Key Technology Expands Netherlands Manufacturing Base
Key Technology, a member of the Downers Grove, Illinois, USA-headquartered Duravant group, has upgraded its Netherlands facility in Beusichem. The result is a 50% increase in production capacity at the 4,000-square-meter operation, which features larger cranes with greater lifting capabilities, a refurbished working environment and additional enhancements.
In collaboration with Key’s 2,500-square-meter state-of-the-art Innovation and Solutions Center in Hasselt, Belgium, the facility in the Dutch province of Gelderland speeds delivery of optical sorters and vibratory conveying equipment to food processors in Europe, the Middle East, India, Africa (EMEIA) and elsewhere.
“Our ongoing investments in Europe reflect a commitment to delivering the greatest value to food processors throughout the region,” said Key Technology President and CEO Jack Ehren. “By manufacturing VERYX sorters and Iso-Flo conveyors in Europe as well as in he United States, we serve customers more quickly and effectively.”
“Over the last three years, our equipment sales in the EMEIA region have almost doubled and our market share has increased,” added Eric Geling, the company’s senior director of sales. “Modernizing our operations in the Netherlands supports the growing demand for our solutions.”
Two new overhead cranes, each with a 10-meter high clearance and the capability to lift 10 metric tons, enable Key to assemble larger systems on site, such as an air cleaner on a platform, and perform more pre-delivery inspections in Beusichem. Added floor space and more flexible manufacturing processes allow larger systems to be powered up and run prior to shipment.
The environment features more natural light in the shop and new energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the premises. The open office layout facilitates increased collaboration between departments, while customer-facing enhancements include an updated conference room and conveyor demonstration area.