BHS-Sonthofen consolidates process technology expertise within company

January 28, 2021
BHS-Sonthofen is bringing together its collective process expertise in filtration, mixing, drying, granulation, sterilization and reaction in the newly created Process Technology division. As of 1 January 2021, AVA GmbH & Co. KG and the Filtration Technology division have been operating jointly under the BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology GmbH & Co. KG name with headquarters in Sonthofen and a site in Herrsching. Their activities are targeted primarily at the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

With its acquisition of AVA GmbH & Co. KG in 2018, BHS-Sonthofen expanded its range of solutions and consulting services in and around mixing, drying, granulation, sterilization and reaction. BHS is consolidating its process expertise and portfolio of filtration technology and related products in the newly established BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology GmbH & Co. KG. This marks the final step in the process of integrating AVA into the group.

“We have fully repositioned the company with three business units, Building Materials Machinery, Recycling & Environment, and Process Technology,” reports Dennis Kemmann, CEO of BHS-Sonthofen. “Each of the business units serves specific industries. We work in partnership with customers primarily from the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, but also from the food production and other sectors, to develop process technology solutions.”

BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology provides system solutions as well as individual machines and components. The focus is on process engineering consulting for the customer, drawing on the company’s decades of experience acquired in a large number of different projects. One of its core businesses involves testing customer materials. BHS has recently expanded its testing capacity in target markets like the U.S. in an effort to best serve our customers where they are.

Detlef Steidl, former Senior Sales Director at Filtration Technology, and Volker Spies, former Managing Director at AVA, have been named to serve as the Managing Directors at BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology. The two will continue efforts to develop innovative processes and expand the global presence of the company in the core regions of Europe, Asia and North America.

BHS is able to offer a wide range of technologies which it can draw on to provide the ideal solution for the customer’s specific application. Its portfolio includes mixers for homogenization of materials and solutions for mechanical solid-liquid separation, drying and reaction.
“The new structures give us greater flexibility as a process technology solutions provider, which in turn makes us more competitive on the global marketplace,” Kemmann explains.