Last month, we strengthened the Sales team with the arrival of two experienced men. Laurent Delroise (46; left) takes over from Bernard Verriele and as Sales Manager will focus on advice and sales of Fischbein products in the north and east of France. Laurent has been active in the packaging industry for 20 years, the last 10 of which with his own company.

Francisco Fernández Lee (40) is Sales Manager Spain and will give a boost to the marketing of the products and solutions of Fischbein and Votech. He comes from Piab and has a specialism in maintenance technology.

On May 1,  started in the position of Head of Production & Supply Chain in our Reusel location.

“My tasks and responsibilities will be to manage and improve these two departments. A great challenge, which I start with a lot of energy. Besides managing these departments, I am also part of the management team. We are currently working on a number of interesting projects. One of them is the implementation of a new ERP system. This will help us streamline the processes so that we can work even more efficiently. Also, we are doubling the production space by building a new hall, which will allow us to build and test more production lines simultaneously.”


Last week it was still a stony plain, now there are already recognizable outlines of a building. We are working hard on our second building in Reusel. It is rising almost immediately next to the current one and will double the available space. This will enable us to pursue intensive collaboration with Fischbein, the sister company in the Duravant group to which we are most directly related. Our joint mission: more beautiful packaging projects for customers throughout Europe.

Last week we delivered to the full satisfaction of our customer a complete packaging line with bagging machine, palletizer and stretch hooder to bag various types of grains, seeds and pulses!

Duravant Acquires Votech, European-based Bagging Automation Equipment Provider

Engineered equipment leader Duravant expands bag management and palletizing offerings with Packaging segment acquisition

Downers Grove, IL – February 22, 2021 – Duravant LLC (“Duravant”), a global engineered equipment and automation solutions provider to the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors, announced the acquisition of Votech GS B.V. (“Votech”), a leading manufacturer of bag filling machines, palletizer machines, stretch hood machines and pallet transport systems headquartered in Reusel, The Netherlands. Votech will join forces with Fischbein International, a Duravant Operating Company, to serve their global customer base.

The combination of Votech’s expertise in bag management and palletizing and Fischbein’s portfolio of bag sealing and sewing equipment creates a complementary fit between the two companies. “There is a very complementary relationship between our two organizations,” said Olivier Hancotte, VP and General Manager of Fischbein. “We’re thrilled to work closely with the Votech team to create a broader product offering for both companies’ customers. Fischbein and Votech equipment will both be available through the Fischbein global sales team.”

This partnership brings together two global engineered equipment leaders and extends Duravant’s ability to serve customers and partners in over 190 countries worldwide across multiple sectors including agriculture, industrials, fruit and vegetables, ingredients, pet food and more. “We’re excited to be a part of the Duravant group of world-class brands and automation solutions,” said Rolf Michiels, Director of Project Sales. “Aligning with the Fischbein team to better serve our customers through a united and collaborative strategy is an exciting prospect for us. Duravant’s lifecycle management via the company’s SupportPro services also gives our customers broader access to value-added solutions that will help their operations achieve their productivity and
efficiency goals.”

The Votech brand of packaging machinery has been a competitive force in filling and bag management for over a decade. Votech’s deep engineering and development capabilities allow for the custom design of complete automated solutions from the filling of a bag, to the internal pallet transport to the warehouse. Recognized for superior engineering, package control and local field service support, Votech has proven success delivering packaging solutions for free-flowing and powders applications.

“Our partnership with Duravant opens the path for Votech’s geographic expansion and growth in Europe, the Middle-East, Africa and North America,” adds Pierre Dierckx, Director of Operations. “We’re thrilled to also collaborate with nVenia, Duravant’s US-based operating company serving customers across a wide array of industrial end markets and consumer packaged goods.” The Votech solution set for powders applications is highly complementary with the nVenia product range across primary, secondary and end-of-line packaging.

About Duravant
Headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, Duravant is a global engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Through their portfolio of operating companies, Duravant delivers trusted end-to-end process solutions for customers and partners through engineering and integration expertise, project management and operational excellence. With worldwide sales distribution and service networks, they provide immediate and lifetime aftermarket support to all the markets they serve in the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors. Duravant’s market-leading brands are synonymous with innovation, durability and reliability. For more information, visit

About Votech
Headquartered in Reusel, The Netherlands, Votech specializes in developing bag filling and palletizer machines, stretch hood machines and transport systems. The Votech brand has been recognized for providing complete packaging lines from the filling of a bag, through to the internal pallet transport to the warehouse. The entire Votech equipment portfolio is available through Fischbein, a Duravant Company. For more information, visit

About Fischbein
Fischbein designs and manufactures bag packaging equipment and complete systems. For over 100 years, Fischbein has been the leader in sewing and sealing systems by delivering highly engineered, robust and dependable solutions. Serving customers worldwide in agriculture, animal feed, seed, pet food, chemical, mineral, milling, food, building material, medical and pharmaceutical industries, Fischbein has a full range of sealing, filling, weighing, handling, and palletizing equipment that is sold and serviced in more than 190 countries. Fischbein is a Duravant Company. For more information, visit

We designed this stretchhooder for our client because he has several packaging lines where different types of pallets are handled.
You can imagine that a small Düsseldorf pallet needs a smaller film than a large block pallet.
Our stretchhooder is designed to scan the pallet for height and dimensions before it enters the stretchhooder.
It then automatically knows which film size to choose in order to provide the pallet with the correct cover.
It is also possible to cover two Düsseldorf pallets separately, after which they can be fed back into the stretchhooder automatically and can be hooded as a pair.

Last week we started with the installation of a complete turn-key project for the peat industry.

For this project we are taking care of:
– The product supply to the packaging machines
– The packaging machines for the potting soil
– Palletising of the filled bags
– Covering the stacked pallets and bales by stretchhooder
– The automatic infeed and outfeed of pallets

Our customer faced the problem that his space was limited and his customers wanted to pack products in both tubular film bags and open mouth bags.

We discussed the problem with our customer and looked at the possibilities.

We designed a multifunctional bag filling machine that can process both types of bags on one machine.

We equipped these two bag filling machines with a servo driven vertical dosing screw so that dosing can be done very accurately and the dust formation around the filling point is nil.

The empty bag is placed around the vertical dosing screw by means of a bag clamp.
After this, the vertical dosing screw starts filling the bag and the bag will move downwards as the level in the bag increases.
As a result, there is no falling force of the powder and dust forming is nil.

The vertical dosing screws are also easy to clean to prevent mixing of different products.