Bühler acquires shares of Maes SA

by World Grain Staff
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UZWIL, SWITZERLAND — The Bühler Technology Group said on Jan. 24 that it has agreed with the existing owner-family to acquire 100% of the French company Maes SA. This opens up additional prospects for Bühler in France and related markets, in particular in the field of customer service, Bühler said. 
Maes SA, which was set up in 1974 and is headquartered in Haguenau, France, specializes in products and services for the grain milling industry. The machinery of this family-operated company includes equipment for remachining grinding rolls of roller mills (regrinding and corrugating/fluting) as well as for manufacturing and retensioning plansifter sieves (used for grading grain particles after grinding on a roller mill). 
Maes SA has already been an important distribution partner of Bühler for France and other French-speaking markets in North and West Africa up to now, including after-sales service. The profitable company has a little over 50 employees and generates annual sales of about €35 million. The parties have agreed not to disclose the selling price.
With this acquisition, Bühler is continuing its market penetration and expansion of its service business in the fields of installation, customer service, maintenance, overhauls, and roll reconditioning. The company, whose operations will continue to be headed by the existing management, will be integrated as part of the Bühler France organization in the sales and services division.