Filtrox sells engineering division
The Filtrox Group has sold Filtrox Engineering to Bucher Unipektin
The Filtrox Group has sold its Filtrox Engineering division to Switzerland's Bucher Unipektin. The transaction will be completed in the first quarter of 2013, and the companies have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. A supply contract for components was also agreed.
Bucher is hoping that the acquisition will not only strengthen its existing beverage technology business, but give it access to the global beer market, in particular the emerging economies of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The company said in a statement that 'Filtrox Engineering's know-how in the area of beer filtration and Bucher Unipektin's expertise in fruit juice filtration are a good match', adding that 'The activities acquired comprise all the company's process and manufacturing know-how, all the engineering activities as well as the system assembly business for filtration devices and systems'.
Filtrox Engineering has a staff of 35, divided between St. Gallen in Switzerland and Shanghai. No jobs will be lost after the acquisition - the St. Gallen site will remain as it is, while the sales and project engineering activities in Shanghai will be integrated into Bucher Unipektin's Chinese operation in Beijing. Filtrox Engineering's managing director Jürg Zuber will continue in the role.
About Bucher Unipektin
Bucher Unipektin has 150 employees, and is part of the Bucher Specials division of Bucher Industries. It specialises in developing machinery for the production of fruit juices and concentrates, in addition manufacturing systems for dewatering sewage sludge. Bucher Industries employs more than 10,000 people worldwide, producing machinery for everything from food packaging to glass inspection.