Shropshire-based milking parlour manufacturer Fullwood Packo has announced plans to take over a Dutch dealer network.

Mewitec BV is a Dutch organisation made up of seven dealers who import, retail, install and provide technical service support for Fullwood Packo smart milking and cooling solutions in The Netherlands.

The deal makes Mewitec a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fullwood Packo, giving the group a direct trading relationship with farmers throughout the Netherlands.

Fullwood Packo Dairy Group managing director Andrew Dodwell said: “The acquisition of the entire shareholding of the Mewitec business is the perfect strategic opportunity for the group as it gives us the ability to work more closely with our dealers in the Netherlands.

"It also provides scope to significantly expand our presence within the Dutch market and to grow our market share on mainland Europe.

The purchase gives us access to a wealth of experience in the form of five new colleagues - all of whom are well known and respected within the Netherlands, and who we feel confident will help Fullwood Packo to grow substantially over the next five years.

In the short term, the Mewitec business will continue to operate as normal before rebranding under the name Fullwood Packo BV.

The newly acquired business will be overseen by Marco Schreuder in his capacity as country manager for the Netherlands and he will report directly to the firm's managing director Andrew Dodwell.