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Monday, August 10, 2015
Zoetis buys KL Products, boosting poultry health service
Zoetishas agreed to acquire KL Products to strengthen its automation technology for poultry hatchery operations. The privately held company headquartered in London, Ontario, Canada, is a leader in automation systems for the poultry industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The acquisition enables Zoetis to provide poultry industry customers with full automation solutions for hatchery operations, complementing Zoetis’ category leading Embrex in ovo vaccine delivery systems.
“In the highly integrated global poultry industry, hatcheries are seeking ways to provide healthy, vaccinated chicks while increasing operational efficiencies,” said Steven Clarken, vice president and general manager, Global BioDevices at Zoetis. “This allows Zoetis to deliver tailored solutions that tightly integrate use of our Embrex BioDevice technology for efficacious and efficient in ovo vaccination with broader automation technology across hatchery operations. It exemplifies our commitment to be the preferred animal health partner to the poultry industry.”
Zoetis has mastered the science of in ovo vaccination in the poultry industry for more than two decades with its Embrex BioDevice technology. The technology helps assure reliable, safe and effective vaccine delivery to every embryo.
“KL Products’ portfolio and capabilities complement Zoetis’ offerings and allow Zoetis to fulfill poultry customers’ animal health needs, while providing increased efficiency across virtually every aspect of hatchery operations,” said KL Products President Patrick Poulin who will join Zoetis as director, Automation Solutions.
“The transaction is aligned with our value creation strategy to invest in complementary areas and technologies,” said Zoetis Group President Alejandro Bernal, who oversees the company’s Strategy, Commercial and Business Development organization and the Global BioDevices business. “Zoetis, with its scale, industry-leading poultry field force, skilled technical support team and global presence, is uniquely positioned to rapidly expand both the reach and penetration of these leading poultry technology platforms.”