The executives signing the contract: From left to right Norbert Rechner (Managing Director at Pester), Tim Slomp (CTO Uhlmann), Thomas Pester (CEO Pester) and Michael Mrachacz (CSO Uhlmann).

Excellence all along the line: Uhlmann Pac-Systeme and pester pac automation join forces
Uhlmann and Pester enter into a partnership

Uhlmann Pac-Systeme, world-leading system provider for packing pharmaceuticals, and pester pac automation GmbH, top supplier in the end-of-line packaging sector, have become partners. The two companies have therefore consistently realized the total solution provider concept. Benefitting from their combined expertise, they are now positioned to offer their customers excellent solutions for holistic pharmaceutical packaging from one source.

Together, the two companies have fortified their leading positions on the market and will further expand their lead in joint cooperation. On 4 December 2019, a cooperation agreement was signed by the two parties. After an initial phase, the companies’ objective is to implement the first complete lines and projects as of the Interpack, at the beginning of May 2020. The two companies will still continue to operate as autonomous and legally independent entities.

“Over the past 70 years, Uhlmann has evolved from a machine manufacturer to the world’s leading systems supplier for packaging pharmaceutical products in blisters, bottles and cartons. On the basis of innovative packaging lines, services and digital solutions, Uhlmann is setting standards. Our two companies will mutually benefit from this partnership through the interplay and enhancement of our competencies,” explains Michael Mrachacz, Managing Director for Sales and Services at Uhlmann. “Our customers obtain custom-tailored complete solutions with seamless integration in networked production processes. This partnership sets the benchmark in this sector.”

Thomas Pester, owner and CEO of pester pac automation GmbH: “We see our partnership with Uhlmann as a far-reaching opportunity and decisive milestone. We will continue to work on new intelligent and sustainable processes and packaging technologies in a united effort to offer our customers even more attractive packaging and automation solutions in the future. Both our customers and employees will benefit from this development.“

Tobias Uhlmann, Chairman of the Advisory Board at Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG, and Thomas Pester both agree that the culture of the two family-owned companies and close vicinity are the ideal foundation for a strong and long-lasting alliance.

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Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG is a leading global systems supplier for the packaging of pharmaceutical products in blisters, bottles, and cartons. In addition to its innovative packaging lines, Uhlmann provides consultation, project management, extensive services and digital solutions from a single source. The company is part of the Uhlmann Group, which generated sales amounting to EUR 426 million with its workforce of around 2,400 in the business year 2018/2019. Further members of the Uhlmann Group are the companies Koch Pac-Systeme based in the Black Forest, Cremer Speciaalmachines in the Netherlands, and Wonder Packing Machinery in China. As of October 2019, appropriate elements of central functions are pooled in the newly formed Uhlmann Group Holding GmbH & Co. KG. Visit and for more information.

pester pac automation GmbH
pester pac automation GmbH is one of the world’s leading system providers for end-of-line packaging solutions and specializes in the integration of high-tech packaging lines. Pester has been creating trends in end-of-line packaging and automation for the pharma and cosmetics sectors for over 45 years. pester pac automation stands for the innovation and development of sustainable, state-of-the-art machine technology, from film packaging through to case packaging and palletization. Major groups in the worldwide pharma and cosmetics sector rely on the Pester machine portfolio. Around the globe, more than 8,000 Pester machine units and lines demonstrate their efficiency and impress with their intelligent technology, superior quality and performance. In addition to innovative packaging machinery, Pester also offers digital solutions, individual services, customer-oriented developments and customized engineering and complete solutions from one source. Worldwide, some 750 employees, eight subsidiaries and 35 agencies in 80 countries are committed to ensuring a dynamic sales and service network for optimum packaging processes and on-the-spot customer dialog. In 2018, the company generated a turnover of over 100m euros. Visit for more.