Kolding, Denmark – March 09, 2018
Frontmatec has successfully completed the acquisition of Jining Xinglong Food Machinery Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (“Xinglong”), which was announced on November 23, 2017. Xinglong is a leading supplier of equipment to the red meat industry in China and will play an integral part of the future ambitions for growing the Frontmatec presence in China.
China is the world’s single largest market accounting for approx. 50% of all pigs slaughtered globally. The market is expected to experience strong growth going forward driven by i) an increased demand for more automated and high speed solutions and ii) an increased focus on food safety.
With the transaction complete, Frontmatec has gained a strong foothold with a large-scale local production setup dedicated for the Chinese market.
“By combining the two companies, we have significantly strengthened our position on the Chinese market, as we can now offer access to the advanced equipment and solutions of Frontmatec for local production and market adaptation. With the close relationships to the leading food companies in China, built and nurtured so carefully by the skilled management team of Xinglong, I am convinced we have a strong platform on which to further grow our market presence in China”.
– Henrik Andersen, CEO
Going forward, Xinglong will continue to serve the Chinese market from its base in Jining under its current legal name but will gradually adopt the Frontmatec logo and thus become an integrated entity of Frontmatec with support and access to relevant technologies and competences of the global Frontmatec group.
The management team of Xinglong will be led by Mr. Andres Li (with report to COO Kristian Madsen), who has taken up the position as General Manager. The former majority owner Mr. Wang will continue in the company as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“I am excited about the opportunity to grow Xinglong to become an even stronger player in the Chinese market. I am confident that the combination of Xinglong’s strong market knowledge and transfer of technology from Frontmatec will result in significant growth rates going forward”.
– Andres Li, General Manager
The current production facility of Frontmatec in Shanghai will gradually relocate to Xinglong’s factory in Jining whereas certain functions such as sales, engineering and project management will remain in Shanghai.
Frontmatec develops world-leading customized solutions for automation in the food industry, other hygiene sensitive industries and the utilities industry. We are especially renowned for our high-quality systems for the entire value chain in the meat industry – from hygiene systems to control systems, from carcass grading to slaughter lines, from cutting and deboning lines to logistics and packaging. Frontmatec employs more than 1200 employees in 10 countries with a turnover of +200M EUR.
For additional information please contact CEO Henrik Andersen (+45 29 60 69 55) or COO Kristian Madsen (+45 60 20 01 22).