Dürr strengthens industrial cleaning technology
The Dürr Group is strengthening its position in industrial cleaning technology. Effective December 9, 2009, the group, through its subsidiary Dürr Ecoclean GmbH, has acquired the Swiss company UCM AG, which specializes in equipment for the precision cleaning of workpieces. With this move, Dürr is rounding out its portfolio in a business segment that addresses growth industries such as medical engineering and precision optics.
UCM, based in Rheineck (Switzerland), is a leading European supplier of precision cleaning systems. UCM systems are used for the particle and grease-free cleaning of workpieces that have to meet the most stringent purity standards such as optical lenses or medical implants. Precision cleaning technology is in growing demand as the standards of surface cleanliness required are rising with a view to wear protection and decorative aspects.
Dürr Ecoclean and UCM have already been cooperating in the area of precision cleaning technology since October 2008. The acquisition now gives Dürr direct access to this market segment. Dürr plans to intensify the marketing of UCM products worldwide and win new customers, building on its close-knit sales and service network.
The acquisition of niche player UCM is part of the 'Dürr 2010' strategy. Dürr AG's CEO Ralf Dieter commented: 'The acquisition shows that we are looking ahead and vigorously developing new business opportunities despite the currently difficult macroeconomic environment.'
Dürr-Ecoclean's CEO Dr. Fritz Dorner sums up the advantages the acquisition will have for customers as follows: 'Through the UCM acquisition we can offer our customers cleaning systems and services for every application from one source - no matter where they are located'.
The non-group-affiliated company UCM AG was founded in 1993 and generates sales of approximately EUR 7 million with 18 employees. UCM has well-established customer relationships especially in Central Europe. Dürr Ecoclean is one of the world's leading suppliers of industrial cleaning systems, with sales of approximately EUR 190 million and eight locations in six countries. In addition to automobile manufacturers and suppliers, it also supplies sectors such as the engineering and electrical and electronics industries.
Dürr is a mechanical and plant engineering group that holds leading positions in the world market in its areas of operation. It generates about 85% of its sales in business with the automotive industry. It also supplies the aircraft, machinery, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries with innovative production and environmental technology. The Dürr Group operates in the market with two divisions. The Paint and Assembly Systems division supplies production and painting technology, especially for car bodies. Machinery and systems from the Measuring and Process Systems division are used in engine and transmission manufacturing and in final vehicle assembly, among other areas. Dürr has 44 business locations in 20 countries worldwide. The Group achieved sales of EUR 1.6 billion with approximately 6,100 employees in 2008.