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Tomra acquires Compac

"With the acquisition of Compac, we reinforce Tomra’s leading position within the food segment and we will be the first player to present an offering to our customers for sorting fresh and processed foods with both lane and bulk sorters."

Tomra Systems ASA, has signed an agreement with the owners of New Zealand Sorting Machine Manufacturer Compac Holding Ltd for 100% of the shares in the company.

“Food producers are consolidating, becoming larger, more sophisticated and more global,” said Tomra president and CEO Stefan Ranstrand

“We see clear advantages in mirroring this trend. With the acquisition of Compac, we reinforce Tomra’s leading position within the food segment and we will be the first player to present an offering to our customers for sorting fresh and processed foods with both lane and bulk sorters.”

Ranstrand said Compac’s leadership team will remain active in the new structure and customers can rest assured they will deal with the same people in sales and service.

“Compac and Tomra share common values of customer satisfaction and lasting partnerships.

“Under the new umbrella, customers will benefit from the shared focus of both companies on food safety, food quality, improved yield and productivity,” he said

Compac is a New Zealand-based provider of post-harvest solutions and services to the global fresh produce industry which designs, manufactures, sells and services packhouse automation systems.

The company has a leading position within the sorting of apples, kiwifruit, cherries, avocados and citrus.

About 6,000 Compac sorting lanes have been sold worldwide in over 40 markets.

Tomra Sorting Food designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines for the food industry. The company provides worldwide over 5,900 systems with high-performance optical sorters, graders, peeling and process analytics systems for nuts and seeds, dried fruits, potato products, fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood.

source: Compac

 

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Strong starts for Compac’s European HQ & optical sorting platform Spectrim

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.

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.

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Compac opens European HQ

Valencia is now the hub for Compac's EMEA post-sales service, product development, and manufacturing, including Compac’s new Spectrim TM platform.

Compac, a New Zealand-based world leader in post-harvest integrated solutions and services to the fresh produce industry, last month announced the official opening of its European headquarters in Valencia, Spain. With more than 80 staff the new facility serves as a regional base for Compac’s manufacturing, sales, services and in-market research and development across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and houses Compac’s global center of excellence for citrus, the company said in a press release.

“Centers of Excellence are a key component of Compac’s growth strategy, harnessing in-market research and development, in partnership with its customers, to develop innovative solutions to meet current and anticipate future needs. By leveraging local technical expertise and insights, and regular customer engagement, Compac ensures that new products perform well under the rigors of customers’ unique, local operational conditions. It also receives valuable, timely feedback into desired product enhancements and input for its longer-term research and development roadmap,” it said.

Compac director, David Buys has 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 center. Additionally, the facility houses seven after-sales support and training staff, augmented by local distributors in Italy, Israel and Turkey meaning technical support staff can be anywhere within the region within 24 hours.

Commenting on the opening of the facility, Compac’s CEO, Mike Riley, said: “The establishment of a European headquarters builds on our already significant regional footprint and is critical for meeting our customers’ evolving and growing needs. Europe is one of the most sophisticated and demanding markets for fresh produce and represents an excellent opportunity for the types of solution Compac can offer in terms of automation, food trust and traceability, as well as optimization of final packed product for retail.” 

Riley added, “The enhanced performance Compac can provide customers with our new platforms, such as Spectrim, is unmatched in the market. With a strong European presence, a commitment to partnering with customers over the long-term, and the ability to provide on-site training and technical expertise at short notice, we feel confident in our ambitious regional growth plans in the next few years.”

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 on fruit, delivering unrivalled grading accuracy and consistency. Compac expects to see strong and growing demand for the technology as companies look to upgrade from their current equipment to new, future-proofed platforms.

Compac’s Valencia facility is complemented by its sales and service office, based in Cesena, Italy. The first Compac solutions manufactured from this location have already been sold to Garcia Aranda, one of the largest lemon producers in Europe, and an exclusive supplier to Lidl supermarkets, as well as a major fruit producer in South Africa.