There has been continuous growth and acquisitions by the Krones Group over recent years, with the goal of expanding Krones’ pioneering role as a systems supplier. One of the companies acquired in 2019 is Unicorn Industries Private Limited (Unicorn) located in Secunderabad near the state of Telangana.
Unicorn is an important link for strengthening Krones’ global process technology network. Unicorn portfolio contains everything that is needed for the production and processing of food and beverages. Unicorn delivers turnkey solutions covering every step from layout design to manufacture of tanks and machines all the way to pipework, automation and installation.
The solutions are tailored specifically to the requirements of their target markets and augmented with Krones technologies and components from Germany. The most recent example of this is the local production of the continuous sugar dissolver Krones SyPro. “Our colleagues at Unicorn are characterised by their outstanding motivation, eagerness to learn and customer orientation. When you are on site, you immediately notice how proud our new colleagues are of being part of the Krones family. This attitude is reflected by high levels of customer satisfaction. The acquisition has been a great success for Krones – both financially and in terms of business development!” said Jonas Fabian Hunold, who is responsible for Unicorn as Head of Business Line Process Solutions.
This important acquisition in India has put Krones in a better position to offer turnkey solutions including process technology in markets such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sub-Saharan Africa. In process technology, large steel tanks are commonly used in beverage production plants. Usually, it is not economically viable to transport and install these over long distances. This is one reason why customers typically source such equipment locally.
Thanks to Unicorn, Krones Group is now better positioned to offer process technology as well as filling and packaging equipment from a single source in the respective target markets. For beverage producers, this constitutes a significant advantage. Unicorn success is obvious from the steady growth in its order intake over the past few years since the acquisition despite the pandemic onset in 2020.
First joint projects successfully completed
The success of the Unicorn integration is already being demonstrated by the completion of turnkey projects. Indian supermarkets carry soft drink products, for instance, which were produced on Unicorn and Krones equipment throughout – from ingredients to the finished packaging. A proven success model, that promises further growth potential for the years to come.
Overview of the Unicorn portfolio:
- Processing Systems for the production of beverages, dairy products and chocolate
- Insulated and single-walled stainless steel tanks (capacity from 20 liters to 200,000 liters)
- Stainless steel tanks with jacket cooling / heating
- Pressure vessels (up to 40 Bar)
- Tanks with super alloy materials for different applications
- Continuous sugar dissolver SyPro with pasteuriser
- Mixing tanks with agitator
- Screw conveyor
- CIP systems
- Integration of tubular heat exchangers in skid thermal treatment systems
- Integration of filtration systems