Bosch completes Eisai Machinery takeover

By Gareth Macdonald

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Bosch completes Eisai Machinery takeover
Bosch Packaging Technologies has completed the acquisition of Eisai’s machinery business, expanding its inspection technology portfolio.

The deal – financial terms of which have not been disclosed – includes all four Eisai Machinery subsidiaries: Eisai Machinery (Japan), Eisai Machinery USA (North America), Eisai Machinery (Germany) and Eisai Machinery Shanghai (China).

Bosch spokeswoman Inga Strobel confirmed that the deal has completed, telling in-Pharmatechnologist.com that: “Eisai Machinery is now part of the Bosch group​.”

Strobel also set out Bosch’s reasons for making the acqusition, explaining that: “For Bosch Packaging Technology Inspection Technology is a main strategic field​,” adding that the firm “wants to expand its inspection competence​.”

Pharmaceutical particle inspection technologies are one of the key focuses for the German firm according to Strobel who went on to say that – within this field – sterile liquids and solid dosage forms are among the firm’s priority areas.

She added that: “Bosch has acquired the company in order to grow together with the management and the associates​” when asked how Bosch plans to integrate the businesses and technologies acquired with Eisai Machinery.

Asian growth

The Eisai deal – particularly the Japanese and Chinese units Bosch has bought – further indicates the firm’s interest in the Asia’s rapidly expanding pharmaceutical manufacturing sector.

In November last year​ the firm announced its intention to set up a second production facility in China, citing growing local demand for production and processing technologies as one of the key drivers for the investment.

The following month Bosch​ launched an integrated new melt extrusion and calendaring line and again suggested that Asia is an increasingly important market.

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