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Zoetis acquisition enables broader hatchery solutions

Animal health manufacturer, Zoetis, is to acquire KL Products to strengthen its automation technology for poultry hatchery operations.

The privately held company headquartered in London, Ontario, Canada, is a leader in automation systems for the poultry industry. The acquisition therefore enables Zoetis to provide poultry industry customers with full automation solutions for hatchery operations, complementing Zoetis' Embrex in ovo vaccine delivery systems.

Increasing operational efficiencies

"In the highly integrated global poultry industry, hatcheries are seeking ways to provide healthy, vaccinated chicks while increasing operational efficiencies," said Steven Clarken, vice president and general manager, Global BioDevices at Zoetis. "This allows Zoetis to deliver tailored solutions that tightly integrate use of our Embrex BioDevice technology for efficacious and efficient in ovo vaccination with broader automation technology across hatchery operations."

Zoetis has been involved in ovo vaccination in the poultry industry for more than two decades with its Embrex BioDevice technology.  This technology helps assure reliable, safe and effective vaccine delivery to every embryo.

"KL Products' portfolio and capabilities complement Zoetis' offerings and allow Zoetis to fulfill  poultry customers' animal health needs, while providing increased efficiency across virtually every aspect of hatchery operations," said KL Products president Patrick Poulin who will join Zoetis as director, Automation Solutions.

Complementary areas and technologies

"The transaction is aligned with our value creation strategy to invest in complementary areas and technologies," said Alejandro Bernal, Zoetis Group president who oversees the company's Strategy, Commercial and Business Development organisation and the Global BioDevices business. "Zoetis, with its scale, industry-leading poultry field force, skilled technical support team and global presence, is uniquely positioned to rapidly expand both the reach and penetration of these leading poultry technology platforms."

The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

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