Netherlands-based Kiremko and Australian-based Tna said the alliance will allow clients to reduce the time they spend sourcing such equipment. Such links up are becoming more common among equipment manufacturers as they attempt to provide food and drink manufacturers with integrated lines from one source. Kiremko will provide the processing part of the potato snack production line. Tna will provide the packaging equipment. "The market driven alliance addresses a need in the marketplace to provide the customer a greater choice in their turn-key integrated packaging and processing requirements," the two companies said in a joint statement released yesterday. The integration of both companies' technologies will be two-fold, they said. Both companies will combine their engineering expertise to fully integrate what they are calling the "field-to-packaging" equipment for customers. Tna has recently formed its own processing unit as part of its strategy to move into the market. The two companies will also link their worldwide sales and marketing operations so as to integrate customer support services. The alliance will give their customers access to local and regional experts, said Andy Gowing, a Kiremko director. "We are looking forward to being able to offer the market the most integrated potato snack food solutions," he said. Kiremko, a 40-year-old company, specialises in supplying and installing equipment for the automatic and semi-automatic processing of potatoes into french fries and for snack products such as potato chips, pellets, tortilla chips and other potato by-products like flakes, salads and mash. They also supply machines for processing vegetables for the fresh and deep-frozen and chilled market. Kiremko's equipment includes machines for destoning, washing, peeling, blanching, cooking, forming, cutting, drying, frying, pasteurising, sterilising, cooling, freezing, grading, optical sorting, transport, distribution, weighing and packaging. Since 1978 Kiremko has had a partnership with its associate in the UK, Kiremko (U.K.) Ltd. In 1996 the company teamed up with Idaho Steel Products Inc., a manufacturer of food processing equipment in the US. In July 2005 Idaho Steel Products acquired all the available stock of Reyco Systems, another manufacturer of equipment for food processing. Tna's core products include a range of bagging equipment. It's Robag machine is a vertical form, fill and seal system targeted at the snack, confectionery, biscuit, cereal, pasta, powder and fresh produce markets.