Volm Companies Inc., one of the fresh produce industry’s leading providers of high-quality packaging and equipment solutions, recently announced that its partner, Manter International B.V. of Emmen, Netherlands, has acquired shares of Solidtec BV.
Solidtec, of Dronten, Netherlands, has been manufacturing gantry style palletizing systems for fresh produce and other markets since 1999.
A Volm release said the merger “allows for a close collaboration between the companies, resulting in a more cohesive process for customers who are more commonly choosing a single source for both packaging and end of line solutions for their operations.”
And with the merger Volm will complement its portfolio of palletizing options by offering both robotic and conventional systems.
“Volm has been manufacturing custom robotic palletizing solutions since the company opened its Ancaster, Ontario, facility in 2016,” the release said. “Since the opening, new palletizing and material handling solutions have been introduced for robotic palletizing. In 2018 the patent-pending bin filling solutions end-of-arm tool, capable of placing multiple bags into a bulk bin, was introduced.”
The release continued, “In North America Volm has seen an increasing demand for any type of palletizing solution, with both conventional style and robotic stacking solutions.” Matt Alexander, VP of Sales for Volm, noted, “We’ve been able to do this with the help of suppliers in the past but feel this was a better business decision for both Volm and Manter moving forward, with all customers being able to benefit from the advantage of looking to one party for the manufacture, design and integration of the systems they need.”
For Manter in the European market there has been an influx in requests from customers asking help in integrating palletizing solutions into the packaging and weighing systems they install.
“The closer involvement and cooperation with the Solidtec team will enable us to be more efficient with the integrating of our weighing and packaging machines along with the palletizing solution the customer needs for their application,” said Manter Managing Director Herman Wehkamp. Solidtec Managing Director Edwin Moerdijk added, “In the next steps of our growing process, the cooperation with both Volm and Manter is a logical choice.”
All companies will continue to operate independently, and collaboration between all parties will be available via press releases and social posts. For more on Volm Companies and company news, visit http://volmcompanies.com/category/news/ or follow them on LinkedIn and Facebook.