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February 14, 2013
Metrohm and FOSS enter strategic alliance
Metrohm AG (Herisau, Switzerland; www.metrohm.com) and FOSS (Hilleroed, Denmark ; www.foss.dk) have entered into a strategic alliance strengthening the two companies’ leading positions in their respective key markets. In this strategic alliance, Metrohm will become the sole global distributor of FOSS NIR (near infrared) instruments for the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and environmental sectors. “Metrohm will extend its product offering beyond the company’s traditional focus on solutions for wet-chemistry analytical techniques thereby benefiting our customers with new possibilities both in laboratory and process analysis”, says Christoph Fässler, CEO of Metrohm.
FOSS will continue its strong R&D program within NIR technology and manufacturing for both companies. “The strategic alliance allows FOSS to focus its NIR business on the food & agricultural industries that we have served for more than 50 years, while continuing our leading position within NIR technology — and making this technology available to a broader customer base”, says Torben Ladegaard, CEO of FOSS.
Under the deal, FOSS NIRSystems, Inc. (Laurel, Md.), will become a division of Metrohm USA to be named Metrohm NIRSystems. “With Metrohm’s strong worldwide presence, commitment to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and with this investment in NIR the alliance allows us to further grow our business within these sectors and provide our customers with a steady stream of new innovative NIR products and the highest level of support”, says Philip Irving, president of FOSS NIRSystems. The global NIR instrument business for these sectors will continue to be run by the Metrohm NIRSystems division of Metrohm USA.