COPERION: West Private Equity moves forward and increases stake at world market leader in systems and machinery for the plastics industry

COPERION is the world market leader in compounding systems and machinery for the plastics industry, which shows solid long-term growth due to ever increasing applications for plastics products and components.
COPERION is a result of the 2000 merger of three companies, Buss (Pratteln, CH), Waeschle (Weingarten, D), Werner & Pfleiderer (Stuttgart, D), with annual sales of around EUR 400 mill. and approx. 2000 employees.
As originally agreed in 2000, West Private Equity, an experienced financial investor in successful mid-market companies, now reaches a controlling stake at COPERION while the former majority holder Georg Fischer AG (Schaffhausen, CH) reduces its stake. The change in ownership structure occurs during a period of global economic challenges also affecting the machinery industries.
The new controlling shareholder West Private Equity will support the implementation of a growth strategy in order to exploit the existing market opportunities (e.g. Asia) and foster efficiency enhancement measures (’COPERION 2100′) to make COPERION more flexible, where strong focus lies on market requirements.

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