Bobst increases stake in Cito Group to 90%

Oliver Kellermann and Thomas Gerner will act as joint managing directors

From left to right: René Seick, Oliver Kellermann and Thomas Gerner

Bobst’s stake in Cito Group – one of the world’s market leaders in the field of creasing technology – has increased to 90%. This follows the retirement of Cito managing director Jürgen Mariën, who sold his remaining shares to Bobst, which first acquired a majority shareholding of 51% in Cito in 2020.

Cito is well known for providing an extensive range of components for the converting and die-making industries with expertise in paper, cardboard, and corrugated board. Cito’s unique offering of consumables and services are now fully part of the Bobst portfolio.

Cito will continue to run independently, led by members of its existing leadership team. Long-term director of sales and R&D Oliver Kellermann has been appointed co-managing director alongside existing co-managing director Thomas Gerner. They will continue to manage and oversee the day-to-day running of the company alongside René Seick, director of technology.

“This evolution will be completely seamless, with no disruption to the way Cito is run or to the provision of its very high standard of quality, consistency and services,” said Alex Volery, tooling division director at Bobst. “For Bobst, CITO and our customers, this strengthened collaboration is very exciting, with two of the leading suppliers in the packaging and tooling industries working hand in hand. This allows even more co-development of innovative products, deeper connections between our two R&D departments, and ultimately even more value delivered for our customers. I am very excited to see what else we can achieve together.”

Cito is an expert in the manufacturing of packaging made of paper, cardboard, and corrugated cardboard. It supplies corrugated board converters, display producers, folding box companies, die makers, and printing companies on all continents. 

Bobst is one of the world’s leading suppliers of substrate processing, printing and converting equipment and services for the label, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated board industries.

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