Expansions and Acquisitions: Marlen International and more

Marlen acquires Afoheat

Marlen International, Inc.
Marlen International, Inc.

Marlen International, Inc. has acquired Afoheat, which provides gas-powered heating, roasting, searing and grilling equipment for the food industry. Based in Veurne, Belgium, Afoheat offers continuous gas-powered infrared and direct flame technologies to enhance the appearance, aroma and taste of products such as meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and baked goods.

Marlen International is a premium global manufacturer of highly engineered food processing equipment and systems specializing in high-quality proteins and a variety of other food products. It is a Duravant Company.


On December 30, 2016, Piab acquired Vaclex, a Sweden-based manufacturer of ergonomic lifting systems based on vacuum technology. Piab has 13 sales offices and more than 900 partners, providing effective geographical and segment coverage.


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