Ishida completes acquisition of packaging equipment manufacturer

ISHIDA Europe has completed the acquisition of South African packaging equipment manufacturer National Packaging Systems (NPS).

Established in 1983 and based in Pinetown, near Durban, Ishida said NPS has built a strong reputation for the design and manufacture of ‘high-performance and reliable’ vertical form, fill and seal machines for sachets, stick packs and pillow packs, as well as volumetric fillers, auger fillers and feed systems.

The company also designs and installs systems manufactured to customers’ specific requirements. Its customer base ranges across both food and non-food products including sugar, rice, salt, peanuts, cereals, snacks, sweets, powders, liquids and specialist applications such as firelighters and car components.

The new Ishida/NPS partnership will offer start-up operations the opportunity to take their first steps in automating processes with the availability of entry level weighing and packing systems. Ishida added that all customers will benefit from the ‘highest levels of support’, with fast response localised service and spare parts supply.

“We are excited to be become part of Ishida,” said Russell Gwynn, NPS’s MD. “The synergies between the two businesses will enable us to offer an even more comprehensive package to our customers in terms of both equipment and after sales support, providing them with the ability to further grow and expand their business and maximise opportunities in both the home and export markets.”

NPS will continue to trade as a separate business as part of the Ishida group.

“We are delighted to welcome NPS into the Ishida family,” said Dave Tiso, Ishida Europe’s MD. “Alongside the company’s extensive complementary range of skills, expertise and equipment, what impressed us about NPS was its commitment to the same values and ethos in terms of delivering a service that is good for our customers, good for our business and good for society. We look forward to working together in the continued growth of both companies.”