Friedrichshafen, Germany -Â Zeppelin Silos & Systems GmbH has acquired Chronos Richardson's dosing and conveying unit, based in Nottingham, UK, following clearance by relevant anti-trust authorities. Zeppelin, based in Freidrichshafen, Germany is a leader in bulk materials storage and handling systems with a strong customer base in the plastics industry.
The former Chronos Richardson unit has been re-named Zeppelin Systems Ltd. It will be responsible for sales and service to manufacturers of tyres and technical rubber products world-wide. It will also serve UK based engineering companies for projects worldwide. The UK unit is termed a competence centre by Zeppelin and now has direct access to the international Zeppelin network with companies in Asia, North America, South America and Europe and agents world-wide. Zeppelin has subsidiaries in Italy, India, USA, Singapore, China, and Russia and production plants in Germany, Belgium, Brazil and now the UK.
Peter Gerstmann, General Manager of Zeppelin Silos & Systems said, "another decisive step in our long-term strategy was realised successfully with this take-over. The take-over and establishment of a company in England grants access to the British market and, moreover, we have intensified our know-how in the production of rubber significantly by integrating 22 employees from Chronos.â€
Zeppelin said the acknowledged superiority of Chronos' control systems, "will complete Zeppelin's product portfolio in the best possible way." The company said the enterprise will also become a trend-setter for research and development in various industrial sectors in the future. The world's largest test centre for the handling of bulk solids including two purpose built research plants (one for pellets and one for powder) is located at the Zeppelin facility in Friedrichshafen (Germany).
Besides offering services to the tyre and technical rubber industry, the Nottingham subsidiary will sell the Zeppelin product range to plastic producers, plastic processors, minerals and other premium bulk solids sectors. It will also provide engineering, commissioning and service support in the UK and the rest of the world.
As a leader in the construction of silo plants, together with conveying, weighing and dosing systems, Zeppelin has supplied turn-key logistic centres to most plastic producers and forwarding agents. With its extensive product portfolio for the plastics processing industry (especially for PVC) Zeppelin leads the way in technology from components up to international turn-key facilities.
Zeppelin's industrial group will achieve a turnover of approximately €170 million in 2007 (up from €126 million in 2006). For the Nottingham subsidiary, which has approximately 25 employees the forecast turnover is €10 million.
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