Key Technology and Heat and Control Form Strategic Partnership in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa

Key Technology, Inc., a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, and Heat and Control Pty Ltd. announce an extension of their existing strategic partnership, supporting customers in Australia, New Zealand and India, to now include the region of South Africa and Sub-Saharan. Under the terms of the agreement, Key has appointed Heat and Control as their exclusive agent in these regions to sell and service Key’s high-performance digital sorters, vibratory conveyors and other automation systems effective immediately.

Bringing these two well-established, world-class suppliers together for Africa and the sub Saharan achieves a common purpose and augments both companies’ value propositions to benefit customers in this region. Key Technology’s line of equipment is highly complementary to Heat and Control’s processing and packaging portfolio, giving processors convenient access to a more complete line solution from a single source. By leveraging Heat and Control’s facilities in Cape Town, South Africa, Key can better support customers with demonstration and application testing capabilities and expedite delivery of Key’s spare parts and after sales service.

“Key Technology has a long-standing history with Heat and Control, and our collaborative partnership now extends to deliver innovative, optimized solutions to processors in South Africa and sub Saharan,” said Erik Blom, Managing Director of Food Processing EMEIA for Duravant. “Together, we can deliver added value to our customers through our combined industry expertise, extensive product offering and strong infrastructure of sales and service organizations.”

“The Heat and Control team is excited about this new partnership with Key. Their products complement ours perfectly in terms of their innovation and reliability, yet they offer adjacent capabilities that target the same or similar product applications,” said Jeff Rossouw, General Manager – Africa at Heat and Control. “Key’s equipment, which includes their best-in-class VERYX® digital sorters and Iso-Flo® vibratory conveyors, is ideal for processors that want to elevate their product quality and food safety while improving efficiencies and yields in an increasingly competitive market.”

By adding Key Technology equipment to their product offering in South Africa and sub Saharan, Heat and Control has expanded their already large portfolio of processing and packaging solutions. Heat and Control now provides a wider range of solutions for manufacturers of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, potato products, nuts, snacks, meats, poultry, seafood and other food products.

About Key Technology, Inc.

Key Technology, a member of the Duravant family of operating companies, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of automation systems including digital sorters, conveyors, and other processing equipment. Applying processing knowledge and application expertise, Key helps customers in the food processing and other industries improve quality, increase yield, and reduce cost. Key manufactures its products at its headquarters in Walla Walla, Washington, USA; Beusichem, the Netherlands; Hasselt, Belgium; and Redmond, Oregon, USA. Key offers customer demonstration and testing services at five locations including Walla Walla, Beusichem, and Hasselt as well as Sacramento, California, USA and Melbourne, Australia; and maintains a sales and service office in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico.

About Duravant

Headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, Duravant is a global engineered equipment company with manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout North 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. Visit

About Heat and Control

Heat and Control is world leading single source supplier in the design and manufacture of food processing and packaging technology. Founded in 1950, Heat and Control has played an integral role in the development of industrial cooking systems, transforming the food processing industry and pioneering continuous cooking equipment. Heat and Control’s innovative and collaborative thinking is driven by its team of experts including engineers, food technologists, skilled tradespeople, and support teams to provide food manufacturers with confidence to achieve their production goals. With unparalleled industry knowledge, the company understands the specific commercial, technical and collaboration challenges involved with taking a project from inception through to completion.

Headquartered in Hayward, California, Heat and Control’s global manufacturing facilities are located throughout the USA, and in Australia, Mexico, China and India, with a total of 12 manufacturing facilities, nine test centers and over 30 offices worldwide, supported through a network of regional sales offices including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dubai, France, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa and The Netherlands.

For inquiries, please contact or phone +27 21 948 5934 in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Key Technology
150 Avery Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362 USA

Phone: +1 509 876 9428