Astech Projects, UK – A new strategic addition to the Schauenburg International Group

As of February 11th 2016, the Schauenburg International Group has acquired the majority of the shares of Astech Projects Ltd., headquartered in Cheshire, United Kingdom. Astech Projects Ltd. is a Queen’s Award winning Engineering and Science based company supplying robotic and automation solutions to a global customer base. The company’s purpose, facilities and all employees remain unchanged, Chris Hansford (Managing Director), Anthony Moran (Sales and Marketing Director) and John Slavin (Projects Director) stay on as management team and co-shareholders.

With this acquisition, Schauenburg International develops new activities in the fields of robotics and automation applications for advanced manufacturing and regulated industries, further strengthening Schauenburg’s Machinery & Equipment and Electronic Technologies division. This acquisition also enables Schauenburg International to enter and take advantage of the integration of robotics and automation solutions for laboratory and industrial applications.

‘Astech will form an interesting part and a new market and technology segment within our portfolio with great potential and synergies. It will support and complement our efforts as technology and system supplier and to a variety of activities such as e.g. the analytical and environmental monitoring market’, states Florian G. Schauenburg, CEO of Schauenburg International.

In a statement, co-shareholder and Managing Director of Astech Projects Ltd., Chris Hansford, said ‘We are delighted about the opportunities that will arise from Schauenburg’s investment in Astech. Joining the Schauenburg Group allows us to maintain our operational independence whilst benefiting from a wealth of management experience. We’re proud of our achievements in Laboratory and Industrial Automation over the last 20 years and feel this is the right choice for the next phase of Astech’s growth in our current markets and beyond. Our shared passion for innovation and quality means that we’ll make a strong team.’

The Schauenburg International Group

Schauenburg International is an international, family-owned strategic investor with a policy of investing in profitable, well-established industrial enterprises. The holding company focuses on companies who are leaders in niche technology markets and are capable of strengthening or usefully augmenting the existing Schauenburg International business units. These currently include four key units: Electronic Technologies, Plastics Processing, Machinery and Equipment, and Industrial Solutions. Recent years have seen the substantial growth of Schauenburg’s Electronic Technology Division, with products for improved safety in mining and tunnelling; environmental monitoring; analytical technologies and satellite technologies. 
www.schauenburg.com

Astech Projects Ltd.

Established in 1995, Astech Projects Ltd. is an award winning Engineering and Science based company supplying robotic and automation solutions to a global customer base. Astech specialise in the custom design, build and systems integration of robotics and automation applications for advanced manufacturing and regulated industries including pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer healthcare, petro-chemical and chemical.

Astech’s mission is to provide ‘best in class’ automation solutions tailored to customers’ unique and individual requirements. All design, manufacturing, software development and testing activities are undertaken at our specialist facility in Cheshire, UK, by dedicated groups specialising in Laboratory and Industrial Automation. From here, systems are shipped, installed and maintained worldwide.

Astech provide a full project life-cycle “From Concept to Completion” and offer a comprehensive system support service called REACTS® providing peace of mind for the lifetime of the system. We hold ISO-9001 and TickIT accreditation.
www.astechprojects.co.uk

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