With the recent acquisition of OMAS SpA, Van Berkel International Srl, part of Rovagnati Group, continues its growth and commitment as the most prestigious company in the world for high-quality food slicers and processing equipment.
Van Berkel International Srl operates two production plants, in Italy (Albizzate) and India (Chennai), and a knife production centre in Maniago (Pordenone), with approximately seventy employees in total.
Founded in 1949, OMAS SpA has two production sites in Italy, both in the province of Varese, one for food slicers and processing equipment (Oggiona S. Stefano) and the other an aluminium foundry (Besnate), employing a total of 83 employees.
Already a market leader in 1898, when the well-known BERKEL brand was conceived, Van Berkel International Group offers its customers top end food slicers (professional and domestic) as well as a wide range of food processing equipment.
Giuliano Reas, General Manager of Van Berkel International Group, explains, “the purpose of the acquisition is to leverage the scope of both brands to consolidate Van Berkel International’s leadership in the high-end slicer segment. If Berkel is recognized throughout the world for making slicers a symbol of excellence and tradition in history, OMAS founded its brand based on the same principles and thus has affirmed itself over the years due to the high quality of its machines and the deep penetration in foreign markets”.
Therefore, the business plan envisages an expansion of the product offerings and penetration of new markets. Reas continues by saying, “we want to grow in the United States, where we opened a new branch in Miami last year, and in India, where we invested in a new and improved production site that, in the last two years, has increased the production volume of over 10,000 units/year, about half of the Group’s total production; the rest will be manufactured in the Italian plants.”