Kersia acquires Holchem
Kersia has completed the acquisition of Holchem from Ecolab, making it a leader in the UK hygiene sector and the second largest player in Europe, according ot the business.
Holchem will join Kersia’s global operations platform that spans across Northern Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and China. The Holchem acquisition is being supported by additional capital from Ardian, one of the world’s leading private investment houses.
Based near Manchester, Holchem has a turnover of approximately €55 million, and operates from two industrial sites located in Bury and Liphook, primarily serving the UK market.
Following the acquisition of Kilco in July 2018, which enabled Kersia to penetrate the UK livestock sector (dairy, poultry and swine), the Holchem transaction allows Kersia to provide services in the British food and beverage hygiene market around the environment and social responsibility and digital solutions to raise productivity.
Kersia was formed as a new company in 2016 after Hypred acquired Antigerm, LCB Food Safety, G3, Kilco and Choisy Laboratories. Following this acquisition, Kersia will operate in more than 120 countries with a workforce of over 1,500 people and a turnover of more than €300 million.
Sébastien Bossard, CEO of Kersia declares: “We are thrilled to welcome the Holchem teams to the Group. Their DNA, the quality of their work, the experience of their employees, their solutions, their services, strongly oriented towards the food industry in the UK and Ireland, make them very complementary to our current operations.”
Stuart Middleton, managing director of Holchem adds: “We are very excited to join the Kersia Group of companies, which has become a global leader in food safety in a few years, and we look forward to contributing to Kersia Group’s growth, both in our home markets and globally. We believe that this important transaction will bring many opportunities to all our employees and our customers in the combined organisation.”