Krones expands PET portfolio with acquisition

Photo by Krones Krones to offer 'integrated solutions' with the acquisition

German blow moulding and packaging machinery supplier Krones AG has strengthened its PET portfolio through the acquisition of MHT Holding AG.

Based in Hochheim, Germany, MHT and its subsidiaries specialise in injecting moulding tools and services to the PET industry, with a turnover of €25m annually.

With the acquisition, the company is expanding its PET portfolio into tooling for PET preform manufacturing, closing a gap in its value chain.

The move is in response to increasing demand by the beverage industry for “integrated solutions”, said Krones in a statement 8 Nov.

“Acquiring MHT enables Krones to close the PET cycle, from PET preform manufacturing and stretch blow moulding all the way through to PET recycling – and then back to the manufacture of a new preform,” the company added.

Post-acquisition, MHT will continue with its current management team in Hochheim.

The move follows another PET-related acquisition by Krones in earlier this year, in which the company acquired a 70% share in Switzerland-based Integrated Plastics Systems AG in April. The Swiss company supplies turnkey PET injection moulding solutions for the beverage industry.