Multivac drives forward its growth
The German Multivac Group has increased its turnover by 8.5 percent to 1.1 billion euros in 2018. This was announced by the machinery manufacturer during a press breakfast at the Iffa trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. Despite many economic and political uncertainties, the Directors Hans-Joachim Boekstegers (CEO) and Guido Spix (CTO/COO) are expecting in the current business year an increase in turnover in the region of ten percent.
Investment in the production network
The continued expansion of production capacity has a high priority in the future as well, according to the Directors. In 2020, a new Center of Excellence for slicers and automation solutions at the headquarters in Wolfertschwenden, Germany, will be completed as well as the TVI subsidiary's Center of Excellence for meat portioning machines – including an Application Center – in Bruckmühl, Germany. The group is also currently planning to develop, design and manufacture packaging machines and peripheral components in Taicang, China. The start of production is planned for the end of 2019.
Focus on digitalization
At the trade show, the manufacturer put one focus on the issue of digitalization. The company introduced the TX 710 traysealer with an intelligent control system; this machine is a model in the X-line series. With Pack Pilot there is a cloud-based software available for the machines in the X-line series. It is said to support operators in setting up the packaging machine in order to achieve the highest possible output, as well as consistently high pack quality and maximum process reliability.
Open Industry 4.0 Alliance on the rise
Furthermore, in conjunction with other European companies from the machinery, software and industrial automation sectors, the group has entered into a cooperation agreement to drive forward the formation of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance. "We all intend to create a standardized and open eco system for the operation of highly automated factories, equipment and logistics centers," said Guido Spix. "The aim is to ensure that up to 80 percent of the machines in a smart factory speak the same language." On the basis of existing standards such as I/O Link, OPC UA and RAMI, the companies plan to introduce an Open Industry 4.0 Framework.