Key Technology appoints Heat and Control as exclusive food processing equipment agent in Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Key Technology, a designer and manufacture of automation systems and processing equipment has appointed Heat and Control to be their exclusive agent to sell and service its high-performance digital sorters, vibratory conveyors, and other systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Key Technologies headquartered in USA is a subsidiary of Duravant, a global engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales, and service facilities.

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The partnership is an extension of their existing agreement with Heat and Control, currently supporting its customers in Australia, New Zealand and India.

“Key Technology has a long-standing history with Heat and Control and our collaborative partnership now extends to deliver innovative, optimized solutions to processors in South and Sub Saharan Africa,” said Erik Blom, Managing Director of Food Processing EMEIA for Duravant.

“Together, we can deliver added value to our customers through our combined industry expertise, extensive product offering and strong infrastructure of sales and service organizations,” said Erik.

According to Key, its technology line of equipment is highly complementary to Heat and Control’s processing and packaging portfolio, giving processors convenient access to a more complete line solution from a single source.

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Heat and Control is a world-leading equipment manufacturer of food processing, conveying, seasoning, weighing, packaging and inspection equipment for the food industry.

“Key Technology has a long-standing history with Heat and Control and our collaborative partnership now extends to deliver innovative, optimized solutions to processors in South and Sub Saharan Africa.”

Managing Director of Food Processing EMEIA for Duravant – Erik Blom

With the expansion in South Africa and the larger Sub Saharan Africa region, Key will leverage on Heat and Control’s facilities in Cape Town to better support customers with demonstration and application testing capabilities and expedite delivery of Key’s spare parts and after sales service.

“The Heat and Control team is excited about this new partnership with Key. Their products complement ours perfectly in terms of their innovation and reliability, yet they offer adjacent capabilities that target the same or similar product applications,” said Jeff Rossouw, General Manager – Africa at Heat and Control.

“Key’s equipment, which includes their best-in-class VERYX digital sorters and Iso-Flo vibratory conveyors, is ideal for processors that want to elevate their product quality and food safety while improving efficiencies and yields in an increasingly competitive market.”

By adding Key Technology equipment to their product offering in South and Sub Saharan Africa, Heat and Control has expanded their already large portfolio of processing and packaging solutions.

Heat and Control now provides a wider range of solutions for manufacturers of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, potato products, nuts, snacks, meats, poultry, seafood and other food products.

Africa’s food processing industry holds huge potential for growth coupled with high population and urbanization growth rate.

According to Techno Serve, when equipped with the technical and business skills in food processing best practices, such as manufacturing, food safety, packaging, as well as increased access to inputs, new markets and finance, the region’s growing processors can play a significant role in providing for the region’s food needs.

The global food processing equipment market size was valued at US$ 57.46 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% from 2020 to 2027, indicates Grand View Research.

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