Marelec Food Technologies initiates expansion venture with new facility in Nieuwpoort

Laying the foundation stone marks a new era for the global leader in high-tech food processing systems

Nieuwpoort, Belgium - April 30, 2024 - Marelec Food Technologies has marked the beginning of a new chapter by laying the foundation stone for its expansive new facility in Nieuwpoort, Belgium. The ceremony, graced by the esteemed presence of the Governor of West Flanders, Carl Decaluwé, heralds a transformative phase for the renowned company.

Last year, Marelec celebrated its 40th anniversary, but the ultimate gift is on hold until the middle of next year. The 150 employees of Marelec are eagerly awaiting their move from Redanweg to Westendelaan, where construction of an expansive new building spanning 11,000m2  is currently underway.


Founded by Piet Rommelaere and his father Marcel in 1983, Marelec has evolved into a global player in the field of high-tech portioning and sorting systems, with a focus on developing its own software. The company's innovative solutions ensure that meat, poultry, and fish are efficiently packaged for supermarkets worldwide. Marelec's success caught the attention of Duravant, an American corporation specializing in providing technical equipment and automation solutions for the food processing, packaging, and material handling sectors, which acquired the company. However, Piet and his sister Katrien remain owners of the buildings, taking on the role of developers for the new facility.


"We are investing  in the new building because we strongly believe in the future of the company," explains Piet Rommelaere. Marelec's commitment to innovation has propelled it to the forefront of its industry, driving the need for expanded facilities. "At Redanweg, we have no room for expansion, hence this investment," adds Managing Director Joeri De Vriesere. "The three floors high offices block will be the centerpiece. Our production area will nearly double in size from the current 6,000 to 11,000m2, with the potential for further expansion. We aim to create a flexible production space with a streamlined workflow and, eventually, a demonstration area."


About Marelec Food Technologies

Marelec Food Technologies has been active in the food-processing industry since 1983. The company designs and manufactures high-tech portioning, weighing, grading and control systems for the fishing and food industries to optimize the efficiency of manufacturing processes. Its team of enthusiastic engineers and designers is responsible for the development and production of these systems. A network of international sales offices and distributors in over 50 countries is available whenever a MARELEC customer needs advice, rapid delivery, or the best possible local after-sales service. Its systems are delivered across the world, with great attention to the individual requirements of its customers. For more information, visit www.marelec.com.


About Duravant

Headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, Duravant is a global engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Through their portfolio of operating companies, Duravant delivers trusted end-to-end process solutions for customers and partners through engineering and integration expertise, project management and operational excellence. With worldwide sales distribution and service networks, they provide immediate and lifetime aftermarket support to all the markets they serve in the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors. Duravant’s market-leading brands are synonymous with innovation, durability and reliability. For more information, visit www.duravant.com.

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