GEA set to acquire Dutch cheese technology firm de Klokslag

By Mark ASTLEY contact

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A de Klokslag deep brine system at a Saputo plant in Montreal.
A de Klokslag deep brine system at a Saputo plant in Montreal.

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GEA has entered into an agreement to acquire Dutch cheese production technology firm de Klokslag - a deal it believes will boost its presence in the "growing segment."

Bolsward-based de Klokslag, which has supplied technology to the likes of Molkerei Ammerland, Deutsches Milchkontor (DMK), FrieslandCampina, TINE, Tnuva, and Saputo, specializes in large scale equipment for semi-hard cheese production, according to GEA.

Having "cooperated in the market at various occasions over the past decade",​ GEA is familiar with what de Klokslag has to offer, said Juerg Oleas, CEO, GEA. 

“De Klokslag fits perfectly with our new strategic approach to complement our application competencies along selected end product lines. This acquisition turns us into a full solution provider in this growing segment of the dairy sector,” ​said Oleas.

“While de Klokslag has a first rate product and strong processing capabilities on their own, they will benefit significantly from GEA’s global sales network and our systematic service approach.”

The deal, if granted regulatory approval in the Netherlands, will be completed for an undisclosed sum.

The agreement to acquire de Klokslag came within days of GEA announcing its takeover of Scan-Vibro, a Danish firm that manufactures vibration-based processing and handling technology.

Again, GEA is no stranger to Scan Vibro. The companies have worked together on several projects, including GEA's construction of the world's largest spray drier at Fonterra's Darfield plant.

“It’s a great pleasure for us to announce the acquisition of Scan-Vibro which is a perfect partner for GEA Process Engineering and a company we have been working together with for years,"​ Niels-Erik Olsen, managing director, GEA's Process Engineering business.

"The technology of Scan-Vibro fits well into our global offering and we look forward to developing Scan-Vibro further."

“We are certain that this acquisition will benefit GEA Process Engineering in the years to come. But it will most definitely benefit Scan-Vibro as our overall plan is to expand and grow the company and its offering,”​ Olsen added.

Related topics: Processing & Packaging, Cheese

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