Monday, 19 November 2018

 

Bosch has decided to look for a buyer for its packaging machinery business (PA), more specifically the pharmaceuticals and food units of the packaging technology division. 

Bosch Group explains that it has not identified any sufficiently relevant synergy effects in terms of business or technology that might offer the division prospects for the future within Bosch. The group is certain that its packaging technology operations need to be put on a different footing that will allow them to react more flexibly to the specific requirements of the packaging machinery market, according to the company’s announcement. Its special-purpose machinery manufacturer Robert Bosch Manufacturing Solutions GmbH is a separate entity, and will remain part of the Bosch Group.

“This decision will allow Bosch to narrow its focus on issues of importance for its future, such as the transformation of the Bosch Group and its future digitalization strategy, including the Internet of Things, and to pool its resources accordingly,” says Dr. Stefan Hartung, the Bosch board of management member responsible for the energy and building technology and industrial technology business sectors. 

“Both PA and Bosch will benefit from this decision. A reorganized packaging technology business will be able to adapt more flexibly to the diverse requirements of this typically SME market, while Bosch will be free to focus its attention entirely on the group’s impending profound transformation,” Hartung adds. Bosch Group’s strategy is to structure its operations competitively, so it continuously adjusts its business fields;  it is in this context that this decision has been made.

From a business perspective, the past two fiscal years were difficult for certain PA units. Under new management, however, the company has begun to realign, with some initial success. Many units are now in a good position to serve the growing market, Bosch says. In the years ahead, the company expects to see increasing demand, as the food unit has strengthened its core areas, and intends to further expand its market position.

PA currently employs some 6,100 associates in its global packaging technology operations. Its aim is for all its associates and locations to be retained by the eventual buyer. 

The product portfolio of Bosch Packaging Technology includes filling, processing, and packaging technology for piece goods and bulk items in the food industry. 

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