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Agilent Buys GE Chemiluminescence Line

Photonics.com
Dec 2006
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 20, 2006 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. announced today it has acquired the chemiluminescence product line -- including a sulfur detector and a nitrogen detector -- from GE Analytical Instruments, a division of GE Water & Process Technologies. Agilent will offer the acquired products as add-ons to its gas chromatographs (GCs).

The acquisition includes intellectual property, sales, marketing and manufacturing assets. No financial terms were disclosed.

The Sievers 355 sulfur chemiluminescence detector (SCD) and Sievers 255 nitrogen chemiluminescence detector products will be integrated into Agilent’s Chemical Analysis Solutions unit within its Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis business.

The newly acquired product line is targeted to the energy and petrochemical industries. Sulfur detection is one of the fastest growing subsegments in the petrochemical market, based largely on increasing regulation of sulfur monitoring in fuels worldwide, Agilent said in a statemnet. "Growth in Asia is outpacing the rest of the world market," it said.

The SCD and NCD detectors be integrated into the sulfur and nitrogen measurement offerings Agilent currently provides, such as a flame photometric detector and a nitrogen phosphorus detector.

Agilent Technolgies is a large provider of GC and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) systems, consumables, software and support. In addition to hydrocarbon processing, Agilent GC and GC/MS systems are used throughout the pharmaceutical industry and for environmental monitoring, food-safety testing and forensic analysis.

GE also announced today it is selling GE Energy’s worldwide hydro business, except for its hydro operations in Norway and Sweden, to Argentina's Pescarmona Group (PGC).

For more information, visit: www.agilent.com


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