Bettcher Industries, a developer and manufacturer of food processing and medical device equipment and a portfolio company of KKR, has purchased Frontmatec, a global manufacturer of automated services for pork and beef processing.

Frontmatec will join Bettcher to form a protein processing automation service. Frontmatec’s robotics, vision systems, software and other capabilities as well as its global footprint and strong presence in Europe complement Bettcher’s focus on semi-automated protein processing tools and automated poultry processing systems. Bettcher and Frontmatec will continue to operate independently under their existing brands and leadership teams.

“Bringing the strengths of our companies together will enable us to deliver special innovation to the market,” states Allan Kristensen, Frontmatec CEO. “Culturally, our two companies are a great fit as we share the same passion for customer focus, developing high-quality solutions that will meet the accelerating global demand for higher yields in production as well as improved food quality and worker/people safety.”