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In 2022, Coperion established its Food, Health & Nutrition Division. Within this new division, leading brands in the food, pharma, nutraceutical, and cosmetic industries have joined forces to combine their competences and better serve our customers in these markets.

We asked Kevin Buchler, President of Food within the Food, Health & Nutrition Division, to tell us more about the aim, developments and offerings.

Question: 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. Our line of innovative products designed specifically for the hygienic and containment requirements of the health industries are ideal for both batch and continuous operations. As a result, 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) - including the brands Baker Perkins and Kemutec - belongs to the Coperion Food, Health & Nutrition Division. We are at the beginning of the integration and look forward to 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.

What is the aim of the Coperion Food, Health & Nutrition Division?

We are driven by our purpose “Shape what matters for tomorrowTM” and make an effort to align our business activities with our values. Guided by this, Coperion has been developing innovative solutions for various challenges in the food, pharma as well as cosmetic industries. Our ambition has always been to design products that meet the highest possible quality and safety standards. Therefore, our objective is to make industrial equipment that delivers what's essential to sustain our tomorrow. In recent years consumer demand has drastically shifted and the food and pharmaceutical market is finding ways to cater to these changing needs. We are convinced that our joint know-how can help manufacturers to adjust their processes to current and future requirements. To give an example, Coperion is highly involved in constantly improving our engineered designs for both batch and continuous processing in the pharmaceutical industry.  Innovations such as these in the pharmaceutical industry have sanctioned the industry to release important drugs to market quicker and more efficiently, such as life-saving cancer and Covid medications.

All brands of the division are leading brands in specialized equipment solutions for the food, pet food, baking, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries and provide innovative and high-quality products and systems. The company’s brands — Bakon, Coperion, Coperion K-Tron, Diosna, Gabler, Peerless, Shaffer, Shick Esteve, Unifiller and VMI as well as the Schenck Process Food and Performance Materials brands since September 1 — are global suppliers and experts in ingredient automation, sourdough and fermentation systems, mixing and dough processing, feeding, extrusion, portioning and depositing technologies.

What are the long-term benefits for Coperion’s existing and future customers?

Besides the fact that we deliver innovative and high-quality products and systems, we are now in the position to combine our competencies whenever it is needed. Our capabilities now range from single components and products to complete systems and plants where we combine products from different brands within our group. Our customers benefit from one single contact for the entire plant instead of handling many suppliers simultaneously.

We combine our experience and expertise to serve our customers and support them in achieving their individual goals in their processes. In addition, we build long-lasting relationship by supporting our customers through training, knowledge sharing, maintenance, and upgrade planning.

All equipment is designed and manufactured with long-term performance and sustainability in mind, and our turnkey installations are some of the most complex and advanced systems on the market. These comprehensive production-line solutions combined with a Group-wide emphasis on service, know-how, and long-term relationships with customers show that the Food, Health & Nutrition Division has the potential to continue growing, innovating, and shaping the world of processing.

Have a look at our brands of the Coperion Food, Health & Nutrition Division and their offerings


  • About the Coperion Food, Health & Nutrition Division

    Coperion is a global industry and technology leader in specialized equipment for the food and health industries. Coperion develops, produces, and services plants, machinery, and components for the food, pet food, baking, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries. Its brands – Bakon, Coperion K-Tron, Diosna, Gabler, Peerless, Shaffer, Shick Esteve, Unifiller, and VMI – are experts in ingredient automation, pre-dough systems, mixing, and depositing technologies. As of September 1, 2023, Schenck Process Food and Americas Performance Materials is also part of that division.

  • Coperion

    Coperion is a global industry and technology leader in specialized equipment and offers extrusion technology and bulk material handling solutions for the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries.


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  • Coperion K-Tron

    Coperion K-Tron is a global leader in process feeding and conveying equipment and designs highly accurate feeding and pneumatic conveying components as well as complete material handling systems. The newest K3 feeder was specifically designed for the newest advances in continuous processing.


    Find out more: About Coperion K-Tron

  • Diosna

    Diosna is one of the world's leading manufacturers of mixing systems and expert in granulation and mixing technology. Diosna also offers process solutions for drying and coating-pelletizing.

    The company serves the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and fine chemicals industries.

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  • Gabler Engineering

    Gabler Engineering offers machines and systems for the development, construction and manufacture of complex, tailor-made processing systems for the pharma industries such as pellet lines, extruder, spheronizer and coating lines. The unique clamshell design extruder is ideal for quick changeover and granulation applications.


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  • Unifiller Systems

    Unifiller is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative portioning equipment for the health industries.


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  • VMI

    VMI is a leader in mixing and kneading solutions, covering all the process needs of the bakery, food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals industries.


    The company designs and manufactures premium modular laboratory facilities to pilot units to production platforms and automated systems.

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