Anton Paar gets materials R&D foothold in US with Quantchrome deal

February 12, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
Austrian process test equipment maker Anton Paar has acquired Quantachrome Instruments for its expertise in the analysis of particle surface areas, porosity and density of solids, including battery systems.

This gives Austrian group Anton Paar an R&D foothold in the US with a focus on materials testing for applications such as battery technology. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

"Quantachrome's products are a perfect addition to our product portfolio in particle characterization," said Friedrich Santner, CEO of the Anton Paar Group. "Additionally, our strategic goal to have a US-based unit for research, development, and production within the Anton Paar Group has been fulfilled." 

Founded in 1968, Quantachrome has 170 employees and made a name for itself in designing characterization instruments for the analysis of porous materials and powders. The instrumentation is used in industrial and research laboratories for the study of surfaces, density, or pore size and distribution. These physical properties are essential qualities of battery and fuel cell materials, catalysts, pharmaceutical powders, ceramics, zeolites, bio- and foam materials, or food products.

Established in 1922 in Graz, Austria, Anton Paar develops CO2 test equipment for most of the major beer and soft drink manufacturers worldwide as well as companies in the food, chemicals, and pharmaceutical industries. It has 2900 employees in more than 110 countries with 29 international sales subsidiaries and seven production sites in Europe and the US.

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