Multivac Sepp Haggenmüller is set to acquire the slicing unit of VC999 in a bid to offer complete packaging solutions for sliced products.

The acquisition will enable Multivac to provide complete packaging lines for sliced products such as cheese, meats and ham.

The slicer division of VC999 was founded five years ago and focuses on manufacturing solutions with a modular design for industrial-scale applications, fulfilling all necessary hygiene requirements.

Following the takeover, Multivac will use VC999’s current slicer production site at Buchenau (Dautphetal) in Germany as the development centre and make prototype solutions, while mass slicer production will be carried out at its headquarters in Wolfertschwenden.

“The acquisition will enable Multivac to provide complete packaging lines for sliced products such as cheese, meats and ham.”

The company also plans to invest the Wolfertschwenden site to upgrade the site, including the introduction of a new application technology facility.

Complete slicer lines will also be available at the site with immediate effect to conduct customer trials.

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In addition to acquiring the VC999 slicing division, Multivac has recently completed additional strategic alliances with industrial partners to strengthen its slicer sector.

The Bizerba slicer portfolio in the smaller output range has been associated with Multivac and complements its portfolio of packaging machines for the production of small and medium-sized batches.

In future, Multivac is also expected to market Formax slicers from Provisur in selected regions.

The company expects that its entry into the slicer business will enable it to optimise the degree of slicer integration in automated packaging lines.

This would subsequently help to reduce the footprint of automatic slicer lines.