Borgers Group sells mechanical engineering division to Matthews International Corporation

27.06.2022 Borgers SE & Co. KGaA sells its mechanical engineering division with the companies OLBRICH GmbH and R+S Automotive GmbH to Matthews International Corporation, a global provider of industrial technologies, brand solutions and commemorative products based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA).

OLBRICH Group is from now on part of Matthews International Corporation.
© Photo: OLBRICH/Matthews
OLBRICH Group is from now on part of Matthews International Corporation.

This strategically and economically reasonable step is expected to open up new opportunities for the companies to implement their planned growth strategy

Further development of the mechanical engineering division

"With the sale of OLBRICH and R+S to Matthews International Corporation, we have achieved the desired viable solution for the further development of our mechanical engineering division," explains Jürgen Otto, CEO and chairman of the executive board of Borgers SE & Co. KGaA. "Despite the difficult economic conditions, there was a great deal of interest in the Olbrich Group and we are confident that we have found the 'best-owner' in Matthews International. Both companies already have extensive experience in electromobility projects in which the technological and cultural fit has been proven. As a long-term investor, Matthews International has already successfully demonstrated in many other cases - for example with the Saueressig Group, also based in Münsterland and an expert in the printing and finishing industry - that it intends to sustainably develop an acquired company."

Globally active - successful worldwide

Matthews International Corporation brings together a variety of different companies and brands under one roof and employs approximately 11 000 people in more than 26 countries on six continents. Business activities are divided into three focus segments: The "Industrial Technologies" segment develops, manufactures, services and sells customer-specific high-tech solutions in the fields of energy storage, industrial automation and marking and coding systems. In the "SGK Brand Solutions" segment, Matthews International is an important provider of packaging solutions and also a service provider for the development, strengthening and implementation of new brands and products. The third segment, "Memorialisation," offers leading products for mourning and memorial culture, such as mausoleums or memorial stones, as well as coffins and funeral props.

Acquisitions are part of a long-term strategy

Joseph C. Bartolacci, president and CEO of Matthews International, stated: “We are extremely excited to announce the acquisitions of OLBRICH and R+S Automotive as part of our long-term strategy to provide turn-key processing equipment and services for the burgeoning electric vehicle industry. We see our combined capabilities as a unique offering that will have significant impact on the electric vehicle market and benefit the entire energy solutions industry. Together, these acquisitions are an important investment and part of a buying strategy to solidify our place as a key player in the fast-growing energy sector.”

Gregory S. Babe, CTO of Matthews International, continued: “Our combined engineering capabilities provide an extension of our full portfolio, including battery and fuel cell component production, converting lines, coating, drying, web and roll handling and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) integration, and strengthen global expansion. This strategic acquisition continues our investment in technologies and accelerates commercialising new innovations and combined capabilities across multiple automotive, surfaces and industrial automation applications.”

Common values and goals

"With Matthews International, we have not only gained a strategic investor, but at the same time a partner for the OLBRICH Group that has an excellent international reputation," explains Bastian Kuhl, CEO of OLBRICH and R+S Automotive. "In addition, we share common values and goals. - These are the best prerequisites for effectively combining our competencies in the fields of converting and automation hence successfully addressing future markets such as new energies or "green packaging" together. We look forward to implementing our growth strategy in the future as part of the Matthews Group."

The agreement to acquire the Olbrich Group for a purchase price of $45M (around €43M) was signed Tuesday, 21 June 2022, after which the employees were informed by the contractual partners. The closing of the transaction is subject to certain regulatory authority approvals, which is expected to be timely secured in July of 2022.