Move Supports Glaston’s Ambition To Further Strengthen Its Position in Glass Processing Value Chain
On April 1, 2019, Glaston Corporation completed its acquisition of Bystronic glass, the Swiss-German-based globally operating high-end machinery, systems and services provider for the processing of glass.
The acquisition supports Glaston’s ambition to further strengthen its position in the glass processing value chain. The acquisition was announced on January 25, 2019. By incorporating Bystronic glass, Glaston will become a significant player in the glass machinery business, providing all customers with the best know-how and the latest technologies available in glass processing. Glaston and Bystronic glass have fully complementary offerings. Through the combination, the company holds a truly unique product range from tempering, bending and laminating through insulating glass manufacturing and glass handling to automotive and display glass preprocessing as well as services. “The acquisition, which is a major step in the execution of our strategy, is a response to market demand for efficiency, more demanding requirements for glass features, safety and quality as well as an increased focus on services. With our combined capabilities and expertise, we will be able to offer customers equipment, services and solutions from one supplier optimizing customer operations and driving customer value,” Glaston Corporation CEO and President Arto Metsänen said. “The combined services offering will lead to appealing advantages for the customers and provide a base for further development of services covering the whole glass processing chain in the future. I warmly welcome Bystronic glass’ employees to Glaston,” Metsänen added.
Changes to the Executive Management Group
In connection with the completion of the acquisition, Glaston makes changes to the executive management group (EMG). As of April 1, the EMG will consist of CEO Arto Metsänen, COO and integration lead Sasu Koivumäki, Burghard Schneider, who will be responsible for Bystronic glass, and as of May 1, 2019, Juha Liettyä, who will be responsible for Glaston technologies. Päivi Lindqvist continues in her position as CFO. Significant benefits The combination of Glaston and Bystronic glass is expected to result in significant benefits for the stakeholders. In addition to the unique product offering, synergies are expected from cross-selling new equipment and broadening the services offering. Furthermore, the transaction supports initiatives to create further added value to customers through product development and best practice sharing.
About the Company
Glaston is the glass processing industry’s innovative technology leader, supplying equipment, services and solutions to the architectural, automotive, solar and appliance industries. The company also supports the development of emerging technologies integrating intelligence to glass.