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Hunkeler Group and Müller Martini Group merge

The families that own both groups have decided to join forces in order to grow global innovations

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[L to R] Stefan Hunkeler, Hunkeler; Michel Hunkeler, Hunkeler; Bruno Müller, Müller Martini; Rudolf Müller, Müller Martini; Daniel Erni, Hunkeler; Franz Hunkeler, Hunkeler

Müller Martini Group has acquired all of the shares of the Hunkeler Group in a deal that was decided by both owner families in order to bundle together innovation activities and better serve customers around the world.

The deal means Hunkeler and Crédit Mutuel Equity have sold off all their shares to Müller Martini but have decided to not disclose the purchase price to the public.

Bruno Müller, chief executive officer of Müller Martini, says: "The graphic arts industry is constantly changing and regularly calls for new innovations. By combining the key components of the two companies, such as personnel, expertise, and technology, we will be able to serve our global clientele even better with innovative solutions in the future."   

As two companies which produce solutions for post-print paper processing both groups have focused on the economical production of individualised print products within automated smart factories.

Müller Martini and Hunkeler have a long history with each other and within the industry starting when Hans Müller worked as a mechanical engineer for Hunkeler during World War II.

Müller then set up his own business in 1946 and continued a relationship with Hunkeler thanks to the local proximity the two businesses had in the Zofingen region of Switzerland.

Speaking about the purchase, Stefan Hunkeler, president of the Board of Hunkeler, and Michel Hunkeler, delegate of the Board of Hunkeler, add: "There is a long-standing partnership between Hunkeler and Müller Martini and a regular exchange. 

“The opportunity for the merger is currently greatly beneficial for both partners and our joint customers, as it will result in considerable advantages in a combined enterprise. This is also a strong commitment for the Zofingen region." 

The merger was announced after careful consideration on December 6th, 2023, and is another example of an increasing amount of mergers and acquisitions taking place in the print industry.

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