We acquire and develop industrial technology companies

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Axel Johnson International is a privately owned industrial group that acquires and develops companies in strategic niche markets, primarily technical components and industrial process solutions. We are an active and long-term owner with a mission to drive business development and growth.

100 strong companies – 4 competitive business groups

We believe our companies develop best in partnership with others in the same sector. By building and developing business groups in strategic niche areas we encourage joint initiatives and knowledge sharing. We are stronger together!

We’re like a big family, offering a home for both the company and its people.

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Experience our supportive environment and decentralised leadership by learning about some of our companies through the stories below.

Our latest acquisitions

Crest Process Engineering

Wider coverage for UK fluid handling business. Axel Johnson International’s Fluid Handling Solutions business group, AxFlow, has acquired Crest Process Engineering Limited. The company has a strong regional presence in southwest England and south Wales, selling pumps, spares, systems, ancillary equipment and service/repair. Its main markets are food & beverage, chemicals, industrial and marine.

Brown Brothers / Kelair

Entering Australia and New Zealand pump markets. Axel Johnson International has taken the next step in its geographic expansion outside Europe by acquiring Brown Brothers/Kelair, the market-leading distributor of positive displacement and centrifugal pumps in Australia and New Zealand. With 15 locations throughout Australia and New Zealand, Brown Brothers/Kelair sells to users and resellers in industrial segments as well as agriculture and municipalities.


Stronger in seals and bearings in Poland. Axel Johnson International has acquired Passerotti sp. z.o.o., a Polish niche distributor of technical seals and bearings. Passerotti is a significant player in the Polish market with about 11,000 customers present in both MRO and OEM segments and excellent capacity for making tailored sealing solutions.


Stronger power transmission position in Norway. The Nomo Group, a part of Axel Johnson International, has entered the Norwegian market for bearings and mechanical power transmission products through the acquisition of Rotek AS of July 2. The acquisition opens up additional growth opportunities for the group in the Norwegian market.

MAK Aandrijvingen

Stronger in Dutch transmissions. Axel Johnson International’s Industrial Solutions business group is increasing its market presence in the Netherlands through the acquisition of MAK Aandrijvingen B.V., effective May 2. MAK uses high technical expertise to create power transmission solutions for leading OEM customers.

Dock Equipment

Adding innovative dock equipment range. Forankra France, part of Axel Johnson International Transport Solutions business group, has acquired the Dock Equipment product range from Pommier SA. The product range comprises products for logistics hubs, warehouses, trucks and trailers and include the patented Butdock® product. A strategic addition to the existing dock equipment range that strengthen Forankras product offer across Europe.

Egil Verne

Entering the Norwegian vehicles components market. Axel Johnson International’s Transport Solutions business group entered the Norwegian market for commercial vehicle components by acquiring Egil Verne AS, a distributor specialised in lighting and electrical components, on March 1. With the addition of Verne, Transport Solutions becomes a leading distributor of vehicle component in the Nordics, with total turnover of EUR 150 million.


Fluid Handling expands in Italy. AxFlow Italy, part of Axel Johnson International’s Fluid Handling Solutions business group, has acquired Cinti S.r.l., a specialist in installation, service and repair of centrifugal pumps based in northern Italy. The move aims to strengthen AxFlow Italy’s service offering and position it for further growth in the Italian market.

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