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AutoCoding Systems Ltd, global leader in packaging line automation solutions, is acquired by JBT Corporation, Chicago

AutoCoding Systems is delighted and excited to announce that they have been acquired by JBT Corporation enabling them to continue with their expansion and growth within the food and beverage industry.

JBT Corporation is a global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food and beverage industry. The acquisition of AutoCoding Systems for £12.5 million extends JBT’s capabilities in packaging line equipment and associated devices, including coding and label inspection and verification.

AutoCoding Systems’ world-class packaging line automation software solution integrates all in-line packaging devices such as coders, scanners, labellers, checkweighers and inspection equipment.  By automating the set-up and control of the equipment, the need for human intervention is removed thereby reducing manual inspection and downtime for line configuration.  Whilst AutoCoding is scalable across JBT FoodTech’s diverse end markets, it provides a particularly strategic fit with JBT’s Proseal business where its tray sealing equipment begins the end-of-line process.

Mike Hughes, AutoCoding Systems’ managing director said: “This is an exciting time for AutoCoding Systems in the UK, US and Australia.  With the support of JBT and their wealth of experience across multiple businesses supplying the food and beverage industry, including Proseal, AutoCoding Systems can expand their reach into previously untapped markets for packaging line automation software.”

“AutoCoding’s offering embodies JBT’s broader mission to make better use of the world’s precious resources by providing a solution that substantially enhances our customers’ success. AutoCoding helps its customers reduce food waste, ensures complete and accurate food packaging information, and facilitates traceability and food safety,” said Brian Deck, JBT's president and chief executive officer. “The acquisition also expands our capabilities in the large and growing global market for in-line coding and inspection solutions, which includes hardware and software for food & beverage, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical customers.”

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