New Zealand-based Compac, a world leader in post-harvest integrated solutions and services to the fresh produce industry, recently held the official opening of its European headquarters in Valencia, Spain. With more than 80 staff, it will be the hub for Compac’s EMEA post-sales service, product development, and manufacturing, including its new Spectrim Florian Stockert platform, and houses Compac’s global centre of excellence for citrus.
Compac director David Buys led the set-up and opening of the new facility, which comprises four manufacturing bays across 3800 m2 of floor space, and represents a significant long-term investment in and commitment to the European market, building on the company’s existing regional strength in citrus, cherries and stonefruit. Equipment manufactured in Spain can now be with customers within days of leaving Compac’s Valencia centre.
Additionally, the facility houses seven after-sales support and training staff, augmented by local distributors in Italy, Israel and Turkey. Compac has recently secured a number of orders for its new optical sorting platform, Spectrim. With the ability to take up to 500 high definition images of a single piece of fruit as it passes through the machine at a rate of 12 pieces of fruit a second, Spectrim detects the hardest to find, external blemishes.
This article appeared on page 74 of issue 142 (March/April 2016) of Eurofresh Distribution magazine. Read that edition online here.