IMA: 50 years of innovation in processing and packaging machines


Established in 1961, IMA​ is world leader in the design and manufacture of automatic machines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, tea, coffee and food.

Its history features a constant growth that has enabled the Group to close the year 2010 with a consolidated turnover of 503.3 million Euros, more than 91% of which destined for export. The Group has about 3,400 employees, about 1,600 of whom overseas, and is present in over 70 countries, supported by a sales network made up of 16 branches (Spain, Portugal, France, the UK, Germany, Austria, Poland, Russia, the USA, China, Singapore, Thailand and Brazil), representative offices in central-eastern Europe and more than 50 agencies. IMA is committed in one production joint-venture in China. The Group has 22 production plants in Italy, Germany, the UK, the USA, India and China.

IMA S.p.A. has been listed on the Milan Stock Exchange since 1995 and in 2001 joined the STAR segment.

The Group’s organisational structure features two main brands: IMA INDUSTRIES​ and IMA PHARMA​.

IMA INDUSTRIES​, the non-pharmaceutical sector of the IMA Group, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of automatic machines for the packaging of tea, coffee, beverage and confectionery, and for the processing and packaging of food (dairy and convenience food), cosmetics and toiletries, all capable of rapidly meeting clients’ requirements and proposing integrated and highly marketing-oriented solutions. IMA INDUSTRIES includes six different companies and divisions: TEA & COFFEE Division, GIMA S.p.A., CORAZZA S.p.A.,STEPHAN MACHINERY GmbH,BFB Division, REVISIONI INDUSTRIALI S.r.l.

IMA PHARMA​ is a world leader in the design and manufacture of automatic machines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceutical products thanks to a high technological profile and the ability to offer tailor-made solutions to satisfy the most sophisticated requests of the market. IMA PHARMA includes three highly specialised divisions: IMA ACTIVE ​(Solid Dose Solutions), IMA LIFE ​(Aseptic Processing & Freeze Drying Solutions), IMA SAFE ​(Packaging Solutions).

IMA ACTIVE​ division offers a complete range of machines for the process and production of solid dose products. Granulation equipment for wet granulation and drying for all types of production and layout requirements. Tablet press machines manufactured both by IMA and by KILIAN​ suitable for pharmaceutical, chemical, food and cosmetic industries. Capsule filling and banding machines, with a wide assortment of filling and control systems. Coating systems with solid wall and perforated pans. Checkweighers for 100% control of tablets and capsules. Very flexible powder handling and washing systems.

IMA LIFE​ division offers machines for the washing and sterilising of pharmaceutical vials, filling and stoppering in aseptic environments of vials, ampoules and syringes, including RABS and isolators, filling and closing of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, microdosing of aseptic powders as well as industrial, pilot and laboratory freeze-dryers, which can be combined with the industry's widest range of automated loading and unloading system solutions. IMA LIFE also offers labellers, blowing machines, depackers and traying machines.

IMA SAFE​ division, which includes the production range of IMA SAFE SWIFTPACK, IMA SAFE NOVA, IMA SAFE COMADIS​ and IMA SAFE PG​, designs and manufactures complete lines for primary and secondary packaging for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetic industries. IMA SAFE manufactures a complete range of blister packaging machines, capsule and tablet counters, tube fillers and cartoners. IMA SAFE provides also complete end-of-line solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. In collaboration with Universal Pack​, IMA SAFE supplies lines for heat-sealed single-dose sachets and stick packs. High production efficiency, ease of use, low maintenance and a minimal waste of packaging materials are the hallmarks of IMA SAFE machines.