Bühler Group and Premier Tech have annoucned the formation of a strategic cooperation for industrial flexible packaging solutions. Both companies agreed to build a design and manufacturing centre in China.
“Combining the portfolio and expertise of Premier Tech and Bühler will enable future packaging solutions which are significantly more efficient, accurate and food safe by using automation technologies”, said Johannes Wick, CEO of Bühler’s Grains and Food business.
In grain processing, packaging is the last step before transporting flour to bakeries and other food processors, rice to distributors or pellets to farms. In many cases – especially in developing countries – the bagging operation is still done manually. This is not only inefficient, costly, and slow, but also implies a certain variation of weight and therefore a higher give away of the packaged goods. Palletising solutions are increasingly important to allow for efficient warehousing solutions.
The companies – Premier Tech in packaging and Bühler in grain and food processing – have established this strategic cooperation to meet these market demands. In bringing these competencies together, the cooperation should develop automated, food-safe and accurate bagging and palletising solutions.
The strategic cooperation will allow Bühler to provide turnkey projects with packaging solutions from China while continuing to deliver the bagging station Maia from its own manufacturing network in Europe. At the same time, Bühler will continue to design and market their weighing portfolio and develop its digital services allowing for full transparency and traceability. Premier Tech will gain better access to the Chinese market by using the cost-effective and modern packaging solutions arising from the strategic cooperation, or by combining them to its CHRONOS technology portfolio in weighing, bagging, and palletising.
This strategic cooperation is planned to result in a joint venture for design and manufacturing during 2020, with Bühler focusing on sales of turnkey plants around the world, and Premier Tech on packaging systems in China. Both companies will continue to sell their products through their existing channels.
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