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02 September 2013

SFK Systems and Nawi merge

SFK LEBLANC, formerly SFK Systems A/S, (Denmark) and NAWI BV (The Netherlands) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. The resulting company, operating under the name SFK LEBLANC, will be one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-end slaughter, cutting and deboning lines for the red meat industry and logistic solutions for the food processing industry.

SFK Systems and Nawi merge

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement with NAWI. We have always believed that a combination with NAWI is the best strategic option for both companies. Although strong individually, the two companies are without question far more powerful and effective together”, says Ib Sand Nykjær, CEO of SFK LEBLANC.

“This is an ideal combination”, explains NAWI CEO Stephan Toxopeüs. “The merger not only brings an abundance of knowledge and experience, but also a new global status and a significant operating synergy, due to our matching product portfolio and market coverage.”

With its global headquarters in Kolding (Denmark), the merger brings together more than 500 employees worldwide, all dedicated to developing innovative solutions for the red meat sector. The merger underlines the ambition of both SFK LEBLANC and NAWI BV to become the preferred global supplier within the industry. By joining forces, both parties will significantly strengthen their international position and expand their geographical coverage with new offices in key and growth markets. The new SFK LEBLANC will be marketing two major brands: NAWI for cattle, sheep and logistic solutions, and SFK LEBLANC for pork lines and automation concepts.

“We are excited about our future and committed to fulfilling our promise to our customers: ’Getting the most out of meat’. With our combined team, our customers have a lot to look forward to”, concludes Nykjær.

About NAWI
NAWI (Borculo, The Netherlands) develops, manufactures and maintains production lines for the food industry. With its many years of experience and a dedicated staff, NAWI is currently Europe’s number one in developing and supplying full-range medium- and high-end cattle slaughter lines and logistics solutions. www.nawi.nl

About SFK LEBLANC
Launched in May 2013, SFK LEBLANC is the newly formed identity of SFK Systems (Kolding, Denmark) and its North American subsidiary G.E.Leblanc (Quebéc, Canada). For more than 80 years, SFK Systems has built a reputation worldwide for producing innovative medium and high-end red-meat slaughter lines and automation solutions. G.E. Leblanc is widely regarded as the leading manufacturer of pork cutting and deboning lines for the North American pork industry. Now forming one strong unit, SFK LEBLANC has operations in Denmark, The Netherlands, Canada, USA, China and Russia. Together with a global network of agents, we work with customers globally to enhance and optimize the production process to get the most out of meat. www.sfkleblanc.com