Welbilt’s high-speed oven brand Merrychef is investing a seven-figure sum in the latest machine laser technology to support its growth in markets such as the US.
The company has seen growing demand for the ovens, which are built in Sheffield, England, and used by brands such as Subway.
It has installed a new Amada EML AJ series laser cutting and punching machine, which is 45% faster and 43% more energy efficient than previous machines.
This will help to significantly increase production and improve order wait times.
Colin Lacey, vice president and managing director at Merrychef, explained: “The last quarter of 2020 was our second highest on record, with Merrychef ovens being shipped to all four corners of the world. From South Korea to Chile, the USA to Australia and the Middle East, demand for Merrychef high-speed ovens has never been greater.
“This has been driven by a variety of factors, not least the significant number of operators turning to equipment with speed, to facilitate a move to takeaway and click-and-collect operations across the industry. Despite increased competition, Merrychef remains the preferred brand for foodservice operators who need queue-busting speed, ease of use and unparalleled customer support.”
Alongside this, the company is creating an additional 50 roles across all areas of the site, due to an increase in exports that is forecast to continue throughout 2021 and beyond.