September 15, 2009

Beumer acquires Crisplant

Beumer acquires Crisplant

New owner says it will manage the sortation technology company independently and retain the Crisplant brand.

By Mark B. Solomon

The Beumer Group, a leading technology provider for a wide range of supply chain functions, announced Sept. 10 it had acquired Crisplant AS, a Danish sortation technology provider, from U.K.-based Melrose/FKI for an undisclosed sum.

Germany-based Beumer supplies technology for conveying, loading, palletizing, packaging, sortation, and distribution operations. Crisplant provides baggage sortation systems for airports and sortation technology services for the courier, express, and package delivery sectors.

Christoph Beumer, Beumer's chairman and CEO, said in a statement that he sees the acquisition creating "considerable synergies" across multiple businesses, but particularly in the baggage-handling segment.

Under the transaction, the Crisplant brand will be retained and will be marketed as an independent entity, Beumer said in the statement. With the acquisition, Beumer grows to a US$510 million company with approximately 2,000 employees, it said.

The sale of Crisplant is another step by FKI/Melrose to divest its material handling holdings. In the late 1990s, FKI acquired several logistics companies such as Crisplant and combined them under the FKI Logistex brand. In 2008, financial services company Melrose PLC bought FKI and announced it would put FKI Logistex up for sale. In June 2009, FKI Logistex's U.S. operations were sold to Intelligrated, another U.S. company.

About the Author

Mark B. Solomon
Executive Editor - News
Mark Solomon joined DC VELOCITY as senior editor in August 2008, and was promoted to his current position on January 1, 2015. He has spent more than 30 years in the transportation, logistics and supply chain management fields as a journalist and public relations professional. From 1989 to 1994, he worked in Washington as a reporter for the Journal of Commerce, covering the aviation and trucking industries, the Department of Transportation, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to that, he worked for Traffic World for seven years in a similar role. From 1994 to 2008, Mr. Solomon ran Media-Based Solutions, a public relations firm based in Atlanta. He graduated in 1978 with a B.A. in journalism from The American University in Washington, D.C.

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