When Club Coffee partnered with University of Guelph to come up with a bio resin formula, they turned to us to make this single serve, bio resin invention a market reality.

There were no precedents for this project. It was new territory and there was risk that it was simply not doable. In fact, other packaging companies had declined to even try. That’s not how we work. We love a challenge!

The first item of business, of course, was to produce a mould. Mould-making is the backbone of Fourmark’s business. The result was the first mould ever for coffee-based bio resin. And that was just the beginning. We spent time reviewing resins, production parameters and the real-world realities of line production.

We were blazing new trails. Compostable products had to be approved by various municipalities to ensure adherence to their individual composting requirements. From twenty formulations, we created prototypes for testing and evaluation and tweaked the formulas and the mould as necessary.

The formula reveals one of the beauties of this packaging: Twenty-three per cent of the resin is coffee chaff. What historically is thrown in the garbage as waste is now used to make the end-product more environmentally friendly.

Not only was this a breakthrough in packaging, it was also achieved in a short time frame. From our first meeting with Coffee Club in December 2014, we were testing in early 2015.

This is the way of the future. It is an inventive and ingenious use of waste to eliminate waste.

Want to learn more about bio-resin and how we could help you bring your ingenious bio-product to market? Contact us.

November 4, 2015

100% Compostable Bio Resin Single-Serve Coffee Pod

When Club Coffee partnered with University of Guelph to come up with a bio resin formula, they turned to us to make this single serve, bio resin invention a market reality. There were no precedents for this project. It was new territory and there was risk that it was simply not doable. In fact, other packaging companies had declined to even try. That’s not how we work. We love a challenge! The first item of business, of course, was to produce a mould. Mould-making is the backbone of Fourmark’s business. […]
October 16, 2015

Vision Technology Means Zero Returns. Zero. Nadda. Zip.

Production lines inevitably have a product go through that (for one reason or another) comes out off spec. Undetected at the manufacturing , these defective products end up being returned costing both parties (the manufacturer and the client) time and money. Fourmark implemented a vision technology system that automatically rejects defects as they are coming down the line. Cameras are mounted capturing every item from several angles. The images are sent to a computer with images of the perfect finished product. If there is any deviation with a product coming […]
October 8, 2015

Reducing weight of sub floors but maintaining structural integrity.

Asked to produce sub flooring for Kruger, Fourmark engineered a product improvement by changing from 16 injection points to 64 injection points. The result was to maintain structural integrity of the sub flooring pad but reduce the weight of each piece by 25%. The savings were dramatic, from cheaper costs per unit in manufacturing to cheaper transportation costs. The benefits of Fourmark ingenuity at work could be seen right on the client’s bottom line. Find out what we could do for you.
October 8, 2015

Preventing a $5 million dollar/year theft loss.

Anti-Theft Theft is an issue for any retailer which is why most have sensor detectors when customers leave the store. While tape measures were the biggest theft item at Home Depot, saw blades, a relatively expensive item was #2, resulting in a $5 million loss per year. Home Depot challenged us to come up with a solution. Fourmark did. They designed a cost-effective, sensor-enabled and stream-line package container which was viewed as such a success that it was not only adapted throughout North America but also shipped to Italy and […]