KARLSRUHE and KLEVE, Germany - September 8, 2006 -- Bruker AXS GmbH today announces that it has acquired all of the equity of privately-held Quantron GmbH from Quantron's founders. The stock purchase agreement for Quantron was signed and the transaction was closed simultaneously on September 6, 2006.
Quantron GmbH, located in Kleve, Germany, develops, manufactures and distributes worldwide advanced arc/spark optical emission spectroscopy (OES) systems for numerous metals analysis applications, including:
o ferrous and non-ferrous foundries,
o primary metal production (steel plants, aluminium, copper, etc.),
o metal processing & machining industries (diecasting, forging, rolling mills, etc.),
o suppliers of metal products to automotive industries,
o premium metal trading companies, scrap dealers, recycling,
o RoHS-compliant lead-free applications for electronics industry,
o contract laboratories with metallurgical services,
o special applications in extraction and mining of precious metals,
o incoming metal inspections & quality control, and
o automatic analysis system solutions for foundries and steelworks;
The arc/spark OES market has been growing significantly in recent years, with an estimated total market size of $150-200 million in 2006. Since its inception, Quantron has grown very rapidly to an annual revenue run-rate greater than $6 million.
Quantron was established in June 2002 by a dedicated group of founders with many years of extensive experience in the spark-OES metals analysis markets. Quantron's main shareholder was Mr. Paul Friedhoff, the former founder and CEO of Spectro A.I. GmbH, and a well-known pioneer in the world of spark-OES. Mr. Friedhoff will continue to lead the business as Managing Director and Executive Chairman.
After the acquisition, Bruker-Quantron GmbH will remain and expand in its Kleve location in order to provide leading stationary and mobile OES systems. Bruker AXS will contribute its global distribution, demonstration and service capabilities, as well as R&D and operating management assistance, to further accelerate the growth and profitability of Bruker-Quantron. The majority of the successful distributors of Quantron will be retained, and will benefit from support by additional regional Bruker AXS spark-OES applications and service centers worldwide.
Paul Friedhoff, now Managing Director and Executive Chairman of Bruker-Quantron, commented: "The speed with which Quantron has been growing in the past two years shows that we started with the right team and the right product ideas. In order to maintain this rapid growth, we have been looking for a complementary and competent strategic partner. With Bruker AXS we have found a company from the same industry that can positively contribute to every aspect of Quantron's business activities. The Bruker management has developed an in-depth understanding of Quantron's fundamental interests and requirements, and we share the same philosophies of quality and excellence. Our goal is long-term success with a growing product line. We want to become a leader in the field of optical emission spectroscopy."
Frank Laukien, President of Bruker AXS, commented: "We are very excited to have Paul Friedhoff and the very capable Quantron team, with their excellent track record of success, join us to add in-depth metals analysis experience to Bruker AXS. We are impressed by their advanced, yet robust spark-OES technology. Quantron has developed a strong distribution system in the metals industry, particularly in many parts of Asia. The Quantron spark-OES systems and technology are very complementary to our existing stationary X-ray fluorescence (XRF) systems for metal foundries, as well as to our new handheld XRF product line. This acquisition will further strengthen the industrial analysis business of Bruker AXS."
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