Packaging Technology

Acquisition of Eisai Machinery approved Bosch Packaging Technology extends pharmaceutical inspection competence

  • Substantial enlargement of inspection technology business segment
  • Joint exhibition performances at international trade fairs
  • Anti-trust authorities grant unqualified approval
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  • April 12, 2012
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Stuttgart/Tokyo – Bosch Packaging Technology continues to grow: Bosch finalized the acquisition of the machinery business companies (hereafter Eisai Machinery) of Eisai Co., Ltd., one of the leading Japanese pharmaceutical companies based in Tokyo. The transaction has been approved by the antitrust authorities without further restrictions. The entire share and equity interest of Eisai Machinery is transferred to the Bosch Group. Eisai's machinery business is specialized in the manufacture, sales and export of inspection equipment as well as pharmaceutical machinery and packaging materials. In 2010, Eisai Machinery generated sales of around 76 million euros (8.6 bn JPY).

Inspection technology from Eisai Machinery is used for liquid and solid pharmaceuticals, such as ampoules, syringes, vials and tablets. Solutions offered range from basic inspection solutions to fully automated high-performance systems. Eisai Machinery has installed more than 1,000 inspection machines worldwide. “Adding these competencies to our portfolio further enhances our position as full-range provider to the pharmaceutical industry”, said Friedbert Klefenz, President of Bosch Packaging Technology. “We will quickly merge our expertise and expand our presence globally.”

Joachim Baczewski, President of Bosch Packaging Technology in Japan added: “The combined product portfolio, know-how and experience of Bosch Packaging Technology and Eisai Machinery will form a solid basis for the provision of a comprehensive range of innovative solutions to our customers.“

Common interest for safe pharmaceuticals
“We contribute to the safety of pharmaceutical products used by patients worldwide,” said Kenji Hanawa, President of Eisai Machinery Co., Ltd. “With Bosch we have found a partner who shares our vision.” Eisai Machinery has developed automatic inspection machines which are able to detect particles and identify incorrect filling levels and smallest cracks in glass which are invisible to the human eye. This enables the quick detection and amendment of production errors. With the incorporation, Bosch is able to guarantee highest safety and quality standards and is well prepared for future challenges.

Eisai Machinery consists of four subsidiaries with 120 associates: Eisai Machinery Co., Ltd. (Japan), Eisai Machinery U.S.A. Inc. (North America), Eisai Machinery GmbH (Germany) and Eisai Machinery Shanghai Co., Ltd (China). All locations will be integrated into the worldwide Bosch network. The incorporation will be underlined by joint trade-fair appearances at upcoming international shows, including Interphex New York/USA (booth 3121), FCE Pharma in São Paulo/Brazil (booth M26) Interphex in Tokyo/Japan (Hall 3 booth 5-46), Achema in Frankfurt/Germany (hall 3.1 booth C70/72) and Chinapharm in Shanghai/China.

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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