Multivac VC999’s slicer division acquired
Thanks to this further strategically important step in the direction of "Better Processing", the packaging specialist is now in a position to be able to offer complete packaging lines for sliced products such as cheese, sliced meats and ham from one single source.
The slicer division of VC999 is a comparatively young business unit, founded just five years ago as part of the VC999 company, which has been operating successfully for many years in the packaging machine sector. The slicer division manufactures state-of-the-art slicer solutions for use on an industrial scale, which meet the highest hygiene requirements and have a modular design. VC999 has decided for strategic reasons to divest itself of this business unit.
After the takeover has been completed, Multivac will continue to use the current VC999 slicer production site at Buchenau (Dautphetal) as the Development Center and manufacturing location for prototypes. The mass production of slicers will take place at Multivac's headquarters in Wolfertschwenden. Extensive investment for this in a highly modern production site is currently being planned, and this will include a state-of-the-art facility for application technology. With immediate effect, complete slicer lines will also be available at the Wolfertschwenden site for carrying out customer trials.
The acquisition is an important step for the company in the slicer sector. It means that Multivac is now able to offer its customers complete slicing and packaging lines in all output categories. To round off the slicer range, the company has recently completed further strategic alliances with industrial partners. The Bizerba slicer portfolio in the smaller output range has been part of the Multivac Group's offer worldwide in recent times, and this range of slicers perfectly complements the Group's portfolio of packaging machines for the production of small and medium-sized batches. In order to meet the requirements in the high-output sector, the company will in future market Formax slicers from Provisur in selected regions.
The step into slicing is not new territory for the company, since the Multivac organisation has many years of experience in the sales and service of similar products. This will enable the Group to ensure that sufficient sales and service capacity, as well as a comprehensive supply of spare parts, will be provided for the range of slicers in all the relevant markets. This also applies of course to all the partner products.
With its entry into the slicer business, the company is fulfilling an essential precondition in optimising the degree of slicer integration in automated packaging lines, with the aim of not just reducing the footprint of automatic slicer lines but also increasing the output capability of these solutions. In future all Multivac products, including slicers and loading equipment, will be operated via a unified control platform. The first solutions for the efficient linking of slicers and thermoforming packaging machines were presented as far back as IFFA 2015.