tna expands further into confectionery sector with NID acquisition
NID makes starch moulding equipment for gums, jellies, marshmallows, fondant creams, liquorice and crusted liqueur and claims to be the first company to patent the current form of tray stacking on a starch mogul in 1952 with speeds that were unprecedented at that time.
600 NID moguls
Its latest technology is the NID M3000 Starch Molding Mogul which imprints shapes into a bed of starch for the liquid confectionery to be deposited; debucks the product from the trays while its Finishing Machines add shiny or sugar coating to the product.
Alf Taylor, CEO/co-founder, tna, said the firm has been looking to expand into the confectionery industry and NID has more than 600 NID moguls installed across the globe.
He added the M3000 Mogul is capable of production speeds of up to 35 trays per minute.
“Both tna and NID share many similarities. We are family-owned businesses that started out with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and the determination to design equipment that could ‘do better’ and go that one step further than anything that’s been seen before,” said Taylor.
tna told ConfectioneryNews: "We’re already very involved in the confectionery industry with our weighing, distribution and packaging solutions.
"Thanks to the acquisition of NID, we’re now able to offer confectionery manufacturers an even broader portfolio, including processing equipment like NID’s innovative molding technology. That way, we can provide confectionery manufacturers a single point of contact for a much wider range of products. In future, we’re hoping to further extend our line to become a truly single source supplier for all their needs.
Global distribution network
Esther Faerber, is the chairman of NID and daughter of the late Hans Arthur Faerber who founded NID.
She said NID hopes to reduce lead times and accelerate time to market with tna’s sales and service team, manufacturing sites and global distribution network.
Bob Fritz, chief business development officer, tna, added expanding its services and products to more industry segments like confectionery forms a key element of its business strategy.
“All of NID’s equipment is based on the same concept of mechanical simplicity and accessibility as our own technology,” he said. “It is a great addition to our portfolio.”