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Oerlikon acquires Germany's AC-Automation GmbH
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Apr '18
Courtesy: Oerlikon
Courtesy: Oerlikon
Oerlikon has announced that it has acquired Germany-based AC-Automation GmbH & Co. KG, an engineering company specialising in large-scale plant automation solutions for the textile and packaging industries. Oerlikon engineers materials and equipment, and provides expert services for customers to make high-performance products with extended lifespans.

The two companies have been partnering since the early 1980s. The integration of AC-Automation in Oerlikon expands the market-leading technology portfolio of its Manmade Fibers Segment. It also marks a milestone in Oerlikon’s ongoing quest to offer innovative, fully automated, and digitally networked Industry solutions in the manmade fibre industry.

The 60 employees at AC-Automation’s Bernkastel-Kues and Augsburg locations will become part of Oerlikon’s Manmade Fibers Segment, which includes the leading brands Oerlikon Barmag and Oerlikon Neumag. The move will expand the segment’s business model, adding another key core component to its current offering of production plants and technology solutions from melt to yarn, fibres, and nonwovens. Ultimately, Oerlikon will be able to offer customers a total solution from a single source, including automation logistics for packaging, high-bay storage, and other areas, which complement its current market-leading spinning and process technologies for the textile industry.

Oerlikon Group CEO Roland Fischer said, “The acquisition and integration of AC-Automation’s automation solutions will provide new opportunities for our manmade fibre business. It enables the segment to increasingly position itself as an Industry solution provider in combination with our own digitisation solutions.”

Rolf Gänz, AC-Automation’s managing director said, “After such a long partnership, we are excited to be able to benefit even more in the future as part of a global player in the textile industry. Our market access will further improve with the help of the Oerlikon Group’s sales and service network.” (GK)

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