Endress+Hauser has announced the acquisition of US company Kaiser Optical Systems, Inc. The Swiss company for process automation has signed an agreement with parent company Rockwell Collins. The transaction is expected to be completed in the next months.
Kaiser Optical Systems is a world leader in spectrographic instrumentation and applied holographic technology. Principal products include Raman sensors and instrumentation, advanced holographic components for spectroscopy, telecommunications, astronomy and ultra-fast sciences, and display systems for aircraft. The company’s main offices and manufacturing are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“With the acquisition of Kaiser Optical Systems we are expanding our range in the field of advanced analytics for liquids, gases and solids. In addition we are strengthening our optical measurement technology and manufacturing competence,” said Klaus Endress, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. Kelly Ortberg, President and CEO of Rockwell Collins, added: “This transaction provides Kaiser Optical Systems with the resources and expertise better suited to the industries it serves, and helps Rockwell Collins keep its focus on strengthening the company’s core communication and aviation electronics business for commercial and military customers.”
Klaus Endress emphasized the strategic dimension of the acquisition. “The Raman technology expands our offering for customers in core industries,” he said. “It plays an important role in many future key markets such as power & energy and biotechnology as well as laboratory applications – a significant and growing business.” The technology helps customers to improve their processes and reduce costs through advanced and low maintenance spectroscopy. Klaus Endress expects synergies in worldwide sales and services. “Additionally, the opportunities offered by Raman technology are far from being exhausted.”