Sister companies Battenfeld Extrusionstechnik GmbH, Cincinnati Extrusion GmbH and B+C Extrusion Systems (Foshan) Ltd. are uniting under one name Battenfeld-Cincinnati. U.S.-based American Maplan Corp., another partner company, is also part of the new umbrella organization, the firms announced April 9.
All four sister companies are owned by European private equity firm Triton, which has offices in Frankfurt and London.
The merged company will have three divisions: construction, infrastructure and packaging.
Five global production plants one each in Austria, China, the U.S. and two in Germany will be integrated into the new entity.
Officials would not reveal the newly formed firm's combined sales, but the new Battenfeld-Cincinnati brand has a market share 11/2 to two times larger than its nearest competitor, marketing director Christoph Steger told European Plastics News, part of the Plastics News Global Group.
Officials claim the total company is the largest global supplier of extrusion lines for making pipe, profiles and film and sheet.
Battenfeld-Cincinnati said the new organization will be able to concentrate on specific businesses, and pool expertise from each individual company under one name.
The construction division, headed by Rainer Kottmeier, who has been managing director of Battenfeld Extrusionstechnik, will focus on equipment to make products such as profiles and PVC sheet
The packaging division, led by Henning Stieglitz, who has held a senior management post with Battenfeld Extrusionstechnik, will develop equipment for products such as thermoforming rigid film for food packaging, plus granulators and other equipment for PVC.
An infrastructure division, led by Walter HÃ¤der, who has been Cincinnati Extrusion's managing director and CEO, focuses on pipe for water, gas and telecommunications.
Steger said the group is not planning any layoffs.
In late 2008, Triton began integrating back-office functions like purchasing, financial management and logistics for Battenfeld, based in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, Cincinnati Extrusion of Vienna, and American Maplan of McPherson, Kan. Battenfeld and Cincinnati Extrusion combined their China operations in Foshan under the name B+C Extrusion the same year.
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