Big Dutchman Acquires Controlling Interest in Proline Group

ASIA & OCEANIA - The Big Dutchman group based in Vechta, Germany, has acquired a controlling interest of the Canada-based Proline Group to strengthen further its position in Asia.
calendar icon 22 January 2015
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With about 50 employees globally, Proline Group is a leading supplier of production technologies for the pig, poultry, and grain handling industries in Asia and Oceania. Proline Group designs, supplies, builds and installs (turn-key) livestock equipment and facilities for pig, poultry and grain production under the brands PigPro, ChickPro and GrainPro.

The Proline Group, headquartered in Alberta, has been present in Asia since 1991 under the management of Darren Rose, who will remain the Managing Director. Its regional focus, among others, lies in countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia and China.

Pig production and poultry production projects

The Canadian company is a complete solution provider and specialises in turn-key systems for the pig as well as poultry industry.

Bernd Meerpohl, Chairman of the Big Dutchman AG board of management, explained: “The comprehensive know-how Proline has acquired throughout its long presence in the region will ideally complement our sales team and activities particularly in the Philippines and Viet Nam.

“We are glad to enter this partnership as the long standing customer relationships established by Proline will also further strengthen our market position in particular in Asia.”

According to Mr Meerpohl, Proline Group has an outstanding reputation in the industry.

Last but not least this is due to the cooperation with some of the world’s leading manufacturers in some specialised areas.

Mr Meerpohl added: “We are looking forward to continue the cooperation with a number of those excellent suppliers.”

Big Dutchman
Happy faces after signing the contract.
From left to right: Nigel Godde (President, Pig Business Unit China, Big Dutchman Pig Equipment), Magnus Westerkamp (Managing Director, Big Dutchman Pig Equipment), Jan Hofstede (President, Big Dutchman Asia), Darren Rose (Managing Director, Proline Group), Otis Horton (Swine Production Consultant, Proline Group), Brian McCawley (President, Big Dutchman China) and Alfred Tan (Vice-President BD Agriculture Malaysia)
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