DeLaval to acquire British cluster liner manufacturer milkrite

Swedish milking parlour maker DeLaval has today announced plans to take over Wiltshire-founded cluster parts manufacturer milkrite | InterPuls.

The deal is subject to clearance from relevant anti-trust authorities.

Milkrite began as Avon Dairy Solutions, a division of Wiltshire rubber mill Avon Rubber in 1927. The firm made a name for itself making cluster liners for use in the dairy industry.

The firm has sold its products internationally with bases in China and Brazil and in 2015 merged with vacuum pulsator manufacturer InterPuls to become milkrite | InterPuls.

Joakim Rosengren, president and chief executive of DeLaval, said: “We are proud to welcome milkrite | InterPuls to the DeLaval Group. Milkrite | InterPuls is a very successful company with a strong brand and trademark portfolio acknowledged by dairy farmers across the world. milkrite | InterPuls will operate as a stand-alone company in the DeLaval organisation although Craig Sage, managing director of milkrite | InterPuls, will report directly to me.”

Milkrite is a global leader providing complete milking point solutions to dairy farmers around the world with the aim of improving every farm it touches.

Paul McDonald, chief executive of Avon Rubber, said: “Milkrite | InterPuls has been an important part of Avon Rubber for many years, however, the board believes that now is the right time to sell the business.

We believe that under new ownership, milkrite | InterPuls will have the opportunity to continue to flourish and grow in the future.

DeLaval is part of the Tetra Laval Group. Today, employing approximately 4,500 people across more than 100 markets internationally.