The deal comes one year after Barry-Wehmiller acquired Arcil, headquartered in Paris, France, which supplies packaging machines to the food processing and fresh dairy industries. including single portion, ultra-clean dairy packaging and desserts.
Its machines use heat to convert plastic film into custom-formed cups that are filled then sealed within integrated lines.
Carol O’Neill, VP, strategy, technology and key initiatives, Barry-Wehmiller, told FoodProductionDaily it was now working with Dinieper to better understand the market and to see if there was an opportunity to bring some of Arcil’s technologies to the Latin American market, namely its A5 and A7 modular lines.
“This is a growing market, with many national, regional and global dairies responding to the growth in consumer demand by installing and upgrading lines,” she said.
“Arcil has had customers in Latin America but has served them primarily from France so this allows us to raise our service levels to the high levels our customers expect.
“Since being acquired by Barry-Wehmiller, Arcil has been able to serve a broader customer base as well as to acquire a partner (Axone) to strengthen our capabilities.”
Yogurt consumption to reach 9.175kg by 2017
O’Neill added the yogurt industry in this part of the world has seen annual growth increase from 3.5% to 7% over the last seven years according to the Economic Intelligence Unit and GMN estimations.
Per capita consumption has increased from 5.271kg to 7.735kg, with a forecast increase to 9.175kg by 2017.
Arcil launched Synerlink to support operations in North America and Asia in 2009 and has four product lines: Arcil and Dinieper, form/fill/seal equipment, Dosil filling equipment (dosing) and Aprium end-of-line equipment.
Synerlink manages the creation of complete lines, from project management, through automation services, line testing and shipment.
Dinieper is based in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Its owners Carlos Pinto and Luiz Belloli said they were looking forward to continuing to develop the FFS market in Latin America.
Arcil was Barry-Wehmiller’s 65th acquisition and its first in France. Through its combination of acquisition and organic growth initiatives, Barry-Wehmiller expects revenues to surpass the $2bn mark within two years.