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We are very proud of every one of our acquisitions and value what they will add to the group.

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 Bothers / 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.


Expanding Swedish bearings business. Axel Johnson International is strengthening its position on the Nordic market for bearings, transmissions and seals via Nomo’s acquisition of Rotera Kullager in Täby AB and Rotera Kullager in Västberga AB. The move is in line with Axel Johnson International’s long-term strategy to grow the bearings business by developing existing companies and expanding in new markets throughout Europe.

Pumpen Karrer

Extended service offer in Germany. AxFlow Germany is strengthening its service offering with the acquisition of Pumpen Karrer, a family-owned company specialised in industrial equipment repair and maintenance, especially pumps. The move reinforces AxFlow’s solution-provider strategy and allow AxFlow to better serve German customers with more complete solutions. Pumpen Karrer’s major business segments are chemicals, food & beverage, and building & construction.

RDC Production

Stronger service for AxFlow France. AxFlow France, part of the Fluid Handling Solutions business group of Axel Johnson International, took a strategic step to strengthen its service capacity in the French fluid handling market with the acquisition of RDC Production on January 12. Based west of Paris, RDC has 43 employees, including many highly skilled technicians with the expertise to take on a broad range of service applications.

TMT. Malinen

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Bahr, Pumptechnique and Flow Technologies

Flowing into the Baltics. Axel Johnson International is entering the fluid-handling market in the Baltics by acquiring Bahr Pump OU (Estonia), Pumptechnique SIA (Latvia) and Flow Technologies UAB (Lithuania). The three companies provide fluid handling equipment, advanced systems, and service. The move is in line with Axel Johnson International’s long-term strategy of acquiring well-established companies with highly skilled entrepreneurs and growing the businesses together with the entrepreneurs.

SKS Group

Accelerating in the Nordics. Axel Johnson International is strengthening its mechanical power transmissions business in the Nordics by acquiring five companies from the Finnish SKS Group. The companies are market leading in their niches, offering premium products and services to the Nordic machine and equipment building industry. They will be part of the Industrial Solutions business group.

AHD Aandrijftechniek

Powering transmissions operations in Benelux. Axel Johnson International is increasing its market presence in the Benelux countries through the acquisition of AHD Aandrijftechniek B.V. AHD sells, maintains and services industrial gearboxes, brakes, couplings and propeller shafts to large and small customers, most notably Tata Steel, in the Benelux region. It will join forces with Spruit Transmissies B.V., a technical distributor of power transmission parts within Industrial Solutions.


Gearing up for more vehicle components. Axel Johnson International is strengthening its market position in the Nordic region by acquiring vehicle component distributor Sternhammar. Established already in 1938, Sternhammar has a reputation for long-term customer relationships and growing market share that makes it a perfect fit for business group Transport Solutions.

Town & County Engineering Services

Beefing up in the UK. Axel Johnson International acquires Town & County Engineering Services, a leading supplier of bearings, power transmission products, conveyor belting, consumables and related services for the food and beverage industry in eastern UK. This further strengthens Axel Johnson International’s market position as a supplier of industrial products and services across the UK.


Eastern expansion of mobile drivetrains. Axel Johnson International acquires a majority of IOW, a leading Eastern European distributor and service provider of mobile drivetrain systems, hydraulics, cooling systems and filter technologies. Complementing operations in the Nordic countries and Russia, the acquisition reinforces Axel Johnson international’s market position within mobile drivetrains solutions throughout Europe.

W. Giertsen Services

Taking Norwegian lifting solutions to the next level. Axel Johnson International acquires W. Giertsen Services, a leading Norwegian full-service manufacturer and supplier of lifting equipment and solutions. The move creates considerable synergies for the business group Lifting Solutions and strengthens its service offering for the professional maritime, offshore, subsea and onshore industries.

Pritchard Tyrite

Important expansion within cargo. Lifting Solutions and Cargo Securing Solutions expanding jointly in the UK with acquisition of Pritchard Tyrite. Pritchard Tyrite will be managed by Certex UK but also establish the first UK base for Lifting Solution’s sister-company, cargo securing products and services supplier, Cargo Securing Solutions.

Berkshire Bearings

Geographic presence and branch network. Axel Johnson International acquires bearings and transmission specialists Berkshire Bearings. Berkshire Bearings in Newbury is a small, well-kept family run operation renowned for its knowledgeable and experienced staff and longstanding relations to customers in the region. The company provides an excellent fit with the products and offerings of Acorn Industrial Services.


Safer business ahead. Axel Johnson International acquires Swedish rope access specialist Klätterteknik. The acquisition is the result of a close cooperation between Klätterteknik and leading lifting equipment supplier Certex Sweden and strengthens Axel Johnson International’s business group Lifting Solution’s service offering within industrial fall protection equipment and rope access.

Process Partner AS

To grow with the flow. We acquire niche entreprenurial company Process Partner AS. With services and know-how in displacement pumps and process equipment for the oil and off-shore industry, as well as water and sanitation, the company strengthens the group’s business on the Norwegian market.

Traction Levage

Bonjour Traction Levage. With an impressive product portfoli, unique application expertise and strong customer relations, we welcome France’s biggest distributor of steel wire ropes and lifting accessories to the group. The acquisition is testament to our objective of continued expansion in the region.

Progress Ingerørfirma

Constant Progress. The acquisition of Progress Ingeniørfirma strengthens the group with new expertise, as well as products and services for marine driveline components. Developing alongside yet an other stable family-run company with specialist expertise is fully in line with our strategy.

W. Moser AG

Strengthen our family. The small family-run company W. Moser, with five employees, will be of great importance to our overall offering of industrial pumps, cooling systems and related services on the Swiss market.

Esspump AB

Sweden’s broadest pump specialist. With the acquisition of Esspump AB, we are expanding our range of market-leading pumps and reinforcing the related offering in services and servicing: pumping anything, anywhere, with optimum function and the greatest possible efficiency.