With more than 110 years in the food industry, Sapal is an expert in packaging for premium products. Based in Ecublens, Switzerland, but active in an international environment, we manufacture from standalone high tech and innovative wrapping machines to complete packaging lines, including up and down stream equipment. Our know-how in different styles of wrappers with a wide range of packaging styles and materials, and our global aftersales support made us one of the leading suppliers of die-fold packaging solution for Cheese, chocolate and bouillon industries.

We continuously improve our processes and products as we complied with the ISO9001:2015 norm.

We guarantee our customers swiss quality, flexibility, competitivity and personalized solutions.

Focusing on your special needs is our main objective. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

facts and figures

More than 6000 installed machines

Present in more than 70 countries

80 Highly qualified employees

More than 110 years of know-how

5% invest in innovation

Expert in 3 segments : chocolate/cheese/soup cubes

Trades and crafts


Our area sales managers explore the international market to acquire new customers, promoting our portfolio. They are in constant contact with our customers to ensure that the product supplied meets their requirements.

Project Management

The Project Manager’s mission is to successfully carry out the projects according to the requests of our customers.


Our team of high-skilled mechanical and electrical engineers develop our new machines taking into consideration the new technology available on the market.


Our team of polymechanicians and automation specialists assemble and test our installations internally and at our customers’.


Our specialists in Finance, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Marketing and IT ensure the administrative management and communication of our company.

Customer service

The requests are directly managed by our service managers in order to provide a permanent and efficient support to our customers. Our team of technicians is in charge of the maintenance, troubleshooting, refurbishment and modernization of Sapal packaging machines.

TRaining company

At Sapal, we are convinced that the constant evolution of our employees is the key to ensure our customers a top quality service.

Every year, we promote continuing education courses in several fields, such as technology, safety, sales or leadership.

We are proud to prepare the next generation in the trades of Industry. At Sapal, our apprentices are supervised by a team of trainers during their practical internship in the various departments.

We train polymechanics – industrial draughtsmen – commercial employees.

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Security and health

At Sapal SA, we continuously improve our environmental performance.

Our associates are committed in reducing the environmental impact coming from our production. Each and every day, they are searching solutions that consume less energy and use less raw material in order to preserve our planet.


Security and Health

From the very beginning of the conception, our engineers develop wrapping machines strictly respecting the international Security and Health standards. One of our concrete realization is the development of our new chocolate wrapping machine DSD0600, which offer a patented hermetical sealing technology that keep the product safe and protected from dust, migrating aromas, external dirt or potential infections.



The earth protection occupies a key position for our company but also for our customers. The collaboration with them and with our local engineering schools and universities, such as the EPFL encourage our Research & Development team to find innovative solutions for the reduction of energy and wrapping material consumption of our machines.



Thanks to the level of expertise and human skill of our employees, we are able to deliver high precision manufacturing which meet the quality standards of our worldwide customers. Since more than 110 years, our continuous improvement philosophy has always driven our strategy and motivation. Our objective is to constantly develop innovative solutions for our management and operational processes, that’s why Sapal is proud to comply with the ISO 9001 norm since 1994.


Corporate History and highlights:


Foundation of SAPAL (Société Anonyme des Plieuses Automatiques Lausanne) by Jean-Jacques Kohler as one of the first companies in Switzerland in the field of precision packaging machinery.


As production space becomes limited at the historic site, SAPAL moves to the new factory in Ecublens which is still todays present location.


SAPAL is acquired by SIG Pack, a division of SIG Group, Switzerland.


With the disposal of the SIG Pack division, SAPAL becomes part of the Bosch Group as a Packaging Technology Company within the business unit Confectionery & Chemicals.


SAPAL acquires the assets of Kimaco SA, a Geneva-based company specializing in processed cheese manufacturing and packaging. The transaction includes the well-known “Kustner” brand.


SAPAL becomes a member of the new Bosch Packaging Technology business unit Confectionery and Food.


Sapal is acquired by Navigator Capital

Operational MILESTONES:


SAPAL acquires the US patent for the “folding-box” die-fold system, enabling an industry-changing envelope style of wrapping of small chocolate blocks.

1908 // 1909

Development of proprietary technical research and production capacity.

1910 // 1930

SAPAL diversifies its product range of packaging machines for wrapping soup cubes, tobacco packets, pressed candies and soaps, biscuits, chewing gum, ice cream, photographic plates and pharma.


Introduction of first packaging lines linking the wrapping machines directly to the production process.


SAPAL has a significant market share and employs up to 400 people. Since 1994, SAPAL is ISO-certified.

2007 // 2016

Since 2007 introduction of current packaging machinery range increasing the general wrapping speed, styles as well as the sealing technology.

Sapal SA
Avenue du Tir-Fédéral 44
1024 Ecublens
+41 21 633 53 00

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