Piab Group has acquired COVAL, a major global player in vacuum automation components and systems. With more than 35 years of history, COVAL adds a solid portfolio of premium products, highly experienced and skilled employees, a strong brand known for the highest quality standards, and many new customers to Piab Group. Through the acquisition, Piab Group is evolving automation by strengthening its position as a world-leading automation company.
The transaction is fully funded through a combination of external and internal sources.
"We are very much looking forward to bringing the COVAL team into the Piab family and we see a great culture fit routed in a strong passion for the future of robotics and automation. With this strategic move, we are confident in our ability to provide our customers with cutting-edge automation solutions, while strengthening our competitive advantage in the market", says Peter Laurin, CEO of Piab Group
“COVAL has a perfect strategic fit for our business. The market for industrial automation is growing rapidly and we foresee very strong growth opportunities with the addition of COVAL´s competitive portfolio and highly skilled employees, whom I would like to take the opportunity to welcome to Piab Group”, says Gustav Falconer, President Vacuum Automation Division.
“Piab Group´s long history of innovation in vacuum technology and global presence will allow for COVAL to further develop and provide a long-term home for our family business and its employees. By joining the Piab Group, COVAL joins an excellent global company, a leading innovator in the vacuum technology market and together we will strengthen our leading position in the automation industry”, says Michel Cecchin, Owner and CEO of COVAL
For more information
Kajsa Blixth, Chief People & Brand Officer, Piab Group
Phone: +46 (0) 761 408699
About Piab Group
Piab is evolving automation through progressive gripping, lifting, and moving solutions since 1951. Piab believes in an automated world where no resources are wasted, and no humans are injured. Piab is a global organization, with sales of c. 2.5 BSEK, more than 1000 employees and 4 divisions, serving customers in more than 100 countries from a network of subsidiaries and channel partners.
COVAL's mission is to provide its customers and users with vacuum handling solutions that meet their profitability, productivity, quality, safety, and environmental protection objectives. COVAL designs, manufactures, and markets components and systems for vacuum handling for the main industrial sectors: packaging, automotive, plastics, and aeronautics. Its range of vacuum cups, pumps, and grippers contribute to the vacuum handling of all types of objects, of all sizes and materials for better safety and productivity. With a turnover of 23 million euros, 135 employees, and a presence in 60 countries, COVAL is the French leader and a major player in vacuum handling worldwide.