Although its roots date back to 1962, the Continental Hydraulics that exists today was born just a few years ago. The company manufactures valves, pumps and power units used in heavy industrial machinery such as food processing or mining equipment. In 2011, Continental was acquired by Duplomatic Oledinamica, an Italy-based manufacturer specializing in the hydraulics market. The new parent company recognized Continental’s strength in pump design and felt Duplomatic’s strength in valve design would make the two a good match – allowing both to showcase a broader product offering and gain better positioning in international markets. Duplomatic also sought to revamp Continental’s manufacturing process and company culture, making it a stronger 21st century competitor.
“The company has been under new ownership for three years now with a new investment plan and focus,” explains Kevin O’Neill, vice president of Continental Hydraulics Operations. “With the purchase started the investment in equipment, people and training processes.”