Australia’s tna has opened an office in the Minhang district of Shanghai, China, to provide local food manufacturers with on-the-ground support services. Called TNA Solutions Company, the move follows the opening of tna’s first Chinese manufacturing site in Qingdao in 2011.

Alf Taylor, chief executive at tna, commented: “China is one of the major economic players in the world and we’re delighted to be opening another site here as we continue to expand our global footprint. Our installation base in the country is well-established, ranging from baggers, conveyors, fryers and seasoning equipment to complete potato processing and confectionery moulding lines. With our new Shanghai office we are even more accessible to our local customer base and provide them with the support they need to maximise the potential of our integrated packaging and processing solutions.” 

The office will be managed by Sean Xu, and will host both sales and technical service staff. In addition, tna has set up a new Chinese website (tnasolutions.cn), which features the company’s portfolio of turnkey products and services. Xu recently joined tna as general manager – China, and boasts experience in providing customised processing and packaging solutions.

Sean Xu, general manager – China at tna

Commenting on his appointment, Xu stated: I’m thrilled to be joining tna at such an exciting time for the company. tna’s growth has been unprecedented in the last few years and its dedication to innovation and engineering excellence are renowned across the industry. 

“The Chinese food industry is expected to grow faster than anywhere else in the world. It’s a huge and highly competitive market, but it’s also a market that is filled with opportunities. In particular food safety and automation will be key issues over the next few years, something tna is well-equipped for thanks to its comprehensive portfolio of integrated turnkey solutions. There is also a growing number of time-pressed consumers with higher disposable incomes, who desire confectionery products with new tastes and flavours, making it an ideal market for our flexible starch moulding technology from NID. Together, we’ll be able to equip local manufacturers with the tools and strategies they need to gain a stronger competitive advantage.”