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Anton Paar expands expertise in solids analysis

By Joseph James Whitworth

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Picture: Friedrich Santner, Scott Lowell and Lauren Spector. The companies agreed not to disclose purchase price
Picture: Friedrich Santner, Scott Lowell and Lauren Spector. The companies agreed not to disclose purchase price

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Anton Paar has acquired Quantachrome Instruments and is planning to modernize and expand the company’s plant.

Anton Paar said the US-based firm adds know-how in the analysis of particle surfaces, porosity and density of solids.

Under the Anton Paar Group, the company will continue operations in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Georg Cortolezis-Supp, executive director production and purchasing at Anton Paar, will manage the new subsidiary.

Former president Scott Lowell and CFO Lauren Spector will support in the transitional period.

Boost to particle characterization portfolio

Anton Paar is in the measurement of density and concentration, determination of dissolved CO2, and the field of rheometry.

The firm invests 20% of annual turnover in research (R&D). It is in more than 110 countries with 29 international sales subsidiaries and seven producing firms in Europe and the US.

Customers include beer and soft drink manufacturers and companies in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Friedrich Santner, CEO of the Anton Paar Group, said Quantachrome's products add to its portfolio in particle characterization.

Until now, we have mainly offered analytical solutions for the physical examination of liquids and particles. With this acquisition, our expertise in the analysis of solids will be expanded,” ​he said.

“The combination of existing and new technologies from both companies will result in the creation of improved or new measuring solutions.

Additionally, our strategic goal to have a US-based unit for research, development, and production within the Anton Paar Group has been fulfilled."

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Quantachrome Instruments

Quantachrome is a family-owned company with a tradition in the analytics business.

The corporation with 170 employees made a name for itself by designing characterization instruments for the analysis of porous materials and powders.

Instrumentation is used in industrial and research labs for the study of surfaces, density or pore size and distribution. These physical properties are essential qualities of items such as pharmaceutical powders or food products.

Technology is related to the BET-method (developed by Stephen Brunauer, Paul Hugh Emmett and Edward Teller) that uses gas adsorption to determine the surface area of porous components.

Quantachrome produces instruments for sample preparation and analysis and has subsidiaries in China and Japan and sells 25 instrument types in 50+ countries.

Scott Lowell, former president of Quantachrome, said Anton Paar will carry on what it has established, developed and produced.

“Anton Paar is known for its great company culture, the advanced and highly precise production driven by research and development, and a demanding but also appreciative way of dealing with the employees,” ​he said.

“In contrast to many international companies, Anton Paar has a sustainable company philosophy that is reflected in their decision to continue and extend the business at Quantachrome’s headquarters in Boynton Beach, Florida.”

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