Biberach, Germany – April, 2021 -- Harald Suchanka, CEO of Handtmann Maschinenfabrik, the division of filling and portioning systems within the Handtmann Group, recently announced that Handtmann Maschinenfabrik has executed a share purchase agreement with VERBUFA. VERBUFA has been operating as the exclusive distributor for Handtmann machines in the Benelux for more than 55 years. It is an innovative food processing solution provider and has also developed their own VERBUFA machine solutions in the areas of forming/cutting, dosing and co-extrusion, some of which Handtmann is already marketing today.

Mark Marrink, who joined the family-owned company in 1994 and took over management from his father Wim Marrink in 2003, will continue to contribute all of his experience and leadership skills and play a key role in the merger of Handtmann and VERBUFA. With immediate effect, he will act in a new role as Chief Business Development & Innovation Officer for the Handtmann Filling and Portioning Systems division.

 “The integration of Verbufa into our group of companies marks an important strategic step towards an even stronger positioning in international competition,” said Thomas Handtmann, Managing Partner of the family-owned business, “because the food processing industry is undergoing profound change towards digitization, globalization and individualization and with it, changing customer needs.” 

Suchanka notes that “Following the acquisition of Inotec this past year, we are now taking the next logical step in providing our customers with holistic solutions. As a long-standing partner, Verbufa can contribute excellent industry insight and expertise in the development of customized customer solutions.”

The merger of the two companies generates, above all, a high level of innovative strength for process-oriented concepts and solutions in the areas of forming, dosing, co-extruding and process automation.

“I am confident that the overarching interlinking of our development and engineering expertise and the combined knowledge of the market will produce substantial added value for our customers worldwide,” states Mark Marrink, previous owner of Verbufa and future Operations Manager of the new Handtmann subsidiary.


Waterloo, ON – Chris D’Aoust, Managing Director of Handtmann Canada Limited, recently announced the appointment of Rafal Rusiniak as National Sales and Business Development Manager.

“Raf has the perfect blend of sales and technical experience in various facets of the food processing industry for this role. That diverse sector experience combines with his ten successful years with Handtmann working with customers in Ontario to help build their businesses and more recently as Key Account Manager supporting our national sales team and their customers to provide the service perspective that makes Handtmann such is dependable partner.”

Rusiniak studied Mechanical Engineering Technology at Humber College and Business Management at Ryerson University prior to assuming technical sales and service roles with ABI  LTD and Mosur Machine.


BETHLEHEM, PASMK Nutra Makers, a formulator and contract manufacturer of dietary supplements and nutritional products, improved production of a protein shake sports drink by switching from manual dumping of a powdered chocolate mix from an elevated safety cage, to dumping of the mix at floor level into mobile flexible screw conveyors.

Previously, operators in a safety cage were raised by a forklift to dump 50 lb (23 kg) bags of the shake powder into either of two screeners positioned above blenders.

To improve the laborious, dusty procedure, the company purchased two mobile, high-capacity flexible screw conveyors, each dedicated to a separate blender. The powder is now dumped at floor level into the hopper of a conveyor, which feeds a screener and, in turn, a blender. SMK owner Avni Patel says, “Manual handling at floor level has increased productivity, eliminated dust, and improved worker safety.” 

Supplied by Flexicon Corporation, each of the BEV-CON™ model conveyors includes a 25 ft (7.5 m) long beveled-edge spiral driven by a motor positioned beyond the discharge point, precluding material contact with bearings or seals.

The conveyor’s charging adapter consists of a trough at the outlet of a pyramidal hopper that exposes the intake end of the spiral to the powdered mix. A pneumatically-actuated vibrator fitted to the hopper wall promotes the flow of powder into the trough as the rotating spiral moves it at a 45° incline through the enclosed tube, discharging it into the screener.

A 12 ft (3.6 m) high caster-mounted frame with support boom enables operators to roll the unit into position with the conveyor discharge directly above the screener, and thereafter to a cleaning area. Mobility of the units also provides SMK with the flexibility to satisfy new processes.

Patel says, "We also considered a solid shaft auger conveyor among other options, ultimately deciding on the Flexicon conveyors.”

The conveyors were purchased through manufacturer’s Quick-Ship program, reducing the lead time associated with custom-built equipment.

“The conveyors are precisely what we needed,” she explains. “We no longer have issues of dust, safety and fatigue when moving the chocolate powder. We’re in the process of expanding and will be ordering additional units.”

The company also manufactures other configurations of flexible screw conveyors, as well as bulk bag fillers, pneumatic conveying systems, tubular cable conveyors, bulk bag unloaders, bulk bag conditioners, bag dump stations, drum/box/container dumpers, weigh batching and blending systems, and engineered plant-wide bulk handling systems with automated controls.

For information contact Flexicon Corporation, +1 610-814-2400,,


Herndon, Va.; April 13, 2021 — After more than a year away from in-person trade shows, nearly nine out of 10 packaging and processing end-users say in-person trade shows are essential for networking and discovering what is new in the industry, revealed a recent poll from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. 

With respondents citing in-person trade shows as the most critical resource when choosing equipment, the upcoming PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO (Sept. 27-29, Las Vegas Convention Center) is poised to be an unbeatable opportunity to connect with the industry and explore technology in action.

“This survey confirmed our belief that the industry relishes the unique opportunity to conduct business and see equipment in-person, with many noting that trade shows reveal solutions they were not considering before discovering them live,” says Laura Thompson, PMMI vice president, trade shows.

One survey respondent said that nothing could replace “being able to see and touch equipment while asking questions and receiving immediate feedback.” Another cited that the diverse array of exhibitors and education found at in-person events “make it a one-stop-shop for investigating multiple solutions” for current projects as well as potential ideas on the horizon.

With its PACK Ready health and safety program, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO will reunite the packaging and processing community, implementing thorough and up-to-date protocols for a safe and successful in-person event. Learn more at

PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO is the only show this year covering the entire packaging and processing industry with the latest new materials, technologies and solutions to address the packaging and processing needs of 40-plus vertical markets. With multiple free educational platforms and countless networking opportunities, the event will provide endless prospects for exchanging ideas and professional growth.

In addition to returning educational offerings at Innovation Stages and The Forum, a new addition to the education roster is the Cold Pressure Council Annual Conference, brought to you by the Cold Pressure Council. The conference will feature High Pressure Processing (HPP) best practices, market trends and insights for packaging HPP products from leading food processor and services supplier experts. 

Industry partners continue to support the event as part of the PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO Partner Program, with 15 association partners already signed on to support and exhibit at the show, including CPA, the Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers, Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA), OMAC -The Organization for Machine Automation and Control, Flexible Packaging Association, Reusable Packaging Association and more.

Attendee registration opens in May. Visit to learn more about exhibiting or attending this important industry event.


Fortress Technology has unveiled its newest conveyor innovation and overcome the longstanding industry challenge of loosening belt tension when regularly sanitizing food inspection machinery and equipment.


The unique conveyor and tool-less maintenance design, first unveiled on the company’s new Raptor checkweighing series, introduces a new tight fitting conveyor concept. Featuring a quick release and disassembly of the deck, belt, motor and rollers, the new conveyor saves valuable time, money and labor and provides hygiene peace of mind. During the sanitization process, machine operators simply unclip and disconnect the conveyor motor and lift out the entire assembly.

In just seconds, the conveyor belt is removed, along with its individual components, such as rollers and bearings. Improving line efficiencies, the belt tension and alignment are instantly restored when clipped back into place after maintenance and cleaning.

The ‘no tool’ maintenance innovation is another time-saver, putting a stop to operatives fiddling with screws, nuts, bolts etc., and having to locate the right tool to perform the job. As well as making the conveyor super-fast to disassemble, reassemble and slot back into place, it eliminates the risk of losing a part or a screw accidently contaminating food.

To further advance inspection efficiency, the smooth, enhanced belt design eliminates noise. This can cause unwanted vibration, which affects metal detection sensitivity and checkweighing accuracy.


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