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Bekum consolidates its production division

Blow molding machine maker also moves its headquarters to Berlin.


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May 23, 2016 by Canadian Plastics

Germany-based blow molding machine maker Bekum Maschinenfabriken GmbH has finalized the reorganization of its business.

Bekum’s production division, which includes machine assembly, shipping, procurement, work preparation and warehousing, has relocated to Traismauer, Austria. This involves an investment of more than US$5.6 million and the creation of approximately 40 jobs.

The goal of the move was to consolidate the European manufacturing of extrusion blow molding machines at a single site. Previously, only large versions were manufactured there, but it will now accommodate smaller packaging machines to be constructed in the 16,000-square-meter space.

“The reorganization provided us with the basis for excellent market positioning. From our perspective, the reorganization results in considerable synergies not only on the cost side but by pooling expertise and experience,” said Andreas Kandt, Bekum’s CEO. “As a pioneer and technology leader, we have repositioned ourselves to continue shaping extrusion blowmolding through innovation and high-end products for the future.”

Last month, Bekum also moved into its new headquarters in Berlin not far from the previous office.