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R+D Custom Automation Becomes a Member of The Krones Group

November 9, 2022, Franklin, Wis. – Krones, a leading manufacturer of filling and packaging solutions, has acquired a majority stake of R+D Custom Automation, LLC (R+D).

Based in Trevor, Wis., R+D supplies machinery and equipment for the production and filling of containers for the pharmaceutical industry.
Taking effect November 9, 2022, the acquisition marks a continuation of Krones’ strategy of additional growth outside the beverage industry.
As a full-service system integrator and specialized equipment manufacturer, R+D has been providing custom engineering solutions to the life science industry for more than 40 years.

“R+D has a clear, solid footprint in the pharmaceutical industry … as well as a steady history of success,” said Holger Beckmann, president and CEO of Krones Inc. “As Krones works to increase its imprint in this market, the technology, solutions and equipment developed by R+D provide an ideal platform to expand our efforts.”

The acquisition of R+D strengthens Krones’ activities in the attractive life science and pharmaceutical market, which shows above-average growth. In R+D, Krones also gains a highly experienced team with innovative solutions and good customer relationships with established pharmaceutical groups.

Loren Esch, CEO of R+D Custom Automation, states: “Krones is a world-class company with an incredible history and an expansive reach. The team at R+D is excited to move forward with an organization that recognizes and values our contributions and can help promote them on a global scale.”

Krones Inc. is a comprehensive partner for its customers in the brewing, beverage, food, chemical, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries located in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The company offers complete solutions for all its customers’ technical needs, ranging from planning and installing fully integrated processing, packaging, and bottling line systems to replacing or upgrading individual single machines.

While based in Franklin, Wis., Krones Inc. has subsidiaries throughout North America. Krones Inc. is a subsidiary of Krones AG headquartered in Neutraubling, Germany. Find out more at:



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