The international technology group Körber is planning to acquire the company Werum IT Solutions AG, formerly Werum Software & Systems AG, based in Lüneburg, Germany. Werum is the leading provider of software for production control and production monitoring for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry.
The objective of the acquisition is to further expand the Körber Group’s Medipak Systems Business Area. This specializes in inspection and packaging technologies as well as the manufacture of high-quality packaging for pharmaceutical products.
As the holding company of the Medipak Systems Business Area, Körber Medipak Systems GmbH is aiming to use the acquisition to extend its expertise in the cutting-edge market for software solutions in the field of production control and monitoring. Werum is the leading provider of so-called manufacturing execution systems (MES) for the pharmaceutical and biotechnological manufacture of pharmaceuticals. The company shares are held largely by current and former employees. The aim is to acquire 100 percent of the shares.
“We would highly welcome the opportunity to expand our activities in this important future market together with Werum – a company with outstanding technological expertise that is held in high regard by customers around the globe. Software solutions such as the products and services provided by Werum are becoming increasingly important for us as a technology group, and are also highly relevant from a strategic perspective,” said the Chairman of the Executive Board of Körber AG, Richard Bauer.
“Within the Körber Group, Werum would be able to benefit from our international focus and broad technological experience. Together, we could develop new, unique products and exploit long-term growth opportunities with a strong international customer base in our field of business,” added Gerhard Breu, CEO of the Körber Medipak Systems Business Area.
“In Körber we see the ideal partner who would be able to open up new perspectives for us as well as outstanding development opportunities for our employees,” said Hartmut Krome, Chairman of the Executive Board of Werum Software & Systems AG: “Our company will retain its Werum brand and market profile, while at the same time it would be integrated in Körber’s strong structures.”
Werum IT Solutions AG has a total of some 400 employees at ten sites in Europe, the USA, Japan and Singapore. Since its foundation the company grew steadily. Since the early
nineties Werum has specialized in software for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Within the Körber Medipak Systems Business Area, Werum would in future operate as an additional business field alongside the existing fields of Pharma Materials (development and manufacture of high-quality packaging) and Pharma Technology (inspection and packaging machines for the pharmaceutical industry).
Following the purchase of the shares, the acquisition would be subject to the approval of the anti-trust authorities.
Ahead of the planned sale, the original Werum Software & Systems AG was split into two companies. As part of this, Werum Software & Systems CIS AG was founded. This company has around 100 employees and develops and markets software for other sectors outside the pharmaceutical industry (inter alia measurement data management, earth observation and eGovernment). The company Werum Software & Systems CIS AG is not part of the planned transaction, and will continue to operate as an independent company with an independent management team.
Körber AG is the holding company of an international technology group with about 11,000 employees around the world. Its sales total just above € 2 billion.