In grain processing, packaging is the last step before transporting flour to bakeries and other food processors, rice to distributors or pellets to farms.
“Combining the portfolio and expertise of Premier Tech and Bühler will enable future packaging which is more efficient, accurate and food safe by using automation technologies,” said Johannes Wick, CEO, Bühler’s Grains & Food business.
"Bühler already has well-developed, fully operational production facilities in Shenzen and Wuxi, that is where it will be set up so the partners can support the market seamlessly."
In many developing countries the bagging operation is done manually but this is not efficient and is costly and slow. Automated palletizing allows for efficient warehousing.
“The two companies are complementing each with Bühler’s market position in China and Premier Tech’s know-how in automated packaging technologies,” added André Noreau, CEO, Premier Tech’s Systems and Automation business.
The partnership will allow Bühler to provide better turnkey projects with packaging from China while continuing to deliver products such as Bühler’s bagging station Maia from its own manufacturing network in Europe.
Bühler will also continue to design and market its weighing portfolio. Its scales such as Tubex are not part of the agreement.
With the partnership, Bühler will further improve its digital services for transparency and traceability across the value chain.
Premier Tech will gain better access to the Chinese market combining it with its Chronos technology portfolio in weighing, bagging, and palletizing.
The cooperation will 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.