Packaging machinery maker ProMach has acquired Quest Industrial, a Wisconsin, US-based provider of robotic integration solutions.

Founded in 2001, Quest specialises in automation across food, beverage, plastics and metal industries, although it is particularly strong in the food sector. It supplies pick and place, cup filling, knife cutting, vacuum sealing, case erecting, tray forming, palletising, and vision and verification systems. Quest is also a Fanuc authorised system integrator.

ProMach’s chief executive, Mark Anderson, said: “Robotics has been a strong growth engine for ProMach recently, with significant double-digit growth over the last few years, driven by customers looking to add automation, flexibility, consistency and more to their packaging lines.”

Don Wickstrum, founder and chief executive of Quest, will join ProMach as vice president of business development for Robotic Solutions, while current Quest president Bill Weichmann joins ProMach as vice president and general manager of Quest.

PMMI research shows nearly 30 per cent annual growth for robotic solutions within the food, beverage, and personal care industries.