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ProMach has acquired Quest Industrial, a provider of robotic integration solutions.

The move means the packaging machinery provider will strengthen its robotics integration capabilities across multiple markets.

Wisconsin, USA-based Quest was founded in 2001 and is a full-service robotic integrator that specialises in automation solutions across food, beverage, plastics, metal.

Its machinery include applications in pick and place, cup filling, knife cutting, vacuum sealing, case-erecting, tray forming, palletising, vision and verification systems, as well as bundling multiple application technologies into a single robotic packaging cell.

Mark Anderson, ProMach president and chief executive, said: “Robotics has been a strong growth engine for ProMach recently, with significant double-digit growth over the last few years, driven by customers looking to add automation, flexibility, consistency, and more to their packaging lines.

“Quest is a high integrity team with a well-earned reputation for designing, fabricating, delivering, and supporting robotic cells to customers across a range of industries.”

Don Wickstrum, founder and chief executive of Quest, will join ProMach as vice president of business development for Robotic Solutions.

Current Quest president Bill Weichmann will join ProMach as vice president and general Mmanager of Quest.

Wickstrum said: “ProMach has a strong reputation in the marketplace for acquiring and integrating companies with minimal disruption and driving organic growth within their product brands by giving them the autonomy to run their business combined with access to ProMach’s resources and network.

“This deal lets Quest continue to grow, expand our operations, add talented team members, and most importantly create additional value for our customers.”

Anderson added: “The latest PMMI research shows nearly 30% annual growth for robotic solutions within the food, beverage, and personal care industries.

“The addition of Quest ensures we have best-in-class robotic solutions to help customers navigate and support this growth, combined with access to the entire ProMach portfolio of solutions to solve almost any packaging challenge, including integrated turnkey systems for complete packaging lines.”