Zoetis to expand biodevice solutions for poultry industry with acquisition of hatchery-automation company
DURHAM, N.C. – Zoetis Inc. announced an agreement to acquire KL Products, Inc. to strengthen automation technology for poultry hatchery operations. The privately held company headquartered in London, Ontario, Canada, is a leader in automation systems for the poultry industry.
The acquisition lets Zoetis provide poultry industry customers with full automation solutions for hatchery operations, complementing Zoetis’ category leading Embrex® in ovo vaccine-delivery systems, the company said.
“In the highly integrated global poultry industry, hatcheries are seeking ways to provide healthy, vaccinated chicks while increasing operational efficiencies,” said Steven Clarken, vice president and general manager, Global BioDevices at Zoetis.
“This allows Zoetis to deliver tailored solutions that tightly integrate use of our Embrex BioDevice technology for efficacious and efficient in ovo vaccination with broader automation technology across hatchery operations.”
Zoetis has mastered the science of in ovo vaccination in the poultry industry for more than 2 decades with its Embrex BioDevice technology. The technology helps assure reliable, safe and effective vaccine delivery to every embryo.
“KL Products’ portfolio and capabilities complement Zoetis’ offerings and allow Zoetis to fulfill poultry customers’ animal health needs, while providing increased efficiency across virtually every aspect of hatchery operations,” said Patrick Poulin, president of KL Products President, who will join Zoetis as director, automation solutions.