Manitowoc/Welbilt And Halton Group Form Strategic Alliance
Manitowoc Foodservice, which becomes Welbilt Inc. on March 6, and Halton Group Americas have entered into a strategic alliance that will see Halton’s ventilation systems integrated into a wide range of Welbilt’s equipment.
Both companies are heavily involved with the restaurant chain business; they see the alliance as a framework to combine the best from their individual innovation teams to develop system solutions in four specific areas: increasing kitchen output while reducing kitchen footprint; improving speed of service and overall kitchen ergonomics; better managing kitchen temperatures to improve employee comfort and maximize productivity; and reducing total building energy consumption.
“We are pleased to partner with Halton as we believe that peak kitchen performance requires the integration of the cooking equipment to the ventilation systems,” comments Manitowoc/Welbilt President/CEO Hubertus Muehlhaeuser.
The integration includes the acceleration of digital technology, kitchen control systems, remote monitoring to provide better systems and service over the equipment life cycle.
“We are very happy to be able to combine our own top expertise with the solutions of a leading kitchen appliance supplier like Welbilt,” says Mika Halttunen, Chairman of the Board at Halton Group. Halton has a long history of partnerships and co-development projects with various related technology suppliers, and with this strategic alliance, the firm aims to speed up the international sales and further development of its products.
“We will be able in the future to create even better well-being for kitchen staff who work around the world and better possibilities for operators in the restaurant field too to offer the best customer experience for their own customers,” adds Halttunen.