AutoCoding Systems acquired in £12.5m deal

By James Ridler contact

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AutoCoding Systems has been acquired JBT Corporation
AutoCoding Systems has been acquired JBT Corporation

Related tags: Packaging & labelling

Labelling and date code software systems supplier AutoCoding Systems has been acquired by JBT Corporation in a deal worth £12.5m.

JBT said the acquisition of AutoCoding extended its capabilities in packaging line equipment and associated devices, including coding and label inspection and verification. In particular, it saw a strategic fit with its tray sealing business Proseal.

Mike Hughes, AutoCoding Systems’ managing director, said, “This is an exciting time for AutoCoding Systems in the UK, US and Australia. With the support of JBT and their wealth of experience across multiple businesses supplying the food and beverage industry, including Proseal, AutoCoding Systems can expand their reach into previously untapped markets for packaging line automation software.”

In line systems

AutoCoding’ packaging line automation software systems integrate all in-line packaging devices such as coders, scanners, labellers, checkweighers and inspection equipment. By automating the set-up and control of the equipment, the need for human intervention is removed thereby reducing manual inspection and downtime for line configuration.

Brian Deck, JBT's president and chief executive, added: “AutoCoding’s offering embodies JBT’s broader mission to make better use of the world’s precious resources by providing a solution that substantially enhances our customers’ success.

‘Global-market’

“The acquisition also expands our capabilities in the large and growing global market for in-line coding and inspection solutions, which includes hardware and software for food & beverage, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical customers.”

Meanwhile, food and drink manufacturers are constantly having to boost production to meet an ever-growing demand for their products, prompting a need for developers of packaging machinery to keep up.

From the need to become more sustainable to increasing throughput in a factory with little space for conventional packaging lines, we explore the latest developments in packaging machinery benefitting food and drink manufacturers in this feature.

Related topics: Industry 4.0, Packaging & Labelling

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