IMA Dairy & Food acquires majority stake in CDE-Packaging

Expansion of range of customer-specific solutions

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From the left: Peter Walter, managing director CDE-Packaging GmbH, Thomas Becker, chief executive officer, and partner IMA Dairy & Food Holding GmbH. Photo IMA Dairy & Food

The packaging machine group IMA Dairy & Food has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in CDE-Packaging GmbH in Glauburg, Germany.

CDE-Packaging was previously owned by the managing partner Peter Walter, who founded the company in 2010. The company’s focus is on the design and construction of tailormade machines that are developed according to customer-specific requirements. The scope ranges from the development of single machines to complete turnkey solutions – this also includes the development of packaging concepts as well as testing new packaging materials. As the companies of the IMA Dairy & Food Group, CDE is very active in the dairy and food industry, however, specific packaging solutions for the cosmetics industry have also been developed.

The integration of CDE into the IMA Dairy & Food group primarily expands the know-how in the FFS area within the group. This means that customer requests can be dealt with in even more detail and specific solutions, such as for example fillers or labeling systems, can be enhanced and developed.

CDE also offers retrofit and upgrade services for existing FFS machines. The machines are adapted to the latest technical standards through conversions and upgrades to meet current and future challenges.

The location in Glauburg, home to about 15 employees, will remain and therefore become the competence center for customer-specific machine solutions and developments.

“Thanks to the long-lasting experience of Peter Walter and his team in the development and construction of packaging machines, we can use synergies within the group. In addition, we can fall back on the company’s additional expertise in the field of retrofitting in order to offer our FFS customers the opportunity to bring their existing machines up to date and to extend their service life,” says Thomas Becker, chief executive officer and partner of IMA Dairy & Food group.

“With the worldwide sales and service network of IMA Dairy & Food we can build up and expand our presence in markets that we were previously unable to cover with our sales team,” explains Peter Walter, managing director of CDE-Packaging.

CDE-Packaging will keep the existing brand name. The company’s strengths are to be further expanded in the IMA Dairy & Food group.

IMA Dairy & Food with its brands CDE, Erca, Gasti, Hamba, Hassia, and Intecma is one of the world’s suppliers of packaging machinery, technology, and services and has extensive know-how in the key industries of dairy and food products. Based in Ranstadt, Germany, the holding company currently represents 5 production locations in Europe as well as numerous sales and service companies. IMA Dairy & Food employs a workforce of more than 550 worldwide.

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