US – Koch Separation Solutions (KSS), a provider of membrane filtration and ion exchange technology, has acquired Massachusetts based provider of process technologies for the dairy and food industry, Relco.

The acquisition of RELCO expands KSS’ scope of capabilities, allowing for a meaningful partnership with customers through greater choice and flexibility in selecting separation technologies best suited for their unique operations.

Following the acquisition, KSS will be able to leverage on RELCO’s proven thermal technology to enhance its overall solutions offering.

This will enable it better 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.

Commenting on the acquisition, Manny Singh, president of KSS, said: “The acquisition of Relco marks an important step in KSS’s transformation to become an integrated solutions provider, delivering superior value to existing and new customers.”

Singh further noted that the acquisition of Relco adds complementary evaporation and drying technologies to the existing membrane and ion exchange offering of KSS.

Founded in 1982, Relco manufactures processing solutions for the dairy industry which include cheese making systems, evaporators, drying systems and powder handling systems.

The Wilmington, Massachusetts – based company serves over 500 customers in several markets worldwide.

. “To be acquired by a company as successful and respected as KSS is a vindication of our vision, the dedication of our teams, and the relationships we have developed,” Mark Litchfield, president of Relco, said.

KSS has a long history in providing innovative membrane products to the food and dairy industry, having pioneered the development of the sanitary spiral wound membranes commonly used today.

The RELCO acquisition is the latest among KSS’ efforts to expand portfolio and enhance customer offering.

Earlier this year, the company announced it is expanding the manufacturing capacity of its innovative PURON® reinforced hollow fiber membrane technology by 50 percent.

The company had then said that manufacturing expansion reflected its significant growth and an increased ability to quickly serve businesses.

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