Koch Separation Solutions acquires dairy technology provider Relco

Acquisition positions Koch Separation Solutions (KSS) as “comprehensive solutions provider” to serve dairy, food and beverage industries with cutting edge technology and service.

Koch Separation Solutions (KSS), a provider of separation technology, has acquired Relco, a provider of process technologies for the dairy and food industry. The acquisition will allow the former to better serve its customers, and leverage the synergistic capabilities of its various complementary technologies in the dairy, food and beverage markets.

Manny Singh, president of KSS, commented: “We believe that separation challenges in the dairy, food and other industries are complex and rarely solved with one technology. The acquisition of Relco adds complementary evaporation and drying technologies to the existing membrane and ion exchange offering of KSS. This combined product offering, along with deep applications knowledge, will ensure a seamlessly integrated solution while delivering maximum value to our customers.”

KSS has been a provider of membrane products to the food and dairy industry, having developed the sanitary spiral wound membranes used today. KSS seeks to drive technological innovation to meet market needs through the vertical integration of KSS’ advanced membrane filtration and ion exchange capabilities with Relco’s evaporation, spray-drying and crystallisation processes.

Besides expanding KSS’ scope of capabilities, the acquisition adds Relco’s thermal technology to enhance KSS’ overall solutions offering to serve dairy as well as food and beverage customers in fruit juice, biotechnology, starch and sugar, nutraceutical, and both plant- and animal-based protein applications.

Mark Litchfield, president of Relco, concluded: “This acquisition will allow us to offer integrated and innovative membrane filtration and ion exchange systems with our solutions targeting value addition, energy efficiency, and waste minimialisation. KSS offers ideal growth conditions for an innovative and quality-focused company like Relco, and we are excited to be part of this expansion.”