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Buhler acquires majority stake in G.W. Barth AG

23.11.2007 The Swiss Buhler Technology Group has retroactively acquired a majority stake in the German company G.W. Barth AG with effect from July 1, 2007. G. W. Barth AG, a system supplier to the confectionery and food industries, provides services, equipment, production installations, and turnkey factories especially for the treatment and processing of cocoa and nuts. The company thus ideally supplements the Buhler portfolio. G.W. Barth will be integrated as Buhler Barth in the Buhler Chocolate & Cocoa business unit. The current site of G.W. Barth in the German city of Freiberg will be retained and be developed into a joint center of competence. The shareholders of G.W. Barth AG have sold Buhler 51 percent of their shares to ensure the future prosperity of the company. Under their management, the company has established a leading technology and market position in the past 27 years in the field of cocoa and nut processing. Günter Daiss will remain a member of the Buhler Barth board with supervisory and controlling functions.

With this acquisition of Barth, the Buhler Chocolate & Cocoa business unit is strengthening its activities in the cocoa and nut business. With its NARS proprietary process (Nibs-Alkalizing-Roasting-Sterilizing), which it launched in 1975, Barth is one of the world’s leading suppliers of roasting process technology and the related systems and equipment. The company’s customers benefit from a completely equipped engineering laboratory for product development in the areas of cocoa and nut processing.

This acquisition allows the know-how of the Buhler Chocolate & Cocoa business unit and of Barth in the treatment of cocoa beans to be bundled. A joint Buhler Barth center of competence will be set up at the current site of G.W. Barth. The research & development, sales, and engineering departments as well as manufacturing will be retained in Freiberg and be further expanded.

G.W. Barth AG was established by Georg Wilhelm Barth in Ludwigsburg in 1890. The company supplies machinery, processing systems, and turnkey factories to the confectionery and food processing industries, especially for the treatment and processing of cocoa and nuts. G.W. Barth has about 70 employees and generated sales (turnover) of over EUR 25 million.