Equipment supplier HANDTMANN makes its IFEX debut.
Handtmann exhibits regularly on a worldwide basis, 2018 being the first time the company will be exhibiting at the Meat @ Ifex Exhibition in Belfast. Ireland has become a magnet for new technology in food production specifically with a view to increasing production volumes while maintaining high quality standards.
Handtmann officially launched their products in Ireland in 2011 when Martin Keane became the new Area Sales Manager for both Northern and Southern Ireland. Since then the country has become the fastest growing market for Handtmann Ltd. The applications of Handtmann equipment cover multiple food categories but 80% of the business is focused on the meat sector and products such as sausages, cooked meat, fresh mince and burgers.
Martin Keane told us, “We are very excited to be exhibiting at the Meat @ Ifex Exhibition this year. It is a fantastic venue and is the perfect audience for our technology. We are hoping to introduce our entry level machines to smaller scale sausage producers who up until now have been using more traditional methods such as piston fillers. We will also have information on the full range of equipment we supply as well as some of our brand new systems.”
As the inventor of the original vacuum filling machine back in 1966, the Handtmann brand continues to set new standards in terms of technical innovation. This year at Ifex Handtmann will be exhibiting the VF608 Vacuum Filler which is a system tailor-made for small scale specialist producers. The VF608 is very versatile and can produce a wide variety of products from high quality traditional sausage and meats to new convenience and trend foods. It also has a long service life and low wear due to industrial standard technology.
After sales support is key to the Handtmann brand and Ireland has a team of factory trained service engineers covering all thirty two counties. In the last year alone the number of Irish service engineers has doubled. Each member of the team has a specially designed and equipped service vehicle backed by a support network based at our head office and equipped by an extensive knowledge of our systems. The most senior engineer for Ireland, P J Kenneally will also be on stand to answer any questions and meet with customers both old and new.
“We are expecting this to be a successful show for Handtmann and I’m looking forward to meeting up with local companies and helping to show them how our technology can assist in developing their businesses.”