The Big Dutchman Group, based in Vechta, Germany, has acquired a controlling interest of the Canada-based Proline Group. With about 50 employees globally, Proline Group is a leading supplier of production technologies for the pig, poultry, and grain handling industries in Asia and Oceania. Proline Group designs, supplies, builds and installs (turn-key) livestock equipment and facilities for pig, poultry and grain production under the brands PigPro, ChickPro and GrainPro.

The Proline Group, headquartered in Alberta, has been present in Asia since 1991 under the management of Darren Rose, who will remain the managing director. Its regional focus, among others, lies in countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Australia and China. The Canadian company is a complete solution provider and specializes in turn-key systems for the pig as well as poultry industry. "The comprehensive know-how Proline has acquired throughout its long presence in the region will ideally complement our sales team and activities particularly in the Philippines and Vietnam," said Bernd Meerpohl, chairman of the Big Dutchman AG board of management. "We are glad to enter this partnership as the long standing customer relationships established by Proline will also further strengthen our market position in particular in Asia."


According to Meerpohl, Proline Group has an outstanding reputation in the industry. Last but not least this is due to the cooperation with some of the world's leading manufacturers in some specialized areas. "We are looking forward to continue the cooperation with a number of those excellent suppliers," confirmed Meerpohl.

Big Dutchman is a leading global equipment supplier for modern pig and poultry production. The independent, family-owned company offers its products in more than 100 countries and achieved a turnover of approximately EUR670 million (US$776.7 million) in the past business year.