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Bosch buys PET bottle equipment maker

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

Converting Bottling Ampack Bosch Packaging Technology OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) PET containers plastic containers Tecsor Machines et Systèmes S.A.S.

Purchase signals Bosch's intent to enter the PET blow-moulding market segment.

Bosch Packaging Technology, a Germany-headquartered leading supplier of process and packaging technology, plans to acquire the assets of Tecsor Machines et Systèmes S.A.S., based in Meyreuil near Marseille, France, to enter the machinery business for PET containers.

Tecsor develops and sells machinery for making and filling PET (polyethylene terephthelate) containers for liquid and paste-like foodstuffs. Set up in 2005, the company generated sales of roughly €2-million euros in 2012 and has 14 employees.

PET is a thermoplastic, recyclable synthetic material that is often used for the production of plastic containers. Specially-designed machinery and a thermo-moulding process are used to shape the container (bottle or cup) from a PET blank. This process is the basis of the Tecsor business model.

As we all know, PET containers are globally used in the food and beverage industry, often for dairy products like milk bottles or yogurt cups.

Tescor developed a machine using a special blow-molding technology to manufacture and fill between 6,000 and 32,000 PET  bottles per hour.

“With Tecsor, we are further adding to our activities in the area of liquid foods,” says Friedbert Klefenz, president of the Bosch Packaging Technology division.

In October 2012, the packaging specialist took over Ampack in Königsbrunn, Germany. Its portfolio includes filling machinery for cups and bottles. This machinery is mainly used to fill and package highly sensitive foodstuffs such as dairy products, baby food, and hospital food.

While Ampack is a technology leader in the segment of near-sterile and aseptic processing of pre-formed cups and bottles, with the soon-to-be-finalized acquisition of Tecsor, Bosch can round out its existing portfolio of products to include its own production of cups and bottles.

“The new machinery we offer will save our customers materials, energy, and costs,” notes Klefenz. “For its part, Bosch Packaging Technology will improve its chances in the market.”

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