Court Upholds Manufacturing Rights of Process Components Ltd.

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BRISTOL, PA – Following a recent UK High Court ruling, it is confirmed that the UK engineering brands Kek and Gardner are the exclusive property of their original owner, Process Components (PCL). Kemutec Group Inc. (KGI), based in Bristol, Pennsylvania, is the U.S. subsidiary of PCL.

The ruling confirms PCL’s and KGI’s exclusive right to manufacture and sell its Kek and Gardner brands of industrial powder processing machines and components worldwide.

Following the decision, Kason Kek-Gardner Ltd. in the UK has undertaken to the court not to infringe PCL’s designs or trademarks in the future.

PCL and KGI design and manufacture powder processing and handling equipment and components used in the food, chemical, powder coating and pharmaceutical sectors worldwide. Their brands are Kek, Gardner, Mucon and PPS.

Commenting on the ruling, Tony Goodwin, Managing Director of PCL, said, “The outcome of this case means we can get back to business as usual — developing and manufacturing top-quality equipment. These are heritage brands — symbols of reliable and innovative British and American engineering. They have been around far longer than any of us, and it is our responsibility to build on that heritage for generations to come.”

PCL and KGI are reassuring Kek and Gardner customers worldwide that they can remain confident of full product and after-sales support for the future. The company holds customer archives going back many decades, including custom designs, warranty information and machine blueprints.

Goodwin concluded, “Kek and Gardner are part of a family of group brands that go back over 150 years. Process Components and Kemutec are known for their specialist expertise and ability in design and innovation to keep clients ahead of regulatory and technical requirements. Our research and development continues to push new boundaries in hygiene and precision to help all our process engineering clients to grow and evolve.”