KOLBUS Group acquired all shares in Autobox Machinery

Kai Büntemeyer, Managing Partner KOLBUS GmbH & Co. KG

For KOLBUS, this acquisition completes the group’s re-orientation from industrial bookbinding systems, where it was world market leader, towards manufacturing equipment for specialist, paper-based rigid packaging. Former majority owning shareholder Barry Tabor will continue to lead the company and its more than 50 members of staff as Managing Director. Together with its satellite assembly plant in Tamworth, Staffordshire, BCS-Autobox will become part of KOLBUS’ corrugated technology division, which also operates a factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.

Kai Büntemeyer, co-owner and Managing Director of KOLBUS: “BCS-Autobox is a perfect match for KOLBUS. While there is absolutely no overlap between the companies’ product ranges, BCS-Autobox fits perfectly between the highly specialised grey-board packaging technology from KOLBUS-Germany and the rotary die-cutters made by our American Hycorr division. We expect BCS-Autobox to become our fastest-growing segment and our foot-print in the U.K. is set to continue to expand after this acquisition.” > press release