Tna sets up UK manufacturing hub to be closer to customers

By Joe Whitworth

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Tna has opened a European manufacturing hub to be closer to its customers in the region.

The site in Birmingham, UK, will employ around 65 people and annual cash injection in the region is set to reach £15m per annum.

The company said with two established manufacturing sites in Australia and China, this development creates a strategic site closer to its European customers, reducing lead-times.

Tna will manufacture equipment from its current portfolio including the rofloVM and roflo HM conveyors, plus spraying and seasoning systems.

These products will continue to serve the snacks, nuts, confectionery, pasta, powders, meat and poultry, cereal, and fresh and frozen produce markets.

Central base

The firm purchased the 50,000 square feet plot of land in 2000 as an initial base for the UK sales team.

But tna said many of its customers are centred near to the area, so it made sense to consolidate and set up a new European Manufacturing Hub.

Tim Moulsdale, general manager, Europe at tna told FoodProductionDaily.com they opened the site to be closer geographically to a large number of customers.

“The opening of the European Manufacturing Hub will enable tna to better serve its customers across the globe by producing more equipment and reducing product lead times to better meet our customer needs. “

"Around 30 per cent of all tna’s capital equipment will be produced at our European manufacturing hub, which will supply many of our customers around the world, not just in Europe which accounts for approximately 30 per cent of total sales.”

Output growth

Moulsdale added production began a few weeks ago and they are expecting the output from the Birmingham facility to double in the next three to five years.

“We are anticipating a significant growth in our global sales revenue from both packaging and distribution, oiling and seasoning in the coming year and this will be reflected in the output from the European Manufacturing Hub.

“In conjunction with this opening, we have also recently opened a new branch office in São Paulo, Brazil and have plans for further expansion during the next quarter​,” he concluded.

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