What has been Coperion’s motivation to form the Food, Health & Nutrition Division?
Kevin Buchler: Coperion is growing strategically, and we see an increasing demand in the food and pharma sector. We've been known in these markets for decades with a comprehensive portfolio, from ingredient handling to feeding and extrusion. In 2022, Hillenbrand, Inc. – Coperion’s parent company – acquired several renowned companies in the food and pharmaceutical sector: Linxis Group with its six well-known brands (Shick Esteve, VMI, Diosna, Shaffer, Unifiller and BAKON) as well as Peerless Food Equipment and Gabler Engineering. All these brands are experts in their niche; they optimally complement Coperion’s core competencies and contribute their know-how to the recently founded Food, Health & Nutrition division. Together, we are now able to offer comprehensive processing solutions for manufacturers in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Our customers do not only benefit from a broader product portfolio but also have access to a wide range of capabilities – a total package from a single source.
As of September 1, 2023, Schenck Process Food and Americas Performance Materials (FPM) belongs to the Coperion Food, Health & Nutrition Division. We are at the beginning of the integration and look forward to this exciting phase.
We are convinced that this step and the integration of FPM will expand our end market presence and enable us to offer our customers solutions in areas that we have not yet been able to serve completely.