Our history has been one of leadership in world markets through inspired innovation, precision engineering of great quality and the highest standards of customer service.

Mpac history: beginning with how we started

In 2017, Mpac Langen was born. Part of the Mpac Group plc, we have a rich and proud history of delivering market-leading high-speed packaging machinery and automation solutions. Our operational excellence and highly innovative approach have seen us deliver high performing solutions in global food and beverage, consumer and healthcare goods and pharmaceutical markets, as well as other industrial sectors.

We now maintain a truly global presence, with manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands and with sales and services teams in the Americas, EMEA and APAC. Through combining expertise with our decades of experience, we aim to become the supplier of choice for full line packaging machinery solutions – from special purpose primary packaging through to secondary and end-of-line.

Why did we become Mpac Group?

Molins plc, as we were previously known, completed the sale of their Tobacco Machinery (I&TM) business in August 2017. As a result, a rebrand was required, with the Mpac Group plc being chosen and Mpac’s history beginning. The name reflects our rich heritage and our focus on our position as a global leader in packaging solutions, the ‘M’ represents our founder’s surname and ‘pac’ is our commitment to providing end-to-end packaging machinery solutions.

Diversification and acquisition

July 1976 saw the company listed on the London Stock Exchange, but the following decade was a testing time, with several corporate raiders launching a series of predatory takeover bids. Stronger and more focused after fighting off this attention, the company emerged in better shape in the 1990s. Molins Technologies (previously named Molins ITCM), a Research and Development centre originally established in 1985 in Coventry, UK, produced its first product, the pyramid tea bag machine showing its capabilities as a special purpose and technical consultancy. Several more tea bag machines then followed for Unilever.

Post-war global expansion

The Second World War saw The Molins Machine Company use its engineering capabilities to produce various arms, earning the US Medal of Freedom as a result. After this, although patented since 1937, Molins’ hinge-lid cigarette pack came into its own in 1954, when it was used by Philip Morris to relaunch its Marlboro brand. Capitalising on this success, the company enlisted an agent in Hong Kong and established factories in Calcutta, India and Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Innovators from the outset

Our story began in 1874, when Jose S. Molins began making cigars in Havana, Cuba. After moving to London in 1911, Molins’ sons, reacting to a newly industrialised world, produced a machine that produce packets for anything from cigarettes to tea. The Molins Machine Company was founded a year later, patenting the first cigarette maker in 1924. Just four years later, the machine could run at an industry-leading 1,000 cigarettes per minute. In the last few decades we have totally divested our tobacco businesses but continue to retain the expertise and knowledge gained from producing machines for this sector. We still harness this cross-industry expertise and experience to this day, allowing us to consistently deliver packaging machinery and automation solutions that benefit our customers throughout our key core markets.