Foodservice Equipment Reports

Dispensing Equipment Makers Blend: Micro Matic Acquires Valpar

In an acquisition that greatly expands its presence in the global beverage business, Micro Matic A/S has acquired Valpar Industrial Ltd., a manufacturer and supplier of beverage tubes and pythons to breweries and soft-drink producers worldwide. Founded in 1982, Bangor, Northern Ireland-based Valpar was the first company to produce machine-made pythons, which help maintain beer and soft drinks at low temperatures.

The two companies have had a long relationship, according to Soren Vilby, CEO of Micro Matic A/S. “We take over a healthy, well-run and profitable business, and we believe that by using Micro Matic’s strong sales network we can increase the sales considerably.”

Micro Matic USA, headquartered in Brooksville, Fla., is a leading manufacturer and supplier of keg valves and dispensing equipment in more than 120 countries.

Valpar was sold to Micro Matic for an undisclosed sum by The O’Neill Group; Valpar’s Managing Director John O’Neill, the rest of Valpar’s management team and 78 employees will continue manufacturing in Northern Ireland.