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08.02.2021 Formation of BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology

BHS-Sonthofen – headquartered in Sonthofen, Germany – has brought together its combined processing expertise in the fields of filtration, mixing, drying, granulation, sterilisation and reaction within its newly created Process Technology division. With effect from beginning of this year, AVA GmbH & Co. KG and the Filtration Technology division have been operating jointly under the BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology GmbH & Co. KG name, with headquarters in Sonthofen and a site in Herrsching. Activities are targeted primarily at the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Following the acquisition of AVA in 2018, BHS-Sonthofen has expanded its range of solutions and consulting services relating to mixing, drying, granulation, sterilisation and reaction. BHS is consolidating its processing capabilities and portfolio of filtration technology and related products in the newly established BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology. This marks the final step in the process of integrating AVA into the group.

“We have fully repositioned the company with three business units, Building Materials Machinery, Recycling & Environment, and Process Technology,” commented Dennis Kemmann, CEO of BHS-Sonthofen. “Each of the business units serves specific industries. We work in partnership with customers primarily from the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, but also from the food production and other sectors, to develop process technology solutions.”

BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology provides system solutions as well as individual machines and components. The focus is on process engineering consulting for the customer, drawing on the company’s decades of experience acquired from a large number of different projects. One of its core businesses involves testing customer materials. BHS has recently expanded its testing capacity in target markets such as the US in an effort to best serve its customers where they are.

Detlef Steidl, former senior sales director at Filtration Technology, and Volker Spies, former managing director at AVA, have been appointed joint managing directors at BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology. Together they will continue efforts to develop innovative processes and expand the global presence of the company in the core regions of Europe, Asia and North America.

BHS is able to offer a wide range of technologies which it can draw on to provide the ideal solution for the customer’s specific application. Its portfolio includes mixers for homogenisation of materials and solutions for mechanical solid-liquid separation, drying and reaction.

“The new structures give us greater flexibility as a process technology solutions provider, which in turn makes us more competitive on the global marketplace,” Kemmann explained.

Dennis Kemmann, CEO, BHS-Sonthofen
























Volker Spies, joint managing director, BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology






















Detlef Steidl, joint managing director, BHS-Sonthofen Process Technology

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