SPAIN – US-based packaging and processing firm ProMach has completed the acquisition of retorts, pasteurizing tunnels, and associated product handling automation systems maker Ferlo.

This acquisition increases ProMach’s existing position in processing equipment, expanding its international presence in the retort segment as well as strengthening its manufacturing capacity and supply chain partnerships.

For more than 50 years, Ferlo has tailored sterilization systems to the specific needs of customers in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

The firm’s core offerings include a variety of autoclaves and pasteurizing tunnels for cooking and sterilizing foods, beverages, and pharmaceutical products, complemented by a range of delivery systems to accommodate the material handling of a variety of package types and production processes.

ProMach’s existing portfolio includes product brands Allpax and Stock America, with complementary retort room offerings predominately serving the North American market.

Based in San Adrián, Navarra, Spain, Ferlo largely serves the global market outside of North America with systems installed across Europe, South America, South Africa, the Middle East, India, and Asia.

Mark Anderson, ProMach President and CEO said: “Ferlo’s significant presence and strong customer relationships outside North America make it a great fit with our existing business.

“They’ve built a tremendous brand reputation serving many large global companies, and it’s exactly what we need as we continue to expand internationally.”

ProMach’s Allpax product brand has been working with Ferlo for nearly two decades, utilizing its manufacturing competency to assist in supplying retort room equipment.

“It’s something they excel at,” said Greg Jacob, senior vice president of ProMach’s Handling and Sterilizing business line.

“While they do an outstanding job outfitting Ferlo branded retort systems, they also have a best-in-class process to efficiently manufacture high-quality pressure vessels, which has developed into a great manufacturing partnership between the businesses.”

Upon completion of the deal, Ferlo and its entire staff will join the ProMach team as part of ProMach’s Handling & Sterilizing business line under the leadership of Greg Jacob.

Current Ferlo owner and President, Rafael Lopez, will join ProMach as Vice President and General Manager of Ferlo.

ProMach will continue to invest in Ferlo’s team, brand, products, services, facility, distribution relationships, and research and development efforts to further advance its position as a leader in processing technologies.

In June this year, ProMach acquired Italy-based flexible packaging machinery maker Reepack expanding its flexible packaging portfolio in Europe.

For all the latest packaging and printing industry news from Africa and the World, subscribe to our NEWSLETTER, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.