BIBERACH, GERMANY – Handtmann Inc. announced recently that it is expanding its Filling and Portioning Systems (F&P) division with a 14 million $14.81 million investment in a new facility to accommodate additional capacity. 

The company held a groundbreaking ceremony on the Handtmann campus in Biberach, Germany on Feb. 16. It expects to complete the project by the end of 2023.   

“We expect continued growth in demand for our sustainable solutions in the coming years,” said Harald Suchanka, chief executive officer for F&P at Handtmann. “Strong growth driver proves to be the consistent expansion of our portfolio to include new business areas such as customized solutions or the provision of line solutions for comprehensive production processes. The high level of investment in our own subsidiaries and sales companies in the key markets also helps to generate new market share and dynamic sales growth.”

This new addition is the latest in a series of production expansions, including a new customer and technology center in 2010, a second customer forum for bakery applications in 2014 and a new logistics center in 2017. 

“This investment is also a strong endorsement by the owner families of a long-term commitment to the industry and our region,” said Company Director Thomas Handtmann. 

Other updates that will be made during the installation include a photovoltaic system and extensive green roofs investments to expand utility infrastructure at the Handtmann campus. 

“In-house use of the solar power generated will be boosted by an integrated medium voltage network within the group of companies,” the company said. “Waste heat from the production process will be used to heat all of the Handtmann Group campus via an integrated heat network, reducing the use of fossil energy and the company’s carbon footprint.” 

Handtmann’s F&P division currently employs 1,500 people.