Machine builder adds supplier of tooling for cup thermoforming.

Thermoforming machine builder Kiefel GmbH  will be adding tooling to its product mix. The firm, based in Freilassing, Germany (U.S. office in Portsmouth, N.H.), has announced plans to acquire Bosch Sprang B.V. , Sprang-Capelle, Netherlands, which makes tilt molds for cup production. Both parties have signed a purchase agreement, which is subject to government sign-off.

"This deal does not just bring together two of the technology and market world leaders, but also two teams with an absolutely customer-centered approach and an eye to the future," states Kiefel's CEO Thomas J. Halletz. "The range of services supplied by Bosch Sprang also perfectly matches Kiefel's portfolio as a manufacturer of thermoforming machines, while enhancing our ability to serve the highly demanding tooling needs of the (cup) segment.”

Adds Rob Smeulders, Bosch Sprang CEO,"Regardless of whether we supply customers with one-off tools or we offer them an even greater range of services in close cooperation with Kiefel...it is the customer who will ultimately benefit from the long expertise and the excellent service of both companies. This will lead to an optimized interaction between machine and forming tool.”

Kiefel is part of the Brückner Group.