Stafforce Personnel has acquired the Doncaster-based Centre For Food Robotics And Automation as part of a drive to expand the consultancy services it offers.
The Centre, known as CenFRA, was formed with assistance from soon to be abolished regional development agency Yorkshire Forward in 2007 as the UK’s centre of excellence for encouraging the use of robots and automation in the food and drink industry and provides consultancy and research and development services.
Ian Anderson, chief executive of Rotherham-based Stafforce, said: “This strategic acquisition will enhance our consultancy services and help us to improve the profitability of businesses in the food, drink and other industries.
“This is the fourth acquisition in 12 months for Stafforce, as we continue to expand our offer and enhance customer service.
“With the expertise and skills of CenFRA we are looking forward to further developing business opportunities as a direct result of this acquisition.”
Steve Cann, general manager of CenFRA, said: “There is a very close strategic fit between CenFRA and Stafforce. As part of a larger group, we see many opportunities to extend our expertise within the sector and enable even more food and drink businesses to benefit.”
Stafforce was founded more than 30 years ago in Rotherham and now has more than 25 branches and on site operations nationwide.
The company employs 150 people, supplies around 3,300 staff every week to industries which include food, retail, manufacturing and construction, and numbers leading national food manufacturers such as Golden Wonder and Auntie Bessie’s among its clients.
CenFRA is the National Skills’ Academy’s UK Strategic Champion for robotics and automation within food and drinks manufacturing and has close links with academic institutions and universities, which can help with access to grant funding and leading edge automation.
One of its major achievements has been to develop a fully interactive learning package, which helps food industry workers in automated food manufacturing plants to increase their skills.