tna, Coppell, Texas, opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Netherlands, further reinforcing its position as a manufacturer of food processing equipment for the potato and vegetable processing industries. Located in Woerden, 30 kilometers outside of Amsterdam, tna Netherlands Manufacturing (formerly Florigo Industry B.V.) will be dedicated to tna’s cutting-edge processing equipment, including its range of fryers and freezers, as well as pre-processing equipment such as peelers, washers and dryers. With a total area of 3,600 m2, the new facility will allow tna to increase production capacities, while making its technology more accessible to customers and prospects.
Besides the new hyper-modern manufacturing space, the facility will also host an expanded Food Technology Testing Center (FTTC) and a dedicated product demonstration area, incorporating both processing and packaging equipment in a single location. Now double the size, the new FTTC is equipped with a wide range of tna’s food processing solutions. In addition, the space is home to the latest controls technology, showcasing how advanced equipment integration, detailed data collection and cloud-based controls can transform production line efficiencies.
“We’re incredibly excited to officially open our new food processing center,” says Nadia Taylor, co-founder and director. “The new site is three times bigger than the previous Florigo factory, which not only strengthens our current manufacturing capabilities, but also ensures that we have the capacity to further expand our operations in the future. It’s also great news for our customers who now have even more room to test our equipment. From cutting and drying through to frying, seasoning and distribution, all the way to our high-speed packaging technology, the new factory will be the first place where we’ll get to showcase our entire range of start-to-finish solutions. We’re really happy with the set-up of the new factory and can’t wait to welcome everyone at the new site.”
Since acquiring Florigo in 2015, tna has made a number of investments and increased the local workforce by 80%.
“The Netherlands has always played an important role in the global potato processing industry,” adds Alf Taylor, chief executive officer. “The Dutch are not only among the Top 10 potato producers in the world, but also achieve the highest average yield rates per square meter. We’re proud to be part of such an important sector, and look forward to continue sharing our own success with the local industry.”