Burckhardt Buys Compressor Business From Japan Steel Works

A Japan Steel Works Labyrinth Piston Compressor (image courtesy of Japan Steel Works)

Burckhardt Compression (Burckhardt) has acquired the global compressor business of Japan Steel Works Ltd. (JSW). Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, JSW is a manufacturer of steel, power-plant equipment, and industrial machinery. According to Burckhardt, the company generated overall sales of US$2.05 billion in 2018, with approximately 1 to 2% of sales coming from its the compressor business.

Under the agreement, JSW will transfer its compressor business, including the aftermarket service support of its existing customers, to Burckhardt Compression Japan Ltd. (BCJP). Headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, BCJP is the point of contact for customers in Japan for Burckhardt Compression’s reciprocating compressors, Laby compressors, API-compliant process gas compressors, and hyper compressors manufactured in Switzerland, and API-compliant process gas compressors and standard high-pressure compressors manufactured in India.

Since manufacturing its first reciprocating compressor in 1920, JSW has evolved to produce mainly labyrinth piston compressors, supplying more than 1700 total units worldwide, according to JSW.

Burckhardt has a strong track record in Japan, having delivered more than 300 Laby compressors for liquefied petroleum gas and liquid ethylene gas carriers to Japanese shipyards, according to data from the company. In addition, it has delivered and installed hundreds of standard high-pressure compressors for compressed natural gas stations and helium recovery.

“Burckhardt Compression is building on its market leadership in the compressor business and expanding its presence in Japan, a key market, with this acquisition,” said Marcel Pawlicek, CEO at Burckhardt.

(source: Japan Steel Works)