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KBA Takes Control of Kammann Maschinenbau

July 23, 2013

KBA continues its push into the packaging sector with a move to take an 85 percent controlling interest in Kammann Maschinenbau GmbH, a German manufacturer of presses and systems for container, label and technical printing.

Private-equity firm Perusa of Munich, Germany, was the previous majority shareholder of the company. In addition to KBA’s 85 percent controlling interest, Kammann’s two managing directors will continue to hold a 15 percent stake in the company. The acquisition is still subject to formal conditions.

The investment in Kammann follows KBA’s March 2013 decision to take majority control of Flexotecnica in Tavazzano, Italy, which is still under review by regulatory authorities. Flexotecnica moves KBA into the flexible packaging sector, with an emphasis on films. Around 100 Flexotecnica employees build central-cylinder flexo presses.

Kammann Maschinenbau was founded in 1955 and has a total of 175 employees. In 2012, the company generated annual sales of over €30 million ($39 million). Kammann primarily produces presses and screen-printing systems for decorating hollow containers made from premium-quality glass, plastic and metal.

Along with screen printing, Kammann’s transport systems can also be equipped with hot-stamping, inkjet printing and decorating processes. Kammann, according to KBA, is the global market leader in developing systems for directly decorating glass containers.

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