News | July 23, 2012

Bosch Packaging Technology Bosch Plans To Acquire Ampack Ammann

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Extension of technological leadership in packaging of liquid and paste-like food
• Packaging specialist operates its own research division and employs some 250 associates
• Division president Friedbert Klefenz: an ideal complement to our existing product portfolio in the area of low-germ and aseptic processing of pre-formed cups and bottles.

Bosch, the leading global supplier of technology and services, intends to acquire Ampack Ammann, located in Königsbrunn near Augsburg, Germany. Agreements to this effect were signed on July 20, 2012. Ampack Ammann develops, manufactures, and sells filling and packaging machines for liquid and paste-like foodstuffs. Employing some 250 associates, the company has generated average sales of some 35 million euros over the past few years. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The planned takeover is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.

Equipment developed and produced by Ampack Ammann includes cup and bottle filling machines as well as dosing systems and peripheral machinery. The equipment is mainly used to fill and pack highly sensitive food such as dairy products, baby food, and hospital food, but also dosable products such as cereals. Moreover, the company has conducted its own research in the field of aseptics and run a microbiology test laboratory since 2005.

Extending technological leadership
"Ampack Ammann is a technological leader in the area of low-germ and aseptic processing of pre-formed cups and bottles. With the acquisition of Ampack Ammann we will be able to complement our existing product portfolio in this segment", said Friedbert Klefenz, president of the Bosch Packaging Technology division. Klefenz believes this will enable the Bosch division to extend its technological leadership in the packaging of liquid and paste-like food products.

Apart from manufacturing its own machines and equipment, Ampack Ammann offers an extensive range of after-sales services. These include the maintenance and overhaul of used machinery and the supply of spare parts. Ampack Ammann also acts as general contractor for complete filling and packing lines. Its customers include European dairies as well as producers of food and of nutritional products for hospitals and infants.

Rainer Ammann, the executive director and son of the company founder Siegfried Ammann, regards the planned takeover by Bosch as an important milestone in the company's development: "Bosch Packaging Technology's global sales and service network will put us in an even better position to market our filling and packaging machines internationally." In Ammann's view, exploiting this additional market potential will support the strong further development of this family business, which was established in 1973.

About Bosch
The Bosch division Packaging Technology, based in Waiblingen (Germany), is one of the leading suppliers in the field of processing and packaging technology. In more than 15 countries worldwide it develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceutical, food and confectionery industries. The comprehensive service portfolio completes the package. The worldwide sales and service network offers local contacts. For more information, visit www.boschpackaging.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.5 billion euros in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.2 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

For more information, visit www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com.

Source: Bosch Packaging Technology