Tetra-Pak looks to strengthen dairy solutions with Aussie acquisition

Posted by Editorial on 16th July 2008

Leading food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak has announced the acquisition of two specialised food processing companies, Downer MBL Pty Ltd and Downer MBL, from Australian-based Downer EDI.

The purchase, for an undisclosed sum, was made to strengthen Tetra Pak’s portfolio of complete production solutions for cheese and dairy powder by adding new process engineering, materials handling and project management expertise for evaporation, drying, powder handling and whey processing.

“The acquisition of Downer MBL strengthens our end-to-end processing solutions for cheese and dairy powder by providing us with additional resources, knowledge and competence,” said Sam Strömerstén, President of Tetra Pak Processing Systems. “In addition, our expanded presence in Oceania will help strengthen our global customer partnerships as the New Zealand powder industry is considered one of the benchmarks for innovative powder solutions worldwide.”

Geoff Wilson, General Manager of Downer MBL, believes the acquisition will be beneficial to both companies. “We have enjoyed working with Tetra Pak as its representative in New Zealand, and we believe that our process engineering and project management expertise will create further opportunities with Tetra Pak’s food processing solutions worldwide. This next step is a natural progression in the development of our respective companies,” he claimed.

Downer MBL was the specialised food process engineering division of Australia’s Downer EDI, with operations in China, New Zealand and Australia. Currently serving the food and dairy markets in Oceania and Asia, Downer MBL focuses on new plant sales, plant relocation, upgrades and development, and implementing materials handling solutions for the food, dairy, beverage and related sectors.