tna opens new food processing hub
tna expands its Dutch manufacturing footprint to reinforce its position as a leader in the vegetable and potato processing industries.
April 17, 2018
by Canadian Packaging staff
Left to right: Mr. Victor Molkenboer (Mayor of Woerden), Nadia Taylor (Director tna), H.E. Dr. Brett Mason (Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands).
WOERDEN, The Netherlands—tna has officially opened a brand new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Netherlands, further reinforcing its position as a leading manufacturer of food processing equipment for the potato and vegetable processing industries.
Located in Woerden, 30 kilometers outside of Amsterdam, tna Netherlands Manufacturing (formerly Florigo Industry B.V.) is dedicated to tna’s cutting edge processing equipment, including its range of fryers and freezers, but also pre-processing equipment such as peelers, washers and dryers.
With a total area of 3,600 square meters (38,750 square feet), the new facility will allow tna to increase its production capacities to better respond to the growing demand for its wide range of solutions, while making tna’s technology even more accessible to customers and prospects.
Besides the new, hyper-modern manufacturing space, the facility will also host an expanded Food Technology Testing Centre (FTTC) and a dedicated product demonstration area, incorporating both processing and packaging equipment in a single location.
Now double the size, the new FTTC has been equipped with an even wider range of tna’s food processing solutions, so that customers can get a first-hand experience of how tna’s equipment operates in a fully operational factory setting.
In addition, a showcase of the latest controls technology will help food manufacturers gain a better understanding of how advanced equipment integration, detailed data collection and cloud-based controls can transform their production line efficiencies.
“We’re incredibly excited to officially open our new food processing center”, comments tna co-founder and director Nadia Taylor. “The new site is three times bigger than the previous Florigo factory, which not only strengthens our current manufacturing capabilities, but also ensures that we have the capacity to further expand our operations in the future. It’s also great news for our customers who now have even more room to test our equipment. From cutting and drying through to frying, seasoning and distribution, all the way to our high-speed packaging technology, the new factory will be the first place where we’ll get to showcase our entire range of start-to-finish solutions. We’re really happy with the setup of the new factory and can’t wait to welcome everyone at the new site.”
Since acquiring Florigo back in 2015, tna has made a number of significant investments and increased the local workforce by 80 percent to ensure that the company continues to provide today’s food manufacturers with the innovative processing technology they need to stay ahead in the market.
With equipment ranging from materials handling, processing, cooling, coating, distribution, seasoning, weighing, packaging, inserting and labeling, metal detection, verification and end-of-line solutions—tna is currently the only single-source supplier that offers integrated solutions for every step of the potato processing line.
“The Netherlands has always played an important role in the global potato processing industry,” adds tna chief executive officer Alf Taylor. ”The Dutch are not only amongst the top ten potato producers in the world, but also achieve the highest average yield rates per square meter. We’re proud to be part of such an important sector and look forward to continue sharing our own success with the local industry.”
tna is a leading global supplier of integrated food processing and packaging solutions with over 35 years of industry experience and 14,000 systems installed across more than 120 countries. The company provides a comprehensive range of products including materials handling, processing, cooling and freezing, coating, distribution, seasoning, weighing, packaging, inserting and labelling, metal detection, verification and end of line solutions. tna also offers a variety of production line controls integration & SCADA reporting options, project management and training. tna’s unique combination of innovative technologies, extensive project management experience and 24/7 global support ensures customers achieve faster, more reliable and flexible food products at the lowest cost of ownership.
Company information is available at www.tnasolutions.com.