Danish company acquires Chambersburg manufacturer

Staff report

UPDATED:   12/15/2014 03:09:03 PM EST

CHAMBERSBURG >> A Danish company has acquired a Chambersburg manufacturer.

Vacon, which makes drives used to control speed in electrical motors, is now part of the Danfoss Group.

In September, Denmark-based Danfoss announced a public tender offer to acquire all the shares of Finland-based Vacon in a $1.34 billion deal.

By the end of November, Danfoss obtained approvals from all the relevant authorities, and has now acquired more than 90 percent of Vacon shares and voting rights in Vacon.

Vacon acquired the drive business from TB Woods, opening a new state-of-the-art manufacturing center on Nitterhouse Drive, Chambersburg, in 2009.

The combination of Vacon and Danfoss will create one of the world’s leading players in the drives market, leveraging the best of the two companies.

“The clear ambition is to be a leading player in the drives market. We see that true value is created together. This is why we will create a new business, where people work together to develop the best products, applications and services for our customers,” said Niels B. Christiansen, president and CEO of Danfoss.

“Combining two strong and innovative AC drives companies will give customers an even more competitive, innovative and attractive offering of AC drives. Joining forces also means that the new business will be able to invest further in both research and development and in the sales force, which is a key success factor in our business,” said Vesa Laisi, president and CEO of Vacon.

Laisi will be the president of the new business segment, named Danfoss Drives.

“The dedicated drives focus unites both Vacon and Danfoss and distinguishes the two companies from competitors. Vesa has spent most of his career in the drives industry and he possesses very deep insights into the business. He will use this experience to guarantee world-leading product portfolio and customer service,” Christiansen said.

Danfoss also announces a reorganization of the rest of the group. The closing of the Vacon deal now paves the way for establishing four strong and global segments, the company said in a statement.

“Today, we have very strong businesses and with the new structure, we can unite these in even stronger entities to further strengthen our market positions. This is the right outset for the next part of our strategic journey with a strong focus on growth,” says Niels B. Christiansen.