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AxFlow strengthens service offer with acquisition in France

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

AxFlow France has taken a strategic step to greatly strengthen its service capacity with the acquisition of RDC Productions, a 43-person company operating in its own, modern facility west of Paris.

The acquisition is in line with AxFlow's strategy of growing by adding value-added service as a differentiator from its competition.

RDC specialises in industrial equipment service and maintenance for pumps, heat exchangers, homogenizers, and valves. It also conducts integrity tests on exchangers and tanks and offers multi-brand equipment, spare parts and tailor-made systems.

"RDC is a solid, well-respected provider of fluid handling service for the food, pharma, chemicals, petrochemicals and cosmetics – all important business segments for AxFlow," says Ole Weiner, CEO of AxFlow Holding. "They have a long history, with a strong market position in the food and beverage industry, where AxFlow is also strong. This is a strategically important addition to our business and one that fits very well into the overall growth ambitions of AxFlow in Europe."

"Substantial business synergies"

Substantial business synergies are seen going forward. "Food is a major business segment for both RDC and AxFlow," says Guillaume Chanay, Managing Director, AxFlow France. "AxFlow will now be able to become a one-stop shop, especially in the food segment, by adding to our already wide range of applications, products, and services.

Meanwhile, RDC is expected to benefit from the increased visibility and sales activity generated through AxFlow sales staff.

"Joining an internationally renowned group like AxFlow is a real opportunity for RDC Productions to develop! We are honoured to now be a part of it," says Raymond Chevallier, "This will offer great opportunities to our staff, and our future together will ensure sustainable and profitable growth. RDC and AxFlow are two complementary companies, and the synergy of their know-how will be the key to success."

AxFlow France has been active in the French market for nearly 30 years. It is part of the AxFlow Group, the Fluid Handling Solutions business group within Axel Johnson International. The AxFlow Group specialises in the marketing, distribution and provision of complete sales engineering services for high-quality fluid-handling equipment. The AxFlow Group serves customers in the ceramics, chemical & petrochemical, food, pharmaceutical, pulp & paper, and water & waste water industries with equipment from world-leading manufacturers. High standards of technical competence, a comprehensive range of products and services, commitment and integrity have contributed to the company's steady growth since its establishment in 1989. The AxFlow Group is active in 27 countries and has approximately 600 employees and an annual turnover of EUR 180 million.

For more information, please contact:

Ole Weiner, CEO, AxFlow, +46 (0)8 545 476 72,
Lars Carlson, CFO, AxFlow, +46 (0)8 545 476 71,
Guillaume Chanay, MD, AxFlow SAS, France, +33 (0)1 30 68 41 37,
Raymond Chevallier, Owner, RDC Productions, +33 (0)2 32 37 49 06,

Axel Johnson International is a privately owned Swedish industrial group of more than 90 companies in 25 countries, with combined annual sales of €750 million. We drive business development and growth through a long-term approach to ownership in strategic niche markets, primarily technical components and solutions for industrial processes. Axel Johnson International is organised in four business groups: Fluid Handling Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Lifting Solutions and Transport Solutions.