50 years of continuous innovation

3 June 2019

Cabinplant, an innovative supplier of processing equipment for the food industry, celebrated its 50th anniversary on 1 June. Ground-breaking solutions for blanching vegetables, robot solutions for the fishing industry and advanced weighing and packing systems for the meat industry are among the installations that Cabinplant has supplied around the world.

The company employs 300 people, and has production facilities in Denmark and Poland, its own sales companies in Germany, Spain and the United States, and agents in more than 40 countries.

Innovation in the food industry

Two enterprising entrepreneurs, Vagn Hansen and Hans Clausen, founded Cabinplant in June 1969, and the name comes from a short-lived flirtation with the production of spray booths. A breakthrough came with the development of equipment for the fishing industry, including processing equipment for the world's largest mackerel factory. Since then, further innovations have included the famous blanching equipment, which still sets the standard for processing vegetables.

In the 1990s, Cabinplant invested considerable resources in the development of automatic packaging and weighing systems. This has resulted in the fact that today they are among the world leaders in precise weighing of fish, chicken and meat products, and packing using almost every type of packaging for retail sales.

They are also experts in post-marinating meat products, and have revolutionised automatic weighing of chicken meat. Germany's largest producers of fresh chicken for the retail trade, Emsland Frischgeflügel and Celler Land Frischgeflügel, have 21 Cabinplant installations. In the near future, we will be installing the company's high-end equipment in Norsk Kylling's new sustainable factory for the production of chicken products in Orkanger, Norway.

Ralf Astrup, CEO of Cabinplant A/S, says: “We have always been sustained by a dream of developing solutions that can provide better food on a sustainable basis.”

A clear generational change

Today, Cabinplant is managed by Astrup and Jan Helskov Hansen. They took over ownership and control from the two founders, Hans Clausen and Vagn Hansen, as part of a generational change in 2006. Today, Astrup is the CEO and Jan Helskov Hansen is the CFO.

Since 2016, Cabinplant has been 80% owned by CTB, a Warren Buffett company, while the management owns the rest. The new and expanded ownership has contributed to strengthening Cabinplant's international presence and manoeuvrability. This is thanks to new collaboration opportunities, also with the Dutch Meyn Group, which comes under the same group umbrella.

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