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New Vs. Used Packaging Equipment

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Making an investment in new or used packaging equipment can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be. There are a lot of factors to consider before jumping into the market. Find out here if New or Used Packaging Equipment is right for your business.

  • Is this a custom application or a very standard one?
  • Do I have the budget for new equipment or do I need to consider used options?
  • If I choose new, what's the availability like?
  • Would I manage to find used equipment for this application?

For example, if you have a very custom application, used equipment may not be the ideal equipment for you. New equipment may be a better investment.

This straightforward guide will give you a better understanding of New Vs Used Equipment. 


New equipment is a great option for businesses that have established packaging processes and are looking to upgrade their packaging line.

For example, businesses that have a semi-automatic line and are looking for improved speed and efficiency will more than likely upgrade to a fully automatic line.


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Businesses that need custom equipment for custom applications

New equipment tends to last much longer and is less prone to breakdowns

It’s much easier to find spare parts

New equipment usually uses the latest technologies

New equipment is compliant with current safety standards.


Higher initial investment/ budget

Delivery of new equipment can take a long time

Training (longer learning curve for new equipment because of latest technologies)

New equipment depreciates quickly

Our team has consulted on hundreds of varying packaging projects ranging from sustainable packaging solutions, to solving packaging automation, and from these projects we have become efficient at quickly assessing the needs of a company and suggesting effective strategies to directly improve the bottom-line.


Used equipment is a great option for small or new businesses that are testing out their packaging process and do not have a concrete process for the same.

For example, small businesses that have a very tight budget and have a standard packaging process could opt for used equipment to save on the initial investment.



Used machines (age dependent) are priced much lower than new equipment

Used equipment is readily available

Little to no training may be required.

Great for test packaging before a big investment.

More rent to own opportunities for used equipment


Spare Parts availability (age dependent)

Used equipment will not have any warranty from the manufacturer

Used equipment may still be using older technology. (age dependent)

More prone to breakdowns

May not be compliant with current safety standards

Can be expensive to fix

Finding a used packaging solution can get tricky, here at Gertex, we can assess your application and assist you with a selection of new or refurbished used equipment.


Thinking of bringing Automated Machinery into your warehouse?

When it comes to machine automation, it is important to understand that it is not a one-size-fits-all application. Every business has specific requirements, which is why the machinery needs to be customized for each company.

If you are ready to invest in packaging automation, then the best thing you can do is talk to a provider about your unique needs. Our team will ask the right questions, evaluate areas of opportunity, and design a customized solution that is tailored to improve your overall business systems. We offer the hands-on approach you need to ensure an optimal outcome. You can have confidence knowing that your investment will be well worth the cost because of the upside potential of system improvements and productivity in the workplace.

At Gertex Solutions, we provide the personalized solutions you need to improve your packaging systems. Whether you are looking for a packaging supplier, or you’d like to invest in a full system for packaging automation, we are here to help. Reach out to our team to discuss the various packaging solutions so we can help with your shipping systems. You are invited to contact us to book a complimentary assessment.

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