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Baader’s Majority Stake in Emydex Enhances Digitalization Expertise

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Luebeck, Germany-headquartered Baader, a manufacturer and supplier of food processing machinery used around the world, has acquired a majority stake in Dublin, Ireland-based Emydex Technology, an international leader in the provision of scalable Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software for the food processing sector.

Attending the contract signing in Dublin, (pictured in the photo above, left to right) were David McMahon, chief executive officer of Emydex, Petra Baader, chief executive officer of Baader Global SE, and James Grennan, Emeydex’s chief technology officer.

Emydex was founded in 2004 in Ireland and has since expanded into a global concern that addresses the challenges of process management in the food industry. Today its software is integrated in food processing facilities across Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Baader Global SE is the global partner for food processing solutions with over 100 years of experience. The company develops innovative and holistic solutions that ensure intelligent, safe, efficient and sustainable food processing at all stages. With 30 subsidiaries in Europe, the USA, South America, Africa, China and elsewhere in Asia, it employs approximately 1,600 people in more than 100 countries.

This new development marks a significant milestone for both businesses. With the acquisition of Emydex as a subsidiary company, Baader moves to integrate its digitalization division across all food processing sectors, delivering innovative MES solutions to customers in the red meat and poultry industries. Emydex will see its international expansion plans bolstered thanks to the market leadership and global presence Baader brings to the table.

Emeydex CEO McMahon and CTO Grennan owill continue as shareholders and retain their executive roles with the company.

“This significant step promises to enhance our portfolio offerings,” said Baader Global SE CEO Patra Baker. “A crucial strategic pillar for our group, digitalization will be significantly strengthened through this acquisition, promising increased value for our customers in the future. We warmly welcome the entire Emydex team to the Baader family, and are looking forward to working together to propel factory floor automation into the future.”

McMahon stated: “As demand for our solutions continued to grow – particularly from large-scale global customers with multiple plants – we knew we needed to fund the growth opportunity. Baader, with its similar culture and ethos, as well as the access it provides to new markets, was the ideal partner to help bring us to the next stage of its journey.”

The acquisition aligns with the strategic objective set by Baader to lead rapid digital transformation and software advancements in the food industry. While the existing software solutions for the fish industry will remain a core part of its product portfolio, now Baader is empowered to provide comprehensive digital solutions and services that cultivate even stronger customer relationships.