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Mergers & Acquisitions: MULTIVAC acquires Trimaster Oy

With the acquisition of the Finnish company Trimaster Oy, MULTIVAC is making a significant expansion in its product portfolio of line automation, robotics and palletising systems.

With this move the packaging specialist, which operates throughout the world, can now offer complete end-to-end packaging lines right through to final palletisation. At the same time MULTIVAC is strengthening its presence in Scandinavia. Trimaster Oy was acquired by MULTIVAC Finland through the purchase contract of 9. December 2011.

Trimaster Oy, which was founded in 1998, specialises in palletising systems and robotic cells as well as monitoring and conveying systems. Trimaster Oy currently employs around 20 staff members, who will be integrated into MULTIVAC's Finnish sales and service business.

"We are delighted at the acquisition by this market leader, and we are also glad to be able to contribute our expertise in robotics and automation within the MULTIVAC Group and to be able to develop it sustainably", emphasizes Leo Johansson, the company owner to date of Trimaster Oy. He adds, "Trimaster Oy has a good market position in Finland and Sweden. Our customers benefit from the local presence and our quick reaction times".

The experience of MULTIVAC and Trimaster in the development of robotic solutions offers the opportunity of being able to offer automation for the widest range of requirements in the food processing sector. "Our customers are increasingly faced with handling challenges, for example with loading of product into packs or with the converging of packs after packaging. With the acquisition of Trimaster Oy we are extending in particular our range of ABB robots and monitoring systems," adds Esa Harju, Managing Director of MULTIVAC Finland.

Trimaster Oy is a 'preferred partner' of the Swedish company ABB Robotics and will intensify this partnership, particularly in the sector of palletising systems. ABB is one of the leading suppliers of industrial robots, modular manufacturing cells and service.
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