The facility, due to be completed in May 2020, will see a total investment of €17.5m and will specialise in meat portioning technology.
The new Centre of Excellence will include a production hall of around 5,600m2 for the pre-fabrication and assembly areas as well as the logistics, warehouse and development departments. The new factory will use a deep-well system to ensure that the building is cooled by ground water.
In addition to this, there will be a three-storey office building with a total area of 1,920m2, in which a modern canteen, high-quality offices and a recreation room will be located. “When designing the new facility with its state-of-the-art working environment as well as its various functional areas and meeting places, it was very important for us to create an environment for our staff, in which they feel at ease and can find all the requirements for their work,” said Alois Allgaier, CEO of TVI.
A two-storey customer centre covering an area of around 1,400m2, including several demonstration rooms and a customer lounge, will also be created for the new facility. “This will enable us in future to offer our customers the ideal conditions for discussing and demonstrating our high-performance portioning solutions under real conditions,” said Thomas Völkl, CEO of TVI. “It will also be possible to carry out individual trials with customers' own products, as well as testing the solutions for feasibility, output, return on investment, give-away and other critical factors.”
Multivac has held a majority share in TVI since January 2017.
“The Portioning Machinery Business Unit is developing in a very satisfactory manner,” said Guido Spix, CTO and COO of MULTIVAC. “By investing in the new factory, we are facilitating the expansion of our product portfolio and at the same time enabling TVI's leading position in precision meat portioning to be consolidated. The number of employees is due to increase from the current 120 to around 250 in the coming years.”