Tetra Pak Inc., Vernon Hills, Ill., acquired Champlin, Minn.-based Filtration Engineering Co., Inc., a leader in membrane filtration technology for the dairy and cheese Tetra Pak milk cartonindustries, combining Filtration Engineering’s expertise in spiral membrane technology with Tetra Pak’s existing ceramic membrane systems portfolio, expanding Tetra Pak’s broad-based portfolio of system and application knowledge for dairy, cheese and whey processing applications.

“The acquisition of Filtration Engineering strengthens our portfolio of products, solutions and services for dairy and cheese applications as well as provides us with additional knowledge and competence,” says Tim High, executive vice president of processing systems, Tetra Pak. “Adding Filtration Engineering’s technical expertise in membrane filtration and its U.S. market leadership to our expertise in ceramic filtration and global market presence is a winning combination for Filtration Engineering, Tetra Pak and our customers around the world.”

According to the terms of the agreement, Filtration Engineering will remain in its current location in Champlin and form a unit of Tetra Pak Cheese and Powder Systems Inc. Existing sales channels outside the United States will be maintained in a number of markets, with further global coverage through Tetra Pak market operations.