DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — LCI Corp.'s Fluid Systems Division has broadened its polymer filtration portfolio by acquiring Bovram Screen Changers Inc. of Duluth, Ga. Terms of the deal, which closed in mid-October, were not disclosed.
The move advances LCI's aim to package and sell gear pumps, filters and motionless mixers, or ``everything between the extruder and the die,'' as Sam Lavin describes it. Lavin, vice president and general manager of LCI's Fluid Systems Division, was interviewed at his company's booth at the K'98 show in Dusseldorf.
Charlotte, N.C.-based LCI for the past five years has provided sales and service for the sorts of piston-type continuous, sealless screen changers supplied by Bovram, but has never made them itself.
Bovram, technically, also does not manufacture such products, but rather contracts with an unidentified, private U.S. vendor, according to Lavin. He said LCI has ``no intention immediately'' to bring the manufacturing of this product line in-house.
Bovram's former president, Tim O'Haren, who founded the Georgia firm six years ago, has joined LCI as a consultant for an indefinite period of time, Lavin said.
Bovram previously sold its products only in North and South America. LCI, which ended a five-year screen-changer sales alliance with Germany's Kreyenborg GmbH last April, will sell the Bovram line worldwide, Lavin said.