Switzerland-based packaging machinery and services supplier Bobst has announced an acquisition of majority stakes in Italian company Dücker Robotics for an undisclosed amount.

The Swiss company now owns 70% of Dücker Robotics’ equity.

The associated strategic agreement, according to Bobst, was completed on 28 April.

It is now projected to help Bobst in achieving its future vision and strategy to modernise packaging manufacturing works by connecting and automating the entire packaging production line in its facility.

Bobst Group CEO Jean-Pascal Bobst said: “In an era where converters are facing higher demands than ever due to the booming global demand and specifically in the e-commerce market, while simultaneously facing challenges in shortages of manpower, automation has never been more important for our clients.

“Dücker Robotics has 20 years of proven leadership in the development of robotic systems for the most sophisticated converting machines, and we are very excited to see what we can achieve together.”

Bobst said that this deal will not impact the operations of Dücker Robotics’ existing management team, which will continue to remain in place.

Furthermore, the ‘synergies’ between Bobst and Dücker Robotics will directly support the development of several new solutions, concepts as well as approaches to fulfil the existing and emerging requirements of the Swiss company’s customer base.

Another major benefit of this acquisition for Bobst is that it will help in expediting its existing leadership in the printing and converting sectors.

Leveraging its experience in the use of anthropomorphic robots, Dücker Robotics mainly specialises in providing robotic systems for the corrugated board sector.

The Italian company also offers robotic solutions for the folding carton industry.

In 2021, Bobst Italia announced closing its final tender offer to acquire 100% assets of Italian packaging equipment manufacturer Gruppo Cerutti.