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Blanco Professional takes over catering automation firm

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L-r: Michael Huber, Blanco Professional chief technical officer; Georg Brinkmann and Wolfgang Hobusch, former Brimato MDs; and Roland Spleiss, Blanco Professional CEO.

Blanco Professional has pursued its growth strategy with its latest move, taking over Brimato Catering Automation Technology with immediate effect.

The Hilter, Germany, firm is a specialist in process automation for commercial, washing and portioning kitchens and has business relations worldwide. Blanco Professional is taking on all Brimato employees at the Hilter site, with the company becoming a wholly owned subsidiary.

Roland Spleiss, CEO at Blanco Professional, believes the takeover enables valuable synergy effects: “Brimato is a highly successful company which exports over 50% of its products. Combined with our service range, its portfolio offers new opportunities for many customers. This strategic partnership will help us to position ourselves as a solutions provider with pioneering proposals on an international scale.”

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Georg Brinkmann, Brimato CEO, added: “As a reliable partner with many years of extensive experience in the industry, Blanco Professional is pursuing a focused growth strategy based on automation and internationalisation. Blanco Professional understands Brimato’s business and is the ideal partner to continue our existing path of success thanks to the numerous synergy effects.”

Brimato’s experience in automated process optimisation played a pivotal role in Blanco Professional management board’s decision to acquire the firm. The Hilter-based specialist’s customers include airline catering companies, non-food caterers, student unions and hospitals, with Brimato’s products designed to improve efficiency and hygiene standards and reduce physical strain on staff.

For example, Brimato technical solutions automatically clear tray transport trolleys and guide them into the trolley washing tunnel. Once the dishwasher cleaning process is complete, the Brimato automatic plate stacking unit stacks plates into the plate dispenser. Processes are accelerated and simplified, and therefore should become more efficient.

Blanco Professional’s flexible, modular product systems and services can now be combined with the process automation systems developed by Brimato. Bringing these solutions together could enable the companies to strengthen their joint position in the face of international competition.

Brimato also focuses on innovation, such as developing a packaging system for cutlery sets. The BVA 800 packs 800 customised sets per hour.

Spleiss stressed: “Digitisation and internationalisation are two main pillars in our growth strategy. Integrating Brimato allows us to reinforce both columns significantly.”

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