Bühler Group has acquired an 80% stake in Yaoxian Machinery Guangzhou, a Chinese company that manufactures production lines and system components for making Asian pasta. This presents attractive opportunities for Bühler in a market that is rapidly growing worldwide.
Yaoxian is headquartered in the Chinese metropolis Guangzhou and covers both the instant and the non-instant noodles market segments. In addition to production lines for making popular deep-fried instant noodles and stick noodles (Chinese spaghetti) from wheat flour, it also supplies plants for producing the trendy non-deep-fried instant noodles plus lines for making rice flour noodles.
The acquisition enables Bühler to gain fast access to this growth market. In addition, it supplements Bühler’s globally established expertise as a supplier of plant and equipment for making Western-style pasta. The name of the new company is Bühler Guangzhou Food Machinery Co. Ltd. Its operations will be integrated as a separate “Asian Pasta” market segment in the Pasta & Extruded Products business unit of the Food Processing division. In an initial stage, the company will offer solutions primarily in China, Southeast Asia, and on the Indian Subcontinent, and then gradually expand into additional regions.
The purchase price was not disclosed.