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RotoMetrics finalizes acquisition of Gerhardt International

April 13, 2011

The integration of the die and tooling leaders will create what company officials see as "an unrivaled capacity for flexible die production and technology development."

RotoMetrics has announced the acquisition of Gerhardt International. As of April 8, the two companies join together to create a supplier with “unprecedented global reach and technology leadership to support tooling requirements,” says Michael Bryant, CEO of RotoMetrics.

“Our teams are excited about the opportunity before us to continue to develop our collective technology leadership in rotary converting solutions. The ability to draw on the resources of both companies gives us the ability to meet customer needs for short lead-time production and local service,” Bryant says.He adds, “Customers will continue to have access to the full range of current product solutions and technologies, including Gerhardt 3*, 5* and 7* flexible and solid dies, RotoMetrics AccuFlex and FlexPremier flexible dies, solid tooling, magnetic cylinders, print cylinders and other high-quality products that converters have come to expect from both companies. Contacts within both RotoMetrics and Gerhardt will continue to promote both brands and provide service and support.”

The companies will provide updates on investments to further enhance local manufacturing and support, and to provide expanded product offerings on a global basis, notes Bryant. “Today’s integration of the full Gerhardt team in the RotoMetrics Aldridge, UK, plant creates an unrivaled capacity for flexible die production and technology development of both brands,” he says.

The combined company will have global headquarters near St. Louis, MO, USA; European headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany, and manufacturing operations on four continents with a global sales and service network. The company’s facility in Herlev, Denmark, manufactures nonwovens and specialty converting tooling and support.

“The companies made the decision to co-locate production of both Gerhardt and RotoMetrics flexible dies in our Aldridge site,” says Klaus Damberg, European managing director of RotoMetrics. “The integration of the full product line in Aldridge creates an unrivaled capacity for flexible die production and technology development. This is really a case of the whole being greater than the sum the parts as we integrate the Gerhardt technology into our operation.”

“Our teams are excited about the opportunity to continue to develop our collective technology leadership in rotary converting solutions,” notes Karen Moreland, vice president of sales at RotoMetrics. “The ability to draw on the collective experience sales, technical support, and manufacturing resources of both companies will help us meet the industry’s expanding needs for innovative products, ever shorter lead times and local service.”


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