Bosch Packaging Technology has announced plans to acquire the assets of Tecsor Machines et Systèmes, a French manufacturer of machinery to make and fill polyethylene terephthelate (PET) containers, for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition, which is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities, allows Bosch to enter into the PET blow-moulding technology business and begin its own production of cups and bottles.
Further, Bosch will also be able to round out its existing portfolio of products in the area of near-sterile and aseptic processing of pre-formed cups and bottles.
According to Bosch, a machine developed by Tecsor can make and fill between 6,000 and 32,000 bottles per hour using blow-moulding technology.
Bosch Packaging Technology division president Friedbert Klefenz said the new machinery will save its customers' materials, energy and costs.
"With Tecsor, we are further adding to our activities in the area of liquid foods," Klefenz said.
Tecsor, which generated sales of about €2m in 2012, manufactures containers for liquid and paste-like foodstuffs. It uses specially designed machinery and a thermo-moulding process to shape containers from a PET blank.
In October 2012, Bosch acquired Germany-based Ampack, whose portfolio includes filling machinery for cups and bottles.
Highly sensitive foodstuffs such as dairy products, baby food and hospital food will be filled and packed using this machinery.
A thermoplastic, recyclable synthetic material, PET is used for the production of plastic containers are used in the food and beverage industry, including milk bottles or yogurt cups..
Image: Tecsor develops and sells machinery for making and filling PET containers. Photo: Courtesy of Bosch.