MILLBURN, NJ — Kason Corp. has acquired Kek-Gardner Ltd., a UK-based manufacturer of sifting, mixing and size-reduction equipment.

"The acquisition of Kek-Gardner expands Kason's global reach while broadening its portfolio of solutions-based equipment and systems for pharmaceutical, food, dairy, chemical, plastics and powder coating applications," said Kason CEO Jonathan Weiner.

According to an announcement by the company, Kason becomes the world's largest manufacturer of centrifugal sifting equipment, produced by both companies, and adds mixers, blenders, reactors, kibblers, cone mills, universal mills, air classifier mills, vertical sifters and solid-liquid separators to the equipment line offered through its Millburn, NJ headquarters. Kek-Gardner management and manufacturing, located 25 miles south of Manchester, England, will oversee Kason’s European operations.

George Tunnicliffe, former Managing Director of Kek-Gardner, will become Managing Director of Kason Europe. Henry Alamzad will continue as Kason's President and head of Global Sales and Marketing.