Ebner Group acquires majority stake in Hazelett

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Ebner Group, specialist in heat treatment facilities, has acquires a majority stake in Hazelett Strip-Casting Corporation of Colchester, Vermont, USA.

With the majority in Hazelett, Ebner acquires a renowned manufacturer of continuous casting machines for the global metal industry. Mino Spa based in Alessandria, Italy will remain a shareholder along with David Hazelett, who will also remain as both a shareholder and president.

Ebner Industrieofenbau is a global company and market leader in heat treatment facilities for the semi-finished metal products industry. The company specializes in the research, development, fabrication, installation and commissioning of heat treatment facilities for the ferrous and non-ferrous industries using the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient technologies.

Ebner expands portfolio with twin-belt continuous casting technology

Hazelett has been a leader in the design and manufacture of continuous casting machines for the global metal industries for over 100 years. Hazelett technology is used in metal manufacturing processes worldwide to cast aluminium, copper, zinc and lead into metal strip and bar used to create countless products. Together with Mino, the Ebner Group will be able to offer complete process lines to the aluminium flat rolled products industry featuring Hazelett twin-belt continuous casting technology.

David Hazelett commented: “As family-owned businesses, Hazelett and Ebner have the freedom to take a longer view; one that encourages investment in research and development, building long-term relationships, and preserving our environment.”

Ebner Group CEO Robert Ebner commented: “From the first time I met David Hazelett it was clear to me that we share many of the same values. To invest in research and development, to always be one step ahead of your competition, to build the equipment inhouse, to serve your customers first class world-wide and to have a dedicated team of experts around you who believe in the same values.”

Ebner, Hazelett, Mino: suppliers of complete projects from melting to casting and rolling

Cesare Pettazzi, President of Mino SpA, the Italian rolling mills specialist and minority shareholder in Hazelett Strip-Casting, added his comment on the acquisition: “Mino’s first cooperation with Hazelett Strip-Casting Corporation dates back to 1997 and ever since the two companies have completed several successful projects around the globe in the field of combined casting and rolling lines for both aluminium and copper strip. The acquisition by Ebner of a majority interest in Hazelett Strip-Casting Corporation will strengthen and complete our offerings by making possible, through the combination of the respective technologies, to cover complete projects from melting to casting and rolling. Mino is proud of being a shareholder in Hazelett Strip-Casting Corporation and looks forward to cooperating with Ebner and continuing this success story.”

With the acquisition of Hazelett, Ebner strengthens its presence in the North American market, where the company is represented by Ebner Furnaces in Wadsworth, Ohio and the subsidiary GNA alutech in Montreal, Canada. The Ebner Group also includes Gautschi Engineering and HPI, based in Ranshofen, Austria, and a production site in Taicang, China. Together the companies offer a wide range of furnace facilities, upstream and downstream auxiliary equipment, project management and services to the aluminium, steel and copper base metals sectors.

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