A major manufacturer of heat transfer equipment has acquired 24-year-old Astepo S.r.l., Parma, Italy, a supplier of aseptic technology to the food industry.

Alfa Laval, Lund, Sweden, bought the 20-employee niche supplier known for its heat exchangers for the global fruit juice concentrate industry. Astepo focuses on thermal food processing, aseptic food lines and bag-in-box filling machinery.

“The acquisition of Astepo is in line with our strategy to continue to strengthen our position within the food business,” says Lars Renström, Alfa Laval Group president and CEO. “The enhanced offering in combination with our strong local presence will create new opportunities.”