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Bosch Packaging, Klenzaids Plan Joint Venture in India

Processing and packaging specialist Bosch Packaging Technology and Klenzaids Contamination Controls Pvt Ltd are planning a joint venture in India. Both companies signed agreements to this effect on November 28, 2014. The plan is for Bosch to acquire a 49 percent share in Klenzaids, an owner-managed company that produces processing, packaging, and clean-room technology for the global pharmaceutical industry. By setting up the joint venture, the two partners aim to extend their global reach, particularly in pharmaceuticals and packaging machines for clean-room environments.

The Klenzaids and Bosch Packaging Technology product portfolios complement each other across the board. In particular, the joint venture will allow the companies to better satisfy Indian customers’ growing demand for complete lines from a single source. Based in Mumbai, Klenzaids generated sales of around six million euros in 2013 and employs some 350 people. Bosch Packaging Technology, which last year achieved global sales of 1.1 billion euros and employs some 5600 associates worldwide, already has a presence in India through its Verna location in the state of Goa. The joint venture is set to be headquartered in Mumbai and is expected to employ some 380 associates. The plan is subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities. The purchase price for the shares acquired by Bosch was not disclosed.

The joint venture is being set up primarily to benefit Indian customers. Klenzaids will contribute its expertise in clean-room and processing technologies as well as peripheral systems, and Bosch will contribute its strength in innovative filling technologies. Klenzaids provides customers in the private and public sectors not just with plants, systems, and accessories, but also with turnkey solutions: buildings and equipment that a customer can use as soon as they are built or assembled to process and package its particular product. These solutions include laboratories with the highest protection class for use in the field of biosafety.

Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology, said, “We already have a long history of trusted collaboration with Klenzaids. The company is known for employing excellent people and for providing high-quality products and services. I am delighted at the prospect of a future together.”

Hamish Shahani, managing director of Klenzaids, said: “Joining forces and pooling our resources will give us a stronger starting position in the emerging Indian market. Despite our different regional backgrounds, Bosch and Klenzaids have a lot in common. Both place great emphasis on profitable growth, innovative strength, reliability, a motivated workforce, and strong value orientation.”

Klenzaids is an Indian family-run business with a product portfolio that includes laboratory and transfer systems designed to meet clean-room requirements. These machines are indispensable for the sterile production of liquid pharmaceuticals. One of the company’s USPs is its ability to supply laboratories that meet biological safety class standards 2-4. Class 4 laboratories have to satisfy the highest safety requirements, such as being able to guarantee the absolute isolation of microorganisms from the environment.

Bosch Packaging Technology has been developing, building, and selling vertical and horizontal flow wrapping machines for packaging food, as well as filling and sealing machines for pharmaceuticals at its location in Verna since 2012. To date, Bosch Packaging Technology has sold over 1500 packaging machines to leading brand companies in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Commenting on the agreement, Dr. Steffen Berns, president of Bosch India, said, “Following the inauguration of our manufacturing unit in Verna, this is the second milestone for our packaging technology business in two years. I am extremely confident that this new partnership will further strengthen our product portfolio and market reach. The activities of both parent companies dovetail perfectly, and our pharmaceuticals unit as well as our customers will benefit immensely from this joint venture.”

Klenzaids Contamination Controls Private Ltd, founded in 1978 and based in Mumbai, is a leading supplier of clean-rooms, pharmaceutical machinery, accessories and delivers regulatory compliant turnkey, "design-build” projects to the pharmaceutical and life-science industry. Additional services and training support the customers to comply to manufacturing techniques and practices under international regulatory norms. From its headquarter located in Mumbai with support centers in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune and its manufacturing facilities at Umbergaon, South Gujarat, India, a team of 350 dedicated and experienced employees serve customers in India and in export markets such as United States of America, Canada, Poland, Indonesia, South Africa, Argentina, and Italy. Additional information is available online at www.klenzaids.com

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 5600 associates, the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact. Additional information is available online at www.boschpackaging.com

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