The news comes as GEA which recently acquired Pavan Group integrates the Pavan sub-brands into its portfolio.
Pavan Group acquired Montoni in 1989 owing to dies representing a strategically important segment for the pasta industry.
“Now as part of the larger GEA Group, the Dies & Moulds Business Line is able to leverage the benefits of working within a more global context,” said Keimpe van der Hoeven, MD, Pavan Group.
“Under the umbrella brand Pavan, Montoni can continue but with even greater flexibility and know-how while upholding the quality standards that have made it successful for so many years.”
Montoni was founded in 1924 in Pistoia, Italy, by Ansicola Montoni. At that time, dies were made of copper, chosen for its malleability, out of which shapes were stamped.
In the 1960s, die manufacturing changed with the introduction of interchangeable inserts.
By the 1970s, pasta production began to move away from its craft origins to becoming a full-blown industry – adjusting to the needs and the requirements of an evolving market.
Montoni currently serves more than 200 pasta plants in 75 different countries and has partnerships with pasta manufacturers and universities to develop extrusion systems, in line with the latest food industry trends.
“Our products are positioned at the top of the category in terms of quality, thanks to our modern software and manufacturing equipment,” added Simone Del Tongo, sales director, Dies & Moulds Business Line.
“Our current production consists of fully automated machines working 24/7 – unmanned – which produce products with a very high accuracy and level of finish.”
Recent developments include; the complete overhaul of the die washing machines and a penne cutting unit, RotoPennaut.
Die washing machines now deliver increased washing and water recycling efficiency. The updated RotoPennaut design combines the flexibility of the standard Pennaut with the needs of modern pasta plants by reducing maintenance and cleaning times.