Hartness to offer Meurer Product Line
In August, the parent company to Hartness International, ITW (NYSE:ITW) finalized the acquisition the Meurer Gruppe of Fürstenau, Germany. With over 600 employees, Meurer is a respected European, end-of-line solutions supplier to many of the world’s best leading CPG companies. Effective immediately, Hartness International will assume responsibility for the Meurer product line in North America, creating one of the world’s leading end-of-line packaging solutions providers.
“The Meurer acquisition is consistent with ITW’s strategy of becoming the world’s leading provider of end of line packaging line solutions for the FMCG market, from line design all the way to the warehouse,” says Rob Jacob, Vice President and General Manager of Hartness International.
Meurer will be fully integrated into Hartness’ extensive commercial, parts and service network. This acquisition rounds out the Hartness end-of-line product portfolio, adding a variety of mid-speed case packing and film solutions, including tray shrink, display and wrap-around case packing and flow wrapping to its already diverse offering. In addition to expanding its product portfolio, the acquisition further expands Hartness’ reach in market segments such as mid-speed beverage, food and personal care.
“For many years, Hartness was known as a supplier to major beverage companies, but over the last decade, we’ve continued to strategically add capabilities,” says Jim Soenke, Vice President of Global Sales for Hartness. “Divisions such as Robotic Automation and Systems have enabled us to offer a more complete product portfolio to segments such as food, personal care, mid-speed beverage and pharmaceutical. The addition of Meurer to our product line in North America further strengthens that offering.”
ITW Global Packaging Solutions has made several strategic acquisitions with an eye towards expanding its portfolio of solutions throughout the supply chain. After the acquisition of Hartness in 2009, ITW Warehouse Automation was formed with the acquisition of Asheville, NC-based case picking powerhouse, Vertique, and the subsequent acquisition of StorFast, a cart-based AS/RS system headquartered in Madrid, Spain. SEE Sistemas of Sao Paolo, Brazil was acquired in 2012.
ITW (NYSE: ITW) is a Fortune 200 supplier of solutions for a number of industrial market segments, including consumer packaging, automotive and construction to name a few. With operations in 58 countries, ITW employs approximately 60,000 men and women around the globe. The company has a broad innovation portfolio consisting of over 12,000 patents.