Expansion of Bosch Packaging Technology Bosch plans to acquire Eisai's machinery business companies Acquisition strengthens position in the pharmaceutical market

  • Eisai machinery business companies specialize in inspection technology as well as the sale of packaging machines and materials
  • Rising demands on the production and packaging process due to increasing levels of safety requirements
  • 2010 turnover of around 76 million euros, around 120 associates
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  • February 09, 2012
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Stuttgart/Tokyo – Bosch Packaging Technology plans to acquire the machinery business companies of Eisai Co., Ltd., one of the leading Japanese pharmaceutical companies based in Tokyo. Respective agreements were signed on February 8th, 2012. Eisai machinery business companies specialize in inspection machinery for the pharmaceutical industry. In 2010, the companies generated sales of around 76 million euros (8.6bn JPY) with 120 associates worldwide. Eisai machinery business has locations and service centers in Japan (Eisai Machinery Co., Ltd.), Germany (Eisai Machinery GmbH), North America (Eisai Machinery U.S.A. Inc.) and China (Eisai Machinery Shanghai Co., Ltd). Bosch Packaging Technology and Eisai Co., Ltd. have agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. The transaction is subject to compliance with antitrust legislation.

Eisai's inspection technology is used in the area of liquid pharmaceuticals, for instance with ampoules, pre-filled syringes, infusion bottles or vials, as well as in the production of solid pharmaceuticals such as tablets. In addition, the Eisai machinery companies sell packaging materials for pharmaceutical products, as well as pharmaceutical packaging machines from various manufacturers.

Expansion of inspection technology
“Eisai and Bosch have been cooperating for years. We have formed a close partnership with Eisai Co., Ltd., both with its pharmaceutical business and its subsidiary Eisai Machinery Co., Ltd., which markets Bosch machines in Japan”, said Friedbert Klefenz, President of Bosch Packaging Technology. In future, he added, the global supplier of technology and services will be able to offer a broader product portfolio in the area of inspection technology, from basic inspection solutions to fully automated high-performance systems for all commonly used applications on the market.

“We can see excellent growth opportunities,” Klefenz said. “Inspection technology is of prime importance to pharmaceutical manufacturers, because of rising demands on the production and packaging process due to increasing levels of safety requirements worldwide. With this acquisition, we will also further increase our presence in the Japanese market.” Moreover, Bosch intends to continue pursuing Eisai's machinery established business of selling pharmaceutical packaging machines and materials.

“The collective corporate philosophies of Eisai Machinery and Bosch focus on people's quality of life”, said Yasushi Okada, Vice President, Global Machinery Business of Eisai Co., Ltd. “We are very certain that the companies will successfully integrate each other's values in harmony. Together, we will produce a great synergy that is essential for continuous delivery of innovative products around the world.”

Note: 2010 sales figure converted using Fx rate 1 Euro = 113 JPY

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 6,200 associates, the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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