Aventus: a new jv between W&H and Haver & Boecker for packing/palletising

a new jv between W&H and Haver & Boecker

German extrusion machinery maker Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) has formed a joint venture with German packing machinery maker Haver & Boecker. A 50:50 partnership, Aventus will specialise in solutions for the packing of free-flowing loose goods up to finished pallets.

Haver & Boecker’s subsidiary that is based in France, Newtec Bag Palletizing, which specialises in palletising, is now a 100% subsidiary of Aventus. Once under full operation, Aventus will employ over 300 employees and reach sales of approximately EUR80 million. With the joint venture company, the market leaders have bundled their strengths to shape the future of filling and palletising together.

“Today’s megatrends of globalisation and digitalisation are impacting the filling and palletising markets,” Florian Festge, Managing Partner at Haver & Boecker, explains the motives behind the joint venture. “Rapidly increasing innovation cycles, linked production processes worldwide along with higher demands for flexibility are only some of the challenges the market faces. In order to optimally fulfill the customer needs of today and tomorrow, we need a strong and focused team. With Aventus this is precisely what we will create,” says Festge.

The name Aventus is derived from the names of both parent companies. “Avena means Hafer (the German word for oats), and ventus means wind. The new name symbolises the unification of the best of both companies,” said Dr. Jürgen Vutz, CEO at W&H.

Appointed as Managing Director of Aventus is Kai Lammers. The graduate engineer has worked at W&H for the last 16 years, most recently as Division Manager Service-Sales. .

The portfolio of Aventus will include filling technology for open bags, FFS bags and big bags as well as palletising and load securing technology, catering to the chemicals, food and animal feed markets.

The new company will also offer service on all five continents, with access to 52 service centres, and over 500 service technicians, according to Lammers.

Although the exact location is not yet decided, Aventus will most probably have its headquarters in Münsterland in Germany. By 2020 it will have its own production, R&D and other functions there. Newtec also has a production site located in Alsace, France.

Lammers also offered a view of the future direction of innovation: “Based on the product portfolio of both companies, Aventus will keep developing the product range in the future. Topics such as the integration of the entire value-creation chain and increasing digitalisation with respect to Industry 4.0 have already been worked on in both parent companies over the past years. At Aventus we will continue to drive these developments with bundled strengths and expertise. This will result in innovations that will be of great benefit to our customers."


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