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Formia to deliver parcel sorting chutes to DPD Poland as a part of Vanderlande Industries’ large sortation system delivery project

Finnish Formia Smart Flow Oy and Dutch Vanderlande Industries BV ( have signed a supply contract for mail sorting system units to be delivered to DPD Poland (  DPD is one of Europe’s leading providers of parcel shipping and express delivery services. The sorting chutes delivered by Formia are a part of larger entity of mail sortation system that Vanderlande together with its partners delivers to DPD’s sorting depot in Lodz, Poland. The system will be operational during the first half of 2012.

Formia’s delivery contract includes design, manufacture and testing of several various type sorting chutes for manual parcel handling. The chutes are challenging spiral-inclined structures implemented for multi-layer solutions, with unit heights of up to 4 meters. They are designed to handle parcels and plastic crates measuring up to 1,500 x 700 x 700 mm, with maximum weight of 50 kilos. The complex structures form a large delivery lot requiring approximately 60-100 trailers for transportation to the delivery destination.

Prototyping and testing of the chutes has already started at Formia’s factory in Säynätsalo, Finland. Employing impact of the delivery is 12,5 man years for Formia and its subcontractors during the last quarter of 2011 and the first half of 2012.

“The metal-based chutes are durable, resistant to wear and environmentally friendly, and we are working in close co-operation with Vanderlande, to meet the customer’s special needs”, tells Mika Illi, the Sales Director of Formia Smart Flow Oy. “Our extensive experience in sorting chute deliveries to mail system integrators, together with earlier successful cooperation with Vanderlande Industries in Finland lays a solid foundation for this international project”, he continues.

With 60 years of experience and over 350 systems installed, Vanderlande Industries is one of the top suppliers of automated end-to-end sortation systems for the parcel and postal industry.