows for replacement without the involvement of maintenance personnel and significantly reduces planned and unplanned downtime.  In addition to the cost savings associated with labor and reduced disruption, SUN EZ-Covers also reduces costs associated with crating, transportation, inventory and handling since spare feed rolls are not needed.   SUN EZ-Covers also eliminates the need to stock spare feed rolls and reduces replacement time from 4-6 hours to just 30 minutes.

SUN Automation Group will offer the SUN EZ-Covers as a total system, which consists of a core and a set of replaceable covers which fasten to the core.  At scheduled times, worn EZ-Covers are removed and a new set installed while the core remains on the machine.

“SUN EZ-Covers are a perfect example of how SUN Automation Group innovates,” says Kyger.  “The SUN EZ-Covers System is truly a result of our unique “culture of listening” and I couldn’t be more proud of our entire team for once again bringing a groundbreaking solution to the corrugated industry.”