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AxFlow enters Baltics fluid-handling market

Thursday, December 21, 2017

AxFlow, the Fluid Handling Solutions business group of Axel Johnson International, has entered the market in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by acquiring Bahr Pump OU (Estonia), Pumptechnique SIA (Latvia) and Flow Technologies UAB (Lithuania).

The three companies' businesses are based on high technical knowledge. They provide fluid handling equipment, advanced systems, and service to end-users and contractors. Their main products are pumps, valves, actuators, loading arms, hydrocarbon metering, and related service and repair, mainly for the petrochemical, chemical, food, and power generation segments. The transaction closed December 20.

"Although we have built a strong market position in Europe over nearly 30 years, the Baltic market has always been a white spot for us," says AxFlow Holding's CEO, Ole Weiner. "Bahr Pump, Pump-technique and Flow Technologies fit perfectly with our growth strategy which is based on finding great local companies that we can make even better together with the local team."

AxFlow's move is also in line with Axel Johnson International's long-term strategy of acquiring well-established companies with highly skilled entrepreneurs, and growing the businesses together with the entrepreneurs.

"All three companies have strong management teams, highly skilled personnel, strong sales networks, and long, solid experience in their local markets," Weiner says.

Most of the brands that the companies represent are already in AxFlow's portfolio, including Viking, Bredel, Mono and Flowserve. This is expected to create supply-chain efficiencies and opportunities for sharing application knowledge.

The companies see clear advantages in being supported by AxFlow's central resources and distribution centre. "We see large potential to grow in our markets by leveraging on AxFlow's strengths such as common distribution centre, application knowledge sharing and supply-chain efficiencies," says Uku Liive, founder of Bahr Pump and part-owner of Pumptechnique and Flow Technologies. "There will also be opportunities to add other products to our portfolio in the future."

AxFlow forms the Fluid Handling Solutions business group within Axel Johnson International. It specialises in the marketing, distribution and provision of a complete sales engineering services for high quality fluid handling equipment. AxFlow 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. It has approximately 600 employees and an annual turnover of 180 MEUR.

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,
Uku Liive, Bahr Pump OÜ, +372 5042623,

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.