tna expands equipment production with new Australian manufacturing site
Australian-headquartered packaging equipment manufacturer tna has expanded its facilities with a new state-of-the-art Australian manufacturing site to support the global demand for its high performance food packaging solutions.
Located in the Melbourne suburb of Boronia, the firm’s latest factory enables the business to triple the manufacturing capacities for its equipment, including its flagship vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) packaging system, the tna robag, for use with confectionery and snacks. As Confectionery Production has previously reported, the company’s latest series has featured at a number of international trade shows during the past year, including Anuga FoodTec.
The new facility will house some of the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that tna maintains the high quality build standards its equipment is known for. In addition, the new site will incorporate a brand new training and demonstration centre to provide customers and new staff with an opportunity to experience tna’s cutting-edge equipment in a live operational environment. In combination with tna’s wide range of on-site and online training programmes, the new training facility will help customers improve workplace safety, reduce downtime, enhance operational efficiencies and maximise the lifespan and performance of their tna solution.
“tna’s growth has been incredible over the years,” comments Alf Taylor, managing director and co-founder, tna. ”We’ve come a long way since we opened our first factory in Melbourne in 1986. Since then, the demand for our integrated packaging solutions has increased rapidly. In fact, we’ve just sold 84 integrated packaging systems in a single month, which are all due for delivery in early 2019. Thanks to our new site, we’ll not only easily be able to meet such a high-volume orders, but also gain the capacity to expand our operations even further in the future. We’re really proud of our new Australian manufacturing facility and can’t wait to welcome everyone at the new site!”
Founded in 1982 by Nadia and Alf Taylor, tna revolutionised the snack food industry by inventing the world’s first rotary, continuous motion, high-speed VFFS system.
The company has since grown from Australian packaging pioneer into a global leader of food processing and packaging solutions for a wide range of industries, including snacks, confectionery, fresh and frozen produce. The opening of the new manufacturing site in Australia follows the opening of a food processing centre in the Netherlands, which 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. This adds to recent openings of new and expanded offices and resource centres in Tokyo, Bangkok, Dubai, Moscow and Mexico.
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, which has more than 35 year industry experience, is believed to be the only single-source supplier that offers total, integrated solutions for the entire the potato processing line, including potato chips and French fries.