GERMANY – Multivac Group, leading food packaging solutions provider is investing US$19.6 million (17.5m euros) to build a new meat portioning equipment facility at the Bruckmühl, Germany factory.

The Germany factory is owned by its TVI Entwicklung und Produktion unit and construction is expected to complete in May 2020.

The state-of-the-art complex sits on around 9,000 square metres of available space and will include an office building and Customer Center.

It will also feature a production hall for pre-fabrication and assembly areas for the production of equipment, as well as the company’s logistics, warehouse and development departments.

The new factory will use a deep-well system to ensure that the building is cooled by ground water.

The company added that the expanded facility will also include a three-storey office building, which will include a “modern” canteen, high-quality offices and a recreation room.

“The portioning machinery business unit is developing in a very satisfactory manner,” said Guido Spix, CTO and COO of Multivac.

“By investing in the new factory, we are facilitating the expansion of our product portfolio and at the same time enabling TVI’s leading position in precision meat portioning to be consolidated.

“The number of employees is due to increase from the current 120 to around 250 in the coming years.”

TVI supplies both individual components and complete production lines to customers in the meat packaging industry.

Its equipment range includes freezers, portioning machines and machines which allow the automatic loading of finished portions into packs.

“This will enable us in future to offer our customers the ideal conditions for discussing and demonstrating our high-performance portioning solutions under real conditions,” said Thomas Völkl, CEO of TVI.

“It will also be possible to carry out individual trials with customers’ own products, as well as testing the solutions for feasibility, output, return on investment, give-away and other critical factors.”

Last year, Multivac opened its first production facility in Eastern Europe located in Bulgaria, featuring a state-of-the-art warehouse and logistics center, a training center and an administration building.