Barry-Wehmiller Acquires Bielomatik

ST. LOUIS, MO | Barry-Wehmiller Cos., capital equipment and engineering solutions provider, has acquired the Bielomatik paper processing product line from Bielomatik Leuze GmbH + Co. KG. Bielomatik operations will be integrated within BW Papersystems, a global supplier to the paper and board sheeting, paper converting, and corrugating industries. The sale became final October 1.

Bielomatik’s paper processing line business is Barry-Wehmiller’s 78th acquisition. Its integration within BW Papersystems’ German operations will create a $430 million global group serving the paper and corrugating industry. With this acquisition, Barry-Wehmiller’s revenues will approach $2.4 billion as it expands worldwide. The Bielomatik line includes machinery for sheeting, book production, spiral binding, and ream wrapping as well as finishing equipment for digital printing.

"The acquisition of the Bielomatik paper processing line business provides BW Papersystems with an exciting opportunity to build an even stronger, sustainable global sheeter, packaging, and stationery business,” says Neal McConnellogue, president of BW Papersystems. “We are grateful to add 150 new team members whose knowledge, talent, and proven legacy will benefit BW Papersystems.”

BW Papersystems is a combination of four companies: MarquipWardUnited, the newly named WillPemcoBielomatik (formed of Will-Pemco and the newly acquired Bielomatik paper division), Kugler-Womako, and Curioni, plus SHM and Wrapmatic.

Bielomatik is globally known for its paper processing equipment to sheet and wrap folio and cut-size material from small to large formats and from fine paper to board. Company says Bielomatik will bring new technology to BW Papersystems with RFID technology.

BW Papersystems now employs more than 1,600 people throughout its international operations. As a whole, Barry-Wehmiller has more than 11,000 team members among 100 locations worldwide.

“We are pleased to bring our people-centric leadership practices to our new Bielomatik team members and look forward to working alongside them in creating long-term value for all of our stakeholders,” says Bob Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller chairman and CEO.

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