tna opens latest processing facility in the Netherlands
Australian-headquartered food processing group tna has officially opened a new manufacturing facility in the Netherlands.
Located in Woerden, 30 kilometres outside of Amsterdam, tna Netherlands Manufacturing (formerly Florigo Industry B.V.) will be dedicated to the company’s wide range of equipment, including its fryers and freezers, but also pre-processing equipment such as peelers, washers and dryers.
With a total area of 3,600 m2, the new facility will allow the business to increase its production capacities, while making its 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 centre”, comments Nadia Taylor, co-founder and director of tna. “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% to ensure that the company continues to provide competitive food processing technology.
With equipment ranging from materials handling, processing, cooling, coating, distribution, seasoning, weighing, packaging, inserting and labelling, metal detection, verification and end-of-line solutions – tna is believed to be 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 Alf Taylor, CEO at tna. “The Dutch are not only amongst the top ten potato producers in the world, but also achieve the highest average yield rates per square metre. We’re proud to be part of such an important sector and look forward to continue sharing our own success with the local industry.”