Switzerland-based BOBST recently reported it has acquired a majority share in Dücker Robotics, based in Italy.
The 70% equity stake in Dücker will help BOBST fulfill its vision for packaging production, the company says. Dücker uses robots in loading and palletizing in the corrugated board sector, while offering opportunities in the folding carton industry. Dücker’s management team will remain in place.
The strategic agreement, which was closed on April 28, is part of BOBST’s industry vision for the packaging world, where the entire packaging production line will be connected and much more automated.
“In an era where converters are facing higher demands than ever due to the booming global demand and specifically in e-commerce market, while simultaneously facing challenges in shortages of manpower, automation has never been more important for our clients,” said Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of Bobst Group, in a news release. “Dücker Robotics has 20 years of proven leadership in the development of robotic systems for the most sophisticated converting machines.”
With this acquisition, BOBST says it is confident about further accelerating its leadership in printing and converting.