Kason Corp. (Millburn, NJ), a manufacturer of screening, sifting and fluid bed processing equipment, has acquired Kek-Gardner Ltd., a UK-based manufacturer of sifting, mixing and size reduction equipment. Kek-Gardner management and manufacturing, located 25 miles south of Manchester, England, will oversee Kason’s European operations. “The acquisition of Kek-Gardner expands Kason’s global reach while broadening its portfolio of solutions-based equipment and systems for pharmaceutical, food, dairy, chemical, plastics and powder coating applications,” said Kason CEO Jonathan Weiner. He added that with this move, Kason becomes the world’s largest manufacturer of centrifugal sifting equipment, which are produced by both companies, and adds mixers, blenders, reactors, kibblers, cone mills, universal mills, air classifier mills, vertical sifters and solid-liquid separators to the equipment line offered through the Millburn headquarters. Both companies are recognized for manufacturing excellence and technical support, earning certifications from the USDA, FDA, BISSC, CE, ATEX cGMP, 3-A and other accrediting bodies. “Kason has long been a world leader in vibratory and centrifugal screening and in fluid bed drying technology,” Weiner, added. “We increased the size and capacity of the Millburn facility by one-third in 2013 and have achieved two consecutive years of double-digit growth. We are confident that the added product lines, engineering resources and international sales network of Kek-Gardner will enable Kason to accelerate its rate of growth throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim.” George Tunnicliffe, former managing director of Kek-Gardner, will become managing director of Kason Europe. Henry Alamzad will continue as Kason’s president and head of global sales and marketing. www.kason.com