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Baldwin Technology Company, a provider process automation products, consumables and services to the print, textile and film industries, has acquired Ahlbrandt System. The acquisition is pending German government approval, with a target closing date of September 30, 2017.
Headquartered in Lauterbach, Germany, Ahlbrandt’s 87 team members and corona treatment, spray coating and hot air drying products complement the Baldwin team and its product and service portfolios.
‘I am very excited that Ahlbrandt is joining the Baldwin team,’ said Holger Bätz, managing director of Ahlbrandt. ‘Not only is our expertise in developing and producing top-quality equipment and systems a nice complement to Baldwin’s broad product portfolio, I am confident that Ahlbrandt’s talent and passion for innovation in surface finishing will rise to new levels within the Baldwin family. This partnership presents a great opportunity for the Ahlbrandt team to expand our business to new geographical markets and customers, and I am convinced that this acquisition will have a very positive influence on Ahlbrandt’s new ‘Serviceplus’ growth strategy.’
Brent Becker, CEO of Baldwin said: ‘Bringing Ahlbrandt into the Baldwin family will strengthen our ability to provide value to our customers through broader technology and service offerings. This exciting investment underscores our commitment to a strategy that blends organic and acquisition growth to enhance our global footprint and the technology we can deliver to our customers. We are also eagerly looking forward to expanding our footprint in Germany, and we expect both teams to realize many benefits from close cooperation between our Lauterbach and Friedberg production and assembly facilities.’
Ahlbrandt is Baldwin’s third acquisition since joining the BW Forsyth Partners’ family of companies in 2012. In 2014, Baldwin acquired Web Printing Controls; in January of 2017, Air Motion Systems. Baldwin’s continued focus on strategic acquisitions has positioned the company for even greater success and created enormous opportunity for the company’s team members around the world.