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Anton Paar expands particle analysis portfolio

Anton Paar acquired the PSA product line from CILAS for an undisclosed price

Anton Paar has acquired the particle size analyzer (PSA) product line from CILAS.

The firm said these instruments expand its portfolio for particle size measurement based on dynamic light scattering, extend available size measuring range with systems based on laser diffraction and add image analysis.

PSAs are used in a variety of sectors including the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries.

Laser diffraction is capable of measuring size distributions of particles in dry powders or in liquid dispersions. The measurable sizes range from the upper nanometer range up to a few millimeters.

The new products will go into Anton Paar’s existing business area Particle Characterization.

Jakob Santner, division manager of the Business Unit Characterization, said the acquisition is an important step to expand the portfolio in particle analysis.

“The instruments from CILAS are internationally acknowledged quality instruments for the measurement of nanoparticles and microparticles and represent an excellent addition to our Litesizer product line,” he said.

“We now offer our customers measuring systems for an enormous measuring range. This begins with particles of the size of a single water molecule and ends with pebble-sized particles.”

Anton Paar employs more than 2,000 employees to develop, produce and distribute measuring instruments to determine properties such as density, temperature and viscosity.

The company is owned by the Santner Foundation, which invests in research in science and technology.

CILAS has been developing laser technologies for more than fifty years.

Philippe Lugherini, chairman and CEO of CILAS, said: “We are extremely happy that Anton Paar will continue this product line that we have pioneered for years now. The PSA business will definitely benefit from the global instrumentation strategy of Anton Paar.”

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