DexKo Global in Novi Agrees to Acquire Italy’s Fluid-Press Group

DexKo Global Inc., the Novi-based supplier of engineered trailer running gear, chassis assemblies, related components, and hydraulic brake applications, has agreed to acquire Italy’s Fluid-Press Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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Fluid-Press manufactures hydraulic valves and integrated manifold blocks. // Courtesy of Fluid-Press
Fluid-Press manufactures hydraulic valves and integrated manifold blocks. // Courtesy of Fluid-Press

DexKo Global Inc., the Novi-based supplier of engineered trailer running gear, chassis assemblies, related components, and hydraulic brake applications, has agreed to acquire Italy’s Fluid-Press Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Located in Albinea, Reggio Emilia (northern Italy), Fluid-Press was founded in 1971. It develops and manufactures hydraulic valves and manifold blocks for agricultural machinery, industrial equipment, cranes, aerial platforms, and earth-moving machines.

“The family business, which has been successfully managed for decades, produces high-quality products and components,” says Fred Bentley, CEO of DexKo, of Fluid-Press. “This acquisition enables DexKo to continue to grow in hydraulics and further expand our product offering in this segment. We are pleased to welcome the Fluid-Press team to DexKo and to help them build upon the company’s strong foundation.”

Fluid-Press will be added to DexKo’s hydraulics business and will be working closely with Safim Brakes in Modena, Italy, which has been part of DexKo and AL-KO Vehicle Technology since 2019. Safim is a manufacturer of hydraulic braking system components used in a range of off-highway equipment applications.

“We are dealing with complementary customer portfolios (OEM and distribution), which will allow us to grow further in the respective customer segments with both Safim and Fluid-Press products that we can now sell through the distribution channels of both companies and into untapped markets,” says Harald Hiller, president and CEO at AL-KO. “We look forward to uniting the strengths of the Fluid-Press team with those of DexKo to grow the Hydraulics business further.”

Aldo Tagliavento, chairman of Fluid-Press, who will continue to serve the business as a director, says: “We are proud to be part of DexKo, a global industrial group which will strengthen Fluid-Press’ worldwide presence. I am confident we will achieve great results together with Safim.”

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