• Markem-Imaje's partnership with Foodmach is effective 1 December 2017.
    Markem-Imaje's partnership with Foodmach is effective 1 December 2017.

Global coding and marking specialist, Markem-Imaje, has appointed Foodmach as its new authorised Sales & Service distributor in regional Victoria, regional NSW and South Australia, effective from 1 Dec 2017.

“We are confident that Foodmach we will strengthen Markem-Imaje’s presence and ability to serve our customers in a more efficient and effective way. The newly formed partnership will see an expanded offering, which will support the growth of our business and an increase of our service level,” said Frank Giordano-Hauser, Channel & OEM sales manager, Oceania, Markem-Imaje.

With more than 45 years’ experience, the Echuca-based Foodmach is an internationally recognised designer and manufacturer of value engineered automation solutions for the food, dairy and beverage sector.

“Our customers have an increasing demand for completely integrated hardware and software based packaging line solutions. The extensive Markem-Imaje product offering allows us to add traceability and provenance capabilities to our advanced line-control solutions,” said Earle Roberts, CCO at Foodmach.

The partnership between the two industry leaders was initiated by Phillip Biggs and Geoff Murdoch of Packaging Partners, a large Foodmach shareholder.

“We are confident this partnership will deliver solid gains for Foodmach, Markem-Imaje, and most importantly, our customers and employees,” Biggs told PKN.

“We like the fact that the large and satisfied customer base of each business is very complementary; we’re hoping to sell a lot of 'burger and fries' combo deals!” he quipped.

Leading the business will be Tim Baron, who joins from Sick Australia and will take up the role of business manager, Coding and Labelling at Foodmach.

Foodmach will also employ two Markem-Imaje team members based in South Australia: Rachel Harding, account manager and Jake Parry, service engineer.

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