In 2009, Hartness was acquired by ITW (NYSE: ITW). At the time, ITW’s stated goal was expand its solutions portfolio for the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market. Hartness’ innovative packaging equipment, strong systems integration team and industry-leading robotic automation solutions were a natural fit for ITW. In 2012, ITW purchased SEE Sistemas of Sao Paolo, Brazil in order to expand its end of line offering in the South American market.
In 2013, ITW made a decision to further bolster its packaging line product portfolio. In July, ITW finalized the strategic acquisition Meurer-Gruppe of Furstenau, Germany. With over 600 employees, Meurer is a respected European supplier of end of line solutions to many of the world’s leading CPG companies. As a result, ITW has further expanded its leadership role in providing end of line solutions to the Global FMCG market.
Effective immediately, Hartness will assume responsibility for the Meurer product line in North America, creating one of the world’s leading end-of-line packaging solutions providers, offering a full line of case packing, film packaging, buffering, palletizers and system integration. In addition to expanding the product portfolio, the acquisition further expands Hartness’ reach in market segments such as mid-speed beverage, food and personal care. Access to the Hartness product line in Europe further strengthens Meurer’s system integration offering and establishes an integrated Global service network for both companies.
Since 2009, ITW Global Packaging Solutions has made several strategic acquisitions with an eye towards expanding its portfolio of solutions throughout the supply chain. ITW Warehouse Automation was formed in 2010 after 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. ITW Warehouse Automation is focused on providing innovative, fully integrated warehouse solutions including case picking and AS/RS.
Hartness, SEE Sistemas and Meurer join ITW Warehouse Automation and Hi-Cone to form ITW Global Packaging Solutions, one of the most integrated, well-funded supply chain solutions companies in the world and a division of ITW.
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 abroad innovation portfolio consisting of over 12,000 patents.