SWITZERLAND  – Swiss technology company,  Bühler Group and Canadian Premier Tech have formed a strategic cooperation for industrial flexible packaging solutions that will see the companies build a design and manufacturing center in China.

The companies seek to offer palletizing solutions to allow for efficient warehousing and packaging solutions, especially to developing countries where the bagging operation is majorly done manually.

Through the strategic corporation, the two market and technology leading companies, Premier Tech in packaging and Bühler in grain and food processing, seek to meet market demands and create new cost-effective packaging solutions.

“Combining the portfolio and expertise of Premier Tech and Bühler will enable future packaging solutions which are significantly more efficient, accurate and food safe by using automation technologies”, says Johannes Wick, CEO of Bühler’s Grains & Food business.

“The two companies are complementing each other in a perfect way with Bühler’s strong footprint and market position in China and Premier Tech’s recognized know-how in the field of automated packaging technologies,” says André Noreau, CEO of Premier Tech’s Systems and Automation business.

Bühler brings its know-how of high-quality manufacturing and supply chain management in China as well as its digital solutions.

Premier Tech contributes with its superior packaging expertise and technological leadership in this field.

In bringing these competencies together, the strategic cooperation will develop automated, food safe and accurate bagging and palletizing solutions, the companies said In a statement.

The strategic cooperation will allow Bühler to provide better turnkey projects with competitive packaging solutions from China while continuing to deliver high-end products from its own manufacturing network in Europe.

At the same time, Bühler will continue to design and market their proven weighing portfolio.

Their scales such as Tubex are not part of the agreement. With the partnership, Bühler will further improve its digital services allowing for full transparency and traceablity along the entire value chain.

Premier Tech will gain better access to the Chinese market by using the cost-effective and modern packaging solutions arising from the strategic cooperation, or by combining them to its internationally renowned CHRONOS technology portfolio in weighing, bagging, and palletizing.

This strategic cooperation is planned to 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.