Metal Edge International

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Jonathan Frank
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Location: North Wales, PA
Founded: 1899

Metal Edge International

Jonathan Frank
President

Metal Edge International (MEI) and its companion companies, Carton Edge International and Autocam Inc., manufacture and supply cutting edges for institutional and consumer foil, film and wax paper markets, as well as the equipment that is used to affix the edges to cartons and cutter boxes. The companies manufacture the bulk of their products in a factory in North Wales, PA. MEI has received numerous patents for cutting edges it has developed to respond to changing market conditions. Two of these edges, slip-on film and foil edges, are now used by companies marketing institutional film and foil cartons in developing countries, and for low-volume applications in advanced economies worldwide.

WORDS OF WISDOM: “Measure twice, cut once.”

MEI identified the need to develop a new packaging format for institutional cling film boxes. The then-current packing format used “inserts” — metal safety cutting edges affixed to rectangular pieces of cardboard — that were inserted upright inside cutter boxes between the film and the front panel. The company conceptualized a new machine that would affix the same metal safety cutting edge that is used with the “inserts” directly onto varying sizes of cutter boxes, thereby eliminating the insert, reducing cost and providing MEI with a competitive advantage.