Tetra Pak, Lausanne, Switzerland, has acquired Minneapolis-based Filtration Engineering Company, Inc., a company that specializes in the design, construction and commissioning of membrane filtration systems used in the areas of milk, whey and specialized waste treatment systems.

The acquisition combines Filtration Engineering’s expertise in spiral membrane technology with Tetra Pak’s existing ceramic membrane systems portfolio.

“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,” explained Tim High, executive vice-president processing systems. “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.”

Over the past 10 years Filtration Engineering has collaborated with Tetra Pak on a number of projects in the United States. According to terms of the agreement, Filtration Engineering will remain in its current location at Champlin, Minn., and form a unit of Tetra Pak Cheese and Powder Systems, Inc. Existing sales channels outside the U.S. will be maintained in a number of markets, with further global coverage through Tetra Pak market operations.

For more information, visit www.tetrapak.com.